Road projects under way

A construction crew from Hill Country Bridge, Inc. works on a low-water crossing of Barons Creek on Goehmann Lane. Construction on the Texas Department of Transportation project began on Monday, July 6. The site must be re-opened to traffic on or before Saturday, Aug. 15. — Standard-Radio Post

The Texas Department of Transportation currently has four major projects underway that could affect Gillespie County drivers.

TxDOT is replacing a low-water crossing at Barons Creek on Goehmann Lane; widening, and adding both turn and pass lanes on State Highway 16 South from Boos Lane to Wolf Creek in Kerr County; replacing structures on a bridge on U.S. 290 west of Harper; and finished a pavement repair project on U.S. 87, north of Fredericksburg.

Goehmann Lane bridge

The Goehmann Lane at Barons Creek bridge project is one of five separate off-system bridge projects in Gillespie County that were combined into one large contract.

The aim of the project is to replace the bridge at Goehmann Lane.

TxDOT awarded the contract to Hill Country Bridge, Inc., which was worth a $2,659,843 bid.


Gillespie 4-Hers, adult leaders honored at banquet

Honored on July 7 at the 2015 Gillespie County 4-H Awards Banquet held at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center were, from left, Daylon Nebgen, Suzanne Coal and Michelle Millhouse, winners of the Danforth “I Dare You” award, and Dylan Sione and Blake Tatsch, winners of the Farm Bureau Leadership award. Not pictured are “I Dare You” award winners Harrison Spisak, Julie Krebs and Anna O’Leary. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Awards, certificates and medals were presented to local youth and adult leaders on Tuesday, July 7, at the 2015 Gillespie County 4-H Awards Banquet.

The program and dinner to recognize the achievements and successes of 4-Hers and adult volunteers was held at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center.

Receiving the county’s top award — the Gold Star Award — was Sean O’Leary.

As part of the evening, the new 2015-2016 Gillespie County 4-H Council officers were installed, including Mason DeLong, president; Blake Tatsch, vice president; Daylon Nebgen, secretary, and Preston Crenwelge and Dylan Sione, council delegates.

A slide presentation compiled by Baylie Vogel was shown.

Serving as mistress of ceremonies was Kasie Vestal, current council president.


Gillespie BB team finishes 19th at national contest

The Gillespie County 4-H BB gun shooting team — including (front row, from left) Coach Sam Segner, Delaney Whitworth, Darien Robles, Joshua Moore, Jacob Brown, (back row) Jaci Spies, Charles Schmidt, Reed Spies and Joel Jenschke — finished 19th at the 50th Annual Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match, July 4-5, in Rogers, Arkansas. — Submitted photo

A Gillespie County team finished in 19th place at the 50th Annual Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match, July 4-5, in Rogers, Arkansas.

Team members included Charles Schmidt, Jacob Brown, Delaney Whitworth, Joshua Moore and Joel Jenschke.

Alternates were Darien Robles and Reed Spies.

Sammy Segner, Chuck Jenschke and Chuck Schmidt served as coaches.

The Gillespie County team finished 19th out of 68 teams with 2,299 points.


Poolside park

Liliana Mondragon (left) and Pablo Carrillo chill out at the side of the Coach Tony Knopp Town Pool Saturday afternoon. The City of Fredericksburg renamed the pool for longtime city pool manager Tony Knopp. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney




Night in Old Fredericksburg to celebrate German heritage

German music, a performance by the Chris Story Band, contests, games and more will highlight the Night In Old Fredericksburg celebration on Saturday, July 18, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the NIOF celebration is combined with two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing on Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19, at the fair grounds.

(More information on the race meet can be found in a separate article.)

Night In Old Fredericksburg activities begin around 1 p.m. on Saturday with music, games and more.

A washer pitching tournament gets underway at 1 p.m. Registration opens at noon.

Music begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday under the tent by the Exhibition Hall with the Off The Grid Band. They will play until 5:30 p.m.

The Seven Dutchmen will play from 6-10 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.


Horses back on track for 'NIOF' weekend race meet

Live pari-mutuel horse racing returns to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19, as part of the Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet.

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

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day meet will see quarter horses and thoroughbreds back on the track at the Class III facility.

This weekend’s race meet — the second of four scheduled at the fair grounds this summer — is being held in conjunction with the Night In Old Fredericksburg celebration.

(More on the NIOF activities at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds can be found in a separate article.)

Advance tickets for the races and NIOF are available online at

For the weekend, adult general admission for the races and daytime activities is $7.

For the races, reserved seats are $10 and box seats are $15.


Habitat to host home dedication Sunday afternoon

Dedication ceremonies for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg’s 15th home will be held from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, July 19.

The house is located at 306 W. Park St.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Perez family into their new home,” said Kelly Musselman, Habitat vice president.  “House No. 15 has been a long time in the making but it is doubly exciting that it is taking place during our 20th anniversary year for our local affiliate.”

Construction on House 16 will take place in the fall on the adjoining property.

“We invite the public, all our supporters and donors, as well as volunteers and city and county officials to join us on this special day,” Musselman said.     


State funding a question in school budget

By Richard Zowie —

For the ninth year in a row, Fredericksburg Independent School District residents will have no new taxes.

Deborah Ottmers, FISD assistant superintendent of business and finance, presented the school’s financial numbers to the FISD trustees at a June 30 special meeting, which marked the end of fiscal year 2014-2015.

Trustees also approved the final budget for 2014-2015 while OK’ing a proposed budget for 2015-2016.

Though personal and business property valuations rose 10 percent this year, the budget will require FISD to use its general fund to help pay overages.

Budget approvals

Following Ottmers’ discussion, the board approved both the final budget for last year and the proposed budget for this year, 7-0.

Last year’s fiscal year ended June 30, and the new year began July 1.


City, county land-for-paving swap deal done; Pearson says no

By Matt Ward —

A land-for-paving swap between the City of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County has finally been completed, following months of negotiation.

The Fredericksburg City Council agreed to pave Nimitz Parkway and the adjacent county parking lot behind the Gillespie County Courthouse four times — at an estimated current cost of $50,000 each — for property running along Barons Creek near the proposed Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts on East Ufer Street.

The council approved the proposal, already OK’d by county commissioners, by a 4-1 vote during a regular meeting Monday with Councilman Graham Pearson voicing strong objection to the decision.


Weekend races draw large crowds to fair grounds

Horses in Saturday’s 5½-furlong race find high gear during the inaugural day of the 2015 racing season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Racing fans saw 22 races over two days and wagered more than $311,000. See pages A/B12 and A/B18 of this week's newspaper for more photos and results. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

A “good crowd with good races” kicked off the 2015 live pari-mutuel racing season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday.

The July Fourth Racing Festival at the Class III track drew 5,247 fans, including 3,410 on Saturday and 1,837 on Sunday.

Over the two days, the fans wagered $311,178 on 22 races, which included $159,673 on 10 races on Saturday and $151,505 on 12 races on Sunday.

The payout to bettors totaled $242,801, which included $124,915 on Saturday and $117,886 on Sunday.

“The crowd was exceptional on Saturday,” said Lee DeLong, vice president of the board of directors of the sponsoring Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association and general manager of the track this season.

He said that there were some “first day bugs” that they got worked out by Sunday.


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