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Film festival announces official selections

Hill Country Film Festival announced official selections for their sixth annual event Monday evening, featuring 88 total selections and eight competition features.

The festival, slated April 30 through May 3, will be held at Fritztown Cinema, located at 2254 U.S. Highway 87 South.

Competition features include the documentaries “Mount Lawrence” and “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman,” dramas “One Eyed Girl,” “Sunny in the Dark” and “Wildlike” and comedies “Night Owls,” “The Origins of Wit and Humor” and “Somebody Marry Me.”

“Night Owls” recently had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin.

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01
Apr

'Wings of Freedom' tour here this weekend


Vintage World War II air-craft will fly the friendly skies in Gillespie County as the “Wings of Freedom” tour visits the airport this weekend. — Submitted photo

Vintage aircraft from World War II will be the guests of honor as the Wings of Freedom Tour of World War II vintage aircraft will visit the Gillespie County Airport, Friday through Sunday, April 3-5.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. on April 3 at the airport’s main ramp.

Among the aircraft to be displayed will be the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang.

The B-17 is one of only eight in flying condition in the United States.

Also at the event will be the “Huey” helicopter, the type of chopper that Medal of Honor winner Stephen Pless flew on several combat missions during the Vietnam War.

Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out, at a charge of $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

WWII veterans can tour through the aircraft for free.

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01
Apr

Pioneer Museum to host Easter egg hunt

Pioneer Museum will host an Easter egg hunt and display on Saturday, April 4.

The museum is at 325 West Main Street.

The festivities begin at 10:30 a.m.

Children age 10 and under are invited to participate. They are urged to bring their Easter baskets.

Hundreds of eggs will be hidden around the grounds of Pioneer Museum. A special toddler’s hunt area is planned for children under five years of age.

Also, the Easter Bunny will be at the hunt and will be available for pictures.

Pioneer Museum opens at 10 a.m., and the normal admission fee will be waived for all children accompanied by an adult.

Entrance to the Easter egg hunt will be at the Milam Street gate.

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01
Apr

State park to host Easter event

A chance to celebrate “Easter at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm” will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 4.

The Sauer-Beckmann Farm is located in the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall.

Visitors can step back to another era and celebrate Easter as a traditional German family would have in 1915.

As part of the celebration, the staff and volunteers will dye Easter eggs using natural dyes and a traditional “lamb cake” will be on display.

Visitors will have the opportunity to construct their own personal “friendship card” and try their hand at building a grass nest for the Easter bunny.

Activities will be conducted at the living history farm by costumed interpreters dressed in farm clothing appropriate for the 1915-1918 time period.

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01
Apr

Candidate forum slated Tuesday

Individuals seeking seats on the Fredericksburg City Council have been invited to participate in a candidate forum from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, in the H-E-B Room of Hill Country University Center.

Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, will host the forum, which is designed to enable the voters of Fredericksburg to become more familiar with the candidates for city council.

The Chamber and newspaper, as respective organizations, do not promote or endorse any one candidate or political party.

The goal of the forum is to provide a platform for communication in a neutral, positive and informative atmosphere, said Chamber CEO Penny McBride.

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01
Apr

Daily Update for April 1

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• An accident on Tuesday, March 31, on FM 2093 claimed the life of Donna Ketchbaw, 73, of Fredericksburg. The accident occurred around 3 p.m., approximately a quarter of a mile west of Leyendecker Road.

      • Today is the deadline to submit scholarship applications to The Zonta Club of Fredericksburg. Girls in Gillespie County or surrounding counties are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship.

Wed
25
Mar

County receives clean bill of financial health

By Matt Ward —

Finances for Gillespie County received a clean bill of health from independent auditor Keith Neffendorf of the accounting firm Neffendorf, Knopp, Doss and Company during a regular meeting of the Gillespie County Commissioners, Monday.

“This is the best opinion you can get,” Neffendorf said. “The county is in good financial shape. You’re in a real good position as witnessed by your bond rating of AA last time you issued bonds and your low interest rate.”

The county received a positive financial report in spite of findings late in fiscal year 2014 that nearly $90,000 was shorted from local government agencies by the county tax assessor-collector’s office.

“Most of the shortage is due to the county and appears to be due from improper accounting and processing of refunds,” the independent audit reported.

Wed
25
Mar

GCAD eyes expansion

By Richard Zowie —

As Gillespie County continues to grow, Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD) is outgrowing its office space.

County tax entity representatives met Tuesday at Fredericksburg Independent School District’s administration building to explore GCAD’s problem and potential remedies.

Currently, GCAD works out of the Gillespie County Courthouse basement. Discussions included renovating existing facilities for GCAD to move into or even constructing a new building.

The meeting of approximately 30 people included officials of FISD, Harper ISD, Gillespie County and the City of Fredericksburg.

After more than an hour of discussion, officials met among their own individual groups to discuss possible solutions.

The entities set a meeting to further discuss ideas for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at the FISD administration building.

Wed
25
Mar

Smith pushes STEM bill in Congress

Strangely enough, “computer science” was not included in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, curriculum.

But a revision to the definition of STEM education is now working its way through Congress, said U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith on a recent visit to Fredericksburg.

Smith sat down with the Standard-Radio Post to discuss issues ranging from education, to the EPA, to the current slate of GOP nominees lining up for a presidential bid.

Smith’s STEM bill passed 412-8 in the U.S. House and is on its way to the Senate.

“This is a bill we passed last year as well, but didn’t go anywhere in the Senate,” Smith said. “This is a job designed to help our young people prepare for the jobs of the future.”

Wed
25
Mar

FHS one-act play to compete at district


Fredericksburg High School drama students (from left) Meghan Houston, Jeremy Houston, Seth Cook, Eliza Goldsberry, Eric Koennecke, Tommy Easterwood, Kinsey Stevens, Ian Houston and Savannah Burns perform a scene from Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” during a performance at the FHS auditorium on Wednesday, March 18. The drama will be performed tomorrow as part of the District 29-4A One-Act Play Contest at Lytle High School. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Fredericksburg High School’s drama department will compete at the District 29-4A One-Act Play Contest tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, with a performance of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.”

FHS will perform second in the competition at Lytle High School with an estimated start time between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

A public performance was held at the FHS auditorium on Wednesday, March 18, with a second performance at FHS slated for a future date.

“This play has always been a favorite of mine, having played Abigail Williams in high school. It was a very challenging role and that’s what made it one of the most unforgettable roles of my past,” Fredericksburg director Randi Jackson said. “Having the opportunity to bring the play to life with the FHS one-act students has been an amazing experience this year.”

The Tony award-winning play centers around the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and was written as an allegory of McCarthyism. 

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