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23
Mar

Trustees approve new building for GCAD lease

By Richard Zowie

Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD) will finally have its own home, as the Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees voted March 21 to have a modular building built on campus.

This comes after several months of futile attempts to find a building, due to issues of cost or location.

Currently, GCAD operates out of the Gillespie County Courthouse basement but has said more room is needed to do its job efficiently.

Trustees also discussed the role of a potential student advisor to the board and heard updates on both the FISD agricultural program and the Gillespie County Learning Center (GCLC).

GCAD building

Trustees unanimously approved the purchase of a modular building, to be leased to GCAD, along with approving bidding out site work (parking, masonry, sidewalks and canopies).

Wed
23
Mar

Bluebonnets at Texas Rangers Heritage Center

This bluebonnet patch was one of the “visitors” this past Saturday at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center Phase I grand opening. For more pictures on the event, see the Community section, D1. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
23
Mar

Eye on the prize

Using a jeweler’s loupe, Walter Williams checks the edge of an arrowhead. Wil-liams said it takes training to successfully decipher between authentic and replica arrowheads during the March 19 Indian Artifact Show at the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pioneer Pavilion. For more pictures, go to page A16. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
23
Mar

Peach growers dodge freeze bullet

Peaches are still a huge part of the local economy. — Standard-Radio Post file

By Sandra Lane —

Peach and grape growers in Gillespie County went without sleep and drank a lot of coffee Sunday night while battling the potentially disastrous effects of an unexpected drop in temperatures.

With blooms already on the trees, it seemed that Mother Nature was sending another Easter freeze that in previous years had decimated fruit crops in this area.

As temperatures dropped to freezing or near freezing, Jim Kamas, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent at the Horticulture and Fruit Lab in Fredericksburg, said growers brought out fans to keep the air flowing and blow the cold air away.

“Temperatures in this area varied from 29 to 34 degrees, and one grower even hired a helicopter to fly over his orchards. This cost $400 to $600 per hour,” he said, “but that was better than losing an entire crop.”

Wed
23
Mar

Full Blooms

A brigade of bluebonnets took over this sidewalk at the corner of Bowie and San Antonio Streets. Ac-cording to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website, once the Lupinus texensis (Texas bluebonnet) establishes itself in a certain area, the bluebonnets will reseed and reappear each spring. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
23
Mar

Theater company announces 20th season

Past and present met when FTC founder Jeryl Hoover teamed with Artistic Director Kerry Goff for a run through favorite tunes in FTC’s 20 seasons. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Fredericksburg Theater Company (FTC) last Thursday announced the selection of musicals, plays and special events scheduled for their 20th anniversary season: “Remembering Our Past, Celebrating Our Future.”

Chosen by Artistic Director Kerry Goff are seven main stage productions, including four musicals, a comedy, a holiday production and an award-winning drama.

Also scheduled within Season 20, which begins in June, are seven special events, a collection of live music, guest performers (such as comedy and dance troupes) and classic film screenings, to take place between main stage productions.

“We are very excited about the upcoming season. Kerry Goff has selected titles that are universal crowd pleasers,” Executive Director Steve Reily said. “Season 20 will definitely be the most entertaining and ambitious season in the history of the theater.”

Announcement of Season 20 was made at the group’s annual gala, held last Wednesday evening.

Wed
23
Mar

Parks master plan approved by city

By Scott Allen —

Fredericksburg City Council members approved the city’s Parks Master Plan during their meeting on Monday night.

“Once this is approved by you, it will be submitted to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to be put on file with them so in case you want to make a grant application, you can do that and it’ll assist you in their scoring criteria,” Director of Parks and Recreation Jimmy Alexander said.

The top five outdoor recreation priorities for the city, based on surveys and studies done, are youth soccer, youth baseball, youth softball, picnic tables/shelter and walking/jogging/biking trails.

Alexander said the city worked with Dennis Sims, a consultant of Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc., to do extensive planning and studying to figure out the city’s needs.

Wed
16
Mar

City water supply comes up clean

By Christine Granados —

While Flint, Michigan’s lead-contaminated drinking water crisis continues, residents of Fredericksburg can rest easy knowing their drinking water is in compliance with drinking water standards, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) report dated March 4, 2016.

The ground water that flows into Frederickburgers’ taps, “is a lot safer to drink than bottled water,” said Kris Kneese, assistant director of public works and utilities for the City of Fredericksburg. “That’s a misconception — that bottled water is safer.”

Director of Public Works for the city, Clinton Bailey added, “We’re confident that our water is of a higher quality than you can buy in a bottle.”

Wed
16
Mar

Commissioners support GCAD's new office plan

By Scott Allen —

A resolution in support of Fredericksburg Independent School District’s proposal to build and lease a structure for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District’s (GCAD) purposes was approved by Gillespie County Commissioners during Monday’s meeting.

The cost of the modular building will be between $650,000 and $800,000, Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher said, and will save the county money since FISD will be paying for the initial costs.

“It will save taxpayers probably about a million dollars on the purchasing and construction of the building,” Stroeher said.

The approval of the project wasn’t needed by the county, Stroeher said, but FISD Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright wanted to make sure all the taxing entities were in agreement with the project.

Wed
16
Mar

Spring afternoon race

Fredericksburg resident Mikyala Fell, 9, enjoys a stick horse race with Pioneer Museum volunteer Allen Mack during the Pioneer Museum Spring Break events on Saturday, March 12. The events at the museum will run every day until Saturday, March 19. See more photos on page C1 in this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

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