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October 31, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
On Friday, November 2, the Buggy Barn Museum, located at 125 Moore Lane (off of US Highway 281) in Blanco, will be transformed to a scene out of a Wild West movie. The inaugural Western Showcase, continuing through the weekend, will be the site of the 11th Annual 2012 Central United States Knife and Tomahawk Throwing World Championship.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
Blanco EMS, Fire, and Police responded to a three-vehicle accident on 4th Street, just west of Mesquite, on Tuesday afternoon. AirLife was dispatched to pick up a patient. No other information was available at publication time.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
At a special meeting October 17, members of the governing body of Blanco tackled the issue of the disbursement of $70,000 in Hotel Occupancy Tax monies to various community agencies. As the revenue from these taxes has risen, the number of community organizations seeking money has risen as well. Justin Bragiel, president of the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association, gave council members a summary of the eligibility requirements agencies must meet under Section 351 of the Texas Tax Code, foremost ...
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
U.S. Representative Lamar Smith recently visited Blanco County and stopped by the Blanco County News for an interview with Keith McClellan. Smith’s opponent, Democratic candidate Candace Duval, also made a stop in Blanco County and BCN asked her the same questions. BCN: How do you feel about the Constitution of the United States? The Constitution is the most important document in American history.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
Precinct 102 – Blanco Masonic Hall, 501 11th St., Blanco. Precinct 201 – PEC Auditorium, 201 S. Ave. F, Johnson City. Precinct 302 – Courthouse Annex, Hoppe Room, 101 E. Cypress St., Johnson City. Precinct 304 – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 263 Spur Ranch Rd 962 E, Cypress Mill. Precinct 401 – Old Blanco County Courthouse, 300 Main St., Blanco.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
Blanco State Park will host a Stars-in-the-Park event on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at the park pavilion. The event will begin at 6:30 pm with an overview of space using Stellarium, a computer-generated view of what will be shining in the sky that night. Attendees will have all their questions about the night's sky and astronomy in general explained by volunteer amateur astronomers. Later, everyone will have a chance to view the wonders of Blanco's nighttime sky using a variety of telescope ...
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
Madison Kneese shot her first buck on Sunday morning, October 28, near Stonewall with her dad, Roger Kneese. Photo by Roger Kneese.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
Local resident Ty Peacock smiles for the camera after this elk was shot from 50 yards away. Ty and a group of friends from Fredericksburg take a trip to Gypsum, Colorado, each year and done so for the last seven years in October. This elk scored a 340.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
Holiday time is almost here and we have a few gift ideas for you! Stop by our library and purchase a beautiful Hill Country calendar for $5, yummy salsa for $7, a fun “I support the Blanco Library” T-shirt for $12, or good books and movies ranging from $.50-$5. Starting November 1st and running through December 31st, we are doing our Food for Fines program again; just bring in unexpired and undamaged boxed or canned goods to pay off your overdue fines.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
On October 13, the Lucky Leaf 4-H club participated in a statewide community service day known as “One Day 4-H.” This is a way for all 4-H members, parents, leaders, and volunteers to step out into their communities and county and say “thank you” to the community for giving more than 103 years of support to 4-H in Texas.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
The Boy Scouts recently had their first Court of Honor for Fall 2012 on September 17, 2012. The Court of Honor is a special meeting the troop has to recognize the scouts who have achieved awards over the last three months. This was a special Court of Honor because it was the first Court of Honor for the Firebird Patrol (Brian, Tanner, Joshua, Skylar, Zach, Chris, Tyler, and Morgan).
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
The BSA Capitol Area Council has started a new program that concentrates on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). On September 28-30 some of the Scouts from Blanco Troop 497 went to the 1st annual STEM campout at Lost Pines Boy Scout Camp in Bastrop, Texas. The boys were split up into Patrols of six scouts from different troops.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
The first weekend of November has always been the big hunters’ day for deer hunting in the Hill Country. Well, something new is rolling into Blanco this year: historical chuck wagons, with cooking competitors in full period costume as well as many celebrity guests. The inaugural Blanco Western Showcase will be held at the Buggy Barn Museum and Carriage Hills Ranch on November 2-4.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
During the inaugural Western Showcase at the Buggy Barn Museum, local grower and chef Barby O’Brien (BlancoBarby), who continues to fill her kitchen with cases of homemade jams and jellies, will have all these available at the showcase. The many fruit trees at her ranch have produced figs, pomegranates, plums, peaches, apples, and pears nonstop.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
Blanco Performing Arts held a Sunday Coffee in the Uptown Blanco Ballroom – the venue for many of the organization’s events – to inform interested people about the upcoming season and season tickets. For more information, call 830-833-4762 or visit blancoperformingarts.com. The first event is set for Nov. 10.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
The Boy Scout Troop 497 participated in the 2012 Scout-A-Rama in Marble Falls on October 13 and 14. The Marble Falls Noon Lions Club sponsored the event for Girl Scouts of Central Texas and Capitol Area Boy Scout Council so the scouts could showcase their outdoors and camping skills. The Scout-A-Rama provided opportunities for girls and boys to share experiences, learn new skills, and demonstrate to the public the spirits of community service.
, Blanco Church of Christ
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
On August 18, 2000 Jean Beliveau went out for a walk and kept on walking until he had walked around the world. He covered 47,000 miles through 64 countries and wore out 54 pairs of shoes. He started when he was 45 years old and finished at the age of 56.
, agf-blanco.com
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
Romans 1:16-17 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” The just shall live by faith.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
How can I share how good God is? I just have to show you through His Word! You'll have to look them up to get the full context of the Scripture. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 17:1 “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and b ...
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
Robert Cecil (Bob) Calhoun Jr. passed away Saturday, October 27th in Fredericksburg Hospital after a brief illness. Bob was preceded in death by his dad Cecil Calhoun Sr., first wife Ann West, nephew Cole Calhoun, sister-in-law Hazel Calhoun, brothers-in-law Clint Beierle, Leroy Jonas, Lee Roy Wagner, and sisters-in-law Melba Wagner and Lona Jonas.
, SWBC Mortgage
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
The Dow is not disappointing my predictions up to election day, going back and forth from 12,500-13,500. The Dow ended last Friday at 13107.21. A couple of reasons given were weaker U.S. corporate earnings and more of Spain’s problems raising its ugly head again. It is earnings season still and Facebook reportedly beat their own 3Q expectations, which in itself was an early Christmas present.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
The Wayne and Eileen Hurd Regional Medical Center Scott & White, located at U.S. 281 and Hwy 71, Marble Falls, TX was begun in April of this year, and is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2013. The specialty clinic will have three stories, and encompass 60,000 square feet.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
AUSTIN — A Travis County state District Court on Oct. 26 put a temporary restraining order on the state’s plan to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood for many years has been the largest of several organizations serving low-income women through the state-run Women’s Health Program funded mainly with federal Medicaid dollars. Pursuant to the restraining order, funding will continue until Nov.
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School
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
Construction at the elementary campus has been proceeding as scheduled. “We’re real pleased with the way construction has progressed at the elementary campus,” said Superintendent Dr. Buck Ford. “Things are coming along real well.” The new cafeteria is scheduled to begin operations on Monday, November 26—the first day back from the Thanksgiving holidays. “We should be good to go,” said Vanguard site superintendent Bill Burrow.
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Sports
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
The District 27-AA cross country meet was held Wednesday, October 24, in Comfort. Though few in number, the Blanco team made a strong showing, sending four Panthers on to regionals. In the girls division Meaghen Seales won the district championship with a time of 12:44. Bret Nance placed 6th with 13:47 and Breanna Collins ran the course in 14:13 to place 10th.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
Billed as the Game of the Week by the Austin News, Blanco traveled to Lexington to take on the state-ranked Eagles in a game that would most likely decide the district championship, as both teams entered with identical 5 and 2 records and undefeated in district play. However, the Panthers fell behind early and suffered a repeat of last year’s game at Lexington, as the Eagles handed Blanco its first district defeat. Lexington jumped out to an early 15 to 0 lead by taking advantage of a blocke ...
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
The Blanco football junior varsity posted another strong win taking down the Lexington Eagles 40-0 on Thursday, October 25. The Panthers struck quickly on a 40-yard touchdown run by Logan Dodd. The Panthers added the 2 extra points on pass from quarterback Jordan Wagner to Dodd. The Panthers led 8-0.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012 • Photos
The Panther volleyball team completed their district schedule with a 3-1 win over the Johnson City Lady Eagles on Tuesday, October 23. Set scores were 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, and 25-17. The Panthers held a 5-2 district record, tied with Comfort for 2nd place. The Panthers and the Deer met in Fredericksburg on Friday, October 26, to break the tie and determine their playoff opponents.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
Do you remember last year when Yalene Hobbs was researching "The Cow Lady,” Miss Annie? Her research is fascinating. One clue led to another, then another, then another. Yalene never gave up and her findings are like reading a novel...especially with Yalene explaining how one person led to someone else who knew more.
, Wellness Consultant
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
Chances are you grew up thinking of snacking as a "no-no" …something you did even though you knew better. Images of children sneaking a treat from Mom's cookie jar come to mind. If you haven't curbed the habit yet, you are not alone. You'll be relieved to know that it's okay to snack.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
Observed: Hazardous liquid dumped in a drainage ditch. Found: Signs of automobile oil on the banks of the Blanco. Collected: Fishing line in the duck habitat. Sighted: Numerous fast food and beverage container-strewn roads. All of the above are harmful to the environment. Pollutants such as paint thinner, oil, old fuel and even detergents get into Blanco’s drinking water when dumped along the river or in ditches that drain into the river.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
On Nov. 15, 1997 towns and cities across the U.S.A. started celebrating America Recycles Day. The purpose of the day was to get communities excited about recycling; to educate, motivate and get enthused about what could be done to help our environment every day of the year. Blanco has a great recycling center that is well used by the members of our community but, we all could do better. Do you UP-CYCLE?
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
1976 was a very good year. I was working at a good job getting paid more than I was probably worth; the third of my children and my first daughter, Tara, was born; we lived in a good neighborhood in El Paso in a comfortable home; my parents were in good health and lived relatively close by just south of the border; and I became a naturalized citizen of the United States. 1976 also marked the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by freedom-loving patriots who put ...
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Potpourri
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
Dear Readers, This is the one weekend of the year that you will not be able to get to all the events held; however, you can give it your best shot, with the segue into this is the big hunting weekend of the year. Once you have gotten your deer, you can head over to the Buggy Barn and eat from a chuck wagon and watch knives being thrown.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
Watching all the weather disasters on the East Coast just reminded me of the times we have seen disaster here or nearby. Properties are destroyed or really damaged and need construction. For some reason, there are people that like to prey on these types of situations. Here are a few things to be aware of to protect you.
, By Texas Association of Realtors
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 2, 2012
You’ve decided that you’re ready to buy a home. While there are many decisions you’ll have to make during the process, one will be whether you should go for an existing home or a newly constructed property. With advantages and disadvantages to each, you’ll likely have to make tradeoffs no matter which you choose.