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Wed
08
Apr

Bluebonnet Tractor Ride to crank up


It’s all uphill as this driver cruises during the 2014 Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club’s annual Bluebonnet Tractor Ride. This year’s event will be Saturday, April 11. The 22-mile drive begins at 9 a.m. at the Tivydale Shooting Range. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Members of the Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club will be chugging along on Saturday, April 11, for their annual Bluebonnet Tractor Ride.

This year’s route will take the members and other interested parties on a 22-mile loop, beginning at the Tivydale Shooting Range at 12872 Tivydale Road, about 13 miles outside town.

Drivers are asked to be at the Tivydale Shooting Range by 8 a.m. with a drivers’ meeting at 8:30 a.m. before the 9 a.m. ride.

Lunch will be at a place on White Oak Road with an awards ceremony to follow before the ride resumes.

This year’s ride is dedicated to Dustin Gross, a long time participant in the ride who died during the past year.

There are no restrictions on the age of tractors participating, although those driving newer models need to understand that the pace of the ride will be geared toward antique models.

Wed
08
Apr

Water conservation expo planned tomorrow night

The City of Fredericksburg Water Conservation Expo will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m., tomorrow, Thursday, April 9 at Marktplatz.

Three major speakers are lined up for the event with Ward Miller of the Texas Native Plant Society’s Fredericksburg chapter discussing native plants at 5:30 p.m.

Miller will be followed by Billy Kniffen, Texas AgriLife Extension Service Water Resource Specialist, who will focus on rainwater catchment education.

Jonathan Garner of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will conclude the program by addressing simple ways to conserve outdoor water consumption.

Wed
08
Apr

Peach growers hoping for good crop

By Josh McKinney

This year’s Gillespie County peach harvest might be one of the best in a while, according to a local grower.

Jamey Vogel, owner of Vogel Orchard and president of the Texas Hill Country Fruit Council, said a late freeze and long chilling hours are going to go a long way into making this one of the best crops of peaches he’s seen in the last five years.

The cold weather at the start of March, when temperatures averaged around freezing, helped keep the peaches from blooming too early.

“There was a freeze about three weeks ago when temperatures reached about 20 degrees,” Vogel said. “Late cold weather sets the peaches back enough and holds back the bloom.

“It’s like going inside and getting the coat out for a little longer. The cold ended up being a positive.”

Wed
08
Apr

FHS to host UIL concert band competition

The Fredericksburg High School band will host a University Interscholastic League Concert and Sight Reading Contest next week while the Fredericksburg Middle School bands are traveling to Boerne this week to compete in their Concert and Sight Reading contest.

FHS will host the contest Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14-15, between 10 high school bands from the surrounding area.

FMS is competing against other middle schools today and tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday, April 8-9, at Boerne Champion High School.

Both contests are open to the public and will have no entry fee.

High school bands

The Fredericksburg High School bands will perform Wednesday, April 15.

The sub non-varsity Concert Band will perform at 8:25 a.m. under the direction of John Rauschuber, Jason Younts and Michael Gause.

Wed
08
Apr

Daily Update for April 8

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      • Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce will host a meet and greet reception with Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) at 5 p.m. today in the H-E-B Room at the Hill Country University Center. The congressman will provide a brief legislative update and be available to answer questions. The event is open to the public.

Wed
01
Apr

GCAD proposes move into old jail location

By Richard Zowie

Gillespie County’s old jail could soon have a new use.

David Oehler, Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD) chief appraiser, on Tuesday outlined a proposed plan to move GCAD from the Gillespie County Courthouse basement into the jail.

Members of Fredericksburg Independent School District, Harper ISD, Doss Consolidated Common School District, the City of Fredericksburg, Gillespie County and Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District attended the joint meeting at the FISD administration building.

Oehler added it would be possible to renovate the dispatch area and have it ready to house collections by this summer, and to start doing appraisals there later in the year.

The chief appraiser and other officials did a walk-through of the jail on Monday.

Wed
01
Apr

Limits eyed for city judge workload

By Matt Ward —

Fredericksburg City Council members will be more closely defining the responsibilities of their municipal court judge as they begin the search to replace current judge Debbi McCurdy.

Council members took a closer look at a special meeting Monday, seeking clarification on how the city’s description of the job differs from the duties currently performed in the position.

McCurdy, who has announced her intent to resign from the position at the earliest possible convenience to the city, told council members that a rotation system with county justices of the peace has placed an additional burden on the position beyond the normal purview of the municipal court.

The two justices of the peace — Carl Schoessow and J.D. Hickman — share night and weekend magistrate responsibilities with McCurdy, despite the fact that many of the cases magistrated during that time are county cases.

Wed
01
Apr

'River cane' chokes creeks in watershed


Barons Creek is choked with “River Cane,” or Arundo donax. A Frantzen Park cleanup will provide a demonstration area for landowners to see how to treat the invasive plant. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

Arundo donax is its Latin botanical name, but trouble is what it spells for the Pedernales River.

The 20-foot stalks of cane have gained a foothold in Fredericksburg along Barons Creek and Town Creek. The cane is visible from many bridges and has crowded waterways.  

“About three weeks ago, we did an aerial survey in the upper reaches of the Pedernales and tributaries, including Barons Creek and Town Creek. We found around 300 sources of the plants,” said Katherine Romans of the Hill Country Alliance. “We identified arundo as an issue for the health of the river, impacting creeks and the whole hydrological cycle.”

The invasive grows in clumps. The plants develop deep roots, so chopping, mowing or pulling them can only increase their aggressive growth.

Beginnings, infestations

Wed
01
Apr

Details prepared for $16.5 million in school projects


Fredericksburg High School's look hasn't changed much since its construction in 1964. Bond passage would mean a major facelift and improvement in "curb appeal," Supt. Eric Wright said. — File photo

By Richard Zowie

Voters in the Fredericksburg Independent School District will decide in the May 9 election whether to approve the district’s $16.5 million bond proposal.

They will also have a trustee election.

The bond proposal consists primarily of construction and upgrades at Fredericksburg High School and Fredericksburg Primary School, along with improvements at each campus and additional items for custodians, transportation and technology.

Even if voters approve the bond, the FISD tax rate would remain the same and not change.

Wed
01
Apr

HOSA students advance to state


Advancing to the HOSA State Conference in April from Fredericksburg High School are, in front from left, Leeanne Shackelford, Emily Phair, Hailey Nicosen, Emmanuel Delatorre and (in back) Blake Tatsch, Makenna Olfers, Baylie Staedtler, Trent Bullion and Valeria Herrera. Not pictured are Lizeth Albiter and Janet Arias. — Photo courtesy FHS Campus Comet

Eleven Fredericksburg High School students will be competing at the HOSA State Conference, April 9-11 in Dallas.

The students qualified for state competition after placing in the top three at the Area 1 Spring Leadership Conference on Saturday in Austin.

(The meet was originally scheduled for earlier in the month, but was postponed due to the winter weather conditions.)

Finishing first and qualifying for state was the MRC Partnership team of Hailey Nicoson, Emmanuel Delatorre and Valeria Herrera.

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