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Farm Bureau lauds Roeder, remembers Durst on Sunday


Billy Roeder, left, accepts the 2014 Pioneer Award from Elgin Pape, Gillespie County Farm Bureau president. Roeder has had a lifelong involvement in agriculture and civic service. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

The Gillespie County Farm Bureau held its 66th Annual Membership Meeting and Barbecue Meal Sunday at the Farm Bureau building on Equestrian Drive.

More than 200 in attendance heard speakers discuss water regulations. (See page A1 for more on the featured speakers.)

Elgin Pape, president of Gillespie County Farm Bureau, presented a memorial award to the family of the late Jerry Durst, who was active in the Farm Bureau and many other agriculture and education-related organizations.

Pape praised Durst, who served with the Farm Bureau for two decades and was instrumental in the construction of the building.

Pape also presented the organization’s 2014 “Pioneer Award” to Billy Roeder. Roeder has worked in agriculture all his life, checking on cattle with his father, and joining FFA and 4-H as a youth, while exhibiting many champion Hereford steers in the state’s major stock shows.

Wed
15
Oct

Beer, sausage, polka are recipe for Bestfest

Sausage, beer and polka music will be combined into one celebration on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the annual Bestfest on Marktplatz.

Hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council 9765, the fifth annual event will take place from 11 a.m. to about 11 p.m.

“We’re proud to be in our fifth year of producing this event along with three successful Texas sausage makers and some really great craft beers in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere,” according to event chairman John Eilers. 

The entry fee ($10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under) includes all the sausage, sauerkraut and German potatoes individuals can eat. Tea is included with the entry fee.

Other drinks will be available for purchase, including beer, water, soft drinks, Becker wines and margaritas.

A selection of craft and seasonal beers will be available for tasting and purchase, giving those attending the opportunity to find their favorite “pairing” of beer and sausage.

Wed
15
Oct

FTC's 'Blithe Spirit' comedy opens Friday

Fredericksburg Theater Company’s latest production, the British comedy “Blithe Spirit,” will premiere Friday evening at 8 p.m. at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater.

Performances, which run weekends through Nov. 2, will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

A special opening night gala will be held Friday, beginning at 7 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres and wine as well as a variety of desserts at intermission.

The Noël Coward comedy focuses on novelist Charles Condomine, who invites eccentric medium Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira. 

Wed
15
Oct

Property tax bills shipped Tuesday to area residents

Gillespie County taxpayers will receive property tax notices in the mail this week, as they were mailed out Tuesday, Oct. 14 by Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector Marissa Weinheimer.

Weinheimer said an estimated 36,742 statements were mailed.

Tax statements are due upon receipt, although taxpayers have until Jan. 31, 2015, to make the payment. Starting on Feb. 1, payments will have added penalties and interest fees.

Though the collection function may change to the Gillespie Central Appraisal District in the future, for now, the tax assessor-collector’s office collects for eight local taxing entities, including:

• The County of Gillespie;

• The City of Fredericksburg;

• Fredericksburg Independent School District;

• Doss Common Consolidated School District;

• Harper Independent School District;

• Stonewall Water Control and Improvement District;

Wed
08
Oct

Officials remain silent on amendment lawsuit status

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg officials declined comment about the status of a pending lawsuit which could overturn portions of the recent charter amendment.

The city council met with attorneys regarding the litigation during an executive session prior to Monday’s regular meeting. No action was taken following the session.

After announcing the suit in late June, the initial two-week projected time frame to file in the Travis County District Court passed, though lawyers at Norton, Rose and Fulbright continue to work on briefs in the case.

Passed by voters in a slim 581-556 decision in May, the amendment regulates the ability of the city to transfer money from enterprise funds and requires approval by voters prior to the transfer.

Wed
08
Oct

Texas mesquite festival to opens this weekend

The 22nd Annual Texas Mesquite Association Art Festival will run this weekend at Marktplatz, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 10-12.

The festival is free and open to the public.

Hours will be from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12.

The event will feature many participating artists, and this year’s featured guest artist is Roger Ellison. He specializes in fine heirloom furniture.

Al Carr, organizer of the juried show, called this event “the largest mesquite show in the world.”

Featured for sale will be large furniture items such as beds, dressers and chairs, along with crafted gift items such as turned lamps, scroll work, pen and pencil sets, Christmas tree ornaments, gun stocks and sculpted vases, and much more all crafted of mesquite.

Food and drinks will be sold on the grounds. 

Wed
08
Oct

Panetti rehearing denied by high court

The United States Supreme Court denied without comment former Fredericksburg resident Scott Louis Panetti’s request to have his case reheard by the high court.

Panetti’s attorneys claimed that he is not competent to be executed, and an execution would violate his Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment. 

Panetti, 56, was convicted for the Sept.  8, 1992 murder of his in-laws, Joe and Amanda Alvarado, at their Fredericksburg home.

Panetti forced his way into the home and assaulted his wife, who was staying there with their three-year-old daughter at the time. After being confronted by his in-laws, he shot both of them and took his wife and daughter to a cabin where they were held at gunpoint before Panetti released them later in the day.

The Supreme Court had heard Panetti’s case in 2007, when it concluded that he was improperly denied the chance to prove he was mentally unfit for execution.

Wed
08
Oct

Ebola dangers low, but hospital takes steps


Connie Falk, RN; Rick Rogers, RN, and Nurse Educator Gina Enderlin, RN, take a moment in the emergency room to review Hill Country Memorial’s Ebola preparedness information for staff and patients. — Submitted photo

By Lindsey Bertrand —

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sept. 30 confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas from Liberia.

“Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, it is important for Hill Country Memorial to remain vigilant and be as prepared as possible to protect our communities,” said Kelly DiCuffa, Hill Country Memorial Public Information Officer.

Ebola is a virus that is spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids, including but not limited to saliva, sweat, feces and vomit, of an infected person. A person must come into contact with the virus directly through an open cut, broken skin or mucous membranes like the nose or mouth.

Wed
08
Oct

Oktoberfest Dosey Doe


Dressed as a German beer maiden, Hannah Ramos of Houston and her husband, Raul, learn to dance the “Cotton-Eyed Joe” at Saturday’s Oktoberfest activities. The three-day German-flavored party — the biggest event of Fredericksburg’s activity-laden calendar — drew huge crowds to the city’s Marktplatz and featured bands, schnitzel and sausage and plenty of beer. See more photos on page D1 of the Oct. 8, 2014 edition. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Wed
08
Oct

5th annual Kraut Run races into town


Five-year-old Golden Retriever Duke beats Joe Hannon of Fredericksburg at the finish of the 5th Annual Fredericksburg Kraut Run 8K race. Hannon and Duke finished with a time of 42:51. The two have raced in every Kraut Run so far. The race, sponsored by the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary, raised funds to support local literacy programs. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

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