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Wed
21
May

Car show patrons look for park shade


Competition for a spot in the shade is fierce at the mid-May car show. Between 40 and 50 mature live oaks have been lost to oak wilt and drought. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Organizers for the Lone Star Street Rod Association’s State Run may put the brakes on holding the show at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

The reason is not hospitality, not rising room rates and not even some petty vandalism that occurred during last year’s show.

It’s Mother Nature.

The drought and oak wilt has left less tree canopy for car show patrons to find a comfortable spot. And while the mercury climbs into the summer months, the patrons grow less comfortable, said Jim Rowlett of Hurst, chairman of the board and chaplain for the Lone Star Street Rod Association.

We love the city,” Rowlett said. “The show has been here 11 years now, and we’ve noticed declining attendance, and it’s just mostly the trees.”

Club director Carol Smith said attendance was up slightly over last year.

Wed
21
May

Businesses, government set Memorial Day closings

As a tribute to those who lost their lives for this country, a number of offices and businesses will be closing their doors on Monday, May 26.

In observance of Memorial Day, city, county, state and federal offices will be closed.

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

Government

•Federal offices: Closed.

•State offices: Closed.

•County offices: Closed.

•City offices: Closed.

Postal Service

•Closed. There will be no delivery on city, rural or highway contract routes on Monday. The post office windows will be closed and no lockbox service will be provided.

Garbage, Recycling

•Trash collection: Regular trash collection schedules will be observed on Monday.

Wed
21
May

Motorists urged by DPS ‘move over or slow down’

A growing trend among local motorists is putting officers in danger and that has prompted Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers to issue a community plea: “Move over or slow down.”

If approaching a vehicle with flashing lights that is parked to the right of the road — whether it is a DPS unit, law enforcement patrol unit, ambulance, fire truck, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) vehicle or tow trucks — please follow the law, said DPS Trooper Coy Morales.

Texas statute requires motorists in those situations to either move over a lane to the left, if possible, or slow to at least 20 miles per hour slower than the posted speed limit for that area, he said.

“Nobody seems to be doing it,” Morales added, saying that puts officers on traffic stops at increased danger for being hit by passing vehicles, particularly on stretches of road out Texas Highway 16, as well as U.S. Highways 87 and 290.

Wed
21
May

Peach Queen applications available for June pageant

Applications are being accepted from high school coeds interested in vying for the title of Stonewall Peach Queen.

The new Peach Queen and her court will be chosen during the 53rd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo, June 20-21.

Applications are available in the office at Fredericksburg High School or at the sponsoring Stonewall Chamber of Commerce’s website at www.stonewalltexas.com.

Completed applications must be returned by Monday, June 2. Applications postmarked after June 2 will not be accepted.

The completed applications should be returned to the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce, Attn. Kelly Schneider, P.O. Box 1, Stonewall, TX 78671.

A photograph for use in the newspaper should accompany each application.

Wed
14
May

City Charter amendment passes 581-556

By Matt Ward —

Three new council members were elected and the first amendment to the city charter was passed by 25 votes Saturday in the City of Fredericksburg election held at Fredericksburg Middle School.

Of the city’s 7,512 registered voters, only 16 percent (or 1,212 voters) actually cast their ballot in this year’s election.

“I think that this election was more about the incumbents than it was about the amendment,” charter amendment organizer Isabel Wertz said. “I hope that the city will be more thoughtful in the future of how the revenue of the city is being spent.”

Former mayor Linda Langerhans defeated current mayor Jeryl Hoover 687-494, while Jerry Luckenbach and Bobby Watson were elected to replace current council members Tim Dooley and Kathy Sanford.

Wed
14
May

Annex debated as appraisal district seeks new home

By Matt Ward —

County Annex No. 2 may be considered to house the Gillespie Central Appraisal District after lengthy discussion of the proposal by Gillespie County Commissioners during their regular meeting Monday morning.

“From what I’m hearing, it sounds like there may be an interest, but we all understand that there are still issues to work out,” County Judge Mark Stroeher said. “We all have some concerns, but the overall consensus is that we would have an interest in discussing it.”

The appraisal district, which will need additional office space to accommodate tax collection services beginning in July 2015, is seeking alternative locations for a new site before making a recommendation to its five largest taxing entities next month.

Wed
14
May

Rains douse drought-parched area

By Terry Collier —

With the arrival of Monday night’s encouraging rain, Fredericksburg area residents are hoping (and praying in many cases) that more moisture will be forthcoming for what has been a drought-plagued countryside.

That’s because the long-term dry spell the city and the county have been experiencing is such that only once during the past 50 years has Fredericksburg received less rainfall during the first four months than it has in 2014.

Before a brief shower that dropped 0.05 inches Friday, and Monday night’s thunderstorm activity which delivered a much-needed 1.45 inches of moisture to bring the May total to 1.50 inches, the city had recorded only 1.65 inches for January through April -- second only since the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post in 1962 began collecting rainfall records to 1971 when just 1.01 inches fell during the same four-month period.

Wed
14
May

Harper man accused of family killings

A Harper man is in jail and faces capital murder charges after he reportedly murdered his wife and granddaughter Friday at their home.

Joseph C. Knight, 67, of Harper, remains in the Gillespie County Jail on a $1 million bond for the fatal shootings of his wife, Karon Knight, 59, and his granddaughter, Barbara Knight, 19, Sheriff Buddy Mills said.

The incident was reported to have happened shortly before 8:06 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Knight residence, at 623 Josephine Drive in Harper, Mills said.

After Knight allegedly killed the two females, he called local law enforcement to turn himself in.

The Texas Rangers are performing an ongoing interview and investigation of the case, but have not released any information on Knight’s mental state, weapons used or other details.

“We don’t have any ‘ifs’ or ‘whys,’ and we know that’s what everyone is waiting for,” Mills said. “We just don’t know what goes through people’s minds.”

Wed
14
May

Hero's Welcome


Carlos Vasquez, of Houston, is greeted by locals Saturday at a rally in support of injured soldiers and their families from Fort Hood in Killeen and the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). The event, sponsored by Fredericksburg Salutes Our Wounded Warriors, included about 125 warriors and their family members, who were transported on three buses to Marktplatz. Vasquez, who lost his leg last November after injuries sustained in Afghanistan, said he was on his third tour of duty for the military, but added he is recovering rapidly at SAMMC. “I’ve got to get better to keep up with my kids,” he said. The reception on Marktplatz also featured pets supplied by Zoofari Animals, of Harper. The weekend is designed to supply the soldiers and their families with entertainment, Main Street treats and admission to Street Dreams to view muscle and antique cars. Visit fsoww.org for more information. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
Wed
14
May

FMS Band Spring Concert


Eighth-grade French horn players, from left, Josh Bonillas, Joslyn Sanchez and Chase Jenschke perform “Miss Liberty March” as part of the Fredericksburg Middle School Bands’ Spring Concert, held Tuesday, May 6 in the high school auditorium. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade bands performed under the direction of Brad Bryant, Jason Younts and Dani Rauschuber, respectively. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

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