Hoping for rain in the Hill Country

By Richard Zowie —

In this past year in Gillespie County, rains have been like a seesaw ride.

After heavy rains early in the year, weeks have gone by with no moisture.

Area farmers and ranchers hope to see more rain soon to push the Hill Country out of the drought and take care of crops and livestock.

They and others also hope anticipated fall and winter rains will help replenish the wells and put more water into area creeks and rivers.

Local water levels

After heavy rains in May brought floods in Gillespie County, some thought the drought was over.

But the drought status and its severity depend on the drought index used, said Paul Tybor, general manager of the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District.


City warns of utility collections scam calls

Businesses around Fredericksburg have received calls from an unknown scam artists who’s pretending to be with the City of Fredericksburg utility department, asking for overdue payments, according to Daisy Schneider, utility billing manager.               

The scammers have been calling businesses, including hotels and restaurants, during peak business hours to ask for late utility payments. Demands are made for a specific amount, and the caller threatens a shut off of services if payment isn’t received, sometimes within an hour.

They have been instructing these businesses to go to Walmart and make a transfer payment.

Schneider said the city never uses a third party for payments or late collections and the city only receives payment in three ways: via its website, a bank draft or in person. 


Oktoberfest draws record crowds again over weekend

Their performances done for the day, Maurice Nitschke-Binder and his wife, Ingrid, hoist the Bavarian flag and lead a procession as their Schuhplattlers group bids Oktoberfest goers “auf Wiedersehen” until their next show. Consisting of German and German enthusiast performers, alike, the Schuhplattlers was among the many groups that performed at this weekend’s 35th Annual Oktoberfest at Marktplatz. For more Oktoberfest pictures, see D1. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
By Richard Zowie —
Oktoberfest has been “on a roll” for the past five years. 
Debbie Farquhar, who has served as producer of Fredericksburg’s Oktoberfest for 22 years, said tallies show increased numbers at this year’s event.
“Preliminary numbers show that we’re up 10 percent across the board from last year: gate, food, beverage and children’s area,” she said.
The 35th annual event was last weekend, Oct. 2-4, at Marktplatz.
While sometimes weather has played a factor in the annual German celebration, this weekend’s forecast was uneventful as Oktoberfest has continued to become popular and one of Fredericksburg’s biggest events, Farquhar said.
“The last five years, everything has been on our side,” she said.

Harper Homecoming King, Queen will be crowned on Friday

Winners of the king and queen titles for Harper High School’s 2015 Homecoming celebration will be announced during Friday night’s football game between HHS and the visiting Sabinal Yellowjackets. Nominees are, from left, Sam Lester, Brianna Way, Jayden Baumann, Dayzee Treiber, Roger Perkins, Payton Reid, Gus Sagraves, Macie Lumpkins, Cooper Boatright and Rebekah Lester. — Photo courtesy of Mel Parker, Harper High School

By Danny Hirt —

Harper High School is observing its annual Homecoming celebration with activities this week at the school, culminating with the naming of the new king and queen during halftime of Friday’s 7:30 p.m. varsity football game with Sabinal.

Since Monday, students have been participating in carnival-type games in the school’s common area from noon to 12:30 p.m. These activities will continue through Thursday.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, a tailgate party will be held in the student parking lot, followed by a community pep rally in the stadium at 7:30 p.m.

A dance party for Harper High School students only will be held in the school cafeteria after the football game on Friday until midnight.


'Wearing shoes slows me down'

Despite getting a goat head sticker in his foot while warming up, Julian Romero of Tucson, Arizona stuck with his plan to run barefoot in Saturday’s Kraut Run. Romero ran the race in 29:09, finishing first overall. The Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club’s Sixth Annual Kraut Run/Walk 8K raised funds for local literacy programs. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

While Oktoberfest was underway at Marktplatz last weekend, many runners and walkers arose early for a race that started and ended at Fredericksburg Middle School Saturday morning.

Scores of men and women from various age groups ran in the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club Sixth Annual Kraut Run/Walk 8K to raise funds for area educational projects.

Julian Romero, at 29:09, was the first overall winner among the men and finished first among all runners. He ran the race barefoot.

“Shoes slow me down,” said the Tucson, Arizona resident.

Among the ladies, Shannon Hanna finished first overall at 36:16.

While they didn’t have official recorded times, members of the Fredericksburg High School Cross Country team, which had a bye week, also ran.



Morning Rotary Club

Sixth Annual Kraut Run/Walk 8K


FTC announces plans for 'Our Town, 'The Tingler'

Emily Webb (Lucinda Harvey) marries George Gibbs (Jacob Lacy) as the narrator and minister (William Joseph) officiates during this scene from the Fredericksburg Theater Company rehearsal of “Our Town.” Steve Reily directs Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama which opens Oct. 16. — Submitted photo

This month, Fredericksburg Theater Company will open the Thornton Wilder drama “Our Town” and also present a spooky Halloween movie.

“Our Town” will begin Friday, Oct. 16 and run through Sunday, Nov. 1. Tickets are now on sale.

Along with the performance of “Our Town,” FTC will host a photo contest for both amateur and professional photographers.

Then, on Halloween, FTC will air the 1959 horror film “The Tingler,” starring Vincent Price.

Both “Our Town” and “The Tingler” will be at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 830-997-3588.

‘Our Town’

Tickets went on sale Oct. 5 for “Our Town,” and special educational group rates for students are available.


Stonewall VFD offers fish, prizes at Saturday event

Fried fish with all the trimmings will be served by the Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce grounds.

Serving begins at 5 p.m. at the 35th Annual Fall Fish Fry.

Cost is by donation.

The menu includes fried fish, French fries, sweet rice, beans, cole slaw, all the trimmings and a dessert.

There will also be a prize drawing, live auction and music.

Musical entertainment during the evening will be provided by The Wolf Sisters.

The prize drawing will be held throughout the evening, and the live auction will begin around 7 p.m.

The grand prize is a $1,500 VISA gift card.

Other prizes include overnight stays, fishing trips, wine tours and tastings, guns, furniture, gift cards, gift baskets and more.


Mesquite arts fest returns Oct. 9-11

Artists from across Texas and beyond will gather Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11 at Marktplatz for the 22nd Annual Texas Mesquite Arts Festival.

“Visitors will enjoy the largest mesquite show in the world,” show organizer Al Carr said.

The festival, like mesquite wood itself, has come a long way since the first event in 1992. Fourteen mesquite woodworkers gathered then for a seminar. According to Carr, they weren’t the only ones showing interest in mesquite.

“So many local people dropped in to see what we were doing and to try to buy our work, we realized Fredericksburg was the best place on earth to have a Texas Mesquite Arts Festival,” Carr said.

Organizers expect over 10,000 visitors during the weekend.


Wildseed Farms sets Monarch party, run

Wildseed Farms will celebrate its annual Monarch Butterfly Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 10, with a variety of activities.

Events include a Monarch Migration 5K, 10K and Kids’ Mile fun run, butterfly demonstrations and tagging and more.

The run and the Monarch Celebration both take place at Wildseed Farms.

Wildseed Farms is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located seven miles east of Fredericksburg on U.S. Highway 290.

While there is a registration fee for the race, the Monarch Celebration is free and open to the public.

Monarch Migration Run

Both the Monarch Migration 5K and 10K races start at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Wildseed Farms.

The Kids’ Mile steps off at 8:30 a.m.

The running event will be followed at 11:30 a.m. by the release of tagged Monarch butterflies, the first of two releases scheduled for the day.

All runners will receive a race technical T-shirt.


Jail contract, deputy pay lead commissioners' agenda

By Scott Allen —

County commissioners on Monday approved a health services agreement with Southern Health Partners who will serve prisoners’ medical needs at the Gillespie County Jail.

The agreement will allow a full-time nurse to be available to 40 inmates (with provisions for overage) for eight hours a day and a nurse on call at all times.

The total cost for the agreement is $111,420 per year. If inmates number more than 40, those are charged $1.25 per day. Contracts were also available at 60 and 80 prisoners.

“Your biggest cost is the staff, your nurse,” said Tim Quintana, marketing representative for Southern Health Partners. “That’s why a differential in population doesn’t cause that increase to go up that much.”

In order to cover 60 inmates, the cost would be about $4,000 more and for 80 inmates the cost would go up about $9,000 more.


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