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February 4, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009 • Photos
Planning is beginning for an disaster animal shelter in Blanco County...which will be one of only a few in the Hill Country. As it stands now, if we or our neighbors had to evacuate their homes, there would be no place in the county where they could keep their pets safe. Disaster shelters for people aren’t allowed to accept animals — except for helper animals, such as seeing-eye dogs — and that leaves household pets out in the cold, or rain, or both.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas— The Texas Forest Service (TFS) is urging citizens across the state to be aware of heightened wildfire danger due to a low pressure front that will drop humidity levels and produce high winds. Tom Spencer, TFS predictive services department head, said these conditions could lead to wildfires that spread quickly, pose containment problems and endanger public safety. Though the state saw some precipitation earlier this week, prolonged drought conditions have not improved.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
The Second Act Troupe returns for its third production in Blanco with two performances Saturday February 7 at 7.30 pm and Sunday February 8 at 2.30 pm. This will be an all comedy show with lots of laughs - just the antidote for our present difficult times. Following her successful appearances in the Company’s last production Blanco actress Maggie Goodman is once more featured.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Don’t be alarmed, our children are not in danger! Reptile expert and conservationist, Bruce Shwedick, will present a program entitled Reptile Discovery, to students and staff of Blanco Middle School on Wednesday, February 4th. Reptile Discovery provides an opportunity for students to meet and learn about reptiles from all over the world.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Debbie Vallone-Homeier and Margo Davis have formed a partnership for the Vallone Real Estate location in Blanco. They have taken office space at Baker Surveying located on the north end of town at 2250 N. US Hwy 281. If you want to reach them, call Debbie at 713-818-6658 and Margo at 830-456-8615. Stop by and say “Hello”.
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Columns
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Keith- I love horror movies, but the good ones are few and far between. Mirrors crept its way onto the shelf last week with a “R” rating so we knew right off the bat we were not getting a watered-down possessed cell phone movie that reeks. While Mirrors isn’t the best horror film ever, its mystique and brutality served notice to us horror fans that this movie was really going for it and that’s more than most can say.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry delivered his biannual "state of the state" address Jan. 27 in the House Chamber of the state capitol, during a joint session of the House and Senate. Despite a sobering revenue estimate, Perry said, the state can still invest in priorities that will help Texans weather the economic downturn. The governor said his policy objectives include: • Freezing college tuition for four years at the rate a student pays as an entering freshman. • Revisiting the business margins ...
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Blanco, Texas - This week on the Texas Parks and Wildlife television show, aired on local PBS stations, viewers can see a feature on Blanco State Park which will include interviews with local boy scouts. Filmed at different times over the last six months, the program shows Blanco State Park at the height of the busy summer season and in the colorfulness of fall.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
The Blanco Women’s Club met, mingled, and had the pleasure of hosting five guests as well as welcoming its newest member, Deb Yorgensen, during the January meeting at the Blanco Library. The Club’s Literature Department presented a wonderful program, with surprise guest speaker, Sandra Paine, a former Women’s Club President.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
February 7, 2009 •Join Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation at their Boerne thrift store, The Squirrel's Nest, for cat adoption day on Feb 7. Stop by 515 N. Main St, just a couple blocks north of the Main Plaza Park, anytime from 9am to 2pm. You may just find your kitty soulmate!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009 • Photos
It looks easy in the instruction book, but as Jeanne Hardy discovered as she tried to provide first aid to Marge Spiller, bandaging a broken arm requires a little experience and training to keep from turning the victim into a mummy. They were students the last time the American Red Cross taught its CPR and first aid course in Blanco County.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
The 2009 Hill Country Memorial Hospital Gala XIII date is set for October 17 at the Wildseed Farms of Fredericksburg. The biennial event is organized by the HCMH Foundation gala committee, known as Friends of the Hospital. It will support the enhancement of the current catherization laboratory and construction of a new one.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Austin, TX – Jan. 27, 2009 – Keep Texas Beautiful received the Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award at the President’s Circle Award Luncheon, which took place during Keep America Beautiful’s 55th annual National Conference in Washington, D.C.. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit to reduce litter, minimize waste, and beautify and improve their local communities. In qualifying for a President
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
The Kendall County Area Democratic Women (KCADW) will meet at 10:00am on Thursday, February 12, at the Boerne Holiday Inn Express hotel. The featured guest at this month’s meeting is Marlene Richardson, co-author (with Jeanne Dixon) of a new book on the history of Leon Springs - The Settlement of Leon Springs: From Prussia to Persia. The book represents a 25-year collaboration between the authors and includes, as much as possible, portions of numerous oral histories focused on the history of ...
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
(Bulverde, Texas) Roxolin Krueger’s first book was titled, Oma Tell Me About Olden Times in the Gruene Family which was a family history. Her second is titled Dearest Bert, and she will discuss it in a presentation at the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library on Thursday, February 12th at 1:00 p.m. Krueger wrote this book based on letters written to her Aunt Bert from her husband, Alvin.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
A special pancake breakfast will be held at Yett Memorial Park by the Blanco Cooks for the Cure Cook Off contestants. This will conclude their weekend of cooking competition. Pancakes will be ready Sunday morning at 7:00am first come first serve. A cash donation is requested, as all proceeds will go to the Susan G.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Members of the Stonewall Heritage Society invite the public to join them for their Valentine Social on Saturday, February 14, at 7:00pm. Everyone enjoyed last year’s party so much that a repeat performance is required. This year the event will be held at The Party House on the Pedernales, located on Ranch Road 1, across from the tennis courts and swimming pool in the LBJ State Historical Park in Stonewall. The Heritage Society will provide coffee, finger foods, and sumptuous desserts.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009 • Photos
Paula recently became a citizen of Blanco and is very happy to be part of a great community. She was encouraged to make the move from Abilene, TX by her friends, Beverly and David Behrends. Paula sold residential, as well as rural properties in Abilene for the last 4 1/2 years.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Members of the Blanco County Youth Stock Show Sale Committee met Sunday January 25th to add proceeds from the annual Wild Game Dinner fundraiser. As in past years, the Sale Committee was again able to raise all exhibitors’ totals to the average of their species, as well as ensure that Grand Champions received 2 times the average and that Reserve Grand Champions received 1.5 times the average.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Statistics indicate that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, 1 in 4 Americans will become sick, 1 in 1,000 will become hospitalized, and 5,000 will die due to a foodborne illness. If under the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) jurisdiction each food establishment is required to have one certified food manager on site.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
On Sunday, February 1, 2009, the family of Blanco Cowboy Church celebrated their nine year anniversary. It turned out to be a very exciting day with unexpected events. As the sun rose in the east shining off the freshly tilled dirt arena and the roping steers grazing on their round bale of coastal hay, pickups and trailers began coming down the dusty road with their precious cargo of cowboys, cowgirls, horses and pots of good home-cooked vittles ready for the celebration. As horses were unloade ...
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
First Baptist Church of Blanco is pleased to present, in partnership with Provident Films and Sherwood Pictures, Fireproof, the movie event. Like Facing the Giants and Flywheel, Fireproof is another life-changing movie from the Kendrick brothers illustrating the power of God to change lives. Over the span of just a few weeks, Fireproof showed in top box-office charts and The Love Dare, and accompanying book, topped the New York Times best-seller list.
, Blanco Church of Christ
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
A man and his wife decided they would like to take a helicopter ride. When they were informed of the cost, they told the pilot that they couldn’t afford it. The pilot said that he would take them up anyway, and if neither of them uttered a word, the flight would be free, but if they said anything at all he would charge them the regular price.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Biblical Perspective We all know how devastating difficult times can be for us and our families. Today we are facing a melt down of gigantic proportions. Our nation faces a multi-trillion dollar loss and the lack of integrity of many of our institutions is the culprit. A culprit is a person or other agent guilty of or responsible for an offense or fault.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
This morning, with Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought it well to tell Pauline about when I first began to realize I was falling in love with her. “You’ve never told me this,” she said; then she shared her side of the story: the time when she began to feel the same about me. This romantic beginning of the day launched my thoughts to a Saturday morning when I drove to my valentine’s house to talk to her about setting a date for our wedding. Standing in the driveway at her parent’s ...
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Jesus shed His precious blood for you and me. By and through our faith in Him, the bible says -“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2 Does your past ever haunt you? I’m 53 yrs.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Celwyn Emerson Hopkins, 79, passed away Thursday, February 5, 2009. He was born in Galveston, Texas on April 9, 1929, but grew up in Dallas, where he graduated from Highland Park High School in 1947. He attended Mississippi State University and while there, served as a lay reader at rural Episcopal churches.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Clifford L. “Red” Connell, 91, passed away January 30, 2009 in Fredericksburg, TX. Red was born July 7, 1917 in Real County, TX to J.W. Connell and Ruby Connell. He served his country with the U.S. Air Corp and later re-enlisted with the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Red was an original old fashioned cowboy as well a rancher in Blanco County.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009 • Photos
Lori Beth Demaree, 46, of Austin, (twin sister of Julie Demaree Dill, of Blanco), passed away after a 5 year struggle with cancer, on Wednesday, January 28, 2009. She was born on April 24, 1962 in Spokane, Washington to Harold and Beverly Demaree. Lori grew up in Nebraska and graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School and New Mexico State University.
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Opinion
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Dear Editor, I would like to applaud County Judge Guthrie for his latest decision to build a new jail in Blanco County. Over the past years there have not been too many subjects that he and I agreed on but this county has needed a new jail facility for a very long time. Having noted the above, I would also like to inform my county-wide neighbors that in approximately 1995 the late and great Judge George Byars purchased the land located on Hwy 281 in Johnson City for, in fact, the sole purpose o ...
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Dear Editor, I’m writing to give praise and thanks to your “911” men and women. On January 17, 2009 my grandson was in an accident playing on the porch at our deer camp at Milfos Ranch in Blanco. It was a head injury. We called 911 and they were there in minutes and just took charge and were wonderful. Thanks to their expertise, he is doing great.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas – The American Heart Association will dedicate its 2009 Hays County Start! Heart Walk in honor of former Hays County Sheriff Allen Bridges, who died suddenly of a heart attack on December 6th. Special ceremonies prior to the event will honor Bridges’ life and impact on the region.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Hill Country Memorial Hospital and a Fredericksburg obstetrician/ gynecologist will cosponsor the ninth annual “Girl Talk” seminar Wednesday, February 18, at Fredericksburg Elementary School Cafeteria, 1608 N. Adams Street, beginning at 6:30pm. Mothers and daughters from around the area are invited to attend the free, interactive seminar led by health care professional Jennifer Woerner Dulaney, M.D.
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School
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Since 1991 Blanco United Methodist Church has awarded scholarships to students in the Blanco community who seek to further their education beyond high school, whether at a four-year college, community college, or certified technical school. This one-time scholarship award is for graduating high school seniors only . 2009-2010 scholarship application packets are now available in the BUMC church office Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-12 noon, and 1-3 p.m. To assist students in completing the appli ...
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
An information session on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form will be held on Monday, February 23, at Fredericksburg High School Library at 5:00 and 6:30pm. Sessions will also be in Spanish. All students applying for college financial aid must complete the FAFSA form.
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Sports
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
On January 17, the Blanco High School powerlifting teams traveled to Floresville to compete in a meet. During a meet, each team member must successfully complete three lifts; a squat, a bench press, and a dead lift. Competitors have three chances to increase the weight of each lift. In the boys 132 pound weight class, Austin DeShane won 2nd place and Grayson Elrod placed 3rd.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Since 1985, Keep Texas Beautiful has maintained an annual contract with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to support TxDOT's antilitter and beautification programs. TxDOT's antilitter campaign began in 1985, when the state's litter pickup expenditures exceeded $20 million and were increasing 15-20 percent each year. The anti-litter program includes: •The Don't Mess with Texas public awareness and media campaign •The Adopt-a-Highway program •$1,000,000 in landscape incentive f ...
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Blanco Police Reports These reports were filed between Dec 30 and Jan 8. Dec 30 • Intoxicated Driver. 2:43 PM. Officers attempted to locate a vehicle coming from Hays County, on RR32, driven by an intoxicated driver. • Possible Burglary. 3:13 PM. An officer responded to a call about a broken window. Jan 1 • Vandalism.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Building a home is a huge responsibility. Not everyone who builds a house is cut out for it, so when you are thinking about buying a house from someone who built it themselves, or even from a builder, watch out and take this advice. Most people who build their own homes are very particular people.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 3, 2009
Blanco Chamber to meet Monday February 2, 1979 Blanco - - The Blanco Chamber of Commerce will hold their general meeting of the year, Monday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Baptist Church. All members and prospective members are invited to come and help make plans for Fiddle Fest and the coming year, announced President Angie Smith. Charles Sims, the City Administrator will be present to discuss the possible use of the Blanco State Park for Fiddle Fest. Bowling to Benefit MOD January 31, 1969 ...