Dialogues, Dances concert on Saturday to feature ensembles

Two ensembles will be featured at the Dialogues and Dances concert on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Hill Country University Center.

Included on the program will be the Summer Workshop Ensemble and the Avenue Ensemble.

The Summer Workshop Ensemble will sing works by Brahms, Haydn, Derufle, Faure and director, Mark Hierholzer.

The Summer Workshop Ensemble is made up of singers from the Fredericksburg Chorale who choose to work on new literature during the chorale’s regular summer break.

Featured pieces will include “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place” from Brahms’ German Requiem, “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Faure and Haydn’s “Te Deum.”

In addition, the ensemble will perform a new work by Hierholzer for piano, flute, accordion and choir called “Guacamole Cantata.”

This piece is a somewhat tongue-and cheek work modeled after Bach’s secular cantatas such as his “Coffee Cantata” and “Peasant Cantata,” Hierholzer said.


Commissioners OK new dispatch unit

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners approved the creation of a new department to oversee a consolidated dispatch operations in unanimous vote during Monday’s regular session meeting. 

The decision came from the recommendation given by the Dispatch Advisory Board to move dispatch operations from the Sheriff’s Office to a new department.

 “It was unanimous that we should have a consolidated dispatch,” said John Culpepper, chairman of the Dispatch Advisory Board, which consists of three city-appointed representatives and two appointed by the county.

Culpepper outlined three options for management of the new center:

• Dispatch operations would remain in the county under the Sheriff’s Office control;

• Place dispatch operations under the chief of police, or,

• Form a separate department reporting to county commissioners.


New county health plan approved on split vote

By Austin R. Eck —

County officials approved a new group medical plan with prescription drug coverage through the Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits pool during a regular season on Monday, July 28.

Gillespie’s commissioners approved the decision in a 3-2 vote.

The new policy gives employees the option to pick from 10 different types of plans to help cover their and their families’ needs.

“We have a wide range of ages in our employees, and it is very difficult to come up with a ‘one size fits all’ solution, which is what the current health plan tried to do,” said county judge Mark Stroeher who voted in favor of the new option.

The new plan also allows for certain employees to use a health savings account to help cover medical expenses without paying income tax on them if made for approved expenses.

However, this new plan has been used by few counties in the state.


County taxable values reach $7 billion

Many commercial properties were reappraised this year, and residential property may be due for reappraisal in 2015. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Property values in Gillespie County again topped $7 billion after a strong recovery from the recent national economic downturn.

Gillespie County Chief Appraiser David Oehler said total market value was $7,013,954,894 in 2014, a 2.6 percent rise over 2013 values. Gillespie’s property value again topped $7 billion, last seen before the national housing crisis caused a downturn in the economy.

"The real estate market is recovering,” Oehler said. “We never had a significant downturn in our values like other places — just a slowdown in the number of transactions.”

In 2008, Gillespie County properties reached their peak market value of $7.2 billion, he said.

“Before the 2008 downturn, we saw 10 to 20 percent increases routinely,” Oehler said. “But then the stock market crashed.”


Gillespie 4-Hers celebrate achievements

Gold Star Award winners named at the 2014 Gillespie County 4-H Awards Banquet on Monday night were, from left, Braden Bowers, Sara Verstuyft and Blake Tatsch. The Gold Star award is the highest award a 4-Her can win at the county level. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Achievements and successes by local youth and adult leaders were recognized on Monday night at the 2014 Gillespie County 4-H Awards Banquet.

The program and dinner were held at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center.

Receiving the county’s top award — the Gold Star Award — were Braden Bowers, Blake Tatsch and Sara Verstuyft.

As part of the evening, the new 2014-2015 Gillespie County 4-H Council officers were installed, including Kasie Vestal, president; Elaine Lochte, vice president; Blake Tatsch, secretary; Baylie Vogel, reporter; Daylon Nebgen, parliamentarian, and Mason DeLong and Rachel Howell, council delegates.

A slide presentation compiled by Dylan Sione was also presented.

Serving as mistress of ceremonies was Mackenzie Spisak, current council president.


Galleries to host First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg

Fifteen galleries will be participating in First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg on Friday, Aug. 1.

The  participating galleries will be offering special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet and greets with artists, opening receptions and more from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.

For more information, visit

Participating galleries will be flying the First Friday Art Walk flags on Friday.

This month’s schedule of events includes:

Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, will feature artwork by three new artists.

Patrons are urged to visit the gallery all day Friday to see original art, meet the artists and enjoy wine and refreshments until 8 p.m.

Artisans – A Texas Gallery,  234 West Main, will present “All Things Texas — The Art of Jared Ducote” for First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg on Friday.


Swap Meet shifts into 'Top Gear'

Rob Owen (right) gives further details of a $3,560 Vortec engine to Ingram’s Gary Hawthorne during the 37th Annual Hill Country Auto Swap Meet on Saturday. The event at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park attracted many car enthusiasts as they bought, sold, traded and chatted about all things mechanical. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

They are known by many names: gear heads, grease monkeys, mechanics and car lovers.

This past weekend, from Friday to Sunday, they converged upon Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park for the 37th Annual Hill Country Auto Swap Meet.

Some came to buy cars, some to sell cars. Others to buy or sell parts while a few pursued odds and ends and a few nostalgic pieces of Americana, such as Texaco and Gulf signs from when gasoline sold for around 50 cents a gallon. For others, it was a chance to meet fellow car enthusiasts.

Water probably sold well at the swap meet, as the skies were mostly clear and the Texas heat reached the upper 90s.


Coffee house serves up more than drinks

Andy White serves Jan Bailey an iced latte. The beverage menu at Greater Grace Christian Coffee House includes standard fare, along with gourmet coffee from northwestern Louisiana. — Standard-Radio Post photo/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Greater Grace Christian Coffee House is two things.

First, it’s a coffee house with coffee, tea and other beverages along with a breakfast and lunch menu.

Second, it’s a community outreach that includes an internship program, discipleship and serving those with special needs by teaching them the skills needed to achieve independence.

“We’re Christians, so we teach basic Biblical principles and have Bible studies,” said Andy White, owner.

At the coffee house, the interns make the beverages and sandwiches and serve customers. It helps give them the experience of working in public.


Luckenbach's food truck fest here Saturday

Foodies and oenophiles alike are expected to flock to Luckenbach for the First Annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival on Saturday, Aug. 2.

The event, which runs from noon-11:30 p.m., will feature more than a dozen food trucks, nearly a dozen Texas Hill Country wineries and a lineup of live music.

Tickets for the First Annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival are $15 per person for adults. Children ages 12 and under are free.

Local and area wineries will offer wines for purchase by the glass and bottle from noon-9 p.m. that day.

Participating wineries include 4.0 Cellars, Messina Hof Hill Country, Kerrville Hills Winery, Fall Creek Vineyards, Texas Hills Vineyards, Singing Waters Vineyards, Becker Vineyards, Texas Legato Winery, Westcave Cellars Winery and William Chris Vineyards.


Schuetzenfest to draw shooters this weekend

Top marksmen will gather this weekend for the 119th annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest, to be held Saturday and Sunday at the Texas Hills Sporting Range and sponsored by the Tivydale Shooting Club.

Texas Hills Sporting Range is located at 12905 FM 2093.

Heading up this year’s Gillespie County Schuetzenbund is Doyle Moellering, president, while other officers include Brad Barron, vice president; Charles Feller, secretary, and Brenda Miiller, treasurer.

The actual shooting does not start until Saturday afternoon, following a Bund business meeting and social hour. Competition continues until late Saturday afternoon and then continues on Sunday.

At the conclusion of Sunday’s shooting and the tallying of scores, former Schuetzenkoenige (shooting kings) will lead a parade of shooters and their club flags into the range where the new centerfire and rimfire kings are crowned.


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