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Wed
29
Oct

Early voting ends Friday ahead of Nov. 4 election


Patricia and Raleigh Kreuz of Fredericksburg beat the crowd and participated in early voting last week at the Gillespie County Courthouse. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4 — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Ken Esten Cooke

 A hot gubernatorial race has driven more than 3,600 people to vote early in Gillespie County ahead of the Nov. 4 general election.

County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche said 3,675 people voted early through Tuesday with three days remaining.

Early voting continues through Friday, Oct. 31, at the County Courthouse, Room 104, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

 “Turnout has been pretty good,” Rusche said. “I think it’s pretty good for a governor’s race.”

Rusche said 2,698 people voted in-person by the close of voting on Tuesday. Also received were 792 of the 977 mail-in ballots which were requested, she said.

Votes are generally heavier during presidential vote years, but Rusche said the activity around the governor and lieutenant governor’s races have helped spike turnout.

The ballot

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

Wed
29
Oct

Make-A-Wish grants swimming pool to Marley Bedford


Four-year-old Marley Bedford takes her first dip in a swimming pool that was given to her during a reveal party as a part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Sunday afternoon. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Austin R. Eck

Even in late October, it is not too cold to take a dip in a pool. It is one of the perks of living in the Texas Hill Country.

When the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted four-year-old Marley Bedford’s wish to have a swimming pool, the calendar did not prevent Marley, her sisters or her friends from jumping in.

“Her parents knew a swimming pool is what she wanted, so we talked to her about that,” Judy Kramer, a wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, said. “It was very clear that’s what she wanted.”

Marley was born with a rare form of terminal dwarfism — rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata, or “rhizo” — that affects fewer than 100 children worldwide.

“We her told that when she was first born that she wouldn’t live to see her first birthday,” Marley’s mother, Crystal Bedford said. “She’s totally blown everything out of the water for what the doctors said.”

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.

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