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Wed
04
Nov

Turkey shoot, benefit fish fry slated in Harper this weekend

Two organizations in Harper are planning events this weekend to coincide with the opening of the 2015-2016 big game hunting season.

The Harper Turkey Shoot will take place on Friday, Nov. 6, followed by the annual benefit fish fry sponsored by the Harper Volunteer Fire Department and EMS on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Turkey Shoot

Sponsored by Harper American Legion Post 650, the turkey shoot will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the rodeo grounds in the Harper Community Park.

The event continues until 5 p.m. on Nov. 6.

There will also be a paddle wheel with a large selection of prizes for the winners.

The auxiliary will be offering food and drinks throughout the day.

Harper VFD fish fry

Harper Volunteer Fire Department and EMS will host their annual benefit fish fry from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the HVFD station.

Wed
04
Nov

Newspaper to publish early next week

Two early publication dates for the month of November have been announced for the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

The early publications are due to the Veterans Day holiday on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Veterans Day

Because Veterans Day falls on a Wednesday this year, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post will be publishing one day early next week.

The newspaper will be published on Tuesday, Nov. 10, instead of the regular publication date of Wednesday, Nov. 11.

With the early publication date, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post has also announced that deadlines for inserting news items and advertisements in next week’s paper have been adjusted to meet the earlier printing schedule.

The deadline for submitting advertising for the real estate section as well as display advertising is 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

Wed
28
Oct

Looking for an ACCEPTABLE DECIBEL

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Fredericksburg Mayor Linda Langerhans and City Manager Kent Myers want to dispel social media rumors that there is an effort to “ban all outdoor music” by the council.

Langerhans, Myers and Police Chief Steve Wetz said Monday they are considering changing the ordinance, but that it may be the first of the year before changes are made and that no outright bans are being considered.

Since last weekend, social media has swirled with talk of outdoor music bans and other severe restrictions that Langerhans and Myers said are not true.

“We asked Chief Wetz to put together information about complaints from people close to Main Street and also to compare our policies to other towns,” Myers said.

Wed
28
Oct

Early voting ends Friday

Early voting ahead of the Nov. 3 Constitutional Amendment Election totaled 963 with three days remaining, Gillespie County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche announced.

By 4 p.m. Tuesday, the clerk had counted 963 total early votes in the seven-issue ballot. Of those, 859 have voted in-person.

That includes 561 early votes in-person last week, 141 on Monday and 117 on Tuesday.

There have been an additional 101 mail-in ballot requests, she said. Those are usually for voters over age 65 or who are in military service, she said. There also were three provisional ballots.

Early voting continues through Friday, Oct. 30 at the courthouse, 101 West Main Street. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Weekend voting also will be conducted Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25 at the courthouse. Weekend voting hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Wed
28
Oct

Gillespie soaks up the rain

A little rainfall seeped onto the Goehmann Lane Bridge that spans across the Pedernales River, between Fredericksburg
and Stonewall. No major damage was reported during weekend rains. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

By Richard Zowie —

Some say rain in the Hill Country tends to be feast or famine, and last weekend, Gillespie County had a feast to break up the summer dry spell.

Fredericksburg and surrounding areas received rain (some more than six inches), mostly Saturday, that brought in a lot of water but didn’t cause any significant problems.

The rain came on the heels of Hurricane Patricia, which made landfall Saturday in southwest Mexico.

Paul Tybor, manager of the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District, said more rain could be on its way soon, due to the El Niño weather patterns.

Currently, the Pacific Ocean is experiencing “El Niño” patterns, meaning warm air that produces moisture.

At Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, manager Tamara Heimann said the park received 2.3 inches of rain Saturday with smaller amounts Friday and Sunday. They had no flooding problems with Live Oak Creek.

Wed
28
Oct

GCAD welcomes Fair as new chief appraiser

William (Scott) Fair, left, will succeed David Oehler as chief appraiser at the Gillespie Central Appraisal District. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

William (Scott) Fair will succeed David Oehler as chief appraiser for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District.

Fair will assume chief appraiser duties after Oehler’s resignation becomes effective at the end of December. Oehler, who announced his resignation in July, will begin a private appraisal firm.

Fair, who worked with Oehler in Kerr County in the late 1990s, was hired by the GCAD in 2001.

Fair has worked in agricultural land values since that time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Texas A&M University and a master of science degree in range and wildlife management from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Wed
28
Oct

Snakes Alive!

Jared Holmes, biologist and educator at the Selah-Bamberger Ranch in Johnson City, shows off a Texas Whip Snake to a crowd gathered under a pavilion at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area on Sunday, Oct. 25. The program, sponsored by Friends of Enchanted Rock, was designed to teach the importance of snakes in nature. — Standard Radio-Post/Joshua McKinney

Wed
28
Oct

Farm Bureau president addresses annual meeting

Russell Boening was the guest speaker at Gillespie County Farm Bureau’s 67th annual meeting on Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center. Boening touched on subjects such as property rights, government regulations on water and trade agreements that benefit farmers in Texas. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

The Gillespie County Farm Bureau held its 67th annual membership meeting on Sunday evening, Oct. 25, at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center.

Russell Boening, the president of the Texas Farm Bureau, was guest speaker for the event and addressed several topics, including property rights.

“Property rights are very, very important to us,” Boening said. “We have a good relationship with Congress members in Austin because of the actions of county leaders and board members.”

The guest speaker also addressed the Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act of 1972, a set of rules from the Environmental Protection Agency that defines the waters protected by the Clean Water Act.

The Clean Water Act of 1972 originally defined the waters of the United States as “navigable waters,” according to Boening.

Wed
28
Oct

Exhibits added at this year's Wild Game Dinner

The Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner gave $75,407 in donations during the past year helping to promote Hill Country youth and adult agricultural education projects. A few of the volunteer board members for the 2015 Wild Game Dinner pictured with the check, left to right, are Lester Meier, Misty Gamble and Kyle Frey. This year’s dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. — Standard-Radio Post photo

The Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner is back for its ninth year at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Advance tickets are available for $20 (same price at the gate) in the following locations: Arrowhead Bank in Fredericksburg, Stroeher and Olfers, Lochte Feed and General Store and Allied Ag Services in Stonewall.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and food will be served until 8:30 p.m. 

This year’s dinner will feature an enlarged seating area, food court and added tents for exhibits and dining.

 “Overflow crowds these last couple of years forced us to get creative with larger accommodations,” said Lester Meier, event chairman.  “Of course, when you add more room, it just seems logical to add more prizes, more food, more exhibits and more fun. Our ticket prices haven’t gone up in nine years. We just keep adding great prizes and the word keeps spreading.”

Wed
28
Oct

New taxiway, other airport changes OK'd by commissioners

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County commissioners on Monday approved changes at the county airport, including building a new taxiway, starting a new lease for Fredericksburg Aviation, LLC, and moving an airport tractor shed.

Commissioners approved an amendment to the Capital Improvement Project that would build a taxiway for the future hangars on the east side of Airport Road, including the Texas A&M Forest Service.

“We would capitalize on the present capital improvement project and put in a ramp out there where they (Texas A&M Forest Service) can operate from for fire fighter duties,” Roger Hansen, airport manager, said.

Commissioners also approved the early termination of the lease with Fritz Aviation Services and started a 30-year lease for Fredericksburg Aviation, LLC, owned by Stephen and Beverly Allen.

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