NIOF: Old and new return to fair grounds

An “interpretive chicken dance” was part of the fun contests on Saturday afternoon, backed by music from The Seven Dutchmen band. From left are finalists Jim Egner of Nacogdoches, eventual winner Payton Hall of San Leon, Vickie Simmons and Abigail Flores of San Antonio. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

There were fewer dirndls and lederhosen, but a good-sized crowd enjoyed Night In Old Fredericksburg on Saturday at its return to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Carey Durst, chairman of the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals board, said the event went off well for its return to the fair grounds.

“I thought it went really well. We didn’t have a lot of time to plan and do all the things we wanted, but we did have a few new contests and activities. We had good crowds on both Saturday and Sunday,” he said.

Following a day of horse racing, crowds stayed for the food, games, barbecue cookoff, a carnival, music and even “team goat roping,” a new event. Durst said that built-in crowd helped attendance, given that the location is away from the busy downtown area.


Rollover kills Y.O Ranch's Schreiner

An heir of Y.O. Ranch fame died in a one-vehicle rollover in Gillespie County Thursday night, July 17.

Ingram resident Walter Schreiner Jr., 60, who was part owner of the Y.O. Ranch in Mountain Home, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash around 10:31 p.m. by Carl Schoessow, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2.

Schreiner had been driving a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe northbound on RM 1376 when he ran off the road to the right about 10 miles southeast of Fredericksburg, according to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) report by Trooper Michael Bacon.

Schreiner overcorrected to the left, then again to the right, at which point the vehicle rotated off the east edge of the roadway and overturned on its right side, in the process ejecting Schreiner, who was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt, Bacon said.

The SUV then struck a telephone pole before coming to rest atop Schreiner, he said.


Auto swap revs up this weekend

Automobiles will converge as the 37th Annual Hill Country Swap Meet will be at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Friday through Sunday, July 25-27.

The event is free, as is the parking.

Activities include a car corral, flea market and a free trolley on the grounds.

This year’s event has been increased to 900 spaces, and there are a limited amount of new indoor spaces. According to event organizer Bill Rogers, as of Monday, at least 50 spaces were still available.

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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)



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