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March 12, 2008 Issue
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
The Blanco Volunteer Fire Department invites the community to the Eleventh Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser. The event will be on Saturday, April 5, at the fire station, which is at 503 Pecan Street, from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM. We had a great turnout last year and we expect this year will be just as successful!
, Committee Co-Chair, South
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
History was made in 1853 when the first four founding families came to this area. History was made in 1858 when Blanco County was created and the city of Blanco was named. History was made March 8, 2008, with the attendance of 300 plus persons in Blanco, Texas, to see the historical pageant, the reenactment, the fireside chat, the authors’ book signing, the tomahawk challenge, and the old-fashioned medicine show. This all began with a dream, “Let’s celebrate the 150 years,” by the Blan ...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
On Monday afternoon in his Austin courtroom, District Court Judge John Dietz dictated into the record the essential terms of a settlement agreement in the class action law suit filed against the Pedernales Electric Cooperative, its board of directors and top management. Bill Ikard of Ikard Wynne LLP is co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the law suit.
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Columns
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
30 Days of Night Noel–Here is a vampire flick for ya, starring Josh Hartnett and Melissa George. I was very excited about this movie coming out to rent since I love scary movies and I have really been in the mood for one; unfortunately I was highly disappointed. This movie is set in a town in Alaska that has 30 days of night every year.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
AUSTIN - More than 4.2 million people voted in the March 4 Texas primaries. This was a record-breaking turnout, far surpassing the previous record of 2.7 million in 1988. The Republican primary, with its one person, one vote, no-caucus method, quickly yielded a winner: U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona with 51 percent of the vote to former Arkansas Gov.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
Three "local food celebrities" and their delicious products will be featured at a Tasting Event at Arnosky Family Farm & Market, Saturday, March 15th, from 10 AM to 1 PM. The featured producers are: Pure Luck Texas, the award winning goat dairy in Dripping Springs, will be represented by Gitana Sweethardt, and she'll have a selection of Chevres, Del Cielo, and Feta for all to sample.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
Blanco National Bank President Mark Tidwell presented a $9,000 check this month to Faith Ray, chair of the Family Selection Committee and Family Liaison of the Blanco County Chapter of Austin Habitat for Humanity (BCCAHFH). Raising funds and securing an army of volunteers are key issues with any Habitat unit.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
County Extension Agent - Agriculture On Thursday, March 20th, Texas AgriLife, Extension Service will sponsor a fruit tree pruning demonstration presented by Blanco County Master Gardener Loris Perkins. The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be held at Bill Fojtasek’s Orchard. This program will offer 2 hours of CEU credit for persons needing education units for a private applicators license.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
The Dunis Family, which owns Blanco Star Antiques on the corner of 4th and Pecan, was asked by the city of San Antonio to contribe art for the Luminaria: Arts Night event. Susan and Val, son Miles, and daughter Zenia, are working on a shrine to the San Antonio River, which flows through the downtown area.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
The Rainwater Harvesting Program held Saturday, March 8th drew such a large turn out that the supply of chairs in the PEC auditorium was completely exhausted and it was truly, “standing room only”! Todd Swift, Blanco County AgriLife Extension Agent, was event MC and began the session by introducing representatives from the many event co-sponsors.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
Another 17 Blanco County residents spent their Saturday learning how to open and operate an emergency shelter to house their neighbors following a disaster. It was the second class in a year taught by the Hill Country Chapter of the American Red Cross, and hosted by the Blanco County Disaster Response Group.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
On Saturday, April 5, at 8:30 in the morning a group of dedicated citizens will meet at the Old Blanco Courthouse to clean the banks and riverbed of refuse. There is considerable trash along our River Bank and in the River which needs to be removed. Last year, thanks to the Boy Scouts, the High School Ag students and a few adult volunteers, over 600 lbs of litter were collected along the River from Wayne Smith Dam to the end of the Park property.
, Abundant Grace Fellowship Church, Blanco, TX
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
In the book of Numbers, chapter 22-24, we read an interesting story about a Gentile prophet of God named Balaam. There are several reasons to believe he was really a prophet of God because: 1. Who he blessed was blessed, and who he cursed was cursed (Num 22:6). 2. God spoke to him numerous times, and put words in his mouth (Num 22:9,11, 20, 32, 35; 23:5, 16; 24:2-4).
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
I was standing at the kitchen sink, explaining to my grand-daughter, that God rewards us with blessings that only He knows we want, only when we obey His commands, what He tells us to do in the bible. If we don’t obey, if we are mean, hateful, rude, etc., He does not bless us, He can’t because He said He won’t, and He does not go back on His Word to us.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
A flock of robins in our backyard was the first announcement of winter’s end and this morning a cardinal in a tree near our front door joined the celebration with a song. Soon numbers of these harbingers of spring will become part of the joyful refrain. Solomon’s poetic portrayal of spring is about to be reenacted: “The winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land” ...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
The First Assembly of God Church is hosting a viewing of “The Passion of Christ” movie by Mel Gibson in celebration of Easter on March 23. The Easter Sunday service will begin at 10:00 AM. The children will also celebrate the holiday during the Children’s Church, which starts at 10 am, with a Easter egg hunt.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
It seems like only yesterday that my friend Roy McQueen thought himself to be “middle-aged.” Oh, he knows that life spans would need to reach three digits for this to be a literal truth. So, he’s attempting to glide under the radar, figuring that if others don’t bring up the age thing, why should he? But “others” are…. There are delicate moments, usually not intended to be.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
August Richard Ludwig, 88, of Austin, passed away February 15, 2008. He was born in Hye, TX to Emil D. Ludwig and Erna Weirich Ludwig on July 23, 1919. His parents were originally from Fredericksburg, Texas. August attended the Old Rocky School on his parents land. This school only had seven years of education and this education served him well in his life.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
On March 3, 2008, Texas became a little smaller when Herbert Wallace Bowles went home to be with our Lord and Savior after losing a long term battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by members of his loving family. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 46 years, Jeri Bowles.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
Jesus Emeterio Calzoncit Sr., 68, passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. Jesus, known by most as Jesse, was born in Palau, Coahuila, Mexico on January 26, 1940. Jesus is survived by his wife of 48 years, Apolonia and seven children, Apolonia Torres and husband Hilario, Austin, Tx, Jesus E.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
Anita Joyce Winters Coleman, 75 of Johnson City, entered into eternal rest on March 8, 2008 following a lengthy illness. Joyce was born September 26, 1932 to Melvin C. Winters and Anita Bergman Winters. After graduating from Johnson City High School, she attended Southwest Texas State University. She was a dedicated member of the First Christian Church of Johnson City and a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
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Opinion
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
Dear Editor, The Blanco County News` lack of coverage of the crisis resulting from PEC Board`s illegal and wasteful actions is most disappointing. Despite extensive coverage by Austin and San Antonio dailies, the News offers no reporting about the reprehensible state of affairs of our electric cooperative. You have only published periodic propaganda pieces from the PEC directorate describing cosmetic responses instead of the deep reforms that are called for, and with no added comment by your ...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
To the Editor: I believe firmly in the power of people and trust individuals but I have always doubted government. So when the Bush Administration responded to Sept 11, 2001 by creating Homeland Security, I doubted. The inept, non-response by the federal government to Katrina and the problems along the Southeast Gulf Coast only fueled my doubt.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
A Letter to the Editor & An Open Letter to the Community of Blanco: I am writing to draw your attention to a matter that will inevitably affect all residents of the City of Blanco. Selective enforcement of the UDC (Unified Development Code) is being carried out. This code was created with community input and was designed to ensure the character of Blanco and to protect the quality of life of all of its residents. I live directly adjacent to the newly built basketball courts.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
DPS troopers in the Valley and South Texas will have extra officers on duty in March, looking for Spring Breakers who are speeding, driving drunk or not wearing safety belts. "The drinking age in Texas is 21. When it comes to underage drinking and driving, Texas has a zero tolerance law,"
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
The participating full time Blanco County Realtors toured properties in the south part of Blanco County on March 7. We viewed homes and walked on beautiful land that is for sale. Being local full time realtors, we can list and show you these and other properties at times that are convenient for you.
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School
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
Six High School students received the “Texas Student Achievement Award” from the Texas ACT Council for their performance on the PLAN 9Pre-ACT) Assessment. These students are on target to meet or exceed ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks by graduation. ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks are empirically - based and identify the level of achievement necessary in English, mathematics, reading and science to have a successful college freshmen experience. The students receiving this recogn ...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
A HONOR ROLL First Grade William Adams, AJ Briscoe, Bailey Bryan, Karley Burnett, Reyna Calzoncit, Dillon Delafuente, Cade Felps, Hanna Garrett, Hallie Gloor, Ernesto Gonzalez, Asher Haack, Carly Haack, Jandry Hernandez, Tanner Hilterbrant, Lyndoll Hope Cox, Brady Hunter, Helen Hunter, Jackson Hunter, Brynn Kirkland, Taylor Kotfas, Carlie Kuebel, Lane Lowak, Jayme Mowery, Cooper Riley, Jennifer Rodarte, Kaylah Elliott Sanchez, Hanna Srackangast, Daniel Thomas, Hunter Toler, Crista Townsley, J ...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
As a part of "Education Go Get it Week", BHS is holding an incoming freshman orientation on Friday March 14th. Current 8th graders will visit the High School from 9-11am. During this orientation, incoming freshman will have an opportunity to visit with BHS Career and Technology teachers, view the facilities, and tour the organizations/athletics fair in the cafeteria.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
The Blanco FFA has spent the last several weeks competing in livestock judging competitions around the state. This past weekend proved no different as local FFA members traveled to Brady and Austin to take part in contests. After results were given, Blanco once again proved competitive ranking high in several categories at both contests, while also bringing home numerous awards for their success. At the Heart of Texas Judging Contest in Brady, Blanco’s senior teams would rank third overall ...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, March 4, 2008 – Texas A&M University has named its honor students for the fall 2007 semester, recognizing them for outstanding academic performance. The Dean's Honor Roll recognizes students taking at least 15 semester hours during the fall semester who have maintained a 3.75 or higher grade point ratio (GPR) out of a possible 4.0.
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Sports
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
Blanco lost to Taylor 12-5. Ross McCormick took the loss on the mound. Lance Gottardy had the big stick vs the Ducks as he was two for three with an RBI. McCormick, Kevin Gray, and Cory Dowlearn all had a hit. Blanco lost to Hondo 8-7 Down 7-2 in the last inning, Blanco came alive and tied the game on a two RBI single by Lance Gottardy.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
The Blanco Middle School held a successful track meet on Friday March 7, 2008. In the seventh grade long jump, White broke the meet record with a jump of 17’2”, followed by Isenberg who jumped 14’8.5” to tie for fourth place and Marshal who took sixth place with a jump of 14’7”. In the triple jump, White broke another meet record, with a jump of 34’3” to take first place.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
The Fredericksburg Billies softball team defeated the Panthers in four innings. The Panthers faced a hard hitting Billies team last Friday losing 15-0 in four innings. "There was nothing we could do but watch Fredericksburg hit the ball hard. We only had one fielding error, and two throwing errors" stated by Coach Seales.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
The tennis teams loaded up the buses for their first set of matches as they traveled to Wimberley to face the Texans. Blanco did well over all, winning a grand total of 10 games out of a total of 22. In doubles, Thomas Broyles and Lauren Savage lost 5-7, Crystal Thomas and Lindsey Baker lost 4-6 and 3-6, and in their second game they had the opportunity to play a doubles boys team.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
March came in like a Lion!!! The first two weeks of March changed planting schedules and cured the first attack of Spring Fever. The first Bluebonnets bloomed the last week of February. The purple plum is loaded with blooms, the pear tree that I planted last year is blooming. The red buds are in bloom across the countryside and the peach trees in downtown Blanco are in full bloom.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
Public records information is compiled by Charles Willgren from reports filed at the Blanco Police Department, Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, Blanco Volunteer Fire Department, Blanco County Clerk, District Clerk, and Justices of the Peace offices. Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Criminal Cases Convictions will not appear this week. Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Criminal Cases • Arthur Dean Robinson, of Comfort, was fined $485.60 for no proof of liability insurance on Oct 16, ...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
Young Farmers To Present Safety Program March 8, 1968 The Blanco Chapter of Young Farmers of America will have an Educational program entitled “Electrical Safety in the Home” Thursday evening, March 14, in the High School Vocational Agriculture Building at 8:00 p.m. Gerald Hartman of the Pedernales Electric Coop will present the program.
, RE/MAX Genesis
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Posted March 11, 2008
If you are buying or selling a home, you can protect yourself and your assets by understanding and using contingencies. Contingencies are clauses written into your contract that give you time to manage one or more aspects of the transaction before proceeding to closing. Contract addenda include third-party financing, selling an existing home and “back-up” contingencies—to name a few.