News

Wed
29
Apr

Hill Country Film Festival returns for sixth year

By Matt Ward

“Reel indie” movies will hit local screens this weekend for the sixth annual Hill Country Film Festival, which opens tomorrow and continues through Sunday.

Filmmakers from across the United States are expected to gather at Fritztown Cinema, located at 2254 U.S. 87 South, for four days of screenings and networking.

“Film festivals are always a great opportunity to see up-and-coming talent,” Chad Mathews, executive director of the sponsoring Hill Country Film Society, said. “Being that Fredericksburg is a town that really thrives on artists, I think that supporting the film side of Fredericksburg is really important because these are the people that are going to be making big movies later on and they’re getting their start by submitting shorts or smaller features.”

Wed
29
Apr

Southwest Tandem Bicycle Rally marks 25th anniversary on Gillespie roads


Eighty-nine teams, of 178 total tandem bicycle riders, start out on Saturday morning's tour through western Gillespie County during their 25th Annual Southwest Tandem Rally. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Cyclists teamed up for “two-fer” transit last weekend as the Southwest Tandem Rally marked its 25th year on Gillespie County roads.

The rally brought 90 teams, or 180 cyclists, from around the country to pedal in pairs. While the majority were from Dallas, Houston and Austin, riders registered from Illinois, Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee, Arkansas and Pennsylvania.

“The front rider is the ‘captain’ and the back rider is the ‘stoker,’” said Becky Reeves, who with husband Hugh, organized the event. The Reeves are avid tandem cyclists and have ridden in locations around the world. “The back rider is usually the wife and the husband rides in front. The back rider doesn’t have any steering control — she basically provides power.”

Hugh Reeves jokingly named the local sponsors the “Fredericksburg Area Riding Tandem Society,” or FARTS.

Wed
29
Apr

100 Club adds members, recognizes officers


Officers were honored at the 10th Annual 100 Club of Gillespie County Officer Appreciation Dinner, April 22. They received outstand-ing dedication or specific year of service plaques. Honorees included, front row, from left, Ed Earp and Ray Tschirhart, outstanding dedication to service; Tex-as Department of Public Safety Sgt. Todd Jennings, Fredericksburg Police De-partment Officer Shirley Jones, FPD Officer Clem Castillo, FPD Sgt. Bryan Philips, Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Brian Pehl; back row DPS Cpl. Coy Morales, Max Hart-mann, outstanding dedica-tion to service; FPD Officer Trey Schnelle, FPD Officer Mark Ward. Those not pre-sent but receiving service awards were FPD Lt. Terry Weed, Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Marcus Davee, and FPD Det. Robert Metzger. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

Law enforcement officers, supporters and their families gathered April 22 to welcome new members of the 100 Club of Gillespie County and to recognize officers for their service.

The event was at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Event Center at 237 Equestrian Lane.

Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills recognized a few new faces, including Mike Barr, a special ranger with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and Clayton Pipkin, who is replacing Scott Krueger as a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden serving Gillespie County.

Wed
29
Apr

'True Texan'

Taylor Stevenson parks his T-6 Texan during the Texan Round-Up at the Gillespie County Airport on Saturday.

T-6 Texans were used by the United States Air Force during World War II as training planes for pilots.

The planes were named “Texans” because a lot of pilot training was based in Texas during the war.

— Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

 

Wed
29
Apr

Wildflower run draws 321 participants


A group of young runners, from left, Miles Hammond, Lorenzo Garcia Calvillo, Kade Jenschke, Will Keller and Felix Cruz take off at the start of the Wildflower 5K/10K Run and Walk on Saturday at Marktplatz. Garcia Calvillo was the overall 5K winner with a time of 18:34; Keller placed third in the age 11-14 divi-sion, and Cruz, second, in the age 15-21 division. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

A total of 321 runners participated in the 5K and 10K in the Wildflower Run and Walk Saturday at Marktplatz.

This year’s run marks a return of the Wildflower Run to Fredericksburg after a one-year absence.

The run benefits the Fredericksburg Academic Boosters, an organization that recognizes and encourages student academic achievement.

The overall winners and top placers in each age group can be found in this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

 

Wed
29
Apr

Early voting begins for school board, city council elections

More than four times the number of voters have already cast early votes in the school board race than in the city race.

Early voting began on Monday and will continue through Tuesday, May 5.

Election Day is on Saturday, May 9, and both Fredericksburg Independent School District and City of Fredericksburg voters can vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Middle School Cafeteria.

As of 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, 136 voters have cast ballots in the FISD’s school board race and on whether or not to approve a $16.5 million school bond.

Ninety-five residents cast their ballots on Monday while 41 voted on Tuesday.

In the City of Fredericksburg City Council election, 32 residents have voted. Fifteen voted on Monday and 17 on Tuesday.

Early voting continues through Tuesday, May 5.

City races

Wed
29
Apr

Optimist Club motorcycle run revving motors at Luckenbach

Motorcyclists from across the state will hit the streets for the 19th annual Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally, in Luckenbach, Friday through Sunday, May 1-3, to help raise money for the Optimist Club of Fredericksburg.

The weekend gets off to an early start on Thursday, April 30, with a social and welcome at Hondo’s on Main. Guests are invited to an informal social gathering featuring music and food, with extra surprises for attending registrants at 6 p.m.

Proceeds from the Hill Country Run go to fund Optimist Club of Fredericksburg projects, including the T-Ball Program, Scholarship Program, Oratorical Contest and Essay Contest. The focus of the Optimist Club is “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.”

Net proceeds from the rally are returned to the youth in Fredericksburg. Every year Optimist International conducts over 65,000 service projects and serves well over six million young people.

 

Wed
29
Apr

Willow City fire, rescue to host benefit Saturday

The Willow City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department members will host their annual pork barbecue benefit this Saturday.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will be at the Willow City Fire Station at 2553 Ranch Road 1323.

Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will help the department continue maintaining and improving the station, trucks and equipment, and for training, insurances and routine operating expenses.

A hoisting of the U.S. and Texas flags will begin the event at 3 p.m. Sol Patch (Bryan Maldonado and Melissa Weatherly) will provide the music.

The Auxiliary’s Country Store will offer a variety of home-baked goods, hand-sewn items and crafts and cookbooks, including “Willow City Recipes and Remembrances,” from 3-5 p.m.

A silent auction will begin at 3 p.m. with bidding closing at 6:30 p.m.

Then, auctioneer Dudley Althaus will lead a live auction from 4-5:30 p.m.

Wed
22
Apr

Public a 'no-show' for school bond Q&A Monday night

By Richard Zowie

No parents or community members came Monday night for Supt. Dr. Eric Wright’s community information meeting at the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium.

A handful of Fredericksburg Independent School District officials and an FHS teacher were all who showed.

Wright had been prepared to address a crowd regarding the proposed $16.5-million bond and answer any questions.

“I was expecting a few, but I guess we’ve been getting the message out,” Wright said. “I guess they’re satisfied with the information that’s out there.”

Wright has taken his school bond message to each of the FISD campuses and all the departments, as well to local civic groups.

“Everyone has been very positive, and their inclination was as long as we don’t raise taxes, they were in favor of it,” Wright said.

Wed
22
Apr

Growers dodge weekend storm damage

By Joshua McKinney

Severe storms brought rain and small hail over the weekend in Gillespie County.

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park received 2.76 inches of rain from Friday through early Sunday morning from the weekend weather system.

Pre-harvest storms are constant threats to local orchards and vineyards but most growers stayed clear of damage from the weekend weather.

 “I don’t know if there was any hail, but rain was well welcomed from farmers and ranchers,” said Brad Roeder, Gillespie County Agrilife Extension agent. “There’s always a chance of hail and high winds with a spring storm like that but the hail mostly missed our area. It would take a lot more than that to do serious damage.”

Jamey Vogel of Vogel Orchard in Stonewall also said he has not heard much in the way of damaged crops.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News