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August 11, 2011 Issue
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Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Updated August 11, 2011 11:39 AM
The Blanco Independent School District Board of Trustees came in out of the heat on Monday and met with a lengthy agenda before them. President Matt Herden, Darrell Wagner, Kirk Felps, Troy Immel, and Tim Nance were in attendance – trustees Bernie San Miguel and Charles Riley were not able to make the meeting.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Updated August 11, 2011 11:40 AM
At its regular meeting on August 9, the Blanco County Commissioners Court honored retiring court bailiff, Harry M. “Mike” Durbin. “We have never come close to having an incident in one of our courts,” said County Attorney Dean Myane. “He handled things before they became incidents.” One court worker declared, “I never had a fear of anything going wrong in that courtroom.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Updated August 11, 2011 11:40 AM • Photos
Blanco is represented at the Bob Bullock History Museum, Dr. Ford reported, in an exhibit titled “Texas High School Football: More Than the Game.” A piece of artwork made of arrowheads, by Allan Brooks, commemorates the 2001 state championship team. The arrowhead artwork dominates the room, Dr. Ford said. The exhibit runs until January 2012.
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June Newhouse and Lawrence Mikes hand supplies to Kathee and Ben Copeland inside the school bus on the courthouse square last Saturday. The Blanco Lion’s Club host this yearly event to collect school supplies and money for kids who, for one reason or another, will start the school year without their needed supplies.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011 • Photos
Twin Sisters Hermann Sons Lodge #138 and Boy Scout Troop 497, with the support of Super S, conducted a very successful food drive to benefit Blanco Good Samaritan Center. Scouts Jesse Ferrell, Michael Scott, Thomas Kirkscey and Travis Tomlinson, along with troop leaders Duan Tomlinson and Mark Scott, collected food and cash donations on Saturday, August 6, in the Super S parking lot.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, the name of Lee Smith was listed in Section 1B. The birthdate on the funeral marker was not discernable. However, Charlene Singleton informed us that Lee lived from April 9, 1929 to February 9, 2006. Thank you, Charlene! Section 13C: Frank Hallenberger (1879-1950); Ada Iona Hallenberger (1898-1993); Virgil L.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
Hell. Not a pleasant thought. Feared by some, and ignored by many. Nevertheless, Hell is real. Hell is eternal. Hell is the final destination for all of those who do not receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This is so very unpopular nowadays. One is considered old fashioned at best, and just plain hateful at worst, for even believing such a thing, or making such a statement.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
“1The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship.
, Blanco Church of Christ
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
At a family get-together, a surgeon was watching the host carve a ham. The host asked, "How do you like my technique? I'd make a pretty good surgeon, don't you think?" The surgeon admired the neat and precise job, but then said, "It's one thing to take them apart, now let's see you put it back together again!" Jesus does not stand in a line of peers among religious leaders.
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It was a packed sanctuary at First Baptist Church of Blanco on Sunday as Charissa and Darrell Fishbeck led the Kidz Camp participants, and the congregation, in a music program that they had practiced during the week. Robert Upshaw gave the message afterward. Do you have a snapshot from your church?
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Joel Dean Smith, 74, of Driftwood passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2011. Joel was born on August 9, 1936, in Blanco, Texas to Gladys Wagner Smith and Alvin Smith. He was a Navy Veteran who served his country for 20 years before retiring as a Chief Boatswain’s Mate and receiving the Good Conduct Award three times.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
Dear Editor, I have had another experience of the Blanco County Cat Coalition’s help, along with the help of the Kendalia Wildlife Center, in a situation that my family was familiar with. I saw an aspect of the work of both organizations that I want to recognize more fully. Their interventions often help people as much as they help animals, not only by improving their quality of life, but also by helping to resolve crises.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
Dear Editor, I would like for you to share this with those who will not be able to be at the city council meeting this month. My name is Crystal Spybuck, the librarian of our library. Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of our City Council, I stand before you here along with other library supporters to ask you to reconsider your funding cut for our Blanco Library.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
AUSTIN — Texas is suffering through the most severe one-year drought on record and experienced the hottest July in state history, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced on Aug. 4. Drought-caused damage to the Texas economy “is already measured in billions of dollars and continues to mount,” Staples said. “I cannot stress enough the critical need for forage to sustain the largest cattle herd in the nation.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
From the Superintendent: We at Blanco ISD are looking forward to the upcoming school year with great anticipation. We look forward to our students returning to school, and progressing on that road of educational attainment. Our students cover a broad range, in ages, abilities, and backgrounds. But each one is valued, and occupies an important place in our school family. I want to wish all our students, teachers, employees, parents, and loved ones a happy and successful 2011 – 2012 school ...
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Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
Come one, come all and meet your Panther athletes for the Fall 2011 season! The Blanco All-Sports Booster Club will be holding the 6th Annual Meet The Panthers on Wednesday, August 17, at 6:30pm in the high school gym. A hotdog dinner will be served at 6:30pm in the high school cafeteria with the program to follow at 7:00pm in the gym.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
The 2011 Panther football team will be making its debut this Saturday, August 13, with a scrimmage against Gonzales at Panther Stadium. The junior varsity will scrimmage first, starting at 10:00am, with the varsity squad to start immediately after. Admittance to the scrimmage is free, but the Panthers are asking for donations of laundry detergent, towels, and soap.
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The Freshmen, Junior Varsity, and Varsity volleyball teams played scrimmages against Lago Vista, Center Point, and Randolph on Friday, August 5, in Blanco. The teams then traveled to Boerne High School on Saturday to participate in more scrimmages. The girls kicked off the season with their first game against Center Point on Tuesday, August 9, and the Varsity team will play next in the Wimberley tournament this Friday and Saturday.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
Crime spree continues through hot days of Summer. The twelfth in a series of violations occurred in Blanco State Park last weekend. An unopened can of Bud was discovered unattended next to a picnic table where any juvenile could partake of its contents. Not only is this a violation of litter laws, in Texas State Parks it is an offense, subject to penalties, for any person to: 1.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
This drought has had a terrible effect on our trees, crops, and yards. The only good thing that I have discovered is which plants can withstand the scorching heat. Some of the perennials that have worked for me are: Four o’clocks, Turks cap, Ruella (Mexican petunias – purple, white, and pink), salvias, most species, Bouganville, moss rose, purslane, Craigs blue daze, Blue Plumbage and Copper Canyon daisy.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
Bill Martineau was a happy man. Jobs were scarce in Utah during the summer of 1963 and he was elated at having found work as a lumber jack in the high Uintah Mountains. He worked very hard during the week and commuted back to Provo on the weekends. That commute took him through the beautiful dairy farming community of Heber City nestled in a green valley in the shadow of snow capped Mount Timpanogas. One day while passing through that town in his dilapidated used car, he ran into a little jers ...
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
There are different types of light fixtures. For many people who may be remodeling a home for the first time, they may not realize just how many types of light fixtures there are. There are four main types of light fixtures: task lighting, protective and safety lighting, decorative lighting, and general lighting.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011 • Photos
August 14, 1991 By Maxine Blackburn Editor’s note: Blackburn was a Blanco County News columnist for many years, is author of the 1987 “Just Visitin’”, and is also a winner of a 1990 Texas Press Award. Every year when it is time for the kids to go back to school, the school kind of memories come back.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
Some agents and sellers think holding an open house is valuable, while some don’t. The debate is understandable – there are good arguments on both sides of the table. If you and your Texas Realtor® decide to hold an open house, here are some things you should know going in. Get out It may seem counter-intuitive, but you shouldn’t be around during your open house.

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