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April 27, 2011 Issue
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
Emotions ran high all around at the annual Blanco Historic Cemetery Association meeting, which took place Monday evening at the Blanco Library. There were between 25 to 30 people there, more than double last year's attendance of 10. Unfortunately, the meeting was rather chaotic as strong emotions ran rampant through the members, both on and off the board. President Tina Gourley called the meeting to order at 6:17 pm.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Updated April 21, 2011 11:23 AM • Photos
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 20, 2011, officers from eight police agencies carried through on warrants issued for four properties around the state. Judges in each jurisdiction signed affidavits for probable cause to search for drugs.Members of the Blanco, Burnet, Travis and Harris County Sheriffs’ Offices, DPS-Narcotics, and Houston, Austin, and Marble Falls Police Departments coordinated efforts to conduct searches on the four properties–one in Blanco County, o ...
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors received the audit for the 2010 fiscal year during the Board’s regular monthly meeting on April 18. The accounting firm BKD gave the Cooperative an unqualified or “clean” opinion, which is the best opinion an auditor can offer.Presenting the audit on behalf of BKD, Chad Moore noted several positive developments and stated that “PEC’s equity saw roughly a 3.5 percent increase over last year.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
At its regular meeting on April 26, the Blanco County Commissioners Court reported that due to the volatility of the world oil markets, no contractors were willing to bid on paving oil and aggregate needed to repair County roads.  Judge Guthrie said that because contractors cannot predict the price of oil two months in advance, they are unwilling to bid on road repair projects at this time.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
Patrick and Shelee Padgett of Lebanon, Ind. are excited to announce the birth of their son, Knox Wayne Padgett, born on March 31, 2011. He weighed 8 lbs and 12 ozs and was 22 inches long. Knox’s grandparents are Jan Granberg and Perry Wagner and Paul and Lisa Granberg of Blanco and Phil and Jackie Padgett of Frankfort, Ind.
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Columns
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
AUSTIN — Senate Bill 1, a $175 billion version of the 2012-2013 state budget, was approved on April 21 by the Senate Finance Committee before both houses of the Texas Legislature recessed for Easter break. In simple contrast to the $164 billion state budget the Houseapproved on April 1, the Senate Finance Committee’s version would spend billions of dollars more on public education and health care.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
Lindsey Adams established her business in portrait photography in 2010, but has always been with a camera in hand.  She is in San Antonio, but shoots on location in and around San Antonio, especially the Texas Hill Country.  She is a natural light, lifestyle photographer and wishes to catch you as you really are, in all your glory  laughing, joking, loving, and having fun!  She photographs newborns, high school seniors, families, engagements, weddings, events a ...
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
Uptown Blanco Art Gallery is proud to present “Award-Winning Art from LBJ (Johnson City) and Blanco High Schools.” Ms. Diane Hudson, art teacher at LBJ High School and at Uptown Blanco Art Center, recently took her students to the regional Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE). Her art students won at regional and then advanced to state competition to win gold seals the highest state VASE award. The Visual Arts Scholastic Event, hosted by ...
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
The Blanco County Search and Rescue Unit was founded in 1997 after an incident involving an elderly gentleman who suffered from dementia.  It became evident that we as a community were unprepared to facilitate a search involving a large search area and rough terrain.  This event prompted the idea and creation of our unit.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
Welcomed by LBJ National Historical Park Superintendent Russ Whitlock, attendees at the April 20 workshop at the Johnson Settlement Activity Center in Johnson City were provided a sampling of USDA lending services available to rural communities.  According to John Kirchoff, USDA Outreach Specialist,  an end goal of the USDA Rural Development program is to create and retain jobs in rural communities.  Rural development offerings presented by Kirchoff ...
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
An invitation is extended to everyone in Blanco and surrounding areas to participate in the celebration of Maria Serrano’s (the can lady) 80th birthday on May 2. There will not be a party, but if you happen to see her, wish her a happy birthday. You are also welcome to stop by her house to wish her a happy birthday.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
The annual meeting of the Blanco Historic Cemetery Association was held on April 25.  A continuation of the that meeting will take place on May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Blanco  Masonic Lodge.  Hopefully, changing the time from 6 to 7 p.m. will allow more people to attend.  It was also decided that the directors will meet at 10:30 a.m.
, Blanco Historic Preservation Commission
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
Citizens in Blanco, Texas will join thousands of individuals across the country to celebrate National Preservation Month this May. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has chosen the theme, "Celebrating America’s Treasures" for the month of May 2011. The Blanco Historic Preservation is pleased to announce its participation in National Preservation Month in May 2011.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
Fiona and Daisy Sakowski, granddaughters of RK and Priscilla Seals, enjoy visiting the Alamo Miniatures in Twin Sisters.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
In his bestselling book, “Confessions Of A Happy Christian,” inspirational writer, Zig Ziglar wrote that he had given up a number of things after becoming a man of faith. He gave up staying awake at night because he realized the Lord is awake all the time.  He gave up worrying about tomorrow because he came to understand that God is already there.  He gave up his concerns about financial obligations because he became convinced that the Lord is more concerned about ou ...
, Blanco Church of Christ
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
When Neil Armstrong took the first step on the Moon he said, “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” That simple step marked the end of a long process and the beginning of a new age of exploration. Often times small simple things can make a big difference in our life. We can take the first step by choosing to Forget the Past.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
Today the world celebrated Easter.  Have you ever looked up the origin of the Easter bunny?  Yahoo news said it’s a pagan celebration of a false goddess, Eostre, the goddess of dawn, and the hare and egg were signs of fertility.  Then Christian missionaries began teaching about Jesus and His resurrection and the pagan holiday somehow got combined with the celebration of Christ’s resurrection, so today we take our kids to Easter egg hunts and hide resurrection eg ...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
Last week we compared Leviticus 16 to what Jesus did in His suffering on this earth from the Garden of Gethsemane to His last breath on the cross - fulfilling seven of the eight sprinkling’s of His blood to eternally redeem (purchase out of slavery and the Kingdom of Darkness) mankind.  Remember, in Lev.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
A memorial service for John Thomas Shires of Buchanan Dam will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church in Buchanan Dam, with the Rev. Grady Roe, pastor, officiating. Shires passed April 21 in Scott & White Medical Center in Temple following a lengthy decline in his health. Known as Tom or Tommy to his closest friends, he was born in Hopkins County October 28, 1934.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
Jimmie Alamo, age 68 of Blanco, Texas passed away April 21, 2011.  She was born November 5, 1942 in Lynn, Alabama. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Ray Alamo.  Survivors include her children, Ray Alamo Jr., Paul Alamo, Laura Rendon, Amy Hammond, and John Alamo; dear friend, Joe Del Rio; grandchildren, Noah, Beth, Melissa, Crystal, Michael, Paul, Hannah, Rachel, Jacob, Nick, and Lauryn. A visitation ...
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Opinion
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
I have a vested interest in Blanco ISD. My children have attended Blanco schools for the last eleven years. In recent weeks, there have been some very interesting letters and coverage regarding the upcoming Blanco ISD Trustee election. This is an important election, because while some schools are rated quite well, I was fairly surprised to see the following information, provided by the Texas Education Association.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011
Dear Editor:Thank you for publishing this letter, which I hope will clear up any miscommunication about my attendance at the Chamber of Commerce Candidate Mixer held Saturday April 16, 2011.  I first learned about the event last week after reading Susan Dial’s letter in the newspaper.  I was disappointed that neither Troy Immel nor I were notified of this event by the Chamber or any other entity, although we both had announced that we were running for BISD ...
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) bring its award-winning free film and video digitization program, the Texas Film Round-Up, to the Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF) on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Festival attendees and local residents can drop off their Texas-related films and videos for free digitization from 11 a.m.
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School
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
On April 3, 2011, Project Graduation 2011 held its Annual Golf Tournament at Vaaler Creek Golf Club to raise money for our seniors. This year’s event was a huge success and we had a great turnout! Steve and Cheryl Tamez did an outstanding job organizing and running the event.
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Sports
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
The 14U select baseball team from the Blanco County area completed three tournaments. They placed 2nd in Manor, 1st in San Marcos and 3rd in Burnet. This talented group of players is performing very well and is heading to the Cal Ripkin Experience Tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC at the end of June.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
By defeating Ingram 10 to 0 on March 25, Blanco head baseball coach Bryan Wyatt became one of just a few area coaches to have won 500 baseball games in his career. Coach Wyatt’s career has spanned more than 25 years, with almost all of his years as a head coach here at Blanco. During this time, Coach Wyatt has won numerous district championships while making the play-offs every year with the exception of two times when t ...
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
On Monday, April 18, the Lady Panthers shut out the Comfort Deer 5-0 to finish district as co-champions with the Junction Lady Eagles. The Panthers and Eagles each hold a 7-1 district record. Against the Deer, Callie Culton pitched 10 strike-outs, giving up only three hits and one walk.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
The old guys shut down the Panthers by a score of 12-9. The Panthers battled back from a 12-5 deficit in the last inning to fall short 12-9 to the Alumni. Grady Childress took the loss on the mound. Pepe Mancha got the big hit of the night as he blasted a grand slam in the second inning. The familiar names of McNett, Ruiz, McCormick, Upshaw, Wyatt, Fishbeck, Weber, Calzoncit, Rios, Cox, Harden, Davis, Breeding, Rust, Kneese, Specht, Jenkins, ( ...
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
Blanco defeated Comfort 11-8 to capture district title. Clint Dreyer once again shut down the Bobcats as he went the distance, striking out 9 and scattering 10 hits to pick up his 6th win on the year. Grady Childress led the way offensively going 3 for 4 with five RBI.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
The Region I 2A tennis tournament was held in Odessa at the Ratliff Stadium Tennis Complex on April 20 and 21. In the first round, Austin Carrola and Kelsey Schwind defeated a mixed doubles team from Friona 6-1, 6-1. Then, in the quarterfinals, they beat a Spearman pair 6-2, 6-0. In the semi-finals on Wednesday, Carrola and Schwind battled the defending State Champions from Wall.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
The wind is blowing the wildfires in West Texas.  Here in the Blanco watershed we have been spared from the flames that can do so much damage.  In comparison, it almost seems silly to write about the litter the wind blows about.  Please be careful!  Carelessly tossed cigarette butts can start a fire.  Sun shining through a broken glass bottle can start a fire.  Wind blows fast food containers into the river, threatening wildlife who ingest the trash.& ...
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
Well, the flowers are blooming and more are coming out every day in Bindseil Park.  Judy has done a wonderful job of planning where we have plants blooming most of the spring and summer.  The pots of plants have been replaced with new flowers and are bursting into blooms.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
“Are you Jasper McClellan’s son?”  “Si, Senor,” I would reply.  “Please honor us by having supper with us tonight!”   So it went in town after Mexican town.  It seemed that my father was known in nearly every village, town and city in Mexico as he purchased more than 300 properties and supervised the construction of 30 churches and as many schools.  I came along later as an instructional supervisor of ten of those schools l ...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
If you’ve decided that you’re ready to start remodeling your home your next step is deciding which rooms will give you the most money back. Adding a kitchen or a bathroom during a remodel is a great way to add value to your home and an even better way to sell it.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 • Photos
April 29, 1966 Mrs. Emma Blackburn’s 80th birthday was celebrated April 20, 1966. About 55 relatives and friends were present. There was a delicious meal of barbecue and its many wonderful trimmings served. The evening was spent in playing dominoes and everyone catching up on the latest news. Later in the afternoon, homemade ice cream and many delicious cakes were served.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011
Real estate attorneys are fond of saying that verbal agreements are worth as much as the paper they’re printed on. Real estate deals are complicated, expensive transactions, and misunderstandings occur all the time. Buyers think sellers promised to make certain repairs. Sellers claim that buyers said they could stay in the home after closing. It doesn’t matter if you’re outlining your relationship with an agent, making an offer on a home, negotiating repai ...