'Life of Reily'

This bale of turtles (yes, a “bale”) stretched their necks and got some sun near the dam at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park on Saturday. Temperatures rose to 69 degrees and clear skies brought out golf and tennis players around the park. Mostly warm temps and early blooms have characterized the 2016 “winter.” – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke


Galleries to celebrate First Friday Art Walk March 4

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg will be celebrated on Friday, March 4, with demonstrations, art talks, receptions, visits with artists and more.

For more information on First Friday Art Walk and the latest news from participating galleries, visit

Participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flags.

The following galleries have submitted information concerning their First Friday Art Walk events:


Agave Gallery — Fine Art, Texas Style!, 208 East San Antonio, will feature new artworks for spring, including bluebonnets and fresh florals from Sheila Swanson, South Texas imagery in watercolor by John and Edith Maskey, and the newest works by animalier watercolorist Annette Bennett.

Everyone is invited to meet the artists on Friday night from 5-8 p.m.


Original Texas Star Trail will ride out this Saturday

Riders will be heading out on Saturday morning, March 5, on the Original Texas Star Trail from Fredericksburg.

The week-long 112-mile ride will take participants across 40 cattle guards and through more than 20 Hill Country ranches, including the LBJ Ranch at Stonewall.

More information about registering for the event is available at

Participants will gather on Friday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds before starting the first leg of their trip at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

On the first day, the group will travel 17 miles to Luckenbach where they will camp for the night.

Then, on Sunday, the riders will travel 10 miles to Stonewall where they will camp at Burg’s Corner.

The ride continues on Monday, March 7, with a 14-mile ride from Stonewall to Johnson City.


Top citizens to be feted at Thursday Chamber banquet

A limited number of tickets are still available for the 96th Annual Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Awards Program, to be held Thursday, March 3, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Tickets for individual seats or tables may be purchased online, by phone or at the Chamber office, 306 E. Austin Street.

The cost of individual tickets is $60 and a reserved table, seating for eight, is $600.

The ticket price includes a buffet meal provided by Cartewheels Catering, beer and wine.

The evening will begin with a social at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

Prize drawing tickets, including a chance to win at least five major prizes, plus a specialty cocktail glass, are available in advance for $40 and at the event for $50.


Gillespie County Democratic party election results

March 1 Democratic Primary results for Gillespie County

The accompanying chart shows results from the Gillespie County Democratic Party election. Due to computer glitches at the County Clerk's office, results were not available before our print press time.


Two runoffs ahead in county races

Runoffs will take place March 24.

In a night marred by computer glitches in the Gillespie County Courthouse, results trickled in, staffers hand-tallied spreadsheet votes and two runoffs resulted.

The Gillespie County Precinct 1 Commissioner and Tax Assessor-Collector races will be decided in a runoff on Tuesday, May 24.

Contested race results were as follows:

County Commissioner, Pct. 1
Charles Olfers 892
Dennis Behrends 584
Chris S. Barnett 273
Wallace Britton 264

County Tax Assessor-Collector
Marissa Weinheimer 3,259
Vicki J. Schmidt 2,711
Kandice wadsworth 1,014
Kristin M. Bodnar 434

County Commissioner, Pct. 3
Dennis W. Neffendorf 1,052
Linda Meier McCann 599

Constable, Pct. 1
Todd Jennings 2,427
Heath Sasko 869

State races


Man dies in motor home fire municipal RV park

A Pampa man lost his life in an early morning fire Feb. 25 at the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal RV Park.

According to a police report, 80-year-old Orban Epperson died when a fire broke out in the Holiday Rambler RV.

His wife, Elma Joyce Epperson, 79, managed to escape the vehicle. Officials transported her to Hill Country Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Upon arrival, first responders found a motor home fully engulfed in flames.

The husband and wife reportedly had been staying at the park since early January.

Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department and Fredericksburg Police Department, along with Fredericksburg EMS, responded to a 911 call placed that morning at 2:59 a.m. from the park, off of Texas 16 South.

State and local fire marshal offices have been investigating the cause of the fire and will release information on the cause of the fire once final the determination is made.


Early voting closes Friday ahead of Election Day


Trustees approve new video board for football stadium

By Richard Zowie —

Fredericksburg High School Stadium will receive a new video scoreboard, possibly in time for the high school graduation ceremony in the spring.

At a Feb. 22 special board meeting, the Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees voted 5-0 to approve the purchase of a $490,234 Daktronics video board. (Board member Mark Cornett and vice president Kerinne Herber were not present.)

FISD Supt. Eric Wright recommended the purchase due to its price and due to getting an extra camera out of the deal (three high-definition cameras, as opposed to two).

The district received quotes from three companies before deciding to go with Daktronics.

The video board will be purchased from local capital funds and then reimbursed by the FISD Billie Boosters.

They will pay FISD $100,000 per year for five years.


FISD lifts up trades

The four-wheel alignment machine that is housed in the automotive lab where the old auto mechanics classroom used
to be was bought with the input from the automotive advisory committee. — Standard-Radio Post/Christine Granados

By Christine Granados —

Blake Schmidt had no idea that his defiant nature during his teenage years in the ’80s would make him the ideal teacher. Yet, those attributes brought him back to Fredericksburg High School where he is teaching students skills that will get them a certification and into the labor force right after graduation.

This is the focus of Fredericksburg High School’s career and technical education trades programs, which include automotive, agriculture, architecture, business, work/technology, education/human resources, health science, law enforcement, manufacturing and STEM concentrations.

These programs have received support from the state legislature and the Fredericksburg community over the past couple of years.

Trade program support


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