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Wed
05
Mar

'Spring Forward' one hour for DST Sunday morning

This Sunday, March 9, when Daylight Saving Time (DST) requires folks to “spring forward” one hour, there’ll be a trade-off: one extra hour of daylight daily for the next 34 weeks in exchange for one hour less sleep on Saturday night.

That’s because the time officially changes at 2 a.m. on Sunday and most people, in an effort to not be late for any Sunday morning activities, traditionally opt to advance their clocks before turning in to bed on Saturday.

This year, DST will last for a 34-week span before “falling back” one hour to Central Standard Time (CST) on Sunday, Nov. 2.

Most of America follows the time change rules, except for residents in Hawaii and most of Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation, which does adopt the time change.)

Other “home” territories overseas not implementing DST are: Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Wed
26
Feb

Burn ban enacted for Gillespie County

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Although some ranchers asked them not to, Gillespie County Commissioners have enacted a “burn ban” to protect against the “bigger picture” of wildfire danger.

“This is probably more proactive than we’ve been in the past, but things are drying out quickly,” county fire marshal Steve Olfers said Monday to commissioners as he made the recommendation on behalf of himself and what he said was a majority of the chiefs from the county’s rural fire departments.

Commissioners opted to agree with the recommendation, voting unanimously (5-0) to put the 90-day, automatic countywide law into place.

That decision, however, knowingly goes against the wishes of several agricultural producers who Commissioners Calvin Ransleben and Donnie Schuch said had phoned them this past week to express their objections to a ban.

Wed
26
Feb

Control, leadership concerns arise in dispatch discussions

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

While city and county officials seem to agree on combining their dispatch efforts once the new jail is complete, just who will manage the center is still in question.

The sheriff, who currently supervises the county’s dispatch says the system works just fine, so don’t “fix it.”

“We have the ability to take care of everything right now,” he told Gillespie County Commissioners meeting Monday.

Recommended by the 22-member Joint Dispatch Research Committee, however, is that such a dispatch center should be ruled by a board of 11 directors (in an attempt to give all the affected parties — fire, EMS, law enforcement, public utilities — a voice in operations).

Yet county officials also learned from their information technologies employee, John Keller, that even if a board governs the dispatch center, law enforcement still has the final say since, by law, it must be given majority control.

Wed
26
Feb

Peaches sufficiently chilled, but now moisture is needed


SPRING IS ON THE WAY – Extension Agent Jim Kamas said growers are in “hurry up and prune” mode. Manuel Bodello, foreground, and Carlos Rodriguez, worked Monday at Marburger Orchards to get peach trees ready for rapid growth. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

With around 1,200 chill hours for Hill Country peaches recorded, workers are furiously working to prune trees and ready them for spring growth.

If Mother Nature cooperates with more moisture and no late freezes, this year’s crop could be a good one, said Jim Kamas, Texas A&M Extension Agent for Gillespie County.

Peach growers count on “chill hours” or the time below 45 degrees to help the trees have a healthy winter dormancy and condition them for spring. Ideal winter days are between 35 and 40 and drizzly to add a bit of moisture, he said.

“We’re in an 800-hour zone, so we’ve got substantially more than we normally get,” Kamas said. “Now, there’s nothing holding this year’s crop back.

The lowest recorded temperature was 14.9 at the Gillespie County Airport on Jan. 7, he said. The area’s first freeze was recorded Nov. 13.

Wed
26
Feb

Rumsfeld ruminates


Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld spoke to a crowd of 280 here Monday on topics ranging from the Ukraine to the U.S. political system. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

“Nature abhors a vacuum,” goes an old saying, and that is one thing that worries Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Rumsfeld was in Fredericksburg Monday for the Admiral Nimitz Foundation’s Distinguished Speaker Series, held at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center. A sell-out crowd of 280 people attended.

The event, the Admiral Nimitz Foundation’s Distinguished Speaker Series, saw Rumsfeld lead a conversational discussion and answer questions on everything from politics, to the legacy of the Iraq war, to his own worries.

“I was asked ‘what keeps me up at night?’” the former cabinet member said. “Today, it is intelligence capabilities. Earlier, it was the perceived American weakness around the globe.”

Rumsfeld talked about his memoir, “Rumsfeld’s Rules,” a collection of rules and sayings that he had collected throughout his life.

Wed
26
Feb

Young marksmen hit target at county show


DRAWING A BEAD – Carson Sivells of Fredericksburg takes careful aim at a target at Saturday’s annual Gillespie County 4-H BB Gun Competition, held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Show Barn. The top 21 shooters earned the right to compete at the state contest, set for March 8 at the Blanco County Fair Grounds in Johnson City. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Twenty-one youth will be advancing to state competition after earning high marks at the Gillespie County 4-H BB Gun Competition on Saturday.

Sixty-three shooters in the first grade through 15 years of age took part in the contest held in the Show Barn at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Competing in the contest were eight-year-olds in the third grade and up.

First and second graders are not eligible to compete, only participate.

One of the highlights of the awards program on Saturday afternoon was the presentation of the Houston Brown Memorial Award to 12-year-old Jaci Spies.

The Houston Brown Award is given to the top scoring individual based on both shooting and test scores.

Spies finished the contest with 485 points.

Three individuals were presented the Top Gun Award, which is based only on shooting scores.

Spies was also recognized as the top shooter followed by Jaleigh Brown in second and Jacob Brown in third.

Wed
26
Feb

Local public schools to join celebration


FREDERICKSBURG Middle School art students add color to their campus. Art III students Kyle Ritter, Crystal Rubio, Cheyenne Beals, Sofia de la Fuentes, Demetrio Rivas, Vincent Cedillo and Jacqueline Lopez install art tiles to liven up the cafeteria.

“Celebrate Texas schools education. It’s bigger here.”

That is the theme for the 2014 Texas Public Schools Week to be observed March 3-7.

Work from students in the Fredericksburg Independent School District, Harper ISD and the Doss Common Consolidated School District is on display in this week’s edition of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, and a community-wide breakfast taco and orange juice breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, March 6 from 7-8 a.m. at the drive-thru of the Security State Bank and Trust Motor Bank at the corner of Crockett and Austin streets.

FISD superintendent Dr. Eric Wright will be serving the breakfast tacos.

Wed
26
Feb

'Pianorama'


FIVE PIANO PLAYERS walk into a bar and raise money for a good cause. The annual “Pianorama,” featuring a quintet of ivory ticklers and a drummer, was held Saturday at Pat’s Hall. The players entertained the crowds with boogie woogie, New Orle-ans-style, western swing classics and blues-flavored numbers. Featured were (above) Fredericksburg’s Johnny Nicholas, and, be-low from left, Earl Poole Ball, Floyd Domino, Red Young and Danny Levin. Drummer Wes Starr accompanied the keyboard-ists. Proceeds will be used for music scholarships and for performance and song-writing workshops to benefit Fredericksburg-area youth music programs. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
Wed
26
Feb

Early voting totals surpass 1,300 ballots

Halfway through early voting at the Gillespie County Courthouse, residents have been “streaming in” to cast their ballots preceding the March 4 political primary elections.

Two ballots, one Republican and the other Democratic, will be available through Friday, Feb. 28, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for qualified Gillespie County voters in the county commissioners’ courtroom.

Mail-in balloting concluded on Friday, Feb. 21.

Gillespie County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche, who also is on this year’s ballot, said special weekend voting held Saturday and Sunday had “pretty good turnout. It helps a lot of the people who work during the week to get a chance to vote.”

As of Monday evening, 543 mail-in ballots and 792 in-person voters have cast their ballots in Republican primaries, while the Democratic primaries saw 27 mail-in ballots and 69 in-person voters.

Wed
26
Feb

Filing to end Friday for city council races

Individuals interested in running for three open positions on the Fredericksburg City Council have until 5 p.m., Friday, to file an application with City Secretary Shelley Britton at City Hall.

Current mayor Jeryl Hoover, who filed on Jan. 29, will be contested in the May 10 election by former mayor Linda Langerhans, who filed on Feb. 17.

Only incumbent Kathy Sanford, who turned in her application on Feb. 6, has filed to run for two open council member positions. Councilman Tim Dooley is also up for reelection this year.

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