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Cheap oil a blessing and a curse

Mary Moody of Hye fills her tank last weekend. While she’s grateful for the low gas prices, she said it’s not good for the economy. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Gasoline prices in town have dropped to $1.51 per gallon, and for some, it’s an exciting time to fill up the tank.

For others, it means worrying and wondering if this is the day more layoffs will arrive in the oil industry.

As of Feb. 22 at the close of business, the price of crude oil was $31.48 per barrel at the New York Stock Exchange.

With oil fields in the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford and other areas, many in Texas would prefer to see a rise in prices. Cheap prices mean it’s not financially feasible to pump oil out of the ground.

“Part of the reason prices are low is the lack of demand,” said Edward Stroeher, petroleum manager at Stroeher and Son. “There’s been overproduction without a significant increase in demand. Inventories have built up and it just leads to lower oil prices.”

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Feb

Freeze-O-Ree

Two San Antonio-area Boy Scouts race with logs in a “Damsel in Distress” race last Saturday in Fredericksburg during the scouts’ “Freeze-O-Ree” event. During this event, the scouts from across the Alamo City competed in various events in a test of skill and teamwork. For more pictures on this event, turn to C1. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

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Feb

Local 'leaps' into next birthday

Matthew Penick knew he’d been born on an unusual day when he couldn’t find Feb. 29 on a calendar. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

“I’m an everyday normal guy, trying to make my way in the world,” said Matthew Penick of Fredericksburg.

He just happens to have been born on a quadrennial day.

When Penick was around eight years old, he noticed that his birthdate wasn’t on the school calendar.

“I didn’t see it anywhere, so I asked the teacher about it,” he said.

Penick was born Feb. 29, 1992, on a Leap Year.

His parents explained to him he was born on a rare day, one that occurs once every four years.

Because the Gregorian calendar America uses consists of 365 days and because earth’s complete orbit around the sun actually takes more than 365.24 days to complete, an extra day is added every four years, creating a leap year. The next leap year will be in 2020.

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Feb

Mah-Jongg for humanity

Competitors, front row from left, Carol Ann Shepherd, Kay Daigle; back row from left, Camey Stewart and Annette Tilley have a laugh between turns at the fourth annual Mah-Jongg Tournament benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Greater
Fredericksburg. The tournament took place from 9 a. m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center and raised over $25,000 which was donated to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg. — Standard-Radio Post/Tyler Gaudin

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Feb

County approves cleanup days

By Scott Allen –

County cleanup days for the first week of April and September were approved by Gillespie County Commissioners during their Monday, Feb. 22 meeting.

“This resolution is basically one part of our intent, which is bringing education and awareness to the public,” said Mo Saiidi, a local resident who started the litter awareness group in charge of organizing the cleanup days. “The main part is cleanup which we intend to have regularly.”

Saiidi has partnered with Gillespie County, the City of Fredericksburg and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to help rid Fredericksburg and Gillespie County of litter.

Cleanup days in the spring and fall will be a way for locals and tourists to get involved by cleaning up. 

“This is more of an effort to get everyone on the same page and educate the public,” Donnie Schuch, Pct. 4 commissioner, said.

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Feb

FTC to reveal 20th season events at unveiling party

Fredericksburg Theater Company will reveal the musicals, plays and special events in its 20th anniversary season at a Wednesday, March 16 unveiling party.

The event will be at Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

Invitation to the event is excluded to FTC donors.

The theater also has two more weekends of the musical “Into the Woods.”

Season 20

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a gala, including hors d’oeuvres and beverages in the lobby.

At 7 p.m., the curtain rises on the Season 20 announcement, “Remembering Our Past, Celebrating Our Future.” The audience will then see a sneak preview of the Season 20 shows.

Donors will be able to renew their memberships to FTC that evening.

Chosen by artistic director Kerry Goff are seven main stage productions, including four musicals, a comedy, a holiday production and an award winning drama.

Wed
17
Feb

City approves proposals for conference center, hotel

By Scott Allen —

HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment Facilities Consulting received the OK from Fredericksburg City Council members last night to assist with the development of a detailed request for proposals (RFP) that will be sent to hotel developers for a conference center.

Kent Myers, city manager, said the conference center the city will pursue would include a hotel along with it, but won’t be a massive project.

“This is not going to be a large conference center,” Myers said.

The conference center would be privately owned and developed as part of a hotel project, and because it’s a private development, developers will have a final say on the size of the conference center they wish to propose to City Council, said Ernie Loeffler, Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) president.

The HVS feasibility study, completed in May 2015, gives an idea of the size of the facility.

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Feb

More projects planned, but progress lags demand

By Sandra Lane —

There are lots of jobs in Fredericksburg, but not always enough workers to fill them. The lack of affordable housing is a prime reason.

Living and working in Fredericksburg is a good experience if a person’s earnings are enough to provide an acceptable place to live.

“The real issue in our labor shortage is the price of housing,” said Tim Lehmberg, executive director of the Gillespie County Economic Development Commission. “It’s difficult to separate the labor shortage and the housing shortage.”

He said housing is the single biggest issue our community is facing.

“It costs more to build a house here than in San Antonio or New Braunfels. In my opinion, we are not going to solve our labor shortage until we get some relief on the housing side,” he said.

Short inventory

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Feb

'Moo-Morial'

Lily Mae Ferguson runs past cones at the kids’ obstacle course during the third annual Keith Hagel Moo-Morial 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, Feb. 13. More pictures are on Page C1. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

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Feb

'The Nature of Song'

Fredericksburg Chorale held its “The Nature of Song” concert recently at St. Joseph’s Halle with an afternoon of original compositions by Director Mark Hierholzer and chorale members. Hierholzer, seated at the piano, led members through seven pieces. Members are, from left, Mark Jumes, James Kraus, Harlan Stai, Amber Royea, Marcie Jumes, Harriet Myrick, Emily Jumes, Madeline Jumes, Emma Sharpe (turning pages) and Pam Tucker. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

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