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Swap Meet shifts into 'Top Gear'


Rob Owen (right) gives further details of a $3,560 Vortec engine to Ingram’s Gary Hawthorne during the 37th Annual Hill Country Auto Swap Meet on Saturday. The event at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park attracted many car enthusiasts as they bought, sold, traded and chatted about all things mechanical. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

They are known by many names: gear heads, grease monkeys, mechanics and car lovers.

This past weekend, from Friday to Sunday, they converged upon Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park for the 37th Annual Hill Country Auto Swap Meet.

Some came to buy cars, some to sell cars. Others to buy or sell parts while a few pursued odds and ends and a few nostalgic pieces of Americana, such as Texaco and Gulf signs from when gasoline sold for around 50 cents a gallon. For others, it was a chance to meet fellow car enthusiasts.

Water probably sold well at the swap meet, as the skies were mostly clear and the Texas heat reached the upper 90s.

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Coffee house serves up more than drinks


Andy White serves Jan Bailey an iced latte. The beverage menu at Greater Grace Christian Coffee House includes standard fare, along with gourmet coffee from northwestern Louisiana. — Standard-Radio Post photo/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Greater Grace Christian Coffee House is two things.

First, it’s a coffee house with coffee, tea and other beverages along with a breakfast and lunch menu.

Second, it’s a community outreach that includes an internship program, discipleship and serving those with special needs by teaching them the skills needed to achieve independence.

“We’re Christians, so we teach basic Biblical principles and have Bible studies,” said Andy White, owner.

At the coffee house, the interns make the beverages and sandwiches and serve customers. It helps give them the experience of working in public.

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Luckenbach's food truck fest here Saturday

Foodies and oenophiles alike are expected to flock to Luckenbach for the First Annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival on Saturday, Aug. 2.

The event, which runs from noon-11:30 p.m., will feature more than a dozen food trucks, nearly a dozen Texas Hill Country wineries and a lineup of live music.

Tickets for the First Annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival are $15 per person for adults. Children ages 12 and under are free.

Local and area wineries will offer wines for purchase by the glass and bottle from noon-9 p.m. that day.

Participating wineries include 4.0 Cellars, Messina Hof Hill Country, Kerrville Hills Winery, Fall Creek Vineyards, Texas Hills Vineyards, Singing Waters Vineyards, Becker Vineyards, Texas Legato Winery, Westcave Cellars Winery and William Chris Vineyards.

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Schuetzenfest to draw shooters this weekend

Top marksmen will gather this weekend for the 119th annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest, to be held Saturday and Sunday at the Texas Hills Sporting Range and sponsored by the Tivydale Shooting Club.

Texas Hills Sporting Range is located at 12905 FM 2093.

Heading up this year’s Gillespie County Schuetzenbund is Doyle Moellering, president, while other officers include Brad Barron, vice president; Charles Feller, secretary, and Brenda Miiller, treasurer.

The actual shooting does not start until Saturday afternoon, following a Bund business meeting and social hour. Competition continues until late Saturday afternoon and then continues on Sunday.

At the conclusion of Sunday’s shooting and the tallying of scores, former Schuetzenkoenige (shooting kings) will lead a parade of shooters and their club flags into the range where the new centerfire and rimfire kings are crowned.

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Misión de Candelilla to host fundraiser this weekend

Local Christian mission group, Misión de Candelilla, will host their seventh annual fundraiser event this weekend.

The event will take place from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Oak Hills Church and Event Center.

Attendees will be greeted by an all-female mariachi group, “Las Coronelas” and John Hierholzer, honorary fiesta committee chairman and pastor at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church. 

Those attending will have the opportunity to look at more than 50 silent auction items.

“We are grateful to our community for their generous donation of items for our silent auction,” said A.J. Rodriguez, silent auction chairman. “Hager Construction is donating a 4x6x5-foot durable wooden playhouse with a deck which will catch the eye of any parent or grandparent.”

Other donations include catering for 25 people from Backwood BBQ and pieces from Jill Holland, Finn Alban, Jim Heupel and the Charles Beckendorf Gallery. 

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Comprehensive plan may get a restart, council says

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg officials will head back to the drawing board after proposed updates to the city’s 2006 comprehensive plan met resistance from residents, including Mayor Linda Langerhans.

“I personally don’t like a single thing about this,” Langerhans said at Monday’s special council meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission. “It has nothing to do with providing parks for the kids and the people who live in this town, for the elderly and the youth.”

Design Workshop, an Austin-based consultant who developed the proposal, focused on updates to the city’s sidewalk and trails plan, gateways and design standards for entry corridors to town.

“At first glance, I like the plan. This is brand new to us. I like that we’re planning for the future,” Councilman Bobby Watson said. “I think we need to be sensitive to cost and sensitive to private property ownership.”

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LCRA study: Golf course has $8 million annual impact

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course injects around $8.4 million annually into the local economy, according to analysis conducted by the Lower Colorado River Authority Community and Economic Development.

According to the report commissioned by the City of Fredericksburg, the economic impact of the course has “substantially improved” following the 2012 renovation of the course.

A copy of the report is available at www.fbgtx.org.

Despite rainfall limiting the number of rounds in 2014, the economic impact of the course is approximately $256,000 greater this year than in 2011, the best year prior to renovation.

Course operations account for around $2 million annually, while resident spending, both direct and indirect, also accounted for around $2 million each year.

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Harper man indicted for double murder

Former Harper resident Joseph Cisco Knight, 67, has been indicted in the double-murder of his wife and granddaughter.

The Gillespie County Grand Jury issued an indictment Monday, July 14, against Knight on the charge of Capital Murder of Multiple Persons.

He stands accused of shooting his wife, Karon Elaine Knight, 59, and his granddaughter, Barbara Lynn (Barbie) Knight, 19, around 8 p.m., Friday, May 9, in their home at 623 Josephine Drive in Harper.

After he allegedly killed the two female relatives, he called local law enforcement to turn himself in.

Knight remains in Gillespie County custody with bond set at $1 million.

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Insurance broker outlines 'family glitch' in ACA


Keith Stehling and other CMS certified insurance brokers can help guide policy seekers through the ACA rules and regulations. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Among the dozen local business leaders who met with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz last week was Keith Stehling, a 34-year insurance broker and agent.

Like others, Stehling expressed concern over the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” and a large part of the meeting was a discussion of the act and needed changes to improve it.

The Standard-Radio Post sat down with Stehling last week to discuss the ACA, as the new enrollment period will begin Nov. 15. He urged those seeking policies to let a broker assist them, and said there is no additional charge or higher premium for their help.

‘Rough rollout’

“The health insurance business is in turmoil because, as of the first of the year, a lot of the ACA became law,” Stehling said.

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A Night to Remember


An afternoon of horse racing and a return of the Night In Old Fredericksburg festival to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds meant crowds and a good time for locals and visitors. See horseracing results on page A/B10 and 12 of the July 23, 2014 edition of the Fredericksburg Standard. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

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