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Thu
03
Oct

Daily Update for Tuesday, Oct. 8

News

  • The Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association annual stockholder's meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.
  • No public comment was aired last night before the Fredericksburg City Council during a public hearing on the proposed annexation of 33 lots comprising Stone Ridge Subdivision Unit No. 8. A second hearing is set at the city's next regular session at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center.
  • City officials also discussed, but took no action on an ordinance related to the parking of vehicles near residences.

Sports

Wed
02
Oct

FISD holds public forum for superintendent search

By Richard Zowie— The latest step in the Fredericksburg Independent School District’s search for a new superintendent was a Tuesday, Oct. 1 public forum.

The forum consisted of Texas Association of School Boards executive search services director Butch Felkner meeting with three groups: staff, then the public, then the school board. He stipulated that those speaking or sending in comments did not need to give their names, so as to not influence trustees. The new hire will replace Dr. Marc Williamson, who is retiring after this semester.

Felkner asked the public three questions. He explained to the small gathering that these questions were for information purposes and that there were no right or wrong answers.

First question: What do you consider to be the top one or two strengths of this district?

Wed
02
Oct

'Horns up!'

Hill Country Marching Fest drawing bands here

By Lisa Treiber-Walter— Going “toe-to-toe” and “note-to-note” against each other will be some 17 high school marching bands here this Saturday, Oct. 5, during the annual Hill Country Marching Festival.

Music fans are invited to visit the Fredericksburg High School (FHS) Stadium to watch the Class 1A to Class 4A bands march their contest shows in a halftime-like performance that runs throughout the afternoon.

Wed
02
Oct

FHS alumni return home for 16-13 win


STILL IN SHOCK, Elizabeth (Libby) Klein reacts to being crowned the 2013 Fredericksburg High School Homecoming Queen during halftime of the Billies’ 16-13 varsity football victory over Llano Friday evening at FHS Stadium. The senior, who has Down syndrome, was a unanimous selection after the rest of the homecoming court deferred their votes. Klein was escorted during the homecoming ceremony by FHS varsity football player Lane Williams. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Libby Klein named 2013 Homecoming Queen

By Matt Ward— Elizabeth (Libby) Klein was crowned the 2013 Fredericksburg High School Homecoming Queen during Friday night’s halftime ceremonies of the Billies’ football game against Llano.

The senior, who has Down Syndrome, was a unanimous selection after the rest of the homecoming court deferred their votes.

The Battlin’ Billies defeated the Yellowjackets 16-13 in the homecoming bout to improve to 4-1 on the season. (A  game report is found in today’s Sports section.)

Homecoming ceremony

Halftime of the Friday night game featured the introduction of five homecoming queen nominees who were escorted across the FHS Stadium field and through an honorary tunnel of swords held by uniformed members of the FHS Junior Naval ROTC, while music was played by the FHS Band.

Wed
02
Oct

Prosit! 33rd Annual Oktoberfest begins Friday

Fredericksburg's signature event to be filled with German flavor

By Yvonne Hartmann— Three days filled with singing, toasting and dancing will be featured Friday through Sunday, Oct. 4-6, when the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance hosts its annual Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest activities take place on Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg.

Oktoberfest hours are from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6-12, and free for children under six.

Two-day passes are $12, and three-day passes are $16.

Advance ticket sales are available on the website at www.oktoberfestinfbg.com.

Oktoberfest continues to grow and more seating has been added in a new area, Strassen Zelt (Street Tent), located on Adams Street.

Wed
02
Oct

Galleries to open for First Friday Art Walk

Eleven galleries will be participating in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, Oct. 4.

During the day-long event, most galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Each gallery will observe Art Walk by showcasing various artists and mediums through demonstrations, opening receptions and casual art talks.

Wines from Becker Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards and Torre di Pietra will be served.

Look for the new logo and new Art Walk flags at each participating gallery.

For more information, visit the FFAWF website, www.FFAWF.com.

Wed
02
Oct

Living with drought as 'the new normal'


LARGE SOLAR PANELS, like the one being examined by Mike Renner of Azle, were among the unique projects on display this weekend at the 13th Annual Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair. Over two dozen speakers provided information on a variety of conservation topics during the three-day event on Marktplatz. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Water conservation efforts among topics at annual Renewable Energy Roundup

By Matt Ward— With statewide drought conditions unlikely to change anytime soon, it is high time for Texans to begin taking water conservation more seriously, according to David Foster, one of the dozens of speakers at this weekend’s 13th Annual Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair on Marktplatz.

“This drought may be our new normal and that’s bad news,” Foster, who serves as state director for Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund, said. “The most important water conservation tool we have is the one between our ears. It’s really about our practices in everyday life. We need to change the culture toward water conservation and away from water waste.”

Conservation, he added, is the most affordable way for communities to meet future water needs.

 

Water demand on rise

Wed
02
Oct

Fredericksburg VFW 7105 remembers POWs, MIAs


FORMER PRISONER OF WAR Jack Ledford spoke about the harsh conditions he and many others faced during the Korean War. Ledford was the guest speaker at the Fredericksburg VFW Post 7105’s POW/MIA ceremony on Sept. 27. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie— It was a solemn ceremony to remember two types of members of the United States’ armed forces: those who have been prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.

Fredericksburg VFW Post 7105 served as host on Friday, Sept. 27 for this year’s POW/MIA Ceremony.

Serving as guest speaker was Jack Ledford, a U.S. Army veteran who spent a year and a half in the Korean War as a prisoner of war.

Ledford spoke of his experiences and hardships in the Korean War, which included subzero temperatures and scarce food.

The ceremony also featured a table set for one to memorialize those still missing in action. Among the many symbolisms at the table was a slice of lemon to remind of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in foreign lands, and an inverted glass to symbolize their inability to share with stateside Americans in today’s activities.

Wed
02
Oct

Kraut Run/Walk stepping off Saturday

Runners and walkers will be stepping off on Saturday morning as part of the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club’s Fourth Annual Kraut Run/Walk 8K on Saturday, Oct. 5.

All proceeds from the five-mile run/walk will support literacy programs, primarily for the Fredericksburg Independent School District and Books for Babies.

Pre-registration fees are $25 for adults (17 years of age and older) and $15 for those under 17.

On race day, check-in will start at 7 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m. at the entrance to the Fredericksburg Middle School on Travis Street.

To ensure a race shirt, runners should register online at www.fbgkrautrun.com (search on Kraut Run).

Registrations are also welcome on race day.

The fees on race day are $30 for adults (17 years of age and older) and $20 for those under 17.

Wed
02
Oct

Shoppers: 'Willkommen'

St. Joseph's Halle sets Saturday show

As Fredericksburg’s population soars this Oktoberfest celebration weekend, ready to welcome them with free admission is the St. Joseph’s Halle Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, Oct. 5.

“Setting up shop” in the historic hall just one block off West Main Street at 212 West San Antonio Street will be invited artists and craftsmen from Fredericksburg and the surrounding Hill Country.

Hours for the show will be from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. when those looking to get a head start on their fall and holiday gift buying will find: mosaic stained glass, spoon handle jewelry, Santa pendants, vintage broken china pendants, hand-painted signs, gourd birdhouses, hand-crafted dolls, hand-knitted sweaters, painted and decoupaged furniture, silver-plated wind chimes, crocheted hats, outdoor furniture, “shabby chic” items and more.

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