Gillespie Downs: It's 'business as usual' ... for now

The Texas Racing Commission has been funded for 90 days and all racetracks across the state, including Gillespie Downs can continue live and broadcast racing.

“The Legislative Budget Board has informed Texas Racing Commission Executive Director Chuck Trout that the agency has been approved to immediately resume operations for the next 90 days, or until Nov. 30, 2015,” according to TRC officials. “This action by the LBB was subsequently approved by the governor. All TRC offices are now open for regular business hours.”

The TRC, which regulates horse and dog racing in Texas, received this news Thursday, Sept. 3.

The Race Barn at Gillespie Downs, which also operates a full restaurant and bar, was able to show simulcast racing over the Labor Day weekend. The public was able to view the Ruidoso races. The New Mexico races are the third-biggest purse-building weekend for the barn.


Bulls, riders will battle at Saturday PBR rodeo event

By Yvonne Hartmann —

Some of the sport’s top riders and best bulls will be at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday night, Sept. 12, for the Sixth Annual Fredericksburg PBR (Professional Bull Riders).

Thirty-five professional bull riders are expected to compete in the event, sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the professional bull riding starts at 7:30 p.m.

General admission is $20, reserved seats are $25 and box seats are $40. Tickets for children (ages six to 12), active military and EMS personnel are $10.

To purchase tickets in advance or for more information, visit, email info@ or call 997-2359.

Tickets will also be sold at the gate on the night of the event.

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Homecoming this week at FHS

Nominees for Fredericksburg High School Homecoming royalty were announced last Friday morning and include, queen nominees in from left, Taylor Husfeld, Katherine McManigle, Mackenzie Grumbles, Sloane Guthrie and Tatum Tanner, and king nominees, in back, Zach DeLeon, Cole Bourgeois, Christian Montgomery, Zane Brown and Kyle Reeh. The crowning ceremony will take place during halftime of the FHS-Burnet varsity football game on Friday night at FHS Stadium. — Photo courtesy FHS Campus Comet

Fredericksburg High School is celebrating Homecoming 2015 with a football game, crowning of a king and queen and other special activities.

Highlighting the week will be the FHS varsity football game against Burnet at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at FHS Stadium.

The new FHS Homecoming king and queen will be crowned during halftime ceremonies and a dance will follow the game.

Nominees for Homecoming queen and their parents include:

•Mackenzie Grumbles, daughter of J.T. Grumbles and Robin Grumbles;

•Sloane Guthrie, daughter of Bob and Vicki Guthrie;

•Taylor Husfeld, daughter of Doug and Tanya Husfeld;

•Katherine McManigle, daughter of Rick and Dianne McManigle, and,

•Tatum Tanner, daughter of Zach and Ashlee Tanner.

Nominees for Homecoming king and their parents are:

• Cole Bourgeois, son of Jeff and Dawn Bourgeois;

•Zane Brown, son of Lynne Brown;

•Zach DeLeon, son of Ben Vladimir and Mirtha DeLeon;


Canto Chamber Choir slates patriotic concert

September van der Stoel sings at a recent Canto concert.

A patriotic program titled, “God and Country: A Musical Tribute,” will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 13, by the Canto Chamber Choir.

The 3 p.m. concert will be performed in the Nimitz Ballroom at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 East Main Street.

Canto will be directed by Jerry Neuenschwander of Bandera and will be accompanied on piano by Charlene James of Fredericksburg.

For this concert, no tickets will be sold in advance, only at the door before the concert.

Adult admission is $20 and $5 for students, checks and cash only.

“The program has been scheduled and created specifically to memorialize the attack on our country on Sept. 11, 2001, and also to honor our military,” said Susan Rees, president of Canto.

Many may remember Canto’s concert on the 10th anniversary of “9/11,” she said. While the theme will be similar, the music will be completely different from the prior concert.


Smith addresses private property rights

Rep. Lamar Smith speaks to members of the Central Texas Private Property Rights Coalition during their annual meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Smith addressed the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule that has local property owners concerned about government overreach. — Standard-Radio Post photo

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith addressed a group of property owners Thursday night in Fredericksburg.

The District 21 Congressman spoke to the Central Texas Private Property Rights Coalition at its annual membership meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Rep. Smith, who chairs the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, addressed the topic of property rights and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule that defines “waters” in the country under the Clean Water Act.

“There is nothing more important (than property rights),” Smith said. “There is nothing that separates our country more than the respect we need to give to property rights. That’s the essence of democracy. That’s why we have the freedom we do.

“You cannot be free unless you have private property.”

State Rep. Doug Miller followed Smith with brief comments on the topic of property rights.


WWII veterans take to the skies

WWII veterans slated to take solo passenger flights on the North American P-51 Mustang, were from left, Marvin Daniel, Roland Borchers, Larry Payne, Jim Glazener, Betty Blalock and Tom Whetstone, all of Fredericksburg. Whetstone had just returned from the first flight Saturday morning with pilot Cowden Ward. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Some World War II veterans jump at the chance to feel the engines roar and climb in the cramped quarters of bombers. Others prefer to look from afar.

Each has their own memories of the war. But some Fredericksburg WWII veterans were able to relive a part of it and took flights on planes from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) on Saturday at the Gillespie County Airport.

Three CAF squadrons — from the Gulf Coast Wing, Highland Lakes Wing and Centex Wing — brought bombers and fighters for vets and the public.

“The biggest challenge flying this B-17 bomber is that it’s a tail-wheel airplane — its center of gravity is behind the main wheels,” said Ken Hyman, CAF pilot and retired Continental Airlines commercial pilot. (He jokes that he is an “ex-Con.”) “The rear wheels always want to swap ends on you.”

The San Antonio native and Army veteran said it is a privilege to fly these war birds.


'Waste,' water concern residents

Wallace Klussmann shared his opinions and knowledge about legislative issues at Thursday’s Rural Issues Forum, hosted by the Gillespie County Farm Bureau (GCFB). – Submitted photo

By Christine Granados —

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and water legislation were front and center for more than 280 people at the Rural Issues Forum last Thursday which was hosted by the Gillespie County Farm Bureau (GCFB).

Other subjects on Gillespie County landowners’ minds were hunting rights and taxation valuation.

Stephen Fehler, regional underwriting manager for Texas Farm Bureau, Dr. Wallace Klussmann, a Texas Wildlife Association and GCFB board member, and State Rep. Doug Miller (R-New Braunfels) were guest speakers at the barbecue dinner.

Klussmann aired concerns over captive deer breeding facilities and current laws, and about making white-tailed deer “personal property” to bypass restrictions.

He cited the Medina County deer-breeding facility that had the first confirmed case of CWD in June.


TubaMeisters to blow horns at PCAA show

The TubaMeisters will wrap up the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance’s (PCAA) Marktplatz Concert Series season when they perform this Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Adelsverein Halle on Marktplatz.

Admission is free, and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees can bring their lawn chairs, a picnic meal and friends.

Once the music starts, listeners are encouraged to dance. The concert will last around an hour and a half.

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Rotary sets homecoming party

The public will get a chance to whack a “Beat Burnet” automobile with a sledgehammer at the Fredericksburg Rotary Club High School Homecoming Scholarship Party from 4-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 at FHS.

The “Sledge-A-Car” activity where five $1 tickets will buy five whacks on the vehicle donated by Eckert Wrecking, will be one of several activities in the high school courtyard area before the FHS-Burnet homecoming football game.

Booths featuring food trucks, face painting, dunking booths (with surprise guests), a blocking sled push challenge, obstacle course and bounce castle kids’ area, and a first responders 9/11 salute will be set up.

Food trucks and vendors include Gatti’s Pizza, Clear River Pecan sandwiches and the Hill Country Memorial cafeteria.


Willow City VFR to host quilt show, auction

A Quilt Show and Auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Adelsverein Halle on Marktplatz.

The event is hosted by the Willow City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department firefighters, medical first responders and auxiliary members.

Quilts of various sizes, colors and styles will be on display from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Bidder registration will also begin during the viewing.

Auctioneer Forres L. Meadows of Boerne will begin the live quilt auction at 1 p.m.  on Saturday

The live auction proceeds benefit the local all-volunteer non-profit 501c4 organization, the WCVFR, Inc.

Numerous quilters have worked for approximately two years to prepare for the second live quilt auction.

Willow City VFR members’ families and friends have made over 50 unique handcrafted quilts.


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