Trustees to wait to decide future of tax collection

By Richard Zowie —

After using its Jan. 13 regular meeting to expand upon private discussions with Harper Independent School District and City of Fredericksburg officials regarding enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of tax collections, the Fredericksburg ISD board of trustees decided to gather more information and then take action in February.

FISD, HISD and the City of Fredericksburg are three of the four largest collecting entities in the county.

Taxing entities have expressed concerns about late or even inaccurate reports from the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office along with lack of timeliness in tax collections.

The FISD board discussed property tax collection and explored ways to improve the process, currently being done by the tax office. Among issues discussed were a new building and using the right software to ensure appropriate reporting and accounting procedures.


Bridge financing trade faces 'bumps' in road

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

A deal Gillespie County Commissioners originally thought of as a “homerun” is still going to count as a win for local taxpayers, but not without a few financial bruises along the way.

Back in 2012, local officials agreed to an arrangement that would require Gillespie County to foot the bill for the replacement of one of its rural bridges, but, in return for fulfilling that investment, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) would pay for the replacement of five other outdated water crossings.

Within months, the county had forged ahead with its side of the bargain, constructing a replacement bridge on the Old San Antonio Road at the Barons Creek crossing.

When all was said and done, local taxpayers had paid $370,040 for the bridge’s completion to Austin-based contractor, Beck-Reit and Sons, Ltd.


Youths exhibit 790 entries

WAITING HIS TURN to be judged, Jace Raab of the Cave Creek 4-H, hangs on to his Angora goat Thursday evening during the 2014 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction, held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

“A success” is how officials are describing the 2014 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction held Thursday through Saturday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

“From beginning to end this year, the stock show felt like a great success,” said Blaine Hahn, president of the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association. “The show ran very smoothly.”

“Since I have been old enough to show, I have always looked forward to the stock show weekend and now being the president of the board is a great honor,” Hahn said.

Hahn said, “The show ran so well with all the volunteers we had working and the outstanding judges that came in from all over the state and even outside the state.”

And, Hahn said, “we were treated with great weather.”

He added, “We had great community support at the Show Barn on Thursday and Friday.”


Another year, another record

SALE RECORDS were smashed by local buyers Saturday as over $667,000 was spent purchasing 299 units at the 2014 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward.

Records were meant to be broken and buyers at the 2014 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction did just that on Saturday.

A record $667,016 was paid for 299 units at the sale, held in the Exhibition Hall at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Last year’s record-setting auction brought in $523,227 for 297 units.

“I am constantly amazed how the community comes out and supports the youth,” said Blaine Hahn, president of the Gillespie County Livestock Show Association.

“A new record amount for the auction is a tribute to the generosity that is around us in Gillespie County each and every day,” Hahn said.

He added, “I am very proud of the sales committee for all of their hard work in putting it all together this year. They work hard to find a way to get more people out every year.”

“Our sale was very successful this year with a great group of buyers rewarding the youth for their hard work throughout the year,” Hahn said.


Texas Rangers Heritage Center site work begins

HEAVY EQUIPMENT from Fredericksburg’s Allen Keller Company begins working the dirt on the site of the future Texas Rangers Heritage Center, to be situated just east of the Fort Martin Scott Historic Site on East Main Street (U.S. Highway 290 East.) To be completed by fall are the center’s outdoor features, including a pavilion, amphitheater, bell tower, “Ring of Honor” and parking lot, while Phase II will feature the museum’s main building. —Photo courtesy Former Texas Rangers Foundation

The Texas Rangers Heritage Center moved a step closer to becoming a fixture in Fredericksburg’s landscape on Monday, Dec. 16, when Allen Keller Company began excavation on the city’s eastern edge.

Moving dirt on Phase I of the future destination complex adjacent to the Fort Martin Scott Historic Site on East Main Street (U.S. Highway 290 East) signifies the start of a multi-month construction project whose completion is scheduled sometime this fall.

Being built first are a pavilion, an amphitheater, a bell tower, a parking lot and the center’s “Ring of Honor” — an area centered around a 25-foot diameter granite star where the names of past Texas Rangers will be permanently memorialized. It will serve as a public space for ceremonies, as well as contemplation area for the memorial.

Phase II of the project will see the creation of the Heritage Center’s main building, with its 7,600 square feet allotted for five galleries with interactive displays.


Music Club to host mezzo soprano in concert on Sunday

PERFORMING on Sunday as part of the Fredericksburg Music Club’s concert series are pianist Richard Masters and mezzo soprano Kathryn Findlen. The public is invited to attend the concert beginning at 3 p.m. at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

The Fredericksburg Music Club will present mezzo soprano Kathryn Findlen in concert on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

Findlen will be accompanied by Richard Masters on the piano.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. with seating beginning at 2:30 p.m.

While there is no cost for admission to the concert, a goodwill offering will be accepted. 

Music for this concert will include works from Gershwin, Frazelle, Debussy and Schonberg.

Findlen and Masters made their New York debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall this May, presenting New York premieres of “Songs in the Rear View Mirror” and “Book of Blue Flowers” by composer Kenneth Frazelle.

Committed to the performance of concert and chamber works by contemporary composers, Findlen and Masters have worked with such composers as Daron Hagen, George Crumb, Daniel Catán, John Harbison and Robert Ward.


Hill Country Film Festival, Fritztown Cinema to stage independent screening series

The Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF), the annual independent film event to be held in Fredericksburg, May 1-4, has partnered with Fritztown Cinema to promote independent filmmaking through a monthly “indie screening series.”

The first film presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m., today, Wednesday, Jan. 15, with a screening of the Houston Film Commission Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase.

The screening of this block of Texas-made short films is free.

Fritztown Cinema is located at 2254 U.S. Highway 87 South.

Films included in the showcase are:

• “Cork’s Cattlebaron,” directed by Eric Steele (2011);

• “The Garden and the Wilderness,” directed by Craig Whitney (2011);

• “Hellion,” directed by Kat Candler (2014);

• “Little Lions,” directed by Tony Costello (2012);

• “Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John,” directed by Angela Walley and Mark Walley (2012); and,

• “Vultures of Tibet,” directed by Russell Bush (2012).


Rockhounds to gather for annual show

Rare and collectable pieces of rock will be featured at the Fredericksburg Rockhounds’ 45th Annual Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19.

Set for Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, the two-day event will again feature exhibits and demonstrations.

Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission and parking are free. 

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FISD tentatively adopts new wellness, health program

By Richard Zowie —

A new wellness and sexual health curriculum at Fredericksburg High School led the agenda at Monday’s Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees meeting on Monday, Jan. 13.

While final plans are still being reviewed, the board tentatively agreed to adopt a program that focuses on reducing teen pregnancy, and avoiding risky behavior.

The meeting also marked the first official day of work for the new superintendent, Dr. Eric Wright, who was in attendance.

FHS principal Ralf Halderman also briefed the trustees on an update of the high school.

Wellness, Sexual Health

The wellness and sexual health curriculum the FISD is considering is from Temple-based Scott and White Healthcare. Their website is


Local banks, government to close for MLK Day

Slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1929, and to honor his birthday, the third Monday in January is a federal holiday.

This year, King’s birthday will be honored on Monday, Jan. 20.

Some schools will be open, some closed and others will be open but will focus much of their day discussing King and his legacy.


•Federal offices in Fredericksburg will be closed on Jan. 20.

•State offices will also be closed.

•County offices will also be closed.

•City offices will be open during normal business hours.


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