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30
Mar

Commissioners dole out HOT funds

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County Commissioners approved Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds for 19 entities in Gillespie County for a total of $120,000 during their meeting on Monday.

“As always, we have more applications for funds than funds to distribute,” Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher said. “I think we had a little over $206,000 in requests. We always have to make some hard decisions and see where we think the money will give us the best bang for our buck.”

The funds will allow the organizations to have an extra amount of money for marketing purposes, County Commissioner Donnie Schuch (Pct. 1) said, and it shouldn’t be included in the group’s budget.

Wed
30
Mar

LBJ 100 cycle race pedals onto county roads Saturday

Starting Saturday at 9 a.m., the Ninth Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour will be held at the LBJ Ranch near Stonewall.

The ranch gate opens at 7 a.m.

The LBJ 100 has grown from 400 riders in 2008 to about 1,500 riders last year.

The ride begins and ends on the LBJ Ranch airstrip with routes of 10, 30, 42 and 62 miles.

The tour route takes riders on country roads and past historic landmarks that figured prominently in American and Johnson family history.

At 2 p.m., Luci Johnson will guide a bicycle tour around the ranch.

Registration fees are currently $50 per person. Family rates are available.

Wed
30
Mar

Recycling fire draws 12 agencies

Crews from Fredericksburg and 11 other agencies worked on the metals blaze. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Close to 100 firefighters from 12 agencies fought a fire that started around 6 p.m. at Fredericksburg Metal Recycling plant Wednesday, March 23.
 
“The fire started in a tin pile, where our light metals are stored,” said Josh Kramer, owner of the recycling center, located in the 200 block of Shorty Crenwelge Road. Light metals are refrigerators, appliances, bicycles and roofing tin, he said.
 
State quality air index reports showed the fire that burned for four hours Wednesday, March 23 had minimal impact on local air and water quality. The wind blew smoke from the fire from the south to the north, according Fredericksburg Fire Chief Lynn Bizzell.
 
Wed
30
Mar

Donation made to cover graffiti removal at 'The Rock'

A boulder near the summit of Enchanted Rock was vandalized
on March 20. Those with information on the suspects are to contact Enchanted Rock State Natural Area at 830-685-3636. — Photo courtesy of www.ksat.com

By Scott Allen —

Graffiti near the summit of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area will soon become a thing of the past, thanks to a $5,000 donation from H-E-B.

The graffiti was spray painted on Sunday, March 20 by two individuals believed to be from the San Marcos area, according to a recent press release from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Park Superintendent for Enchanted Rock State Natural Area Doug Cochran said the investigation is ongoing. 

“We are grateful for the community-minded corporations that care for our state parks,” Cochran said. “Many times it is difficult to repair/remove damage due to limited funding. H-E-B is a prime example of a private entity helping our state park system.”

Enchanted Rock is among the top three most visited parks in Texas, with over 30,000 visitors attending the park in February alone.

Wed
30
Mar

Easter Egg Hunt

“Look what I found.” Two-year-old Jackson Schiefelbein of Houston shows off the colorful egg he found on Saturday morning at the annual Easter egg hunt on the grounds of Pioneer Museum. Helping the youngster pick up the candy-filled eggs was his mother, Heather Schiefelbein. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Wed
30
Mar

Passion Journey

Crucifixion of Jesus is the final scene in the Passion Drive-Through offered on Good Friday at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church. Players in the last of the eight scenes included, from left, Cole Jenschke as one of the thieves on the cross; Jake Pluenneke as the Roman guard, Langston James as Jesus and Blake Moffett as the other thief. “The Passion event is hosted each year to remember and share with the community the events of Jesus’ suffer and death, knowing what He went through to provide us with forgiveness and new life,” explained the Rev. David Priem, one of the church’s pastors. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Wed
30
Mar

Holding on when tragedy strikes

Grateful for the support of family and friends is the Priess family, from left, Landon, Luana, Ricky and Michaela. — Submitted photo

By Sandra Lane —

Ricky and Luana Priess, along with their children Michaela, 17, and Landon, 14, departed on Dec. 26 for a long-awaited, week-long family trip to Hawaii.

The Priesses manage and operate Gold Orchards in Stonewall, and cannot leave to go on vacation during the spring or summer because that is during the height of the peach season. So, a Christmastime vacation was in order.

Luana has cousins who live in Kailua on the island of Oahu and a great-aunt who lives on the other side of the island.

“The kids had not met that side of the family and wanted to get to know them,” she said. 

About halfway through the vacation, the family had planned to go kayaking to another island.

Wed
30
Mar

Country schools to open doors

Bluebonnets and other spring flowers have arrived, and this weekend school will be in session as the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools will feature six historic school open houses.

Cherry Spring, Pecan Creek, Junction, Wrede, Crabapple and Cherry Mountain each will have open houses from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 2.

The barbecue follows on Sunday, April 3, at the American Legion Hall.

Docents, including former school students, teachers and community members will be at each school to discuss the history of the buildings and property. Refreshments will be served.

Several of the schools have Texas Historical Commission markers and are listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

For more information call 830-997-5116, 830-685-3321 or visit www.historicschools.org.

Wed
30
Mar

'Beat Goes On' event to benefit Relay for Life

Young Fredericksburg musicians will hit the stage at Hondo’s on Main for the Zonta Club’s Wild Texas Angels Relay for Life Team’s 14th Annual Fundraiser, The Beat Goes On at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. The fundraiser is scheduled for 5:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31, at Hondo’s, 312 W. Main St.

Youth night is dedicated to the memory of Allen Houston, a father to four kids, who died of cancer.

There will also be a silent auction. These events will lead up to the Gillespie County Relay for Life, which will be May 14, from 4-10 p.m. at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

On Thursday, April 14 from 5:30-10 p.m., adult musicians will perform at Hondo’s in honor of Brenda Nicholas.

Youth musicians playing on Thursday, March 31 include:

• 5:30 p.m. —   Meghan Houston, Mackenzie Grumbles, Eliza Goldsberry, Jasmine Jeffrey, Makayla Gonzalez;

• 6:30 p.m. —   Joshua Hickerson;

Wed
23
Mar

Incumbent tax assessor faces lawsuit from county

Taxing entities lost confidence in office; Weinheimer attorney says issues began before her tenure

By Christine Granados —

Officials from Gillespie County filed a lawsuit Feb. 16 in 216th District Court against incumbent tax assessor-collector Marissa Weinheimer and RLI Insurance Company for failure to repay $91,987.85 in unaccounted-for funds dating back to 2013 and 2014.

The lawsuit is part of an ongoing investigation by the county to recover the funds from the tax assessor-collector’s office.

County auditors and the Fredericksburg Independent School District business office personnel first found the shortfall in 2013.

Since that time, the county auditor hired an independent auditor, Dawson Forensic Group in 2014, to find the unaccounted for funds.

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