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Bow-hunting season gets under way Saturday

By Lisa Treiber-Walter— Odds are running pretty favorable for hunters ready to get the early jump on bagging big bucks during the archery-only season when it opens at dawn this Saturday, Sept. 28.

“It may be a pretty decent opening weekend what with deer still coming into feeders like they have been,” said Gillespie County’s Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Scott Krueger.

Although last week’s rainfall has led to some sprouting ground vegetation and the acorns have begun to drop all across the county, “deer are pretty much creatures of habit, so they will still be coming around, hitting the feeders for a quick bite of corn before heading on,” Krueger said.

“The weather this weekend should be cool, so there are going to be some good opportunities for an archer to shoot a deer,” he added.

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County burn ban lifted Monday following recent rains

By Lisa Treiber-Walter— Just less than a month after it was enacted, Gillespie County’s “burn ban” was lifted Monday, Sept. 23, making it legal once again for residents to conduct outdoor, open-flame burning.

Acting on the advice of the county’s fire marshal, Steve Olfers, Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher signed the order releasing the burn ban restrictions at 3 p.m., Monday.

“Residents who plan to burn still need to proceed with extreme caution,” Olfers said. “You still have to evaluate your own specific areas and what hazards may exist,” he said, pointing out that, while the rainfall  dousing Gillespie County was “a great event,” not all areas received as much as the eight inches of moisture that was recorded in the Doss area.

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Ground broken for Heritage Center


BREAKING GROUND on the new Texas Rangers Heritage Center with the first shovels full of dirt turned on Tuesday, Sept. 24, were, from left: State Rep. Doug Miller, Governor Rick Perry, Bennie Tahmahkera Jr., Mayor Jeryl Hoover, Joe B. Davis, Milton Wright (behind Davis), Lila Davis, Chris Davis, Lee Spencer White and historian Mike Cox.

Governor attends ceremony for $10 million facility

By Ken Esten Cooke— A project 14 years in the making broke ground on Fredericksburg’s east side Tuesday morning, promising to add another popular attraction for visitors to Fredericksburg.

The Texas Rangers Heritage Center came one step closer to reality with Governor Rick Perry, State Rep. Doug Miller and an overflow crowd of an estimated 350 in attendance.

The center will be built on acreage between Fort Martin Scott and the Hill Country University Center.

“I can’t think of a better location,” said Joe B. Davis, president of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation, and the driving force behind the project. “Fort Martin Scott has a great history here, and it involves the Texas Rangers.”

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FHS Homecoming activities set Friday


FIVE SENIOR GIRLS from Fredericksburg High School, including (from left) Abi Rivera, Rachel Beckendorf, Cory Remschel, Camry Weinheimer and Libby Klein, are competing for the title of "2013 FHS Homecoming Queen." They will be introduced and the student body's choice will be crowned queen during a ceremony planned at halftime Friday night during the 7:30 p.m. Fredericksburg v. Llano varsity football game at FHS Stadium. — Photo courtesy Campus Comet

Queen to be crowned at halftime of FHS-Llano football game

By Matt Ward— Fredericksburg High School is following a holiday-inspired theme this week for its Homecoming 2013 activities.

Throughout the week, students have been asked to cast their votes for their favorite of five senior girl candidates, one of which will be crowned as the FHS Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies at Friday night’s varsity football game against Lampasas in the FHS Stadium. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.

The five hopefuls vying for the title of ‘queen’ are (alphabetically):

•Rachel Beckendorf, daughter of Ben and Juanita Beckendorf, who will be escorted during the crowning ceremonies on the field by Adolfo Enciso;

•Libby Klein, daughter of Gregory and Karen Klein, who will be escorted by Lane Williams;

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Country Americana music, opera to be on the same stage


PERFORMING Sunday to kick off the week-long Fredericksburg Opera and Music Festival was Ray Salinas of Fredericksburg. The "Opera Brunch," held at the St. Mary's Holy Family Center, also featured September Bigelow-van der Stoel. —Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Opera Fest to feature Wednesday, Friday, Saturday stagings at Nimitz

By Ken Esten Cooke—  A mixture of two distinctly different genres of music will take place this week at The Fredericksburg Opera and Music Festival.

The week-long festival kicked off Sunday with an “Opera Brunch” at the St. Mary’s Holy
Family Center.

Jonathan Moody and his country band of Boerne and opera singer Ray Salinas of Fredericksburg will present an opera-country classic at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Nimitz Hotel Ballroom.

“We believe this to be a first pairing of these two musical genre in Texas, and attendees will experience great food and music in a comfortable setting,” said Arden Dorn, Hill Country Opera Festival president.

The inclusive price for the evening is $35.

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Viva Texicana fiesta, concert set Saturday


STEPHANIE URBINA JONES will host and perform during the grand finale of the first annual "Viva Texicana" Hill Country Fiesta this Saturday, Sept. 28, at Pioneer Museum. —Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Matt Ward— The first annual “Viva Texicana” Hill Country Fiesta, celebrating Hispanic heritage in the Texas Hill Country, will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 4-9 p.m. at Pioneer Museum, located at 325 West Main Street.

The event will be an evening of family-friendly fun hosted by Stephanie Urbina Jones, a third generation Hispanic-American country singer-songwriter and featured artist on the TV show “Troubadour Texas.”

Festivities will kick off at 4 p.m. with an hour-long performance by Mariachi Nuevo Estilo ADM, recent “America’s Got Talent” performers whose style mixes traditional Mexican music with some of today’s top hits.

A special “Fiesta Fun Zone” with free children’s activities will take place from 4-6 p.m. featuring educational and cultural arts, crafts and games, including piñatas, mariachi musical chairs, a tortilla toss, fiesta rubber ducks, storytelling in English and Spanish and more.

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Smith: Obamacare 'simply not ready for prime time'


DISTRICT 21 Congressman Lamar Smith stopped in Fredericksburg on Monday. —Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Congressman visits Monday to tell why he voted no

By Ken Esten Cooke— As the U.S. House and Senate tussle over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the budget, District 21 Congressman Lamar Smith said Monday that “Obamacare is simply not ready for prime time.”

Smith and other House Republicans voted last week on a Continuing Resolution that would keep government funded beyond the Sept. 30 deadline, until about mid-December. But the resolution also contained a repeal of the ACA, Smith told members of the Fredericksburg Rotary Club on Monday.

“The percentage of people who like it is now down in the thirties,” he said.

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Former FHS student to receive $75,000 settlement

By Matt Ward— A former Fredericksburg High School student who brought a lawsuit against the Fredericksburg Independent School District (FISD) will receive $75,000 to settle her claims against the district, FISD superintendent Marc Williamson and former FHS principal Lynn Blackwell, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

The lawsuit developed after an improper relationship was documented between then-student Stephanie Crounse and Fredericksburg High School (FHS) physics teacher and coach, Michael G. Stevens.

Williamson confirmed no tax dollars were to be contributed in the final settlement.

Most school districts carry commercial general liability insurance that contains provi-sions for an “occurrence,” which may include a number of coverage terms in which a defendant claims harm.

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Neighbors to join up for National Night Out

By Lisa Treiber-Walter— In a show of strength against criminals, Gillespie County residents are being invited to join firefighters and law officers at their rural fire departments for “National Night Out — America’s Night Out Against Crime” open houses this coming Tuesday, Oct. 1.

“Let’s send a message to criminals that our community is united in the fight against crime,” urged Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills.

On Tuesday evening, residents are encouraged to turn on their front porch lights in a show of solidarity against crime, throw block parties to get to know their neighbors better and learn how to watch out for each other better and to participate in special activities planned around the county.

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'Roundup' will feature latest in green living

By Matt Ward— Electric vehicles, wind power and other energy efficient projects will be on display in Fredericksburg as part of the 13th Annual Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair (The Roundup), which is one of four destinations in Texas celebrating National Plug In Day, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29.

Members of the Austin/San Antonio Tesla Google Group will provide NEMA 14-50 charging systems and an eVgo charging station for recharging in Fredericksburg with free parking for electric vehicle owners.

Members of the Tesla Google Group will have their vehicles on display, including the Tesla Motor Series S Sedan.

For 13 years, the Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair has been a weekend destination for Texans who want to embark on a fall road trip to the Texas Hill Country. The Roundup is the largest all sustainability fair in the South.

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