Council moves forward with sidewalks, trails mayor’s doubt

By Matt Ward —

A road map for future efforts to connect Fredericksburg neighborhoods continues to take shape as the city council informally agreed on several updates to the city’s comprehensive plan.

Most of Monday’s special meeting was devoted to the updated sidewalks and trails master plan, which highlights all current sidewalks as well as sites for future sidewalks and trails.

A copy of the master plan is available for citizen review at City Hall.

“This might be a 50- or 100-year plan. We’re setting a plan to where we’ve identified where sidewalks and trails could be and possibly should be,” Councilman Bobby Watson said. “As our community grows, more and more people will walk, run and ride bikes. The complaint that I’ve heard is that people are tired of walking in the streets because we don’t have sidewalks.”


Archery season to open Saturday in Gillespie County

Hunting season will soon be upon Gillespie County as the archery-only season for both turkey and white-tailed deer opens this Saturday.

Archery season for both will run until Oct. 31. Gillespie is one of 149 Texas counties with an archery-only season for turkey.

The bag limit for white-tailed deer this season is five (no more than two bucks, all seasons combined). For turkeys, the bag limit is four, no more than one of which may be an Eastern turkey.

Overall, the whitetail deer antlers look “not bad,” according to local game warden Scott Krueger with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“This time of year, they’re pretty regular where they go and where they feed,” Krueger said. “I’ve seen as many good bucks as much as what I’d call ‘scrubs.’”


Diagnosed with ALS, Crenwelge sees hope in bucket efforts

Barbara Crenwelge and husband Marvin have stayed positive, in part because of the community’s support of ALS plight. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Yvonne Hartmann —

After the last horse race was run at the 126th Gillespie County Fair in August, more than a hundred people gathered at the starting gate for a dousing of ice cold water from the old water truck used to wet the track.

Sitting front and center for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and surrounded by friends and family was Barbara Crenwelge. And, just like everyone else, Crenwelge got soaking wet.

But Crenwelge isn’t just like everyone else who turned out that day. Two years ago she was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), which is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.


Smith discusses ISIS strikes here Monday

Congressman Lamar Smith discussed ISIS strikes at a local civic club. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Congressman Lamar Smith said he supported President Barack Obama’s strikes on the Islamic State this week, but is hesitant to authorize more powers to the president if strikes continue beyond 90 days.

Smith was in town as a guest at the Fredericksburg Rotary Club which met Monday at Fredericksburg Inn and Suites.

“ISIS, or the Islamic State, is a real threat to every freedom-loving person in the world,” Smith said. “Last Wednesday, I voted to authorize the president to equip, train and assist rebels in Syria. But if the president doesn’t come back to Congress and get authority from us under the War Powers Act, I’m not going to give him the benefit of the doubt in the future.”

Smith said when Congress returns in November, it will be “a time of reckoning,” citing the Nov. 4 elections, which will determine if both houses of Congress become Republican majority.


Homecoming royalty

Ty Franklin and Delta Wise received the royal treatment during Friday night’s homecoming celebration. Franklin and Wise were elected as Fredericksburg High School’s Homecoming King and Queen during the halftime festivities. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Delta Wise was crowned the 2014 Fredericksburg High School Homecoming Queen during Friday night’s halftime ceremonies of the Billies’ football game against Llano.

The Battlin’ Billies defeated the Yellowjackets, 30-0, in the homecoming bout to improve to 4-1 on the season. (A complete game report is found in today’s Sports section.)

Homecoming ceremony

Halftime of the Friday night game featured the introduction of five homecoming queen nominees who were escorted across the FHS Stadium field and through an honorary tunnel of swords held by uniformed members of the FHS Junior Naval ROTC, while music was played by the FHS Band.

Wise, escorted by Paul Robinson, was applauded as the new FHS Homecoming Queen.

FHS also crowned Ty Franklin as Homecoming King during the ceremony. Franklin is the son of Debra Franklin and Karry Franklin.

Other nominees for queen recognized during the ceremony were:


Winery owners educate ag commissioner candidate

Republican Agriculture Commissioner Candidate Sid Miller, left, listens to issues from Doug Lewis and Bob Lewis, both of Lewis Wines in Johnson City, and Chris Brundrett, right, of William Chris Wines in Hye. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

The Texas Hill Country Wineries organization sponsored a legislative briefing and tour for agricultural commissioner candidates. 

Republican Sid Miller was in attendance and was updated on issues facing the wine and viticulture industry, and was given a tour of some local operations. (An invitation was extended to Democratic candidate Jim Hogan, but the candidate did not respond.)

Miller, who toured with State Rep. Doug Miller (no relation), said he was made aware of the wine and grape industry.

“Doug’s district is the epicenter of the Texas wine industry,” Miller said. “We’ve been listening to winery owners and grape growers to see how the Texas Department of Agriculture can better serve them and their needs, and help Texas grow jobs in rural areas.”


LBJ State Park plays host to a skedaddle

Mark Weidner leads the way out of the starting gates during the “Stonewall Seed Stomp Skedaddle” on Saturday. Weidner was able to keep his strong pace throughout the 10K race and finished first in his division. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site played host to the “Stonewall Seed Stomp Skedaddle” a 5K fun run/walk and a 10K run, Saturday.

Greg Simms was the winner of the men’s 5K run, finishing the course in 24 minutes and 18 seconds.

McKenna Cowsert took first place in the women’s 5K run with her 25 minute, 17 second finish.

In the 10K, Mark Weidner beat out the competition and took first place in his division. Weidner finished the course in 47 minutes and 51 seconds.

Tara Ambrose finished her 10K run in 58 minutes and 04 seconds, which was good enough to win first place in her division.  


Hill Country Marching Fest to bring 19 bands Saturday

The region’s top high school marching bands will perform their 2014 contest shows here on Saturday in the annual Hill Country Marching Festival.

The public is invited to visit Fredericksburg High School (FHS) to watch show after “halftime” show as Class-2A to Class-6A bands march in the day-long event.

Judging this year’s contest-level performances, starting at 12:30 p.m. and continuing every 15 minutes, will be a panel of out-of-town musical experts, including:

•Bob Howard, retired director from Hondo High School;

•Stephen Krupicka, Director of Bands for Shiner Independent School District;

•Rey Meza, retired director from Marshall High School in San Antonio;

•Stephen Howard, Director of Bands at Ann Richards High school in Austin ISD, and,

•Manny Maldonado, Owner of MJM Works and Director of Percussion for Bradley Middle School in North East ISD.

Pride of the Hill Country


West End Pizza Company to host fundraiser Sunday

A “Pizza for a Purpose” fundraiser to benefit Wounded Warriors at Nebo will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, at West End Pizza Company.

During that time, there will be a pizza buffet by donation, a prize drawing, door prizes, silent auction and T-shirt sales.

Prizes are being collected for the drawing, and items big and small are appreciated, according to Janet Degenhardt, owner of West End Pizza Company.

It was noted that a tax-deductible receipt will be provided after the event.

Donations can be dropped off at West End Pizza Company, located at 232 West Main Street.

“Join us in honoring our troops and their families,” Degenhardt said.

Last year, Degenhardt and her husband, 1LT Hal Degenhardt, wanted to thank the community for the support and prayers they received while he was deployed in 2012-2013.

While in Afghanistan, Degenhardt served with SFAT (Security Force Advisory Team) which trained Afghan soldiers.


LBJ State Park to host Farm Demonstration Day

The Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site will host a Farm Demonstration Day on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Period-dressed park ranger interpreters will demonstrate traditions of a 1915 German farm family, including the making of lye soap, rope and the washing of clothes.

These chores will be demonstrated for visitors to see so they, too, can experience life on an early 1900’s German Texas farm. Adults and children alike can explore the Sauer-Beckmann farm and take in the sights of the cows, pigs, chickens and garden.  

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site is located at 199 Park Road 52 in Stonewall.

Park visitors are encouraged to pack a picnic basket, bring the family and friends to enjoy a day in the state park.


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