Pioneer Museum to host Candlelight Tour Dec. 28

Pioneer Museum Complex and the Schandua House will host a Candlelight Tour on Saturday, Dec. 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The museum is located at 325 West Main Street. The Schandua House is at 111 East Austin Street.

Tickets to the event are $10 apiece and can only be purchased at Pioneer Museum.

Participants can see some of Fredericksburg’s historic structures decorated for the holiday season with handmade tree ornaments, window and hearth decorations.

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Bethany Christmas Journey

'JUST AND DEVOUT’ Simeon, center, played by Zack Zesch, identifies the baby of Mary (Caroline Stafford) and Joseph (John Stafford) as the Messiah in a scene from the book of Luke. The actors took part in Bethany Lutheran Church’s “Christmas Journey” which depicted nine scenes around the birth of Christ. See more photos throughout the pastor’s mes-sage special section in this Christmas issue. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Contested race develops in JP Pct. 1 ballot

One contested race has developed in the 2014 Gillespie County political primary races set for March 4, 2014.

In the Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, race, newcomer Debbi McCurdy, a deputy attorney for the City of Fredericksburg, will challenge J.D. Hickman, owner/operator of a livestock services company.

Current Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Louis Rech chose not to run for reelection.

The terms of county judge, two county commissioners, two justices of the peace and administrative positions are open for new four-year terms.

The March 4 primary elections will define party candidates ahead of the Nov. 4, 2014 general election. In heavily Republican Gillespie County, the spring race will decide many of the winners.

All candidates seeking election will run in the Republican primary. All offices are four-year terms.


Historical marker dedication slated for Saturday, Dec. 21

A dedication ceremony for a new Texas Historical Commission marker is planned in Fredericksburg this Saturday, Dec. 21.

The public is welcome to attend the event, which will see the marker unveiling at 11 a.m. at 701 West Main Street (at the corner of West Main and Acorn streets.)

Known as the “Johann Jost Klingelhoeffer House,” the structure has been verified as one of the earliest German-Texan houses built in Gillespie County.

It served as the residence of its namesake, who left Europe in 1846 because of the political and economic conditions existing in the German states at that time.

Upon arrival in Fredericksburg, Klingelhoeffer was assigned a 10-acre Out Lot and Town Lot 271 by the German Emigration Company.

On that lot of land, he built a home in the fachwerk — or half-timbered style — at a prominent location on Fredericksburg’s Haupstrasse (Main Street.)


Deadlines moved up for holiday publications

In a scenario that doesn’t happen but once in every so many years, the Christmas Day holiday this year coincides with the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post’s regular publication day of Wednesday, Dec. 25.

To accommodate the holiday, the newspaper’s advertising and news article deadlines and, subsequently, publication schedules, have been moved up in adjustment.

Next week’s Christmas Day edition will be published on Monday, Dec. 23. Likewise, the following week’s paper will also be published on Monday, Dec. 30, in light of New Year’s Day also falling on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Deadlines pushed

With the earlier publication schedules in store during the coming weeks, deadlines for submitted news articles and photos, as well as advertisements, have also been moved forward.

Advertising deadline


Wright named sole finalist for FISD superintendent

After a superintendent search that saw more than 60 candidates apply, Fredericksburg Independent School District has named Huntington ISD superintendent Dr. Eric Wright as its sole finalist for the job.

Wright would replace Dr. Marc Williamson, who is retiring after the fall semester following 15 years as FISD’s superintendent.

The board voted on Wright as the final candidate at a Wednesday, Dec. 11 special meeting. They must now wait 21 days for public response. According to board president Lorrie Hess, they will vote Monday, Jan. 6 on whether to hire Wright.

“At this point, the board is unanimously in support of Wright as a candidate,” Hess said. “He is a good choice who was beyond our expectations.”

Since 2006, Wright has served as superintendent of Huntington, a Class 3A school of 1,800 students. Prior to that, he spent two years as superintendent of Woodville ISD, a 2A school of 1,350 students.


County seeks counsel on jail electricity issue

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Facing a big decision on which utility provider to use for electricity at the new Gillespie County Jail, county officials have opted to seek outside legal counsel.

Catherine J. Webking, an Austin attorney who specializes in public utility matters and who helped the county on transmission line issues in the past, will be hired at $1,500 and with a tight deadline, to assess the current situation and tell county commissioners if they should use the City of Fredericksburg or Central Texas Electric Cooperative as the primary provider of power to the jail facility.

“She can assess and advise so that we know exactly what the legal issues are and so we know what our responsibilities might be,” said Commissioner Donnie Schuch, in Monday’s commissioners’ court session.


Trustees get AEIS status report, mull open-campus lunch policy

By Richard Zowie —

The Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees held a regular meeting Monday, Dec. 9 at the central administration building and discussed the Fredericksburg Middle School, open campus, effluent water and the school’s academic performance report.

Today at 6:30 p.m., the trustees will hold a closed session to discuss superintendent applicants and then have an open meeting to select a finalist.

AEIS report discussed

The trustees also accepted unanimously the report on FISD by the Academic Excellence Indicator System, which stated that the school district in 2013 received the accountability rating: “Met Standard.”

Each school within the district also received the “Met Standard” rating.

“We anticipate the standard staying the same this year,” said Linda Hicks, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.


'Sanders Family Christmas' on stage

HEART TO HEART — Rev. Mervin Oglethorpe (played by J.D. Cole, center) shares his feelings and leads his Baptist congregation in “I’ve Been Changed” with support from Vera Sanders (played by Amber Nanni,) Denise Sanders (Faith Hearn,) Burl Sanders (Paul Carlyle, in background,) Stanley Sanders (Zac Tiedemann) and Dennis Sanders (Andrew Strachen.) Fredericksburg Theater Company’s “Sanders Family Christmas” debuts tomorrow night, Dec. 12. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Opening night for the Fredericksburg Theater Company musical comedy “Sanders Family Christmas” will be Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The show will be performed at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South, on Dec. 12-22.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday matinee performances will be at 2 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale, and advance tickets are $20 for adults, $5.50 for youth 18 and under. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 for adults and $7.50 for youth 18 and under. For group discounts or for more information, contact the box office at 830-997-3588. 


Answering the call of duty

PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR J.C. Alston of Temple salutes as a ceremonial wreath is placed before him during a special program Saturday afternoon at the National Museum of the Pacific War to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Braving icy and cold weather conditions, a large crowd of military veterans, locals and visitors attended a special program Saturday to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Held inside the Memorial Courtyard at the National Museum of the Pacific War, Saturday’s program began at 12:25 CST (8:25 PST), the time the attack on Pearl Harbor began on Dec. 7, 1941.

Proud of the USA Bunch did a flyover, including the “Missing Man” formation in World War II aircraft to start the commemoration.

Guest speaker for the pro-gram was Maj. Gen. Alfred A. Valenzuela, U.S. Army (ret.).

“War is at the intersection of happenstance and hell,” Valenzuela said. “In 1941, when the attack occurred, we were called out and many answered the call of duty without even question.  The real heroes are the ones who answer that call.”


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