4-Hers, adults honored at banquet

GOLD STAR AWARDS — Winning the highest awards given at the county level and presented at the 2013 Gillespie County 4-H Awards Banquet on Thursday night were Rachel Howell and Mattie Lastovica. Held at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Event Center, the banquet honored 4-Hers and adult leaders for their successes and accomplishments during the past year. — Standard-Radio Post Photo

Recognition of the achievements and successes of local youth highlighted the 2013 Gillespie County 4-H Awards Banquet on Thursday night.

The program and catered barbecue dinner were held at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center.

Among the honors presented were the Gold Star Awards to Rachel Howell and Mattie Lastovica.

As part of the evening, the new 2013-2014 Gillespie County 4-H Council officers were installed including Mackenzie Spisak, president; Kasie Vestal, vice president; Baylie Vogel, secretary; Dylan Sione, reporter; Braden Bowers, parliamentarian, and Elaine Lochte and Mason DeLong, council delegates.

A slide presentation by Lochte was also given.

Serving as mistress of ceremonies was Mattie Lastovica, the current council president.


Food Pantry in new home

The Fredericksburg Food Pantry is now helping local families from its new facility at 701 Mustang Street.

A ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday with the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors marked the official opening of the 3,000-square-foot building.

“Thank you. We’re here,” said Tommy Moose, president of the board of directors of the Fredericksburg Food Pantry.

“But don’t forget us. We still need to feed the people of Gillespie County and we need to fill the shelves back up,” Moose said. “Don’t slow down.”

He added, “We need to thank the City of Fredericksburg and all of those who donated to help make this possible.”

“Fredericksburg and Gillespie County got behind us and we got this done.”

The Fredericksburg Food Pantry moved into its new home from North Llano Street the last week of June.

The 40x75-foot building “conforms to our needs,” Moose said.


First Friday Art Walk Friday

Eleven art galleries are planning special events for Friday, Aug. 2, as part of the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration.

In most cases, the galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.

Each of the participating galleries are located within the Historic Shopping District.

The galleries will be showcasing various artists and mediums through demonstrations, opening receptions and casual art talks.

Wines from Becker Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards and Torre di Pietra will be served.

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Participating galleries include Agave Gallery, Artisans At Rocky Hill, Beckendorf Gallery, Cowboy Bronze, Fredericksburg Art Gallery, Fredericksburg Art Guild,  InSight Gallery, Larry Jackson Antiques, Art & Estate Services, RS Hanna Gallery, River Rustic Gallery and Whistle Pik Galleries.


Family fun day ahead at Nimitz

Families are invited to beat the heat Friday, Aug. 2, with a morning of World War II-themed games and activities at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

This year’s program will start at 10 a.m. in the ballroom of the Nimitz Museum.

Activities will include a tour of the George Bush Gallery with the head curator, a craft project in the ballroom and a scavenger hunt.

All activities will be flag-themed. The program is open to children eight to 11 years old and limited to 20 children.

This program is free and seating is limited. Reservations can be made with Stefanie Manee at 997-8600 ext. 223 or via email at


Fundraiser for Honor Flight trips Thursday

The Gillespie County Veterans Service Office will host a fundraising event to raise money for Honor Flight trips.

The fundraiser is set for 6-10 p.m., Aug. 1 at Hondo’s on Main.

“This is an opportunity for our community to hear great music by our local musicians who are donating their time for this event, and there is no cover charge to get in,” said Tami King, Gillespie County Veterans Service Officer.

In addition to music, World War II veterans will speak about their military service.

Honor Flights provide veterans with a free trip to Washington, D.C. to visit monuments dedicated to them. During the trips, veterans are assigned a personal “guardian,” and the flights are equipped with medical staff.

Honor Flight Austin has scheduled the first Gillespie County veteran flight on Sept. 27-28 for 34 county veterans.


Needs Council to host two school supply drives

The Hill Country Community Needs Council will be hosting a pair of school supply drives from 4-7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, at H-E-B and again from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Wal-Mart.

Last year, the Needs Council helped 420 Gillespie County students with school supplies.

Each drive will be staffed with volunteers handing out lists of needed supplies and they will be ready to receive the supplies donated.

Woodforest National Bank inside Wal-Mart will have a donation box for school supplies through Friday, Aug. 9. Donations can also be dropped off at the Needs Council office, located at 209 South Acorn.

Families needing assistance with school supplies can come by the office and sign up through noon on Friday, Aug. 2.

The Needs Council is also seeking volunteers to help during the week of Aug. 12-17 in preparation for supply distribution from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17.


Law agencies make largest meth bust ever

Local law enforcement officers seized the largest cache of methamphetamine drugs in Fredericksburg’s history on Thursday, July 18, and arrested two men and two women in connection.

The bust means illegal narcotics with a street value of close to $30,000 will never make it into users’ hands.

Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Chief Steve Wetz confirmed the arrest came in the evening hours Thursday when a narcotics search warrant was executed on a unit in the Highland Oak Apartments, 1019 Friendship Lane.

Each of the four adults taken into custody now face a first-degree felony charge of “Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver in a Drug-Free Zone,” according to FPD Detective Terry Weed.

The charges carry a “drug-free zone” weight because the apartment complex has a playground frequented by children, while the Head Start school and First Baptist Church are also both located nearby, Weed said.


Motorcycle ride will benefit Judds with medical recovery

Community members are being asked to show their support during a motorcycle charity ride Saturday morning, July 27, to benefit severely injured Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim Judd and his wife, Sheri.

The Judds were injured June 25 in a head-on, two-vehicle collision that also claimed the life of local resident David Charles Meurer on Ranch to Market Road 1631.

While Sheri has reportedly improved enough to be discharged from physical rehabilitation, the county’s chief deputy remains in a quadriplegic state and on a ventilator in the intensive care unit of San Antonio Medical Center (SAMC.)

“Jim needs lots of prayers,” said his son-in-law, Mike Goy on Monday.

“He’s fighting and so we’re going to keep fighting with him,” Goy said, adding that Jim’s spirits are good, that he’s holding his own and breathing more on his own.


Volkaert tunes up for PCAA

PICKER Red Volkaert has performed with top country acts for years.

Fredericksburg’s downtown square will play host to Grammy Award-winning guitarist Redd Volkaert this Sunday, July 28.

The free, open-air performance by the renowned Austin-based musician will be the second-to-last “Concert In The Park” in the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) summer series.

Music fans are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets or arrive early to claim some of the limited picnic table seating at the Adelsverein Halle, the largest pavilion on Marktplatz.

The free admission concert will start at 6:30 p.m. and last until around 8 p.m. Dancing is encouraged, as are picnic suppers.

A life-long musician, Volkaert once gained his most fame as the lead picker for Merle Haggard & the Strangers.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, he was an in-demand studio musician in Los Angeles and Nashville before moving to Austin in 2000.


Blues icons take stage for Roots Concert

Turning its spotlight on “the blues” will be the next multi-performer Roots Music Series concert this Saturday night, July 27, at Pioneer Museum.

Bobby Mack will kick off the outdoor concert’s evening lineup at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by Omar and the Howlers. “The Godfather of Austin Blues” — W.C. Clark — will headline at 9:10 p.m.

Blues night is the third installment of the Roots series and, like previous performances, will be held under shade on the museum’s grounds, located at 325 West Main Street.

Gates (accessed through a side entrance off South Milam Street) open at 5 p.m. and admission costs $12 per adult. Children 18 years of age and younger are admitted free.

Proceeds raised from the concert support the mission of the sponsoring Gillespie County Historical Society.

Drinks and food are sold on the grounds. No outside coolers, beverages or bottles are allowed.


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