News

Thu
29
Aug

Commissioners reinstate countywide burn ban


UNLIKE IN 2011 when there were sometimes multiple calls in a day, grass fires like this one being extinguished Friday evening, Aug. 23, by Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department member Phillip Baumann alongside Shorty Crenwelge Road near U.S. Highway 87, north of Fredericksburg, have amounted to very little call volume this summer. Still, the county’s worsening drought condition from “severe” to “critical” this past week and the drying up of dangerous canopy fuels led fire chiefs to recommend the ban on open-air, outdoor burning. It was enacted by the Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court Monday morning, Aug. 26. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

A countywide “burn ban” prohibiting outdoor burning was enacted by the Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court Monday morning, Aug. 26.

The order was signed into effect at 9:15 a.m. when county officials acted on the urging of Gillespie County Fire Marshall Steve Olfers.

“We recognize that there are some areas of the county better off than others, but, generally, the county is still in a pretty critical situation,” Olfers advised commissioners.

The “sprinkles” of rain that fell Monday and Tuesday amounted to temporary moisture that would not make significant changes in the drought picture, he said.

“Overall, we’re losing ground moisture which affects your canopy fires (from cedars and other above-ground foliage),” Olfers said.

“When you think about the data we’re getting with the canopies and the larger fuels drying up, it makes life so much more difficult with that threat,” he added.

Thu
29
Aug

Doss to swell Saturday for 30th annual fish fry


HELPING PITCH IN on fire duty, and at the 30th Annual Doss Volunteer Fire Department fish fry on Saturday, will be, front, Fire Chief Kenny Priess, left, and DVFD President David Kesler; back, from left, Assistant Fire Chief Mark Geistweidt; Captain Ralph Rode, and Lieutenant James Priess. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

The biggest dangers for Gillespie County residents 150 years ago might have been hostile Indian tribes. But today, it is wildfire.

The tiny burg of Doss, population 225, will swell on Saturday as an expected 3,200 supporters of the Doss Volunteer Fire Department converge on the town for the 30th annual DVFD fish fry.

Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Doss Community Center where the menu for the ‘donation-only’ meal includes fried catfish, potato salad, cole slaw, pinto beans, trimmings, desserts and drinks.

Over 60 prizes which have been donated by local and area merchants and individuals will be awarded to lucky ticketholders throughout the evening with the grand prize being a $2,500 VISA gift card.

Thu
29
Aug

Happy 105th Birthday, LBJ


CARRYING THE WREATH — Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert D. LaBrutta (left) and park superintendent Russ Whitlock (right) carry a wreath to LBJ’s grave. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

On a cool, cloudy morning Tuesday, Aug. 27, officials and dignitaries gathered at the LBJ National Park and Historic Site at Stonewall to honor the late President Lyndon B. Johnson on what would have been his 105th birthday.

A light rain fell off and on during the ceremony at the Johnson Family Cemetery.

Park superintendent Russ Whitlock and Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert D. LaBrutta, commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, laid a wreath at the president’s grave.

Following speeches by both Whitlock and LaBrutta, University of Texas student and 2013 Harry S. Truman scholar Jordan Metoyer spoke about the modern-day perspective of Johnson’s legacy.

Thu
29
Aug

Harper to host Frontier Day with rodeo, parade and more

The annual Frontier Day celebration returns to the Harper community on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Beginning at 9 a.m., a full day of activities is planned for the observance, ending with the Lester Meier Open Rodeo at 8 p.m., followed by a dance at 9 p.m., featuring Texas Thunder.

Admission to the rodeo is $10 for adults and $5 children between six to 12 years of age. Kids five and under get in for free.

The calf scramble and mutton busting costs $10 per entrant, while the three-man wild steer saddling event is $30 per team.

Tickets to the dance are $10 for ages 12 and up.

During the day, various vendors will have a variety of items for sale. Other events will include a Domino “42” tournament, washer pitching tournament, a “Little Mr.” and “Little Miss” contest, and the traditional parade down Main Street.

Thu
29
Aug

WWII Pacific reenactment to be held at Nimitz

History buffs and curious area residents alike will soon get to take a trip back in time 70 years on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

The year will be 1943 and the place will be the remote confines of the Pacific Ocean where land is scarce and salt water is abundant.

The National Museum of the Pacific War will host a Pacific combat living history reenactment on those two days.

The reenactments will be at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Visitors will learn about events surrounding the November 1943 Battle of Tarawa, which was fought between America and Japan in the Gilbert Islands, specifically, on the heavily-fortified Japanese-held island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll.

Thu
29
Aug

Some closing doors Monday for Labor Day

Labor Day traditionally serves as a signal to the end of summer, and with that in mind, a large number of offices and businesses will be closing their doors on Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day.

For specific information on holiday closings, refer to the advertisements found elsewhere in this issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

Government

•Federal offices: Closed.

•State offices: Closed.

•County offices: Closed.

•City offices: Closed.

Postal Service

•Closed. There will be no delivery on city, rural or highway contract routes on Monday.

The post office windows will be closed and no lockbox service will be provided.

Garbage, Recycling

•Trash Collection: Regular trash collection schedules will be observed on Monday.

•Recycling Center and Landfill: The Recycling Center and Solid Waste Facility will be closed on Monday.

Wed
28
Aug

Some closing doors Monday for Labor Day

Labor Day traditionally serves as a signal to the end of summer, and with that in mind, a large number of offices and businesses will be closing their doors on Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day.

For specific information on holiday closings, refer to the advertisements found elsewhere in this issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

Government

•Federal offices: Closed.

•State offices: Closed.

•County offices: Closed.

•City offices: Closed.

Postal Service

•Closed. There will be no delivery on city, rural or highway contract routes on Monday.

The post office windows will be closed and no lockbox service will be provided.

Garbage, Recycling

•Trash Collection: Regular trash collection schedules will be observed on Monday.

•Recycling Center and Landfill: The Recycling Center and Solid Waste Facility will be closed on Monday.

Mon
26
Aug

Daily Update for Tuesday, August 27

News

Wed
21
Aug

Local school bells ring

By Richard Zowie

Just a few short months ago, school students probably were singing a line from that famous Alice Cooper song: “School’s out for summer!”

Soon, they’ll probably sing lyrics from a Chuck Berry song: “Up in the morning and out to school/The teacher is teaching the Golden Rule.”

For most area students, school will begin in late August as the routine of getting textbooks, classrooms, homework and bus rides starts up again.

While area schools’ first days vary, all Fredericksburg schools will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 26.

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
21
Aug

Average utility bill to rise $10.87

By Matt Ward

With deficits looming in three major utility departments, the Fredericksburg City Council is expected to raise utility rates on all customers next month.

During a presentation Monday evening at a special council meeting, city staff made formal recommendations of fee increases for city water, sewer and electric customers.

No final decisions have been made on any increases, but will be voted on at the council’s Sept. 16 meeting in order to be in place by Oct. 1 when the city’s 2013-2014 budget will go into effect.

The proposed increases include 11 percent to water rates, 15.4 percent to waste water rates and four percent to electric rates.

For residential customers, a higher second price tier will go into effect earlier with the intent of promoting water conservation.

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