Landmark dance hall to become home of local school

School children will soon take over the storied Pat’s Hall. Pictured are students from Providence Hall, from left, Mary Elizabeth Wilkinson, Jack Haight, Ellie Faucheux, Charlie Konuma and Samuel Goodson. – Submitted photo

Boot-scootin’ will be replaced by book readin’ at a legendary local dance spot.

The board of directors at Providence Hall, a local Christian school for grades 1 through 12, announced it will purchase historic nightspot Pat’s Hall on Post Oak Road in Fredericksburg.

Providence Hall will renovate the property into classrooms, offices and an educational diagnostic testing center, said Lynn Nolen, Head of School.

“While the school is thrilled to be able to expand their classroom availability to accommodate a growing waiting list of potential students, they are also excited to become a permanent part of Fredericksburg history as the new stewards of a beloved community landmark,” Nolen said.


LBJ State Park will host tree lighting Sunday evening

The late president’s daughter, Luci Baines Johnson, spoke at last year’s treelighting event. — File photo

Stonewall will illuminate on Sunday, Dec. 21, as the 45th annual LBJ Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site.

The festivities will also include a Christmas tree, holiday snacks and music at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm.

The LBJ tree lighting event is a holiday tradition in the Hill Country, begun by America’s 36th president and his family.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the courtyard of the park’s Visitor Center.

Besides the lighting of the cedar Christmas tree, there will also be caroling and a live nativity.

Prior to the tree lighting, the “Polka Dots” German band will perform holiday music at 5:30 p.m. There will also be pre-event activities at the State Park Gift Shop and Bookstore from 2-5 p.m.

Blue Donkey Pottery will do ornament decorating later that evening and into the night. Ned and Barbara McLeane will host ornament decorating for the children.


Fredericksburg blanketed with fog Monday morning

Fredericksburg resident Royce Hunter captured this stunning view from his home off Smith Road early Monday morning as a blanket of fog covered the town.

Steeples from St. Mary's Catholic Church are visible, but not much else in the dense moisture.


4-Hers compete at district food show, challenge

Competing in the District 4-H Food Show/Food Challenge on Saturday at Texas State University were four teams from Gillespie County, including, in front from left, Connor McCarver, Jenna Rickerhauser, Teya Grace Martin, Kate Wenzel, Andrew Coleman, Morgyn Granville and (in back) Logan McCarver, Juan Pablo Hinckley, Zoe Maurer, Arianna Watson, Sara Verstuyft, Dylan Sione, Daylon Nebgen, Harrison Spisak and Corbin Smajstrla. — Submitted photo

Gillespie County youth competed in the District 4-H Food Show/Food Challenge contest on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Eight local youth took part in the food show while four teams from Gillespie County competed in the food challenge.

At the contest, 4-H members competed in three age divisions, including junior, intermediate and senior.

Food Show

Eight Gillespie County 4-Hers competed in the District Food Show on Saturday.

The participants qualified for the district contest after finishing first at the county show.

Following are the placings won by local youth in the District Food Show.

Junior division

Protein— 1. Jace Granville.

Grains — 3. Juan Pablo Hinckley.

Fruits and Vegetables — 5. Emmanuel Hinckley.

Dairy — 1. Arianna Watson.



Bethany Lutheran presents 'Christmas Journey' last weekend

The Prophet (Karen Loeffler) foretells the coming of the Messiah who shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace in the first scene from “A Christmas Journey” at Bethany Lutheran Church. The event took place on Friday and Saturday, and more photos can be found in the special Christmas greetings section in today’s newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

The Prophet (Karen Loeffler) foretells the coming of the Messiah who shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace in the first scene from “A Christmas Journey” at Bethany Lutheran Church.

The event took place on Friday and Saturday, and more photos can be found in the special Christmas greetings section in today’s newspaper.

Also included in today's edition are letters to Santa Claus penned by first and second grade students from schools across the county.

— Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann


Community orchestra to host yule concert

The Fredericksburg Community Orchestra will present its Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, located at 107 East Lower Crabapple Road.

The program includes “Introit” by Jim Puckett (featuring Jay Ping on violin); “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” by Richard S. Willis; “Christmas Lullaby” arranged by Andrew Dabczynski; “Joy to the World,” arranged by JoAnne Martin; “St. Anthony Chorale,” arranged by Sandra Dackow; “Allegro in D” by Vivaldi and “Melody” by Gluck.

Students will perform “Minuet 2” by Bach (viola and cello only); “Minuet in G” by Beethoven; “Musette” by Bach; “Minuet 3” by Bach; “Etude” by Suzuki; “Allegro” by Suzuki and “O Come Little Children.”

All FCO concerts are free and open to the public.

Upcoming concerts during the 2014-2015 season are the Van Der Stucken Festival on March 21 and the spring concert on May 16.


'The 4 Proches' to perform in FTC Christmas program

The Fredericksburg Theater Company will present a local family musical group as its final December program to mark the holiday season.

The local family group, The 4 Proches, will perform an evening of winter music entitled “Snowglobe: Christmas with The 4 Proches” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.

The performance will be at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, which is at 1668 South U.S. 87.

The evening is a collection of lively bluegrass/folk songs featuring the group’s signature sibling harmonies.

The 4 Proches consists of brothers Beecher, Ezra and Asa along with sister Liza.

Besides singing, the family members also play their own instruments, including guitar, banjo, piano, mandolin and percussion.



Essence, Mid-Texas choirs to perform here Saturday

Two choirs will perform the Vivaldi “Magnificat” and Christmas carols during a 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, concert at the Hill Country Evangelical Free Church.

Both the Essence Women’s Choir and the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Laurie Jenschke, will join forces to present the songs.

The public is invited. Admission is a free will offering and a food offering for the Fredericksburg Food Pantry.

The concert is underwritten in part by the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance.

Dr. Eric Siu, violinist; Bethany Raynes, violinist; Dr. Eliza Jeffords, viola, and Dr. Elizabeth Lee, cello, all of whom play for the Mid-Texas Symphony and are string instructors at Texas Lutheran University, will also join the choirs.

Dr. Stephen McElroy of Austin will be the accompanist.


County files for $90,000 bond to cover office errors

By Austin R. Eck

The Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD) will collect taxes for the county once the office is able, after Gillespie County Commissioners OK’d a switch from the tax assessor-collector’s (TAC) office.

In addition to voting to the change, the county filed a $91,987.85 claim with RLI Surety to cover unaccounted-for funds at the TAC office.

In October, the Dawson Forensic Group, a forensic accounting firm, reported to the court that $129,476.90 was owed to other entities, but unaccounted for by the TAC office.

On Monday, County Auditor Larry Crump received confirmation that the bonding agency will be investigating the claim.

Commissioners also approved a proposal from the Dawson Forensic Group to help provide assistance in the transition as well as some help reworking the way the TAC office collects taxes for the remaining time it will collect.


New bond issue eyed for FISD improvements

By Richard Zowie

Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees received high marks in the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) at its regular meeting Monday.

In an earlier special meeting that day, trustees also discussed potential building projects that could go into the upcoming proposed school bond in 2015.

TAPR report

In its 2013-2014 TAPR, the state determined FISD “met standards” in its accountability rating.

Each campus in the district also met standards and received notations for various “Academic Achievements.”

Linda Hicks, FISD assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, presented the report.

The TAPR includes comprehensive information on a district’s students, schools, staff, programs, demographics and financial management.


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