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Wed
21
Oct

'Denim, Diamonds' event to shine in Harper Saturday

Food, music, silent and live auctions and more will be on the menu for the “Denim and Diamonds” fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at the existing Harper Community Hall.

Purpose of the event is to raise funds for a replacement facility, the Harper Community Center.

The menu will be provided by the Longhorn Cafe, and includes stations serving baked wheel of brie, venison sausage and cheeses, Mexican shrimp cocktails, prime rib (including a western flavored version), chicken empalado, smoked longganisa stuffed pork tenderloin, fruit and dessert.

Beer, wine and set-ups will be available on a cash basis. Each guest will receive a complimentary drink and coffee, tea and water also will be available. Guests may bring their own bottle.

Silent and live auctions will be held with one-of-a-kind items for bid.

Classical guitar music will be provided by Kevin McCormick.

Wed
21
Oct

Builders to open homes for tour this weekend

Hill Country Builders Association will host its Parade Home Tour, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 23-25.

This weekend’s tour marks the second of two for the annual event that features nine homes in the Hill Country.

For more information, a map, directions, details on the participants, home entries and their partnering companies and sponsors, visit www.hillcountrybuilders.org.

Tickets are $10 per person per weekend. Children under 10 are free.

Tickets are available on the HCBA’s website, at Security State Bank & Trust locations, Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center and the Hill Country Builders Association office in Marble Falls.

For more information call Hill Country Builders Association at 830-798-2266.

The Hill Country Builders Association announced the parade award winners for the 2015 Parade Home Tour at sponsor Moore Supply Co. in Marble Falls on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Wed
14
Oct

Majority in FISD 'economically disadvantaged'

By Ken Esten Cooke

 

Fredericksburg Independent School District students do not mirror the population at large. In a town largely thought of as well off, more than half of the district’s students are classified as “economically disadvantaged.”

Reports on the primary school and teacher “walk throughs” were also discussed at Monday night’s FISD board of trustees meeting at the administration building.

                The FISD District Improvement Plan showed that FISD’s student population is made up of 48 percent Hispanic, 48 percent white and 4 percent other ethnicities, including American Indian, Asian and others.

                Of the district’s 3,116 students, 53.4 percent are classified as “economically disadvantaged,” meaning they qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program.

Wed
14
Oct

Constitutional amendment election early voting to begin on Monday

Voters in Gillespie County and around the state will have their say in a constitutional amendment election, set for Tuesday, Nov. 3.

There are seven proposed constitutional amendments for Texas voters to consider.

A special eight-page Voters Guide presented by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters is included in this edition of the Standard-Radio Post. The guide poses arguments for and against each amendment.

Individual propositions, in brief, are:

Prop. 1 — Raise homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000 on property taxes.

Prop. 2 — Exemption of all or part of property taxes for surviving spouses of totally disabled veterans.

Prop. 3 — Repeals amendment requiring elected state officers to reside in the state capital city.

Prop. 4 — Permits professional team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.

Wed
14
Oct

'Pride', Harper eye regional marching fests on Saturday

The drum corps of the Fred-ericksburg High School marching band kept the beat going during the FHS-Bandera football game on Friday night in Bandera. From left are Alex Contre-ras, Matt Maxwell, Chase Ottmers, Jackie Maldonado, Avery Stapleton and Addi Styles. The Pride of the Texas Hill Country will com-pete at 7:15 p.m. Saturday in the UIL Regional March-ing Contest in Hondo. The Pride took second place in the Class 4A division last Saturday at the Harlandale Marching Festival in San Antonio. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Two Gillespie County marching bands will head to Hondo for University Interscholastic League marching action on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Fredericksburg High School and Harper High School marching bands will be two of 28 bands taking the field in the UIL Region XI Marching Contest at Hondo High School, Saturday.

The FHS Band competes in the 4A bracket, and will march at 7:15 p.m. Harper, competing in 2A, marches at 1:15 p.m.

 

Marching success so far

 

The FHS Band, the Pride of the Texas Hill Country, will compete with 11 other marching bands in Class 4A, including Pearsall, Poteet, Jourdanton, Carrizo Springs, Pleasanton, Crystal City, Bandera, Devine, Lytle, Boerne and Hondo.

Wed
14
Oct

Renovations begin at Pacific Combat Zone

Flames erupt as the Americans push back Japanese troops during the Pacific Combat Zone reenactment in Freder-icksburg on Saturday, Oct. 10. This was the last reenactment until spring 2017. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen

The Pacific Combat Zone, an extension of the National Museum of the Pacific War, will begin renovations by next week.

Gen. Michael Hagee (USMC, ret.), president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, said they plan to have renovations completed by March 2017.

“We plan to have reenactments beginning by Spring Break 2017, at the latest,” Hagee said. “And depending on renovations and construction, that date may be sooner than we expect.”

Phase One began in March and included shutting down the front part of the Combat Zone area and stopping guided tours. 

 

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Wed
14
Oct

NEW HARPER ROYALTY

The announcement of the new king and queen for this year’s Harper High School Homecoming celebration was made during halftime of the Longhorns’ varsity football game with visiting Sabinal on Friday night. The winners were “King” Roger Perkins and “Queen” Payton Reid. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

Wed
14
Oct

FHS Choir students qualify for regionals

Among the Fredericksburg High School students who qualified for All-Region Mixed Choir are (from left) Tara Youngblood, Jasmine Jeffrey, Makayla Gonzalez, Drew Bonillas, Travis Kil-coyne, Dylan Barnes, Mac-kenzie Grumbles, Meghan Houston, Rebecca Sechrist. Not pictured is Matt Max-well. — Submitted photo

Ten of the 12 Fredericksburg High School Choir members who recently traveled to San Antonio and auditioned for places in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region XI All-Region Mixed Choir were selected.

“The FHS Choir did exceedingly well in this contest,” said Michele Stehling, choir director for both FHS and Fredericksburg Middle School.

These singers will now participate in the All-Region Clinic and Concert, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at John Jay High School in San Antonio and will work with guest conductor Dr. Suzanne Pence from the University of Texas.

Then, the students will prepare new music for the All-Area audition in San Antonio, Friday, Jan. 9, 2016. It is at this final audition that they have the opportunity to be selected for the TMEA Small School All-State Choir. 

 

Wed
14
Oct

'MADE IN THE SHADES'

Josh Stolow and his daughter, Eileen, discuss how mesquite lamps are created with Susan Lankford, a woodworker from Abilene, during the 22nd Annual Texas Mesquite Arts Festival held on Saturday at Marktplatz. The festival brings woodworkers who love the wood that is the bane of land owners. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen

Wed
14
Oct

Commissioners OK contract for housing inmates

By Scott Allen

Gillespie County commissioners on Monday approved a draft of a contract to house inmates from other counties in the Gillespie County Jail at a rate of $45 per day per inmate.

Counties lacking space to house their inmates can now send them to the Gillespie County Jail at the approved rate. Those counties will be required to pay for any health services provided to their prisoners, except for routine medical services and over-the-counter medications.

If the prisoner being housed has to be admitted to a hospital or other facility and a guard is required, the county will be required to reimburse Gillespie County at the rate of $45 per hour per officer used to perform the guard service.

“The $45 would be more than sufficient to cover our costs,” Sheriff Buddy Mills said.

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