Sixteen races were run on Saturday and Sunday to open the 2020 season of live pari-mutuel horse racing at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. The two-day July Fourth Race Meet was sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association. Over the two days, a total of $151,069 was wagered…
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 55 confirmed coronavirus cases for Gillespie County on Thursday afternoon, but local totals show a coming upward trend. Dr. Jim Partin, chief medical officer at Hill Country Memorial Hospital, said his facility had had 82 positive tests to…
Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation suspending elective surgeries in hospitals in areas including Gillespie County. The proclamation issued on Thursday, July 9, suspends elective surgeries in all counties within 11 Trauma Service Areas (TSAs). Previously, Abbott suspended elective surgeries at…
It’s going to take a cooperative effort from all public and private sources to defeat this coronavirus. We can all wear masks, but our local government can help by giving us up-to-date information. One thing needed to keep the public informed about the severity of this virus would be a central…
To give more Hill Country college students the opportunity to pursue a career as a teacher, Texas Tech University has adjusted the speed of its TechTeach Across Texas educator preparation program. Starting in fall 2021 for Hill Country students, TechTeach Across Texas will be offered in a two-year…
Fredericksburg’s three-day July 4th Racing Festival at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds over the weekend was considered a success. Fair association officials were elated over the turnout of visitors for the three days. Roving Star, a six-year-old stallion, won Sunday afternoon’s Independence Day…
Part of the solution Hats off to our Fredericksburg citizens who were wearing masks in their photos in last week’s paper. Rather than looking silly, you looked smart and compassionate toward others by not unknowingly spreading COVID-19. Any one of us could be an asymptomatic carrier and our…
To the person who called the police on my husband for being a “suspicious black man in a mask” at Natural Grocers: 1. It is ironic that on a holiday when our country is celebrating freedom, you remind us that even those who fought for freedom are not afforded it if they are not white. My husband…
Fredericksburg Tea Party will hold its second Thursday monthly meeting, from 6:30- 8 p.m. July 9 at Hampton Inn & Suites, 515 East Main Street. Mike Garcia, Texas Freedom Caucus executive director, will be featured speaker. Garcia, along with Matt Long and Angela Smith, will discuss BLM, COVID…
Hill Country Memorial Home Care has been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs as a “Superior Performer” for achieving an overall patient satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20% of all eligible SHP clients for the 2019 calendar year. The annual award program was created to acknowledge…
Gillespie County Republican Women will resume regular meetings at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, at the Wine Barn, 4088 Texas 16 North. Guest speakers will be Charlie Kiehne, Graham Pearson and Tim Riley, candidates for mayor of the City of Fredericksburg. Also taking part will be the candidates…
Sixteen races were run on Saturday and Sunday to open the 2020 season of live pari-mutuel horse…
For viewers, First Friday Art Walk offered a distraction from COVID-19. For directors and artists,…
In the fourth month of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Gillespie County is seeing a rise in its…
Sixteen races were run on Saturday and Sunday to open the 2020 season of live pari-m

NIOF Race Meet next at GCFFA track

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Live pari-mutuel horse racing returns to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds with two days of racing on Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19. The Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet is sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.

Hands on

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We have a quarter-mile drive I’ve tried to repair for 25 years. When dry, it’s dusty and bumpy; when wet, it’s a muddy obstacle course.

Mulching saves water

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As it gets hotter and drier, water conservation in the landscape becomes more important. Organic mulch around your plants can help conserve moisture.

St. Anthony donates funds to local groups

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St. Anthony Catholic Church, through the St. Anthony Men’s Society and the St. Ann’s Women’s Society, has donated $1,000 each to the Harper Volunteer Fire Department and the Harper Help Center to help both organizations financially continue to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Freedom has to include responsibilities

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If you’re a child of “Schoolhouse Rocks” like me, reciting the preamble of the United States Constitution, requires breaking into song. “Schoolhouse Rocks” was a series of short films that aired during the Saturday morning cartoon line-up in the 1970s.

Rise above rancor and work to heal

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Raise your hand if you are tired of COVID-19! Yes, every hand both here and around the globe is raised. But sadly, it appears COVID-19 is far from tired of us.

Turn down the volume, be part of the solution

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When I was 20-something, a person I very much admired professionally asked me to accompany him on a day trip to look at some developing tourism products of interest to us both.