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August 15, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
In 2012, Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on Aug. 17, 18 and 19 – the state's annual tax holiday. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. Subject to the criteria explained below, all sales of qualifying items made during the holiday period qualify for the exemption, including items sold over the Internet, tele ...
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012 • Photos
Prior to their regular meeting August 13, trustees of the Blanco Independent School District were able to see firsthand the progress on construction and renovation at the Blanco Elementary School campus. Project manager Joel Benjagerdes and site manager Bill Burrough of Vanguard Contractors led the group through the site, beginning at the parking lot, which has been graded and is ready for paving on Thursday or Friday of this week.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012 • Photos
On Friday, August 10, City Secretary Bobbie Mowery celebrated 20 years with the City of Blanco. Mayor Chuck Homan and the city employees took Bobbie out for lunch for the occasion. Bobbie started at City Hall in 1992 during a period of turnover in the city and wasn’t sure she would be around for long.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012 • Photos
City Hall gets a new coat of paint following the inside renovation. Stop by to check it out!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012 • Photos
Steve and Phyllis Edmondson of Alvin, Texas will be married 50 years on August 31, 2012. Steve is originally from Kendalia, and Phil was born in Blanco. As fate would have it, years ago, the small Kendalia school merged with Blanco schools or they may have never met. They started dating when Phil was a senior and Steve was attending college at SAC in San Antonio.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
This summer was great having all the kids doing paintings at the Blanco Library. The students will be having an art display at the Old Blanco Courthouse for one week begining on Friday, August 24, and ending Friday, August 31. The students started with blank white canvases and each one created a patining using his or her own imagination and talent.
, Texas Master Gardener
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
A Fire Wise Training session was held in the Hoppe Room of the Blanco County Courthouse on July 20- 21. The training was presented to Master Gardeners by the Texas Forest Service and AgriLife Extension in cooperation with Texas A & M Universities. Those attending were Master Gardeners from Blanco, Travis, Hays Counties, Abilene, and a member from Johnson City Volunteer Fire Department.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012 • Photos
Participants in the Gem of the Hills summer Kid Fit (program director/instructor Sally Windham) enjoyed six weeks of fun activities, making friends and having a good time, while getting fit and using up some of that summertime kid energy. The program was a huge success and many parents have requested a similar program to be offered during the school year, though no such program has been announced to date.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012 • Photos
In the sweltering heat of Monday afternoon, on the Blanco River just upriver of the state park, you may have seen some people performing a water sport that you’ve never seen before. The guys from Remote Wake Skates were wakeskating. They are on their 60-day Almost Heroes Tour that takes them from Beaverton, Oregon, to Live Oak, Florida.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
The first movie of the WWII series was excellent. I can say this because it kept me interested through every bit of the movie. With scenes of the battlefield as they are in present day, then flashing back to the actual battle, I got a sense of being there. The addition of veterans who actually participated in these battles added to the experience.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
Announcement: Due to state budget costs and further analysis of surrounding libraries, the Blanco Library Board of Trustees have decided to change our fine rates. Starting September 1st, books will be $.20 per day/capping at $4.00, movies and audio materials will be $.25 per day, capping at $5.00. Our fax rate will drop to $1.50 a page for incoming and outgoing faxes. Technology for All is running a special contest.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012 • Photos
Judge Robert Hofmann (third from left) Associate Judge assigned to the Texas Child Protection Court of the Hill Country, conducted the August 10 swearing-in at the Llano County Courthouse. Pictured are: Left to Right: Brenda Durst (CASA Board Member); Chuck Lacallade (Counsel to the CASA Board); Judge Rob Hofmann; Dusty Durst (New Volunteer Advocate); Sue Thornton (CASA Executive Director); Linda Johnson (New Volunteer Advocate); Kathy Kasparek (CASA Board President); and Linda Fryxell (New Vo ...
, Blanco Church of Christ
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games have been completed. Over ten thousand athletes from around the globe have demonstrated their unique abilities as they have competed with each other for the bronze, silver, and gold medals. Fields of competition have included everything from trampoline gymnastics to water polo and, of course, the more common track and field events.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
A couple weeks ago I wrote an article based on 1 Kings 13:1-34, and it was about a prophet who lied to another prophet. Now this article shows us how God uses lying prophets to accomplish His goals. Check out King Ahab and King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 18, the entire chapter.
, agf-blanco.com
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
2Ti 4:6-8 says, “For I am now ready to be offered (poured out as a drink offering), and the time of my departure is at hand (present). I have fought (struggled, competed for the prize, contended with the adversary, endeavored with strenuous zeal) a good (valuable, virtuous, worthy) fight (contest, effort), I have finished (completed) my course (career, race, life), I have kept (attended to carefully, observed, guarded) the faith (The Christian beliefs, moral conviction, the truth of the Gospe ...
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 13, 2012 • Photos
Ima Joyce Wilson (known to family and friends as Joyce or Joy Cee) was born in Blanco County to Willie Keller and Marguriett Waugh Keller/Smith on the Henchy Rollins Place out on Terrell Lane/Miller Creek Road. Joyce was born October 13, 1938 and passed away to go home to her Lord at the age of 73 on August 12, 2012.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 10, 2012 • Photos
Tommy Vallone passed away on August 9, 2012, in Blanco, Texas. He was born in Houston, Texas on March 22, 1935. Tommy leaves behind his wife, Patricia Seales Vallone of 56 years, his loving daughters, Debbie (and her husband, Carl) Homeier, Karen (and her husband, Jerry) Moore, his special grandson, Michael (and his wife, Holly), and his precious, loving great-grandson, Matthew Vaculik.
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Opinion
, Blanco, TX
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
Lifesavers Recognized We have been privileged to own a home in Blanco for the past 13 years. Coming from Houston, we have learned to love the community, the people, and general relaxed pace. We also understood that, with the rural small town setting, we could not expect to enjoy the same level of civic services that exist in a large metropolitan area.
, SWBC Mortgage
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
The DOW ended higher for the week with little or no surprises from the European markets or the U.S. economy for that matter. The DOW closed at 13,207.95 up 111.78 points. Refinery troubles, including the fire at a major Chevron plant in northern California, rising oil prices and the effects of the drought have sent gasoline prices up by double-digit numbers across the nation in recent days.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
The Deike All Brother Baseball Team was made up of the sons of Fritz Deike, who ran the cotton gin. In the mid-1930s, small town baseball teams were an escape from the troubles of life. The Deike team left the Hill Country for Wichita, Kansas, to play the All Brothers Baseball Championship in 1935. Texas journalist Carlton Stowers wrote a book about the team, “Oh Brother How They Played the Game.” In his research, Stowers discovered that Lyndon B.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
AUSTIN — Forty-four percent of Texas campuses met federal Adequate Yearly Progress targets this year, the Texas Education Agency announced Aug. 8. The agency attributed Texas’ score to steep increases required by the No Child Left Behind Act, and mentioned that the state’s request “to use a similar approach with the federal system” and carry over the 2011 AYP ratings into 2012 as the state transitions to the new STAAR testing program (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) ...
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School
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
Parents and students are invited to Blanco Elementary on August 24, 2012, at 5:30 PM. Following a brief general meeting in the cafeteria to share Title I information and introduce staff, Principal Linda Romano will release parents and students to the classrooms. The evening provides an opportunity for students to become familiar with their new learning environment and allows parents a chance to meet the staff.
, BMS Principal
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
Parents and Students, Hope you are enjoying your summer, and I wanted to welcome you back as we begin a new school year. I am excited to be with you, and we all believe that this will be a great year at Blanco Middle School. See you soon! Some General Information about School: The first day of school will be Monday, August 27th. The school day will be from 8:00 A.M.-3:30P.M. Class schedules will be issued on the first day of school, and the parents will have several items to read, sign, an ...
, BHS Principal
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
Greetings! The faculty at BHS trusts that you have had a great summer. It’s hard to believe that the start of school is almost upon us. The staff at BHS encourages students to be involved in numerous activities and make a commitment to academic achievement. The list of accomplishments by the students of BHS this past year was amazing and this was made possible through parents’ guidance and students’ efforts.
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Sports
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012 • Photos
The Blanco High School Junior Varsity Cheerleaders attended the National Cheerleader Association (NCA) Home Camp at the Blanco High School gym from June 25th through the 27th. The JV squad consists of Katherine Biggs, Breanna Collins, Lexee Jenkins, Jamie McClinton, Madison Kunkel, Maryn McMain, Bret Leigh Nance, and Vanessa Skillman.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012 • Photos
The Canyon Lake Hawks, the Boerne Greyhounds, and the Center Point Pirates came to Blanco on Friday August 10 to play volleyball scrimmages hosted by the Panthers. Varsity teams played 60 minute games at the high school gym. Junior Varsity and the freshman teams played 30 minute games. Saturday, August 11, the Panther Varsity and Junior Varsity traveled to Boerne for scrimmages against the Ingram Warriors and the Boerne Greyhounds. These two days of match play were great practice and preparat ...
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
The following budget request was made to the City of Blanco by KBB for 2012 - 2013. There were not funds to help with our requests and it was suggested that we contact the public for assistance. Each year we have a membership drive as our fundraiser to cover all of the projects that we do in a year.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
Jose Ruiz Avalos, Speeding 10 percent or more above posted limit. Marcelo Baray, Speeding 10 percent or more above posted limit. Michael Bien, Speeding 10 percent or more above posted limit. Jose Carmen Bosquez-Estrada, No drivers license, Speeding 10 percent or move above posted limit. Stephen Andrew Bradburn, Speeding 10 percent or more above posted limit.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
My husband normally has a rule about building for relatives and friends. He’d rather keep you as a friend or family, versus making money, and will most likely turn the job down. Okay, sometimes he bends the rules. Why, would we do something like that? Building a house or major remodel can be very stressful.
, By Texas Association of Realtors
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012
If you’re planning to buy a home, you likely have a long to-do list. But one item that should take priority is obtaining pre-approval or pre-qualification for a mortgage loan. Either scenario puts you in a stronger position as a buyer, but they mean different things. Are you qualified? To get pre-qualified for a home loan, you must provide a lender approximate income, current debts, and any important details from your credit history.

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