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City Allots Hotel Taxes to Hurting Entities

The Blanco City Council allotted three local non-profit beneficiaries of hotel/motel occupancy tax (HOT tax) collections during special session Thursday, March 19, allotting a total of $31,637.50 to three local entities — the Blanco Chamber of Commerce, the Blanco Courthouse and Wild Woman Weekend."There are a couple of organizations that have made commitments but have not received the money yet...

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County Designates April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Blanco County Commissioners Court designated April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” during regular session on Tuesday, March 24. Pictured from left to right are Glenda Hartman, Kimberly Cruz, Justin Foster [all with the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center], Connie Russell [Chairperson of the Blanco County Child Protection Advocacy Board] Kristen Harris and Kathryn Stephenson [the latter two are with the Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA]. They placed pinwheels in front of the courthouse to promote awareness about child welfare (Charles McClure photo).

The Blanco County Commissioners Court designated April as "Child Abuse Prevention Month" during regular session on Tuesday, March 24.In 2014, there were more than 3 million child abuse cases reported in the U.S. and with more than 65,000 in Texas alone. In Fiscal 2013-14, CASA for the Highland Lakes Area served Child Protective Services (CPS) cases involving 386 children.Kristen Harris, the...

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Men’s State Chili Cook-Off to Set Up at County Fairgrounds

It's that time of year when the best chili on the planet comes to Johnson City. There will be some new twists this year to delight all those who attend. Here in Johnson City, at the Blanco County Fairgrounds along the banks of the Pedernales River, men from Texas and beyond will compete in one of the largest cook offs in the world, to become the 12th Annual Texas Men's State Chili Champion. Mark...

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Keep Blanco Beautiful’s Trash Off Looks to Eradicate Refuse

Keep Blanco Beautiful is on a campaign to spruce up the community and tackle refuse as the annual "Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off" returns. It is all part of "The Great American Clean Up" which is held annually from March 1-May 31.The clean up is the nation's largest community improvement plan, said KBB's Retta Martin."KBB will partner with the City of Blanco on April 18 for the 16th annual city

ESD Takes First Step Toward Fall Election

Emergency Services District #2 has voted to have an attorney draft an election order. The decision was rendered Monday, March 16 during regular session at the Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corp Training Room.The incorporated area is already at the 8.25 percent state cap within the Blanco city limits; however, 1 percent less is currently collected outside the municipal jurisdiction. The current

Band Takes Home Sweepstakes

The Region 12 University Interscholastic League High School Band concert and sight-reading contest for 3A and 4A schools was held on March 5 at Canyon Lake High School. The Blanco High School band performed their concert selections including Sparks by Balmages, A Childhood Hymn by Holsinger, and the Big Circus March by Foster. The band received Division I ratings from all 3 judges. With a limited

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