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Daily Update for Monday, Nov. 11

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Veterans Day activities plentiful around town

Various area schools and organizations are making plans to celebrate Veterans Day, a day in which America honors all those who have ever served and who are serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

Besides regular military service, the day also honors those who serve in the reserves or national guard.

This year’s holiday will be Monday, Nov. 11.

Pacific War Museum

The National Museum of the Pacific War will honor veterans on Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Courtyard, as the Nimitz Museum will host its annual Veterans Day observance.

Serving as this year’s keynote speaker will be Gen. Edward Rice, United States Air Force Commanding Officer of Lackland Air Force Base (ret.).

Rice graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1978, and has commanded a squadron, group, wing, the Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and a joint command.

Wed
06
Nov

Some closing on Monday to mark Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a national observance that gives Americans a chance to honor those men and women who have given a sacrifice of service to the United States.

And on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, governmental offices will be closing their doors along with some Fredericksburg-area businesses.

Government

•Federal offices: Closed.

•State offices: Closed.

•County offices: Closed.

•City offices:  Closed.

Postal Service

•Closed. There will be no delivery on city, rural or highway contract routes on Monday.

The post office windows will be closed, and no lockbox service will be provided.

Wed
06
Nov

Drought, leaks lead city to re-examine water use policies


DATA COMPILED by the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District in 2009 indicates the percentage of city water used by various entities throughout Fredericksburg. Over 60 percent of usage comes from residential watering.

By Matt Ward —

Updates to the city’s existing Drought Contingency Plan Ordinance and increased water conservation measures may be considered after the Fredericksburg City Council heard a report on the state of the town’s water supply.

At Monday’s regular council meeting, City Public Utilities Director Clinton Bailey and Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District (HCUWCD) General Manager Paul Tybor spoke about the effects statewide drought conditions are having on local residents in both the city and Gillespie County as a whole.

“I hear this recurring theme (from experts) that the drought we’re in may last 50-60 years. This may be the normal,” Bailey said. “Right now, we’re in worse shape than we were in 2011 because we still haven’t caught up to where we were before 2011. Soil moisture was much greater in 2011 than it is today.”

Recent rainfalls have yet to make any significant impact on ground water levels, Tybor said.

Wed
06
Nov

All nine ballot initiatives pass in statewide tally


MICHAEL BURDICK of Fredericksburg exercised his constitutional right to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when Texans went to the polls to decide the fate of nine different propositions on the ballot. Gillespie County voters in Precincts 5 and 15 also voted on whether or not to allow the sale of beverages with 3.2 percent or higher alcohol content. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Gillespie County voters mirrored statewide results in eight of the nine ballot items in the Texas Constitutional Amendment Election on Tuesday.

Voters in portions of Precincts 5 and 15 also approved the sale of beer and wine by a 265-59 margin, after a Depression-era vote left a tiny portion of the county “dry.”

A total of 2,732 voters participated in Tuesday’s election, or 15.5 percent of the county’s 17,659 eligible voters. 

Statewide, just 8.5 percent of the Lone Star State’s eligible voters took part, according to the Texas Secretary of State office.

Of Gillespie voters, 1,148 voted early, County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche said.

Wed
06
Nov

Keeper of the Dome


NOW LEADING one of Texas Parks and Wildlife De-partment’s top five most visited parks, Doug Cochran sees challenges and oppor tunities in managing Enchanted Rock State Natural Area’s 1,600-plus acres, which includes the iconic, 640-acre granite dome outcropping. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Rainy weekdays at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area allow the staff to catch their breath and catch up on the myriad maintenance and day-to-day duties. New park superintendent Doug Cochran still had a full “to-do” list during Monday’s showers, but took time out to talk about his first four months on the job.

Cochran came to the job after 15 years as the City of Victoria’s parks director. He also had done municipal parks department work in College Station, the home of his alma mater, Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation studies.

“I still can’t believe I’m here,” he said. “I worked 15 years in Victoria, but I wasn’t ready to retire and this job came open. The people in Fredericksburg are so genuine and welcoming.”

Wed
06
Nov

Longhorn Band marches to eighth in state prelims


POLISHING their performance in advance of their appearance just a few days away in the UIL State Marching Band Competition in the Alamodome are Harper High School musicians (from left) Hunter Haynes, Wyatt Foster, Kristen Harper and Rebekah Lester during Friday night’s 49-7 Longhorn Homecoming win over Center Point. The band went on to take eighth out of 17 Class 1A bands in the state contest Monday, Nov. 4. —Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Leaving it all on the field, the Harper High School Marching Band competed as one of Texas’ most elite Class 1A ensembles Monday, Nov. 4, during the University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Marching Band Competition.

Going toe-to-note against 16 other Class 1A bands in the preliminaries Monday morning in San Antonio’s Alamodome, Harper’s student musicians earned an eighth place, just missing out — by a single point — on being one of the seven groups to advance to the finals that evening.

Finishing as the 2013 Class A winner was the band from Shiner High School.

Harper’s contest outing was one to be proud of, according to Harper High School Band Director Charles Sander.

“The performance was our best of the year,” he said, adding the students made Harper’s 10th appearance on the state contest field a memorable one.

“They went out there and did their job to the fullest,” he said.

Wed
06
Nov

New facility expected to meet growing program demands


AG BUILDING — This architectural drawing shows what Fredericksburg High School’s new ag science barn might look like. The L-shaped building would be at the corner of Hollmig and Friendship Lanes. The Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees will vote on the matter at their Monday, Nov. 11 regular meeting on whether or not to fund the proposed $1.6 million structure, along with whether or not to spend $1.2 million on FHS Stadium field upgrades.

By Richard Zowie —

It’s currently an empty field, about two blocks south of Fredericksburg High School, used by the Fredericksburg Independent School District to store dirt for maintenance purposes.

But an enrollment boom in the agriculture science program (from 87 to 400 students in three years) could soon turn the field into an ag barn that can be used to house show animals, expanding Fredericksburg’s Future Farmers of America program.

That may be determined when the Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees meets Monday, Nov. 11 to decide whether or not to spend $1.6 million to turn the 3.5-acre empty lot into a new agriculture barn.

Some think the new facility would get more students involved in FHS’ ag science program.

Wed
06
Nov

16th annual Big Band Bash slated Nov. 7-9

Three days of live entertainment featuring a variety of Texas talent will be held Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 7-9 as Hill Top Productions hosts the 16th annual Big Band Bash at the Hill Top Café.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with music beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets for the main seating area — dining room and bar — are $85 per person, while tickets for the Cavern dining room are $65 per person. All seats include a four-course meal.

Thursday artists include Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros, Cindy Cashdollar, Golden Triangle Swamp Blues and Scrappy Jud Newcomb.

Friday artists include Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice, Cindy Cashdollar, The Texas Horns, Al Gomez, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Kaz Kazanof, Danny Levin and the Texas All Stars.

Saturday artists include Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice, Cindy Cashdollar, Floyd Domino and Al Gomez.

Wed
06
Nov

Die Künstler to host 21st annual show

Die Künstler von Fredericksburg (The Artists of Fredericksburg) will host their 21st Annual Fine Art Show and Sale Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8-10, at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 West San Antonio Street.

The event is free and open to the public

There will be an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6-9 p.m. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Then, on Saturday, Nov. 9, the show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Organizers say this is “one of the most popular art exhibitions and sales” in the Texas Hill Country. Last year’s event represented over 250 original works from over 35 artists from the Fredericksburg area. 

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