Blanco County News
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May 7, 2008 Issue
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Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008 • Photos
The Blanco County News first started publishing from a small building near the jail, on the west side of the square. Since its first issue in 1883, the News has called several buildings in Blanco home, and was once published out of the front room of the Baines home (Amenthal) in Pittsburg. The Blanco County News is on the move again, after over eight years at our current location at 310 Pecan St., on the square.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008 • Photos
April 26, 2008, will be remembered by members of the Old Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society as the Gala which best celebrated the beautiful Second Empire-style Old Blanco County Courthouse. A large tent was set up on the courthouse grounds for the dinner, catered by Riley’s Barbecue and Steakhouse, and the live auction following it.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008 • Photos
Saturday, May 3, started out just a normal weekend day and ended with a hurried trip to the emergency room for one Blanco girl. Emily Torre, a fifth grader at Blanco ISD, was at home with her parents and two older siblings on Saturday when the accident occurred. Emily’s dad had cut her some wood and given her a hammer and some nails so that she could build a house for her cat.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
May 2008 (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – United Country Real Estate, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., announced recently that United Country – J Myane Realty of Blanco, Texas, has earned the company’s Founder’s Award. “Combining our experience with the United Country marketing tools has helped us succeed in today’s challenging real estate market,” said Jerry Myane, owner/broker.
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Columns
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
They were words my old mamma used sparingly—when she encountered situations meriting expressions of profound disbelief. Once they rolled from her tongue repeatedly when she experienced a pair of “firsts.” She licked away at her first soft-serve ice cream cone while watching (and hearing) her first electronic bug zapper. “This beats anything I’ve seen in all my ‘put-together’,” she exclaimed in utter amazement.
, Blanco County Extension Agent
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
With the hot summer months quickly approaching, May is designated as the national melanoma and skin cancer prevention and detection month. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, and the number of new cases diagnosed each year is quickly on the rise in the United States. The good news is that melanoma can be prevented.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
Michael Clayton Keith- Finally getting around to some more of the Oscar-worthy movies, at least according to them, and Michael Clayton was one that made some rifts there. This is a smart lawyer-based thriller that really keeps you on your toes throughout. Attorney Michael Clayton is a fixer, the go-to guy when his powerful New York law firm wants a mess swept under the rug.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
AUSTIN - Secretary of State Phil Wilson said he received in recent days many inquiries about a statewide proposition to provide school tax relief to elderly or disabled taxpayers. Voters will find no such proposition on their May 10 ballot. “Information being circulated across the state regarding a constitutional amendment election to provide school property tax relief is inaccurate,” said Wilson, the state’s chief elections officer. “Texans are heading to the polls to cast votes for ...
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
If your property value has increased in the last year, you should soon receive a notice of your 2008 appraised value from the Blanco County Appraisal District. About 6,200 notices were mailed on May 1, 2008. Your city, county, school district and other local taxing units will use the appraisal district’s value to set your 2008 property taxes.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008 • Photos
The new Tejanitos, Little Texans, art classes are being formed in the Blanco area. Classes will feature youngsters who wish to paticipate in oil painting. The Tejanitos will display their painting talent in the children’s reading area of the Blanco Public Library. Art classes in oils are available to preteens on Fridays from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008 • Photos
Former Blanco High School students have many memories and tales of their educational years. Stories are being sought by former students of Blanco High School. If you have a story to share, please submit it to Blanco Renovation Committee, 814 11th Street, Blanco, Texas,78606. This first story was written by the Blanco High School Renovation Committee’s chairperson, Dr.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) is working with its members to implement new procedures mandated by legislation passed during the last session. This legislation creates an electronic notification system for their customers who are victims of identity theft, fraud or compromised financial information. The legislation, which went into effect March 1, is known as Closed Account Notification System (CANS). Under the law, sponsored by State Rep.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008 • Photos
Blanco County is hit by some fast-moving disease...or terrorists release anthrax again, this time in San Antonio, threatening to spread north...or maybe it’s just a bad flu season. If we have to immunize every resident of the county in a short time, who’s going to do it? Neither the state nor the county has the manpower for that job, but the Blanco County Disaster Response Group has 15 newly-trained volunteers who could go to work right away. “Those incidents would quickly overwhelm th ...
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008 • Photos
“Rural Texas Women at Work 1930—1960,” a photo exhibit paying tribute to the industrious, hard working women who lived and worked through the three decades that included the Great Depression and World War II, will have its official opening at noon May 8 at the Blanco Library. Part of the “Brown Bag Series,” the program will feature the exhibit as well as a panel discussion by local women, remembering their lives during those times.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
(AUSTIN) - The Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA), a state agency, presented an oversized, ceremonial check to the City of Blanco, which received a grant of $250,000 from the agency’s Texas Community Development Block Grant program to install 2,955 linear feet of wastewater line with manholes on First Street, Pecan Street, Second Street and Park Road 23. “The agency is pleased to assist the City of Blanco with this project,” said Charles S.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008 • Photos
Stuart Weaver, son of John and Mary Ann Weaver, and a student at George Washington University in Washington DC, is spending the spring semester of 2008 studying abroad in Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. “This is my second time abroad. I spent last summer in Germany, but the Balkans is really a step out of my comfort zone and into a new and amazing culture.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008 • Photos
The story of Blanco’s library began with a rack of shelves in Fulcher’s Drugstore, sponsored by Blanco Woman’s Club charter member Angeline Fulcher. Over the years the library has expanded with the support of the Woman’s Club and the hard work of a large, diverse group of volunteers, without whom it could not function.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008 • Photos
In the #5 and under Team Roping, Antonio Siller and Joel Reyes took home the Championship Heading and Heeling Saddles from the April 26 Team Roping and Clem Wofford and Dakota Smith were awarded the Championship Gist Buckles. In the #6 and up Team Roping Championship Gist Buckles and $2,000 cash were awarded to winners Pat Ivey and Randy Davis.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
The Mt. Horeb church congregation attended Center Union Missionary Baptist Church in Buda this past Sunday. Our church was on the program and “in charge” of the morning worship service, and our pastor gave a great sermon. Then we had lunch, and another church was on the program and were “in charge” of the afternoon service, and let me tell you, we praised God!
, Abundant Grace Fellowship Church, Blanco, TX
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
Too many Christians are down cast. Too many children of God have victim mentalities. Too many believers have a mind set of defeat; of being conquered; a poverty spirit. This is a sad state of affairs, indeed. No doubt Satan has a good belly laugh when Christians think that they’re powerless victims; and even more, so when Christians think that it is God who wants them that way.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
She was but a young girl when she made her first serious vow: “I will never do anything that will hurt my mother.” And, young as she was at the time of her vow, she remembered and kept it throughout her mother’s life. Mutual respect limits regrets. Family loyalty demonstrates love. Keeping promises promotes personal peace. Then, one day, this girl found herself in a vowing mood again.
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Opinion
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
Dear Editor, Priscilla Seals has done excellent reporting on the School Board meetings and Mr. Gardner had an excellent opinion. However, something has happened over the last few months that I do not understand. Supt. Gardner proposed a Facilities Study. I understand that there are some issues involving BISD facilities. Mr.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
Pedernales Electric General Manager Juan Garza will be visiting local communities to meet with members in a series of forums being held throughout PEC’s service territory. Members are invited to attend the forums, which will be held between May 6-29 in Dripping Springs, Marble Falls, Kyle, Georgetown, Austin, Spring Branch/Bulverde area and Junction. “Meeting with our members in a personal setting is a great opportunity to introduce myself and to answer firsthand any questions they may hav ...
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School
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
The Blanco FFA will be holding its annual rabies clinic on Wednesday, May 14th, at the Blanco High School Agricultural Science Building from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Costs for the clinic will be as follows: Rabies $8.00, Distemper $17.00, and Snake Bite Vaccine for dogs only $25.00. For questions, contact the Blanco Agricultural Science Department at 833-4819 or the Blanco Veterinary Clinic at 833-5140.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008 • Photos
On Thursday, May 1, the entire 6th grade class was able to go and visit our own Blanco State Park for River Days. The students were at the park from 8:30am-2:30pm, which was almost their entire school day. The kids took a sack lunch and had a picnic at the long tables available at the park. The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and the Blanco State Park provided the instructors for the day. The students visited four instructional areas.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
The Hill Country CattleWomen, representing 14 Hill Country counties, hosted their annual scholarship fund raising luncheon and style show at the Inn of The Hills in Kerrville, Texas on Tuesday, April 15th. A raffle, silent auction, and a live auction were all a part of this fundraising event. Scholarships are given to college-level juniors or above, including graduate students, who maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008 • Photos
Rebecca Kamas defeated a debater from Salado to win the state University Interscholastic League Class AA State Lincoln-Douglas Debate Championship at the UIL State Academic Meet in Austin on May 2-3. Taylor Holden placed third in the tournament, losing to Kamas in the semifinals on a 2-1 decision. The two state medals culminated a near-perfect run for the debaters at the district, regional, and state levels.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
Pedernales Electric has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 50 high school seniors whose parents or guardians are PEC members. The scholarships may be used for expenses at any post-secondary institution, including universities, junior colleges and technical schools. “We’re in the business of providing electricity, but we’re also dedicated to community outreach,” said PEC Scholarship Board President Theresa Owens.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
Registration for Blanco Elementary School will be Thursday, May 15 during the times of 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please come during these hours. The following information will be required: 1. Complete immunization record. Required shots: a. DPT: Minimum of 4 doses, last dose must be after 4th birthday. b.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
Teachers in Blanco and in communities across the nation will be recognized the week of May 5-9 during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Teacher Appreciation Day began in 1953 when Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day that would serve the purpose of celebrating teachers across the nation.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
Tis the season for garage sales when one person's trash is another's treasure. Garage sales are an excellent way to remove clutter from your home and also help the environment by eliminating excess trash from landfills. This year as you prepare for the garage sale, invest a little more time cleaning and repairing the sale items.
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Sports
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
Texas is proud to host the US OPEN NATIONAL SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT, an ASA sanctioned event for girls 12u, 14u, 16u and 18u fastpitch softball teams on July 18-20, 2008 at the Ford Fields softball complex in Beaumont, Texas. Call 979-258-0750, e-mail txsoftballmag@aol.com or sign up on eteamz.com or VTD.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
The Panthers traveled to Brady to hook up with District 5 AA Champions Hawley Bearcats for a warm-up game last Friday night. Ross McCormick got the nod and went five innings, scattering three hits and striking out six to improve his record to 6-3 on the year. Shane Klein was “The Man” at the dish, going four for five with two home runs and eight RBI’s.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
The Panther Softball team fell to the number four ranked Coahoma Bulldogs for the area championship. The Panthers played a tough game, but three errors in the third inning resulted in Coahoma scoring four runs, and proved to be enough for Coahoma to defeat the Panthers 5-1. Game highlights consisted of Sarah Isenberg, offensively, had a double and one RBI; Rachel Calzoncit and McKenzie Ray both had singles.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
What happened to all of the April showers? I think we missed ours. It’s necessary to water the lawn and plants every week during the dry times. Lawns need one inch of rain a week to keep the grass green. If you missed the spring fertilizing of the lawn, now is the time to feed grasses, trees and shrubs.
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Potpourri
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
Due to technical difficulties, the Potpourri was short and sweet last week. However, I need to let everyone know what a treat the Gala at the Courthouse was. It was definitely the place to see and be seen, with everyone who attended in some of their fanciest duds and lots of BLING!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 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. Blanco Police Reports These reports were filed between Apr 25 and Apr 30. Apr 25 • Burn Ban Violation.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008 • Photos
Births May 3, 1968 Verne and Jan Engel, Blye Ellen, Roger Weldon and Audre Allison proudly announce the arrival of their Littlest Cowboy, Cody Reagan, on Saturday, April 13, 1968. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce; eyes blue, hair brown. Program to feature farm, ranch computers May 4, 1988 The Blanco Count Farm Bureau and the Young Farmer and Rancher Committee will offer a program to all interested Farmers and Ranchers on how computer can play an intricate part in your everyday life. The ...
, RE/MAX Genesis
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008
Call it what you want—”McMansion,” “starter castle,” “monster home,” even “Garage Mahal.” The nicknames vary. But according to a study by Robert Lang of Virginia Tech University and Karen Danielson of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), “the new ‘supersized American dream’ includes fully loaded SUVs and, yes, monster houses.” Is it true that everything is bigger in Texas?