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October 14, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009 • Photos
Kaiser, a 120-pound Alaskan Malamute, is the newest instructional aide at Blanco Elementary. Instructional aide, you may ask? Yes, and according to Donna Dishman, the dog’s owner, many people have shown progress from relationships with pets and animals. “Our mission is to promote the enrichment of the human animal bond with children, the terminally ill, and the elderly,” according to the literature of Dishman’s non-profit organization, Pets Are Wonderful Suppor ...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
JOHNSON CITY – As preliminary planning continues on its new 222-acre Pedernales River Nature Park, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is envisioning a park that will meet the area’s recreational needs and also will be a major showcase for land, water, and energy conservation practices. Some concepts being looked at include using custom-designed, prefabricated structures made from recycled materials and using solar and rainwater collection features; solar lighting fo ...
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On Sunday, October 18, 2009, Mt. Horeb Baptist Church will be hosting Peyton Colony’s annual homecoming service. There will be a special presentation to unveil the Texas Historical Marker for Peyton Colony at 1:00pm. The marker reads as follows: “In 1865, a group of freed persons, led by Peyton Roberts, established a community they named Peyton Colony.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
At their regular meeting October 12, trustees of the Blanco ISD honored the school lunch staff during National School Lunch Week October 12-16. Eleven members of the staff from all three campuses were recognized by business manager Kay Fraser, who presented impressive statistics to the board. The staff serves over 200 breakfasts and 600 lunches a day, observing a number of state and federal guidelines for nutrition, sanitation, and even the temperature of foods.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Anyone wishing to vote early for the November 3, 2009, Constitutional Amendment Election may do so starting October 19, 2009. Regular hours for early voting will begin October 19 and run through October 30. It will be held in the County Commissioner’s Courtroom, Blanco County Courthouse, 101 E. Pecan Dr., Johnson City, from 8:00am until 4:30pm. Applications to receive a ballot by mail are being accepted by the County Clerk’s office at this time. Voters may re ...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009 • Photos
James and Carol Horton of Blanco slid off FM 32 near Cox Road on October 3 at approximately 4:00pm. The couple was driving home with two horses they had just purchased at the livestock sale. The roads were very slick and muddy. Carol was driving east on the way home and lost control of the pickup in the pouring rain. The goose-neck trailer swung around and pushed the truck across the oncoming lane and into an embankment.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
October 14, 2009 •Lunch N’ Learn: Wed, Oct 14 from 11:30am to 1pm at the Hill Country Cupboard (101 South U.S. Hwy 281) in Johnson City. Topics covered in the hour and a half presentation include: *What is Alzheimer’s disease? *Diagnosis *Disease stages *Coping (fears/hopes) *Medicines/Available treatment. This program is free of charge.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Blanco Elementary second graders invite you to a Fall event of singing, instrument play, dance, and art. This very special program will follow the PTO meeting that will be held in the cafeteria on Tuesday, October 20, at 6:00pm; the second grade program will follow in the auditorium. The children have been working very hard in music and art class to prepare for this.
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Columns
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
While attending Brigham Young University in Utah I would sometimes drive up Provo Canyon and escape the pressure of school by taking in the beautiful mountain scenery just minutes away from campus. One day I was parked at the foot of Bridal Veil Falls watching the water cascade down a rugged rock face hundreds of feet into the Provo River.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
It's almost Halloween time, so it's time to revisit some of the scariest movies of all time that will have you tightly grasping the one close to you. Due to a tragedy in the family, these girls haven't had a weekend out in awhile and they've come together for a weekend exploration.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
AUSTIN — Back in January, the governor’s office announced its decision to jettison plans to create the Trans-Texas Corridor, a 4,000-mile network of motorways, including rail, power, water, gas, oil and telecommunications lines. That happened after heavily promoted “TTC” plans drew mostly negative input from citizens at public hearings the Texas Department of Transportation conducted in a number of cities that would have been in the path of proposed projects.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Beware - Trying to save some money can end up costing you more. If you are thinking about building or remodeling and you want to do some of it, what can happen? Do you have a friend or family that specializes in a trade whom you want to do some work for you in the midst of other construction work? Take this scenario: If you are doing a major build or remodel and you have someone that can do the plumbing, here are a few things to consider.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Wimberley – You ask, “Who the heck ever heard of a mashed potato cook-off in Texas!?” Barbecue, chili, and crawfish boils are the norm in these parts. But that’s okay. This cook-off event certainly qualifies as “a first,” and falls in with the local “Keep Wimberley Weirder” theme. “We view this as an event that will be both gastronomically uplifting and good community fun,” said event organizer Bob Ochoa.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Kirchman Galleries in Johnson City, Texas are pleased to announce an exhibition of recent indoor and outdoor works by acclaimed San Antonio sculptor Danville Chadbourne. This exhibition is in conjunction with the grand opening celebration of their new Sculpture Garden, located behind the gallery at 213 N. Nugent Avenue, across from the Courthouse. This inaugural exhibition will feature several large-scale outdoor works in ceramic, stone and concrete in the garden, a lovely park-like s ...
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For those of you who remember the days of the Blanco Pantherettes Drill Team, you’ll understand when we say that tradition was at its core. Lead by Shyrle Allen from 1982 to 1995, the dancers dominated the football field each Friday night with dynamic half-time performances entertaining the crowd with splits and high-kicks.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Friends of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library will host a Pooch Parade and Dog Treat Bake-off as the final event for this year’s book selection, Marley & Me. On Saturday, October 24 the activities will begin at 10:30am at the library. Bring your dog, have a photo made, and parade in front of the judges.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Community Action, Inc. and Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Blanco County invite Blanco County residents to the Senior Expo on Thursday, October 22, at Gem of the Hills Community Center. Popular local speakers will be presenting programs related to Senior lifestyles. The event is free of charge, thanks to generous donors. Exhibitors will be available throughout the morning for information about products and services that may help address your specific health needs and interests.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Pure Bliss Candle Company, owned by Jerry and Lysa Wright, is located on Hwy 281 S just past the Spring Branch Store. They make hand crafted, highly scented, soy candles. With a large selection of scents and jars styles, this is your one stop candle shop. Jerry and Lysa are a husband and wife team that moved to the area from San Antonio.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Blanco County food service establishments are under the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) jurisdiction. DSHS requires that each food establishment has one certified food manager on site. Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Blanco County, is offering a food manager certification training course. This program will be offered for $110 on October 19 and 20 at the Blanco Library large meeting room.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
I have a book in my many stacks that constitute a largely Jewish library called "the Wandering Jew". Ironically, I haven't read it yet but it's been with me through multiple wanderings of my own; yet the topic calls to me, so a quick glance at Wikipedia yielded this result on what a wandering Jew is: The Wandering Jew is a figure from medieval Christian folklore whose legend began to spread in Europe in the thirteenth century and became a fixture of Christian mythology, and, later, of ...
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Someone said, "my therapist told me the way to achieve inner peace was finish what I started. Today I finished a bag of chips and a chocolate cake. I feel better already." Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9). The coming of the Son of God brought forth a song sung by angels - "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased"
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Did you know that what Job feared most did happen? Job 3:25-26 “ 25 What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true. 26 I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes.” It is such a huge relief when you learn to trust God and give Him all your troubles. Jesus said Matthew 10:28 “And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body ...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
The hour was late and I was tired as I made my way to the hospital elevator on my way to visit an old friend. He had been a minister for many years causing our paths to cross frequently. His family members, seated in the waiting room, expected his life to end and were wrestling with how to answer should they be asked by his doctors about how long to continue their efforts to keep him alive. Stepping into the intensive care unit, I heard the labored rhythm of a breathing machine doing ...
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Ah, the gifts of the Spirit of God. So controversial in the church today - yet so simple and such a blessing. The Holy Spirit, speaking through the apostle Paul, told the Corinthians (and us as well) to not be ignorant concerning them (1Cor 12:1). Often times the church in Corinth is cited as a prime example of why we should not flow in the gifts of the Spirit.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009 • Photos
Jorma Ray Reeser, 22, died in an automobile accident in Dover, Delaware, on Sunday, October 18. Jorma was the son of Carlyle and Ardeth Reeser of Blanco and Belize, and the grandson of Louise and the late Lyle Reeser, formerly of Blanco. He was a 2005 graduate of Blanco High School, attended Austin Community College, and had served in the US Air Force. Jorma will be buried in his native Belize, and the family plans a memorial service in Blanco upon their return.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
George William Ludolf, age 89, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2009. Born on November 20, 1919 in a log cabin built by his grandfather in Kendalia, Tx, he was the son of William Edward Ludolf and Olga Alma Kneupper Ludolf. George attended Curry’s Creek School in Kendalia and at an early age began working with his father on the family farm.
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Harold Cope Kirkpatrick, 92, died on October 14, 2009 in Norman, Oklahoma. Mr. Kirkpatrick was born April 10, 1917 in Beaumont, Texas to his beloved parents, Cliffton and Caroline Kirkpatrick. In 1940 Mr. Kirkpatrick graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology. He served two tours in China during World War II and retired from the US Air Force after thirty years and a career which took him to every part of the globe.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Verna Crossley Minix, born August 26, 1930 in Blanco, Texas, passed away on October 14, 2009 at the age of 79 years in San Antonio, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Wade Crossley, and her son, Douglas Minix. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth W.
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Opinion
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Dear Editor, It is becoming more and more apparent that the objective of the Obama administration is to create chaos. If that is the case, the citizens of the USA must shift gears in their thinking and move away from the assumption that the President always does what he thinks is best for our country.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Dear Editor, I am a firm believer in giving credit where credit is due, and I would like to acknowledge the Blanco Panther High School Band and their Band Directors, David Shirk and Brandon Aly. For the last two years, I have attended all the football games only to see that Mr.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
It isn’t hard to find a reason not to get the flu shots. There are lots, and they’re all bogus. It is true that the odds are you’ll go through the flu season without catching it, even without the vaccine. If you do get it, you probably will just have an ordinary case. On the other hand, the flu will kill tens of thousands of people.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Llano Heritage Days will have its annual celebration on Saturday, October 17, 2009. Located downtown on either side of the river, the event showcases the history, talent, and vision of the early pioneers and modern day "settlers." On the south side of the river, in front of the newly restored court house, Llano Main Street proudly presents a gathering of arts, crafts, food and the best dang music in Texas; the Main St.
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School
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009 • Photos
The Blanco High School Marching Band traveled to San Antonio on Saturday, October 10 to participate in the Judson Rocket Review. They competed against eight other bands and placed third. They placed second the previous Saturday when they performed in the Roosevelt Rough Rider Marching Contest. The band performed the music of “Lawrence of Arabia” under the field direction of Drum Major Keith Baize and Assistant Drum Major Jesse Troublefield.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
The Blanco Family, Career and Community Leaders of America recently completed their first community service project of the year. Approximately 75 local members donated their time and data entry skills to help the Blanco Historical Preservation Commission (BHPC) with their Survey and Inventory project. BHPC Commissioner Becky Greathouse provided copies of the updated Historic Resources Survey forms to FCCLA members.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009 • Photos
INDIANAPOLIS – The Blanco FFA Chapter will be competing Oct. 21–24, 2009 in the National FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE) in Indianapolis, Ind. during the 82nd National FFA Convention. Members of the livestock team are Kaleigh Anderson, Claire Klepac, Quaid Haack, and Keaton Dodd. The team is coached by Felice Marek. “FFA members are challenged to evaluate marketable stock based on current business and industry standards, while developin ...
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Sports
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009 • Photos
7th Grade The Panthers turned in a stellar defensive performance in holding the Bobcats to minus 34 yards for the game. Alex Juarez, Grant Garrow, Dylan Bates, Logan Dodd, and Hunter Goodman all made big hits and tackles for losses throughout the game. Offensively, the Panthers scored three TDs in the first half, with Aikman Elrod scoring on runs of 65, 2, and 25 yards.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
The Lady Panthers trounced the Cole Lady Cougars on Tuesday, October 6 with a match score of 3-0. The Varsity squad posted game wins of 25-15, 25-23, and 25-15. The Blanco Junior Varsity beat the Cole JV, 25-16 and 25-13. The Freshmen squad played the Cole JV in the third game of the match and won, 25-16. On Friday, October 9, the Varsity Lady Panthers quickly defeated the Brooks Lady Bengals with a match score of 3-0 with scores of 25-7, 25-16, and 25-6.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009 • Photos
For the second consecutive year, the Blanco Panthers claimed an easy victory over the visiting Brooks Academy Bengals 72 to 0 for their sixth win of the season. The Panthers’ win sets up a key match-up this week with Harper coming to town. The winner will have the inside track at the district crown. As for the game with Brooks, Blanco wasted little time in finding the end zone, scoring on 11 of 13 drives, with the two non-scoring drives coming about as a result of the end of the ...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
You can help Texas reduce waste, save energy, conserve natural resources and use less landfill space by remembering the four Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rebuy. Events encouraging the four Rs will be held statewide from mid-October through November 17. You can celebrate Texas Recycles Day by donating used items to charity, taking your own bags to the store when you shop, depositing your used plastic bags at Super S or HEB, or simply recycling your aluminum cans, glass, paper, cardb ...
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Potpourri
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Dear Readers: This week’s is a kind of selfish, but cautionary column; however, I wanted to put my feelings out there in print. I am truly an A+ procrastinator, and this week it came home to roost. I have a bad, bad habit of assuming the people in my life will always be there when I am ready and available to see them. Just as I assumed Ron Houston would always be at the bowling alley getting his own cup of coffee or at CJ’s reading the paper ...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 • Posted October 13, 2009
Bulverde Fall Fest October 14 October 11, 1989 Plan now to attend the Bulverde Fall Fest, October 14, 1989 at Downtown Bulverde Emporium. There will be arts, crafts, antique junk yard, food and entertainment. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Phone 512-438-2914. Two Local Boys Graduate at SWT October 10, 1969 Two Blanco residents were among the more than 500 graduation candidates who recei ...