County denies architects' request for more funds

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners denied a request by an architectural firm for work on the new county jail.

WHJ Architects of Plano sought to increase allowable expenses of their contract by $4,500.

“It’s not because they performed extra services or something,” Judge Mark Stroeher said at the county commissioners’ regular meeting held Monday, Aug. 11. “I don’t see why we need to pay them.”

WHJ had requested an increase of $8,500 earlier in the jail construction process, but county officials only approved $4,000.

“I feel like they should at least have a reason,” commissioner Calvin Ransleben said.

In the contract with the architects, there was a specified maximum amount of payment, and the increase would push the total over that amount.

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126th Gillespie County Fair ready to open

In just over a week, the 126th Gillespie County Fair will once offer four days of events for the entire family, Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 21-24.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the “oldest, continuous county fair in Texas” features live pari-mutuel horse racing, a carnival and midway, displays of agricultural and home products, a parade, queen’s contest, antique machinery displays, musical entertainment, livestock competitions, vendors and more.

And with the 126th celebration just around the corner, patrons are reminded that they can purchase tickets online in advance at

The 126th Gillespie County Fair opens on Thursday, Aug. 21, with free admission to the grounds. The gates will open at 5 p.m.

There is a charge for the Moore’s Greater Shows carnival and midway, which also opens Thursday and continues throughout the weekend.


CTEC's membership meeting Aug. 19 at FHS

All members of Central Texas Electric Cooperative are invited to attend their annual membership meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. in the FHS Auditorium.

Registration begins at 6 p.m.

Three directors will be elected to the board during the business session.

Conducting the business portion of the meeting will be Board President Gerald Kaspar of Llano County, Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Loth III of Fredericksburg and Board Secretary W.C. (Dub) Stewart of Llano County.

Loth and four members of the board of directors will narrate a video presentation on CTEC activities for the past year, and give the members insight on issues affecting the cooperative in the future.

CTEC members are urged to attend the meeting.

Those attending are reminded to bring the registration card included on the inside-back cover of the August issue of “Texas Co-op Power” magazine. 


Enchanted Rock achieves International ‘Dark Sky’ status

A star trail is recorded in this time-release photo by Chase Fountain for Texas Parks & Wildlife 2014.

The stars at night are, indeed, big and bright and will remain that way at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

Enchanted Rock, located about 15 miles north of Fredericksburg, was one of two Texas state parks to be designated International Dark Sky Parks by the International Dark-Sky Association. (Copper Breaks State Park in the Panhandle was the other.)

“Texas is rapidly becoming a national leader in the dark sky movement,” said John Barentine, manager of the IDA Dark Sky Places Program. “There are some really dedicated folks in Texas’ parks and communities taking significant steps to protect the night skies and educate policymakers and the public about the importance of preserving one of the state’s most precious natural resources.”

 Big Bend National Park and the City of Dripping Springs are the only locations in Texas to have earned the Dark Sky Places recognition.


Annexation questions fielded by council, staff

By Matt Ward —

Landowners whose property could be moved inside Fredericksburg’s city limits had more questions than concern during a public hearing Monday.

A second public hearing is slated for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18 — also in conjunction with the Fredericksburg City Council meeting planned that date at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center.

Considering input from both hearings, the council is expected to officially start annexation proceedings the first week of September to kick off a 90-day wait period toward completion.

Residents and business owners of property stretching approximately 145 acres along the southeastern corridor of U.S. 290 East wanted assurances that they could maintain well service, as well as agriculture exemptions related to property taxes.

Several property owners south of 290 asked why the proposed annexation is drawn with the majority of annexed property south of the highway.


Live pari-mutuel horse racing back at Gillespie Downs

Horses will be back on the track at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10, for the Gillespie County Race Meet.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children six to 15 years of age and free for children five and under.

Reserved seats are $10 and box seats are $15.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance at Click on “tickets” for a secure online transaction.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day Gillespie County Race Meet will again see quarter horses and thoroughbreds running at the local five-eighths mile oval.

Also taking place over the weekend at the fair grounds  will be three livestock shows in the Show Barn.


FTC to perform 'The Fantasticks' this weekend

Tickets are on sale for the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s production of “The Fantasticks,” which runs Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 7-10.

The performances will be at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

Harvey Schmidt, who composed the music and collaborated the musical with lyricist Tom Jones, will be the guest of honor at a special gala beginning on opening night tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the remaining performances, slated for Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, are $29 for adults and $12 for youth 18 and under.

The world’s longest-running musical, “The Fantasticks” is a comedic love story about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. Featuring the narrator, El Gallo, the boy and girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find each other again.


2014 'Schuetzenkoenige' crowned

Dennis Crenwelge is lifted by his Grapetown Shooting Club teammates to the strains of “Er Lebe Hoch” (“May He Live High” shortly after being crowned the centerfire king Sunday evening to cap the 119th Annual Gillespie County Bundes Schuetzenfest. Some 106 competitors from the county’s six shooting clubs were drawn to the annual contest, hosted by the Tivydale Shooting Club at its range. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Double shoot-offs were needed to decide this year’s Schuetzenfest royalty and, when the final shots rang out, Dennis Crenwelge and Fred Grimes were kings.

Crenwelge was crowned centerfire “Schuetzen-koenig” after turning in a score of 96 in the shoot-off to oust contender John Klaerner, who trailed two points behind with a 94.

The pair had led the field of 106 shooters at the conclusion of the regular contest with a tying score of 98 to force the showdown.

In the .22 rimfire contest, Grimes and Daniel Marquardt turned in twin scores of 89 to force their post- shoot duel. Grimes then claimed the rimfire crown by punch an 84 in his target, while Marquardt’s efforts yielded an 80.


Historical society names new executive director

Beverly Hadley, Gillespie County Historical Society’s new executive director, is welcomed by Dr. James Lindley, board president. — Submitted photo

A historical consultant and former heritage museum director will take the reins at the Gillespie County Historical Society.

The GCHS board of directors named Beverly Hadley as its new executive director. Hadley will lead the organization in its effort to maintain and preserve the history of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.

Hadley is a seasoned executive with administrative experience in nonprofit, educational and museum settings. She has developed museum programming, education and curatorial programs, as well as worked with and for nonprofit entities.


Indie screening to feature Dublin Dr Pepper plight

"Bottled Up" is the story of the battle over the Dublin Dr Pepper bottling plant.

The Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF) has partnered with Fritztown Cinema to promote the art of independent filmmaking through a monthly “indie screening series” in Fredericksburg.

The seventh film in this collaborative series — which will be screened tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m. — will be the documentary “Bottled Up: The Battle Over Dublin Dr Pepper.”

The screening is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Hill Country Film Society, which sponsors the annual festival, and Fritztown Cinema.

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