LBJ State Park plays host to a skedaddle

Mark Weidner leads the way out of the starting gates during the “Stonewall Seed Stomp Skedaddle” on Saturday. Weidner was able to keep his strong pace throughout the 10K race and finished first in his division. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site played host to the “Stonewall Seed Stomp Skedaddle” a 5K fun run/walk and a 10K run, Saturday.

Greg Simms was the winner of the men’s 5K run, finishing the course in 24 minutes and 18 seconds.

McKenna Cowsert took first place in the women’s 5K run with her 25 minute, 17 second finish.

In the 10K, Mark Weidner beat out the competition and took first place in his division. Weidner finished the course in 47 minutes and 51 seconds.

Tara Ambrose finished her 10K run in 58 minutes and 04 seconds, which was good enough to win first place in her division.  


Hill Country Marching Fest to bring 19 bands Saturday

The region’s top high school marching bands will perform their 2014 contest shows here on Saturday in the annual Hill Country Marching Festival.

The public is invited to visit Fredericksburg High School (FHS) to watch show after “halftime” show as Class-2A to Class-6A bands march in the day-long event.

Judging this year’s contest-level performances, starting at 12:30 p.m. and continuing every 15 minutes, will be a panel of out-of-town musical experts, including:

•Bob Howard, retired director from Hondo High School;

•Stephen Krupicka, Director of Bands for Shiner Independent School District;

•Rey Meza, retired director from Marshall High School in San Antonio;

•Stephen Howard, Director of Bands at Ann Richards High school in Austin ISD, and,

•Manny Maldonado, Owner of MJM Works and Director of Percussion for Bradley Middle School in North East ISD.

Pride of the Hill Country


West End Pizza Company to host fundraiser Sunday

A “Pizza for a Purpose” fundraiser to benefit Wounded Warriors at Nebo will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, at West End Pizza Company.

During that time, there will be a pizza buffet by donation, a prize drawing, door prizes, silent auction and T-shirt sales.

Prizes are being collected for the drawing, and items big and small are appreciated, according to Janet Degenhardt, owner of West End Pizza Company.

It was noted that a tax-deductible receipt will be provided after the event.

Donations can be dropped off at West End Pizza Company, located at 232 West Main Street.

“Join us in honoring our troops and their families,” Degenhardt said.

Last year, Degenhardt and her husband, 1LT Hal Degenhardt, wanted to thank the community for the support and prayers they received while he was deployed in 2012-2013.

While in Afghanistan, Degenhardt served with SFAT (Security Force Advisory Team) which trained Afghan soldiers.


LBJ State Park to host Farm Demonstration Day

The Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site will host a Farm Demonstration Day on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Period-dressed park ranger interpreters will demonstrate traditions of a 1915 German farm family, including the making of lye soap, rope and the washing of clothes.

These chores will be demonstrated for visitors to see so they, too, can experience life on an early 1900’s German Texas farm. Adults and children alike can explore the Sauer-Beckmann farm and take in the sights of the cows, pigs, chickens and garden.  

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site is located at 199 Park Road 52 in Stonewall.

Park visitors are encouraged to pack a picnic basket, bring the family and friends to enjoy a day in the state park.


City to host joint meeting on sidewalks, trail plan

Sidewalk and trail connectivity throughout Fredericksburg will be discussed Monday during a special meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council, slated for 5:30 p.m. at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center.

The council will meet in joint session with the planning and zoning commission and the historic review board to examine proposed sites for future hiking and biking trails as well as plot out the city’s sidewalk plan.

Currently, the city allocates $100,000 annually toward sidewalk improvement projects.

Last year, the city decided to update design guidelines for new commercial buildings constructed along major corridors; create design options for major gateway improvements located at entryways into Fredericksburg; and develop a trails and sidewalk master plan.

Design guidelines and gateways were discussed as part of a special joint meeting on Sept. 8.

City Manager Kent Myers said the update should be completed by the end of this year.


FMS to host Aim For Success, open house, txConnect workshop

Fredericksburg Middle School will host an Aim For Success program and an open house, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 23-24.

Aim For Success, a national program, educates teens, parents and educators on topics such as abstinence education, drug prevention and anti-bullying.

The parent program will be from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the FMS Cafeteria. The student program for sixth through eighth grade will be throughout the day on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

The program addresses the problems of teen pregnancies, the escalating STD epidemic and the emotional pain that, Aim For Success described as “often associated with teen sexual activity.”

The parent program is a preview of the student presentation where parents will learn creative ways to talk about sex with their children and encourage them to avoid sexual activity until marriage.


27th Annual Lutheran Fall Festival returns Sept. 20

The 27th annual Lutheran Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 at Marktplatz with the event benefitting Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville and Ebert Ranch Camp in Harper.

The festival kicks off with the third annual 5K a “Hit the Trails Running 5K” event set for 9 a.m. at Marktplatz. Check in for the run begins at 7:30 a.m.

The day will be filled with activities, including a chili cook-off, crafts fair, games for children, live music and a silent auction.

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Bomb threat suspect jailed for FHS calls

By Austin R. Eck —

Reuben Byon, 17, of Fredericksburg, was arrested in connection with multiple bomb threats made to schools in Fredericksburg and Alexandria, Louisiana.

Byon was first detained Tuesday night, Sept. 9, for an arrest warrant in Alexandria, then arrested the following day in Fredericksburg for two counts of terroristic threats, Fredericksburg Police Department Sgt. Terry Weed said.

Byon is being held in Gillespie County Jail on a $500,000 bond from Louisiana and his bond in Gillespie County was set at $200,000.

Weed said the threats to the schools in Alexandria coincided with the threats made to Fredericksburg High School.

Timeline of threats

On Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m., a call was made to the FHS office, which was answered by a staff member.


King of the Rodeo

Leon Coffee, a Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame member, was in town last weekend for the Fredericksburg Professional Bull Riding competition, held Saturday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Coffee helped protect riders who look for eight seconds of glory atop a 2,000-pound angry animal. Coffee has survived more than 140 broken bones and a near-death experience in the ring, but is renowned around the globe for his skills. See more photos on page D1. — Standard-Radio Post/ Richard Zowie

FHS celebrates Homecoming

Homecoming king and queen nominees from Fredericksburg High School step out onto the field at FHS Stadium Monday in advance of the annual homecoming coronation at halftime of the varsity football game, slated for Friday night at 7:30 p.m. against Llano. Nominees include (from left) Ty Franklin, Ariana Chavez, Kyle Grona, Paxten Keyser, Mark Rodriguez, Delta Wise, Braden Bowers, Brooke Rogan, Mason Clark and Kendyl Stevens. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

A football game, crowning of a king and queen and a dance on Friday night will highlight the Fredericksburg High School Homecoming 2014 celebration.

Kick-off for the FHS varsity football game against Llano on Friday night in the FHS Stadium is at 7:30 p.m.

The new FHS Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime ceremonies and the dance will follow the game.

Nominees for homecoming queen and their parents include:

•Ariana Chavez, daughter of Doris Cardenas.

•Paxten Keyser, daughter of Vanya and Brent Keyser.

•Brooke Rogan, daughter of Tim and Monica Rogan.

•Kendyl Stevens, daughter of Missy Garcia-Stevens and Mike Stevens.

•Delta Wise, daughter of Linda Wise and Paul Robinson.

Nominees for homecoming king and their parents are:

•Braden Bowers, son of Audri and Chip Bowers.

•Mason Clark, son of Claudyne and Tracy Clark.

•Ty Franklin, son of Debra Franklin and Karry Franklin.


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