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Relay for Life


Landon Rode performs “Friends in Low Places” during Zonta Club’s Wild Texas Angels Relay for Life Team’s 14th Annual Fundraiser at Hondo’s on Thursday, March 31. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen
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06
Apr

Classroom preservation


Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools held open houses at several locations, including Crabapple School in the northern part of Gillespie County, just off Ranch Road 965. Above, Marlene Deike shows Kerrville visitors Chuck and Mary Russell the interior of the one-room schoolhouse. Other schools open on Saturday were Cherry Spring, Pecan Creek, Junction, Wrede and Cherry Mountain.
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06
Apr

Bowen retires


Kathy Bowen’s service at H-E-B is now immortalized, courtesy of this walkway slab at the Hill Country University Center. The memento was dedicated March 30 during Bowen’s retirement party. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
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Apr

Bluebonnet Tractor ride revs up Saturday

By Sandra Lane —

Keeping memories alive and preserving the past is the motivation for the 11th Annual Bluebonnet Tractor Ride, according to Regina Weidenfeller, president of the Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club.

The ride will begin 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 9 at Burg’s Corner in Stonewall and continue under escort through the LBJ Ranch on to the Nebgen School, where the group will stop for lunch.  The ride will end at approximately 3:30 p.m. back at Burg’s Corner.

“My husband, Will says that this is the best thing he can do to hold on to the past,” Weidenfeller said. “We all feel that this will help younger generations understand what life used to be like.” 

She said that many of the tractors have been passed down from one generation to another in families, and are cherished antiques, although still operable.

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06
Apr

Airport Day to feature modern, vintage planes

Flying into the Gillespie County Airport from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 will be the annual Airport Day event.

Local Chapter 1088 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will sponsor the event, which will be at the airport’s north ramp.

Local general aviation aircraft will be on display, including vintage planes, some military planes and a variety of other general aviation airplanes and experimental homebuilt planes.

Also part of the event will be a 1940 restored Stearman Biplane, a few Bird Dog L-19 aircraft used as forward observers in Vietnam, and several classic planes that have been maintained by local pilots.

This year’s event will also feature the local model radio control club displaying many of their planes in a hangar and answering questions about RC flying.

Wed
30
Mar

Commissioners dole out HOT funds

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County Commissioners approved Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds for 19 entities in Gillespie County for a total of $120,000 during their meeting on Monday.

“As always, we have more applications for funds than funds to distribute,” Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher said. “I think we had a little over $206,000 in requests. We always have to make some hard decisions and see where we think the money will give us the best bang for our buck.”

The funds will allow the organizations to have an extra amount of money for marketing purposes, County Commissioner Donnie Schuch (Pct. 1) said, and it shouldn’t be included in the group’s budget.

Wed
30
Mar

LBJ 100 cycle race pedals onto county roads Saturday

Starting Saturday at 9 a.m., the Ninth Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour will be held at the LBJ Ranch near Stonewall.

The ranch gate opens at 7 a.m.

The LBJ 100 has grown from 400 riders in 2008 to about 1,500 riders last year.

The ride begins and ends on the LBJ Ranch airstrip with routes of 10, 30, 42 and 62 miles.

The tour route takes riders on country roads and past historic landmarks that figured prominently in American and Johnson family history.

At 2 p.m., Luci Johnson will guide a bicycle tour around the ranch.

Registration fees are currently $50 per person. Family rates are available.

Wed
30
Mar

Recycling fire draws 12 agencies


Crews from Fredericksburg and 11 other agencies worked on the metals blaze. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Close to 100 firefighters from 12 agencies fought a fire that started around 6 p.m. at Fredericksburg Metal Recycling plant Wednesday, March 23.
 
“The fire started in a tin pile, where our light metals are stored,” said Josh Kramer, owner of the recycling center, located in the 200 block of Shorty Crenwelge Road. Light metals are refrigerators, appliances, bicycles and roofing tin, he said.
 
State quality air index reports showed the fire that burned for four hours Wednesday, March 23 had minimal impact on local air and water quality. The wind blew smoke from the fire from the south to the north, according Fredericksburg Fire Chief Lynn Bizzell.
 
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Mar

Donation made to cover graffiti removal at 'The Rock'


A boulder near the summit of Enchanted Rock was vandalized on March 20. Those with information on the suspects are to contact Enchanted Rock State Natural Area at 830-685-3636. — Photo courtesy of www.ksat.com

By Scott Allen —

Graffiti near the summit of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area will soon become a thing of the past, thanks to a $5,000 donation from H-E-B.

The graffiti was spray painted on Sunday, March 20 by two individuals believed to be from the San Marcos area, according to a recent press release from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Park Superintendent for Enchanted Rock State Natural Area Doug Cochran said the investigation is ongoing. 

“We are grateful for the community-minded corporations that care for our state parks,” Cochran said. “Many times it is difficult to repair/remove damage due to limited funding. H-E-B is a prime example of a private entity helping our state park system.”

Enchanted Rock is among the top three most visited parks in Texas, with over 30,000 visitors attending the park in February alone.

Wed
30
Mar

Easter Egg Hunt


“Look what I found.” Two-year-old Jackson Schiefelbein of Houston shows off the colorful egg he found on Saturday morning at the annual Easter egg hunt on the grounds of Pioneer Museum. Helping the youngster pick up the candy-filled eggs was his mother, Heather Schiefelbein. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

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