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May 12, 2010 Issue
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
MAYOR Chuck J Homan - 98 Bobby “Mack” McClung - 65 COUNCIL Al Turner - 94 Martin Sauceda - 83 Linda Dell Howard - 78 Rebecca Howerton - 98 Total Votes Cast: 168 BLANCO ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES Place 5: Matt Herden (incumbent) - 148 Rodney Green - 114 P ...
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010 • Photos
Bystanders lined the sidewalk on Monday, hoping to catch a glimpse of stars as cast and crew made their way to the set located inside of the Old Blanco County Courthouse. Filming for the remake of True Grit began Monday, May 10. Crews converged on the courthouse late last week, turning the upper floor into a scene for the upcoming movie. Directors Joel and Ethan Coen are in charge of the production, which is reportedly based more closely to the book, True Grit ...
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
At the regular meeting of the Blanco County Commissioners Court held on May 11, Commissioners approved the appointment of Laura Zeig and Robbin Malain to the Blanco County Child Welfare and Family Advocacy Board. Carlos A. Lopez, Professional Engineer, with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), introduced himself to the Court.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010 • Photos
Reality TV is a popular genre in today’s television lineups, with such hits as American Idol, Biggest Loser, Top Chef, and Amazing Race. Stations such as TLC and Discovery routinely take ordinary people and document their day to day lives. Following the chupacabra finding and subsequent fame, Jerry Ayer found himself in talks with various production companies seeking to do a reality show based on his profession, taxidermy. After months of fruitless talks, Ayer was about t ...
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010 • Photos
At their regular May 10 meeting trustees of the Blanco Independent School District approved installation of a new set of ADA-compliant stands on the visitor side of Panther Stadium. Superintendent Dr. Buck Ford called an alternate proposal to upgrade the existing stands a temporary measure, since it would actually decrease the number of seats from the current 450-seat capacity.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010 • Photos
Rachel, Brooke, and Lexi York would like to announce the birth of their baby sister, Braileigh Davis York. She was born on March 15, 2010, at 4:07 p.m. at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg. She weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20 inches long. Parents are Greg and Dawn York of Blanco.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010 • Photos
Shannon Covey, daughter of Sgt. First Class Michael and Ramona Covey, graduated from Texas A&M Medical School on April 30, 2010. She is a member of the National Medical Honor Society Alpha Omega.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010 • Photos
On Friday May 7, 2010, Cody Harvey graduated from UTI in Houston with a 4.0 GPA. Cody has a degree in Automotive/Diesel & Industrial Tech w/Cummins. Cody is the son of Sandra Gustafson and Darryl Harvey, and proud grandparents are Charles and Anna Lee Jones of Blanco, and Ken and Sandra Harvey of Houston.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
By Ann Hall, Blanco County Republican Chairman In the New York Times best seller, 2010 Take Back America: A Battle Plan, Dick Morris and Eileen McGann write: Politics is no longer a spectator sport. Those in the grandstands must leave their seats and come down on the playing field to help their side score.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
While training to become a teacher back in the 1960s, I became acquainted with a little film that had a great impact on my life. It was titled simply, “Johnny Lingo.” “Johnny Lingo” was based on a short story by Patricia McGerr, a Catholic writer. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wanted to make the movie in 1969 because it spoke as a universal moral parable—it was easily related to.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
The Time Traveler's Wife Here’s one for all you who love time-traveling movies and romantic love stories rolled into one! This movie treads where other adventures in time travel fail to go; the idea of time travel as a genetic condition that is uncontrollable and can be untimely. This film was billed as more of a sappy film and it started out that way, but as you get further along it turns into more of a science fiction movie dealing with the problems and possibl ...
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
AUSTIN — An unusual special election situation has produced the need for a ruling by Secretary of State Esperanza “Hope” Andrade, the state’s chief elections officer. Long-time House District 66 State Rep. Brian McCall resigned from office in late March after being named chancellor of the Austin-based Texas State University System.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
Blanco resident, Andrea Perez, a teacher at LBJ Middle School in Johnson City, is one of the forty-six teachers selected from across the nation for the prestigious LiftOff Summer Institute to be held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, this summer. The year 2010 marks the 21st consecutive year that teachers from around the country increase their knowledge of space education through the LiftOff Professional Development Summer Institute. “I’m so ps ...
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
Voting opened May 5 for Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors election, in which PEC members will elect two new directors and vote on a proposed member bill of rights and other issues. Ballots have been mailed to all members by Ronkonkoma, New York-based Election Services Corporation, which is managing the election. Members may return completed ballots by mail or vote online through a secure website operated by ESC.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
CTCYM, Central Texas Conference Youth in Mission, is a Christian organization of the United Methodist Church which since 1994 has taken young people into different communities in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Colorado, and Kansas to do basic home repairs and minor construction. They do this work for people who cannot pay for it or who cannot do the work themselves. In the past, they have built wheelchair ramps, steps, and handrails.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
Jesus said “24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 KJV My bible reference says that God is a Spirit Being, not the sun, moon, stars; nor an image of wood, stone, or metal; and not beast or man. He is not the air, wind, universal mind, love or some impersonal quality.
, Trinity Lutheran Church
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
In the past months I have become painfully aware of a phenomenon we don’t often think about. It is called “separation anxiety’. Life is a series of “letting go” in relationships and places. “Separation” is painful and takes it toll on our lives. Yet when “separations” happen we can thank God for those blessings we have experienced. Do you remember your first day of school?
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
Anne Wier Collins passed away May 9, 2010. She was born to Herb and Maggie Wier of Blanco, Texas, on January 18, 1922. She graduated from Blanco High School and attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College. On April 20, 1944, she married L.W. Collins. They made their home in San Antonio. She was preceded in death by her husband, and her brothers Jack and Ralph Wier.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
Marvin “Dick” Knoll passed away Friday, May 7, 2010, in Blanco, Texas, his home of 90 years. He was preceded in death by his parents Herman Knoll and Clara Koch Knoll, brother Roland Knoll. and sister Nora Knoll Maples. He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Monta Barry Knoll; sons Edward Knoll and his wife Cathy, Dwight Knoll and his wife Paula, and Harold Knoll; grandchildren Thomas Knoll and his wife Kim, Dwight Thomas Knoll, Katy Knoll, Aubrey Knoll Moore and h ...
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Raymond Allen St. Clair, 48, of Blanco, Texas passed away on Monday, April 26, 2010. Funeral services were held on Monday, May 13, 2010, in Huntington, West Virginia at the Reger Funeral Chapel and burial followed in Southerland Cemetery in Wayne County, West Virginia. He was born on April 8, 1962, in Cabell County, West Virginia, a son of the late George W.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
Occasionally, we are graced with the presence of an earth bound angel. They are unable to stay with us for long, but while they do, they bring joy and happiness to all who know them. Heaven’s gain was our loss when our angel, Wesley Reid Cudd, born March 13, 2010, was called by our Lord and taken too soon on Thursday, April 29, 2010. He is being greeted in Heaven with open arms by his PawPaw Jake.
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School
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
The Blanco Panther Band traveled to Corpus Christi on Friday, May 7, to compete in the Buccaneer Days Music Festival held at the new state-of-the-art performing arts complex at Corpus Christi A & M University. The Buccaneer Days Music Festival is one of the oldest and most prestigious music festivals held annually since 1957.
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Sports
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010 • Photos
The Blanco Panther baseball team will be advancing to the area round of the state playoffs following their bi-district win over the Stockdale Brahmas this past weekend at Texas State University in San Marcos. The Panthers will now take on the state ranked Cougars from Wallis Brazos for the area championship. In Friday’s game, Blanco coasted to an easy 12 to 2 victory behind a strong pitching performance from junior Clint Dreyer.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010 • Photos
On May 7, the Lady Panther softball team needed an error-free game to defeat the Wiemar Ladycats, but it wasn’t to be. In the first game of the best 2 of 3 series, the Panthers could not rally any momentum, losing 0-10. Lacee Hunter, Kelsey Schwind, and Mishelle Calzoncit each had a hit for Blanco.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
The bugs and weeds are a real problem this spring. With the caterpillars, pill bugs, thrips, and grasshoppers, the plants are having a bad time. The canker worms and web worms are attacking the trees. Usually, if the edges of the leaves are chewed, it’s a caterpillar or grasshopper; if the leaves have holes in the middle of the leaf, look for pill bugs, snails, or slugs.
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Potpourri
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010
Dear Readers: Has anybody missed the excitement going on around the courthouse? By the time the paper comes out, it will all be over, if things go according to schedule, but some of us, had anybody noticed, acted like star-struck teenagers! I was holding out for Robert Duvall, but he never materialized.