HCM’s climb to the top

Jayne Pope (left) and Debbye Cooley (right) credit team work with Hill Country Memorial's winning of a national award.

By Ken Esten Cooke–

Last week’s announcement that Hill Country Memorial Hospital had won its first Baldrige Award has put this town’s rural hospital in the national spotlight. The leadership and effectiveness award honors organizations that exhibit these qualities and are considered leaders in their field.

Jayne Pope, Hill Country Memorial Hospital CEO, and Debbye Dooley, executive director of business intelligence, sat down with the Standard-Radio Post for a discussion about the process.

What is difference here and other rural hospitals, many of which are struggling or have shut down?


Wild game on the menu at fundraiser Saturday

Shawn Lehne, Christie Mohr, Arah Campbell and Chris Schoessow show some of the prizes that will be given out during the Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Prizes include three Core 15-300 Blackouts with Zeiss Scopes, an Australian Shepherd puppy and jewelry from Segner’s Jewelers and Chämpe Jennings Jewelers. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday night. — Standard-Radio Post photo

An evening of food, prize drawings, games, exhibits and more will be featured at the annual Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for the annual event are $20 and are available in Fredericksburg at Arrowhead Bank and Lochte Feed and General Store and in Stonewall at Allied Ag.

The tickets will also be available at the gate for $20.

Tickets include the food, drinks and door prizes.

In addition, prize drawing tickets are also available where the admission tickets are being sold.

Proceeds from the event benefit youth and adult agricultural education in the Hill Country.

So far this year, $72,108 has been donated to local organizations.


City to host tree lighting event Nov. 28

Kenneth Keller, a lineman for the City of Fredericksburg, tests a street light’s photocell to ensure the recently-installed Christmas wreath will illuminate once the light turns on in the evening. Keller and other linemen installed the wreaths along Main Street. Keller added that the past week’s cold weather made him feel like the Christmas season has already arrived. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

City officials and volunteers recently began preparations for the City of Fredericksburg’s annual tree lighting ceremony at Marktplatz on Friday, Nov. 28, featuring the 30-foot community Christmas tree and German Christmas Pyramid.

The festivities are sponsored by the 2014 Fredericksburg Christmas Committee.

Ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by the Ambleside Children’s Choir. The official lighting will take place at 7 p.m.

Featured items on Marktplatz include a privately donated nativity, 50-foot ‘Merry Christmas’ skylines and a ‘Gingerbread Village’ designed by local artist Margaret Hannum.

The tree will be decorated with ornaments designed by Hill Country artisans.

Entertainment for the evening will include Al Holzscheiter’s Brass Ensemble, Bethany Lutheran Church Carolers and dance to the music of The Power Section.  Free hot chocolate and cookies will be served.


'Fame, Jr.'

Serena Katz (left, played by Eliza Goldsberry) and Nick Plaza (Dorian Jones) rehearse a scene from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” as part of the Fredericksburg High School musical production of “Fame Jr.,” held this weekend at the FHS auditorium.

4-Hers qualify for district food show, challenge contests

Qualifying for the District Food Show in San Marcos in December in after placing first in their divisions at the Gillespie County 4-H Food Show on Saturday were, in front from left, Emmanuel Hinckley, Anne Ferguson, Jace Granville, Arianna Watson and (in back) Dylan Sione, Daylon Nebgen, Sara Verstuyft and Morgyn Granville, who also won the Best Beef Dish Award. — Photo courtesy Shea Nebgen

Twenty-eight contestants competed in the Gillespie County 4-H Food Show and 4-H food Challenge Contest on Saturday at the Gillespie County Extension Office.

First-place winners in the junior, intermediate and senior divisions will compete at the District 4-H Food Show in San Marcos on Dec. 13.

Following are the results in the various divisions:

Junior Division Protein

1. Jace Granville, and 2. Logan McCarver.


1. Anne Ferguson and 2. Juan Pablo Hinckley.

Fruits and Vegetables

1. Emmanuel Hinckley, and 2. Brylie Roeder.


1. Arianna Watson.

Intermediate Division Protein

1. Morgyn Granville.

Senior Division Protein

1. Sara Verstuyft.



Mark Hierholzer to present piano concert on Sunday

A piano performance of “Songs of Thanksgiving” will be presented by Mark Hierholzer at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23.

The concert will be held at the Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 East Lower Crabapple Road.

Hierholzer is a local pianist, composer and choral director. He directs the Fredericksburg Chorale and the German choirs. 

The concert will include familiar Thanksgiving hymns as well as various songs expressing thanksgiving from different cultures. 

Included will be improvisational variations on the Finale of Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, a Prayer of Thanksgiving to the Almighty. 


Jewelry store to open visitor center Saturday

James Avery Jewelry will have a grand opening of their visitor center and store in Kerrville on Saturday.

The event will be at the store’s corporate campus at 145 Avery Road North.

The new store features a fresh, updated interior, combined with the traditional Hill Country architecture of the Avery campus.

Visitors may enter a hourly drawing for a chance to win one of four $250 James Avery gift cards to be given away during the celebration.

Six exhibit areas in the visitor center share the Avery story from its history and values to the inspiration and craftsmanship of its designs.

Officials designed this location to be a destination point of interest in the Hill Country. The facility includes an expanded visitor center, which overlooks a park-like setting.


Newspaper to publish early ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

An early publication of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post has been announced for next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The newspaper will be published on Tuesday, Nov. 25, instead of the regular publication date of Wednesday, Nov. 26.

With the early publication date, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post has also announced that deadlines for inserting news items and advertisements in the Thanksgiving week paper have been adjusted to meet the earlier printing schedule.

The deadline for submitting advertising for the real estate section as well as display advertising is 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21.

The deadline for classified advertisements is Monday, Nov. 24, at 9 a.m.

Deadline for submitting news items is at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21.

The Thanksgiving holiday will be observed by city, county, state and federal offices, including the United States Post Office as well as a number of businesses in the community.


Technology, buildings topics at FISD board meeting

By Richard Zowie

Technology and buildings were on the minds of trustees at the Fredericksburg Independent School District regular board meeting held Monday.

Trustees also learned that the agriculture building is ahead of schedule and work will begin soon on the Fredericksburg High School Stadium track, weather permitting.

Campus plans

Among the principals presenting campus plans was Fredericksburg Elementary School Principal Monica Ward. She said the tablets they’ve been given have been placed in grades one through three.

Ward called them a “great asset” and said the students use the technology regularly.

“The teachers also download stories and educational apps and books,” she said. “Kids can listen to books being read aloud.”

Ward hopes to see more tablets available for grades four and five.


County OKs exemption in food bidding process

By Austin R. Eck

Gillespie County Commissioners agreed to use a provision in the Local Government Code that allows the county to change the way it solicits bids for food items at the new jail.

“We tried to find a company that was on one of the buy-in cooperatives that we could use,” said Larry Crump, county auditor, during Monday’s regular meeting. “We found one, but they haven’t been very responsive to our inquiries.”

The exemption allows the county to circumvent the sealed bidding process. Under the new process, the county is only required to solicit three bids that can be given over the telephone or in writing.

Crump plans on taking a month’s menu for the jail and asking companies to bid on how much it would cost to prepare it for 60 people.


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