4th of July holiday closings announced

Friday will be a “red, white and blue” day in Gillespie County as residents and visitors join the rest of the nation in celebrating the Fourth of July.

To celebrate, city, county, state and federal offices will be closing their doors on Friday, July 4, along with a large number of businesses.


•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 July 4. The post office windows will be closed and no lockbox service will be provided.

Regular postal operations will resume on Saturday.

Garbage, Recycling

•Trash collection: Regular trash collection schedules will be observed on Friday.


Suit expected over charter amendment

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg officials will seek to overturn the recent charter amendment, at least in part, with the expected filing of a lawsuit in Travis County District Court within the next two weeks.

Passed by voters in a slim 581-556 decision last month, the amendment regulates the ability of the city to transfer money from enterprise funds and requires approval by voters prior to the transfer.

The expected suit will seek a declaratory judgment that the recent charter amendment is not enforceable so long as the city’s currently-issued debt instrument bonds remain outstanding.

Filing a declaratory judgment suit will allow the city to receive an expedited decision, expected within a few months rather than several years.


County takes no action on electronic tax statements

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners heard a request to approve expenses needed to send tax statements electronically to citizens who request the service during their regular session on Monday.

Under the new program, people who request the service would be sent their tax statements via email, and if they fail to open the email after 30 days, the county would send a letter through the mail.

The total cost of the program would be $1,550 with $900 being a one-time fee.

The program has never been used before, so it is hard to gauge the interest in receiving their tax statements electronically. Officials, without knowing the interest levels, could not estimate if any money would be saved, county judge Mark Stroeher said.

“I wouldn’t think we would get that many people who use it the first year, so it’s probably not going to be justified by the saving on postage the first year,” Stroeher said.


Stonewall's Harvest

Stonewall Peach royalty crowned Saturday night, June 21, includes (from left) Third Duchess Shayla Pitts, First Duchess Mossie Tanner, Queen Dana Warren and Second Duchess Savannah Burns. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Organizers of the 53rd Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo are still smiling after celebrating this year’s successful peach harvest with a record sale, the crowning of a new peach queen and a larger-than-expected crowd on both Friday and Saturday nights.

“I think the weekend went great,” said Brandon Weinheimer, president of the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the annual affair.

“One of the things that helped the most, of course, is that this year we have peaches,” Weinheimer said. “Last year was unfortunate because all we had was vegetable baskets” after Mother Nature left little of the peach crop behind, he said.

In contrast, this year’s peach show featured some eight different varieties of healthy, good-sized peaches. In fact, the heaviest peach in the show was a Bounty shown by Gold Orchard and it weighed in at just under a pound at 14.6 ounces.


Peach Jamboree Auction

Stonewall grower Russell Studebaker, of Studebaker Farms, makes a personal delivery to a group of buyers in the audience who had just combined their finances to pay out $3,200 for his half-bushel of Cary Mac variety peaches that won first in the peach show Saturday afternoon at the 53rd Stonewall Peach JAMboree. Auctioneer Tim Jeanes helped the sale set a record. — Standard-Radio Post photos/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Ketchum to headline Saturday Roots concert

Texas Americana music will be featured on Saturday, June 28, at the next Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country concert at Pioneer Museum.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Featured performers include Weldon Henson at 7 p.m. and Hal Ketchum at 8:50 p.m.

Admission is $15 at the gate while online pre-purchase admission is $13.

To purchase tickets online, visit

The admission for current Gillespie County Historical Society members is $10 and free for children 18 and under.

Those attending are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the concert series benefits Pioneer Museum.


FTC brings French epic to Fredericksburg

Jeff Jeffers (front) as Thénardier proclaims that he is the “Master of the House” before an unruly cast of characters. The Fredericksburg Community Theater concluded its first week of “Les Misérables.” Shows will continue Friday, Saturday and Sunday through July 6. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Two weekends remain for Fredericksburg Theater Company’s production of “Les Misérables,” one of Broadway’s longest running and most famous musicals.

The musical, which continues weekends through July 6, is based on the novel by Victor Hugo set in 19th century France and tells the story of Jean Valjean, a man seeking redemption after serving 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s child.

Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

“When I first saw ‘Les Misérables’ 20 years ago, I was drawn into the show because of the combination of very personal stories and the theatrical presentation,” director Jim Weisman said. “In our production, we’re adding the close up and personal element that you won’t get in the big touring theaters. We have an amazingly talented cast and I think audiences will be completely entranced.”


New FISD trustee brings passion for education

By Richard Zowie —

The Fredericksburg Independent School District’s newest trustee began her new position at the June 9 meeting after her swearing in during a May 23 special meeting.

Kerinne Herber, who has lived in Fredericksburg for 11 years, said her “passion for education” prompted her to run for a trustee position.

“It also helps that I have four young children that will be going through the education system,” she said.

The new trustee replaces Leola Mills, who chose not to run for reelection.

While Herber might be the new trustee on the block, her feet are already wet. The board elected her secretary for the 2014-2015 school year.


PCAA slates free blues show Sunday

A blend of blues, jazz, R&B and funk will be performed by the Austin-based Frank Gomez Band for a Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) outdoor concert this Sunday, June 29.

There is no admission charge to the performance, which is scheduled to start around 6:30 p.m. in the Adelsverein Halle (the largest pavilion) on Marktplatz.

Those planning to attend are invited to either bring lawn chairs and blankets or arrive early to secure some of the limited picnic table seating.

The band will perform for about an hour-and-a-half, during which time listeners are invited to “cut a rug” on a makeshift dance floor in front of the stage.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring along refreshments or picnic suppers.

Frank Gomez, a native of Ft. Benning, Georgia, is an Austin-based American rhythm and blues singer/songwrtier, guitarist and vocalist.


Zion Music Fest to take Marktplatz stage Saturday

The Zion Music Fest is returning to Marktplatz Saturday, June 28.

The event will feature Christian music artists and begins at noon. Admission is free.

Artists Matt Adler, Forever Young and Icris will return, along with new guests Scott Ivey and Fredericksburg’s own Samantha Ann Little. 

Other Christian bands set to hit the stage include Prophet Within, Zion Road and For The People.

Headlining the event this year is Seventh Day Slumber.

Organizers will welcome comedian Adrian Lucio of San Antonio and guest speaker will be Jake Edwards, former First Baptist Church youth minister, now of Lubbock.

There will also be a Kidz Zone, skateboard exhibition, food vendors and Christian clothing vendors.  


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