'True Texan'

Taylor Stevenson parks his T-6 Texan during the Texan Round-Up at the Gillespie County Airport on Saturday.

T-6 Texans were used by the United States Air Force during World War II as training planes for pilots.

The planes were named “Texans” because a lot of pilot training was based in Texas during the war.

— Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney



Wildflower run draws 321 participants

A group of young runners, from left, Miles Hammond, Lorenzo Garcia Calvillo, Kade Jenschke, Will Keller and Felix Cruz take off at the start of the Wildflower 5K/10K Run and Walk on Saturday at Marktplatz. Garcia Calvillo was the overall 5K winner with a time of 18:34; Keller placed third in the age 11-14 divi-sion, and Cruz, second, in the age 15-21 division. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

A total of 321 runners participated in the 5K and 10K in the Wildflower Run and Walk Saturday at Marktplatz.

This year’s run marks a return of the Wildflower Run to Fredericksburg after a one-year absence.

The run benefits the Fredericksburg Academic Boosters, an organization that recognizes and encourages student academic achievement.

The overall winners and top placers in each age group can be found in this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!



Early voting begins for school board, city council elections

More than four times the number of voters have already cast early votes in the school board race than in the city race.

Early voting began on Monday and will continue through Tuesday, May 5.

Election Day is on Saturday, May 9, and both Fredericksburg Independent School District and City of Fredericksburg voters can vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Middle School Cafeteria.

As of 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, 136 voters have cast ballots in the FISD’s school board race and on whether or not to approve a $16.5 million school bond.

Ninety-five residents cast their ballots on Monday while 41 voted on Tuesday.

In the City of Fredericksburg City Council election, 32 residents have voted. Fifteen voted on Monday and 17 on Tuesday.

Early voting continues through Tuesday, May 5.

City races


Optimist Club motorcycle run revving motors at Luckenbach

Motorcyclists from across the state will hit the streets for the 19th annual Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally, in Luckenbach, Friday through Sunday, May 1-3, to help raise money for the Optimist Club of Fredericksburg.

The weekend gets off to an early start on Thursday, April 30, with a social and welcome at Hondo’s on Main. Guests are invited to an informal social gathering featuring music and food, with extra surprises for attending registrants at 6 p.m.

Proceeds from the Hill Country Run go to fund Optimist Club of Fredericksburg projects, including the T-Ball Program, Scholarship Program, Oratorical Contest and Essay Contest. The focus of the Optimist Club is “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.”

Net proceeds from the rally are returned to the youth in Fredericksburg. Every year Optimist International conducts over 65,000 service projects and serves well over six million young people.



Willow City fire, rescue to host benefit Saturday

The Willow City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department members will host their annual pork barbecue benefit this Saturday.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will be at the Willow City Fire Station at 2553 Ranch Road 1323.

Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will help the department continue maintaining and improving the station, trucks and equipment, and for training, insurances and routine operating expenses.

A hoisting of the U.S. and Texas flags will begin the event at 3 p.m. Sol Patch (Bryan Maldonado and Melissa Weatherly) will provide the music.

The Auxiliary’s Country Store will offer a variety of home-baked goods, hand-sewn items and crafts and cookbooks, including “Willow City Recipes and Remembrances,” from 3-5 p.m.

A silent auction will begin at 3 p.m. with bidding closing at 6:30 p.m.

Then, auctioneer Dudley Althaus will lead a live auction from 4-5:30 p.m.


Public a 'no-show' for school bond Q&A Monday night

By Richard Zowie

No parents or community members came Monday night for Supt. Dr. Eric Wright’s community information meeting at the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium.

A handful of Fredericksburg Independent School District officials and an FHS teacher were all who showed.

Wright had been prepared to address a crowd regarding the proposed $16.5-million bond and answer any questions.

“I was expecting a few, but I guess we’ve been getting the message out,” Wright said. “I guess they’re satisfied with the information that’s out there.”

Wright has taken his school bond message to each of the FISD campuses and all the departments, as well to local civic groups.

“Everyone has been very positive, and their inclination was as long as we don’t raise taxes, they were in favor of it,” Wright said.


Growers dodge weekend storm damage

By Joshua McKinney

Severe storms brought rain and small hail over the weekend in Gillespie County.

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park received 2.76 inches of rain from Friday through early Sunday morning from the weekend weather system.

Pre-harvest storms are constant threats to local orchards and vineyards but most growers stayed clear of damage from the weekend weather.

 “I don’t know if there was any hail, but rain was well welcomed from farmers and ranchers,” said Brad Roeder, Gillespie County Agrilife Extension agent. “There’s always a chance of hail and high winds with a spring storm like that but the hail mostly missed our area. It would take a lot more than that to do serious damage.”

Jamey Vogel of Vogel Orchard in Stonewall also said he has not heard much in the way of damaged crops.


HCM leaders accept Baldrige award in Baltimore

Hill Country Memorial CEO Jayne Pope and Executive Director of Business Intelligence Debbye Dooley accept the 2014 Baldrige Award on behalf of HCM last week in Baltimore. —Submitted photo

The flight to Baltimore took four hours. The shuttle ride to the conference hotel was 30 minutes. The keynote speech, 20 minutes.

But the real trip to Baltimore, Maryland — to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award — took years of hard work.

As part of their ongoing efforts related to the Baldrige Award, the nation’s highest honor for performance excellence in both public and private organizations, team members from Hill Country Memorial landed in Baltimore last week to attend the 27th Annual Quest for Excellence Conference and to receive the award.

Hill Country Memorial is one of four recipients in the nation to receive the 2014 Baldrige Award. As a result, HCM CEO Jayne Pope was invited to be a keynote speaker at the Quest Conference from April 12-15.


Wings Over the Hills nature festival welcomes area residents

John Karger (middle), founder of the “Last Chance Forever” rescued raptor program, talks to a Fredericksburg student about a Golden Eagle (right) during the 2014 Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival. This year’s event will be from Friday through Sunday, April 24-26, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. — Standard-Radio Post photo

The fifth annual Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival will take flight Friday through Sunday, April 24-26, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, as nature lovers converge to enjoy the great diversity of wildlife found in the Hill Country.

In addition to the featured area’s natural fliers — birds, bats, butterflies and dragonflies — this year’s festival will also include programs on snakes, spiders and wildflowers.

All activities in the park will be conducted on Friday and Saturday, April 24-25. Activities on Sunday, April 26 will only be field trips to birding venues.

Featured guest

Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival will host Greg Miller, a birder from Ohio, who was one of the birders featured in the book and major movie, “The Big Year.”

Miller will share his experiences in searching for the most birds seen and heard in North America during the year 1998 at a reception on Saturday evening. 


Popular Wildflower 5K, 10K returns to streets Saturday

Runners and walkers will converge on Fredericksburg on Saturday for the 21st annual Fredericksburg Wildflower Run/Walk.

“There’s something for just about everyone, no matter if you’re into timed running, walking or strolling leisurely along with children or pets,” said Dawn Bourgeois, director of the Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center, one of the event’s sponsors.

The new route will follow a scenic course in and around Fredericksburg, beginning and ending downtown at Marktplatz where parking, restrooms and registration will be available.

This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Larry Dyer. Dyer served on the Wildflower Run committee until his passing last fall and was instrumental in creating the initial vision for the event and the partnership between the Fredericksburg Academic Boosters and the Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center.


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