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Wed
04
Mar

Pearson files for reelection

Incumbent Graham Pearson filed for reelection on Wednesday, Feb. 25, joining fellow incumbent Gary Neffendorf and newcomer Thomas Sigg in a three-man race for two open
positions on the Fredericksburg City Council.

Neffendorf filed for reelection on Jan. 28, the first day to file, while Sigg joined the race on Feb. 23. Filing ended on Friday.

Mayor Linda Langerhans, Jerry Luckenbach and Bobby Watson still have a year remaining on their two-year terms after being elected last May.

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Wed
04
Mar

Daily Update for March 4

• Hill Country Red Hatters will gather for their next luncheon meeting today at 11:30 a.m. at Andy’s Steak and Seafood Grille.

• Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz will be the first speaker in the Admiral Nimitz Foundation’s 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series which begins tonight at the St. Mary's Holy Family Center.

• A community breakfast to celebrate Texas Public Schools Week will be served by the Fredericksburg Independent School District on Thursday. The menu includes free breakfast tacos and orange juice. In Fredericksburg, the breakfast will be served from 7-8 a.m. at the Security State Bank and Trust Motor Bank at the corner of Crockett and Austin streets. Breakfast tacos will also be served in Stonewall in the parking lot at Weinheimer and Son from 7:30-8 a.m.

Wed
25
Feb

Fredericksburg: most millionaires per capita in Texas

Little ol’ Fredericksburg has the most millionaires per capita than any city in Texas, and it ranks 47th in the U.S.

Neighboring Kerrville ranks second in the state and 75th nationwide.

Those findings were recently released in a study by The Wall Street Journal, which looked for more than $1 million in investable assets. Those are defined as highly liquid holdings, such as stocks, bonds, savings accounts and cash. The measurement does not include real estate or assets tied up in most types of retirement accounts.

The study found Los Alamos, New Mexico, to be the number one place in the nation for percentage of millionaires. States with a concentration of technology, aerospace and medical industries led the findings as those mark diversified economies based around those industries that are good for building wealth.

Wed
25
Feb

Young marksmen set sights on county BB gun title

Young marksmen will be putting their skills and knowledge to the test on Saturday, Feb. 28, when they compete in the 2015 Gillespie County 4-H BB Gun Competition.

Approximately 80 shooters in the first grade through 15 years of age will be competing in the county-level event in the Show Barn at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The competition begins at 8 a.m. and includes shooting in four positions — sitting, standing, prone and kneeling — and a written test.

A hamburger lunch will be served around noon and the awards presentation will follow the meal at around 1:30 p.m.

This year marks the 30th year for the local BB gun competition.

Ray Hobbs, president, CEO and chairman of the board of Daisy Outdoor Products, has been invited to attend Saturday’s competition.

Again this year, an Orion scoring system will be used. In this system, scoring is done by computer, rather than manually.

Wed
25
Feb

Peach crop benefits from freezes


Area shutterbugs took advantage of the wintry weather earlier this week to capture ice as it froze on vegetation and other objects. Walt Biddle photographed this “bird” as ice froze it in a bath. Apparently, the bird didn’t fly far enough south for the winter. — Submitted photo

By Ken Esten Cooke

Where Fredericksburg’s annual, and valuable, peach crop is concerned, Monday and Tuesday’s freezes were “the best thing we could have hoped for.”

That was the opinion of Jim Kamas, fruit specialist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Kamas said annual chill hours, needed for trees to reach full dormancy, were at 920 hours on Feb. 3, far beyond the minimum required. But when warmer weather approached, things began advancing and a handful of peach blossom blooms appeared.

“For the majority, it’s not a concern, and if we lose those blooms, it’s actually a good thinning action,” he said. “It would be ideal if it would stay this way for another two weeks.”

But the forecast could keep temps low to hold back early blooms. Kamas said his seven-day forecast only shows us hitting 50 degrees once on Saturday.

Pushing back the bloom date could help, even for early peach varieties.

Wed
25
Feb

Hoover returns to FTC for 'Fiddler'


Jeryl Hoover as Tevye, the poor Jewish dairyman, sits on his wagon as he talks to God and sings “If I Were a Rich Man,” one of the songs from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” Tevye tries to balance tra-dition with allowing his five daughters to think for themselves. The Fredericksburg Theater Company production opened last weekend and will be performed for two more weekends. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

For the first time since 2010, when he played Don Quixote in “The Man of La Mancha,” Fredericksburg Theater Company founder Jeryl Hoover was on stage at the theater, playing a character he describes as “a role model for me.”

Last Friday marked the first of nine performances of FTC’s “Fiddler on the Roof,” and Hoover is playing the lead role of Tevye, the Jewish dairyman of modest means.

Hoover’s return stemmed from “Fiddler” director Kerry Goff inviting him to be in the show.

Wed
25
Feb

City weighing Old Fair Park options


An existing water storage tank serving the South Heights and Goehmann Lane areas was demolished Monday afternoon, paving the way for a new concrete storage tank to be constructed to serve the site, according to Clinton Bailey, city director of public works and utilities. — Submitted photo

 

City officials are still considering all options for the future of Old Fair Park, following lengthy discussion at the Feb. 16 meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council.

The council received a presentation at the meeting from consultant Freese and Nichols about possible future development of the area south of downtown Fredericksburg.

“The purpose of the study was to develop some alternate concepts and redevelopment opportunities for the city-owned Old Fair Park,” Brian Jordan, director of development services said. “The area adjacent to and in close proximity to Old Fair Park is experiencing new development or has plans for expansion. In an effort to assist the city in determining the highest and best use of the land, the three concept plans were developed.”

Wed
25
Feb

Runners compete in Harper 5K


Giovanni Valdez (235) tries to outrace Fredericksburg’s Kolby Fryburger (199) to the finish line of the Second Annual Keith Hagel Moo-Morial 5K Run and Walk last Saturday, outside Fredericksburg. The event raised about $4,000 to help build a school in Zambia, and it provided funds for Hagel’s children’s education. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Eighty-six runners and walkers bundled up against the cold and competed Sunday in the Sixth Annual Harper 5K Run and Walk at the Harper Community Park.

The race benefited the Harper Parent Teacher Organization, raising an estimated $5,000.

Among the male runners, Alain Peralt was the overall winner with a time of 19:32. Mark Ince was the overall master winner (runners 40 and older) with a time of 19:36.

Among the female runners, Claire Lukacs was the overall winner at 20:57 while Michelle Chancellor was the overall master winner at 25:15.

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Wed
25
Feb

Enchanted Rock Star Party

Guided by Hill Country Astronomers member John Watson, an Austin family uses a special telescope to view the sun’s bright features. Ichiro Lin (left) peers into one telescope while his son, also named Ichiro (right), looks into another telescope. Also in the picture is Jean Hung, the elder Ichiro’s wife and junior’s mother. The family was among many visitors to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area Saturday for the first Enchanted “Rock Star” Festival. Other celestial sights were Jupiter and its Galilean moons, the moon, Mars, Venus and Sirius. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
25
Feb

Ag building to open Monday

The Fredericksburg Independent School District’s new agriculture building will open Monday, March 2.

The ag building now has a name: FISD Agricultural Science Center.

The center will open its doors to the public at 4 p.m. for an open house. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m..

Kathy Durst, the widow of former FISD trustee Jerry Durst, will cut the ribbon to officially open the building.

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!

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