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Wed
20
Apr

Council heard state of city water supply

By Scott Allen —

An annual presentation on the state of Fredericksburg’s water supply was given by Clinton Bailey, director of public works and utility, during the Fredericksburg City Council meeting on Monday night.

“The City of Fredericksburg water supply is 100 percent groundwater,” Bailey said. “We have nine active wells in our system and three different well fields.”

Water well levels have historically been on a down-ward trend, until mid-2013 when the recharge levels started to rebound.

“We are currently about five feet higher in the well fields than we were last year,” Bailey said.

Additionally, Bailey said they have conserved more than 200 million gallons of water (since 2004) while maintaining a growing populous, due to an increase in water rates, reducing Stage 3 water restrictions from 16 hours to eight and repairing leaks within the system itself.

Wed
20
Apr

FVFD to serve up fried fish at shindig

Fried catfish with all the trimmings, a prize drawing and dance will be offered to the public on Saturday night, April 23, by the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department.

The annual Benefit Fish Fry and Prize Give-Away will be held on Marktplatz.

Serving begins at 5 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m.

Fried catfish, potato salad, beans, cookies and condiments will be served.

Cost of the plates is by donation.

A drive-through line will be available behind the fire station off of North Crockett Street in the bank drive-through.

A dance will start at 8 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m.

Providing the music will be deejay Greg Stone.

Prizes will be given away throughout the evening. The prizes have been donated by local and area merchants and individuals and include “a little bit of everything.”

Wed
20
Apr

Locals sound off on noise ordinance


Pat Keating showed that Hotel Occupancy Tax funds have risen along with the number of live music venues. He said it’s necessary to support musicians. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

By Scott Allen —

Fredericksburg City Council met in a packed room at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center on Monday night to hear from 26 citizens who had concerns about a proposed revision of the city noise ordinance.

The ordinance, put in place in 2008, consists of three different time periods with varying decibel (dB) volumes.

Council heard arguments from both sides of the mic during the discussion, but no action was taken during the meeting. Instead, Mayor Linda Langerhans dispelled some rumors that have reached the public’s ear.

Wed
20
Apr

That VW Groove


Donna and Jay Dean, “happy hippies” from Seattle, display peace symbols in front of “Janice”, their 1970 Volkswagen Van during the 2016 Texas VW Classic held at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park from Friday through Sunday, April 15-17. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen
Wed
20
Apr

April showers


An American Robin plays in the water fountain at 112 East Travis Street during the Lenz Fest and Pioneer Awards Gardens Galore Tour on Saturday, April 16. More than two inches of rain were widely reported during the weekend. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen
Wed
20
Apr

FTC-produced comedy ‘The Nerd’ continues to make audiences giggle


In a case of wearing out one’s welcome, (from left) Tansy (Mackenzie Grumbles) and Axel (Jack Palau) work on ways to get Rick (Ryan Bailey) to go home. “The Nerd,” a comedy currently playing at Fredericksburg Theater Company, will run this and next week at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater. — Submitted photo/James Fox

Tickets are available for the remaining six performances of the Larry Shue comedy, “The Nerd.”

This show marks the finale in Fredericksburg Theater Company’s 19th season, which has included “Evita,” “Our Town,” and “Into the Woods.”

Kerry Goff is directing this play, which is being presented weekends, April 22 to May 1 at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets for “The Nerd” can be purchased by calling the FTC box office at 830-997-3588 or online at www.fredericksburgtheater.org.

Also, tickets can be purchased at the box office, located next to the theater. The box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Wed
20
Apr

Ragnar Reley


Led by a runner dressed Scandinavian style, complete with horns, these runners leave the starting line April 15 at the Ragnar Relay, outside the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Designed to test endurance as runners race in a relay, the race began in Fredericksburg and then ended April 16 in Austin, near Zilker Park. The 200-mile race, which included paths through the Hill Country, enables teams “to connect through shared accomplishments and unforgettable experiences.” Officials describe it as a combination of scenic terrain and “crazy runners, inside jokes and a mild case of sleep deprivation.” — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Wed
20
Apr

Sixth Wings over the Hills Nature Festival set at park

Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center, creators of the nature trails and the Pollinator Garden in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, will sponsor the sixth annual Wings over the Hills Nature Festival on the weekend of April 29-May 1 at Pioneer Pavilion in the park.

“The Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival is unique in that it promotes what and why many visitors come to our area — the scenic landscape and one of the world’s most diverse ecological systems,” said Bill Lindemann, spokesman.

“The Friends understand that Fredericksburg hosts festivals almost every weekend of the year, but they also want to be sure that local and area residents understand that they need everyone’s support to make it successful,” Lindemann said.

To promote the natural heritage and the festival, the Friends have developed an informative, educational and fun experience for the whole family to enjoy during the Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival weekend:

Wed
20
Apr

Standard-Radio Post wins region contest top prize

The Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post won top honors in the large weekly category in the recent Better Newspaper Contest held by the South Texas Press Association.

Awards were presented at the 90th convention of the organization, the largest regional press association in the nation, held last weekend at the Fredericksburg Inn & Suites in Fredericksburg.

The Standard-Radio Post won “sweepstakes,” repeating its performances in 2015 and 2013. Last year they shared the award with Port Aransas South Jetty. Port Aransas took second place in this year’s contest.

The Pleasanton Express placed third in the division and the Hays Free Press was fourth.

This year’s convention featured seminars from local photographer Steve Rawls, founder and CEO of Bar-Z Mobile Development, Lee Little and Texas Tech University enology professor Maureen Qualia, who teaches out of the Hill Country University Center.

Wed
13
Apr

‘E-Rock’ duo face vandal, drug charges

By Scott Allen —

A pair of individuals who wanted to be immortalized by spray painting their nicknames on Enchanted Rock got their wish.

Charles Agawereh, 24, and Meredith Baird, 21, both of San Marcos, were arrested Wednesday, April 6 in connection with defacing the iconic rock near the summit of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

The two were identified by a San Marcos police detective when he recognized the nicknames scrawled on the side of the ancient landmark. They were taken into custody and booked into the Hays County Jail.

The nicknames, “Ca$h”, belonging to Baird, and “Truck,” belonging to Agawereh, were spray painted onto a Lichen-covered rock near the summit of the pink granite dome.

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