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Around the world in 70 days


NEXT TO THE PLANE that will take him around the world is Ryan Campbell, 19, who stopped in Fredericks-burg during his 10-week cir-cumnavigation attempt. If he completes the feat, he will be the youngest person and first teenager to complete the flight. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin Eck

Twenty-four thousand miles is about 10 round-trip flights from Fredericksburg to the Canadian border or 10 flights from New York City to Los Angeles.

For Ryan Campbell, 24,000 miles is how many miles he will have to fly his white, single-propeller plane from Wollongong, Australia around the globe back to Wollongong, Australia.

The 19-year-old Australian is attempting to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world and the first teenager to complete the flight.

He is in the middle of a journey that will take him through 14 countries on five continents, and after a short detour to Junction, Texas because of weather; he had a brief stay in Fredericksburg.

Flying had always been a dream of Campbell’s, but when he learned that there were legitimate opportunities to fly as a teenager, the dream became a reality.

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Daily Update for Tuesday, July 30

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Auto Swap meet to host car lovers this weekend

The Fredericksburg Vintage Car Club will host car lovers during the 2013 Hill Country Auto Swap Meet with Car Corral, Friday through Sunday, July 26-28 at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

When the event opens on Friday morning, attendees looking for a car, an obscure part or just an interesting item will flood into the park. The park will buzz throughout the weekend until the meet ends at noon on Sunday.

The event, now in its 36th year, will feature the Car Corral. The corral situated in the center of the meet, features automobiles that are being sold.

Admission and parking is free for the event, and on Saturday a complimentary shuttle will carry attendees from the parking area to the vendors.

Wed
24
Jul

County approves insurance policies

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

 

Gillespie County Commissioners took care of a “housekeeping” agenda on Monday morning, July 22.

Meeting at 9 a.m. in the courthouse, officials were advised by Lester Frantzen of the Frantzen, Kaderli & Klier Insurance agency in Fredericksburg about renewals of its current insurance policies.

Although facing a group medical policy premium hike of about five percent, commissioners opted to continue with current plans to offer county employees benefits similar to what they’ve been receiving as well as to maintain the policies’ “grandfathered” status while they “wait-and-see” the effects that will take place along with the implementation of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Along with the group’s health insurance, commissioners approved continuation of prescription drug coverage through the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) — Health and Employee Benefits Pool (HEBP.)

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24
Jul

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.

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Daily Update for Tuesday, July 23

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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.

Wed
17
Jul

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

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17
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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. 

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17
Jul

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.

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