Fire destroys garage, two cars Friday

Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department and Fredericksburg VFD worked to extinguish a detached garage, which caught on fire Friday at 4:32 p.m. Two vehicles in the garage along with its contents were lost in the fire, but little damage was done to the house. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

The Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department and the Fredericksburg VFD responded to a structure fire at 4:32 p.m., Friday at 2728 Ranch Road 2721.

A detached garage on the north side of a house caught on fire. The homeowner, who was resting inside, did not know the garage was burning until his dog started barking.

First responders from Stonewall were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the northwest corner of the house.

“Stonewall did an absolutely remarkable job protecting the home,” County Fire Marshal Steve Olfers said.

According to Olfers, the cause of the fire was accidental. 


Britt to give violin recital on Jan. 24

Fredericksburg violinist Theresa Britt will perform a solo recital at 2 p.m. this Saturday in the sanctuary of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

Pianist Marc Sanders from Abilene will accompany Britt.

The performance is free and open to the public. The church is at 1800 N. Llano St.

The program includes Chaconne by Vitali; Preludio of the Bach E Major Partita for Solo Violin; Schubert Sonata in A minor for Violin and Piano; Salut d’Amour by Elgar, and Melodie by Gluck.

Britt is the director of the Fredericksburg Community Orchestras, a teacher for the Hill Country Youth Orchestras, and maintains a large private studio of violin, viola and cello students in Fredericksburg and Kerrville. 


Gillespie County exhibitors in Kerrville for district show

Competition is already underway in Kerrville for local exhibitors participating in the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show.

Judging began on Sunday and concludes on Saturday, Jan. 24, with the auction at the Hill Country Youth Event Center.

Next up for Gillespie County 4-Hers and Fredericksburg and Harper FFA members is the Fort Worth Stock Show.

In Fort Worth, judging for local exhibitors begins on Jan. 31 and concludes with the auctions on Feb. 7.

From there, local exhibitors will head to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 12-March 1; San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 13-March 1; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, March 3-22, and Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin, March 14-28.

Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show


Kiwanis Club to host Texas Hold-Em tournament

The Fredericksburg Kiwanis Club will host a Texas Hold-Em Tournament Saturday to benefit the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund.

The poker tournament will be at St. Joseph’s Hall at 212 W. San Antonio St.

It’ll be an afternoon of food and poker as the donations help the fund support local education.

Registration opens at 10 a.m. and is limited to the first 100 entries. The buy-in is $100. This includes dinner, and complimentary soda, water and beer.

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City faces changes to insurance program

By Matt Ward —

Numerous claims in excess of $150,000 have put the City of Fredericksburg’s self-funded health insurance fund at risk of a deficit, according to a report to the city council made during a special meeting Jan. 7.

“We have experienced a large number of claims in the past six to eight months and this fund has used virtually all of its fund balance to cover these claims,” City Manager Kent Myers said.  “As a result, the (current) budget includes a 15 percent increase in city funding for health insurance effective Oct. 1 and a 10 percent increase in dependent insurance effective on April 1.”

Claims from fiscal year 2013-2014 have taken the city’s insurance fund reserves “down to basically zero,” Myers said, with $1.448 million currently budgeted revenues this fiscal year in the fund.


Plans being studied for FHS, primary school bond projects

By Richard Zowie —

A new bond proposal is in the “tentative planning” phase, Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees discussed during a Monday special meeting.

Trustees set May 9 as the date for the election of trustees with voters deciding on two candidates for two-year terms and one candidate for one year.

Possible bond plans

Trustees met with officials from Pfluger Architects to discuss proposed building plans at both Fredericksburg High School and the neighboring primary campus, for inclusion into the proposed bond.

Superintendent Eric Wright said no action would be taken this month. At February’s board meeting, architects will go into more detail, and Wright will look at proposed plans other FISD campuses, also under consideration for the bond.

Currently, three options for building more rooms at the high school and primary school are being considered:


Weather doesn't chill turnout for largest show

As judge Tyler Bobinmeyer approaches, (from left) Macie Lumpkins, Taya Beyer, Taylor Gamble and Emily Gamble prepare their lambs for inspection during the fine wool cross class at the 2015 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Exhibitors didn’t let the cold temperatures, rain and even patches of ice distract them when it came time to step into the show ring at the 2015 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction Thursday through Saturday.

“What a great weekend,” said Blaine Hahn, president of the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association.

He said, “Our volunteers worked so well to make sure that everything from checking in the livestock on Thursday, to the sale on Saturday, went so smoothly despite the weather.”

“I am honored to serve as president of such a worthy organization that works with the youth,” Hahn said. “I am always constantly reminded of the times I spent as an exhibitor myself and the lessons that I try to teach my kids.”

Hahn praised the judges for their “outstanding work with our youth.”


Buyers reward youth with best turnout ever

Auctioneer Charlie Jones of Blanco signals a bidder on Saturday at the annual sale held as part of the livestock auction. Buyers paid a record $941,552 for 308 units. More photos can be found in this week's paper, on A/B5 and D7-12. — Standard-Radio Post photo/Yvonne Hartmann

Sales records continue to be broken as buyers once again dug deep into their pockets to support local exhibitors at the 2015 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction.

Buyers paid a record $941,552 for 308 units at the sale, held in the Exhibition Hall at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday.

The sale culminated the annual youth livestock show, which opened on Thursday and continued with a full judging schedule on Friday.

In 2014, buyers paid a record $667,016 for 299 units and in 2013, a record $523,227 was paid for 297 units.

“Our sale was very successful again with an outstanding group of buyers rewarding the youth for their hard work throughout the year,” said Blaine Hahn, president of the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association.

He said, “It was great to see so many individual and syndicate buyers being so generous at the sale.”


Gillespie 4-H team wins national championship

National championship honors were won by a team of Gillespie County 4-Hers, from left, Elaine Lochte, Amy Heimann, Sean O’Leary and Dylan Sione, at the 95th annual Western National Roundup in Denver, Colorado, Jan. 8-11. — Submitted photo

A team of Gillespie County 4-Hers brought home championship honors from the 95th annual Western National Roundup in Denver, Colorado, Jan. 8-11.

The Nutrition Quiz Bowl team of Amy Heimann, Elaine Lochte, Sean O’Leary and Dylan Sione represented Texas in the Western National Roundup Family and Consumer Sciences Bowl.

They were coached by Gillespie County Extension Agent Shea Nebgen.

Theme for this year’s event was the “The LeaderSHIP”.

Thirty-four states and Alberta, Canada, were represented in various contests at the Western National Roundup.

The FCS Bowl is comprised of a written exam in order to rank teams for the quiz bowl portion of the contest, explained Nebgen.

Contest resources for the questions included information on My Plate, Checking Accounts, Internet Safety, Luggage, Earbuds and Cleaning Products.


Pianist Doug Montgomery performing Sunday

Doug Montgomery will be playing a concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

A performance by international pianist Doug Montgomery of Santa Fe, New Mexico, will be offered Sunday Jan. 18, during the fourth monthly program of the Fredericksburg Music Club’s 2014-2015 Concert Series.

The 3 p.m. appearance by the pianist-vocalist at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church will feature a wide repertoire of selections, including pieces by Marvin Hamlisch, Chopin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rachmaninoff, Leonard Cohen, Pachelbel, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin.

The concert is free, although goodwill offerings are welcome.

A Chicago native, the 30-year-plus veteran performer began playing the piano as a fifth grader before attending Northwestern University’s pre-college music prep program at age 15 and then earning a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern in 1976.


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