Local galleries to celebrate First Friday Art Walk this week

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg is celebrating the new year on Friday, Jan. 2.

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

Most participating galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.

For more information, visit the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg webiste at

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


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Spotlight shines on Gillespie County youth in 2014

Ty Franklin and Delta Wise were crowned Homecoming King and Queen at Fredericksburg High School. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

County employees start new terms with swear-in on Jan. 1

Nine county employees start their new terms once they are seated at a swearing-in ceremony at 9 a.m., New Year’s Day at the Gillespie County Courthouse.

Oaths of office will be administered by County Judge Mark Stroeher and County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche.

Officials to be sworn in include:

• County Judge Mark Stroeher;

• District Clerk Jan Davis;

• County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche;

• County Treasurer Laura Lundquist;

• County Surveyor Carey Bonn;

• Precinct 2 Commissioner W.A. (Billy) Roeder;

• Precinct 4 Commissioner Donald (Donnie) Schuch;

• Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace J.D. Hickman;

• Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Carl Schoessow.

With the exception of Hickmann, the other officials to be sworn in are incumbents.   


Businesses, offices changing schedules for New Year's holiday

Soon, it’ll be time to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 as the new year begins on Jan. 1.

Besides the parties, two common New Year traditions are making resolutions and having to write “VOID” on checks on which the previous year was mistakenly written.

With the arrival of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day on Wednesday and Thursday, offices, businesses and stores will be observing special hours during the holidays.

Among those closing their doors or altering their hours for the New Year’s holidays are city, county, state and federal offices.

Because New Year’s Day falls on Thursday, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post is publishing early this week on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

After the early publication, the newspaper office will be open until noon Wednesday, Dec. 31, but will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1.


Photo policy updated for trophy deer hunters

Hunters wishing to share photos of their 2014-2015 hunting season harvests with Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post readers need to know a few guidelines on how to submit a picture for print.

To qualify for free publication, photos must meet the following criteria:

• All animals pictured must be legally-harvested following all Texas regulations;

• Either the animal or the hunter must be from Gillespie County;

• Only the hunter who shot the deer may appear in the photo with the animal — no exceptions;

• Each hunter may submit no more than one photo per year — no exceptions;

• The animal’s entire carcass must be present and attached to the head. (No caped out or head-only/antler-only photos will be accepted.)

• Pictures of does or spikes will not be accepted;


Startup expenses OK'd for new jail

By Austin R. Eck

The Gillespie County Jail is one step closer to completion after actions by county officials.

During Monday’s Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court meeting, officials approved a series of startup expenses for the purchase of items that range from mattresses to food trays.

Commissioners approved the purchase of materials and equipment that totaled approximately $49,000.

The $49,000 stems from seven categories of goods that help make the jail functional. The largest expense comes from the purchase of uniforms, shoes, personal-care items and mattresses for inmates. The cost of these items is $18,133.58.

Another $16,765 will be used for pots, pans, cooking utensils and kitchen shelving.

While the first list of materials included various items from metal detecting hand wands to defibrillators, it is likely other purchases will be necessary.


Trial to begin Jan. 12 in police shooting case

The man charged for the shooting of a Fredericksburg police officer is set to start his trial in January.

Robert Rendon’s trial is set to begin on Jan. 12, according to Bexar County online records.

Rendon, 32, of San Angelo, is charged with two counts of attempted capital murder of a peace officer for the shooting of officer Bradley Durst after a traffic stop at 1:42 a.m., April 19, in the 1600 block of East Main Street.

Durst was struck with two rounds — one in the right side of the neck and the other in the right lower abdomen. He was able to call for help and was transported by a Gillespie County deputy to the Hill Country Memorial Emergency Room before being transported to a San Antonio Hospital.


Miller, Fraser eye 84th legislative session

Fraser and Miller

By Ken Esten Cooke

January 13 and the beginning of a new session for the Texas Legislature is just three weeks away. A huge contingent of new lawmakers are making their way to the capitol and eyeing everything from water, to roads, to education.

House District 73 State Representative Doug Miller and Senate District 24 Senator Troy Fraser’s Legislative Director Will McAdams met with around 125 locals last Wednesday at a Chamber of Commerce Leaders’ Breakfast at the Hill Country University Center.

Neither legislator has pre-filed bills for the new session. But both expect to be in leadership positions as their tenure has lengthened. In his fourth term, Miller is now 57th (of 150) in House seniority, while Fraser was elected to the senate in 1996.

Speaker battle


With global over-supply, a respite at the gas pump

Gillespie County residents rush to take advantage of falling gas prices that dipped below $2 for the first time in several years. Prices dropped to $1.89 last week and on Monday, had dipped to $1.76. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

“One” is a number that gas station customers haven’t seen in a while, and they hope it stays for an extended visit.

With crude oil prices having dropped from more than $100 per barrel in June to just $56, as of Monday, gas prices also dipped from the $3-plus range down to below $2.

On Monday in Fredericksburg, gas prices sunk further, to as low as $1.76 per gallon.

The last time gas prices were this low was in late 2008, when prices dropped below $2 per gallon, according to

The American Automobile Association (AAA) website reports that a year ago, the average price of regular unleaded gasoline in San Antonio was $2.885 per gallon. Currently in the Alamo City, gas is at $2.012 per gallon.


Residence lights up for Hill Country Christmas

The Stehling Family Homestead lights up the serene holiday night on U.S. Highway 87 North just outside of town. - Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke


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