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March 3, 2010 Issue
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
COUNTY RESULTS REP. - District Judge, 424th Judicial District Dan Mills 1, 175 REP. - County Judge Bill Guthrie 879 Thomas Maultsby 772 REP. - District Clerk Debby Elsbury 1,327 REP. - County Clerk Karen Newman 1,317 REP. - County Treasurer Camille Swift 1,302 REP. - County Surveyor Dale Allen Sultemei ...
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010 • Photos
Bowing to public pressure from businesses and residents located on Blanco Avenue, the governing body of Blanco voted unanimously to rescind the proposed street name change to Ron Houston Avenue at a special joint meeting of city council, the Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Blanco Historical Commission on February 24.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
Blanco ISD schools will celebrate Texas Public Schools Week March 8 – 12 with several activities, including Open Houses at each campus. The theme will be “Education: Go Get It!” Students throughout the District will be participating in activities designed around college and post-high school readiness. On Monday, March 8, Blanco Elementary will celebrate the “Day of the Young Child,” sponsored by the Blanco Early Childhood, Early Childhood Intervention (EC ...
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Saturday, February 27, 2010, was the official grand opening of the Blanco Pioneer Museum. It attracted a large crowd, who all enjoyed the exhibits, good food, good fellowship, and the entertainment. The lovely restored house at 418 Pecan Street was furnished as it would have been in the mid-1800s, with beautiful antique furniture and accessories, loaned by many for this exhibit.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
The Blanco Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet at the Old Blanco County Courthouse last Thursday evening. By all accounts, it was another successful celebration of the Blanco community, with over 120 in attendance. The dinner was catered by Sullivan Street Catering. Blanco Chamber President Marcy Westcott provided a “State of the Chamber” overview and unveiled a few of the projects planned for the coming year.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
The 5th Annual Project Graduation dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Rockin’ R Steakhouse, 318 Fourth Street, Blanco. This year Chef Bud Bouldin is preparing a wonderful menu and the price will be very reasonable so that everyone can attend, have great food and support this wonderful event. Project Graduation is a program for high school seniors to celebrate graduation at an all night, chaperoned, drug, alcohol and smoke free event.
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Columns
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
I wish I knew the author of the following story so that I could give credit where credit is due. It was submitted by a student in a Sociology class taught by Dr. Reed H. Bradford at BYU back in the 1960’s. He shared it with other students and I have kept it all these years.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
AUSTIN — Starting March 1, Texas driver’s license applicants between the ages of 18 and 24 must complete an approved driver education course and a driving skills test. A Texas Department of Public Safety news release said applicants must submit a certificate proving that they successfully completed a driver education course approved by the Texas Education Agency. A 2009 state law created the requirement and authorized the development of a six-hour adult driver educa ...
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
If you’ve been reading these articles, you probably remember your risk factors for getting heart disease. As we said, there isn’t anything you can do about genetics. If your family members have heart disease you are at greater risk and that’s just that. But hopefully you remember that there are lots of things you can do to lower your chances of getting this potentially fatal disease.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010 • Photos
Maureen “Mo” Augustine, a Winter Texan and breast-cancer survivor of 14 years, will teach four free dulcimer classes at the Hill Country Memorial Cancer Resource Center (CRC) this month. The dulcimer is a three- or four-string lap instrument popularized in the American Appalachian region and known for the ease in which it is learned. For the four Mondays in March, beginning March 8, Ms.
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Blanco County, TX – In Spring 2009, someone abandoned two calico cats at a local business. Calico cats are almost always females. Both of the cats had kittens—one litter had four, and the other six. Since kittens are always cute, many people tried to catch them and take them home because they felt sorry for them. Here’s where the story gets sad.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
Counselors Jim Spruiell, Ph.D., and Pam Spruiell, Ph.D., will teach self-preservation during a free, four-week series for those who care for loved ones suffering from cancer or other debilitating diseases. “Creating a life while being a caregiver” will be on Wednesdays from March 17 through April 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
SAN ANTONIO ­ Residents of Blanco are being invited to take part in a program being sponsored by the local Hermann Sons lodge and the Grand Lodge in San Antonio. The program is called “Hugs from Home” and it was created for a very special group of people ­ the men and women of the armed forces who are serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
Hill Country Cattle Women, who represent 14 counties in the Texas Hill Country, are meeting in Mason on March 16, at the River of Life Church, 217 E. College Street. We will begin with coffee and registration at 10:00 a.m. and the meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. There will be a program presented by Lance Rasch, Mason High School Agriculture Teacher, and student, Virginia Lemke, after which we will complete our planning for our 2010 Style Show and Luncheon to be held at the Inn of the Hills ...
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Mark Kuebel was awarded the Arrow of Light Wednesday at the Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet held at the Blanco United Methodist Church. As part of his special ceremony, he was welcomed into the Blanco Troop by Eagle Scouts, Grant Weaver and Jonas Arnosky. The Arrow of Light award is the highest award available to a Cub Scout.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
Pedernales Electric’s Board of Directors unanimously voted on Monday, February 22 to place a member bill of rights on the 2010 ballot, giving PEC’s 196,000 members the power to ratify the document at the Cooperative’s annual meeting on June 19 in Johnson City. If ratified, the bill of rights would establish core rights, such as election safeguards, which could only be changed with a member vote. “The member bill of rights is a first-ever initiative that establi ...
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
Rain Bird Gallery, owned by Becky Walker, will open a Fiber Arts section in the gallery soon. Maureen Bester, ATR, will begin teaching beginning sewing, knitting and crocheting at the gallery. Maureen has taken two studio areas in her studies to become an Art Educator and an Art Therapist. These include Drawing and Painting and Fiber Arts.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
More than 100 riders of all ages on horseback and in wagons will make their way through the Blanco Hill Country on Tuesday, March 9. The 112 mile trail ride will cross 36 cattle guards as they ride through more than 20 hill country ranches, including the historic LBJ Ranch on RR1, before arriving at Yett Memorial Park. The ride will head out from Fredericksburg to Luckenbach, then Stonewall and Johnson City, Blanco and Fischer, then to Wimberley and end up in Driftwood at the end of t ...
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has implemented the new Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE) in accordance with the 2008 Farm Bill. Vilsack also encouraged producers to visit their USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office to participate in the program if they suffered crop production losses during the 2008 crop year. “This program is an important component of the farm safety net and will provide financial assistance to producers who h ...
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
Dino Maisano will be the instructor for Walk Thru the Bible – The Old Testament to be hosted by Blanco United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 6, 9:00am – 4:00pm. He will present a fun-filled, action-paced seminar that helps attendees to reconnect with the biblical characters, geographical movements in history, and the message and meaning of scripture – scripture that is as relevant today as when it was written. Maisano has been an associate instructor wi ...
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
1 Corinthians 2:1-2 “1As for myself, brethren, when I came to you, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony and evidence or mystery and secret of God [concerning what He has done through Christ for the salvation of men] in lofty words of eloquence or human philosophy and wisdom; 2For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucifie ...
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Although it’s not a Bible verse, certainly “Good things come to those that wait” is a Biblical principle. “Be not weary in well doing, for in due season you’ll reap a harvest” and “Through faith and patience we inherit the promises” are a couple of examples. We at Abundant Grace are thrilled to see these verses come to pass in our church.
, Ark Revival Ministries
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
Matthew 22:37 says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your mind” (paraphrased). Now the gospel of Mark adds, “And with all of your strength” (Mk. 12:30). It adds a fourth distinction there. Those four distinctions that are all complimentary to one another, though they do have some very definite distinctions.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
We invite you to join us on Sunday, March 21, 2010, beginning at 11:00 a.m. for a scrumptious, homemade, Mexican dinner. Plates include cheese enchiladas, tamale, taco, rice, beans, tortilla, homemade salsa, and a dessert. You may dine in or to-go plates will be available. We are currently working to raise funds for our new religious education building, so all proceeds from this event will assist in this endeavor.
, Blanco Church of Christ
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
A minister, hoped to comfort the bereaved at a funeral by emphasizing that there was more to the deceased than just the physical body said, "What we have before us the shell, the nut is gone." Perhaps he said more than he intended for a solemn occasion, but the point is well taken. The apostle Paul said, "For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either."
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
Paula was born on July 16, 1911, and passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2010, at the age of 98. She was the daughter of Otto and Matilda Krause Scheel. On February 20, 1929, Paula married G.W. Zercher. Her husband of 72 years preceded her in death in December of 2001.
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School
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010 • Photos
For two straight weeks, Blanco students have been actively competing in the San Antonio Livestock Show. Local students have been taking part in educational opportunities that teach life skills, responsibility, dedication and career development. By involving themselves in these hands-on training projects, students also develop leadership and social skills, which will make them vital members of the community.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
KERRVILLE, Texas – The Hill Country Region offices of Capital Farm Credit (CFC) announce their 2010 scholarship program. CFC will award $10,000 in scholarships to students pursuing a degree in education or an agricultural-related field of study. Students from the following counties are eligible: Bandera, Blanco, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano and Mason. Capital Farm Credit, Texas’ largest rural cooperative lender, has a tradition of supporting local youth.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg and the Hill Country University Center have rescheduled an information session (previously canceled due to snow) on navigating the College Financial Aid process for Thursday, March 11, at the Fredericksburg High School Library at 5:30 p.m. Financial aid advisors will give a presentation, answer questions, and assist students with application forms.
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Sports
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010 • Photos
The Blanco Panther Baseball Team spent the past weekend hosting the 5th Annual Blanco Baseball Tournament. After beginning the season with an easy win on Monday, the Panthers continued their solid play. They picked up three wins on Friday, only to finish 1 and 1 on Saturday, taking 3rd place overall. In the first game Friday morning, Blanco avenged last year’s loss to Llano’s JV by a score of 21 to 0.
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The Panther softball team played in the Austin ISD Softball Tournament at Kriegfield on February 26 and 27. In their first pool game, the Blanco girls scorched Sommerville 16-2. Chandler Ashley pitched for the win. Lacee Hunter batted 2 of 3 with a double, triple, and an RBI. Angel Williams hit 2 of 3 for two singles and two RBI’s.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
Wasn’t the snow lovely? Now it’s time for spring. March is here and that means landscaping and gardening. Things to do in March: 1. Complete garden and yard cleanup. 2. Spread compost on lawn, garden, trees and flower beds. 3. Fertilize trees and lawns with organic fertilizer. 4. Complete trimming all roses, except climbers. Wait until they have finished blooming, then fertilize and add compost. 5.
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Potpourri
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
On Wednesday, February 24, the Lutheran Church hosted the monthly birthday party at Live Oak Nursing Home. A big thank-you to Darlene Kiernan, who played piano, and Dorothy Dillon for coming to sing! We appreciate all who came to help out. Everyone enjoyed some Dorothy Troppy cake, ice cream, and punch while Happy Birthday was sung, and they opened their birthday gifts from Blanco National Bank.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
Do you want your construction job done or done Right? Now you are asking, what does this mean? There are many factors to consider in getting a construction job done. It starts with knowing what you want and getting a bid. Here are a couple things to take into consideration: Do you know what type of construction you are wanting?
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
Café to Close On Mondays March 3, 1961 Beginning Monday, March 6, Byars Café will be closed all day every Monday in order to give the employees one day a week off. 3 Blanco Girls On All-District Basketball Team February 27, 1970 The 1969-1970 girls basketball team ended their season with a district record of 6 wins and two losses.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 2, 2010
The terms of the deal: Escrow. Earnest money. Good Faith Estimate. You’ve heard the lingo, but what do these terms actually mean?If you plan to buy or sell property, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the terminology, because understanding the jargon can help you feel more comfortable throughout the real estate transaction. Earnest money: If you are serious about buying a property, you will typically give the seller a deposit – also known as earnest money.