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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

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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.

Wed
21
Aug

125th fair kicks off Thursday


RESEARCHING 'BLUE RIBBON RECIPES' to try from this 125th Gillespie County Fair commemorative cookbook is 2013 Fair Queen Camry Weinheimer, a Fredericksburg High School senior and daughter of Wanda Franz and Len Weinheimer. She and her royal court will preside over the fair festivities Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 22-25. Memorabilia items marking the 125th fair will be on sale at the souvenir booth at the fair grounds. -- Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter.

A celebration 125 years in the making is planned Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 22-25, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Four days of activities and events for the entire family are planned by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association to mark the 125th Gillespie County Fair.

To celebrate the 125th Gillespie County Fair, a number of special events and activities are planned along with traditional events while still focusing on the entire family.

Among the special events are a postal cancellation station, 42 tournament, pig races, 5K Fun Run and more.

Among the highlights at the “oldest, continuous county fair in Texas” are two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing, a carnival and midway, displays of agricultural and home products, a parade, a queen’s contest, antique machinery displays, musical entertainment and a livestock exhibition.

Wed
21
Aug

Drought's effects force moratorium on all new wells

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

A 90-day moratorium on all new permitted wells in Gillespie County was enacted Aug. 13 by the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District’s (HCUWCD) board of directors.

The new restrictions, spurred by critical drought conditions throughout the Fredericksburg area, include all irrigation wells (including landscape irrigation), along with municipal and commercial wells.

The moratorium does not prohibit new wells used solely for domestic purposes, explained Paul Tybor, district general manager. It also does not preclude replacement of existing wells, wells used solely for livestock purposes or wells that would alleviate conditions threatening health, safety or the general welfare of the public.

The moratorium is in effect for 90 days and would expire in mid-November, but, historically, moratorium extensions have been used by the HCUWCD board in the past.

Wed
21
Aug

Pool renovation costs exceed bond budget by $500,000


HOW MUCH POOL SPACE $1.6 million can provide at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool has not changed over the last six months as city officials learned that their original design could not be constructed in the allotted budget approved by voters last year. Option one (see graphic) presented to the city council Monday is the lone design offered that would stay under budget, according to pool consultant Mark Hatchel of Kimley-Horn.

By Matt Ward

More than a year after voters approved a $1.8 million bond for renovations at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool, the Fredericksburg City Council will soon determine whether or not the original design shown to voters prior to the election will ultimately be constructed.

Bids for the project opened Aug. 7 came in at least $500,000 over the $1.6 million budget for construction work, leaving the council to decide whether to change the design or find additional money to fund the project.

No decision was reached during the meeting and the council is expected to continue discussion on the project during their next regular meeting, slated for Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Wed
21
Aug

Ranger foundation member finds family connection


HONORING Gordon Sauer, second from left, for becoming a life member of the Former Texas Rangers Foun-dation, were Rangers, from left, Sr. Capt. H.R. Block, Foundation President Joe Davis, and Tom Roarick, foundation advisory board member. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

A desire to support a new Former Texas Rangers Foundation museum led to the discovery of a family connection for one local businessman.

Joe Davis, president of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation, presented attorney Gordon Sauer with a framed certificate on Thursday for becoming a lifetime member of the organization.

Sauer recently found that his great-grandfather Johan F. Sauer (1838-1909) had served four to five stints as a Texas Ranger, starting in 1861.

Davis said the organization has copies of handwritten records — since transferred to a database — and can trace the history of locals to see if their ancestors had served with the Rangers.

Wed
21
Aug

Main Street mainstay unique in retail


SECOND AND THIRD generations of Dooley’s owners — Tim, left, and his father, John — stand in the splatterware department of their store on East Main Street. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt

There are very few, if any, more popular landmarks in the downtown business area of Fredericksburg than Dooley’s 5-10 & 25¢ Store.

For nearly 90 years (the exact anniversary will occur in October), Dooley’s has offered an extremely wide variety of items for sale. That list ranges from potato guns to tea pots, belly button lint removers to plant seeds and bulbs, strawberry hullers to pickle pickers, many patterns of fabric for making clothes to a wide variety of toys.

And in those 90 years the Dooley family, now in its third generation, has been supplying the needs of its customers with a friendly, hometown atmosphere at its 131-133 East Main Street location.

One of the store’s areas that gets much of the customers’ attention is the toy department.

Wed
21
Aug

Events on tap to mark LBJ’s 105th birthday

Perhaps it is only fitting that the day after school begins is the birthday of a teacher-turned-politician who eventually became the 36th President of the United States.

Aug. 27 commemorates what would have been President Lyndon Johnson’s 105th birthday, and to celebrate his birthday, the State of Texas has a number of activities planned.

At the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, there will be free admission that day, along with a Texas summer favorite — cool air conditioning.

The library will serve cake and refreshments from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at the West Mall on the campus of the University of Texas, at 10 a.m., cupcakes will be served.

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