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Motorcycle ride will benefit Judds with medical recovery

Community members are being asked to show their support during a motorcycle charity ride Saturday morning, July 27, to benefit severely injured Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim Judd and his wife, Sheri.

The Judds were injured June 25 in a head-on, two-vehicle collision that also claimed the life of local resident David Charles Meurer on Ranch to Market Road 1631.

While Sheri has reportedly improved enough to be discharged from physical rehabilitation, the county’s chief deputy remains in a quadriplegic state and on a ventilator in the intensive care unit of San Antonio Medical Center (SAMC.)

“Jim needs lots of prayers,” said his son-in-law, Mike Goy on Monday.

“He’s fighting and so we’re going to keep fighting with him,” Goy said, adding that Jim’s spirits are good, that he’s holding his own and breathing more on his own.

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Volkaert tunes up for PCAA


PICKER Red Volkaert has performed with top country acts for years.

Fredericksburg’s downtown square will play host to Grammy Award-winning guitarist Redd Volkaert this Sunday, July 28.

The free, open-air performance by the renowned Austin-based musician will be the second-to-last “Concert In The Park” in the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) summer series.

Music fans are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets or arrive early to claim some of the limited picnic table seating at the Adelsverein Halle, the largest pavilion on Marktplatz.

The free admission concert will start at 6:30 p.m. and last until around 8 p.m. Dancing is encouraged, as are picnic suppers.

A life-long musician, Volkaert once gained his most fame as the lead picker for Merle Haggard & the Strangers.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, he was an in-demand studio musician in Los Angeles and Nashville before moving to Austin in 2000.

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24
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Blues icons take stage for Roots Concert

Turning its spotlight on “the blues” will be the next multi-performer Roots Music Series concert this Saturday night, July 27, at Pioneer Museum.

Bobby Mack will kick off the outdoor concert’s evening lineup at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by Omar and the Howlers. “The Godfather of Austin Blues” — W.C. Clark — will headline at 9:10 p.m.

Blues night is the third installment of the Roots series and, like previous performances, will be held under shade on the museum’s grounds, located at 325 West Main Street.

Gates (accessed through a side entrance off South Milam Street) open at 5 p.m. and admission costs $12 per adult. Children 18 years of age and younger are admitted free.

Proceeds raised from the concert support the mission of the sponsoring Gillespie County Historical Society.

Drinks and food are sold on the grounds. No outside coolers, beverages or bottles are allowed.

Wed
24
Jul

Hal Degenhardt welcomed home after serving year in Afghanistan


GREETING 1LT Hal Degenhardt (above center) Friday morning upon his re-turn from 13 months of ser-vice in Afghanistan were (from left) Trisha Greenfield, Janet Degenhardt, Christa Thompson and Maria Castro. Since June 2012, Degenhardt had been deployed as a member of the U.S. National Guard’s Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stationed with the Afghan National Army.

By Matt Ward

 

After serving for the past 13 months as a member of the United States Army National Guard’s Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Afghanistan, 1LT Hal Degenhardt was welcomed back home to Fredericksburg Friday morning with a reception at West End Pizza Company, owned by his wife, Janet.

Several Main Street businesses joined in the welcome home efforts by lining banners and American flags along West Main Street.

Though his wife met him at the airport, Degenhardt was surprised by friends at the West End Pizza reception and planned to surprise his sons, Hal and Will, on vacation.

 

Training Afghan military

While in Afghanistan, Degenhardt served as a member of the Security Force Assistance Team (SFAT) assigned to the Afghan National Army where his job was to help train the Afghan military in weapons, tactics and logistics.

Wed
24
Jul

Around the world in 70 days


NEXT TO THE PLANE that will take him around the world is Ryan Campbell, 19, who stopped in Fredericks-burg during his 10-week cir-cumnavigation attempt. If he completes the feat, he will be the youngest person and first teenager to complete the flight. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin Eck

Twenty-four thousand miles is about 10 round-trip flights from Fredericksburg to the Canadian border or 10 flights from New York City to Los Angeles.

For Ryan Campbell, 24,000 miles is how many miles he will have to fly his white, single-propeller plane from Wollongong, Australia around the globe back to Wollongong, Australia.

The 19-year-old Australian is attempting to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world and the first teenager to complete the flight.

He is in the middle of a journey that will take him through 14 countries on five continents, and after a short detour to Junction, Texas because of weather; he had a brief stay in Fredericksburg.

Flying had always been a dream of Campbell’s, but when he learned that there were legitimate opportunities to fly as a teenager, the dream became a reality.

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24
Jul

Daily Update for Tuesday, July 30

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Auto Swap meet to host car lovers this weekend

The Fredericksburg Vintage Car Club will host car lovers during the 2013 Hill Country Auto Swap Meet with Car Corral, Friday through Sunday, July 26-28 at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

When the event opens on Friday morning, attendees looking for a car, an obscure part or just an interesting item will flood into the park. The park will buzz throughout the weekend until the meet ends at noon on Sunday.

The event, now in its 36th year, will feature the Car Corral. The corral situated in the center of the meet, features automobiles that are being sold.

Admission and parking is free for the event, and on Saturday a complimentary shuttle will carry attendees from the parking area to the vendors.

Wed
24
Jul

County approves insurance policies

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

 

Gillespie County Commissioners took care of a “housekeeping” agenda on Monday morning, July 22.

Meeting at 9 a.m. in the courthouse, officials were advised by Lester Frantzen of the Frantzen, Kaderli & Klier Insurance agency in Fredericksburg about renewals of its current insurance policies.

Although facing a group medical policy premium hike of about five percent, commissioners opted to continue with current plans to offer county employees benefits similar to what they’ve been receiving as well as to maintain the policies’ “grandfathered” status while they “wait-and-see” the effects that will take place along with the implementation of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Along with the group’s health insurance, commissioners approved continuation of prescription drug coverage through the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) — Health and Employee Benefits Pool (HEBP.)

Wed
24
Jul

Locals win at Texas State Pecan Show

Seven entries from Gillespie County won honors at the Texas State Pecan Show held in conjunction with the Texas Pecan Growers Association 92nd Annual Conference in College Station.

The show was judged July 14.

Following are the winners in the various divisions:

Comanche — 1. Yvonne Klaerner.

Barton — 2. Kermit Crenwelge.

Variety Seedlings — 2. Kermit Crenwelge.

Mohawk — 3. Troy Little.

Shoshoni — 3. Austin Nedbalek.

Sioux — 3. Melissa Nedbalek.

Stuart — 3. Elizabeth Wilke.

The pecans on display were grown in the 2012 season, and included 263 entries representing 33 different counties.

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Daily Update for Tuesday, July 23

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