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Nov

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. 

 

Wed
05
Nov

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.

Wed
29
Oct

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.

Wed
29
Oct

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.

Wed
29
Oct

Hunters hit Hill Country as whitetail season nears


Hunters will be looking for bucks like this on Saturday. With the most dense deer population in the state, the outlook for the area looks solid. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

By Ken Esten Cooke

Given warm seasonal temperatures, Saturday’s opening of whitetail deer season likely won’t be the biggest. But given that the Hill Country still supports more deer than any other area in the state, hunters still are expected in droves.

Scott Krueger, Gillespie County game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said good forage and warm temperatures should make for an “average” season opening.

“It’s going to be warm and there still are a lot of acorns on the ground, so it won’t be a great opening, but some hunters still will find some good bucks,” Krueger said.

Local residents generally know to get to the grocery stores before the hunters’ arrival, when they may find meats and their favorite beers in short supply. But Krueger said even though this may not be a banner year, it is still better than most parts of the state.

Wed
29
Oct

Early voting ends Friday ahead of Nov. 4 election


Patricia and Raleigh Kreuz of Fredericksburg beat the crowd and participated in early voting last week at the Gillespie County Courthouse. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4 — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Ken Esten Cooke

 A hot gubernatorial race has driven more than 3,600 people to vote early in Gillespie County ahead of the Nov. 4 general election.

County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche said 3,675 people voted early through Tuesday with three days remaining.

Early voting continues through Friday, Oct. 31, at the County Courthouse, Room 104, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

 “Turnout has been pretty good,” Rusche said. “I think it’s pretty good for a governor’s race.”

Rusche said 2,698 people voted in-person by the close of voting on Tuesday. Also received were 792 of the 977 mail-in ballots which were requested, she said.

Votes are generally heavier during presidential vote years, but Rusche said the activity around the governor and lieutenant governor’s races have helped spike turnout.

The ballot

On the ballot are federal, state and six unopposed county races.

Wed
29
Oct

Make-A-Wish grants swimming pool to Marley Bedford


Four-year-old Marley Bedford takes her first dip in a swimming pool that was given to her during a reveal party as a part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Sunday afternoon. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Austin R. Eck

Even in late October, it is not too cold to take a dip in a pool. It is one of the perks of living in the Texas Hill Country.

When the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted four-year-old Marley Bedford’s wish to have a swimming pool, the calendar did not prevent Marley, her sisters or her friends from jumping in.

“Her parents knew a swimming pool is what she wanted, so we talked to her about that,” Judy Kramer, a wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, said. “It was very clear that’s what she wanted.”

Marley was born with a rare form of terminal dwarfism — rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata, or “rhizo” — that affects fewer than 100 children worldwide.

“We her told that when she was first born that she wouldn’t live to see her first birthday,” Marley’s mother, Crystal Bedford said. “She’s totally blown everything out of the water for what the doctors said.”

Wed
29
Oct

Stead earns first annual Oestreich service award


Frank Stead, second from right, is presented the first Paul A. Oestreich Community Service Award by Fredericksburg-Nimitz Rotary Club members, from left, Jayson Fritz, Bill Burns and Zach Pooser. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Fredericksburg-Nimitz Rotary Club awarded the first annual Paul A. Oestreich Community Service Award to firefighter and EMT Frank Stead on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Stead is secretary for the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department, Texas State Guard member and responder for the Gillespie County Emergency Medical Services. The veteran also teaches an EMS-related course at Fredericksburg High School.

He has worked with FVFD for more than a decade, and was first on the scene during the recent shooting incident with Fredericksburg Police Department officer Bradley Durst.

Stead said he was proud to have the award given in memory of the late Fredericksburg police chief, who died in May 2013 of a blood disease.

Wed
29
Oct

Harper homecoming


Angie Pascarella and Riley Jalowy were crowned as Harper High School’s Homecoming Queen and King during the halftime celebration of Friday night’s football game against Center Point. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck
Wed
29
Oct

FHS Band places first at area, heads to state contest

The Fredericksburg High School Marching Band will compete in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) 4A State Marching Contest, Monday, Nov. 3 in San Antonio’s Alamodome.

The band qualified for state after finishing first at the UIL 4A Area E competition Saturday in Corpus Christi at Calallen High School.

At state, the FHS band will march in the preliminary contest at 2:45 p.m. and then, if they advance to the finals, they’ll march again at 6:30 p.m.

At the area competition, FHS received accolades from various judges.

“Very good tone,” said Rustin Honeycutt from Troy Independent School District. “Great sounds from brass and woodwinds. Very effective use of percussion and mallets. Very musical performance. Great guard and great drill with challenging sections.”

Gary Monroe from Mesquite ISD commended the “great small ensemble and soloists” and added that FHS had “a nice, musical performance with great energy throughout.”

 

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