Band Boosters will draw thousands to turkey dinner

The Fredericksburg Band Boosters will host their annual turkey dinner and band concert, Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The dinner and concert will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost is $9 per plate pre-sale, or $10 at the door. Customers can either dine in or order their meals to go.

To get to the dinner, participants must go through the fair grounds main entrance only.

Items on the menu include turkey, dressing, gravy, noodles, green beans, cranberry sauce, bread, cake, coffee and tea.

Starting at 12:30 p.m., the Fredericksburg Middle School and Fredericksburg High School band concert will begin and provide music for the event.

Prize tickets are $2 each or a book of six for $10, and prizes will be given away during the concert.

Tickets may be bought at the door or from any band student. Those purchasing tickets don’t need to be present to win.

Among the prizes in the drawing include:


Jail expenses miff commissioners

In this file photo from last July, Sheriff Buddy Mills points out the new jail’s “eye in the sky” observation deck.

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday expressed their frustrations with the architect of the new jail.

County Judge Mark Stroeher voiced his discontent after a series of expenditures to the contingency fund were approved.

“I think they’ve blown a number of things, and it is adding to our cost,” Stroeher said about Wiginton, Hooker and Jeffry (WHJ) Architects, the architecture company tasked with jail construction.

Commissioners believe the reasons behind the expenses stem from a lack of foresight from WHJ.

 In an inspection, multiple issues were found that needed fixing, including placing a cage over lights, adding privacy shutters to several holding cells and replacing a door lock to provide added security to the jail.

The cost of making the changes to the jail will be $10,232, and without changes, the jail runs the risk of not passing the necessary inspections to open.


Smith, Weinheimer top Stonewall citizens

Stonewall Chamber President Brandon Weinheimer, left, congratulates Outstanding Citizen Greg Smith, center, and Golden Service Award winner Roy Weinheimer. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Stonewall’s annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet could have been a Weinheimer family reunion.

Two longtime Stonewall residents and business owners, including a Weinheimer, won top awards at the annual Stonewall Chamber of Commerce Banquet held Monday night.

Greg Smith, a water well company owner and operator, was named Outstanding Citizen. And lifelong rancher Roy Weinheimer won the Golden Service Award.

Chamber President Brandon Weinheimer lauded Smith as being a strong supporter of the town for many years. “I had no idea this was going to happen, but I thank you,” Smith said.

Roy Weinheimer was honored for being a volunteer, leader and “steward of the land, man of his word and indispensable part of our community.”


'Round and Round'

Jacelle Kneese, 4, a student at the Precious Moments Montessori Preschool, shows off the ball-handling skills she has learned while participating in the Teams of Tomorrow (TOT) basketball program. The Fredericksburg students performed during halftime of the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball game on Jan. 20. Another photo is on A14 of this week's paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann


St. Mary's ends observance with mass

Students of Carol Reyes’ 5K class, Ross DiCuffa, Sam Brewer, Kelsey Fiedler and Kate Fryburger, enjoy the opportunity to read books inside of a tent in preparation for National Catholic Schools Week. During the week, students participate in a spelling bee, book fair and parade. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

St. Mary’s School is continuing its festivities for National Catholic Schools Week with several events to close out the week.

National Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.

The week began Sunday, Jan. 25, and continues through Saturday, Jan. 31.

The theme for 2015 is:  “Catholic Schools:  Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

Many parents, grandparents and friends will join the students for the 8 a.m. mass on Thursday. Additionally, many students from Our Lady of the Hills Regional Catholic High School will join in the school liturgy.

These St. Mary’s graduates will visit classrooms after mass and speak with students about Catholic education and their experience at Our Lady of the Hills.


Boy Scouts warm up to history, values at fort's 'Freeze-O-Ree'

As the cannon smoke wafted through the air, “Freeze-O-Ree” Junior Rangers (from left) Steven Maclin, Aaron Aleman and Zach Smith pay their respect during the morning flag-raising ceremony. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

An estimated 200 Boy Scouts and adult leaders from the San Antonio district gathered at Fort Martin Scott on Saturday for the Summit District Freeze-O-Ree 2015.

Camping in overnight temperatures below freezing offered scouts a chance to earn their “Polar Bear Award” patch.

Boy and Girl Scouts camping at Fort Martin Scott is something Walter Pletz hopes will become a regular event.

“The kids were well-organized, well-mannered and orderly,” said Pletz, membership committee chairperson for the Former Texas Ranger Foundation. “They treated the property with the respect that scouts teaches them. When those kids left here, the property was as good or better than before they got here. Part of their training is to leave no trace and for it to look as if you weren’t there.”


Filing for May city election opens today

Applications for a place on the May 9 Fredericksburg City Council election ballot will be accepted beginning today, Wednesday, Jan. 28 at City Hall.

Candidate packets are available at the receptionist desk at City Hall.

Council positions currently held by Gary Neffendorf and Graham Pearson will be up for election, while Mayor Linda Langerhans, Jerry Luckenbach and Bobby Watson still have a year remaining on their two-year terms after being elected last May.

Filing for the May election will conclude at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 27.


FISD, Doss CCSD candidates can file Wednesday

Those wishing to file to run for seats on the boards of either Fredericksburg Independent School District or Doss Consolidated Common School District may do so, beginning today.

Candidates will have until Friday, Feb. 27 to file.

Applications for ballots by mail must be received by April 30.

The school board elections will be on Saturday, May 9, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 27 to May 5.


Of the three different seats up for election in the FISD race, two are three-year terms for the seats of board president Dale Geistweidt and trustee Dave Campbell. Both plan to run again.

The third position is for an unexpired, one-year term. Whoever wins will serve the remainder of the late Jerry Durst’s term.

Wayne Harrell, who currently fills Durst’s vacancy, has said he will not run again.


Rabies vaccination clinics Saturday in city, Harper

The City of Fredericksburg, along with several other communities around the county, will host rabies vaccination clinics, starting with Fredericksburg’s on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The clinics feature rabies vaccinations at a discounted rate, and also offer the opportunity for owners to get their cat and dog caught up on their shots.

The following is a list of the planned clinics in the county:

City of Fredericksburg

The City of Fredericksburg will host its first rabies vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Consolidated Warehouse, which is on Friendship Lane behind Fredericksburg High School.

Vaccines will be administered by veterinarians, Dr. Travis Halfman and Dr. Neil Eckert. The cost of the rabies vaccine is $8 per dog or cat. Each is sacrificing a portion of their fee.


Daily Update for Jan. 26


      • Gillespie County Commissioners will consider passing a resolution between the City of Fredericksburg and the county about joint dispatched operations during their regular meeting starting at 9 a.m. this morning at the courthouse. Officials will also consider building a metal building at the county yard, a contingency expenditure for the new Gillespie County Jail and a change in the irrigation and landscape contract for work done at the jail.


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