Wine make pioneer Oberhelman dies


By Ken Esten Cooke

A patriarch of the Hill Country wine industry, died Friday. Robert (Bob) Oberhelman owned and operated Bell Mountain Vineyards since its founding in 1976, and counseled many a newcomer over the next nearly four decades to help the area become known as “Little Napa Valley.”

“He was truly one of the lead elements of this whole wine concept in Texas, and especially the Hill Country,” said Cord Switzer, who sought out Oberhelman’s advice before opening Fredericksburg Winery in 1983. “He did a lot of things that brought a different approach to wine-making. He was very adamant and intent about what he did and was constantly challenging himself to a higher level.”

Oberhelman worked in the food industry and later followed his passion into the wine industry. He planted his first trial vineyard in 1976. His first Bell Mountain wines were released in 1984.


Wild Game Dinner slated for fair grounds Nov. 22

Donations totaling $72,108 have been donated to Gil-lespie County youth and adult agricultural programs so far this year by the Gil-lespie County Wild Game Dinner. Holding up the large check are, from left, board members Billy Teague and Charlie Wilson and event chairman Lester Meier. The 2014 Wild Game Dinner will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. — Standard-Radio Post Photo

The annual Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for an exhibit of games, exhibits, food and prize drawings.

Tickets for the annual event are $20 and are available in Fredericksburg at Arrowhead Bank and Lochte Feed and General Store and in Stonewall at Allied Ag.

The tickets will also be available at the gate for $20.

Tickets include the food, drinks and door prizes.

In addition, prize drawing tickets are also available where the admission tickets are being sold.

Proceeds from the event benefit youth and adult agricultural education in the Hill Country.

So far this year, $72,108 has been donated to local organizations.


Jazz & Cocktails to be held Saturday at Nimitz

Jazz & Cocktails, an evening of music and cocktails evoking the World War II era will be held in the Nimitz Museum Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Hosted by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, the event will take place from 7:30-11 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person, and can be reserved online by visiting and clicking on the events tag.

If available, tickets can be purchased at the door on Saturday night.

The evening starts with a presentation by Philip Greene, co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail.

He will demonstrate how to mix famous military cocktails, including the Leatherneck Cocktail, the Guadalcanal Cocktail, the original Daiquiri and Ernest Hemingway’s “Montgomery Martini.”

Guests will be able to sample each drink during Greene’s presentation, then stay and enjoy the music of the Kris Kimura Quartet.


Youth to compete in 4-H food show challenge Saturday

Youth will be putting their knowledge and skills to the test when they participate in the Gillespie County 4-H Food Show and 4-H Food Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Gillespie County Extension Office.

Contestants will be judged beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The public is invited to attend the live food challenge preparations and awards presentation.

Nineteen youth will compete in the Gillespie County 4-H Food Show and 16 youth will compete in the 4-H Food Challenge.

The 4-Hers will be competing in three age divisions — junior, intermediate and senior.

First place winners will qualify for the district contest that will be held in San Marcos on Dec. 13.



Fall Antiques Show on tap at fair grounds

Well-known dealers and some new faces will be on hand this weekend for the 22nd Annual Fredericksburg Fall Antiques Show at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15-16, and will feature a wide variety of antiques.

Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $5, which is good for return visits either day, and free for children 12 and under.

Vendors are expected to again fill the Exhibition Hall at the fair grounds as well as the nearby covered pavilion.

“Shows Celebrating American Heritage” is the slogan for the Fall Antiques Show presented by Texas Presentations.

The show will feature furniture, architectural and select collectibles along with treasures from Christmases past.


Abbot, Patrick affirmed by county vote

By Ken Esten Cooke

Gillespie County’s 8,875 voters participating in Tuesday’s general election showed they prefer things the way they are in Texas.

This year’s races held few, if any, surprises — from unopposed local candidates in Gillespie County to landslide contests at the statewide level.

Election judges and alternates at the county’s 13 polling locations reported brisk activity throughout the day, in spite of the rains which began in the afternoon.

Of the county’s 18,174 registered voters, 8,875, or 48.8 percent, took part in the election. More than half of those who voted, 4,913, took advantage of early voting options at the county courthouse.

“It was a good turnout,” said Mary Lynn Rusche, who was re-elected as county clerk in an unopposed race. “The rain didn’t seem to keep away too many people and the election workers did a great job.”


Panetti set for Dec. 3 execution

By Austin R. Eck

A 22-year ordeal may come to an end on Dec. 3 when convicted murderer Scott Panetti is scheduled to be put to death.

On Monday, Panetti’s lawyers filed a motion with the 216th District Court, asking to change or withdraw Panetti’s Dec. 3 execution for the deaths of Joe and Amanda Alvarado in 1992.

After the United States Supreme Court denied Panetti’s request to have his case heard for a second time by the court, prosecutors began the process of filing for his execution.

According to the motion filed by Panetti’s attorneys, the court signed an execution warrant on Oct. 16, but Panetti’s lawyers did not know such action had taken place until Oct. 30.

For one relative of Panetti’s victims, the execution date can’t come soon enough.

Herminia (Minnie) Ybarbo hopes to find some closure after the decades-long ordeal that began with the murders of her parents.


FHS band finishes eighth in state competition

It's not just marching anymore. FHS band members Matt Pehl and Mackenzie Grumble perform dance moved during their state UIL contest show. Singing and theatrics also were incorporated into the band' show. — Standard Radio Post/Danny Hirt

The competitive marching band season for Fredericksburg High School came to an end on Monday as the best 4A schools from around the state filled the Alamodome in San Antonio with music and dazzled the audience with formations.

The competition was split into two rounds. In the preliminary round, all 22 bands competed to earn one of 10 spots in the finals.

In the preliminary round, “The Pride of the Texas Hill Country” placed seventh with a composite score of 41.

Two judges ranked FHS as the third overall band in the preliminary round, but three judges ranked Fredericksburg at 10th or higher.

The band’s seventh place finish advanced it to the final round.

The top three bands after the preliminary rounds were Argyle High School, Princeton High School and North Lamar High School from Paris, Texas.

After a break, the top 10 bands in the state competed against each other in front of new judges to earn the top position.


Lady Bird golf course trending up, director says; expense side improves, but weather affects forecasted revenue

Conceptual site plan designs for the proposed Fredericksburg Animal Shelter, which would be located adjacent to the city's wastewater treatment plant, were presented to the Fredericksburg City Council during Monday's meeting by consultant Quorum Architecture. — Submitted photo

By Matt Ward

The economic viability of Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course is trending up despite overall totals not hitting their projected marks, according to Alan Wooley.

The City of Fredericksburg’s director of golf told the Fredericksburg City Council during a regular meeting Monday evening that round cancellation due to rain was the largest impact affecting the course.

Total revenue of $1,163,033 fell short of the $1,563,667 in expenses at the course, resulting in a deficit transfer of $421,900 from the city’s general fund.

Wooley noted that the course came under budget on expenses by $152,432.

While total rounds were down around 7,000 due largely to weather cancelling play on 62 days, the course actually improved its yield per round from $19.62 in 2013 to $21.65 in 2014.


Veterans Day program set Tuesday at Nimitz museum

WWII veteran Milton Pehl

The National Museum of the Pacific War will honor all who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces with its Veterans Day ceremony.

The ceremony is set to begin at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Memorial Courtyard of the museum.

Maj. Gen. Angela Salinas (USMC, ret.), a board member of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, will be the keynote speaker.

Salinas enlisted in the USMC in 1974 and served as a legal clerk until being selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1977. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant in December 1977.

 In June 1989, Salinas assumed command of Recruiting Station Charleston, and became the first woman in the Marine Corps to command a recruiting station.

In June 1992, she became the first woman assigned as a combat service support ground monitor responsible for the assignments of over 1,000 senior officers.


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