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August 11, 2010 Issue
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010 • Photos
At its regular meeting on August 9, School Board members conducted a public meeting to discuss the 2010-2011 budget and proposed tax rate. Before formally adopting a budget and tax rate, the Board heard a report from the Citizens Advisory Committee regarding the Blanco ISD Facility Study. In August of 2009, the Board commissioned architect Randy Fromberg to conduct a facility study that would develop a facility vision, identify issues and concerns on each campus, identify issues and c ...
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
At its regular meeting on August 10, the Commissioners Court of Blanco County voted to approve the Proposed Budget for fiscal year 2010-2011. The budget is designed to raise more total property tax revenue than last year’s budget by $26,901 or 0.8%. It is expected that tax revenue to be raised from new property that will be added to the tax roll will raise $44,077. The total of all revenues to the County should be approximately $7,394,053.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010 • Photos
In a small country town such as Johnson City, tradition is a big deal. One tradition that’s coming to town next weekend is the 80th Annual Blanco County Fair and Rodeo. Generations of families flock to the Blanco County Fairgrounds every year to participate in this long-standing ritual. The fun begins when all Queen contestants attend the mandatory registration on Sunday, August 15, at 1:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
A cynic whose name “makes no never-mind” predicted one decade ago that this could be “one of those centuries when everything goes wrong.” He (or was it she?) has been right far more times than we’d like to admit, but on one issue--whether Texans would support a year-around cruise port in Galveston--“wrong” misses by a country mile. Back in 2000, Carnival Cruise Lines committed to serving Galveston, and vacationers have ...
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010 • Photos
Perhaps you had seen Booger, our Great Pyrenees dog, riding around town in the back of the little Ranger pickup. From that vantage point, he loved to watch people and to feel the wind in his face. He could often be found observing the world from the back of that little truck in front of Super S or at the post office.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
Let's hope for clear skies the next couple of weeks as Mother Nature has a double-header in store -- an evening planetary show back-to-back with the Perseid meteor shower. (The only thing missing will be a Roadrunner cartoon -- remember them?) For the first show, all five naked-eye planets will appear in our evening sky, four at the same time.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
AUSTIN — U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, on Aug. 5 attached an amendment to House Resolution 1586 in hopes of preventing Texas’ $830 million share of a $10 billion pot of education stimulus dollars from being used for purposes other than education. Doggett’s amendment, which applies to Texas and no other state, also would prevent the Texas Legislature from lowering the percentage of the state budget it uses to fund public education through fiscal year 2013.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
Johnson City, TX - Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park invites the public to view the 1968 cult classic “Planet of the Apes” on Saturday August 14 at the historic LBJ Ranch. The park gates open at 7:00 p.m. The movie shows at dusk and is free of charge. Parking is available on the taxiway adjacent to the Hangar visitor center. Free refreshments will be provided to enhance viewing enjoyment.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
Did you know that you don’t have to drive to Bulverde or Boerne or Dripping Springs to find exercise options? Gem of the Hills is expanding its fitness center to include an area for balance, core, flexibility, and functional training. The new space will complement the area already available for strength and cardiovascular exercise. The new “Gym at the Gem” is designed to meet the needs of the entire Blanco community.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
The first Design Guideline Public Meeting was held on Tuesday evening, July 27, 2010 at the Blanco Public library at 6 p.m. There were sixteen citizens present for the first meeting with architect Sue Ann Pemberton-Haugh of Mainstreet Architects of San Antonio. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce to Blanco citizens and business owners the steps involved in developing design guidelines for the city. Ms.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
Uptown Blanco Art Center hosted an open house and artist reception last Friday to open their new art gallery, located in the center on 3rd Street. Blanco artist Suzette Connell and her multi-media and layering artwork were the first to be presented by the new gallery at its grand opening. “The entire evening was delightful,” said Suzette about the reception.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
On Friday, August 20, the Blanco United Methodist Church Youth Group is hosting a spaghetti dinner starting at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10 if purchased before August 15 and $12 if purchased at the door Friday night, August 20. All proceeds are to help youth pay for their way to all Blanco United Methodist Church-sponsored youth activities. Just to make clear, these activities are not just open to the youth of the Methodist Church, but to every youth from grade levels 6-12.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
CASA for the Highland Lakes Area invites the community to participate in the 2nd Annual Speak Up For Kids 5K and Kids K presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas on Saturday, September 11, 2010. This event will increase awareness of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), recruit more volunteer advocates, and raise funds to support our mission.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
Four preachers would often get together for lunch and fellowship. At one of the meetings one of the preachers suggested that they should confess their weaknesses to one another. So three of the preachers told something about themselves that no one knew about. The fourth preacher said, "well, my weakness is gossip and I can't wait to get out of here!" While it is true that there may be things about ourselves that we might not wish to confess, there is a confession that all must make, a ...
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
Over the past several weeks, we have been studying in detail the first few verses of Hebrews chapter 12. Last week we got into verse 2, and discussed looking unto Jesus, who is the author and finisher (Alpha and Omega) of our faith. This week we will continue delving into this second verse, and let it minister even more life and wisdom to us.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
Have you ever asked God to show your faults to you? Job 13:23 “How many are mine iniquities and sins? Make me to know my transgression and my sin.” Someone told me this is a good thing to do. To ask God to show you what you have done wrong in the past, and what you are doing wrong now, so you can ask Him to forgive you, and change.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010 • Photos
Errol (Boysie) Maenius, 57, passed away peacefully on August 10, 2010 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family and was always very brave and strong. He will always be remembered as a loving son, brother, father, grandfather and friend. Preceded in death by his father, Werner Maenius.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
Blanco Elementary Announces Registration Times Blanco Elementary School will be having new student registration, Wednesday, August 11, 2010. Students not new to the district do not need to register. Hours of New Student registration are: 9:00 AM to 11:00AM and again from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. For more information contact the Elementary School at 830-833-4338. Attention Blanco Middle School Athletes The start of school is just aroun ...
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
Two Blanco ISD teachers, Pam Meier, a middle school instructor, and Beth Wallek, a special education teacher, recently returned from “G-Camp for Teachers,” a two-week geological field experience provided by the Department of Geology and Geophysics in the Texas A&M College of Geosciences. Mss. Meier and Wallek were among thirty elementary, middle school, high school, and college educators from across the state to participate in this year’s excursion. Led by distin ...
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
August: Things to do to prepare for fall gardens and landscapes. 1. Remove webworms from pecan and landscape trees, by trimming branches, or treat with Bacillus thuringiensis (or Bt). 2. Pinch faded blooms from crape myrtle for more blooms. Don’t trim branches. 3. Set out transplants of fall vegetables; tomatoes, peppers, eggplant - provide afternoon shade. 4.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 • Posted August 10, 2010
Engagement Revealed August 11, 1961 Mrs. Beatrice Ellison announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Angie Nell, to Dorsey Lee Smith, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey Smith. Angie is a graduate of Blanco High School and a junior college at Southwest Texas State College. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Eta. Dorsey Lee is also a graduate of Blanco High School and is now a partner of Dorsey Smith, Inc. The weddi ...