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Optimism for solid season blooms with peach growers

Dianne and Donald Eckhardt are third- and second-generation peach growers at Eckhardt Orchards. The first peach trees on their farm were planted in the 1930s by Dianne’s grandfather. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Sandra Lane —

The weather in Texas is unpredictable, but the forecast for the next several weeks is for moderate weather with no freezes.

This is good news for all the peach growers in this area. As recently as 2013, a late freeze has decimated the peach crop.

Yet growers and experts think this year, Gillespie County peach growers will avoid such a disaster.

Gillespie County produces 40 percent of all the peaches grown in Texas.

Growers in this area began planting peach trees in the 1930s and 1940s, gradually building up a reputation for Fredericksburg peaches.

Most of these orchards were small operations and sold directly to the consumer at roadside stands. They also created a co-op in the 1940s. Eventually, the entire state got a taste of Fredericksburg peaches and came to this area to buy them.

Wed
16
Mar

LBJ Kite Day

Alyssa Foster runs through the field with her kite during the Saturday, March 12 kite day at the LBJ State Park baseball fields. More pictures of the event are on D1 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

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16
Mar

Texas Hell Week

A group of bicycle riders truck up a hill on Ranch Road 1631 during the Texas Hell Week bicycle ride which began on Saturday, March 12. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

Wed
16
Mar

FHS UIL One-Act Play

Baylie Staedtler, playing Miss Willie, shows the Savage brothers, from left, Caleb Tucker and Braise Whitworth the burnt bonds. The brothers are astonished their mother could destroy so much money. This is a scene from “The Curious Savage.” Directed by Randi Minjauw, Fredericksburg High School’s “One Act” class will perform this play March 22 in University In-terscholastic League district competition. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
16
Mar

PUC declines power line rehearing for project

By Richard Zowie —

An appeal by Hershey Ranch officials to get the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to rehear a request to prohibit power line installation on the property fell on deaf ears.

None of the PUC commissioners moved to rehear or bring up the case, meaning the earlier ruling stands regarding the 1,561 acres of Hershey Ranch land preserved by a conservation easement.

Ranch officials had wanted to prevent Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) electric expansion project from installing transmission towers on the ranch, due to the easement.

“We’re heartsick over this,” said Andrew Sansom, the former executive director of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He has leased the ranch since July 2011. “We were certainly hopeful they’d rehear.”

Jacob and Terese Hershey have owned the property since December 1976.

Wed
16
Mar

Council OK's lift station to replace old Lady Bird Park septic station

By Scott Allen —

City Council members unanimously approved the purchase of the Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course and RV Park wastewater lift station equipment from All American Pump & Machine, Inc. in the amount of $90,030 for the two lift stations.  

The grinder pump lift station, a three-phase project, will replace an old septic system that was unpermitted and cited by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The TCEQ also cited the golf course for unauthorized discharge of waste water.

 After a field investigation, TCEQ dropped the unauthorized discharge of waste water charges because it never happened but the facility was never permitted, said Clinton Bailey, city director of public works and utilities.

The city paid a one-time $600 fine that could have been upwards of $25,000 a day, he said.

“We notified the TCEQ about the problem and were proactive about it,” said Bailey.

Wed
09
Mar

Are racing days numbered at Gillespie Downs?

By Sandra Lane —

In a 5-4 vote, the Texas Racing Commission on Feb. 18 repealed a rule that would have allowed a controversial form of betting called “historical racing” to be implemented at Texas race tracks.

Historical racing is the replaying of previously-run races with identifying markers removed on slot machine-like devices.

Larry Woolverton, who owns the Fulton Ranch, a 900-acre spread with a race track training facility near Stonewall, said the system is unfair.

“Simply put, horse owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, fans and owners of race tracks would like to have the same financial opportunities in Texas as racing offers in other states,” Woolverton said.

Wed
09
Mar

City OK's new GCAD building

By Scott Allen —

A new Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD) building to be located next to the Fredericksburg Independent School District Administration Building on Friendship Lane was approved by Fredericksburg City Council members during Monday’s meeting.

Dr. Eric Wright, superintendent for Fredericksburg Independent School District (FISD), said the district plans to lease out a modular building to the GCAD.

The cost of the building will be about $750,000, Wright said, and they are interested in helping the GCAD, because it will save FISD money.

“The school district pays about 61 percent of the cost for collections and appraisals,” Wright said. “When I compared the cost we would be spending over the lifespan of this building, the school district will be saving a considerable amount of money.”

Wed
09
Mar

Riding the Trails

A line of covered wagons and riders on horseback left the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday morning as part of the 112-mile Original Texas Star Trail from Fredericksburg. The weeklong ride stopped in Luckenbach on Saturday night and Stonewall on Sunday night before heading out for campsites in Johnson City, Blanco, Fischer, Wimberley and Driftwood. More photos from the ride can be found on A/B10 of this week’s newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

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09
Mar

Chamber honors town's top citizens

Honored on Thursday night at the 96th Annual Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Awards Program were, from left, Brooke Loth, Student Community Achievement Award; Evelyn Schaetter, Outstanding Chamber Woman; Sammy Segner, Outstanding Chamber Man, and Kelly Musselman, Volunteer of the Year. Not pictured are Dr. Edward Stein and Dr. Charles Burg, winners of the Community Achievement Award. More photos from the event, held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, on A/B4,5 of this week’s newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Two former Gillespie County Fair duchesses, a jewelry store owner, physicians with a vision for the future and a community volunteer were honored at the 96th Annual Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Awards Program last Thursday.

Held in the Exhibition Hall at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the 2016 event was attended by a sold-out crowd.

Honored on Thursday night were:

Evelyn Schaetter —Outstanding Chamber Woman.

Sammy Segner — Outstanding Chamber Man.

Kelly Musselman — Volunteer of the Year.

Dr. Edward Stein and Dr. Charles Burg — Community Achievement.

Brooke Loth — Student Community Achievement Award.

Chamber President and CEO Penny McBride and Robin Boone, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, opened the program.

Fredericksburg Mayor Linda Langerhans led the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance.

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