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Grand jury indicts woman on felony murder charge

A 42-year-old local woman is facing murder charges for the May 26 shooting death of her husband at their residence in Harper.

Expected to be in custody at the end of today, Sept. 18, is Aimee Elizabeth Bowlin, after she was indicted by the Gillespie County Grand Jury Monday, Sept. 16, on a first-degree felony murder charge.

According to Lt. Brian Pehl, of the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office, Bowlin will be held under a $150,000 bond after she was reported to be turning herself in to the authorities. Pre-trial and arraignment hearings are tentatively set for Oct. 17, Pehl said.

Bowlin is accused of using a Glock .45 caliber handgun to shoot her husband, Michael G. Bowlin, 45, at their home at 460 Kristen Lane near Harper back on Sunday, May 26.

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18
Sep

Lutheran Fall Festival returns here Sept. 21

Benefitting Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville and Ebert Ranch Camp in Harper, the 26th annual Lutheran Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at Marktplatz.

The event kicks off with a “Hit the Trails Running 5K” event set for 8:30 a.m. at Marktplatz. A “Kids’ Dash” is planned for 9:45 a.m.

The day will be filled with activities such as a crafts fair, games for children, live music and silent auction

All proceeds benefit Cross Trails Ministry and its work with Lutheran Camp Chrysalis, Ebert Ranch Camp and other similar endeavors.

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18
Sep

Annual Sängerfest to draw German choirs Saturday

Nine choirs will be performing in Fredericksburg on Saturday, Sept. 21, as part of the annual Texanischer Gebirgs Sängerfest.

Hosted by the Hermann Sons Mixed Choir, the Sängerfest will be held at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center.

The Sängerfest will begin at 1:15 p.m. with introductions, singing of the anthems and traditional songs and the presentation of each choir’s flag and the rosette they receive for attending the event.

City of Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover is also expected to attend.

A children’s choir, the Beethoven Kinderchor, will sing, followed by eight adult choirs from the Texas Hill Country Choral Society, including the Germania Chor, Arion Männerchor, Heimatmelodie Gemischter Chor, Beethoven Damenchor, Beethoven Männerchor, New Braunfels Gemischter Chor Harmonie, San Antonio Liederkranz and Hermannsöhne Gemischter Chor.

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12
Sep

Daily Update for Tuesday, Sept. 17

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Wed
11
Sep

Commissioners adopt new tax rate, jail price

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

“Biting the bullet” and moving ahead on what are being described as some of the biggest decisions in the county’s history, Gillespie County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday, Sept. 9, to:

• Approve a $30 million budget for 2014,

• Hike the property tax rate by 6.69 cents, and,

• Approve a $12,073,877 guaranteed maximum price proposal for contruction of the new jail.

“We don’t like it any more than you do, but we’ve got to bite the bullet and move on,” Commissioner Billy Roeder told a county courtroom packed with citizens who shouted out such things as “We need an additional hearing!” and “We demand a revote!”

In the end, however, those folks were told that their time to speak had come and gone at the county’s previous public hearings on the jail issue last summer and during the county’s budget and tax rate hearings held Aug. 30 and Sept. 3.

Wed
11
Sep

FISD, Crounse sexual abuse lawsuit settled

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Officials for the Fredericksburg Independent School District (FISD) announced Thursday, Sept. 5, that a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit stemming from a sexual relationship between a teacher and student.

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.

In the settlement, the school district, FISD superintendent Marc Williamson and former FHS principal Lynn Blackwell were released from further claims.

In addition, attorney Charles Frigerio, representing the City of Fredericksburg, reported Tuesday that additional claims against FHS campus policeman and teacher Christopher Ayala were abandoned and dismissed without ever having been any financial settlement negotiated. Frigerio called the claim against Ayala “baseless.”

Wed
11
Sep

Pro bull riders mount up

A night of professional bull riding featuring cowboys from around the world returns to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday, Sept. 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the evening will also include live music and a dance following the bull riding.

Performing for the concert and dance on the outdoor pavilion will be singer-songwriter Zach Edwards.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and the opening ceremonies are at 7:30 p.m.

Prior to the start of the championship round on Saturday night, there will be a special presentation honoring heroes of the community.

Events take place rain or shine.

Professional rodeo clown and barrel man Leon Coffee is returning to the arena on Saturday night for bull riding.

Wed
11
Sep

Main Street antiquers call it a career


RON AND JANE WOELLHOF have been operating Showcase Antiques since 1976 when they bought the business. Soon, when their retirement sale wraps up, the two will finally close the doors for the last time. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt

Since 1970, Showcase Antiques has been handling some of the finest pieces of sterling silver, crystal, wall plaques, a variety of porcelain, furniture and other items from long ago.

And from 1976, Ron and Jane Woellhof have been at the helm of the business, all of that time at the same 119 East Main Street location.

But the time has come when the couple has decided it’s best to sell out their remaining inventory and close the doors forever in what they’re calling a retirement sale.

The Woellhofs say that they’ve realized it’s time for them to leave the business. While the decision wasn’t an easy one, they know that now they’ll have time to travel more — including upcoming shows in France and elsewhere — and become even more involved in giving of their time to the community

“I want to have a reason to get up in the morning,” Ron said. “We’ve always been giving to the community.”

Wed
11
Sep

Texas Rangers Heritage Center to break ground


AN OPEN-AIR PAVILION, as well as a new amphitheater, will be two features at the new Texas Rangers Heritage Center. The foundation will officially break ground on Phase I of the center at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The center will be located adjacent to Fort Martin Scott on U.S. Highway 290 East.

The Former Texas Rangers Foundation will officially break ground on Phase I of the Texas Rangers Heritage Center at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.

The Texas Rangers Heritage Center will be a state-of-the-art, interactive experience for all ages, where the history and legacy of the Texas Rangers will entertain and educate visitors.

Opening in fall of 2014, visitors will journey through the welcoming portal of the 40-foot Ranger Campanili. At the Ranger Ring of Honor, guests will reflect on the Texas Rangers who lost their lives in the line-of-duty, and learn the five character traits — Courage, Determination, Dedication, Respect and Integrity — represented by the five-point star of the historic Ranger badge and the Rangers themselves.

An open-air pavilion and its adjacent courtyard overlooking Baron’s Creek will dominate the site. An adjoining amphitheater will be used for campfire stories told by Former Texas Rangers.

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11
Sep

Music club to open new season Sunday

Fredericksburg Music Club is presenting pianist Fei-Fei Dong in concert on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. to open the 2013-2014 concert series.

The concert will be held at the Fredericksburg Methodist Church, 1800 North Llano Street.

A goodwill offering will be accepted for this concert.

Seating will begin at 2:30 p.m. and is on a first come, first seated basis.

For more information on the Fredericksburg Music Club or ways to become a member of the club, visit www.fredericksburgmusicclub.com for more information. 

Dong is a finalist from the 2013 Van Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth. 

Dong said she was excited about “exploring lots in Texas” on her first-ever visit which was for the Van Cliburn Competition. 

She enjoys playing a variety of music, but her all-time favorite has always been Chopin.

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