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Jan

First-Day Hike at Enchanted Rock

A line of hikers dot the summit trail at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area during the New Year’s Day hike on Friday, Jan. 1. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area was one of many Texas state parks and natural areas that participated in the New Year’s Day hikes Texas Parks and Wildlife hosts every New Year’s Day.— Standard-Radio ost/Scott Allen

Wed
06
Jan

Chilly 2016 begins with exercise

Friends Mark Johnson of Fair Oaks Ranch and Karen Holder from Portland, Oregon get some exercise as they embark on the 10K walk, which took them past Fredericksburg Middle School on Dec. 31. “We do a lot of American Volkssport Association events,” Johnson said.

Wed
06
Jan

First Friday Art Walk

Jimmy Cooper, a resident of Flagstaff, Arizona, studies a hand-carved wooden mirror frame at River Rustic Gallery during the Jan. 1 First Friday Art Walk. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

Wed
06
Jan

At the Top

The ecosystem of a summit pond is discussed by Emma Verzwyvelt, volunteer ranger, during the New Year’s Day hike at En-chanted Rock State Natural Area. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

Wed
06
Jan

Local artifacts identified ‘Antiques Roadshow’-style

Fredericksburg landowners can bring in artifacts from their property to be evaluated and identified by geologists during the 47th Annual Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show, Jan. 16-17, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park’s Pioneer Pavilion.

“Half a dozen geologists will be available to answer ‘What is this?’ for anybody walking in with a rock,” said James Gedeon of the Fredericksburg Rockhounds.

The Rockhounds host the free event.

Hours will be Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The show will feature minerals, fossils, meteorites, jewelry, geodes, stone carv-ings, exhibits and demon-strations.

Wed
06
Jan

Fredericksburg ranks as top 10 'smart' city

Zippia, an online job search, advertising and website based out of San Francisco, named Fredericksburg the sixth smartest city in Texas just above Kerrville that came in No. 7.

Zippia employee Chris Kolmar used four criteria to determine “the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts ...”

• Cities with populations over 10,000.

• Percentage of adults with at least a high school education (Higher is smarter.).

• Public schools per capita (Higher is smarter.).

• Private schools per capita (Higher is smarter.).

• Ratio of libraries to bars.

The data was culled from AreaVibes, an application that uses its own algorithm to rate the appeal of cities, and Yelp, an application that offers crowd sourced reviews of small businesses.

The top 10 smartest cities in Texas are:

Wed
30
Dec

New open carry law begins Friday

Fredericksburg Police Chief Steve Wetz wants the public to be aware that gun laws will change on Jan. 1 and “concealed” won’t have to be part of the equation in many public places.

On Jan. 1, new state laws for “License to Carry” permit holders will mean belt and shoulder holsters may become commonplace around the state.

Wetz said he expects the department to get lots of calls until the new law becomes known.

“I want everybody to feel secure and not be afraid to call us,” Wetz said. “But I want them to be aware that holstered weapons on their hip and shoulder are legal now for people with legal handguns licenses recognized by the State of Texas.”

New laws

Gun owners still can’t carry their weapons into the same places that were prohibited under concealed carry, including bars, sports events and high schools.

Other places that may ban open carry include hospitals, churches, restaurants and businesses.

Wed
30
Dec

Volkssport walkers to brave cold in New Year tradition

The Texas Volkssport Association will allow walkers to start 2016 on the right foot with two special walks on New Year’s Eve.

Cost for each walk is $3. There will also be a prize drawing for shoes from San Antonio Shoemakers.

The Memorial Walk is scheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 31 and is headquartered at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 W. San Antonio St.

In the Memorial Walk, people can reflect on friends or family who have died during the past year. Anyone can start the trek between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., but all walkers must be finished and off the route by 5 p.m.

There is a 5K and 10K option for walkers.

As the clocks chime mid-night and fireworks explode to greet 2016, the Volkssport group will continue a tradition over a decade old. 

Wed
30
Dec

2015 Year in Review

The new 96-bed Gillespie County Jail opened in April.

From budgets to the completion of a new jail, festivals, weather and more, 2015 was another busy year in Gillespie County.

As the clock begins to tick down the final hours of 2015, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post is taking a look back at the news making front page headlines this past year.

Government

A number of issues kept city, county and school officials busy in 2015.

City of Fredericksburg

Concerns over the city’s self-funding insurance plan in January forced the Fredericksburg City Council to hold a special meeting. Numerous claims in excess of $150,000 put the fund at risk of a deficit, and the city agreed to a more cost-effective provider network.

Twenty-nine requests for Hotel Occupancy Tax funds totaling $715,350 were received by the city in January. The city had earmarked $430,000 for division among the nonprofits.

Wed
30
Dec

Singin' Christmas Songs By The Fire

Dressed for the cowboy trail, The English Brothers, featuring, from left, Gerald on upright bass, Wes on guitar and Ray on banjo, perform Christmas songs and cowboy tunes during their Dec. 22-23 performances at Steve W. Shepherd Theater. The brothers combined blended voices with acoustic instrumentation as they mixed in bunkhouse comedy while singing songs from Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

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