Smith discusses ISIS strikes here Monday

Congressman Lamar Smith discussed ISIS strikes at a local civic club. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Congressman Lamar Smith said he supported President Barack Obama’s strikes on the Islamic State this week, but is hesitant to authorize more powers to the president if strikes continue beyond 90 days.

Smith was in town as a guest at the Fredericksburg Rotary Club which met Monday at Fredericksburg Inn and Suites.

“ISIS, or the Islamic State, is a real threat to every freedom-loving person in the world,” Smith said. “Last Wednesday, I voted to authorize the president to equip, train and assist rebels in Syria. But if the president doesn’t come back to Congress and get authority from us under the War Powers Act, I’m not going to give him the benefit of the doubt in the future.”

Smith said when Congress returns in November, it will be “a time of reckoning,” citing the Nov. 4 elections, which will determine if both houses of Congress become Republican majority.


Homecoming royalty

Ty Franklin and Delta Wise received the royal treatment during Friday night’s homecoming celebration. Franklin and Wise were elected as Fredericksburg High School’s Homecoming King and Queen during the halftime festivities. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Delta Wise was crowned the 2014 Fredericksburg High School Homecoming Queen during Friday night’s halftime ceremonies of the Billies’ football game against Llano.

The Battlin’ Billies defeated the Yellowjackets, 30-0, in the homecoming bout to improve to 4-1 on the season. (A complete game report is found in today’s Sports section.)

Homecoming ceremony

Halftime of the Friday night game featured the introduction of five homecoming queen nominees who were escorted across the FHS Stadium field and through an honorary tunnel of swords held by uniformed members of the FHS Junior Naval ROTC, while music was played by the FHS Band.

Wise, escorted by Paul Robinson, was applauded as the new FHS Homecoming Queen.

FHS also crowned Ty Franklin as Homecoming King during the ceremony. Franklin is the son of Debra Franklin and Karry Franklin.

Other nominees for queen recognized during the ceremony were:


Winery owners educate ag commissioner candidate

Republican Agriculture Commissioner Candidate Sid Miller, left, listens to issues from Doug Lewis and Bob Lewis, both of Lewis Wines in Johnson City, and Chris Brundrett, right, of William Chris Wines in Hye. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

The Texas Hill Country Wineries organization sponsored a legislative briefing and tour for agricultural commissioner candidates. 

Republican Sid Miller was in attendance and was updated on issues facing the wine and viticulture industry, and was given a tour of some local operations. (An invitation was extended to Democratic candidate Jim Hogan, but the candidate did not respond.)

Miller, who toured with State Rep. Doug Miller (no relation), said he was made aware of the wine and grape industry.

“Doug’s district is the epicenter of the Texas wine industry,” Miller said. “We’ve been listening to winery owners and grape growers to see how the Texas Department of Agriculture can better serve them and their needs, and help Texas grow jobs in rural areas.”


LBJ State Park plays host to a skedaddle

Mark Weidner leads the way out of the starting gates during the “Stonewall Seed Stomp Skedaddle” on Saturday. Weidner was able to keep his strong pace throughout the 10K race and finished first in his division. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site played host to the “Stonewall Seed Stomp Skedaddle” a 5K fun run/walk and a 10K run, Saturday.

Greg Simms was the winner of the men’s 5K run, finishing the course in 24 minutes and 18 seconds.

McKenna Cowsert took first place in the women’s 5K run with her 25 minute, 17 second finish.

In the 10K, Mark Weidner beat out the competition and took first place in his division. Weidner finished the course in 47 minutes and 51 seconds.

Tara Ambrose finished her 10K run in 58 minutes and 04 seconds, which was good enough to win first place in her division.  


Hill Country Marching Fest to bring 19 bands Saturday

The region’s top high school marching bands will perform their 2014 contest shows here on Saturday in the annual Hill Country Marching Festival.

The public is invited to visit Fredericksburg High School (FHS) to watch show after “halftime” show as Class-2A to Class-6A bands march in the day-long event.

Judging this year’s contest-level performances, starting at 12:30 p.m. and continuing every 15 minutes, will be a panel of out-of-town musical experts, including:

•Bob Howard, retired director from Hondo High School;

•Stephen Krupicka, Director of Bands for Shiner Independent School District;

•Rey Meza, retired director from Marshall High School in San Antonio;

•Stephen Howard, Director of Bands at Ann Richards High school in Austin ISD, and,

•Manny Maldonado, Owner of MJM Works and Director of Percussion for Bradley Middle School in North East ISD.

Pride of the Hill Country


West End Pizza Company to host fundraiser Sunday

A “Pizza for a Purpose” fundraiser to benefit Wounded Warriors at Nebo will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, at West End Pizza Company.

During that time, there will be a pizza buffet by donation, a prize drawing, door prizes, silent auction and T-shirt sales.

Prizes are being collected for the drawing, and items big and small are appreciated, according to Janet Degenhardt, owner of West End Pizza Company.

It was noted that a tax-deductible receipt will be provided after the event.

Donations can be dropped off at West End Pizza Company, located at 232 West Main Street.

“Join us in honoring our troops and their families,” Degenhardt said.

Last year, Degenhardt and her husband, 1LT Hal Degenhardt, wanted to thank the community for the support and prayers they received while he was deployed in 2012-2013.

While in Afghanistan, Degenhardt served with SFAT (Security Force Advisory Team) which trained Afghan soldiers.


LBJ State Park to host Farm Demonstration Day

The Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site will host a Farm Demonstration Day on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Period-dressed park ranger interpreters will demonstrate traditions of a 1915 German farm family, including the making of lye soap, rope and the washing of clothes.

These chores will be demonstrated for visitors to see so they, too, can experience life on an early 1900’s German Texas farm. Adults and children alike can explore the Sauer-Beckmann farm and take in the sights of the cows, pigs, chickens and garden.  

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site is located at 199 Park Road 52 in Stonewall.

Park visitors are encouraged to pack a picnic basket, bring the family and friends to enjoy a day in the state park.


City to host joint meeting on sidewalks, trail plan

Sidewalk and trail connectivity throughout Fredericksburg will be discussed Monday during a special meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council, slated for 5:30 p.m. at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center.

The council will meet in joint session with the planning and zoning commission and the historic review board to examine proposed sites for future hiking and biking trails as well as plot out the city’s sidewalk plan.

Currently, the city allocates $100,000 annually toward sidewalk improvement projects.

Last year, the city decided to update design guidelines for new commercial buildings constructed along major corridors; create design options for major gateway improvements located at entryways into Fredericksburg; and develop a trails and sidewalk master plan.

Design guidelines and gateways were discussed as part of a special joint meeting on Sept. 8.

City Manager Kent Myers said the update should be completed by the end of this year.


FMS to host Aim For Success, open house, txConnect workshop

Fredericksburg Middle School will host an Aim For Success program and an open house, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 23-24.

Aim For Success, a national program, educates teens, parents and educators on topics such as abstinence education, drug prevention and anti-bullying.

The parent program will be from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the FMS Cafeteria. The student program for sixth through eighth grade will be throughout the day on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

The program addresses the problems of teen pregnancies, the escalating STD epidemic and the emotional pain that, Aim For Success described as “often associated with teen sexual activity.”

The parent program is a preview of the student presentation where parents will learn creative ways to talk about sex with their children and encourage them to avoid sexual activity until marriage.


27th Annual Lutheran Fall Festival returns Sept. 20

The 27th annual Lutheran Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 at Marktplatz with the event benefitting Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville and Ebert Ranch Camp in Harper.

The festival kicks off with the third annual 5K a “Hit the Trails Running 5K” event set for 9 a.m. at Marktplatz. Check in for the run begins at 7:30 a.m.

The day will be filled with activities, including a chili cook-off, crafts fair, games for children, live music and a silent auction.

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