Nosing out the competition

Jody Majestic (2) breaks away from the pack with Mg Silver
Demand at the start of Saturday’s seventh race during the
Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet held at the Gillespie
County Fair Grounds. Over the two days of the NIOF Race Meet, 3,296 fans wagered $250,699 at the local Class III five-eighths mile track. Pari-mutuel horse racing will continue at the fair grounds with the Gillespie County Race Meet scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-9. Additional coverage on the weekend meet is available on pages A/B14 and A/B17 of this week's paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Another weekend of live pari-mutuel horse racing is in the books following the two-day Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet on Saturday and Sunday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the two-day meet drew a total of 3,296 fans who wagered $250,699 on 24 races. The total payout to bettors was $194,795.

On Saturday, 1,996 fans wagered $138,688 while on Sunday, 1,300 fans wagered $112,011.

The payout to bettors on Saturday was $107,982 and $86,813 on Sunday.

“Everything seemed to run pretty smooth through the weekend,” said Robert (Henry) Sagebiel, president of the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.

The NIOF Race Meet, the second of four scheduled at the Class III facility in 2015, was held in conjunction with Night In Old Fredericksburg on Saturday.

(Photographs from NIOF can be found on D1 in this issue of the newspaper.)


Tickets now on sale for FTC Freddyburg show 'Annie Jr.'

Hailey Knudsen, 11, will perform the title role in Freddyburg Youth Theater’s production of “Annie Jr.” Knudsen, the daughter of Scott and Tracy Knudsen, also will bring their dog “Riggi’n” to the stage as Annie’s sidekick “Sandy.” – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

A musical about a redheaded orphan seeking a better future will run next week at the Fredericksburg Theater Company.

Tickets are now on sale for the Freddyburg Youth Theater production of “Annie Jr.” Show times are Thursday through Sunday, July 30-Aug. 2.

Freddyburg is the theater’s youth program.

All performances, which will be at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 U.S. 87 South, will be at 7:30 p.m., July 30-Aug. 1, with a 10:30 a.m. matinee performance on Saturday, Aug. 1.

The musical will conclude with a 2 p.m. show on Sunday, Aug. 2.

Admission is $12 for adults, and $10 for children 17 and under.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 830-997-3588.


Bensons are fundraiser's honorary chairs

John and Peggy Benson have been involved in many efforts in Fredericksburg since the couple moved here in 1985. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

It was a long way from the bank president’s office to a Mexican village on John and Peggy Benson’s first-ever mission trip.

The two crossed the river at Boquillas, loaded old pickup trucks to capacity, then sat atop the cargo, which included construction equipment and supplies. They slept on the ground and outside to take advantage of the slight breeze in the desert climate.

“One morning at daybreak, we heard truck motors running and realized we had bedded down in the middle of the dirt road,” John said, chuckling at the memory.

The Bensons have returned to Mexico several times and been in the middle of much civic work in Fredericksburg. The couple will be the honorary chairmen at the Aug. 1 Misión de Candelilla Annual Fiesta, the main fundraiser for the locally based medical mission.

Misión de Candelilla founders Curtis and Sara Allerkamp have found the Bensons’ help invaluable.


Annual Scholarship Fest tickets on sale

Guns, jewelry, gift certificates, hunting and fishing equipment and more totaling an estimated $33,000 will be given away at Scholarship Fest on Saturday night, Aug. 1, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Showing off some of the prizes available at this year’s event are co-chairman Greg Mohr, prize committee member Maxine Jung, event chairman Larry Burrow and co-chairman Chad Ellebracht. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Ticket sales are continuing for the 19th Annual Scholarship Fest on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the event will include appetizers, a barbecue dinner, silent and live auctions, games, prize drawings and more.

“College Tailgating” is the theme for the event, which includes appetizers, a barbecue dinner, silent and live auctions, games, prize drawings and more.

Admission tickets for Scholarship Fest are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate.

Scholarship Fest tickets are available in advance online at

In addition, tickets are also be available in advance at the office at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds and at Stroeher and Son/Stroeher and Olfers and Lochte Feed and General Store.

Gates open at 3 p.m. on Aug. 1 and appetizers will be available.


Town Hall meeting, Fun Day set in Harper

A “Family Fun Day and Town Hall Meeting” will be held Saturday, July 25, in the Harper Community Park.

The event is sponsored by the Harper Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Harper Community Park Association for the benefit of the Harper Community Park.

Afternoon activities begin at 4 p.m. and include games, snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs, baseball, a bake sale, car wash, hula hoop contest and more.

Also starting at 4 p.m. is the domino tournament.

A barbecue supper will be served at 6 p.m. before the town hall meeting at 7 p.m.

The Harper Community Park Board will present its proposed plan at the Town Hall meeting, and the public is encouraged to ask any and all questions about the new building and how it will be done.

Nothing about the size and construction of the building has been set yet, according to spokesman Jeanette Bode.


PCAA concert series to host Nash Hernandez Orchestra

Austin’s longest-running big band will perform this weekend at the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance’s (PCAA) Marktplatz Concert Series.

The horns, woodwinds and other instruments of the Nash Hernandez Orchestra will begin playing at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, July 26, at the Adelsverein Halle, in the 100 block of West Main Street.

Admission is free, and attendees can bring their lawn chairs, a picnic meal and friends. Once the music starts, listeners are encouraged to dance.

The concert will last around an hour and a half.

The orchestra began performing in 1949 and today continues under the direction of Nash Hernandez’ youngest son, Ruben, who was 11 years old when he began playing drums. 


Original Recipe, Reunion bands to take Roots stage

The Roots Music Series will rock the grounds of Pioneer Museum once again this Saturday, July 25.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the music begins at 7 p.m. with the Austin-based group the Original Recipe Band.

After 26 years of serving and playing in the U.S. Navy, the Original Recipe Band has played around Central Texas since 1998. The core band is nine pieces with complete horn and rhythm sections, with two male and one female vocalist.

The band plays Sinatra, funk, big band, mambos, rock and Motown, all in the same set.

The Reunion Band, also based out of Austin, starts at 9 p.m.

The Reunion Band has played together since the mid-1980s and mixes classic rock, Motown, hard-core funk, ’70s disco and ballads.

Tickets can be purchased online at $13 each — $10 for Gillespie County Historical Society members — and will be available until 6 p.m., Friday, July 24.

 After that, tickets can be purchased at the concert for $15.


Trustees re-examine punishments after positive drug tests

By Matt Ward —

Increased positive drug tests among high school students have led Fredericksburg Independent School District officials to begin re-evaluating the district’s drug policies.

In a report given Monday to the FISD board of trustees, FISD Supt. Dr. Eric Wright said that the district saw a rise in tests reported positive for marijuana, up from four individuals in 2013-2014.

“This year, to be quite frank, we’ve had a lot more marijuana use than we’ve had in the history of the drug-testing program,” Wright said. “Nine kids out of 359 is really not that bad, but it’s still nine kids. Comparatively, we’ve doubled from last year.”

In total, 14 positive marijuana results were reported from nine different students, with three students testing positive multiple times, including one student who tested positive three times.


Commissioners formally OK collection pact with GCAD

By Ken Esten Cooke —

County commissioners on Monday made it official to let the Gillespie Central Appraisal District collect their taxes.

The agreement came just in time, too, as the GCAD opened the collection side of its basement-level office in the courthouse that morning.

Where the city and FISD had OK’d the agreement with no changes, the county suggested taxing entities get together to work out minor details.

County Judge Mark Stroeher noted that the contract, as written, gives GCAD the right to hire attorneys. Stroeher said the county had long used the Bryla & Schoessow law firm and wanted to continue using the trusted attorneys.

The county also has added a 15-percent penalty for delinquent accounts to cover attorney’s fees, whereas state law allows attorneys to collect up to 20 percent.


Adaptability factor

This dog, along with many others, is available for adoption at the City of Fredericksburg Animal Shelter located at 219 Landfill Lane. The shelter is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Standard-Radio Post/Autumn Bernhard

By Matt Ward

Many of Fredericksburg’s most lovable — and furriest — residents are tucked away inside the most unlikely of places: the city landfill.

The cats and dogs who temporarily reside in the City of Fredericksburg Animal Shelter — located inside the landfill off Ranch Road 1631 — could be seeing an upgrade in their living arrangements, built in 1973 without a central heat and air conditioning system.

The facility has caught the eye of more than 1,150 city and county residents, who have petitioned the Fredericksburg City Council for a larger, modern facility.

Yvonne Gerhardt, shelter manager, has modernized the animal adoption process in spite of the aging facility, utilizing social networking through Facebook to reunite animals with their owners.

“That (Facebook) has been my lifesaver, my tool for success,” she said.


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