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08
Apr

Gridlock over new lockup

Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills stands in the lobby of the new Gillespie County Jail. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Matt Ward

Gillespie County’s brand-new, 96-bed jail is slated to open next week, with the general public to receive a sneak peek into the facility later this week.

But amid the ribbons that will be cut at 10 a.m. as part of Friday’s open house, layers upon layers of political red tape have yet to be severed as city and county elected officials spar over the logistics of the facility’s opening.

County Sheriff Buddy Mills came under questioning from both Gillespie County Commissioners and the Fredericksburg City Council Monday morning during a joint meeting between the two entities.

Officials before public

Among the major concerns shared by both city and county leaders were the difficulties that county maintenance and IT workers had in being granted unlimited entrance to non-secure areas of the building.

Wed
08
Apr

Lozano experiments with art, science of glass

Nicole Lozano discusses her display of glass art, including glass nests and felt eggs, with David Warren (left) and Manuel Saiz (right) during last Friday’s First Friday Art Walk. Lozano was one of the featured artists at Artisans — A Texas Gallery. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

After working in glass art for 10 years, Nicole Lozano decided to experiment with an approach where two textures switch roles.

Hard becomes soft, and soft becomes hard.

The featured artist at Artisans — A Texas Gallery during last week’s First Friday Art Walk, Lozano’s glass display included felted eggs in nests.

In Lozano’s eggs-in-a-nest exhibits, the egg-shaped objects are felted with wool to make them more durable. The nests are made using strands of interconnected glass.

“What I really wanted was something that would contrast with the very fragile glass,” Lozano said. “I liked the effect it had, the opposite it had. Normally, the nest is very solid and strong and the egg is fragile, and in this case the nest is fragile and the egg is unbreakable.”

Wed
08
Apr

FTC's 'Crimes' will open this weekend

“Crimes of the Heart,” the final production for Season 18 of the Fredericksburg Theater Company, opens this weekend, and tickets for the three-week run are on sale.

“Crimes” will run on weekends from April 10-26. All performances will be at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

Show times are 8 p.m. for Friday and Saturday performances and 2 p.m. for Sunday matinee performances.

Advance tickets are $29 for adults and $12 for 17 and younger. Tickets at the door are $35.

Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office, located next to the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, or by calling 830-997-3588 or 888-669-7114.

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.

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