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July 20, 2011 Issue
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011 • Photos
San Antonio’s KSAT reported that a woman was killed on US Highway 281 on Sunday in the southern end of Blanco County. Officials with the Department of Public Safety told the news station that a southbound car had stopped in traffic to make a left turn into the Lake of the Hills subdivision when it was rear-ended by a truck, sending the car into the northbound traffic lane and into the path of two motorcycles. One motorcyclist, a man from Pflugerville, was able to avoid the car, but the other ...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
In a vote which brought cheers from the crowd at the July 12 meeting of the governing body of Blanco, council members approved waiving water and sewer fees for the Blanco State Park for the next 24 months. Jo Nell Haas, who has spearheaded the Save the Blanco State Park movement, reminded council members that the city pledged in February to do everything in its power to help save the park from closure.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011 • Photos
With design guidelines, a revised signage ordinance, and a new lighting ordinance on the trail to come before Blanco City Council, the Blanco Historic Preservation Commission held a workshop on Monday evening to help council and commissioners review the Blanco Historic Preservation Action Plan and the issues coming up for votes. In attendance were Mayor Chuck Homan, council members Maria Guerrero, Danny Ray, Al Turner, and Rebecca Howerton, Planning & Zoning Commissioners Tony Vela, Courtney C ...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
Twenty-two firefighters from Spring Branch, Bulverde, Blanco, and Canyon Lake fire departments responded to a barn fire on Phillip Drive, just south of Stallion Estates and in the very southern tip of Blanco County. The fire, which occurred last Thursday, was “big, hot, and fast,” according to Blanco fire chief David Hotz.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011 • Photos
It may not be much but at least it was something. Thunderstorms rolled in on Tuesday afternoon and brought rain–and lightning–to the area for about an hour. The burn ban is still on, of course, as the drought is unaffected.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011 • Photos
Kaitlyn Hesskew and Mat Calder are proud to announce the arrival of their daughter, Makynzi Grace Calder, born on Saturday, June 25, at 9:26am. She weighed 6 pounds 6 ozs and was 19 ½ inches long. Proud grandparents are David and JoAnne Hesskew and David and Christy Collins, all of Blanco.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011 • Photos
The Blanco County 4-H Shooting Education Team #1 traveled to Rogers, Arkansas over the 4th of the July weekend to compete at the 2011 Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match. This talented group of shooters were among 48 of the best shooting teams across the nation. Proudly representing Blanco County and the great state of Texas were Caleb Dowdy (son of Gordon and DeAnn Dowdy), Ross Sultemeier (son of Shannon and Cindi Sultemeier), Darren Sultemeier (son of Shelby and Becky Sultemeier), Brenna ...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011 • Photos
A willingness to serve neighbors when they need us, plus the American Red Cross course being taught in Johnson City on Saturday. The willingness to help is either in the heart or it's not... the need is certainly there... people displaced by fire, flood, or tornado. The class is the introduction to Red Cross disaster services, an overview of what volunteer responders do and how they do it, and how an ordinary person can help when needed.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011 • Photos
The Highland Lakes Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Organization (which includes Blanco, Burnet, and Llano Counties) welcomed new members including two Blanco County residents to the organization at a recent award meeting. The new members received their certification from Billy Hutson, Chapter President and Sammye Childers, Class Coordinator.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
We very much appreciate all the feedback we receive from people who have connections to those who are laid to rest in the Blanco Cemetery. We thank Brenda Adair for reporting that Ova Fay Cogbill Damron died on February 11, 2004, in Fredericksburg, Texas. It is assumed that she was buried in Blanco next to her husband and that her death date has just not yet been engraved on her marker.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
The letter on my desk had traveled many miles to deliver its sad story. While I felt sorry for this friend, I realized my most difficult task would be to help her stop feeling sorry for herself. Were her problems real? Yes. Did this hurting woman deserve a compassionate response?
, Agf-blanco.com
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
Ps 100 - “A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
, Blanco Church of Christ
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
The story is told of a secretary with an office in an international airport. Her office was next to the office for the security guards. One day the guards had a man in their office but were called out on an emergency. The secretary saw the man who was left behind slowly open the door and begin to leave.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
2 Peter 3 King James Version (KJV) “1This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Updated July 20, 2011 3:56 PM • Photos
Donald Vincent (“Jennie”) Hammond, 92, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 7, 2011. Jennie was born on September 16, 1918, in Burnet to Eva (Darby) and Fielding Hammond. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Darby and “Mac”. Hammond is a descendant of one of the pioneer families of Burnet County.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 20, 2011
Wynona Lee Banks, age 84, passed away on July 17, 2011, at her home in Canyon Lake, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband, Melbourne Jerome Banks, her parents, Denver Colorado Wynn and Eunice Pearl Wynn, her siblings, L. D. Wynn, Bobby Ray Wynn and Caroline Sue Wynn. She was born in Dibble, Oklahoma and lived the last five years in Canyon Lake, Texas.
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Opinion
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Updated July 21, 2011 2:01 PM
Dear Editor, The Blanco County Cat Colalition has had great success helping folks get the cat overpopulation problem in this county back under control. The volunteers will assist with scheduling appointments for your kitties to be spayed or neutered at local vets and the cost is minimal. There are hundreds and maybe thousands of cats that are roaming and reproducing out there.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
Dear Editor, In 2006 the Texas Department of Agriculture suggested the Blanco Chamber of Commerce consider my company, Growth Resource, for assistance in developing the Blanco Lavender Festival. I was very fortunate to have been selected over other consultants to help with the annual event. This June, I completed my fifth year working with the festival, although my role is much smaller than when I first began. My company coordinates or consults with as many as 12 annual festivals in South Tex ...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
Dear Editor, I commend Shelton Smith for writing his letter published July 13 and also for his courage in confronting the rude individual regarding that person’s driving practices. I, too, have been confused by the speed limits posted for Blanco. We have city limits at both the north end and the south end of Blanco.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
Dear Editor, In February 2011, the TPWD park officials met with Mayor Homan and some of the city council members about transferring the state park to the city, which was mandated by legislation. The city declined, thankfully, but offered to do something to help the park offset some of the financial costs of park operations.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
AUSTIN — While his fellow governors gathered last week in Salt Lake City for the National Governors’ Association convention, Gov. Rick Perry was here in Texas, and he ceremonially signed several bills recently passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature. One of those bills, House Bill 3328 primarily authored by Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, addresses the use of hydraulic fracturing to break up substrata to find pockets of oil and gas. With increased exploration in Texas’ natural gas-holding Bar ...
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School
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011 • Photos
Nine Blanco FFA members were recognized on stage this past week in Lubbock at the Annual State FFA Convention. Highlighting the convention for Blanco was $38,000 in scholarships that were awarded to four local members. Seniors Payton Duvall and Mindy Dechert were each presented a $16,000 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship in addition to also receiving a $1,500 San Antonio Livestock Exposition School Tours Scholarship.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011 • Photos
Several Blanco FFA and Blanco Jr. FFA steer feeders have spent the past several weeks competing at jackpot steer shows in the area. In June, Kolby Marek took home champion honors in two divisions with his Santa Gertrudis and Polled Hereford steers at the annual New Braunfels River Round-Up. Kylie Leachman also did well, winning reserve champion in the Simmental division in addition to placing 2nd with a Charolais.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
Blanco’s economy must be booming! Last week $5 was thrown in the dry creek bed. This week it was half a case of beer left in the bushes along the river. Thank you to whoever tossed out the case of Bud. You were even thoughtful enough to keep the cans in the shade, although I picked them up before they had a chance to get hot – value to me, I figure, about $6.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
Can you believe we have been able to keep flowers blooming in this hot weather? It has taken its toll on all the plants, as I am sure you are experiencing some of the same problems. Today I have been hearing chances of rain. Wouldn’t that be wonderful! All the watering we can do just doesn’t do the same as rain!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
In 1957 a severe and extended drought held central Mexico in its unyielding grip. The animals were starving, crops were failing and farmers were forced to abandon their dusty fields and to head into the cities to find scarce work. Such were the conditions there when my father was called on a mission to build eight meetinghouses for his church in that country. A plan was devised whereby young men who were unemployed would be called as building missionaries for two years.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
Many real estate developments have established architectural committees which must approve new home designs or preferred builders. This can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing. Remember, when you buy into a community association that has restrictions, rules and regulations, and an architectural committee, you must understand that you have opted for community living.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
July 19, 1968 A Grand Opening of Hazel’s Flowers and Gifts was held last Saturday. Many well-wishers dropped in to welcome the shop to the downtown area. Freshly decorated and tastefully arranged, the shop offered an expanded choice of gifts for all occasions. • The Blanco Little League defeated the Johnson City Little Leaguers 22 to 3.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Updated July 21, 2011 2:05 PM
Woulda, coulda, shoulda – If those words describe how you've felt after a recent purchase, you're not alone. Buyer's remorse sometimes plagues homebuyers when they think they missed out on the house/deal/yard/school district/neighborhood of a lifetime after buying a home. The fact is that buyer's remorse is a common emotion for some when making any sort of purchase, especially when buying something as expensive as a house.

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