Tickets on sale for 'Les Misérables'

Tickets will go on sale Monday for “Les Misérables,” the first production in the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s 18th season, which opens on June 20.

The musical, which continues weekends through July 6, is based on the novel by Victor Hugo set in 19th century France and tells the story of Jean Valjean, a man seeking redemption after serving 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s child.

Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

“When I first saw ‘Les Misérables’ 20 years ago, I was drawn into the show because of the combination of very personal stories and the theatrical presentation,” director Jim Weisman said. “In our production, we’re adding the close up and personal element that you won’t get in the big touring theaters. We have an amazingly talented cast and I think audiences will be completely entranced.”


Gillespie votes mostly mirror state primary runoff results

Slightly more than 1 in 10 voters took part in the primary runoff elections in Gillespie County.

Only 11.6 percent of the county’s 17,883 registered voters took part in the primary runoff. That included 1,969 Republican voters and 110 Democratic voters.

Gillespie results mirrored statewide tallies in the GOP primary runoff.

Tea Party favorite Dan Patrick topped incumbent David Dewhurst in the Lieutenant Governor’s race 57 percent to 43 percent. (Statewide result was 65-35 percent.) Patrick will now face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in the November general election.

Ken Paxton topped Dan Branch 58 percent to 42 percent in the race for Attorney General. (Statewide result was 64-36 percent.)


4-H successes highlighted for commissioners

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Gillespie County’s 4-H successes over the past livestock showing season were highlighted for county officials meeting Friday, May 23.

Local youths posted an estimated total earnings of $264,794.34, from the sales of their winning project animals at the various major shows around the state, said local Texas AgriLife Extension agent Micah Walker.

Various Gillespie 4-H members also collectively earned about $52,000 in scholarships along the way this past year, he said.

“The kids had a very successful year,” Walker said, adding that there are three 4-H livestock showmen who have been notified that they are state foundation scholarship winners, but won’t find out how much those financial grants are until a later date. Those awards are guaranteed to be anywhere from $5,000 to $18,000, he said.


War dead honored at Monday ceremony

Members of the Texas Cryptologic Color Guard posted the colors on Monday morning at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Museum of the Pacific War. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

While welcome rains were falling outside on Monday morning, veterans were joined by their friends, family and others in paying tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

The ceremony was moved indoors to the Nimitz Ballroom where Gen. Mike Hagee, (USMC, ret.), president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, served as master of ceremonies.

Posting the colors was the Texas Cryptologic Color Guard.

Capt. Roger Spencer, (USN, ret.), offered the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cadet Janna Duecker, a member of the Fredericksburg High School NJROTC.

The Fredericksburg Community Band, under the direction of Dani Rauschuber, played the National Anthem and a medley of service anthems.

Keynote speaker for the ceremony was Dr. Hans M. Mark, a leading expert in the fields of aerospace design and national defense policy.


Gillespie gets 'million-dollar' rain storm

Barons Creek at the Bowie Street crossing was flowing heavily Tuesday morning. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Richard Zowie

If April showers bring May flowers, time will tell what the rains of May will bring to Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.

From Saturday-Tuesday, the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park collected 4.32 inches of rain.

“We did very well,” said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Brad Roeder of the recent rains. “Everybody was waiting for this one, and it came at a convenient time.”

Roeder reported that grass has been starting to grow and the trees have been trying to suck in water without ground moisture.

“Someone said it was a ‘million-dollar rain’ on Tuesday morning,” he added. “Some were looking to sell cattle, but the rain brought lots of benefits for grazing and the field crops planted for the summer. It’s a good start and helps toward dealing with the long-term drought stress.”

The extension agent added that he heard of no significant damage from the recent storm.


Country's 'cool couple' returns at Roots Concert

Pioneer Museum will kick off its 13th year of the Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country Saturday, May 31, with a “Texas Country Night” lineup of music, food and family fun.

The concert will feature Mark Powell and Lariat at 6:30 p.m., followed by Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis at 8:10         p.m.

Texas Public Radio members are invited to enjoy a special reception before the concert in the Historical Society Center building from 5-6 p.m. The reception will feature food provided by Cartewheels Catering, beer from Pedernales Brewing Company and wine from 4.0 Cellars.

TPR members can enjoy discounted tickets to the show at the door, or may purchase them online ahead of time.

All concerts take place on Saturdays beginning at 6:30 p.m. Guests can purchase a meal and refreshments of wine, beer, sodas and water. Parking is free.

Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street, with the event entrance on South Milam Street.


Substation, transmission line questionnaire due Friday

A brand-new electric substation is proposed by the Lower Colorado River Authority and Central Texas Electric Cooperative to provide better electric service to southeast Gilles-pie County. Approximately 10-15 miles of 138-kilovolt transmission line will be required to connect the project to existing lines in northern Kendall and western Blanco counties. Potential routes and substation locations were presented during an open house on May 15 and project questionnaires are due back by Friday. — Map courtesy LCRA

Affected landowners and other interested parties have through Friday, May 30, to let the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) know how they feel about a proposed electric substation near Blumenthal and approximately 10-15 miles of 138-kilovolt transmission line scheduled to be constructed in southeast Gillespie County.

The project questionnaire is available online at

Approximately 200 area residents attended an open house on the project proposed by the LCRA Transmission Services Corporation (TSC) and Central Texas Electric Cooperative (CTEC) on Thursday, May 15, at the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce.

The project is designed to increase electric capacity to CTEC’s customers in the growing area east of Fredericksburg and would connect the new substation with an existing 138-kV transmission line that runs through northern Kendall and western Blanco counties.


FHS, Harper students write way to state

Lindsey Milner

Competing against some of the best in the state, two Gillespie County students brought home honors from the State University Interscholastic League Academic Meet on May 20 in Austin.

Harper High School senior Lindsey Milner won the gold medal in the Class A division of the Headline Writing Contest.

Fredericksburg High School sophomore Michaela Priess was seventh in the Class 3A Editorial Writing Contest.

Lindsey Milner

Harper’s Lindsey Milner finished first in Headline Writing in the Class A division at the State UIL Academic Meet on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

For the contest, participants were asked to write headlines for six short articles submitted to them. The students were judged on the concepts that a good headline will sell the story, tell the facts, be accurate, be objective, be simple but precise, and make the tone fit the content.


Jaycees to host truck, tractor pull Saturday

Fredericksburg Jaycees will present their annual truck and tractor pull on Saturday, May 31, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Regular admission tickets and box seats are available for purchase at the gate or can be bought in advance from Kneese Companies at 739 South Washington Street.

Tickets purchased in advance are $15 for adults, $10 for children seven to 17 years of age and free for children six and under.

At the gate, tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children seven to 17 years of age and free for children six and under.

Box seats are $25 per seat, but the entire box must be purchased.

Pit passes are available for purchase for an additional $10.

The Texas Truck and Tractor Pullers Association travels across Texas with an array of engines with powers ranging from 1,000-plus horsepower fueled engines to alcohol, diesel and smoker tractors and trucks.


Free outdoor concert set Sunday

Big Band tunes will emanate above Fredericksburg’s downtown square Sunday evening, June 1, as “Magnificent 7” performs free for those attending the next Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) Concert In The Park.

There is no admission charge to the event, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. in the Adelsverein Halle (the largest pavilion) on Marktplatz.

Music fans are invited to enjoy the event by bringing their own lawn chairs or blankets or by grabbing one of the limited number of picnic table seats.

As the band performs for about an hour-and-a half, listeners are invited to let the music move them by “cutting a rug.” When not on the dance floor, attendees are also encouraged to enjoy picnic suppers or refreshments brought from home.

Magnificent 7 is a four-horn group known around the Austin area for its “Super Swing” sound.


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