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Wed
23
Sep

Team begins work on giant river cane


George Pylant of Sprayco in Houston treats a large stand of river cane on Barons Creek riparian area. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Work has begun to fight back against the giant river cane clogging local creeks.

Members of the Hill Country Alliance and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department met early Wednesday morning at the recently renovated Frantzen Park to start test plots on treating Arundo donax, the invasive, aggressive species that can reach heights of 30 feet.

“We worked on a total of four properties over two days, and I think it was successful,” said Katherine Romans, landowner outreach program manager for Hill Country Alliance. “We’ll do a follow-up visit in about three weeks to get an initial sense of how it went. We’ll be able to tell next spring when the plants start to green up again.”

Romans said the group treated about one acre total, which is roughly one-fifth of the planned test area on a one-mile stretch of Barons Creek. An aerial survey showed roughly 50 acres of creek showing major clumps of the growth.

Wed
23
Sep

Three local first responders receive Oestreich awards


Sylvia (Tuttie) Geistweidt, an emergency medical technician with the Doss Volunteer Fire Department, received a Paul Oestreich Community Service Award for her services in firefighting in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

The Fredericksburg-Nimitz Rotary Club honored three public service members during the Second Annual Paul Oestreich First Responders Dinner which was held Sept. 17 at Turner Hall.

Awards for emergency medical service, firefighting and law enforcement were given for the trio’s service in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.

Sylvia (Tuttie) Geistweidt, emergency medical technician with the Doss Volunteer Fire Department, received the firefighting award.

Lee Dreyer, a paramedic with Fredericksburg EMS, received the EMS service award.

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Wed
23
Sep

Hoover named executive director of Gillespie County Historical Society

The Gillespie County Historical Society board of directors has approved the hiring of Jeryl Hoover as executive director, effective immediately.

Hoover has served as the interim director of the organization since June of this year.

“We felt the need to hire someone who has been an active part of our community and understands the importance of the society and museum,” said Dr. James Lindley, GCHS board president. “Jeryl has proven himself an effective leader in several areas of community life, and we’re optimistic about his tenure here.”

Hoover moved to Fredericksburg from Austin in 1996. He is the founder of the Fredericksburg Theater Company and was its managing director from 1997-2011. He also served three terms as mayor of Fredericksburg, from 2006-2010 and 2012-2014.

He has a doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, and served on staff at churches in Austin in the 1980s and 1990s.

Wed
23
Sep

Final Roots concert will feature 'Ace in the Hole' band, Jake Penrod


The Texas Jamm Band, featuring members of George Strait’s Ace in the Hole band, is popular at local rodeos, fairs, festivals across the state. — Submitted photo

Hard driving honky tonk music will be featured at the final Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country concert on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Pioneer Museum.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

The Texas Jamm Band, featuring members of George Strait’s Ace in the Hole band will headline the series from 8:15-9:15 p.m. and 9:30-10:30 p.m.

Opening the Root Series will be Jake Penrod and His Million-Dollar Cowboys from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Admission is $15 at the gate while online pre-purchase admission is $13.

To purchase tickets online, visit www.pioneermuseum.net.

The admission for current Gillespie County Historical Society members is $10 and free for children 18 and under.

Wed
23
Sep

Game Face


Creek Frantzen prepares to launch the football in the passing portion of the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition on Sunday afternoon. Hosted by the Optimist Club of Fredericksburg, the local contest was held in the Fredericksburg High School Stadium. See more photos and results on page A14 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
Wed
23
Sep

Crime Stoppers fundraiser this Saturday

The fourth annual Gillespie County Crime Stoppers fundraiser is set for Saturday, Sept. 26, at Turner Hall.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. with Graham Warwick.

Texas Country artist Thomas Michael Riley will follow Warwick.

Clear River Pecan Company have a food truck at the event.

A silent auction is also scheduled, and there will be a prize drawing for a Yeti cooler and a gun.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Wed
23
Sep

FFA Booster Club to host tailgate party on Friday

Fredericksburg Future Farmers of America is hosting a tailgate party, 5:30-7 p.m., this Friday, Sept. 25.

The football and hamburgers event will be at the Fredericksburg Independent School District Agricultural Science Building, at the corner of South Milam Street and Friendship Lane.

The Fredericksburg FFA Booster Club will host the event.

While eating grilled hamburgers, students and parents can meet advisor Patrick Padgett and new instructors Joel Bush and Caleb Elrod. They can also tour the new facility and see what FFA is all about.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Wed
23
Sep

PAWS fundraiser starts Saturday morning

Pedernales Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) kicks off its 2015 Fall Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 26, in front of Chase Bank at 150 E. Main St.

During Saturday’s kickoff, PAWS will offer fresh, home-baked cookies, bottled water, PAWS caps, hand-sewn pet leashes and items made from recycled feed sacks.

Items range from $10-$25.

PAWS volunteers are also making themed baskets for a fundraiser supporting PAWS’ mission to reduce the unwanted animal population in Gillespie County by providing spay/neuter assistance to companion animals and community cats of Gillespie County.

PAWS has an upcoming prize drawing for five different themed gift baskets to be given away on Dec. 4 at the PAWS booth in the Holiday Sharing Village after the Light the Night Christmas Parade.

Baskets are valued between $300 to more than $1,000.

Thu
17
Sep

FMS to host Aim For Success, two open houses

Aim For Success will present their “Freedom to Succeed” program to Fredericksburg Middle School students and parents later this month.

The school will also present open houses to further acquaint parents with the school and their children’s teachers.

Aim For Success

For parents, the Aim For Success program on teens, sex and choices will be from 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the FMS Cafeteria.

For students, the program will be throughout the day, Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The Aim For Success motivational programs have educated more than two million teens, parents and educators across America since 1993 on topics such as sex, drugs and bullying.

The Freedom to Succeed program discusses legal reasons why to choose abstinence.

Wed
16
Sep

After appraisal spikes, city trims its tax rate

By Richard Zowie —

For the third year in a row, the Fredericksburg City Council has voted to lower its property tax rate.

At their regular meeting Sept. 8, the council voted 5-0 to lower the rate from $0.02482 to $0.02313 per $100 valuation, due to new growth and appraisals resulting in higher property values.

The council also approved the 2015-2016 budget and received updates on the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and a proposed ordinance on entry corridors.

2015-2016 budget

The council approved 5-0 the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1 and will end Sept. 30, 2016.

The budget includes revenues of $43,273,250 and expenditures of $42,674,000.

In this year’s budget, the three fee increases include a three-percent raise in electric rates and eliminating 1,000 gallons of water consumption used for minimum monthly sewer charges.

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