New Year's hike planned Thursday at Enchanted Rock

Texas parks, including Enchanted Rock, will celebrate the new year with exercise-filled events.

New Year’s Day is Thursday.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area will hold “First Day Hikes, Runs and Yoga” on Jan. 1 with events going throughout the day.

The park will be closed twice in January for wildlife management activities: from 5 p.m., Jan. 5, until 2 p.m., Jan. 8; then, from 5 p.m., Jan. 12, until 2 p.m. on Jan. 15.

“First Day” events include various trails, hikes and yoga. All hikes will begin at the gazebo.

Patty Williamson of Lizard Dreaming Yoga will host “Yoga at the Rock” at 7 a.m. To reserve a spot, e-mail her at

Following that, there will be a three to five mile “Run with the Ranger” at 9 a.m. E-mail for more information.


2014 – A year in review


Final stages of deer hunting season set to begin Jan. 5

Deer season in Gillespie County is drawing to a close. The final day of the general season for white-tailed deer is Jan. 4. Late youth-only season and late antlerless and spike season run from Jan. 5-18. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Deer hunting season in Gillespie County is transitioning into the final stages of the deer hunting season approach.

Sunday, Jan. 4, marks the last day of the white-tailed deer general season. At the conclusion of the general season, two new seasons, Late Youth-Only Season and Late Antlerless and Spike Season begin on Monday, Jan. 5.

Hunters 16 and under can hunt any white-tail deer during that time period. The late youth hunting season often features the last push of youth hunts.

“The last two weeks is when we see a bigger push for youth hunts in the county,” Game Warden Sam Harris said. “They’re trying to get more kids out and interested in hunting.”

For the antlerless and spike, anyone 17 and older can hunt antlerless and spike deer.

According to the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife website, a spike deer has an antler or antlers containing no more than one point.


Weather pushes back opening of FISD ag building

Fredericksburg Independ-ent School District’s new agriculture building, located on Friendship Lane be-tween Hollmig Lane and Stadium Drive, will soon be available for students in Fredericksburg Future Farmers of America and Junior FFA. Although the building had been sched-uled to be turned over to the school district in early January 2015, construction delays have pushed the opening back. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

Weather problems have delayed construction completion of the Fredericksburg Independent School District’s new agriculture building, due to be turned over to the district once completed.

The building, on Friendship Lane, is flanked by Hollmig Lane and Stadium Drive.

During the Dec. 8 FISD trustees’ regular meeting, school district superintendent Dr. Eric Wright said the plan had been for the building to be turned over to the school on Jan. 5.

Patrick Padgett, Fredericksburg Future Farmers of America advisor, said that as of Saturday, they had no exact date when the building would open.

When the agriculture building does open, Padgett believes students and officials will like what they see.

“It looks great,” Padgett said. “It will serve the ag students of FISD tremendously, and it should be a great source of pride for the community.”


Local galleries to celebrate First Friday Art Walk this week

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg is celebrating the new year on Friday, Jan. 2.

Participating galleries will be offering special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more.

Most participating galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.

For more information, visit the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg webiste at

Each of the participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flags on Friday.


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Spotlight shines on Gillespie County youth in 2014

Ty Franklin and Delta Wise were crowned Homecoming King and Queen at Fredericksburg High School. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

County employees start new terms with swear-in on Jan. 1

Nine county employees start their new terms once they are seated at a swearing-in ceremony at 9 a.m., New Year’s Day at the Gillespie County Courthouse.

Oaths of office will be administered by County Judge Mark Stroeher and County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche.

Officials to be sworn in include:

• County Judge Mark Stroeher;

• District Clerk Jan Davis;

• County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche;

• County Treasurer Laura Lundquist;

• County Surveyor Carey Bonn;

• Precinct 2 Commissioner W.A. (Billy) Roeder;

• Precinct 4 Commissioner Donald (Donnie) Schuch;

• Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace J.D. Hickman;

• Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Carl Schoessow.

With the exception of Hickmann, the other officials to be sworn in are incumbents.   


Businesses, offices changing schedules for New Year's holiday

Soon, it’ll be time to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 as the new year begins on Jan. 1.

Besides the parties, two common New Year traditions are making resolutions and having to write “VOID” on checks on which the previous year was mistakenly written.

With the arrival of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day on Wednesday and Thursday, offices, businesses and stores will be observing special hours during the holidays.

Among those closing their doors or altering their hours for the New Year’s holidays are city, county, state and federal offices.

Because New Year’s Day falls on Thursday, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post is publishing early this week on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

After the early publication, the newspaper office will be open until noon Wednesday, Dec. 31, but will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1.


Photo policy updated for trophy deer hunters

Hunters wishing to share photos of their 2014-2015 hunting season harvests with Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post readers need to know a few guidelines on how to submit a picture for print.

To qualify for free publication, photos must meet the following criteria:

• All animals pictured must be legally-harvested following all Texas regulations;

• Either the animal or the hunter must be from Gillespie County;

• Only the hunter who shot the deer may appear in the photo with the animal — no exceptions;

• Each hunter may submit no more than one photo per year — no exceptions;

• The animal’s entire carcass must be present and attached to the head. (No caped out or head-only/antler-only photos will be accepted.)

• Pictures of does or spikes will not be accepted;


Startup expenses OK'd for new jail

By Austin R. Eck

The Gillespie County Jail is one step closer to completion after actions by county officials.

During Monday’s Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court meeting, officials approved a series of startup expenses for the purchase of items that range from mattresses to food trays.

Commissioners approved the purchase of materials and equipment that totaled approximately $49,000.

The $49,000 stems from seven categories of goods that help make the jail functional. The largest expense comes from the purchase of uniforms, shoes, personal-care items and mattresses for inmates. The cost of these items is $18,133.58.

Another $16,765 will be used for pots, pans, cooking utensils and kitchen shelving.

While the first list of materials included various items from metal detecting hand wands to defibrillators, it is likely other purchases will be necessary.


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