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Wed
04
Mar

First Friday Art Walk set this weekend

A number of galleries will be offering special events on Friday, March 6, as part of the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration.

Participating galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature demonstrations, art talks, receptions, visits with the artists and more.

For more information and the latest news from participating galleries, visit www.FFAWF.com.

Participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flags.

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Wed
04
Mar

Gas prices start to creep back up

By Richard Zowie

Over the past year, gasoline prices locally have been experiencing a seesaw effect.

Last summer, Gillespie County residents saw prices at the pump average nearly $3.50 per gallon.

Then, in late 2014, gas stations became popular places to visit as prices dipped to around $1.60 per gallon for the first time in years.

Now the euphoria of cheap gasoline is fading away as the price is slowly climbing and currently averaging around $2.20 per gallon locally.

Where the price will go next and how it dipped so low are topics debated by local gas suppliers and economists.

Gas price changes
Edward Stroeher, petroleum manager at local petroleum business Stroeher and Son, said last year’s low gas prices were due in part to the reduction in oil prices.

Wed
04
Mar

Elk foundation to host banquet


“Wapiti Warrior,” an original oil painting by artist Joyce Malatek has been donated to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Greater Texas Hill Country Chapter/Fredericksburg and Kerrville to be auctioned off on Saturday night, March 7, during the group’s annual banquet. At right is Wayne Zimmermann, a member of the committee. — Standard-Radio Post

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Greater Texas Hill Country Chapter/Fredericksburg and Kerrville will hold its annual banquet on Saturday, March 7.

The event will be held at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center at 237 Equestrian Drive.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for the social hour and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

Tickets are still available by contacting Mike Falk at 210-861-4039 or visiting www.rmef.org and clicking on the “event” tab.

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Wed
04
Mar

Trail ride planned for Friday

Riders will be gathering here and saddling up on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, for The Original Texas Star Trail from Fredericksburg.

The week-long 112-mile ride will take participants across 40 cattle guards and through more than 20 Hill Country ranches, including the LBJ Ranch at Stonewall.

Participants will gather on Friday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds before starting the first leg of their trip at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

On the first day, the group will travel 17 miles to Luckenbach where they will camp for the night.

While at Luckenbach, the group will have dinner followed by a Wagon Medallion presentation and dance featuring the music of Dusty Britches and the Rhythm Ranch Hands.

Then, on Sunday, the riders will travel 10 miles to Stonewall where they will camp at Burg’s Corner.

The group is expected to arrive in Stonewall around 1 p.m. on Sunday where they will have lunch and dinner, cowboy music and a camp-fire.

Wed
04
Mar

Shuttle to Enchanted Rock set for testing

On one of the busiest weeks at “The Rock,” some help is on the way for motorists.
Majesty Tours, in cooperation with Friends of Enchanted Rock and the park staff, will sponsor park-and-ride shuttle service to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area from town.

During the first week of spring break, the 17-mile trip will start at Fredericksburg Elementary School, corner of Adams Street and Lower Crabapple Road, said Kelly and KK Welch, co-owners of Majesty Tours. Those using the shuttles may leave their cars in the school parking lot.

Shuttle parking during the second week of spring break, March 16-22, will be determined next week.

The shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the next two Saturdays and Sundays and weekdays from March 7-22. Shuttles will rotate about every hour. The final shuttle will return to the school around 5 p.m.

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.

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