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Mon
23
Dec

Deadlines moved up for holiday publications

Readers of the holiday edition of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post should be receiving their papers early this week since it is being released Monday in order to accommodate the Christmas Day holiday on Wednesday, Dec. 25.

Likewise, next week’s issue will hit news stands on Monday, Dec. 30, in advance of New Year’s Day — which also falls on this newspaper’s regular Wednesday publication schedule on Jan. 1.

To accommodate the first edition of 2013, advertising and news article deadlines have been pushed up.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Mon
23
Dec

'Eisbahn' to remain open through Jan. 5

Kinderhalle Pavilion on Marktplatz has been transformed into a frozen wonderland, and from now to Jan. 4, it will be open for ice skating, thanks to “Eisbahn.”

The ice skating rink is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1-8 p.m. on Sundays.

In addition, the rink will be open on Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. It is closed on Christmas. 

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Thu
19
Dec

Shots fired at Valero; man arrested unharmed


Law enforcement officers escort Victor Valdez, 24, from the store after a shootout. - Standard-Radio Post photo/Ken Esten Cooke

A three-hour standoff last night at the Valero gas station/convenience store culminated with an exchange of multiple gunshots, but no injuries to a man who was ultimately taken into custody.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 24, of Fredericksburg, reportedly walked into the Valero Corner Store No. 980 around 7:34 p.m. brandishing a pistol and ordered the two store clerks on duty to leave the store, said Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Chief Steve Wetz. There were no customers in the store at the time, he said.

Police officers were called and they responded quickly to the scene, where they barricaded off much of the block surrounding the store at 516 South Adams Street. (Traffic remains limited around the store this morning while officers complete their on-site investigation.)

Off-and-on throughout the next three hours, officers made contact over cell phone and the store’s phone with Valdez, attempting to resolve a peaceful ending to the incident, Wetz said.

Wed
18
Dec

County opts to use city as jail electric provider

By Matt Ward —

Concerned with potentially costly litigation and project delays, Gillespie County commissioners rescinded approval of a Central Texas Electric Cooperative proposal to provide electricity at the new Gillespie County Jail facility during a special meeting Monday.

As a result of the unanimous decision, the City of Fredericksburg was chosen to provide electricity to the $15 million jail facility under construction behind the existing Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center and scheduled for opening by the end of 2014.

“All we were trying to do was get the best deal for our taxpayers, basically,” Commissioner Donnie Schuch said. “That’s what we’re here to do, to save where we can and that’s why I was willing to look at both proposals (city and CTEC.)”

Wed
18
Dec

City OK's new B&B on Main

By Matt Ward —

In a light agenda to close out 2013, the Fredericksburg City Council approved a conditional use permit to allow a nine-unit bed and breakfast facility in the Central Business District at 415 and 417 East Main Street during their final regular meeting of the year Monday.

The project, which will be called Blacksmith’s Quarters on Barons Creek, will include eight new units at the rear of the property and the conversion of an existing residential building at 415 East Main Street to a three-bedroom unit.

The existing building at 417 East Main Street, which used to be Fredericksburg Paper Goods, will be converted into a lobby and lounge for guests.

The proposal, made by Shayna Thompson on behalf of owner John Muraglia, was unanimously approved by a 4-0 vote. Mayor Jeryl Hoover was absent from the meeting.

Wed
18
Dec

Huntington ISD leader chosen to head district

By Richard Zowie —

Following a search to replace retiring superintendent Dr. Marc Williamson, the Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees has named as the finalist a man who describes himself as a “servant leader.”

Dr. Eric Wright, who has served as the superintendent of Huntington ISD in the Texas Timber Country since 2006, has been chosen as the lone finalist for the Fredericksburg job.

At one time, more than 60 candidates had applied for the FISD position to replace Williamson, who had served since 1998.

“I think of myself as very student and employee oriented,” Wright said. “It’s important to bring out the positive attributes in students and employees and put them into positions to be successful.”

Prior to his position with Huntington, a Class 3A school of 1,800 students, Wright also had spent two years as superintendent of Woodville ISD.

Wed
18
Dec

FTC musical ‘Sanders Family Christmas’ concludes Sunday


A DOWN HOME CHRISTMAS celebration will be presented Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 19-22, when the Fredericksburg Theater Company finishes off the run of “Sanders Family Christmas” with one final weekend of showings. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

This weekend will be the final one for the Fredericksburg Theater Company musical comedy “Sanders Family Christmas”.

The show will be performed Thursday, Dec. 19; Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21 — all at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.

The show is being performed at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South.

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
18
Dec

'Santa Paws' to revisit SPCA Saturday


SANTA PAWS – The dog “Cocoa,” resident at the Trudy Brune Hill Country SPCA on Texas Highway 16 South gets her chance to visit with Santa Claus on Saturday at part of the SPCA’s “Santa PAWS” fundraiser. Families were invited to pose with Santa and their pets. Chris Ward, president of the Hill Country SPCA, said the no-kill shelter exists on donations and thrift store proceeds, but more donors and adoptees are always needed as costs for housing animals continue to rise. The SPCA usually has 25 to 30 dogs on hand, 15 to 20 cats, and in the past has housed a camel, llamas, alpacas, ferrets and parrots, as well as reptilian animals. The Santa PAWS events were designed to raise awareness for the facility. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

“Santa Paws” will be visiting the Trudy Brune Hill Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Santa will be there to pose for photos with families and their pets. Those who have a well-behaved dog or cat are encouraged to bring them to have their picture taken with Santa.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Wed
18
Dec

Pioneer Museum to host Candlelight Tour Dec. 28

Pioneer Museum Complex and the Schandua House will host a Candlelight Tour on Saturday, Dec. 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The museum is located at 325 West Main Street. The Schandua House is at 111 East Austin Street.

Tickets to the event are $10 apiece and can only be purchased at Pioneer Museum.

Participants can see some of Fredericksburg’s historic structures decorated for the holiday season with handmade tree ornaments, window and hearth decorations.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Wed
18
Dec

Bethany Christmas Journey


'JUST AND DEVOUT’ Simeon, center, played by Zack Zesch, identifies the baby of Mary (Caroline Stafford) and Joseph (John Stafford) as the Messiah in a scene from the book of Luke. The actors took part in Bethany Lutheran Church’s “Christmas Journey” which depicted nine scenes around the birth of Christ. See more photos throughout the pastor’s mes-sage special section in this Christmas issue. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

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