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Harper man indicted for double murder

Former Harper resident Joseph Cisco Knight, 67, has been indicted in the double-murder of his wife and granddaughter.

The Gillespie County Grand Jury issued an indictment Monday, July 14, against Knight on the charge of Capital Murder of Multiple Persons.

He stands accused of shooting his wife, Karon Elaine Knight, 59, and his granddaughter, Barbara Lynn (Barbie) Knight, 19, around 8 p.m., Friday, May 9, in their home at 623 Josephine Drive in Harper.

After he allegedly killed the two female relatives, he called local law enforcement to turn himself in.

Knight remains in Gillespie County custody with bond set at $1 million.

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Insurance broker outlines 'family glitch' in ACA


Keith Stehling and other CMS certified insurance brokers can help guide policy seekers through the ACA rules and regulations. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Among the dozen local business leaders who met with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz last week was Keith Stehling, a 34-year insurance broker and agent.

Like others, Stehling expressed concern over the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” and a large part of the meeting was a discussion of the act and needed changes to improve it.

The Standard-Radio Post sat down with Stehling last week to discuss the ACA, as the new enrollment period will begin Nov. 15. He urged those seeking policies to let a broker assist them, and said there is no additional charge or higher premium for their help.

‘Rough rollout’

“The health insurance business is in turmoil because, as of the first of the year, a lot of the ACA became law,” Stehling said.

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A Night to Remember


An afternoon of horse racing and a return of the Night In Old Fredericksburg festival to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds meant crowds and a good time for locals and visitors. See horseracing results on page A/B10 and 12 of the July 23, 2014 edition of the Fredericksburg Standard. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
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Bluesman to lead 'Roots' show


Austin guitar slinger Chris Duarte

“Electric Blues” performers will be featured at the next Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country concert on Saturday, July 26, at Pioneer Museum.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

The Peterson Brothers Band will take the stage at 6:30 p.m., followed by Bobby Mack at 7:45 p.m. and the Chris Duarte Group at 9:15 p.m.

Admission is $15 at the gate while online pre-purchase admission is $13.

To purchase tickets online, visit www.pioneermuseum.net.

For more on this story, read 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!

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NIOF: Old and new return to fair grounds


An “interpretive chicken dance” was part of the fun contests on Saturday afternoon, backed by music from The Seven Dutchmen band. From left are finalists Jim Egner of Nacogdoches, eventual winner Payton Hall of San Leon, Vickie Simmons and Abigail Flores of San Antonio. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

There were fewer dirndls and lederhosen, but a good-sized crowd enjoyed Night In Old Fredericksburg on Saturday at its return to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Carey Durst, chairman of the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals board, said the event went off well for its return to the fair grounds.

“I thought it went really well. We didn’t have a lot of time to plan and do all the things we wanted, but we did have a few new contests and activities. We had good crowds on both Saturday and Sunday,” he said.

Following a day of horse racing, crowds stayed for the food, games, barbecue cookoff, a carnival, music and even “team goat roping,” a new event. Durst said that built-in crowd helped attendance, given that the location is away from the busy downtown area.

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Rollover kills Y.O Ranch's Schreiner

An heir of Y.O. Ranch fame died in a one-vehicle rollover in Gillespie County Thursday night, July 17.

Ingram resident Walter Schreiner Jr., 60, who was part owner of the Y.O. Ranch in Mountain Home, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash around 10:31 p.m. by Carl Schoessow, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2.

Schreiner had been driving a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe northbound on RM 1376 when he ran off the road to the right about 10 miles southeast of Fredericksburg, according to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) report by Trooper Michael Bacon.

Schreiner overcorrected to the left, then again to the right, at which point the vehicle rotated off the east edge of the roadway and overturned on its right side, in the process ejecting Schreiner, who was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt, Bacon said.

The SUV then struck a telephone pole before coming to rest atop Schreiner, he said.

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Auto swap revs up this weekend

Automobiles will converge as the 37th Annual Hill Country Swap Meet will be at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Friday through Sunday, July 25-27.

The event is free, as is the parking.

Activities include a car corral, flea market and a free trolley on the grounds.

This year’s event has been increased to 900 spaces, and there are a limited amount of new indoor spaces. According to event organizer Bill Rogers, as of Monday, at least 50 spaces were still available.

For more on this story, read 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!

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PCAA to host Austin variety band Sunday

The “Top Variety Band in the USA” (as named by Gigmasters, Inc.) will offer a free, open-air concert Sunday, July 27, on Marktplatz.

Groove Knight, an Austin-based band known for its high energy dance tunes, will perform in the Adelsverein Halle (the downtown square’s largest pavilion) from 6:30-8 p.m. as the next installment in the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance’s (PCAA’s) “Concert in the Park Series.”

Those planning to attend are invited to either bring lawn chairs and blankets or arrive early to secure some limited picnic table seating. Attendees are also encouraged to bring along their own refreshments or picnic suppers.

Comfortable shoes are a “must” for attendees, since dancing is encouraged throughout the band’s approximate hour-and-a-half-long performance.

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Charter amendment suit filing delayed

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners met in a regular session on Monday to discuss the purchase of additional radio equipment for the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO).

In two separate agenda items, commissioners approved the purchase of 11 new 700-megahertz radios for the GCSO for $52,577.

In the second item, Sheriff Buddy Mills asked the court for 22 additional radios and activation of two radio towers that will allow easy communication between police, fire departments and the GCSO.

“We’re in a predicament here where we need to make some important decisions on how we’re going to continue to operate and provide the emergency services,” Mills said. 

The cost of activating the two towers and the additional radios is $508,702.

However, commissioners were hesitant to approve the request because the expenditure is not in this year’s budget and next year’s budget has not been made.

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Trustees receive positive student drug-use report

By Richard Zowie —

After a tragic off-campus overdose by a student in early 2013, there were only five positive drug tests in the last school year at Fredericksburg High School.

That was according to the Fredericksburg Independent School District’s Student Drug Testing Program Summary, which trustees discussed at their Monday night meeting.

The 333 drug tests occurred from Aug. 1, 2013 to May 30, 2014. Only students in extracurricular activities were tested.

Trustees also received construction updates on three current projects, learned details of a Texas Association of School Boards grant and approved the 2014-2015 FISD Student Code of Conduct.

Drug testing report

For many district parents, wary after the 2013 accidental drug overdose that claimed one student, the results may have been encouraging.

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