FHS band finishes eighth in state competition

It's not just marching anymore. FHS band members Matt Pehl and Mackenzie Grumble perform dance moved during their state UIL contest show. Singing and theatrics also were incorporated into the band' show. — Standard Radio Post/Danny Hirt

The competitive marching band season for Fredericksburg High School came to an end on Monday as the best 4A schools from around the state filled the Alamodome in San Antonio with music and dazzled the audience with formations.

The competition was split into two rounds. In the preliminary round, all 22 bands competed to earn one of 10 spots in the finals.

In the preliminary round, “The Pride of the Texas Hill Country” placed seventh with a composite score of 41.

Two judges ranked FHS as the third overall band in the preliminary round, but three judges ranked Fredericksburg at 10th or higher.

The band’s seventh place finish advanced it to the final round.

The top three bands after the preliminary rounds were Argyle High School, Princeton High School and North Lamar High School from Paris, Texas.

After a break, the top 10 bands in the state competed against each other in front of new judges to earn the top position.


Lady Bird golf course trending up, director says; expense side improves, but weather affects forecasted revenue

Conceptual site plan designs for the proposed Fredericksburg Animal Shelter, which would be located adjacent to the city's wastewater treatment plant, were presented to the Fredericksburg City Council during Monday's meeting by consultant Quorum Architecture. — Submitted photo

By Matt Ward

The economic viability of Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course is trending up despite overall totals not hitting their projected marks, according to Alan Wooley.

The City of Fredericksburg’s director of golf told the Fredericksburg City Council during a regular meeting Monday evening that round cancellation due to rain was the largest impact affecting the course.

Total revenue of $1,163,033 fell short of the $1,563,667 in expenses at the course, resulting in a deficit transfer of $421,900 from the city’s general fund.

Wooley noted that the course came under budget on expenses by $152,432.

While total rounds were down around 7,000 due largely to weather cancelling play on 62 days, the course actually improved its yield per round from $19.62 in 2013 to $21.65 in 2014.


Veterans Day program set Tuesday at Nimitz museum

WWII veteran Milton Pehl

The National Museum of the Pacific War will honor all who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces with its Veterans Day ceremony.

The ceremony is set to begin at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Memorial Courtyard of the museum.

Maj. Gen. Angela Salinas (USMC, ret.), a board member of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, will be the keynote speaker.

Salinas enlisted in the USMC in 1974 and served as a legal clerk until being selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1977. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant in December 1977.

 In June 1989, Salinas assumed command of Recruiting Station Charleston, and became the first woman in the Marine Corps to command a recruiting station.

In June 1992, she became the first woman assigned as a combat service support ground monitor responsible for the assignments of over 1,000 senior officers.


Galleries to host First Friday Art Walk

Touted as "The New Old Guard" heirs apparent in the representational art world,13 artists will display pieces at a Friday reception from 6-8 p.m., at InSight Gallery, 214 W. Main St. Works will include this painting, "Gunslinger," by Kyle Polzin. All pieces will be sold by draw, and one entry per piece per family or couple.


Fourteen galleries will be participating in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, Nov. 7.

The participating galleries will be hosting special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more.

First Friday Art Walk generally takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information as well as the latest news and events, visit the FFAWF website,

Each of the participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flag on Friday.


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First Dogvember Fest raises funds for dog park

PUPPY LOVE — Five-month old "Diesel" shares puppy kissews with Saide Eidson at the Dogvember Fest. Diesel was one of the puppies brought to the event by the Hill Country SPCA. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Over 100 people turned out on Saturday morning for the Fredericksburg Dog Park Association’s first annual “Dogvember Fest.”

The fundraising event, held at the future site of the Fredericksburg Dog Park in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, raised over $1,500 for construction of the dog park.

“We look forward to bringing more awareness to our need for donations through future fundraisers and dog friendly events,” said Jody Donovan of the Fredericksburg Dog Park Association.

Among the highlights of the event were three contests, including Best Dog Costume, Best Pet and Person Costume and Best Dog Tricks.

Winning the Best Dog Trick contest was Tia Schenewerk’s dog, “Bella,” who could sit, shake and eat a treat off of her nose on command.

“Precious,” owned by Ashley Ritter, came dressed as Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother and won the Best Dog Costume contest.


'Big Band Bash' on tap at Hilltop

The 17th Annual Big Band Bash, a concert that raises funds for education, will run Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 6-8, at Hill Top Café.

This event will benefit Fredericksburg youth music and performing arts programs. Cost is $90 per person and includes a dinner show and four-course meal.

Each night, the bash begins at 5 p.m. with performances beginning at 6 p.m.

Among the performers are Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Cindy Cashdollar, Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice, Tex Thomas and the Danglin’ Wranglers, as well as Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros.

Other performers scheduled are Scrappy Judd Newcomb, Bruce Hughes, Danny Levin, The Texas Horns, Kaz Kazanof, John Mills and Al Gomez.

There will also be a different surprise mystery guest headliner each night.

Last year’s event raised $5,000.

To purchase tickets, call 830-997-8922 or go to


Die Künstler to host annual art show, sale this weekend

The Die Künstler 22nd Annual Fine Art Show and Sale will be Friday through Sunday at a new venue, the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center.

The free event will feature more than 250 original works of art by more than 65 local artists.

The center is at 306 West San Antonio Street.

The Friday, Nov. 7 opening reception will be from 6-9 p.m. The reception will include complimentary beverages and appetizers.

Then, the Saturday, Nov. 8 show and art demonstrations will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This show will also include a 4-5 p.m. Happy Hour.

Finally, the Sunday, Nov. 9 show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members may only enter new pieces which have not previously been displayed at a Die Künstler art show.

Art includes works in watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel and pencil and ink.

There will also be original, unframed studio art for patrons hoping to discover a “hidden gem” by a new artist or past favorite. 



FTC to host 50's fundraiser Saturday

The Fredericksburg Theater Company will host their first annual fundraiser, “The Fabulous 50’s Fest” on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater.

The evening will be a celebration of the 1950’s with T.J. Smith and his Rockin’ All-Stars performing classic songs from the era.

Included in the $50 admission price is an all-you-can-eat “drive-in” menu, drinks, dancing and a classic car show.

“We are thrilled to bring T.J. Smith, Linda Morgan and several other local favorites back to Fredericksburg. I encourage everyone to get in the spirit of the event, dress up and plan on hoppin’ and boppin’ the night away,” FTC Executive Director Steve Reily said. “For those of you that have never seen T.J. in concert, he does spot-on impressions of legendary artists. On the bill for the evening will be classic tunes performed in the style of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and many others.”

Attendees will also be able to participate in a silent auction.


Audit finds $100,000 in unaccounted funds by tax collector's office

By Austin R. Eck

Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court received a report on “unaccounted for” funds from the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office (TAC).

In the report presented during a regular session meeting on Monday, accountant Steve Dawson, of the Dawson Forensic Group, revealed that Gillespie County did not receive $127,641.62 from the TAC.

The report shows a net shortage — the amount unaccounted for owed to the county, City of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg Independent School District and others — of $129,476.90.

The TAC has $39,948.63 in its account, which leaves the net unfunded shortages at $89,528.27.

However, Dawson found no reason to believe illegal activity took place.


Affordable housing issues linked to area labor shortage

By Matt Ward

Limited supply and high demand for rental units — especially in apartment complexes — are pushing local workers out of Fredericksburg.

Concerned about future economic growth and increasing home prices, the Fredericksburg City Council held a roundtable discussion with area and statewide leaders on the “affordable housing” issue during a quarterly retreat Thursday morning.

“Real estate prices are significantly outpacing salaries and wages,” Tim Lehmberg, executive director of the Gillespie County Economic Development Commission, said. “At minimum, we’re seeing double digit percentage increases in home prices here.”

According to a recent EDC survey conducted July 1, overall occupancy in Fredericksburg multi-family housing was at 97 percent.


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