Gillespie County Democratic party election results

March 1 Democratic Primary results for Gillespie County

The accompanying chart shows results from the Gillespie County Democratic Party election. Due to computer glitches at the County Clerk's office, results were not available before our print press time.


Two runoffs ahead in county races

Runoffs will take place March 24.

In a night marred by computer glitches in the Gillespie County Courthouse, results trickled in, staffers hand-tallied spreadsheet votes and two runoffs resulted.

The Gillespie County Precinct 1 Commissioner and Tax Assessor-Collector races will be decided in a runoff on Tuesday, May 24.

Contested race results were as follows:

County Commissioner, Pct. 1
Charles Olfers 892
Dennis Behrends 584
Chris S. Barnett 273
Wallace Britton 264

County Tax Assessor-Collector
Marissa Weinheimer 3,259
Vicki J. Schmidt 2,711
Kandice wadsworth 1,014
Kristin M. Bodnar 434

County Commissioner, Pct. 3
Dennis W. Neffendorf 1,052
Linda Meier McCann 599

Constable, Pct. 1
Todd Jennings 2,427
Heath Sasko 869

State races


Man dies in motor home fire municipal RV park

A Pampa man lost his life in an early morning fire Feb. 25 at the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal RV Park.

According to a police report, 80-year-old Orban Epperson died when a fire broke out in the Holiday Rambler RV.

His wife, Elma Joyce Epperson, 79, managed to escape the vehicle. Officials transported her to Hill Country Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Upon arrival, first responders found a motor home fully engulfed in flames.

The husband and wife reportedly had been staying at the park since early January.

Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department and Fredericksburg Police Department, along with Fredericksburg EMS, responded to a 911 call placed that morning at 2:59 a.m. from the park, off of Texas 16 South.

State and local fire marshal offices have been investigating the cause of the fire and will release information on the cause of the fire once final the determination is made.


Early voting closes Friday ahead of Election Day


Trustees approve new video board for football stadium

By Richard Zowie —

Fredericksburg High School Stadium will receive a new video scoreboard, possibly in time for the high school graduation ceremony in the spring.

At a Feb. 22 special board meeting, the Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees voted 5-0 to approve the purchase of a $490,234 Daktronics video board. (Board member Mark Cornett and vice president Kerinne Herber were not present.)

FISD Supt. Eric Wright recommended the purchase due to its price and due to getting an extra camera out of the deal (three high-definition cameras, as opposed to two).

The district received quotes from three companies before deciding to go with Daktronics.

The video board will be purchased from local capital funds and then reimbursed by the FISD Billie Boosters.

They will pay FISD $100,000 per year for five years.


FISD lifts up trades

The four-wheel alignment machine that is housed in the automotive lab where the old auto mechanics classroom used to be was bought with the input from the automotive advisory committee. — Standard-Radio Post/Christine Granados

By Christine Granados —

Blake Schmidt had no idea that his defiant nature during his teenage years in the ’80s would make him the ideal teacher. Yet, those attributes brought him back to Fredericksburg High School where he is teaching students skills that will get them a certification and into the labor force right after graduation.

This is the focus of Fredericksburg High School’s career and technical education trades programs, which include automotive, agriculture, architecture, business, work/technology, education/human resources, health science, law enforcement, manufacturing and STEM concentrations.

These programs have received support from the state legislature and the Fredericksburg community over the past couple of years.

Trade program support


Cheap oil a blessing and a curse

Mary Moody of Hye fills her tank last weekend. While she’s grateful for the low gas prices, she said it’s not good for the economy. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Gasoline prices in town have dropped to $1.51 per gallon, and for some, it’s an exciting time to fill up the tank.

For others, it means worrying and wondering if this is the day more layoffs will arrive in the oil industry.

As of Feb. 22 at the close of business, the price of crude oil was $31.48 per barrel at the New York Stock Exchange.

With oil fields in the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford and other areas, many in Texas would prefer to see a rise in prices. Cheap prices mean it’s not financially feasible to pump oil out of the ground.

“Part of the reason prices are low is the lack of demand,” said Edward Stroeher, petroleum manager at Stroeher and Son. “There’s been overproduction without a significant increase in demand. Inventories have built up and it just leads to lower oil prices.”



Two San Antonio-area Boy Scouts race with logs in a “Damsel in Distress” race last Saturday in Fredericksburg during the scouts’ “Freeze-O-Ree” event. During this event, the scouts from across the Alamo City competed in various events in a test of skill and teamwork. For more pictures on this event, turn to C1. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Local 'leaps' into next birthday

Matthew Penick knew he’d been born on an unusual day when he couldn’t find Feb. 29 on a calendar. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

“I’m an everyday normal guy, trying to make my way in the world,” said Matthew Penick of Fredericksburg.

He just happens to have been born on a quadrennial day.

When Penick was around eight years old, he noticed that his birthdate wasn’t on the school calendar.

“I didn’t see it anywhere, so I asked the teacher about it,” he said.

Penick was born Feb. 29, 1992, on a Leap Year.

His parents explained to him he was born on a rare day, one that occurs once every four years.

Because the Gregorian calendar America uses consists of 365 days and because earth’s complete orbit around the sun actually takes more than 365.24 days to complete, an extra day is added every four years, creating a leap year. The next leap year will be in 2020.


Mah-Jongg for humanity

Competitors, front row from left, Carol Ann Shepherd, Kay Daigle; back row from left, Camey Stewart and Annette Tilley have a laugh between turns at the fourth annual Mah-Jongg Tournament benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg. The tournament took place from 9 a. m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center and raised over $25,000 which was donated to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg. — Standard-Radio Post/Tyler Gaudin


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