'Gran Fondo' saddles up Saturday

Bicyclists will ride in the Second Annual Texas Gran Fondo Bicycle Race in Fredericksburg and around the Hill Country this Saturday.

This is a non-competitive, fully-supported timed ride. Many consider Fredericksburg “The Cycling Capital of Texas.”

The race will begin at 8 a.m. at Marktplatz, at the corner of Adams and Austin streets and will also end at that location.

Gran Fondo consists of three different bicycle races through the Hill Country:

• Gran Fondo, 100 miles;

• Medio Fondo, 65 miles;

• Piccolo Fondo, 36 miles.

All three routes will finish in downtown Fredericksburg on Main Street, where everyone is invited to the post-ride party.

Race registration fees are:

Gran Fondo — $120;

Medio Fondo — $100;

Piccolo Fondo — $90.


5K, 10K set at Wildseed Farms

A 5K and 10K run and walk just for women will be held on Saturday, May 9, at Wildseed Farms.

Runners and walkers in the third annual Texas Flower Country Women’s 5K and 10K will be rewarded at the finish line with a champagne brunch, complimentary massages, live music and plenty of shopping opportunities.

Both the 5K and 10K events start at 8:30 a.m.

The course winds through the flat, smooth, unpaved roads and paths of Wildseed Farms, taking runners through the fields and along part of the Pedernales River before returning to the finish line and post-race party.

At the finish line, runners will have a catered champagne brunch, wine and beer tasting, free massages, music and shopping at Wildseed Farms’ Blossoms Boutique and Lantana Nursery.

All entrants also receive a technical race T-shirt.

Participants will see parts of the farm not open to the general public.


County hears options, costs of GCAD move

By Ken Esten Cooke

An advisor and an architect presented options for the upcoming Gillespie Central Appraisal District move to the Commissioners Court on Monday.

Architect Barry Wagner and Timothy Koock, Courthouse Square Advisory Committee chair, said costs to renovate the Law Enforcement Building (LEB) at 100 South Nimitz Parkway, would likely surpass the estimated $100,000 figured by David Oehler, chief appraiser for the appraisal district.  Yet, costs to potentially demolish and relocate utilities housed in the LEB are also unknown.


County commissioners seek attorney to recover missing tax funds

Gillespie County Commissioners will hire an accounting-savvy attorney to help them recover around $92,000 in unaccounted-for funds owed by the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

The court hopes the attorney can spur the assessor-collector’s bond company into repaying the funds, which were found lacking once a forensic accountant looked into the office’s bookkeeping files.

“We have filed a claim to retrieve the funds, but it’s been three months and there has been no action taken by the bond company,” said Larry Crump, county auditor. “We’ve provided them a lot of information. It’s like they’re stalling, hoping it will go away.”

The county carries a surety bond on its tax assessor-collector. Each elected official carries either a bond or an insurance policy against personal liability.


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.”


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.


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.


'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



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!



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.

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