Traffic signal okayed at Heritage Hill Country

By Matt Ward

Heritage Hill Country residents will feel much safer turning in and out of their subdivision after the Fredericksburg City Council approved an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to construct a traffic signal at the intersection.

Driving the push for an additional signal to be located on U.S. Highway 290 East is the development of the Former Texas Rangers Heritage Center, whose entrance will be directly across the highway from the subdivision.


Funding the light

While the city would normally be expected to foot the entirety of the $227,844 bill for the project, City Public Works Director Clinton Bailey said the city got a deal at a “greatly reduced cost” for construction of the signal.


Fredericksburg seniors to hold commencement

Fredericksburg High School Salutatorian David Hardin, left, and Valedictorian Mattie Lastovica make a practice run at tossing their mortarboards into the air in preparation of commencement exercises this Friday night, June 6. The pair will lead the 221-member Class of 2014 in an 8 p.m. program at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.—Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Commencement noun • “the time when something begins.”


Two hundred and twenty-one Fredericksburg High School seniors will exercise “commencement” to its fullest definition this Friday, June 6, as they say “goodbye” to one chapter and begin another.

One by one, members of the Class of 2014 will cross the stage to receive their diplomas in an 8 p.m. graduation ceremony at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Drive (located off Texas Highway 16 South.)

(The program was originally scheduled for the FHS Stadium, but a change from that venue was needed due to renovation of the field and track.)

Top of the class

Leading their classmates into their final formal activity together will be 2014 FHS valedictorian Mattie Lastovica and salutatorian David Hardin.


Reid, Lang top list of 40 Longhorn grads

Harper High School’s 2014 salutatorian Taylor Reid (left) and valedictorian Madison Lang will lead a class of 40 seniors for graduation ceremonies this Friday night, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Harper ISD Gymnasium. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

Forty Harper High School seniors will receive their diplomas during commencement exercises slated in the Harper Independent School District gymnasium on Friday, June 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The processional whereby the graduating students will enter the gym in pairs will open the event, with music provided by the HHS Band. The band will then play the National Anthem.

Cassidy Deike will offer the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Kayla Inmon.

After welcoming comments are made by Lindsey Milner, Annie Yates will present a special reading to the parents.

Madison Lang will then give her salutatory address, followed by the valedictory speech offered by Taylor Reid.

Harper High School principal Dean Eckert will lead a presentation of awards and scholarships, followed by the introduction of the administration by Baley Felts.

A response to the faculty will then be given by Destinee Love.


'Vision' meeting eyes mobility, design, entryways

Rebecca Leonard of Design Workshop in Austin points out design examples at last week’s meeting at the Hill Country University Center. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

With a little help from its friends, Fredericksburg can improve walkways, entrances and overall design, citizens learned last Wednesday, May 28 at a Vision Workshop at the Hill Country University Center.

Billed as a “comprehensive plan issues update,” City of Fredericksburg’s Director of Development Brian Jordan said the meeting would focus on three main areas.

“We’re going to focus on hike and bike trails and sidewalks, the gateways into our town and overall design standards,” Jordan told the crowd of about 100 people.

Jordan introduced Rebecca Leonard of Design Workshop in Austin, a consulting firm that has assisted hundreds of cities around the nation with upgrading their looks and offerings.

“We’re going to be focusing on retaining the character of Fredericksburg and the quality of life for residents and business owners,” Leonard said.


15 galleries to host First Friday Art Walk

Two new galleries are joining in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, June 6.

Joining in the celebration are Misha’s Attic, located upstairs at Ranch Road Roasters, 338 West Main, and Smith Map Studio, located at 215 West Main.

The 15 participating galleries will be offering special events, demonstrations, art events, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more on Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Visit, for the latest news by First Friday Art Walk participating galleries.

This month’s schedule of events:


Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, is featuring “Churches Near and Far,” an exhibit and sale of original oil paintings by Roy Lee Ward. 

 An artist reception with music, wine and refreshments will be held on Friday evening from 5-8 p.m.


Truck, tractor pull held Saturday

RIDIN’ HIGH IN THE SADDLE — Driver Wayne Wienecke of Tolar gets some air under his tires while trying to break off the starting line Saturday evening in his econo class tractor "High Steaks" during Texas Truck and Tractor Pullers Association competition at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, hosted by the Fredericksburg Jaycees. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward


Classic cars to roll in for Masonic show

Antiques, classic, street rods and late models will be featured at the 10th Annual Open Car Show on Saturday, June 7, at Marktplatz.

Hosted by the Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge, the show opens at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m.

There is no admission charge to the general public to view the car show or enjoy the live entertainment provided by Mike Blakely.

There will also be a silent auction and a prize drawing.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, including barbecue sandwiches and other items from Cal-Bobs Barbecue.

Trophies will be awarded for three places in each class, plus Best of Show, which includes a $150 cash prize.

There will also be awards for Mayor’s Choice and Master’s Choice.

Individuals wishing to register their vehicles can do so starting at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.


Conspirare to perform Pietà on Thursday

Pietà by John Muehleisen will be presented in Fredericksburg tomorrow, Thursday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

The performance is presented by the Austin-based choir, Conspirare, and the Fredericksburg Friends of Conspirare.

A pre-concert passion dialogue with Muehleisen will begin at 6:15 p.m. with an introduction by fellow composer Robert Kyr.

It was noted that Muehleisen will be available at the concert for informal interaction with audience members.

General admission tickets are $20 and can be purchased at, at 512-474-5664, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church office or at Grasshopper & Wild Honey.


Tickets on sale for 'Les Misérables'

Tickets will go on sale Monday for “Les Misérables,” the first production in the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s 18th season, which opens on June 20.

The musical, which continues weekends through July 6, is based on the novel by Victor Hugo set in 19th century France and tells the story of Jean Valjean, a man seeking redemption after serving 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s child.

Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

“When I first saw ‘Les Misérables’ 20 years ago, I was drawn into the show because of the combination of very personal stories and the theatrical presentation,” director Jim Weisman said. “In our production, we’re adding the close up and personal element that you won’t get in the big touring theaters. We have an amazingly talented cast and I think audiences will be completely entranced.”


Gillespie votes mostly mirror state primary runoff results

Slightly more than 1 in 10 voters took part in the primary runoff elections in Gillespie County.

Only 11.6 percent of the county’s 17,883 registered voters took part in the primary runoff. That included 1,969 Republican voters and 110 Democratic voters.

Gillespie results mirrored statewide tallies in the GOP primary runoff.

Tea Party favorite Dan Patrick topped incumbent David Dewhurst in the Lieutenant Governor’s race 57 percent to 43 percent. (Statewide result was 65-35 percent.) Patrick will now face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in the November general election.

Ken Paxton topped Dan Branch 58 percent to 42 percent in the race for Attorney General. (Statewide result was 64-36 percent.)


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