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Wed
29
Oct

Stead earns first annual Oestreich service award


Frank Stead, second from right, is presented the first Paul A. Oestreich Community Service Award by Fredericksburg-Nimitz Rotary Club members, from left, Jayson Fritz, Bill Burns and Zach Pooser. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Fredericksburg-Nimitz Rotary Club awarded the first annual Paul A. Oestreich Community Service Award to firefighter and EMT Frank Stead on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Stead is secretary for the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department, Texas State Guard member and responder for the Gillespie County Emergency Medical Services. The veteran also teaches an EMS-related course at Fredericksburg High School.

He has worked with FVFD for more than a decade, and was first on the scene during the recent shooting incident with Fredericksburg Police Department officer Bradley Durst.

Stead said he was proud to have the award given in memory of the late Fredericksburg police chief, who died in May 2013 of a blood disease.

Wed
29
Oct

Harper homecoming


Angie Pascarella and Riley Jalowy were crowned as Harper High School’s Homecoming Queen and King during the halftime celebration of Friday night’s football game against Center Point. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck
Wed
29
Oct

FHS Band places first at area, heads to state contest

The Fredericksburg High School Marching Band will compete in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) 4A State Marching Contest, Monday, Nov. 3 in San Antonio’s Alamodome.

The band qualified for state after finishing first at the UIL 4A Area E competition Saturday in Corpus Christi at Calallen High School.

At state, the FHS band will march in the preliminary contest at 2:45 p.m. and then, if they advance to the finals, they’ll march again at 6:30 p.m.

At the area competition, FHS received accolades from various judges.

“Very good tone,” said Rustin Honeycutt from Troy Independent School District. “Great sounds from brass and woodwinds. Very effective use of percussion and mallets. Very musical performance. Great guard and great drill with challenging sections.”

Gary Monroe from Mesquite ISD commended the “great small ensemble and soloists” and added that FHS had “a nice, musical performance with great energy throughout.”

 

Wed
29
Oct

Community Orchestra to present 'Haunt-cert' concert Saturday

Fredericksburg Community Orchestra will present a “Haunt-cert” Children’s Concert on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Halle.

The orchestra members will dress in costume and perform a short program of “spooky” themed selections, designed for family listening.

Among the selections are “Theme from Symphony No. 1,” Gustav Mahler Arr. Pfeil; “Over the Rainbow,” Harold Arlen; “The Entertainer,” Scott Joplin; “Overture to William Tell,” Rossini; “Carnival of the Animals,” Saint-Saens, and “Star Wars,” John Williams.

After the concert, children will have the chance to meet and speak with the players and learn about their instruments.

Earlier in the day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., students of Britt Studio will present solos and ensembles.

 

Wed
29
Oct

Dogvember Fest slated Saturday to benefit FDPA

The Fredericksburg Dog Park Association (FDPA) is kicking off November with “Dogvember Fest,” a fundraising event.

From 8:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1 local dog-friendly organizations and businesses will be at the future sight of the Fredericksburg Dog Park, located in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

In addition to featuring local businesses, the festival will introduce the public to the layout of the dog park which is located near the entry of Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park on the right between the airport and Campers Loop.

The fundraiser will help raise construction funds for the dog park.

Groomers, pet sitters and veterinarians will be providing discounts on services for dogs.

Other planned activities include a pet photo booth, agility course, Clear River food truck and children’s activities.

Patty Williamson of Lizard Dreaming Yoga will teach a class titled “Yoga with Your Dog” at 9 a.m.

Mon
27
Oct

Breaking: $129,000 in county tax office funds "unaccounted for"

By Austin R. Eck

Gillespie County Commissioners received a report Monday morning from Steve Dawson, an accountant at Dawson Forensic Group, on the investigation of the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

Dawson’s report found $127,641 in “unaccounted for” funds. The net shortage for other agencies — including the county, City of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg Independent School District and others — from the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office totaled approximately $129,000 with only $39,948 in the office’s account.

After Dawson’s investigation, he concluded there was no cause to believe fraud or illegal activity occurred.

He concluded his presentation by offering his recommendation to recuperate the funds and prevent a similar incident from happening by focusing on staff training.

Wed
22
Oct

Voters head to polls at brisk pace

Early voting in Gillespie County has begun and 768 people voted in-person on Monday and Tuesday, County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche said.

Early voting ahead of the Nov. 4 general election continues through Oct. 31 at the County Courthouse, Room 104, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Weekend voting will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 1-3 p.m. at the Gillespie County Courthouse.

The ballot

On the ballot are federal, state and six unopposed county races.

The marquis races include U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) facing Democratic challenger David Alameel, Libertarian Rebecca Paddock and Green party Emily (Spicybrown) Sanchez.

Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith faces Libertarian Ryan Shields and Green Party candidate Antonio Diaz.

Wed
22
Oct

Water, wastewater bond projects near construction

By Matt Ward

Several City of Fredericksburg water and wastewater bond projects are nearing design completion and are expected to begin construction by early 2015.

Clinton Bailey, city director of public works and utilities, briefed the Fredericksburg City Council on the progress of 11 different projects during the council’s regular meeting Monday.

Funding comes from a $6.5 million utility bond approved by the council last summer.

Four water department projects are in varying stages of preparation for construction, Bailey said, with the rehabilitation of the 1,000,000-gallon Windcrest Tank already out for bid.

The Windcrest project, estimated to cost $809,000, is expected to begin in early December and take six months to complete. A temporary fiberglass tank will be installed to accommodate water flow in the area while the tank is under repair.

Wed
22
Oct

Bomb threat suspect indicted in Louisiana


Reuben David Byon

By Austin R. Eck

Reuben Byon, 17, of Fredericksburg, was indicted by the Rapides Parish grand jury on Sept. 25 on four counts of Communicating False Information of Planned Bombing on School Property.

On Sept. 9, schools in Alexandria, Louisiana and Pineville, Louisiana received bomb threats via telephone. On the same day, Fredericksburg High School received similar bomb threats.

Authorities in Fredericksburg arrested Byon on a warrant issued in Louisiana. After interviewing him, FPD later arrested Byon in connection with the FHS threats.

Currently, the Gillespie County Grand Jury has not reviewed Byon’s case.

According to the Louisiana law, a person convicted of Communicating False Information of Planned Bombing on School Property can serve no more than 20 years.

Wed
22
Oct

FHS band earns 'division one' rating at area marching meet


The ‘Pride of the Texas Hill Country,’ the Fredericksburg High School marching band received a unanimous division one rating for their performance of “Awakening” during the Region 11 University Interscholastic League Marching Contest in Hondo Saturday. Vocalist Faith Hearn (front), shown during halftime of the FHS varsity football game in Boerne on Friday, is a featured per-former in the show, which reflects the change in seasons from winter to spring and features music from Percy Grainger, Aaron Copland and Carol Chambers. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

 

Both Gillespie County high school marching bands that competed at the Region 11 University Interscholastic League (UIL) Marching Contest in Hondo this Saturday earned top ratings.

Fredericksburg High School’s marching band earned a unanimous “division one” rating — the highest rating — for their performance of “Awakening.”

The band, under the leadership of Head Drum Major Hannah Cheeseman and Assistant Drum Majors Arabella Garcia and Drew Bonillas, will now advance to UIL Area E Marching Contest on Saturday, Oct. 25.  

“The Pride of the Texas Hill Country” will march Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at Calallen High School in Corpus Christi.

If FHS places in the top 10 in the preliminary round, they will march again at 8:15 p.m. for the right to compete at the UIL State Marching Contest on Nov. 3 in San Antonio. 

Harper Band

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