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Wed
14
Aug

Roots series to end with 'Bourbon Street Night'

Pioneer Museum will resemble the French Quarter for one night as the Roots Concert Series ends with Bourbon Street Night on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Tickets are available online or at the gate for the blues, Cajun and Zydeco music concert. An adult ticket costs $12, while children under 18 years old do not have to pay admission. There is no charge for parking.

The entrance for the event will be off of South Milam Street, and the gates will open at 5 p.m.

The first 70 visitors can pay $5 to walk the half-mile nature trail down to the lower viewing area to see the bat emergence up close.

Tickets will go on sale about 6 p.m.

Seating for the lower viewing area is limited to 70 visitors.

Any remaining visitors can watch from the upper viewing area for free.

Approximately 20,000 people visit the state park each year, primarily to view the bats emerging from the abandoned rail tunnel in their nightly search for insects.

Wed
14
Aug

'Old Tunnel' to mark 100 years since first train trip

Old Tunnel State Park will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first train steaming through the only tunnel on the San Antonio Fredericksburg & Northern Railroad’s 24-mile rail line on Saturday, Aug. 17.

An afternoon of activities, many geared toward youngsters, begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. with a talk on the history of the railroad and tunnel by a member of the Kendall County Historical Society. 

After the event, visitors are invited to stay for the nightly bat emergence from the tunnel.

The first 70 visitors can pay $5 to walk the half-mile nature trail down to the lower viewing area to see the bat emergence up close.

Tickets will go on sale about 6 p.m.

Seating for the lower viewing area is limited to 70 visitors.

Any remaining visitors can watch from the upper viewing area for free.

Wed
14
Aug

FISD board votes to leave 2013-2014 tax rate unchanged

By Richard Zowie

For those who were hoping for no increase in Fredericksburg school taxes, there is good news.

At its August 12 regular meeting, the Fredericksburg school board voted unanimously to keep the school tax rates at what they have been for the past seven years.

The approved rates for 2013-2014 will be 1.0400 maintenance and operations and .1062 interest and sinking for a total tax rate of 1.1462.

Superintendent Marc Williamson said another public hearing would be required and that, regarding taxes and its budget, the school district was well within accepted margins.

Deborah Ottmers, assistant superintendent for business and finance, added, “All the numbers check out.”

Thu
08
Aug

Daily Update for Tuesday, August 13

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Wed
07
Aug

Utility rate increases appear a sure thing

By Matt Ward

 

Utility customers in the city of Fredericksburg will likely see changes in their monthly bills later this fall as the city council prepares to adopt a series of rate changes and hikes.

No decisions have been made on any increases, but they are expected to be in place by Oct. 1 when the city’s 2013-2014 budget will go into effect.

During a special budget workshop July 31, the council received a presentation from Tony Bagwell of HDR Engineering, the city’s utility rate consultant, who said that deficits in city utility funds need immediate attention to prevent a larger problem.

“To address the deficits in the water and sewer fund, some pretty dramatic action is needed,” Bagwell said. “The fund balances and the trend in fund balance are such that we’ve got to get it fixed.”

Wed
07
Aug

Council to hold election, despite rejection of petition

By Matt Ward

 

A citizen petition seeking to restrict the transfer of enterprise fund reserves without voter approval was unanimously rejected by the Fredericksburg City Council, but the issue will still go before voters next May.

During their regular meeting Monday, council members voted against the petition, but moved to call a charter amendment election in May 2014 on the issue by a 3-2 vote with council members Kathy Sanford and Graham Pearson opposed.

“We decided that we don’t want the validity of the petition to be the issue,” Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover said. “Maybe the merits of the charter amendment should be the issue.”

Wed
07
Aug

Water supplies feel stress


“We all have straws in this glass.” – Clinton Bailey, the city's director of public works, on local water supplies. Photo illustration by Walt Biddle.

By Walt Biddle

Special to the Standard-Radio Post

 

When Clinton Bailey says, “We all have straws in this glass,” he means it. 

Bailey became Fredericksburg’s Director of Public Works three months ago. In that role, his responsibilities touch the lives of residents in a variety of ways, none more than the quality and quantity of water used.

The multi-year drought continues and Fredericksburg remains under Stage 4 water use restrictions. In addition to dealing with the current challenge of providing water to city residents, planning for future needs is a “front burner” item. 

“We are going to have to spend some money on additional water,” Bailey said.

Bailey, who drinks a half-gallon of unfiltered city tap water each day (there is usually a jug sitting by his desk), is serious about water conservation. 

Wed
07
Aug

Frantzen, Marquardt crowned koenige at 118th Schuetzenfest


CROWNED SCHUETZENKOENIG for a sixth time, Dean Marquardt was raised high in the air by fellow competitors after win-ning the rimfire division at the 118th annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest Sunday evening. First-time winner Sam Frantzen topped the field in the centerfire division. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

 

A first-time winner and a six-time winner were crowned Sunday afternoon as Sam Frantzen won the centerfire division and Dean Marquardt won the rimfire division to be crowned Schuetzenkoenige at the 118th Annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest at the Bear Creek Shooting Range.

Frantzen won his first centerfire title with a score of 96 as the Hubertus Shooting Club won both Schuetzenkoenige titles at the yearly shooting competition.

In the rimfire division, Marquardt, also from Hubertus, won his sixth individual award with a score of 90.

The centerfire king’s trophy was donated by Stroeher and Son/Stroeher and Olfers, and the revolving trophy was donated by Fritztown Diesel.

In the rimfire division, the king’s trophy was donated by Security State Bank and Trust, and the revolving trophy by Moellering Construction.

Wed
07
Aug

Viticulture, fruit lab will support wine industry


NEWLY RENAMED Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viti-culture and Fruit Lab — for-merly the Texas Pierce’s Dis-ease Research and Extension Program lab — is now part of the Texas A&M University System. The building is lo-cated on Business Court near the Gillespie County Fair Grounds and the airport. – Photo courtesy Jim Kamas

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service recently received a contribution allowing the purchase of a pre-existing facility in Fredericksburg by the Texas A&M University System that will support the state’s viticulture and fruit industries, according to an agency official.

Originally opened in 2007 as the Texas Pierce’s Disease Research and Extension Program laboratory, the 3,200-square-foot facility is located near the Gillespie County Airport. It includes a main building, three large exterior greenhouses and an adjacent research and demonstration plot.

The facility, which now has been renamed the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab, will provide additional education, outreach and research related to statewide fruit production, said Dr. Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service director.

Wed
07
Aug

Tax-free weekend to help shoppers save

Shoppers will receive a brief respite from the state sales tax on select items this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 9-11.

The sales tax will not be applied to most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100.

During the holiday, shoppers can save about $8 for every $100 they spend.

Shoppers are expect to save an estimated $78.9 million in state and local taxes during the holiday. 

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