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Harper park board eyes new center

Bud Wright, capital campaign co-chair, explains features of new community center. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

A town hall meeting in Harper over a proposed new community center drew more than 200 of its roughly 1,200 residents.

Harper Community Park Board presented information about its plans for a $1.3-million, multi-use facility which could potentially draw area meetings and revenue to the town in western Gillespie County.

“This will be a multi-use facility which will satisfy the meeting needs of a lot of folks,” said Bud Wright, the Harper Community Park Board capital campaign committee co-chairman. “We’re in the heart of an area which could draw from Kerr, Kimble and Mason counties, and, of course, Gillespie County.”

But some audience members thought a remodel of the current, 60-year-old facility could serve the town best and keep rates where “people in Harper can afford to rent it.”

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29
Jul

Popular swap meet sells

Jeff and Jennifer Smith of Helotes bargain for 1956 Chevy license plates from dealer Patrick Manning, right. A set of the “very hard to find” plates went for $200. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Thousands of visitors streamed into Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park las weekend for the 38th Annual Hill Country Swap Meet. But halfway through the event, new owners took the reins of the popular car enthusiast event.

“After 38 years, it was time to pass the baton,” said Liz Lindig, of the Fredericksburg Vintage Car Club, who helped organize the massive event for years. “We appreciate all the members and volunteers who have given time to this. But a majority of members are getting older and it has become quite a job. We’re really happy to have Earhart Productions buy it.”

Dean Earhart is owner of Earhart Productions, which began in Waco and now runs three large swap meet shows in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Wed
29
Jul

Scholarship Fest 'tailgates' to help

Tim Jeanes will again serve as $5 each or 6 for $25.
auctioneer. — File photo

“College Tailgating” is the theme for the 19th Annual Scholarship Fest on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the event will include appetizers, a barbecue dinner, silent and live auctions, games, prize drawings and more.

Gates open at 3 p.m.

Funds raised at Scholarship Fest are used to provide scholarships for Gillespie County youth.

Since 1991, the fair association has awarded $327,850 to 602 students.

Larry and Joyce Burrow are serving as chairmen for Scholarship Fest.

For more information, visit www.gillespiefair.com, email info@gillespiefair.com or call the fair association at 830-997-2359.

Wed
29
Jul

Summer art students to host TTU exhibit

Julee Reese of Lubbock, left, and Lorena Williams, of El Paso, work on projects during a graduate-level printmaking class. (Christina Williams of Tatum is in the background.) Artwork from these, along with photog-raphy, drawing, painting and filmmaking from other stu-dents, will be on display Thursday at the Hill Country University Center. — Stand-ard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Texas Tech University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts has concluded its first-ever summer arts program at Hill Country University Center.

On Thursday, July 30, the school will host its first annual Fredericksburg Summer Student Art Exhibit, hosted by the Texas Tech University regional teaching sites and HCUC.

“It’s like a miniature residency,” said Christina Williams, a Texas Tech art student and native of Tatum. “It’s intense, so we just create. We have weekends free, but we usually end up here because it’s just more studio time to create our art.”

Lorena Williams, no relation, is from El Paso.

“This program and this degree can help further our teaching certifications, if that’s what we want to do,” she said. “But it also is a good way to refresh your own personal skills.”

Wed
29
Jul

Top shooters to compete at annual Schuetzenfest

Gillespie County’s top marksmen will gather Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1-2, for the 120th annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest, hosted this year by the Barons Creek Shooting Club at the Bear Creek Sporting Range.

The range is located at 2660 Center Point Road, off State 16 South.

Shooters can sign up until 5 p.m., today, Wednesday, July 29, at Stroeher and Olfers, Inc. Cost to sign up is $30.

When Fredericksburg was founded in the mid-1840s, inhabitants relied on sharpshooting skills to put food on their tables as well as to insure safety. And, while methods of providing sustenance and common welfare may have modernized over the years that followed, the commitment to expert marksmanship still lives on.

Wed
29
Jul

Misión de Candelilla to host annual fundraiser Saturday

Misión de Candelilla’s eighth annual Fiesta fundraiser this weekend will feature a guest speaker who knows about overcoming tough times.

John and Peggy Benson will chair the event, which will be Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Oak Hills Church at 224 FM 2093 (Tivydale Road).

Following the 6-7 p.m. social hour and silent auction, the dinner and program will be from 7-9 p.m. This is the ministry’s main fundraiser.

Proceeds from the event will go to help fund mission trips into the nine villages in northern Mexico where Misión de Candelilla performs medical missions, service projects and preaches the gospel.

Keynote speaker will be Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris, U.S. Army veteran and Wounded Warrior activist.

Wed
29
Jul

Chorale, choirs to host program Thursday

The Fredericksburg Summer Workshop Chorale, and the Fredericksburg German choirs will present a program of new and old works at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church.

The concert is open to the public and admission is free.

The program will include newly written works, such as original text and music, by Fredericksburg residents as well as older music, folk music and arrangements of traditional German songs sung by the Hermann Sons Mixed Choir and the Arion Men’s Choir.

Mark Hierholzer, director of the Fredericksburg Chorale and the German choirs, will direct the concert.

Works to be presented are “Soul’s Awakening” and “The Color of Life,” with music and text by Rachael Kraus; “The Ocean” and “Music,” two poems by Emma Sharpe, set to music by Hierholzer; and “Smoke Floats in an Azure Sky,” with music and text by James Kraus.

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29
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Daily Update for July 29

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      • Friends of Enchanted Rock will present "Amazing!" today at the group pavilion at Enchanted Rock. Dr. Kent Rylander, professor emeritus Texas Tech University, will share some "amazing" things about animals. Participants are asked to gather starting at 10:30 a.m. and the program begins at 11 a.m. A guided hike will follow. There is no fee for the program, but standard park entrance fees apply. Those participating can bring a brown bag lunch. 

Wed
22
Jul

Golf course deficit grows to $575,000

By Matt Ward —

Expected deficits of just over $575,000 at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course have forced the Fredericksburg City Council to more closely examine the course’s future.

“We can’t keep going and putting half a million dollars into the golf course,” City Manager Kent Myers said.

Council members were briefed on the financial woes at the course during a budget workshop Monday afternoon at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center. Other workshop topics included the city’s general, tourism and health insurance funds.

Original estimates for the expected golf course deficit in fiscal year 2014-2015 were projected at $245,200, but a significant increase in the number of bad weather days and major septic issues have pushed the deficit to a new projection of $575,006.

Funding to balance the deficit will come in the form of a transfer from the city’s general fund.

Wed
22
Jul

Chief appraiser values striking out on his own

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Chief Appraiser David Oehler has guided the Gillespie Central Appraisal District through changes to its core function and the search for a new building to handle the additional duties.

But his successor will have to get the GCAD crew moved into a new building as Oehler tendered his resignation to his board of directors on Monday.

“I’ve been chief appraiser for 15 years, and I was chief appraiser in Kerr County for five years before that,” Oehler said Monday. “There are some things I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and after 20 years of service, it’s a good time.”

Last week, the GCAD began accepting tax payments in its expanded courthouse basement offices. The office was asked to assume tax collection duties after the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office could not account for more than $100,000 to disburse to tax-collecting entities.

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