Doss VFD annual fish fry Saturday

Fried catfish and all the trimmings will be served up in Doss Saturday evening, Sept. 5, as the Doss Volunteer Fire Department hosts its 32nd annual benefit fish fry.

Serving begins at 4:30 p.m., at the DVFD’s new fire station located at 14500 Ranch Road 783 North, in Doss. The cost of the meal is by donation.

During the evening, Dutch Treat will be providing the music.

Along with the fish dinner will be a prize drawing for a grand prize and more than 90 other prizes.

Tickets for the prize drawing are $2 each or six for $10. It was noted that winners need not be present to win.


Race track at a standstill

Bickering between the Texas Racing Commission and Legislative Budget Board could mean the beginning of the end for horse racing in Texas. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

By Ken Esten Cooke —

The Texas Racing Commission ceased operations Tuesday and directed racetracks across the state to halt all live and broadcast racing.

The TRC, which regulates horse and dog racing in Texas, notified tracks Monday night that it did not have the funds to continue to operate. Earlier Monday, the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) said it would fund the TRC for three months after a showdown in a hearing last week.

For Gillespie County, the change could signal the beginning of the end for live horse racing.

Gillespie Downs finished its live racing season on Aug. 23, but it relies on betting at the Race Barn to help build up purses to attract horse owners and riders to compete in live summer races.

The Race Barn, which also operates a full restaurant and bar, cannot show simulcast racing for now.


Ranger Center to host dinner show Saturday

Members of the “Old West Rangers” give a firearms salute in front of the Ranger Ring of Honor at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center during a recent ceremony. – Standard-Radio Post file photo

The Texas Rangers Heritage Center opened to the public Tuesday and will host several events throughout September.

The center will hold its first chuck wagon dinner show and cowboy breakfast Saturday, Sept. 5.

All evening shows will feature Duke Davis and Buckshot doing classic cowboy music, cowboy poetry and family entertainment while all breakfast shows will have Davis performing solo.

All Sunday cowboy breakfasts will also include cowboy church. 

Prices for dinner shows are $25 for ages 12 and over, $10 for ages 7-12 with kids six and under free

Breakfast show prices are $12.50 for 12 and over, $7.50 for ages 7-12 with kids six and under free.

The shows will run until Thanksgiving weekend.

The center will welcome local favorites John Arthur Martinez and Mike Blakely for a “songwriter in the round” concert with a catered barbecue from CalBob’s on Friday, Sept. 11.


'Your leg or your life'

David Heinrich plans to remain active, but slow down to appreciate being given “a second chance at life.”— Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Fredericksburg dentist Dr. David J. Heinrich’s summer wade fishing trip turned into a fight for his life and limb.

“We went down to the Goose Island area in Rockport and went wade fishing,” Heinrich said about a summertime family ritual. “Seventy-two hours later I started running a fever. I got real sick and finally had my son take me to the emergency room. The ER doctor said you need surgery on your leg because you have Vibrio vulnificus.”

The flesh-eating bacteria infected him through an almost-healed spider bite on his ankle. That infection eventually required the amputation of his left leg at the knee on Saturday, July 4.

“It was my heart stopping that prompted the doctor to do the amputation,” Heinrich said. “He said it was either my leg or my life.”

Heinrich regrets not using more caution as heavy rains caused fresh-water inflows into the bay, which raises bacteria levels.


Grass fires

Firefighters from the Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department provided mu-tual aid to Blanco County on Sunday afternoon when a grass fire was reported on Jones-Scheuer Road, just inside the Blanco County line. The Freder-icksburg Volunteer Fire Department and the Doss VFD also responded to two grass fires on Sunday after-noon in north and north-west Gillespie County. All three were possibly started by lightning strikes. A burn ban was enacted last week for all of Gillespie County. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

FHS admin office to move to front in new-look plan

By Richard Zowie —

Beginning next spring, Fredericksburg High School will undergo a remodeling and refurbishing, courtesy of a school bond approved overwhelmingly by local voters.

In May, residents voted 763-106 to approve a $16.5 million Fredericksburg Independent School District bond.

Among the bond funds will be renovations at the high school, along with miscellaneous other upgrades.

Pending approval of bids, construction at FHS for the upgrades and additions will begin spring 2016.

The high school renovations will cost an estimated $7.4 million. FISD transportation upgrades will cost $951,000, and miscellaneous other upgrades will cost around $1.93 million.

New entrance

In the 1960s, when FHS first opened, the front of the school faced northwest, toward Texas 16. The administration office was housed in the current library office.


Harper 51st Frontier Day celebration on tap Saturday

The Harper Community Park Association will celebrate its 51st Annual Harper Frontier Day on Saturday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day weekend).

This year’s event kicks off at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4 with Open Draw Pot Team Roping. Draw three for $150 per man, and roping will immediately follow barrel racing.

On Saturday, Sept. 5, action continues at 9 a.m. with the rodeo slack. Activities throughout the day will include Pioneer Museum tours, 42 dominoes tournament, kid fishing contest, washer pitching contest, and Little Miss/Mister Harper contest.

The parade begins at 5 p.m. downtown, followed by a barbecue meal by donation at 6 p.m.

The Lester Meier Open Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m., followed by a 9 p.m. dance featuring the band “Country From the Heart.”


Airport to host weekend WWII airplane display

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will showcase World War II aircraft, Friday through Monday, Sept. 4-7, at the Gillespie County Airport.

Among the aircraft at the show will be Texas Raiders, including the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell bomber Yellow Rose, the P-51 Mustang fighter “Pecos Bill,” a T-6 Texan trainer and an L-17A Navion transport.

Beginning each day at 10 a.m., Saturday through Monday, Sept. 5-7, the public can visit the aircraft and for a nominal admission fee and can take walk-through tours that include commentary from crew members.

The Gillespie County Airport is located at 217 Airport Road, off of Texas 16 South.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 or $20 for a family of up to five members.

World War II veterans and active duty service men and women with military ID may tour for free.

Tours of all five aircraft will be available to the public as will the chance to ride in the bombers and trainers.


Galleries to celebrate First Friday Art Walk

A number of galleries will be offering special events on Friday, Sept. 4, as part of the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration.

Participating galleries will feature demonstrations, art talks, receptions, visits with the artists and more.

Gallery hours will vary.

For more information and the latest news from participating galleries, visit

Participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flags.

The following galleries have submitted information concerning their First Friday Art Walk events:

Agave Gallery — Fine Art. Texas Style!, 208 East San Antonio, is hosting an exhibit and reception with Texas artist Stephen Napper on Friday, Sept. 4.


Parks update will affect city bond package plans

By Matt Ward —

Citizen input on future development and improvements at local parks is being requested by the City of Fredericksburg as part of an update to the city parks master plan.

Decisions made at the end of the update process will be considered as the city investigates a bond package to put before voters next year.

“We’ve gone through this process (updating the parks master plan) many times,” Jimmy Alexander, city parks and recreation director, said. “This is really a unique opportunity in this process because the city council has made a commitment that what shakes out of this process we’re going to put before the voters (in a bond election) and that’s pretty unique.”

City officials will take public comments on the parks system through Sept. 30. Additionally, a public input questionnaire is available online at


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