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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.

Fri
11
Oct

Daily Update for Tuesday, Oct. 15

News

  • Rain remains in the forecast for Gillespie County as weathermen predict chances of showers increasing up to 80 percent by 4 p.m. today and then continuing at that same high percentage from midnight through 10 a.m. tomorrow. Corresponding with that is a National Weather Service-issued flash flood watch in effect for all of South Central Texas from 5 p.m. this afternoon through 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. Widespread one to two inch amounts of rain are expected with localized higher amounts of three to five inches possible.
  • Hill Country CattleWomen will meet at 10 a.m. at Buzzie's Barbecue in Kerrville.

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Thu
10
Oct

Property tax notices shipped out Monday to county residents

Gillespie County taxpayers will be receiving their property tax notices in the mail this week, since they were posted on Monday, Oct. 7 by Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector Marissa Weinheimer.

An estimated 36,786 statements were mailed, Weinheimer said, adding that they are technically due upon receipt, but taxpayers have until Jan. 31, 2014, to make payment.

After that date, starting on Feb. 1, payments will have added penalties and interest fees.

The bill issued and collected by the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office represents charges from eight local taxing entities, including...

Thu
10
Oct

Woodworkers to ‘turn’ spotlight on mesquite

Mesquite, a native Texas hardwood, will be featured by woodworkers this weekend during the 21st Annual Texas Mesquite Association Art Festival on Marktplatz.

The event is free and open to the public from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13.

Hours will be from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Items on display, with many available for purchase, include hand-crafted furniture, as well as larger-sized dining tables, beds and dressers, and smaller-sized pieces such as chairs, turned lamps, end tables and more.

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Thu
10
Oct

Oktoberfest crowd deemed largest ever


IN TRUE GERMAN STYLE, Wilfried and Rose Marie Mazanke danced a polka on Saturday while wearing the traditional German lederho-sen and dirndl. -- Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke — 

This year’s Oktoberfest, enhanced by perfect fall weather, is believed to have set attendance records.

While numbers are still being counted, organizers think the event drew the most people to Marktplatz in its 33-year history.

It was the place to be, and not just for locals. People from around the state and nation, plus some from other countries, made the trip to experience Oktoberfest in German-rooted Fredericksburg.

“Overall, numbers indicate that it was stronger than last year,” said Debbie Farquhar-Garner, event coordinator. “The growth of Oktoberfest helps the overall impact on the town. With the sold-out lodging, people going to restaurants or to H-E-B, or buying a tank of gas, everybody benefits from this weekend.”

Ernie Loeffler, president of the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau, said Mother Nature “smiled on us” so the celebration continued uninterrupted.

Thu
10
Oct

Council mulls new parking ordinance


AHEAD OF SCHEDULE — Reconstruction of the Austin Street Bridge, financed by the City of Fredericksburg, will be completed by the end of October, several weeks ahead of the original Nov. 20 projected completion date. The $412,000 project is being constructed by contractor BPI Environmental Services, Inc. of Austin. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

 

Concerned with an increase in complaints regarding trailers, boats and other heavy machinery left in front yards and on streets across town, the Fredericksburg City Council began discussions for an ordinance to regulate parking of large vehicles in residential and commercial areas during their regular meeting Monday.

No action was taken on the proposed ordinance, which will be revised by city staff before the council takes up the ordinance again at a later meeting.

 

Proposed ordinance

According to the proposed ordinance, city-wide parking should be limited to parking in front yards on proper surfaces or in side yards only where the vehicle is screened and on a proper surface.

Loading and unloading, as well as parking for construction projects during daylight hours, would be exempted uses.

Thu
10
Oct

Boerne tops all in Hill Country Marching Festival


FHS SAXOPHONISTS, from left, James Drury, Juan Maldonado, John Adam Castaneda and Danielle Trinkle perform their routine in breezy weather Saturday at FHS Stadium. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Boerne High School finished as grand champion in the Hill Country Marching Festival, held at Fredericksburg High School Stadium on Saturday.

FHS Band Director John Rauschuber said crowds supported “a great festival,” which wrapped up with an exhibition-only performance by the Pride of the Texas Hill Country, the FHS Band, at 6:30 p.m.

Boerne, a Class 3A school, scored an 89.5 to top the 15 marching band entries ranging from Class A through Class 4A. Rounding out the top five and scores were: 2nd, Class A San Saba, 81.8; 3rd, Class 3A Hondo, 79.4; 4th, Class 2A Blanco, 75.8; and 5th, Class A Harper, 73.6.

The Harper Longhorn Band performed “A Bridge to the Future,” by Barry Hurt, featuring “Breaking Ground, High Steel Blues, Cement Mixer, Percussion Feature, America the Beautiful and Git ’R Done.”

Thu
10
Oct

Local WWII veteran Shafer visits Tomb of the Unknowns


LOCAL VETERAN Bernice Shafer takes a seat at the Nurses Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Shafer, who served as a U.S. Army nurse in World War II, was one of many Fredericksburg and area WWII vets who took an Honor Flight to the nation’s capital. She also visited the Tomb of the Un-knowns to pay her respects to a service member who died in her arms; she never knew his name. — Photo courtesy Cam King

By Richard Zowie —

Sixty-eight years ago, Bernice Shafer served as a nurse in World War II in the Philippines toward the war’s end.

Even after the war ended, she carried a memory that haunted her for many years.

Shafer, along with about 30 local veterans, visited the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 28. She helped lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, in Arlington National Cemetery, her way of paying her respects to the nameless, mortally-wounded soldier she comforted in his final moments nearly seven decades ago.

She spent two years as a nurse in the U.S. Army and would later serve three years in the reserves of the Army Air Corps (now the Air Force).

Following basic training in Camp Carson, Colo. (now called Fort Carson) in 1944, Shafer received orders to go to the Philippines in 1945.

“General Douglas MacArthur cleared the path for us to go there,” she said.

Thu
10
Oct

'Miracle Worker' to debut


WATER! — Anne Sullivan, played by Christina Fait, tries to teach the sign for “water” to Helen Keller, played by Meredith Harper. The two are part of the cast of The Miracle Worker, which opens Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m., at the Fredericksburg Theater Company. The production continues weekends through Oct. 27. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Opening night for the Fredericksburg Theater Company production of “The Miracle Worker” will be Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

The play will be performed for three weeks on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and then Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m.

The final performance will be Sunday, Oct. 27.

The Tony Award-winning play focuses on Helen Keller, who, though born being able to see and hear, loses both of those senses at an early age due to an illness. Left unable to hear, see or even talk, she then receives guidance from her teacher, Anne Sullivan.

Ashleigh Goff, who is directing the FTC production, described the nature of the show — especially the set — as “very abstract.”

“There aren’t complete walls, but you can tell where walls go,” she explained. “All of the different characters have such big personalities. They all must work cohesively together. It’s also physically very challenging.”

Thu
10
Oct

Agave Gallery: Petite space packed with western delights


AGAVE GALLERY owner and artist John Bennett poses with his "Belle Starr" bronze, one of a series of vintage cowgirl statues he made. While Bennett has moved on to other projects, he said the cowgirl bronzes proved popular. Those followed his cowboy artwork. -- Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Agave Gallery feels a little bit like your first apartment, as it is on the small side, but the treasures inside spark huge reactions.

Visitors are welcomed to the gallery — housed in an 1880s limestone Sunday house — by a well-kept native plant garden. For 15 years, the building was a wedding chapel. Artist John Bennett and wife Cathy live in what used to be a radiator shop behind the gallery, which they opened eight years ago.

Inside, Bennett’s detailed, flowing sculpture work takes prominence, but the subdivided rooms have artistic delights around each corner.

Bennett’s work is filled with natural-looking, moving subjects, but what is hidden is the meticulous detail and work style of each piece.

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