Small plane crash injures two at county ranch

Two persons, including a local flight instructor, were injured in a Wednesday morning airplane wreck in southwestern Gillespie County.

Bob Snowden, the instructor, and Joe Zullo, a retired physician, were reportedly practicing touch-and-go landings at Silver Wings Fly-In Ranch at around 10:30 a.m., when the engine quit.

The facility is located at 3749 Friedrich Road at Aviation Loop, between Harper and Kerrville.

Roger Hansen, director at the Gillespie County Airport, said Thursday morning that Snowden was in ICU awaiting surgery at University Hospital in San Antonio for a compound leg fracture.

Zullo reportedly suffered minor injuries.

“Bob was giving flight lessons, and from what he told someone, the engine quit,” Hansen said. “They hit a cattle fence instead of being able to skid to a stop.

“That caused a much more abrupt stop than they were hoping for,” and caused the injuries, he said.


Trustees ok stadium timetable

By Richard Zowie

Construction on the high school stadium will commence at month’s end and move graduation ceremonies.

Fredericksburg Independent School District’s board of trustees approved the stadium construction project and agreed to begin formal discussions on another during its Monday, April 14 regular meeting at the administration building.

Trustees also moved the location for the Class of 2014 graduation ceremonies and heard an update on the band program from John Rauschuber.

Toward the end of the meeting, officials set a special meeting for noon, May 1 to approve bids for the agriculture facility to be built at the eastern corner of Hollmig and Friendship Lanes, and for the Fredericksburg Middle School heating, ventilation and air conditioning project.

FHS stadium project


First arrest made in year-old overdose death

Editor’s Note: As of Wednesday, April 16, this is an updated version with additional information from the initial story that was posted online on Monday, April 14.


A first arrest has been made and more are anticipated in the ongoing investigation of last year’s fatal drug overdose of 16-year-old Fredericksburg High School sophomore Samuel (Sammy) Herrera.

Robert Gavin Jeffrey, 19, of Fredericksburg, was indicted on charges of “Criminally Negligent Homicide” and “Delivery of Dangerous Drug” by the Gillespie County Grand Jury when it convened Monday, April 7.

Jeffrey is accused of taking an active part in supplying the synthetic hallucinogen “25b-NBOMe” to Herrera and another FHS student, James Jarreau, who also overdosed but survived in the same incident on April 20, 2013.


Wednesday fire destroys local home

BIG BLAZE Firefighters attempt to get a fire under control as it quickly consumes a residence at 29 Quail Run (off Knopp School Road) Wednesday afternoon, April 16. Volunteer fire departments from Fredericksburg, Willow City and Stonewall all responded to the blaze, which was reported to 911 when flames became visible along the home’s roofline. No one was injured when the fire broke out and the Red Cross was called to help keep homeowner Sheldon Paul Engel and his family comfortable overnight. Updates to this story will follow. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter


Candidates unanimous against charter amendment

ISSUES — Former Fredericksburg City Councilman Jerry Luckenbach, standing, gives an answer to a question about water conservation at last Tuesday’s council candidate forum, held at the Hill Country University Center. Luckenbach, along with incumbent Tim Dooley, center, and challenger Bobby Watson, joined mayoral candidates Jeryl Hoover, incumbent, and Linda Langerhans in presenting their stances to voters ahead of the upcoming May 10 election. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

All five city council candidates came out strongly against the charter amendment election at last Tuesday’s candidate forum.

The event, held at Hill Country University Center and sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, drew roughly 60 citizens, who heard candidate opinions on issues ranging from amenities funding to affordable housing.

Mayoral candidate Jeryl Hoover, the incumbent, and challenger Linda Langerhans, joined the city council candidate field consisting of incumbent Tim Dooley and challengers Jerry Luckenbach and Bobby Watson. Incumbent Kathy Sanford did not run for re-election.

Charter amendment

The amendment, on the May 10 ballot, would limit the city from using surpluses or reserves from enterprise funds unless approved by voters.

Mayor Jeryl Hoover said the amendment “went from being a bad idea to being a terrible idea.”


Weinheimer and Son named 'Texas Treasure'

WEINHEIMER AND SON in Stonewall received the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Treasure Business Award during a ceremony Thursday afternoon at the store. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Mark Wolfe, executive director of the Texas Historical Commission; DeAnn Hampton Weinheimer, principal owner/operator of the store; Bernice and Alvin (Bunny) Weinheimer, retired owners; Rep. Doug Miller, and Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher. — Standard-Radio Post

A Texas Treasure Business Award from the Texas Historical Commission was presented to Weinheimer and Son, Inc., of Stonewall during a ceremony held on Thursday afternoon at the store.

Presenting the award was Rep. Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels.

The Texas Treasure Business Award program pays tribute to businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for 50 years or more.

Thursday’s program opened with a welcome by Brandon Weinheimer, president of the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce.

Offering remarks were Mark Wolfe, executive director of the Texas Historical Commission; Glen Treibs, president of the Gillespie County Historical Commission, and Miller.

Wolfe pointed out that the Texas Legislature created the Texas Treasure Business Award in 2005, and “this is the type of program we should celebrate every day.”


LBJ State Park slates historic Easter activities

“Easter at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm” will be celebrated on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm is located inside the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall.

Saturday’s event offers those visiting the park the opportunity to celebrate Easter as a traditional German family would have in 1915.

When arriving at the park, visitors are asked to check in at the Park Visitor Center first to obtain their free park permit, event information, and park map. 

Visitors can watch as farm staff demonstrate how eggs were dyed naturally.

A cake baked in the shape of a lamb will be on display.

Those visiting the farm will have the opportunity to make their own grass Easter nest.


Egg hunt ahead on grounds at Pioneer Museum

An Easter egg hunt on Saturday and historical displays throughout April are planned at Pioneer Museum.

Children can get an early start in finding the colorful Easter eggs on Saturday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Pioneer Museum.

Children age 10 and under are invited to participate. They are urged to bring their Easter baskets.

Hundreds of eggs will be hidden around the grounds of Pioneer Museum. A special toddler’s hunt area is planned for children under five.

In addition, the Easter Bunny will be at the hunt and will be available for pictures.

Pioneer Museum opens at 10 a.m., and the normal admission fee will be waived for all children accompanied by an adult.

Entrance to the Easter egg hunt will be at the Milam Street gate.

Visitors may also tour all of the museum grounds which includes 11 historic structures.


Local peaches spared after temperature dip

Peach growers in Gillespie County dodged Mother Nature’s bullet on Monday night, according to Jim Kamas, Extension specialist.

Temperatures dipped to between 33 and 37 degrees, and local growers reported no injury to trees.

“On the other hand, I talked to a vineyard manager about 15 miles north of town on Highway 16 and they reported high damage,” Kamas said.

The LCRA weather unit showed 27 degrees with no wind in that elevated location.

Kamas added that grape growers to the north and west of Fredericksburg suffered some damage, but most of the local growers were spared damage.


First arrest made in teen's overdose death

The first formal charges and an arrest have been made in relation to last year's synthetic drug overdose death of Fredericksburg High School sophomore Samuel (Sammy) Herrera.

Robert Gavin Jeffrey, 19, of Fredericksburg, was indicted on two state jail felony charges — “Criminally Negligent Homicide” and “Delivery of Dangerous Drug” — by the Gillespie County Grand Jury on Monday, April 7.

“And, we’re not done yet,” said Fredericksburg Police Department Detective Javier Sanchez, lead investigator on the case since Herrera's death due to the synthetic drug "25b-NBOMe" nearly a year ago on April 20, 2013.

Jeffrey, who has been accused of supplying Herrera with the synthetic hallucinogenic drug, turned himself in to authorities on Thursday, April 10, and bonded out of the Gillespie County Jail on the same day, Sanchez said.


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