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28
Oct

Gillespie soaks up the rain


A little rainfall seeped onto the Goehmann Lane Bridge that spans across the Pedernales River, between Fredericksburg and Stonewall. No major damage was reported during weekend rains. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

By Richard Zowie —

Some say rain in the Hill Country tends to be feast or famine, and last weekend, Gillespie County had a feast to break up the summer dry spell.

Fredericksburg and surrounding areas received rain (some more than six inches), mostly Saturday, that brought in a lot of water but didn’t cause any significant problems.

The rain came on the heels of Hurricane Patricia, which made landfall Saturday in southwest Mexico.

Paul Tybor, manager of the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District, said more rain could be on its way soon, due to the El Niño weather patterns.

Currently, the Pacific Ocean is experiencing “El Niño” patterns, meaning warm air that produces moisture.

At Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, manager Tamara Heimann said the park received 2.3 inches of rain Saturday with smaller amounts Friday and Sunday. They had no flooding problems with Live Oak Creek.

Wed
28
Oct

GCAD welcomes Fair as new chief appraiser


William (Scott) Fair, left, will succeed David Oehler as chief appraiser at the Gillespie Central Appraisal District. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

William (Scott) Fair will succeed David Oehler as chief appraiser for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District.

Fair will assume chief appraiser duties after Oehler’s resignation becomes effective at the end of December. Oehler, who announced his resignation in July, will begin a private appraisal firm.

Fair, who worked with Oehler in Kerr County in the late 1990s, was hired by the GCAD in 2001.

Fair has worked in agricultural land values since that time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Texas A&M University and a master of science degree in range and wildlife management from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Wed
28
Oct

Snakes Alive!


Jared Holmes, biologist and educator at the Selah-Bamberger Ranch in Johnson City, shows off a Texas Whip Snake to a crowd gathered under a pavilion at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area on Sunday, Oct. 25. The program, sponsored by Friends of Enchanted Rock, was designed to teach the importance of snakes in nature. — Standard Radio-Post/Joshua McKinney
Wed
28
Oct

Farm Bureau president addresses annual meeting


Russell Boening was the guest speaker at Gillespie County Farm Bureau’s 67th annual meeting on Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center. Boening touched on subjects such as property rights, government regulations on water and trade agreements that benefit farmers in Texas. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

The Gillespie County Farm Bureau held its 67th annual membership meeting on Sunday evening, Oct. 25, at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center.

Russell Boening, the president of the Texas Farm Bureau, was guest speaker for the event and addressed several topics, including property rights.

“Property rights are very, very important to us,” Boening said. “We have a good relationship with Congress members in Austin because of the actions of county leaders and board members.”

The guest speaker also addressed the Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act of 1972, a set of rules from the Environmental Protection Agency that defines the waters protected by the Clean Water Act.

The Clean Water Act of 1972 originally defined the waters of the United States as “navigable waters,” according to Boening.

Wed
28
Oct

Exhibits added at this year's Wild Game Dinner


The Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner gave $75,407 in donations during the past year helping to promote Hill Country youth and adult agricultural education projects. A few of the volunteer board members for the 2015 Wild Game Dinner pictured with the check, left to right, are Lester Meier, Misty Gamble and Kyle Frey. This year’s dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. — Standard-Radio Post photo

The Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner is back for its ninth year at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Advance tickets are available for $20 (same price at the gate) in the following locations: Arrowhead Bank in Fredericksburg, Stroeher and Olfers, Lochte Feed and General Store and Allied Ag Services in Stonewall.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and food will be served until 8:30 p.m. 

This year’s dinner will feature an enlarged seating area, food court and added tents for exhibits and dining.

 “Overflow crowds these last couple of years forced us to get creative with larger accommodations,” said Lester Meier, event chairman.  “Of course, when you add more room, it just seems logical to add more prizes, more food, more exhibits and more fun. Our ticket prices haven’t gone up in nine years. We just keep adding great prizes and the word keeps spreading.”

Wed
28
Oct

New taxiway, other airport changes OK'd by commissioners

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County commissioners on Monday approved changes at the county airport, including building a new taxiway, starting a new lease for Fredericksburg Aviation, LLC, and moving an airport tractor shed.

Commissioners approved an amendment to the Capital Improvement Project that would build a taxiway for the future hangars on the east side of Airport Road, including the Texas A&M Forest Service.

“We would capitalize on the present capital improvement project and put in a ramp out there where they (Texas A&M Forest Service) can operate from for fire fighter duties,” Roger Hansen, airport manager, said.

Commissioners also approved the early termination of the lease with Fritz Aviation Services and started a 30-year lease for Fredericksburg Aviation, LLC, owned by Stephen and Beverly Allen.

Wed
28
Oct

Council talks changes to 'large home' policies

Fredericksburg City Council members met on Thursday, Oct. 22 at Hill Country University Center to mull potential changes to rules on single family structures, special events fees and awarding of hotel occupancy tax funds.

City Manager Kent Myers said several citizens have complained over the past year about the construction of large homes and how they impact the character of the neighborhood.

Brian Jordan, director of development services, showed examples of these homes. He also listed options for dealing with these concerns and cited examples of other cities’ regulations to determine a maximum floor-to-area ratio.

Council members also discussed city noise regulations. Fredericksburg Chief of Police Steven Wetz and his staff prepared detailed information on the regulations, which compared Fredericksburg to other cities. (See related story.)

Special event fees

Wed
28
Oct

Comfort man shot in Cain City altercation

Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a disturbance on Baethge Boulevard in the Cain City community at 3:01 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

Dale Devin (Sting) Dodd, 51, of Comfort, had driven to the residence of Alex Michael Blackmond, 27, of Fredericksburg.

An altercation occurred where Dodd was shot and later succumbed to his injuries. 

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Wed
21
Oct

Council cites 'no chains' rule, denies permit

By Scott Allen —

Fredericksburg City Council members on Monday voted 4-1, with Mayor Linda Langerhans dissenting, against letting a chain retail store locate at one of the town’s busiest intersections.

A conditional-use permit on The Spice and Tea Exchange in the Historic District at 401 E. Main St. was denied.

Joel and Karen Marshall, applicants for the business, said The Spice and Tea Exchange has nine other locations across the country and wanted their 10th location at the southeast corner of Washington and Main streets.

But their proposed business goes against the 2008 ordinance, which gained the nickname “No Chains on Main.” That was passed by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) to prohibit franchises and other chains from locating in the town’s “golden blocks” in an attempt to retain a unique retail environment. 

Wed
21
Oct

Early voting brisk before amendment election

Early voting totals ahead of the Nov. 3 Constitutional Amendment Election hit nearly 300 in the first two days, Gillespie County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche announced.

By 4 p.m. Tuesday, the clerk had counted 288 total early votes in the seven-issue ballot.

That includes 98 early votes on Monday, 112 on Tuesday and 78 mail-in ballots, she said.

Early voting continues through Friday, Oct. 30 at the courthouse, 101 West Main Street. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Weekend voting also will be conducted Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25 at the courthouse. Weekend voting hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Applications for voting by mail will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 23, Rusche said.

On Nov. 3, voting will be held in precinct locations. Voters can find the number of their precinct on their voter registration card.

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