Youths receive ovation for 'Jungle Book' production

Shere Khan (Dana Stableford) spreads terror with every stealthy step through the trees during the Freddyburg Youth Theater’s production of “Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids” — a production that concluded the summer youth camp with four full performances, making it a sold-out run at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater. The musical pleased audiences Thursday through Saturday, July 31-Aug. 2. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Livestock judging hits showring this weekend

Livestock judging in conjunction with the 126th Gillespie County Fair gets an early start this weekend at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Three livestock competitions are planned including the Meat Goat Futurity on Saturday, Aug. 9, and the Lamb Futurity along with the Gillespie County Race Day Classic Steer Show on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Judging will take place in the show barn and award presentations are also scheduled there as a part of each show.

The three events are a part of the 126th Gillespie County Fair, scheduled Aug. 21-24, also at the fair grounds.

In addition to livestock judging this weekend, there will also be live pari-mutuel horse racing on both Saturday and Sunday as part of the Gillespie County Race Meet.

Sponsoring the horse racing and livestock shows is the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.

(For more on the horse racing, refer to the separate article found elsewhere in this issue of the newspaper.)


FISD theater camp students to perform 'Peter Pan JR.'

Fredericksburg Independent School District’s Community Education will commemorate its 14th year of summer theater camp with three performances of the Disney classic, “Peter Pan JR.”

Performances will be Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8-9, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium.

Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

“Peter Pan JR.,” a tale about a little boy who never grew up, tells a story about how “all you need is faith and trust, and a little bit of pixie dust.”

Bob Straus is the director while Donna Jackson is the musical director.

Randi Jackson is the choreographer; Aubrey Houston, assistant director, and Meghan Houston, stage manager.


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.


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