News

Wed
06
Nov

Longhorn Band marches to eighth in state prelims


POLISHING their performance in advance of their appearance just a few days away in the UIL State Marching Band Competition in the Alamodome are Harper High School musicians (from left) Hunter Haynes, Wyatt Foster, Kristen Harper and Rebekah Lester during Friday night’s 49-7 Longhorn Homecoming win over Center Point. The band went on to take eighth out of 17 Class 1A bands in the state contest Monday, Nov. 4. —Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Leaving it all on the field, the Harper High School Marching Band competed as one of Texas’ most elite Class 1A ensembles Monday, Nov. 4, during the University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Marching Band Competition.

Going toe-to-note against 16 other Class 1A bands in the preliminaries Monday morning in San Antonio’s Alamodome, Harper’s student musicians earned an eighth place, just missing out — by a single point — on being one of the seven groups to advance to the finals that evening.

Finishing as the 2013 Class A winner was the band from Shiner High School.

Harper’s contest outing was one to be proud of, according to Harper High School Band Director Charles Sander.

“The performance was our best of the year,” he said, adding the students made Harper’s 10th appearance on the state contest field a memorable one.

“They went out there and did their job to the fullest,” he said.

Wed
06
Nov

New facility expected to meet growing program demands


AG BUILDING — This architectural drawing shows what Fredericksburg High School’s new ag science barn might look like. The L-shaped building would be at the corner of Hollmig and Friendship Lanes. The Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees will vote on the matter at their Monday, Nov. 11 regular meeting on whether or not to fund the proposed $1.6 million structure, along with whether or not to spend $1.2 million on FHS Stadium field upgrades.

By Richard Zowie —

It’s currently an empty field, about two blocks south of Fredericksburg High School, used by the Fredericksburg Independent School District to store dirt for maintenance purposes.

But an enrollment boom in the agriculture science program (from 87 to 400 students in three years) could soon turn the field into an ag barn that can be used to house show animals, expanding Fredericksburg’s Future Farmers of America program.

That may be determined when the Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees meets Monday, Nov. 11 to decide whether or not to spend $1.6 million to turn the 3.5-acre empty lot into a new agriculture barn.

Some think the new facility would get more students involved in FHS’ ag science program.

Wed
06
Nov

16th annual Big Band Bash slated Nov. 7-9

Three days of live entertainment featuring a variety of Texas talent will be held Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 7-9 as Hill Top Productions hosts the 16th annual Big Band Bash at the Hill Top Café.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with music beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets for the main seating area — dining room and bar — are $85 per person, while tickets for the Cavern dining room are $65 per person. All seats include a four-course meal.

Thursday artists include Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros, Cindy Cashdollar, Golden Triangle Swamp Blues and Scrappy Jud Newcomb.

Friday artists include Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice, Cindy Cashdollar, The Texas Horns, Al Gomez, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Kaz Kazanof, Danny Levin and the Texas All Stars.

Saturday artists include Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice, Cindy Cashdollar, Floyd Domino and Al Gomez.

Wed
06
Nov

Die Künstler to host 21st annual show

Die Künstler von Fredericksburg (The Artists of Fredericksburg) will host their 21st Annual Fine Art Show and Sale Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8-10, at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 West San Antonio Street.

The event is free and open to the public

There will be an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6-9 p.m. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Then, on Saturday, Nov. 9, the show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Organizers say this is “one of the most popular art exhibitions and sales” in the Texas Hill Country. Last year’s event represented over 250 original works from over 35 artists from the Fredericksburg area. 

Wed
06
Nov

Memorial Presbyterian to host annual Alternative Gift Market on Saturday, Nov. 9

From olivewood carvings to soup mixes and more will be offered to the public during the Alternative Gift Market on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Memorial Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 601 North Milam Street.

All proceeds from the market will go to support the participating organizations, which are known for promoting human dignity, social justice and making a difference in individuals’ lives.

All undesignated funds go toward Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

“Many of the vendors from previous years will return,”
said a market spokesman, “and new ones bring a fresh look to the variety of gifts that please the most discerning shoppers.  There’s something for everyone.”

Mon
04
Nov

Daily Update for Tuesday, Nov. 5

News

Wed
30
Oct

Constitutional amendment election vote is Tuesday

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Early votes cast in Gillespie County for the state Constitutional Amendment Election have totaled 647 in-person ahead of the Nov. 5 general election date.

Gillespie County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche said early voting continues until Friday, Nov. 1.

Seventy-four ballots were sent by mail. Those ballots may be returned until Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Between early votes and mail-in ballots, 721 have voted as of Wednesday morning, she said.

Weekend voting took place Saturday and Sunday at the courthouse, and Rusche said 20 people took part Saturday, and six voted on Sunday.

Fredericksburg Food and Wine Festival traffic provided competition, Rusche said, yet four parking spaces were blocked off for the voters. “The festival crowds were very courteous to leave them open for voters,” she said. “Weekend voting doesn’t total a lot, but it’s convenient for people who have to work during the week.”

Wed
30
Oct

HHS band advances to state competition

Making their second straight and 10th overall appearance at UIL state competition, the Harper Longhorn Band will take the field inside the Alamodome in San Antonio Monday at 8:54 a.m.

The Longhorns advanced to state by placing fourth overall Saturday at the UIL Area E Marching Competition at San Antonio’s East Central High School.

“We were ranked second on three of the five judges’ sheets (at area),” band director Charles Sander said. “We are looking forward to doing our best at state. The kids have worked really hard to be ready to go.”

In Class 1A, Harper finished third best in the state in 1991, 1997, 1999 and 2007. The school also took sixth place in the 2005 state competition and 16th in 2011.

Harper will be the seventh of 17 bands to compete in the Class 1A state prelims, with the top bands advancing to the finals at 7 p.m. Monday.

Wed
30
Oct

Hunters eye opening day for white tails


THIS TROPHY white-tail buck in his natural habitat in Gillespie County is an impressive sight for hunters and non-hunters alike. White-tail season is Nov. 2 through Jan. 5. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

By Ken Esten Cooke

 

The ongoing Texas drought will play a part in hunting when whitetail season opens at sunup on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Thousands of hunters are expected to converge on Fredericksburg and Gillespie County for the annual ritual, and white-tail harvesting prospects look good, local game wardens said.

“Last weekend was youth weekend, and we heard stories about some decent deer that were taken,” said Sam Harris, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden for Gillespie County. “We checked a few camps and saw that some does and spikes were taken. It’s always good to get some of those early in the season.”

Harris said recent rains may help hunter prospects.

“We’re hoping that with this good acorn crop that the rains will help sour them faster and push the deer toward the feeders,” he said, “but it’s hard to say for sure.”

Wed
30
Oct

Fredericksburg Haunts


THE GARDEN behind the home of Annette Sultemeier, right, is where Capt. James P. Waldrip is believed to be buried. Sultemeier’s father teased his children that he had resurrected Waldrip’s ghost to keep the kids in line. — Photo by Christine Granados

By Christine Granados —

What do a walk in one of Fredericksburg’s museums, lunch at a local restaurant, and backyard gardening have common?

Ghosts.

What better time to talk ghosts, hauntings and spirits than Halloween. While Fredericksburgers go about their day working, shopping, eating and living, unbeknownst, and known, to some, a myriad of unexplained phenomenon occur throughout town. People in Fredericksburg have reported footsteps, phantom images, loud noises, lights flickering and objects moving. These occurrences do not happen only during All Hallows Eve, but sporadically throughout the year.

There are three camps when it comes to these types of apparitions — the non-believers, believers and undecided.

Lifelong Fredericksburg resident John Sauer said, “Germans don’t believe in that stuff. About the only spirits you’ll find here in Fredericksburg are at the local wineries.”

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