Professional Bull Riders

There are no free rides, as Tyler Lieck of Blanco learns as he loses his grip while riding a bull named Eyebrow. Lieck was among 36 cowboys riding 36 bulls during the Sixth Annual Fredericksburg PBR Saturday night. The riders competed for spots in the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas in October. For more pictures, go to D1 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie


County tax rate rises 1.76 cents as new jail costs hit budget

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved the 2015-2016 tax rate at 41.47 cents per $100 valuation for its $28.3 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The tax rate marks an increase of 10.4 percent, or 1.76 cents, with roughly $2.2 million in tax revenue going to pay for jail operating costs and debt on the new 96-bed facility, which voters approved in 2013.

This year’s tax rate rose from 39.71 cents in last year’s budget. That includes 37.03 cents for maintenance and operation and another 4.44 cents for debt payments.

The deficit budget includes $28.3 million in expenditures, based on an anticipated $24.9 million in revenue.

Commissioners adopted the proposed budget with an addition of $23,000 to the Gillespie Central Appraisal District budget, and a reduction in anticipated costs for the county’s share of the fire and EMS budget.


FTC theater hosts Nimitz symposium on Saturday

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation’s annual symposium will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

This year’s theme is “In Stealth We Trust: Special Forces and Their Origins in WWII.”

This will be the second and final symposium on special forces.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased at the door, the day of the event.

Cost to attend is $50 per person for Admiral Nimitz Foundation members and $60 for non-members.

Attendees may also partake in a cocktail reception and dinner for $50 per person.

Students with appropriate ID can attend the symposium for free, but they must register.

For more information on the symposium and to register for tickets, visit or call 830-997-8600 extension 223.

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28th Lutheran Fall Festival to host run, events Saturday

A run/walk, chili cook-off, quilt show and auction, food, music and more will highlight the 28th Annual Lutheran Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Marktplatz.

All ages are invited to the program and its numerous activities.

This fall festival is a fundraiser for Cross Trails Ministry, to fund entrance, road and parking improvements at Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville and Ebert Ranch Camp at Harper.

Thrivent Financial will match a portion of the funds raised.

Cross Trails Ministry is in Kerrville at 391 Upper Turtle Creek Road.


5K Race

The day will start with the Lutheran Fall Festival 5K through Fredericksburg at 9 a.m., beginning and ending at Marktplatz.

This is a chip-timed event with various categories, and participants can run or walk.

Goodie bags, T-shirts and snacks will be available after the race for all participants.


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.


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