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FHS, Harper bands head to UIL contest

All tuned up and ready to perform, the Fredericksburg High School Marching Band will step off in competition this Saturday, Oct. 19, in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Region XI Marching Contest.

Local Billie supporters are invited to visit Hondo High School Stadium to cheer on “The Pride of the Texas Hill Country” in the band’s 6:15 p.m. performance.

Harper High School’s Longhorn band will also be competing in Hondo during a 2:45 p.m. field appearance.

This year is an advancement year for only Class 1A (which includes Harper,) 2A and 4A bands.

As a Class 3A band, Fredericksburg was eligible to advance last year and made it all the way to the UIL State Marching Band Contest finals, ultimately winning the silver medal after missing first by one point.

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16
Oct

Bestfest brings sausage, beer, music to Marktplatz

Sausage, beer, music, prize drawings and plenty more are on the menu this Saturday, Oct. 19, during the annual two-hour “Bestfest” celebration.

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 9765, Bestfest will be held on Marktplatz — the city’s downtown square — from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

“We’ve combined great offerings from some of the best Texas sausage makers along with a number of the best craft beers around to create a unique sausage and beer tasting event,” according to event chairman John Eilers. 

Admission is $10 for those 14 years of age and older, $5 for kids five to 13 years and free for children under five.

General admission tickets include all the sausage, sauerkraut and German potatoes individuals can eat. Tea is included with entry fee.

Other drinks will be available for purchase, including beer, water, soft drinks, wine and margaritas.

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16
Oct

Mystical mesquite on display at festival

MESQUITE AND AQUATIC LIFE — Harker Heights’ Eastern Hills Middle School students (from left) Jamarion Govan, Andrea Ramirez, Angela Lopez and Sydnee Cassidy take a close look at a mesquite-and-sea life table during the 21st Annual Texas Mesquite Art Festival, which was held at Marktplatz, Oct. 11-13. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
16
Oct

'Gourd almighty,' state fest begins here Friday

Dried, dirty gourds will be turned into works of art as artists from across the state gather for the 2013 Lone Star Gourd Festival planned Friday through Sunday, Oct. 18-20, on the grounds of Pioneer Museum, located at 309 West Main Street.

The three-day show, sponsored by the Texas Gourd Society, provides an opportunity for visitors to see a national-level gourd art competition, as well as to purchase gourd art, raw gourds and tools of the craft from supply vendors, visit a kid’s gourd craft area and take lessons on how to create unique gourd art.

Festival hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission cost will be $5 and anyone 17 years of age or younger will be admitted free with a paying adult.

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16
Oct

Hill Country Memorial voted as an 'America's Best Hospital'

Hill Country Memorial has received the 2013 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for patient experience as well as obstetrics by women.

According to a spokesperson for “WomenCertified,” this distinction is the only award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on criteria that consider what women say they want from a hospital.

“These criteria include quality physician communications, responsiveness of nurses and support staff, cleanliness, and referrals from other women,” said Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified. “Recognizing the best hospitals nationwide that align with women’s identified preferences is important to our mission, and helps other women with consumer decisions.”

Wed
16
Oct

Indian Artifact Show set Saturday

Arrowheads and artifacts made by Indians will be on display during this Saturday’s Hill Country Indian Artifact Show in Fredericksburg.

Also to be featured at the one-day show from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Pioneer Pavilion inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park are jewelry, pottery and other Indian-related items.

Collectors will be bringing their displays of Native American artifacts from Texas and elsewhere in the United States to share with visitors in a show comprised of as many as 70 tables.

Fossils, some of them dating as far back as 10,000 B.C., will also be on display.

Admission to the show will be $6 for adults, while children aged 14 years and younger will be admitted free.

Door prizes will be given away and refreshments of food, including breakfast and then a barbecue lunch, will also be available for purchase on site.

Wed
16
Oct

Alcohol amendment voting could wetten 'dry' part of Gillespie


OLD JUSTICE PRECINCT 6 — visible within the black-and-yellow checkered boundary — will be affected by the outcome of a local option election that is being held in conjunction with the 2013 Constitutional Amendment Election. Certain, but not all, Gillespie County voters from Precincts 5 and 15 who currently reside within the old Justice Precinct 6 will be asked to cast ballots deciding whether or not to legalize the sale of alcohol beverages with 3.2% and higher alcohol content (as is legal in the rest of the county.) The decision could repeal a state of dryness that has been in place for nearly the past eight decades. — Map courtesy Gillespie Central Appraisal District/Chief Appraiser David Oehler

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

 

A portion of Gillespie County that has been mostly “dry” for 78 years may change, depending on how a small set of voters cast their ballots in the 2013 Constitutional Amendment Election.

While voters will be asked to decide on nine constitutional amendments, a small portion of this county’s residents will also be eligible to cast ballots “for” or “against” a local option election that would effectively repeal prohibition.

Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 21, and continues through Friday, Nov. 1, while the general election date this year is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The area of Gillespie County at the heart of the alcohol issue is that surrounding Harper, Tierra Linda and Klein Branch, and a small portion near Willow City, where hard liquor sales have been against the law since before the national prohibition era.

Wed
16
Oct

Early voting begins Monday

Nine proposed constitutional amendments, plus a local expanded beer and wine sales county proposition, will be on the ballot when early voting by personal appearance begins Monday, Oct. 21, at the Gillespie County Courthouse ahead of the Nov. 5 general election.               

Early voting will continue through Friday, Nov. 1, and will take place in the county commissioners’ courtroom from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.       

A non-partisan League of Women Voters of Texas Voters Guide is included in this edition. The section outlines the nine propositions, and presents arguments for and against each. A sample ballot will appear in next week’s newspaper.            

An opportunity for weekend voting will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the courthouse, and again from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27. 

Wed
16
Oct

County to keep close eye on jail

In an effort to ease progress on the Gillespie County Jail project, Commissioner Curtis Cameron has been authorized to make project change decisions on behalf of the county.

Cameron will be backed in the responsibility by Commissioner Donnie Schuch, as alternate, after both were approved for the task by their fellow elected county officials meeting in regular session on Monday, Oct. 14, at the courthouse.

Both Cameron and Schuch will be limited to construction contract decisions not to exceed $25,000 and soft costs not to exceed $10,000, per the recommendation of the jail’s project manager, Gloria Barrera, of Vanir Construction Management, Inc. Decisions deemed more costly than those limits will be brought before the entire commissioners’ court for a determination.

“We’re trying to keep moving on this project because time is money,” Barrera said.

Wed
16
Oct

District gets top financial rating

By Richard Zowie —

 

For the 11th year in a row, the Fredericksburg Independent School District has received a rating of “superior achievement” from the Schools FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) program.

The announcement was made at the school board’s regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 14, at the FISD’s Central Administration Building.

The “superior achievement” rating is the state’s highest mark for budgetary and financial data as examined by the Texas Education Agency.

The school board’s next meeting will be a public forum today, Wednesday, Oct. 16, regarding proposed special district building projects.

 

Schools FIRST success

FISD’s total weighted score was a 70, and to receive “superior achievement” status, a school district was required to score 64-70 points.

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