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Tue
23
Dec

Miller, Fraser eye 84th legislative session


Fraser and Miller

By Ken Esten Cooke

January 13 and the beginning of a new session for the Texas Legislature is just three weeks away. A huge contingent of new lawmakers are making their way to the capitol and eyeing everything from water, to roads, to education.

House District 73 State Representative Doug Miller and Senate District 24 Senator Troy Fraser’s Legislative Director Will McAdams met with around 125 locals last Wednesday at a Chamber of Commerce Leaders’ Breakfast at the Hill Country University Center.

Neither legislator has pre-filed bills for the new session. But both expect to be in leadership positions as their tenure has lengthened. In his fourth term, Miller is now 57th (of 150) in House seniority, while Fraser was elected to the senate in 1996.

Speaker battle

Tue
23
Dec

With global over-supply, a respite at the gas pump


Gillespie County residents rush to take advantage of falling gas prices that dipped below $2 for the first time in several years. Prices dropped to $1.89 last week and on Monday, had dipped to $1.76. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

“One” is a number that gas station customers haven’t seen in a while, and they hope it stays for an extended visit.

With crude oil prices having dropped from more than $100 per barrel in June to just $56, as of Monday, gas prices also dipped from the $3-plus range down to below $2.

On Monday in Fredericksburg, gas prices sunk further, to as low as $1.76 per gallon.

The last time gas prices were this low was in late 2008, when prices dropped below $2 per gallon, according to Gasbuddy.com.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) website www.fuelgaugereport.com reports that a year ago, the average price of regular unleaded gasoline in San Antonio was $2.885 per gallon. Currently in the Alamo City, gas is at $2.012 per gallon.

Tue
23
Dec

Residence lights up for Hill Country Christmas

The Stehling Family Homestead lights up the serene holiday night on U.S. Highway 87 North just outside of town. - Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Tue
23
Dec

LBJ State Park tree lighting marks 45th year


Donnie Schuch, who worked with Texas Parks and Wildlife for 30-plus years and was superintendent of LBJ State Park, addressed the crowd Sunday night. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Ken Esten Cooke

A granddaughter of the late president and first lady and a longtime park superintendent highlighted the 45th annual tree lighting ceremony held at LBJ State Park on a brisk Sunday night.

A crowd of more than 500 filled the courtyard area around a native cedar, cut from the grounds for the occasion.

Catherine Robb, who spent Christmas holidays at the ranch as a child, attended the event in the absence of her aunt, Luci Baines Johnson, who attended the 2013 event. Johnson sent a note printed in the event program saying her own 15-year-old granddaughter had been diagnosed cancer-free after five months of therapy. “This year, our family has so much to celebrate,” she wrote.

Robb said she felt like she was “back home” on Sunday.

Tue
23
Dec

Holiday decorating contest winners named


Chosen as the winner of this year's Christmas Storefront Decorating Contest was Rustlin' Rob's Texas Gourmet Foods.

Winners were announced this week for the Christmas Storefront Decorating Contest sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce.

Chosen as the winner of this year’s contest was Rustlin’ Rob’s Texas Gourmet Foods.

Taking second place was Hierlooms, while Fischer and Wieser on Main captured third place.

Honorable mention awards were presented to Timeless Menagerie and Century 21 Sunset Realtors.

Tue
23
Dec

Zweite Weihnachten planned for Friday

Zweite Weihnachten (Second Christmas), a German tradition of celebrating will be celebrated from 2-4:30 p.m. on Friday in the Gillespie County Historical Society’s social hall.

The Fredericksburg German Club and Pioneer Museum will host the event, which will be at 312 West San Antonio Street.

Those attending Zweite Weihnachten can use either the Main Street entrance or the San Antonio Street entrance to the grounds.

Residents and visitors are invited to attend this German tradition of baked goods, drinks and singing traditional Christmas carols and holiday music in German on the day after Christmas.

The Fredericksburg Akkordeon Klub will provide music for the German carol sing-a-long.

Tue
23
Dec

Area offices to observe Christmas week hours

Christmas is Thursday, and soon presents will be opened while friends and family gather to celebrate the season.

And with Christmas’ arrival, offices, businesses and stores will be observing special hours.

Among those closing their doors or altering their hours for the Christmas holidays are city, county, state and federal offices.

The Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post will close at noon on Wednesday and then for the entire day on Thursday.

Since Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on a Thursday this year, the newspaper next week will be published on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

For special information on holiday closings, refer to the advertisements found elsewhere in this issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

 

Tue
23
Dec

Pioneer Museum Complex to open Friday evening for Candlelight Tour

A Candlelight Tour of the historic structures at the Pioneer Museum Complex will be offered from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26.

Visitors on the tour will be treated to German Christmas caroling by the Arion Maennerchor.

Refreshments of cookies, stollen, punch, coffee and wine will be served during the evening. 

Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for children.

“Bring your family to experience the traditional culture and the German traditions of visiting with family and friends during the 12 days of Christmas,” said Evelyn Weinheimer, archives/programs/tours, Pioneer Museum/Gillespie County Historical Society. “It was a tradition to visit homes of family and friends to take part in Krist Baum (Christmas gathering).”

 

Wed
17
Dec

City council debates billing discrepancy

By Matt Ward

Local residents who believe they were overcharged for water and sewer usage over a nine-month period by the City of Fredericksburg will likely not receive credit on their account.

The Fredericksburg City Council opted not to take action on a request to credit eight manufactured home park accounts a total of $2,828 during their regular meeting Monday.

After a 2013 rate study, rates for the parks were increased from residential to a rate mirroring commercial rates. In July, the accounts were changed back to the residential rate structure.

Residents sought to be compensated for the additional charges they paid above residential rates between October 2013 when the rates were changed and June 2014 prior to the rates returning to the residential structure.

Wed
17
Dec

Possible changes to district court could be felt by county

By Austin R. Eck

Gillespie and Kerr counties could face the financial impact of a decision made by the Kendall County Commissioners’ Court last week.

Commissioners in Kendall County voted to approve an initiative that would create a new district court for Kendall County, which would leave Gillespie and Kerr counties as the only two members of the 216th District Court. This was done in response to a growing population in Kendall County.

The transition proposed by the Kendall County commissioners will need to be approved by the Texas Legislature next month before it could go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

Currently, costs associated with the 216th District Court and District Attorney’s Office are split between Gillespie, Kendall and Kerr counties, based on population.

While the financial impact on Gillespie County is unknown, the county will likely feel the impact of the change if it is approved.

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