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Wed
18
Dec

Deadlines moved up for holiday publications

In a scenario that doesn’t happen but once in every so many years, the Christmas Day holiday this year coincides with the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post’s regular publication day of Wednesday, Dec. 25.

To accommodate the holiday, the newspaper’s advertising and news article deadlines and, subsequently, publication schedules, have been moved up in adjustment.

Next week’s Christmas Day edition will be published on Monday, Dec. 23. Likewise, the following week’s paper will also be published on Monday, Dec. 30, in light of New Year’s Day also falling on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Deadlines pushed

With the earlier publication schedules in store during the coming weeks, deadlines for submitted news articles and photos, as well as advertisements, have also been moved forward.

Advertising deadline

Thu
12
Dec

Wright named sole finalist for FISD superintendent

After a superintendent search that saw more than 60 candidates apply, Fredericksburg Independent School District has named Huntington ISD superintendent Dr. Eric Wright as its sole finalist for the job.

Wright would replace Dr. Marc Williamson, who is retiring after the fall semester following 15 years as FISD’s superintendent.

The board voted on Wright as the final candidate at a Wednesday, Dec. 11 special meeting. They must now wait 21 days for public response. According to board president Lorrie Hess, they will vote Monday, Jan. 6 on whether to hire Wright.

“At this point, the board is unanimously in support of Wright as a candidate,” Hess said. “He is a good choice who was beyond our expectations.”

Since 2006, Wright has served as superintendent of Huntington, a Class 3A school of 1,800 students. Prior to that, he spent two years as superintendent of Woodville ISD, a 2A school of 1,350 students.

Wed
11
Dec

County seeks counsel on jail electricity issue

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Facing a big decision on which utility provider to use for electricity at the new Gillespie County Jail, county officials have opted to seek outside legal counsel.

Catherine J. Webking, an Austin attorney who specializes in public utility matters and who helped the county on transmission line issues in the past, will be hired at $1,500 and with a tight deadline, to assess the current situation and tell county commissioners if they should use the City of Fredericksburg or Central Texas Electric Cooperative as the primary provider of power to the jail facility.

“She can assess and advise so that we know exactly what the legal issues are and so we know what our responsibilities might be,” said Commissioner Donnie Schuch, in Monday’s commissioners’ court session.

Wed
11
Dec

Trustees get AEIS status report, mull open-campus lunch policy

By Richard Zowie —

The Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees held a regular meeting Monday, Dec. 9 at the central administration building and discussed the Fredericksburg Middle School, open campus, effluent water and the school’s academic performance report.

Today at 6:30 p.m., the trustees will hold a closed session to discuss superintendent applicants and then have an open meeting to select a finalist.

AEIS report discussed

The trustees also accepted unanimously the report on FISD by the Academic Excellence Indicator System, which stated that the school district in 2013 received the accountability rating: “Met Standard.”

Each school within the district also received the “Met Standard” rating.

“We anticipate the standard staying the same this year,” said Linda Hicks, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Wed
11
Dec

'Sanders Family Christmas' on stage


HEART TO HEART — Rev. Mervin Oglethorpe (played by J.D. Cole, center) shares his feelings and leads his Baptist congregation in “I’ve Been Changed” with support from Vera Sanders (played by Amber Nanni,) Denise Sanders (Faith Hearn,) Burl Sanders (Paul Carlyle, in background,) Stanley Sanders (Zac Tiedemann) and Dennis Sanders (Andrew Strachen.) Fredericksburg Theater Company’s “Sanders Family Christmas” debuts tomorrow night, Dec. 12. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Opening night for the Fredericksburg Theater Company musical comedy “Sanders Family Christmas” will be Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The show will be performed at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South, on Dec. 12-22.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday matinee performances will be at 2 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale, and advance tickets are $20 for adults, $5.50 for youth 18 and under. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 for adults and $7.50 for youth 18 and under. For group discounts or for more information, contact the box office at 830-997-3588. 

Wed
11
Dec

Answering the call of duty


PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR J.C. Alston of Temple salutes as a ceremonial wreath is placed before him during a special program Saturday afternoon at the National Museum of the Pacific War to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Braving icy and cold weather conditions, a large crowd of military veterans, locals and visitors attended a special program Saturday to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Held inside the Memorial Courtyard at the National Museum of the Pacific War, Saturday’s program began at 12:25 CST (8:25 PST), the time the attack on Pearl Harbor began on Dec. 7, 1941.

Proud of the USA Bunch did a flyover, including the “Missing Man” formation in World War II aircraft to start the commemoration.

Guest speaker for the pro-gram was Maj. Gen. Alfred A. Valenzuela, U.S. Army (ret.).

“War is at the intersection of happenstance and hell,” Valenzuela said. “In 1941, when the attack occurred, we were called out and many answered the call of duty without even question.  The real heroes are the ones who answer that call.”

Wed
11
Dec

Three Girls in a Parade


TRYING TO STAY WARM, Charli Ann Olfers, Olivia Redix and Emily Rodriguez, all of Fredericksburg, wave to the crowd from the Opa’s Smoked Meats float Friday evening during the Light The Night Christmas parade sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Com-merce. — Stand-ard-Radio Post/Matt Ward
Wed
11
Dec

Harper 4-H, FFA Livestock Show slated for Saturday, Dec. 14


This young lady and others will be competing at this weekend's Harper Livestock Show.

FFA and 4-H youths are busy this week preparing their project animals to step into the ring for the annual Harper Livestock Show slated this Saturday, Dec. 14.

Expected to go before the judges this year is a total of 143 animal entries — a decrease of about 27 animals from the previous year’s stock show.

Registered for the show are: 47 swine, 16 angoras, 1 heifer, 20 lambs, 47 goats, 11 steers and 1 breeding sheep.

They will be shown by youths who are members of  Harper FFA, Harper 4-H and Doss 4-H or who are 4-H members elsewhere in the county, but who are enrolled in the Harper Independent School District from first through 12th grades.

Check-in/weigh-in time for all animals participating this year will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Harper show barn, located at the back of the HISD campus.

Judging rounds start Saturday at 9 a.m.

Wed
11
Dec

'Queen of the Silver Jewelry'


SILVER MINE — Carmen Armstrong showcases her collection of silvery jewelry, seen here during the Dec. 6 Art Walk at Whistle Pik Gallery in Fredericksburg. Armstrong works with over 15 silversmiths across Mexico. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

If someone were to wonder Carmen Armstrong’s favorite metal, all they’d have to do is look at her wrist and neck.

Adorning her neck is a cascading silver and turquoise design of hers that was featured in a style sheet a few years ago in Cowboys and Indians magazine.

“It can be worn by somebody in jeans and a T-shirt on the go, or by someone dressing formally,” Armstrong said.

On her right wrist, a bracelet from a Mexican artist from Taxco who combined European and Mexican designs.

And on her left wrist is what Armstrong described as a “classic Mexican design” from the 1940s.

“I wear it every day,” she said. “It’s my signature piece, and it’s held up to a lot of abuse.”

The result is a wide array of silver bracelets, necklaces, earrings and other pieces of jewelry, on display at Whistle Pik Galleries at 425 East Main Street in Fredericksburg at the Dec. 6 Friday Art Walk.

Wed
11
Dec

Christmas tree lighting set Sunday at LBJ State Park

A Hill Country Christmas tradition started by President Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) and his family more than four decades ago will continue this Sunday, Dec. 15, in Stonewall.

Johnson’s descendants are expected to join with visitors for the 44th Annual LBJ Christmas Tree Lighting and Evening Tours at the LBJ State Park and Historic Site, off U.S. Highway 290.

Festivities kick off around 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the park’s visitor center, where holiday music will be played by the “Polka Dots” band directed by Ed Creekmore.

At 6 p.m., the program will start with the lighting of lamps in memory of both President and Mrs. Johnson. Performing the honors will be state park superintendent Iris Neffendorf and national park chief of interpretation and resource management Dave Schafer.

Neffendorf will provide the greeting, while Rev. Bob Welch of Stonewall Baptist Church will lead the invocation.

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