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02
Jul

Council reverses rezoning request for condo project

By Matt Ward

 

Six months after neighboring residents won in a fight to prevent construction of an 11-unit condominium project on South Lee Street, the Fredericksburg City Council denied a zoning change to stop similar projects from development in that area during their regular meeting Monday evening.

Continuing a public hearing that began June 17, the council denied the change, with Mayor Jeryl Hoover and council members Tim Dooley and Gary Neffendorf opposed to changing the land use plan from medium- to low-density residential and the zoning from R-2 Mixed Residential to R-1 Single Family Residential.

“This is R-2, has been and was when you all bought (property),” Hoover said. “The fact that you have developed it more in the flavor of an R-1 is an after-the-fact nice thing, but it does not impose upon us to make the changes to reflect what you have done when you knew it’s what it was when you bought it.”

 

Tue
02
Jul

Pari-mutuel horse racing season begins Saturday

 

Kicking off the 2013 summer season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds will be the July Fourth Weekend Racing Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7.

In addition to the two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing, the weekend will also include an evening concert and dance on the outdoor pavilion on Saturday.

The eight-day 2013 summer season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds features live pari-mutuel horse racing over four weekends at the local five-eighths mile oval.

Along with the live pari-mutuel horse racing, the summer will also see the 125th Gillespie County Fair in August.

The summer season events are sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc.

 

Live pari-mutuel racing

Tue
02
Jul

Farmers, LCRA eye continuing drought


MORE UNRAVELING THAN USUAL is required as Paul Tybor (above), manager of the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District, measures how low the water is in a monitor well over the Ellenberger Aquifer. To measure the depth of the wa-ter, Tybor lowers a probe into the well. The probe beeps when it hits the water, Tybor then reads the tape measure attached to the probe. The aquifer is about 15 feet above its historic low point. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin Eck

By Austin Eck

            

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is warning that the current drought is likely to continue throughout the summer.

The LCRA’s warning is based primarily on the levels of lakes Travis and Buchanan which together are 38 percent full.

The drought in Fredericksburg is considered severe using the Palmer Drought Index. The Palmer Drought Index is used by meteorologists to determine the severity of a long term drought.

“Water levels in the city wells are low, but they are fairly stable,” said Paul Tybor, manager of the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District. “They are starting to trend downward.”

In the monitor well, the water is 80 feet down. The lowest it had ever been was in 2011 when the water was 95 feet down, and in wetter years water is about 50 feet down in the well.

Tue
02
Jul

Oklahoma! to continue this weekend


PROFESSING HIS LOVE for Ado Annie (Heidi Eubanks) through song is Will Parker (Travis Gaudin) in the Freder-icksburg Theater Company’s newest production, “Okla-homa!” The musical opened over the weekend to sold-out audiences and only limited tickets remain for the show’s final two weekends through July 14. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Limited seating remains for the second weekend of “Oklahoma!” — Fredericksburg Theater Company’s summer musical — which continues Friday at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South.

Performances, which continue through July 14, will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

A special children’s performance will be held Saturday, July 6, at 10 a.m. General admission tickets for this performance will be available at the door beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Children will be admitted for $1 with adults 18 and older for $5. All adults must be accompanied by children.

Tue
02
Jul

Safety concerns neighbors as Bikinis, Texas ready to open

By Matt Ward

 

Less than two weeks from the grand opening event of Bikinis, Texas, neighboring landowners are expressing concerns for safety at the potential high-traffic site, which is set to debut Saturday, July 13 with a bikini contest and Jerry Jeff Walker concert.

The 1.6 acres of land purchased by entrepreneur Doug Guller in southeastern Gillespie County has caused controversy both for its purpose and its supposed relation to Bankersmith, Texas.

Lacking an official plot, a debate rages between area residents whether the unincorporated town of Bankersmith sits on land purchased by Guller or on adjacent land owned by Rudy Klinksiek.

 

 

Community concerns

After Guller purchased the property in July 2012, initial concerns raised by neighboring landowners were thought to be eased as the national spotlight on the area faded.

Tue
02
Jul

Galleries to celebrate First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg galleries wish everyone a happy Independence Day weekend and extend an invitation to the public to celebrate with them on Friday, July 5.

Eleven art galleries, all located within the Historic Shopping District, welcome the community and the visitors to join them in their celebration of art.

Art Walk is an all-day event with most galleries hosting receptions on Friday evening, July 5.

For the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration, most galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.

Each gallery will observe Art Walk by showcasing various artists and mediums through demonstrations, opening receptions and casual art talks, along with serving wines by Becker Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards and Torre di Pietra.

Look for the new logo and new Art Walk flags at each participating gallery.

For more information and the latest news, visit  www.FFAWF.com.

Tue
02
Jul

Daily Update for Tuesday, July 9

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02
Jul

Patriotic parade, program Thursday

Thousands in Gillespie County are expected to don their best reds, whites and blues for a downtown parade and program celebrating America’s Independence Day on Thursday, July 4.

July 4th patriotic parade

Main Street merchants are being urged to dress up their storefronts in patriotic themes as they play host to crowds of spectators gathering curbside for the 10 a.m. parade.

This year’s event is expected to be as big or bigger than ever, according to Daryl Whitworth, who organizes the all-volunteer run parade and who said there are nearly 100 entries signed up to participate.

 People, cars, trailers — anything, basically — that can carry a patriotic theme was eligible to enter the parade, for which the deadline was set at the end of the day on Tuesday, July 2.

More information for applicants is available at the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center, 302 East Austin Street.

Tue
02
Jul

Fireworks, concert planned at park

A patriotic concert followed by the City of Fredericksburg’s annual fireworks show will combine to celebrate America’s Independence Day on Thursday, July 4, inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

 

Public invited to listen

to USAF’s “Warhawk”

Music fans are invited to gather Thursday at the park’s Pioneer Pavilion for a 7:30 p.m. concert by the United States Air Force (USAF) Band of the West’s “Warhawk” ensemble.

The group, featuring a wide-variety repertoire, is the USAF Band of the West’s response to America’s demand for classic rock ’n roll, traditional country and current pop music heard on the Top 40s stations.

It is known to perform songs from artists as varied as Michelle Branch, Brooks & Dunn, Creed and Shania Twain.

Tue
02
Jul

Children's July 4th parade to step off Thursday morning

Children from the ages of 11 on down are invited to celebrate America’s birthday Thursday in the annual Fourth of July Children’s Parade slated for the Kinderhalle Pavilion at Marktplatz (near the playground area), starting at 8 a.m.

The event is sponsored by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Ladies’ Auxiliary.

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