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Wed
16
Apr

Local peaches spared after temperature dip

Peach growers in Gillespie County dodged Mother Nature’s bullet on Monday night, according to Jim Kamas, Extension specialist.

Temperatures dipped to between 33 and 37 degrees, and local growers reported no injury to trees.

“On the other hand, I talked to a vineyard manager about 15 miles north of town on Highway 16 and they reported high damage,” Kamas said.

The LCRA weather unit showed 27 degrees with no wind in that elevated location.

Kamas added that grape growers to the north and west of Fredericksburg suffered some damage, but most of the local growers were spared damage.

Mon
14
Apr

First arrest made in teen's overdose death

The first formal charges and an arrest have been made in relation to last year's synthetic drug overdose death of Fredericksburg High School sophomore Samuel (Sammy) Herrera.

Robert Gavin Jeffrey, 19, of Fredericksburg, was indicted on two state jail felony charges — “Criminally Negligent Homicide” and “Delivery of Dangerous Drug” — by the Gillespie County Grand Jury on Monday, April 7.

“And, we’re not done yet,” said Fredericksburg Police Department Detective Javier Sanchez, lead investigator on the case since Herrera's death due to the synthetic drug "25b-NBOMe" nearly a year ago on April 20, 2013.

Jeffrey, who has been accused of supplying Herrera with the synthetic hallucinogenic drug, turned himself in to authorities on Thursday, April 10, and bonded out of the Gillespie County Jail on the same day, Sanchez said.

Wed
09
Apr

Pay, leadership issues for new dispatch center

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

City and county officials met Friday to hammer out details of an issue that’s evolved into a tall order — combining emergency dispatch operations.

While there is a consensus from the involved parties that it is logical to join the county’s law enforcement dispatch and the city’s Fire/EMS dispatch in the new Gillespie County Jail, a couple of sticking points remain:

Who will pay for it?

Who will supervise it?

“Those are the two decisions we have to make,” said Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover, who moderated the meeting at City Hall.

Discussions on combining the two operations have been under way for years, but heated up recently with the construction of the $15 million county jail on Industrial Loop.

Blueprints call for the jail to include a large dispatch area capable of housing a new-and-improved combined operation.

Wed
09
Apr

Options eyed for city's aging treatment plant

Amid concerns over aging mechanical equipment and violations pending with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Fredericksburg City Council received an update on the city’s waste water treatment plant during its regular meeting Monday.

The city has already installed two new surface aerators in February to supplement the existing aeration equipment and will install six new brush aerators in May to help alleviate TCEQ’s immediate concerns.

“We were not meeting some of our discharge permit regulations,” Assistant City Engineer Kris Kneese said. “This also resulted in high operation and maintenance costs. We added $100,000 to the operations budget last year, just to cover this year’s expenses, because we felt that there were going to be some additional issues.”

Wed
09
Apr

Water conservation rules OK'd by city

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg water customers will have to make adjustments to their outdoor watering schedules after the Fredericksburg City Council approved a water conservation ordinance at its regular meeting Monday evening,

Effective May 1, the ordinance will allow watering only between 5-9 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. in most stages, although the city is expected to drop from Stage 4 restrictions to Stage 3 restrictions once the changes take effect.

“We understand that it’s going to take a while for a lot of folks to make this transition,” city director of public works and utilities Clinton Bailey said. “Our intention is not to just lower the hammer on the people that are watering outside of their prescribed times or days and hand out a lot of violations.”

New hours, days

Wed
09
Apr

'Lost in Yonkers' to open Friday

Fredericksburg Theater Company’s production of “Lost in Yonkers” will open Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale.

The Neil Simon play will be the final production of FTC’s 17th season.

“Yonkers” will be performed April 11-27. Friday and Saturday performances will be 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinee performances being held at 2 p.m.

Advance tickets for most productions are $20 for adults and $5.50 for youth 18 and under. Special group discounts are available.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Wed
09
Apr

Local writer Granados inducted into Texas Institute of Letters

Fredericksburg-based writer and instructor Christine Granados was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters on Saturday at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos.

Granados joins about 300 living and late writers in the institute, many of whom have shaped Texas literature, including Larry McMurtry, Stephen Harrigan, Liz Carpenter, Jan Reid, Joe Nick Patoski and former San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla.

Granados teaches writing at Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg, and is a contributor to Texas Monthly (where she will have an essay in the May issue), and other publications.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Wed
09
Apr

Gran Fondo bicycle race


PIT STOP — Jon Pankratz (417, right) of Fredericksburg leads a pack of bicyclists at a break stop at the Hilltop Café during the 65-mile Medio Fondo portion of the April 5 Texas Gran Fondo bicycle race in town and in the Hill Country. The 59-year-old Pankratz finished 27th overall among the 113 bicyclists in that race which included 80 men and 33 women. More pictures of the “Tour de France”-style race can be found on D1 of the April 9, 2014 edition of the paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Wed
09
Apr

Shutterbugs capture wildflowers


‘BUSY AS BEES’ — Shutterbugs have been having a field day this week snapping photos of wildflowers that are now blanketing the undulating hills of Gillespie County in blues, reds, yellows, pinks, whites … well, you get the picture. We are asking readers of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post to submit their best 2014 wildflower photos (yes, cute kids are allowed) and we’ll post them to our Facebook page. Some of the best pictures might even find their way into print — like this early submission by Tucker Findley, who captured a bluebonnet-hovering bee on Fisher Bonn Road. Send photos at their highest resolution possible as separate .jpg attachments to: [email protected] or drop off a copy at the newspaper office, 712 West Main Street. Be sure to include your name, the names of anyone in the photo (left to right,) where the photo was taken, as well as your address and daytime phone number so we have a way to get in touch.
Wed
09
Apr

Bluebonnet Tractor Ride cranks up this Saturday

Vintage tractors of all sizes will be taking a stroll around Gillespie County Saturday as the Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club hosts their annual Bluebonnet Tractor Ride.

This year’s route will take the members and other interested parties on a 16-mile loop beginning at the Rheingold Schoolhouse on North Grape Creek Road, with lunch at the Cave Creek Schoolhouse before heading back to Rheingold.

Drivers are asked to be at the Rheingold School by 8 a.m. with a drivers’ meeting at 8:30 a.m. before the 9 a.m. ride.

There are no restrictions on the age of tractors participating, although those driving newer models need to understand that the pace of the ride will be geared toward antique models.

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