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Wed
27
Jan

Blues Fills the Hills

Jack Edery of the Austin-based Blues Posse lets his Les Paul Gibson ES-335 TD guitar “sing” the blues during Luckenbach’s Ninth Annual Blues Fest on Saturday. Hundreds of fans showed
at the storied venue for a day of Texas blues acts. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
27
Jan

Blues Fills the Hills

The Blues Posse was one of approximately nine bands that
sang the blues for Luckenbach’s Ninth Annual Blues Festival
last Saturday. Band members are (from left) Jack Edery, guitarist;
Jamie Van Beek, lead vocalist and harmonica player;
Grady Humble, drummer; Zaz Marschall, bassist and Clyde
Wayne, saxophone. Officials in Luckenbach described this
year’s event as “the best blues fest ever.” — Standard-Radio
Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
27
Jan

Winter Texans enjoy break from the cold

Roger and Bette Jeanne of Illinois probably
aren’t used to seeing bare ground and thawed
creeks during the winter. — Standard-Radio
Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

On a cool, sunny Saturday, Roger and Bette Jeanne Bennett of Clayton, Illinois, walked along the rocky nature trail at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Their path took them parallel to Live Oak Creek. The Bennetts’ western Illinois home is approximately 30 miles east of the Mississippi River, which divides Illinois and Missouri.

In other parts of America, including north and the east coast, cold winter weather resulted in heavy snows.

For this couple, this isn’t the type of winter they’re accustomed to.

“It was zero degrees when we left Clayton two weeks ago,” said Roger.

Wed
27
Jan

New FVFD

Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Deparmtent Fire Chief Lynn
Bizzell accepted on the department’s behalf a volunteer
award from the Texas State Parks during Saturday night’s
annual installation of officers and awards presentations.
More photos on D1. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
27
Jan

Tax payments due Monday from Gillespie property owners

Gillespie County property owners are reminded that they have less than a week to make their 2015 tax payments.

The deadline for paying 2015 taxes has been extended to Monday, Feb. 1, since Jan. 31 falls on a Sunday this year.

Taxpayers are also reminded that the Gillespie Central Appraisal District is collecting the taxes this year, and tax payments can be made in person, by mail or online.

Taxes can be paid in person at the GCAD office, located in Room 101 in the basement of the Gillespie County Courthouse.

For in-person payments, the Gillespie Central Appraisal District office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A drop box is also located outside the GCAD office..

Wed
27
Jan

Indian Artifact Show to visit town Saturday

Artifacts, jewelry, Trade Era beads and other artifacts will be on display this Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Hill Country Indian Artifact Show.

The one-day show will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Pioneer Pavilion, inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Collectors will bring their displays of Native American artifacts from Texas and elsewhere in the United States to share with visitors in a show comprised of as many as 73 tables.

The two show organizers, Richard Mentzer and Rob Bartell, bring a combined 100 years’ experience looking for artifacts.

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Tue
26
Jan

Daily Update for Jan. 26

News 

      • Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved a license agreement with OneClickDigital library for $3,100. The program will allow people who have library cards to the Pioneer Memorial Library access over 3,000 audio books. Commissioners also approved the hiring of Bradley Drage for a lawn maintenance position in the Facilities Department. 

Wed
20
Jan

Kerrville police fatally shoot man near Harper after vehicle, foot pursuit

A 37-year-old man was shot and killed by a Kerrville law enforcement officer in western Gillespie County early Wednesday morning.

Kerrville police, in conjunction with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, attempted to locate Michael Lynch for warrants, who was believed to be in the Kerrville area.

At 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Lynch was located in Kerrville but fled from police. He led law enforcement on a vehicle pursuit which ended in Gillespie County near Harper, police said in a statement.

Once in Gillespie County, Lynch exited his vehicle and led police on a two- to three-mile foot pursuit through heavy brush, at one point swimming across a creek.

Police were able to locate Lynch with the assistance of a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter.

The KPD said during the course of the pursuit, a Kerrville police officer shot Lynch. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wed
20
Jan

HOT fund applicants number 28

By Scott Allen —

Fredericksburg City Council on Monday reviewed 28 applications for the disbursement of Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds.

A total amount of $691,890 was requested from applicants. The council has budgeted $430,000 for the HOT funds, and will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8 to consider the requests.

Three of the original 31 applicants were not reviewed during the meeting.

An application from the Texas Balloon Spectacular wasn’t reviewed because planning for the event is not complete.

“The balloon event is complicated by the fact that they need the right wind currents and a lot of weather factors go into choosing a date so they are not ready to give a date at this time,” said Ernie Loeffler, director of the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB).

Council members pulled Fredericksburg Food and Wine Festival from the review.

Wed
20
Jan

Council, historic review board eye large homes

By Sandra Lane —

A joint meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council and the Historic Review Board (HRB) on Tuesday, Jan. 12 attracted more than 50 people at Fredericksburg City Hall.

Realtors, builders, architects and concerned citizens talked about large and oversized houses already built or proposed to be built in the historic district and other areas of the city.

“The whole story is that pretty much every member of the city council has been getting phone calls from residents who are concerned about a lot of people buying summer homes in town and making them so big, they don’t fit in with the community,” said councilman Graham Pearson. “We’re trying to find out if this is a broad-based concern or if it just mirrors the opinions of a few people. If it’s broad-based, we need to do something about it.”

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