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30
Dec

Commissioners approve airport board's revisions to regulations

By Scott Allen —

Three amendments to the rules and regulations for the Airport Advisory Board were approved during Monday’s commissioners court, with Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher dissenting.

The amendments dealt with how the board advises the commissioners with matters regarding the airport, when the board elects a chairman and vice chairman, and the steps taken for when a motion is brought to the board.

Stroeher was in favor of the second part of the amendment which dealt with elections, but since the entire amendment had to be voted on, Stroeher dissented.

An amendment hasn’t been made to the board’s rules and regulations since 1993, and the judge didn’t feel the need for changing the way the relationship between the commissioners and board works.

Wed
23
Dec

GCAD office denied by 2 of 5 entities

By Richard Zowie —

Following a “no” vote Tuesday afternoon by Doss Common Consolidated School District, Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD)’s search for a permanent home is back at square one.

Three local entities – City of Fredericksburg, Harper Independent School District and Fredericksburg ISD – recently voted to OK the proposal, while the Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court had voted no, citing costs.

Official approval for the $1.57 million purchase of land and property on Wellness Court required approval from four of the five local taxing entities.

Terri Criswell, administrative assistant at Doss, said the four trustees who voted no each had their different reasons and questions for Scott Fair, successor to David Oehler as the GCAD chief appraiser.

“I had no idea which way it would go,” Criswell said of the vote.

Doss board member Susan Connelly wasn’t at the meeting.

Wed
23
Dec

Durst shooter nets life terms in Bexar court

Thirty-one-year-old Robert Adrian Rendon, of San Angelo, was given two life sentences on two accounts of aggravated assault of a peace officer by a jury in Judge Sid Harle’s 227th District Court in San Antonio, Thursday, Dec. 17.

Rendon (no relation to a local family) now awaits his trial in Gillespie County for the charge of attempted capital murder of a peace officer, after he shot Fredericksburg officer Bradley Durst. That trial is currently set for Jan. 12, 2016 in Gillespie County.

The San Antonio charges came after a high-speed shootout that took place in San Antonio on April 19, 2014, as Rendon tried to escape from pursuing San Antonio police officers.

Rendon was on the run after shooting Fredericksburg Police Department Officer Durst in the abdomen and neck during a traffic stop that had taken place in the 1600 block of East Main Street in Fredericksburg.

Wed
23
Dec

New trial denied in murder case for 2009 FHS grad


Dana Edwards

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied a new trial for the murder case of Fredericksburg High School graduate Dana Clair Edwards on Wednesday, Dec. 16, bringing the seven-year saga to a close.

In denying the new trial, the murder conviction of Edwards’ former boyfriend, Jon Thomas Ford, was upheld, said Jay Brandon, assistant district attorney in Bexar County. The appellate court ruling was unanimous, 8-0.

Edwards’ parents, Darrell and Deborah Edwards, are residents of Stonewall.

“This is really good news, and it surprised us that there was no dissenting opinion,” said Darrell Edwards last week. “After seven years, justice has finally been served.” 

Wed
23
Dec

Special Delivery through surrogate birth


Twin girls, Sawyer and Rowan Devaney, were born this summer via a surrogate, Kelsey Robison of Fredericksburg. — Photo courtesy the Devaney family

By Yvonne Hartmann —

Kelsey and Levi Robison and Elizabeth and James Devaney have given each other the ultimate gift — life.

And in this season of miracle births, gifts and giving, the two couples are forever blessed by twin girls, Rowan and Sawyer, who were born July 22, 2015, in Hill Country Memorial Hospital.

What makes this birth so special for the two families who might have otherwise never met is that the twins were born through what some may call un unusual set of circumstances — surrogacy.

After the birth of their first child, Zooey, the Devaneys got the news that they wouldn’t be able to have any more children “the old-fashioned way.”

The Robisons on the other hand, had two young daughters, Dacey and Allie, but Kelsey had a calling to help someone that she just couldn’t ignore.

Wed
23
Dec

LBJ State Park, Historic Site holds annual tree lighting


As a native cedar Christmas tree illuminates, dignitaries welcome the holiday season during the 46th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting, Dec. 20 at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall. From left are David Schafer, chief of interpretation, LBJ National Historical Park; Iris Neffendorf, park superintendent; Santa Claus; Catherine Robb, granddaughter of the Johnsons; and Jason Englert, president of the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce; Carter Smith, executive director of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
By Richard Zowie —
 
Dignitaries and visitors gathered Sunday evening, Dec. 20 for the 46th Annual Tree Lighting at the LBJ State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall.
 
Remarks were made from Carter Smith, executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Jason Englert, president of the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce; and Catherine Robb, President Lyndon Johnson’s granddaughter.
 
Officials then illuminated a native cedar tree chosen as the Christmas tree.
 
“Lady Bird Johnson was an ardent supporter of wildflowers and plants and conservation,” Smith said. “The role she played that special places like this historic site, Enchanted Rock, Honey Creek State Natural Area or Mustang Island or
her beloved Caddo Lake near her hometown of Karnack were preserved for future generations to enjoy.”
 
Wed
23
Dec

In Tune With the Holidays


Jimmy (left) and Jackie Shim perform selections on violin during the Dec. 18 Fredericksburg Community Orchestra Christmas Concert at Hill Free Evangelical Free Church. Directed by Theresa Britt, the concert included classical and contemporary songs. More pictures on C1. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Wed
23
Dec

FHS, FMS Choir Concert


Singing “Seven Feet of Snow,” members of the sixth grade Cambiata Choir performed holiday sections at the Fredericksburg High School and Fredericksburg Middle School Christmas Concert on Dec. 14 at the First Baptist Church. Doing the hand motions are, in front from left, Jalyn Baskin, Emma Robledo, Brianna Reza, Maria Renteria, Karlee Reyes and (in back) Skylar Denton, Mirenda Delgado and Natasha Giral. Under the direction of Michele Stehling, the concert also featured the Kantorei choir from FMS and Ars Nova choir from FHS. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
Wed
23
Dec

Hikes, January closure cited at Enchanted Rock

For those looking for some outdoor adventure, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area will be hosting upcoming hikes and a New Year’s Day run.

On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 26-27, there will be a summit trail hike from 9:30-11 a.m. Participants will meet at the gazebo at the summit trail and should bring sturdy hiking boots or shoes and drinking water.

Attendees will learn the flora and fauna of the area as well as some natural and cultural history of the rock. No reservation is required to attend the hike.

Another event will be on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

The event will feature the cultural and natural history of the park, an interpretive jog/run with a ranger to see the park from the “healthy living” perspective, or a trip to the other side of the rock to see Enchanted Rock from a different point of view. 

At 8:30 a.m., a three-mile run will occur with a park interpreter. 

Wed
23
Dec

Zweite Weihnachten celebration Saturday

Zweite Weihnachten, a German tradition of celebrating a “Second Christmas,” will continue from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Gillespie County Historical Society’s social hall.

The event will be at 312 West San Antonio Street, and the Fredericksburg German Club and Pioneer Museum will host it.

“Second Christmas” features warm refreshments and traditional baked goods, including such past favorites as Stollen (a fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar), Plätzchen (cookies) and Glühwein (mulled, warmed wine).

Residents and visitors are invited to attend this German tradition of baked goods, drinks and singing traditional Christmas carols and holiday music in German on the day after Christmas.

The Fredericksburg Akkordeon Klub will provide music for the German carol sing-a-long.

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