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Livestock judging set this weekend at fair grounds

Three livestock competitions are planned on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-9, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the weekend shows are held in conjunction with the 127th Gillespie County Fair, which takes place Aug. 20-23.

This weekend’s schedule includes the Meat Goat Futurity on Saturday and the Lamb Futurity and the Battle of the Cattle Race Day Classic Steer Show on Sunday.

In addition to the livestock judging this weekend, there will also be live pari-mutuel horse racing on both Saturday and Sunday as part of the Gillespie County Race Meet.

(For more on the horse racing, refer to the separate article found elsewhere in this issue of the newspaper.)

Meat Goat Futurity

The Meat Goat Futurity, sanctioned by the Junior Meat Goat Show Circuit, Inc., will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8.

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Horses gallop back on track at Gillespie Downs

Horses will be back on the track on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-9, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds for the Gillespie County Race Meet.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children six to 15 years of age and free for children five and under.

Reserved seats are $10 and box seats are $15.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance at www.gillespiefair.com.

Also taking place over the weekend will be three livestock shows. The competitions will be held in the Show Barn.

(More information on the livestock shows can be found in a separate article elsewhere in this issue of the newspaper.)

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day Gillespie County Race Meet will again see quarter horses and thoroughbreds running at the local five-eighths mile oval.

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05
Aug

Break causes 'boil' alert


From left, H-E-B local employee Robert Gibbs, and emergency operations personnel Corey Albert and Roel Mendoza have passed out about half of the prepared 2,000 gallon containers of clean drinking water. — Standard-Radio Post photo

By Matt Ward —

A water main break at the intersection of Bell and Columbus streets led to some city residents being without potable water early this week.

A boil water notice issued to affected residents Sunday evening was rescinded Tuesday afternoon after turbidity and e coli test results came back negative.

City officials began addressing the situation Sunday evening, fixing the main break and alerting affected residents of the situation.

Per state regulations, the city was required to issue a boil water notice in the Windcrest, Oaks of Windcrest, Green Meadows and Post Oak subdivisions as well as Hill Country Memorial Hospital.

“We’re in pretty good shape,” Clinton Bailey, director of public works and utilities, said Monday evening. “With the backflow preventers (installed in the city’s water system), the likelihood of anything happening is minimal, but (a notice was issued) just as a precaution.”

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05
Aug

Final property values see 4.7 percent rise to record

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Taxing entities will benefit from Gillespie County’s record valuations, as finalized tax rolls showed a 4.7 percent increase.

The certified values from the Gillespie Central Appraisal District also showed record valuations after a dip during the 2009-2011 recession.

Gillespie’s county-wide values were tabbed at $7,340,943,122, an increase of $332,683,064 or 4.7 percent over 2014 valuations.

The previous record for Gillespie County was $7,218,740,682 in 2008.

Chief Appraiser David Oehler said though about 250 properties still remain under protest, the amount represents 98 percent of the rolls.

Valuations include market rates for residential, agricultural and commercial properties, but exemptions are not figured in to final totals, Oehler said.

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05
Aug

Worrell, Crenwelge reign royally as Schuetzenkoenig, Koenigin


As they sing “Er Lebe Hoch” (“May He Live High”), the Grapetown Shooting Club lifts Jamie Worrell into the air and exalts him as the centerfire Schuetzenkoenig during the 120th Annual Gillespie County Bundes Schuetzenfest, Sunday. Worrell competed among 110 shooters from the county’s six shooting clubs. For more pictures and results, see the Community Section of this week's paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Jamie Worrell earned a toss in the air at the 120th Annual Gillespie County Bundes Schuetzenfest with a score of 100 and centerfire Schuetzenkoenig honors.

The two-day competition was Saturday and Sunday.

Last year, Dennis Crenwelge won centerfire king honors during the 119th Schuetzenfest.

And this year at the 120th Schuetzenfest, Crenwelge’s wife, Brenda, earned the rimfire crown and became a Schuetzenkoenigin (“Shooting Queen”).

As the new king and queen, both Worrell and Crenwelge were hoisted into the air as their teammates sang “Er Lebe Hoch” (“May He Live High”).

Event organizers say this is the first time a husband and wife — howbeit in separate years — have won top honors at the shooting event.

Crenwelge shot a 93 on the day.

The Hubertus Shooting Club was the rimfire team champion, while Grapetown Shooting Club took champion honors in centerfire team competition.

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05
Aug

Citizens spark petition over Old Fair Park


Mark Zion (left), executive director of the Texas Public Power Association, and Phil Williams (right), President of the TPPA Board of Directors, present a system achievement award to Jeff Wanek, assistant superintendent of the city’s electric division. As of 2015, the city’s electric division has gone 29 years without an electric division employee having to miss work because of an on the job accident, the longest running record in Texas. — Submit-ted photo

By Matt Ward —

A social media-driven petition drive seeking to prevent the Fredericksburg City Council from altering the layout of Old Fair Park dominated public comment at Monday’s meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council.

Local residents concerned with the park’s future presented City Manager Kent Myers with a petition requesting the city leave the facility as is and that any changes to the park should be put to public vote.

Two separate petitions were filed — one that met the city’s requirements of 200 local voters and a second petition with more than 500 signatures from city and county residents as well as children who use the neighborhood park.

“The Old Fair Park is not just a city concern. It is cherished by locals and those outside the city limits as well, by young and old,” local resident Sandra Weinheimer, who delivered the petition, said.

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05
Aug

Prescription drop-off drive begun by police, pharmacy


The Fredericksburg Police Department and ValueMed Pharmacy, represented by Lt. Braxton Roemer (left), Lt. Terry Weed, ValuMed Pharmacy owner Matt Roberts and Fredericksburg Police Department Chief Steve Wetz, have teamed up to install a prescription medication drop-off box that will be placed at ValuMed Pharmacy. The drop box will be available for anyone who wants to safely dispose of any old or unwanted prescription medication. Engraver’s Inc., a Fredericksburg-based digital printing company, did the artwork for the drop box. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

The Fredericksburg Police Department is giving people a chance to get rid of old prescription medicine at any time.

A drop-off box for old prescription medicines at home is now available at ValuMed Pharmacy at 707 N. Llano St.

“There’s really no place (in Fredericksburg) that will take old prescriptions from people,” said Lt. Braxton Roemer of the Fredericksburg Police Department.

Previously, the police department sponsored a medication collection drive in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration when it began hosting National Prescription Drug Take-Back events four years ago.

 The Controlled Substances Act made no legal provision for patients to rid themselves of unwanted controlled substance prescription drugs and only allowed law enforcement to accept prescription drugs, and banned pharmacies and hospitals from accepting them.

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05
Aug

County pauses on 2016 loop funding

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Leaders from the City of Fredericksburg and County of Gillespie held a joint meeting Monday at City Hall to inch closer to 2016 fiscal year budgets.

County commissioners held off on agreeing to assistance with engineering and marketing costs associated with a possible alternate truck route, which may likely follow Friendship Lane from the eastern side of the city, and follow a route between Live Oak and Kerr Road on the city’s western side. That route will be determined by engineers.

Whether that would be considered a county-wide project or a city-only proposition got the attention of Mayor Linda Langerhans and County Judge Mark Stroeher.

“It seems like we have TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) on board for this project,” Langerhans said. “I would like to hear if the county is willing to hold a vote. By the time that happens, we should have a route determined.”

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'Round-up for Ruger' slated for Saturday night in Harper

The friends and family of Brian Rowan and Lindsay Fisk are holding a “Round-Up for Ruger” from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Headwaters Pavilion in Harper.

Headwaters Pavilion is located on 229 Ranch Road 783 South.

Proceeds from the benefit will go toward medical and funeral expenses for the couple’s two-year-old son, Ruger Rowan, who died on July 3.

Money will be raised through 50 cent tickets for carnival games at the benefit, and both a silent and live auction.

The main item up for bid at the live auction is a vacation package featuring a two-day stay at an efficiency condo in Port Aransas, and a half-day fishing trip for three anglers that will be led by Levi Price and a $250 Visa gift card.

A prize drawing for two tickets to a Dierks Bentley concert in Austin on Friday, Aug. 28, will also take place. 

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Community Education performs Cinderella KIDS this weekend

The Fredericksburg Cinderella is set to take the stage this Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 7-9 in the Fredericksburg High School auditorium.

Director Bob Straus transformed Disney’s original Cinderella KIDS to “fit the kids” that are in the theatre arts camp.

“This is an unusual production of the play,” Straus said. “This is more of a Fredericksburg Cinderella. The story line is the same, I just added to it. We just added more spice.”

Straus added extra songs, additional parts and more dialogue in an attempt to get everyone a speaking part.

The play will feature 50 kids from ages four through 18 as part of Fredericksburg Independent School District’s Community Education program.

The original play was estimated to last 35 minutes. With the additions, the play has almost doubled in time.

The show on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8, will begin at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m.

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