PCAA to host Austin variety band Sunday

The “Top Variety Band in the USA” (as named by Gigmasters, Inc.) will offer a free, open-air concert Sunday, July 27, on Marktplatz.

Groove Knight, an Austin-based band known for its high energy dance tunes, will perform in the Adelsverein Halle (the downtown square’s largest pavilion) from 6:30-8 p.m. as the next installment in the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance’s (PCAA’s) “Concert in the Park Series.”

Those planning to attend are invited to either bring lawn chairs and blankets or arrive early to secure some limited picnic table seating. Attendees are also encouraged to bring along their own refreshments or picnic suppers.

Comfortable shoes are a “must” for attendees, since dancing is encouraged throughout the band’s approximate hour-and-a-half-long performance.


Charter amendment suit filing delayed

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners met in a regular session on Monday to discuss the purchase of additional radio equipment for the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO).

In two separate agenda items, commissioners approved the purchase of 11 new 700-megahertz radios for the GCSO for $52,577.

In the second item, Sheriff Buddy Mills asked the court for 22 additional radios and activation of two radio towers that will allow easy communication between police, fire departments and the GCSO.

“We’re in a predicament here where we need to make some important decisions on how we’re going to continue to operate and provide the emergency services,” Mills said. 

The cost of activating the two towers and the additional radios is $508,702.

However, commissioners were hesitant to approve the request because the expenditure is not in this year’s budget and next year’s budget has not been made.


Trustees receive positive student drug-use report

By Richard Zowie —

After a tragic off-campus overdose by a student in early 2013, there were only five positive drug tests in the last school year at Fredericksburg High School.

That was according to the Fredericksburg Independent School District’s Student Drug Testing Program Summary, which trustees discussed at their Monday night meeting.

The 333 drug tests occurred from Aug. 1, 2013 to May 30, 2014. Only students in extracurricular activities were tested.

Trustees also received construction updates on three current projects, learned details of a Texas Association of School Boards grant and approved the 2014-2015 FISD Student Code of Conduct.

Drug testing report

For many district parents, wary after the 2013 accidental drug overdose that claimed one student, the results may have been encouraging.


Cruz visits Main Street

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz held a press conference with area media Saturday morning following a roundtable discussion with Fredericksburg civic and business leaders at the National Museum of the Pacific War. While in Gillespie County, Cruz also toured the museum and Becker Vineyards, near Stonewall. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Ken Esten Cooke —

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz made a swing down Main Street in Fredericksburg on Saturday before he begins a cross-country tour to help Republican senators get elected.

Cruz held a roundtable discussion with around 10 local industry leaders, then met briefly with the media before touring the National Museum of the Pacific War.

“We’ve done small business roundtables all over Texas, and the concerns I heard today are the same as I’ve heard all over the state,” Cruz told the media after the closed meeting. “The number one priority of Texans is restoring jobs and economic growth. And that’s my number one priority in office: Creating an environment where small business can create jobs and create opportunities and make it easier for people to achieve the American dream.”

The sometimes-controversial figure was touring parts of Texas and laying out his vision for Texas and the 2014 U.S. Senate races.


New lock and key: Gillespie sheriff shows progress

Sheriff Buddy Mills shows the view from the future jail’s Master Control center looking toward the men’s jail cells. -- Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter
Sedalco Construction is making progress on the future Gillespie County Jail, located on Industrial Loop immediately
behind the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center. The two-story, $15 million bond approved structure due for
completion in December will consist of a total of 47,650 square feet, 30,930 square feet primarily for the first-floor jail and related support facilities, including a kitchen, laundry room and booking area, plus another 16,720 square feet for the second floor’s courtroom, probation offices, combined city/county dispatch center and an emergency operations center, which can double as training space. Sheriff Buddy Mills said he has received inquiries from other Texas counties interested in helping Gillespie fill the 144-bed facility by paying to house their prisoners there as well, and that would help offset some costs

City Street Paving

City of Fredericksburg crewmen get ready to spring into action as the tar truck lays a path of sticky mix down on Fulton Street last Wednesday morning, July 9. The work on the south side was just part of the city’s annual project to improve local byways and street paving is expected to continue well into the month of August. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Gillespie 4-Hers shoot at national competition

Gillespie County 4-Hers competing in the 49th Annual Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match tied for 12th place. Competing at the national contest from Gillespie County were, in front from left, Joel Jenschke, Kade Spies, Jaci Spies, (second row) Jaleigh Brown, Daylon Nebgen, Tucker Elliott, Jacob Brown and (in back) coaches Greg Nebgen and Sammy Segner. — Submitted photo

A Gillespie County team tied for 12th place at the 49th Annual Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match July 4-6 in Rogers, Arkansas.

Team members included Daylon Nebgen, Kade Spies, Jaleigh Brown, Jaci Spies and Tucker Elliott.

Alternates were Jacob Brown and Joel Jenschke.

Coaches for the national team were Sammy Segner and Greg Nebgen.

The Gillespie County team tied for 12th place with 2,290 points.

Following are the overall totals for each Gillespie County team member, as well as the results for each event:

Overall total

Jaci Spies ..................... 463 (15)

Tucker Elliott ............... 462 (13)

Daylon Nebgen ........... 457 (10)

Kade Spies .................. 454 (13)

Jaleigh Brown ............. 454 (16)

Jacob Brown ............... 454 (11)

Joel Jenschke ................ 437 (8)



Misión de Candelilla names Hutcherson 2014 honoree

Judy Hutcherson, right, delivers medical supplies to a resident in a Mexican village. Hutcherson is being honored by Misión de Candelilla for her contributions as a registered nurse and international volunteerism efforts.

Judy Hutcherson has been named 2014 honoree by the Misión de Candelilla board of directors.

Misión de Candelilla is a nonprofit Christian service organization that conducts medical missions into Coahuila and Chihuahua, Mexico.

The award is given each year to an individual or group for exemplary service, not only for the mission’s own work, but for volunteer efforts to other organizations around the world, said Curtis Allerkamp, executive director.

“Judy Hutcherson exemplifies the perfect honoree,” Allerkamp said. “She will be honored at our annual community-wide fund-raiser, Fiesta 2014, which will be held Aug. 2 at the Oak Hills Church on Tivydale Road.”

Allerkamp said Hutcherson has volunteered in her capacity as a registered nurse for many years, accompanying several medical missions each year.


Charter amendment suit filing delayed

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg officials remain quiet about a pending lawsuit which could overturn the recent charter amendment, but insist the suit, not yet filed, is still coming.

After announcing the suit in late June, the initial two-week projected timeframe to file in the Travis County District Court has passed, though lawyers at Norton, Rose and Fulbright continue to work on briefs in the case.

Officials indicated that there is no longer a timetable for filing, but would not comment further on the litigation.

Passed by voters in a slim 581-556 decision in May, the amendment regulates the ability of the city to transfer money from enterprise funds and requires approval by voters prior to the transfer.

The expected suit will seek a declaratory judgment that the recent charter amendment is not enforceable so long as the city’s currently-issued debt instrument bonds remain outstanding.


Night in Old Fredericksburg makes move to fair grounds

An afternoon and evening of German music, a performance by Jake Hooker and the Outlaws, contests, food and more will be featured at the Night In Old Fredericksburg celebration on Saturday, July 19.

This year’s celebration is moving back to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds and is sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc.

Saturday’s NIOF is being held in conjunction with the Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20.

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

Gates open at 11 a.m. and the horse racing and NIOF activities get underway around 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Advance tickets for the races and Night In Old Fredericksburg are now available online at


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