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Wed
02
Apr

Country schools tour, barbecue this weekend

The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools will host a Country Schools and Texas Vineyards Tour, Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6.

The event is a way of combining “scenic driving” with stops along the way to visit historic country schools and Texas wineries. Visitors will see how life was back in the days before modern things like video games and iPods.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, open houses will be held at the Cave Creek, Junction, Nebgen, Rheingold and Willow City schools.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. the next day, Sunday, April 6, a barbecue fundraiser will be held at the American Legion Hall on U.S. Highway 87 South. Barbecue chicken or pork plates with the trimmings will be sold at $9 per plate.

Drive-through and take-out plate sales begin at 10:30 a.m., while dine-in at the hall begins at 11 a.m.

Wed
02
Apr

City of Fredericksburg leaf collection to begin on April 7

The annual spring leaf collection program by the City of Fredericksburg is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 7.

During this program, residents are encouraged to gather leaves from their property and rake them to the street.

According to the city’s street department, the following guidelines will ensure pick up:

• Rake leaves onto the street, 12 inches from the curb;

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Wed
02
Apr

Fredericksburg Chorale to perform in concert Thursday at St. Joseph's

The Fredericksburg Chorale will present “The Romance of Childhood” at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3 at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 West San Antonio Street.

Admission is by donation.

The chorale is under the direction of Mark Hierholzer.

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Wed
26
Mar

TxDOT outlines highway plans

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Gillespie County Commissioners were clued in Monday as to what the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plans to do with local roadways over the next four years, from 2014-2017.

Joe Ramos, a senior director for the Alamo Area Council of Governments and a handful of TxDOT engineers/planners were on hand to discuss scheduled changes and receive input from commissioners on what they feel are high priority areas.

Projects they identified as “let” or completed are to replace bridges and approaches at four different water-crossing areas in Gillespie, including: Kneese Road at Palo Alto Creek (two structures;) Old San Antonio Road at the Pedernales River; Goehmann Lane at Barons Creek, and Boos Lane at the Pedernales River.

Planned projects from 2015-2018, which will be paid for by state funding, according to TxDOT, will include:

Wed
26
Mar

County awards HOT funds to 14 local organizations

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Fourteen local organizations each got served a piece of the funding “pie” Monday, when Gillespie County Commissioners divvied up shares of $120,00 in Hotel Occupany Tax (HOT) funds.

This year’s distribution was a full third larger than the county’s previous $80,000 HOT fund appropriations, but still came up $46,200 short of the $166,200 requested.

“Some may not be real happy with this decision, but some look at it like this — it is kind of gravy anyway ... icing on the cake,” said Commissioner Donnie Schuch, who annually takes point on the HOT fund project for the commissioners.

The process of deciding who gets what amount is a painstaking one, since every application is examined carefully to make sure it complies with the law’s restrictions when it comes to ear-marking funds, with the promise that they will further promote “heads in beds” in the county’s rural, non-incorporated areas.

Wed
26
Mar

Hill Country bluebonnets late, shorter, but still a 'sight to see'


HORIZON OF BLUE — Hues of early Texas bluebonnet blooms sway vividly against a spring blue sky, as early morning sunshine rays stretch across the fringes of Fredericksburg on March 25. Experts predict this year’s crop of Texas’ state flower will be a “sight to see,” although shorter and late to show. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

They may be a little shorter than usual and late to the party, but this year’s bluebonnets are nevertheless promising to be an eye-popping sight with their famous fields of blue.

Cooler than usual weather this past winter has delayed the wildflower season here, but already some patches of blooms are beginning to crop up on side lots, in cemeteries, in pastures and here and there, showing wildflower lovers glimpses of the start of spring.

“The reason the bluebonnets are going to be shorter/smaller this year is the lack of moisture we’ve had,” said Kathy Lyles, president of the Fredericksburg chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

“Bluebonnet seeds sprout in the fall and spend the winter as small rosettes,” Lyles said. “With spring rains, each plant can get as large as a dinner plate, but this year they did not have the rain, so they are considerably smaller.”

Wed
26
Mar

Bowlin pleas guilty to manslaughter

Former Harper resident Aimee Elizabeth Bowlin pled guilty to manslaughter charges in last year’s death of her husband, Michael Gene Bowlin.

Bowlin entered her plea in Gillespie County Court on March 11. She will next face the punishment hearing and sentencing phase of her case before Judge N. Keith Williams on May 15, said Lucy Wilke, assistant district attorney in Kerrville.

Bowlin, 43, currently remains in custody in the Gillespie County jail, local law enforcement officials confirmed.

She was accused of killing her husband, Michael Gene Bowlin, 45, at their residence at 460 Kristen Lane near Harper last year on May 26.

Wed
26
Mar

Valero shootout suspect indicted on 14 counts

The shooter who exchanged multiple gunshots with law enforcement officers during a convenience store stand-off on Dec. 18, 2013, has been indicted by the Gillespie County grand jury.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 24, of Fredericksburg, was arrested to end that three-hour incident in which dozens of shots were fired, but no one was injured. The incident took place at the Valero Corner Store, No. 980 in Fredericksburg.

When the grand jury convened on March 10, he was indicted on 12 counts of aggravated assault with deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated robbery, according to Gillespie County District Clerk Jan Davis.

Valdez remains in Gillespie County Jail.

Wed
26
Mar

Error in congress district leads to voter card reprint

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

A single digit printed wrong has led to a costly fix for the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office.

The office plans to mail out a new set of more than 17,000 voter registration cards in the coming days.

The first cards mailed out, and used already for one election, were based on a template provided by the Secretary of State’s office and contained the wrong number for the U.S. Rep. District.

The cards were printed, as provided by the state, with an “11” in the district box, while they should have read District “21,” Gillespie County Commissioners were told Monday by Marissa Weinheimer, local tax assessor-collector.

No other changes to the cards will be made.

Wed
26
Mar

Symposium explores land, water connection


PANELISTS Mark Steinbach, left, executive director of the Texas Land Trust, and Pam Mabry Bergman, landowner, listen to Clinton Bailey, director of public works and utilities for the City of Fredericksburg. Panelists discussed conservation and land restoration, which can affect river health.

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Healthy land means healthy rivers, a crowd of about 200 heard at a Pedernales River forum.

The Texas Water Symposium, held last Thursday at the Hill Country University Center, was entitled “The Pedernales: Challenges and Opportunities Facing an Iconic Hill Country River Basin.” A panel discussed the 120-mile river and its 800,000-acre catchment area, which is being affected by a variety of factors that have negatively affected other Texas waterways.

“Texas loses rural and agricultural land faster than any other state,” said Andrew Sansom, the moderator who is director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University in San Marcos. “The biggest danger to it is the fragmentation of family land, so we must find a way to keep large ranch tracts intact,” he said.

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