Locals win at Texas State Pecan Show

Seven entries from Gillespie County won honors at the Texas State Pecan Show held in conjunction with the Texas Pecan Growers Association 92nd Annual Conference in College Station.

The show was judged July 14.

Following are the winners in the various divisions:

Comanche — 1. Yvonne Klaerner.

Barton — 2. Kermit Crenwelge.

Variety Seedlings — 2. Kermit Crenwelge.

Mohawk — 3. Troy Little.

Shoshoni — 3. Austin Nedbalek.

Sioux — 3. Melissa Nedbalek.

Stuart — 3. Elizabeth Wilke.

The pecans on display were grown in the 2012 season, and included 263 entries representing 33 different counties.


Daily Update for Tuesday, July 23



County reps will enter truck route talks with 'open mind'

By Lisa Treiber-Walter


While the City of Fredericksburg seems ready to put the “pedal to the metal” on constructing an alternate vehicular route, its partner Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court wants to proceed with caution.

Both local governments have now passed separate resolutions relating to an alternate roadway designed to ease downtown congestion and improve traffic flow around Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg City Councilmen have overtly shown their support for an outer loop corridor and have urged the newly-formed “Alternate Truck Route Task Force” to “aggressively pursue” construction.

Gillespie’s county officials have opted for a different approach, calling for the task force to start studying the need for a additional route with open minds and then consider a plan that would not only benefit truck traffic, but also all vehicular traffic.


Texas Fest brings horse racing, chili cookoff

Live pari-mutuel horse racing returns to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, with the Texas Fest Race Meet.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the weekend will also include a CASI-sanctioned chili cook-off on both Saturday and Sunday.

And while the fair association is sponsoring its horse races, the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 50th annual Night In Old Fredericksburg celebration on Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, at Marktplatz.

To celebrate the two events, those who purchase admission to the Texas Fest Race Meet will be admitted free to Night In Old Fredericksburg and those who purchase admission to NIOF will be admitted to the race meet at no charge.

Admission to the races is $5 for adults, $3 for children six to 15 years of age and free for children under six. Box seats are $9.


Texas Fest Race Meet


Night In Old Fredericksburg marks 50 years this weekend

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Night In Old Fredericksburg will be held Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, at Marktplatz. 

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, NIOF began in 1963 as a one-time fundraiser produced by the chamber to generate funds to send the local high school marching band to an out-of-state competition.

Gates will open Friday, July 19, at 6 p.m., with music from The Walburg Boys.  At 9 p.m., The Wagon Aces will take the stage.

The festival will reopen at 4 p.m., Saturday, July 20, with the TubaMeisters and The Polkamatics providing a blend of German polkas, waltzes and ballets.

From 8:30-10 p.m., singer/songwriter Thomas Michael Riley will take the stage.   Headliner Max Stalling will perform from 10:15 p.m. to midnight.

To celebrate the festival’s special anniversary, the chamber has produced a limited edition commemorative pin. The pin will be available as part of a CLUB 50 membership at a cost of $50. 


Texas Tech's big man visits small campus

TEXAS TECH President Dr. Duane Nellis speaks to a crowd at a reception in the Cherry Spring community. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke


On the job for exactly one month, new Texas Tech University president Duane Nellis visited Fredericksburg on Monday to get a picture of the school’s regional operations.

Nellis spoke to members of the Fredericksburg Rotary Club, toured Hill Country University Center — one of three TTU Hill Country sites — then met that evening at the Mansfeldt Sheep Barn near Cherry Spring.

“We have a strong presence in the Hill Country and we value the relationship between the university and the Texas Hill Country University Center Foundation,” Nellis said. “Recently, the legislature approved $400,000 for our Hill Country sites.”

Nellis spoke of the recent hire of a full-time enology professor, who will help guide students through viticulture offerings for the burgeoning local wine industry.


Park pool design plans OK'd by city

FINAL DESIGNS for the ren-ovation at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool were approved by the Fredericks-burg City Council during their regular meeting Monday evening. Most of the existing park pool will be reutilized as part of two separate bodies of water at the new facility, a 2,386 square foot recreational pool and a 25 yard by 25 meter competition lap pool with ¾ meter diving board. — Photo courtesy Kimley-Horn

Nearly identical to the plan okayed by voters last May, the final design for renovations at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool was approved by the Fredericksburg City Council during their regular meeting Monday.

City pool consultant Kimley-Horn’s design of the renovation is expected to come in above the $1.8 million project budget, though representative Mark Hatchel asked the council to allow contractors to bid on the project first.

“Let’s see what it costs. The bids may come in better than we think,” Hatchel said. “If they don’t, we will sit down, roll up our sleeves and figure out how to get it within budget and get her built.”

A similar process was utilized during the planning and construction of the newly rebuilt Town Pool, where “value engineering” was done to bring the project within the $1.4 million budget.


Carol Smith to be honored at Fiesta fundraiser Aug. 3

CAROL SMITH, pictured with her late husband, Jack, will be honored for her service to Misión de Candelilla, during the group’s Fiesta 2013 fundraiser, slated for Aug. 3.

Long-time Fredericksburg resident Carol Smith will be honored Aug. 3 at “Fiesta 2013,” the annual fund-raiser for Misión de Candelilla, sponsor of medical missions to Coahuila and Chihuahua.

“Carol and her late husband, Jack, were instrumental in the founding of our medical missions some 27 years ago,” Curtis Allerkamp, the group’s executive director, said. “They were agriculture missionaries working with the Southern Baptist Conference in Mexico when the need for supplemental medical assistance across the Rio Grande became apparent. Without them, our initial efforts might not have ever happened.”

Smith and her husband were retired teachers from La Porte, working with the Southern Baptist HANDS mission, teaching proper soil fertilization and growing techniques in Mexico.


Program focuses on bond between vets, therapy dogs

SPECIAL BOND — Dennis Blocker and his dog, “Laky,” were part of a program on Saturday morning at the Na-tional Museum of the Pacific War. Blocker talked about his training, experiences overseas and dealing with dogs with canine Post Trau-matic Stress Disorder while representatives from the Train A Dog — Save A War-rior program spoke on the healing bond between wounded warriors and ther-apy dogs. More photos on C1. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Visitors to the National Museum of the Pacific War on Saturday morning may have been a little surprised to hear barking coming from inside the Admiral Nimitz Ballroom.

It’s not the usual sounds visitors to the museum will hear, but the dogs were part of a special program that focused on the healing bond between wounded warriors and therapy dogs.

Among the speakers was Dennis Blocker, USAF (Ret.).

With the help of retired war dog “Laky”, Blocker talked about his training, experiences overseas and dealing with dogs, including “Laky,” with canine PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

“Laky,” originally from Russia, was assigned to Blocker because the dog was “out of control.”

“He turned out to be an awesome dog,” Blocker said.

Sharing the program with Blocker on Saturday was Bart Sherwood, program director for Train A Dog — Save A Warrior (TADSAW).


HCM partners with Frontera to expand clinic services here

Hill Country Memorial is partnering with Frontera Healthcare Network to expand health services that have been provided through the HCM Community Health Center since the 1990s.

The initiative is a response to recent health care reforms, and is designed to bring a broader spectrum of services to the community, according to Emily Padula, HCM executive director of integration and outreach.

“Due to changes coming with the Affordable Care Act, the state of Texas lost federal funding previously used to support clinics like ours,” Padula said. “Rather than leave low-income patients without needed health services, we approached Frontera Healthcare Network about forming a collegial partnership to expand those services for the community. They are able to provide the services we had been providing in addition to primary care for Medicaid patients.”


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