Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show

Brothers Mills, left, and Mason Meier had the grand champion and reserve grand champion steers, respectively, at the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show, held last weekend at the fair grounds. Cattle judge Carl Muntean of Iola stands with the award winners. It was the first time in recent memory in a steer show that siblings had taken the top two prizes. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Praise was high for youth and their animals at the 2016 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction, Thursday through Saturday.

“Our judges this year were very complimentary to the quality of livestock and the level of respect shown toward them from the kids in our county,” said Blaine Hahn, president of the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association.

“Everyone should be proud of the future farmers and ranchers that we have coming through the ranks,” Hahn said.

Held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the 2016 show drew 341 exhibitors and 801 entries.

Exhibitors included 219 Gillespie County 4-Hers, 96 Fredericksburg FFA members (junior and high school) and 26 Harper FFA members.

Entries totaled 801, including 260 swine, 123 meat goats, 167 lambs, 10 breeding sheep, 110 broilers, 38 turkeys, 45 steers, 10 heifers and 38 Angoras.


Creed Speaking State Champ

Dr. Eric Wright, Fredericksburg Independent School District
superintendent, presents a “Billie Pride” award to Colton
Snedecor Monday evening for winning at state in Creed
Speaking for Future Farmers of America. — Standard-Radio
Post/Richard Zowie


LeFan marks 20th anniversary in ministry here

The Fredericksburg Church of Christ hosted a reception celebrating the 20th anniversary of minister Tommy LeFan’s service to church and community on Sunday, Jan. 10 after the morning worship service.

“Twenty years of ministry with the Fredericksburg Church of Christ is not due to any great staying-power on my part. It’s more a testament to the love and long-suffering of a wonderful church family,” LeFan said. “Sometimes I think our church may be one of the best kept secrets in town. If you’re looking for a church home, I strongly recommend it. It would be our great pleasure to welcome you.”

LeFan, his wife, Christy, and daughter, Courtney, moved from Garland to Fredericksburg in 1995 and in 1996 their son, Cameron, was born in Fredericksburg.


Gem, mineral show open Saturday

Amethyst crystals and other gemstones will be on display Saturday.

Proceeds from the 47th Annual Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show this weekend will go toward Sul Ross State University’s geology department.

The Fredericksburg Rockhounds will host the show Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16-17, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park’s Pioneer Pavilion.

“Rather than argue about giving the scholarship to a UT or A&M student we picked a neutral school — Sul Ross State University,” said James Gedeon, Rockhound show chairman. “The head of the geology department bought some rocks for his class, 100 rock hammers and a couple of microscopes.”

Proceeds from the prize drawing and silent auction at last year’s show raised $1,500.

The show will feature minerals, fossils, meteorites, jewelry, geodes, stone carvings, exhibits and demonstrations.

Experts will be available to identify mystery rocks that any visitors might have.

Admission and parking are free.


Air Force Band of the West ensemble to perform Sunday at Methodist church

A concert featuring Spectrum Winds, an ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Band of the West, will be offered at 3 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. Members of the ensemble include, from left, Senior Airman Emily Matter, bassoon; MSgt Hughey Hancock, French horn; MSgt Cynthia A. Bailey, flute; Airman First Class Randolph Palada, clarinet, and Senior Airman Kathleen Keese, oboe. — Submitted photo

Spectrum Winds, a component of the U.S. Air Force Band of the West, will perform Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

Set for 3 p.m., the performance is the fourth of eight 2015-2016 concert season programs hosted by the Fredericksburg Music Club (FMC).

Seating begins on a first-come basis in the sanctuary of the church, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The concert is free although goodwill offerings are welcome.

As part of the afternoon program, the five-member Spectrum Winds ensemble will explore the diverse world of chamber music for winds, drawing on a long heritage of chamber music, contemporary jazz, pop music, marches and patriotic favorites, said a spokesman.


Commissioners hear report from Relief Route Task Force

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County Commissioners heard a presentation on Monday for a relief route that will help alleviate traffic on Main Street.

Korey Keller, chairman of the Gillespie County Relief Route Task Force, said a semi-truck drives down Main Street every 40-45 seconds between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The task force is conducting research and gauging interest from the community for a relief route.

“That’s part of our challenge, figuring out, as a community, when is the time right to do something about relieving this congestion,” Keller said.

The task force has been working with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) on the project, but since TxDOT has been going through some changes such as employees retiring, the process has been slowed down.


Ministers will host Jan. 18 MLK event

Gillespie County Ministerial Association will host a gathering on Monday, Jan. 18, to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Set for noon under the small pavilion at Marktplatz, the event will be a time for prayer and reflection as the slain civil rights leader is remembered.

The association will also play portions of some of Dr. King’s speeches, and give time for reflection on the impact of his life and ministry.

This year marks the 52nd anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which he gave in Washington, D.C. in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial. 

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Daily Update for Jan. 12


      • Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday heard a presentation from Kory Keller, chairman of the Gillespie County Relief Route Task Force. According to Keller, a semi-truck drives down Main Street every 30-40 seconds between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Commissioners also approved a timeline for the process for the application and distribution of Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds for 2016. 


City Council denies Nimitz waiver request

By Scott Allen

Fredericksburg City Council on Monday voted 4-1 to deny the Texas Historical Commission’s (representing the Admiral Nimitz Foundation) request to waive building and development fees.

Council member Gary Neffendorf voted against the denial.

The $14,757.82 in waivers requested by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation dealt with electrical support and water and sewer impact fees in both phases of the current project to update the Pacific Combat Zone Reenactment Battlefield and surrounding buildings.

 “I’m really leery about setting a precedence for this type of assistance when we have a lot of other really good organizations in the community that could benefit from this,” Mayor Linda Langerhans said.

The city has waived fees for the new Gillespie County Jail and the Texas Rangers Heritage Center projects, according to Brian Jordan, director of development services.


Youth, animals take center sage at stock show

Attention will be focused on the show ring when youth and their animals take center stage at the 2016 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction, Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 7-9.

Set for the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the show will see 341 exhibitors from Gillespie County 4-H Clubs, the Fredericksburg FFA, Fredericksburg Junior FFA and the Harper FFA participating in the event.

While the county show is the only competition for some local exhibitors, a large number will be continuing on to other contests across the state.

Coming just after the county show will be the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville, Jan. 17-23.


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