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November 21, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
Friday, November 23 Christmas Lighting & Caroling – Old Blanco County Courthouse, 300 Main St. Join in Christmas caroling on the Courthouse steps at 5:15pm. Annual town lighting at 6pm. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Old Blanco County Courthouse, shop local merchants on the Historic Square while enjoying refreshments and listening to Christmas music in various shops.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
Prepare to delight yourself as you enjoy the spectacular light displays provided to you here in Johnson City. This year marks the 23nd anniversary of Lights Spectacular, Hill Country Style. Proclaimed as “the Centerpiece of one of the biggest shows on the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail” by Southern Living magazine, the Lights Spectacular features a courthouse that “shines brighter than the star of Bethlehem”.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
The Lights Spectacular 5K, hosted by First Christian Church of Johnson City, returns this Saturday. Last year, over 140 racers participated in the third annual Lights Spectacular 5K. Afterwards, racers and their families enjoyed the lights and festivities of Lights Spectacular. Local businesses, restaurants, and charity booths benefitted from the increased number of visitors the race brought to Johnson City. This year’s run will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 3:00 pm during the ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
At their regular meeting on November 13, members of the governing body of Blanco adopted a Taser policy for the Blanco Police Department, contingent upon review by City Attorney Eddy Rogers. Acting Chief Larry Feinstein gave council members copies of the policy, which he said is standard for many law enforcement agencies.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012 • Photos
On Thursday, November 8, the Garden Club of Johnson City hosted an informational meeting introducing Dr. Bonita Baskin and the Hill Country Science Mill. Dr. Baskin has purchased the old feed mill building and has plans to renovate the building and open a state of the art hands-on Science Museum.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012 • Photos
After a close first half this past Friday, the Blanco Panthers put together a dominant second half to defeat Danbury 47 to 21 and claim a bi-district championship in the first round of the state playoffs. The Panthers will now take on Karnes City in the area round of the playoffs this coming Friday. In their game against Danbury, the Panthers opened with 3 first-quarter TDs as Tim Goodman started the scoring with a 4-yard run, followed by a 40-yard fumble return by Colton Childress and finally ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012 • Photos
On Saturday evening, November 17, Christyn Champion shot her first deer, a doe, on her family’s farm just east of Blanco with a 270 Winchester.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
Two former Blanco football players, Derek Tesch (2009) and Henry Greathouse (2010), study at and play for the Texas A&M University-Kingsland Javelinas. Derek is the team's deep snapper and plays tight end. In 2011, Derek was named to the Lone Star Conference First Team as a deep snapper and honorable mention as a tight end.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012 • Photos
The money Blanco County residents donated last week for Superstorm Sandy is already in the hands of the survivors, and most likely has been spent by now. As the huge storm passed its two-week anniversary, news stories turned from rescue and aid to the people not yet helped, and donations that haven't yet reached recipients. Not a problem with Blanco County's relief. Money given by individuals and churches came together at the First United Methodist Church in Johnson City, where they were tur ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012 • Photos
Whittington's Jerky is proud to sponsor these talented young adults. The sport of rodeo requires dedication, hard work, commitment, good attitude, and the ability to shake yourself off and get back up and do it again. They all have to team up with a horse and either chase a calf down, tie a goat up, rope a steer, cut a calf out of a herd or go amazingly fast through barrels and poles, all the while keeping their grades up in high school so they can continue their passion.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
On November 17, 2012, the museum held a very successful yard sale and enjoyed several great events also. Honored with new cowboy hats were Lawrence Coffee and Kent Fortune, as these gentlemen have continuously assisted with tours and guided the museum with their knowledge. Plus they loaned us a lot of the neat stuff being displayed in the museum! We have opened the new exhibit with the 212-year-old Bible.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
CASA for the Highland Lakes Area, a charitable non-profit organization that speaks up for the best interest of abused and neglected children, is currently collecting donations for its Angel Tree. This year our angels can be found in Blanco at Redbud Café at 410 4th Street. We are asking for the donation of new and unwrapped gifts, or gift cards.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
Sales tax collection remains a key revenue source in local funding. On September 12, the Office of the Texas Comptroller distributed $86,690 in sales tax to local Blanco County governments, bringing the total to $1,198,346 to end the current fiscal year. Local entities receiving sales tax revenue include Blanco County, the cities of Blanco, Johnson City and Round Mountain, and the Blanco County North and South Library Districts.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012 • Photos
That's Sherry Jenkins interviewing Billy Windsor of Kerrville about his military experiences during World War II. Jenkins was one of a group of volunteers who went to Kerrville to learn how to do the interviews for the American Red Cross on behalf of the Library of Congress, which wants the videos of the conversations for its archives, to benefit future historians.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
Notice: On November 21 we will be open only 10am – 2pm; close the 22nd & 23rd, then open on November 24 as usual. Help your community and give yourself a break by participating in our Food for Fines program. Just bring in un-expired and undamaged boxed or canned goods to pay off your overdue fines; 1 food item = $1 off.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
Christmas is upon us again. Let us not forget our seniors, living at Live Oak Nursing Home. Take a stroll through Brieger Pottery, shop and pick out an angel or two from our tree, and help our residents have a Merry Christmas. Our residents thank you in advance for your warm generosity and wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
In a time when we should be filled with thanksgiving, some people around the world are suffering great calamities. We send up prayers for those who have lost loved ones and homes. Huge storms across the world are causing anguish and hardships, and nations are at war against nations. We pray for Israel and for protection of the innocent. Here in America, particularly here in Texas, I feel safe from destruction.
, abundantgracefellowship-blanco.com
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
Luke 17:12-18 says, “And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests.
, Blanco Church of Christ
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
"Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise.
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Opinion
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
Dear Editor, Regarding the faith-based column "Christian Worldview Revisited,” Pastor Link abuses his privilege. This is not the place to advance political views disguised as the teachings of the Bible. As an independent voter, I am highly in favor of some principles of the Republican party and likewise am in favor of some of the principles of the Democratic party (hence my self-proclaimed independence).
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday for the first day out of the last four after leaders in Congress reported progress in talks with President Obama about cutting the government’s budget deficit. The Dow closed at 12,588.31 for the week. One headline read, “Obama, top lawmakers meet, express optimism.” The article by the New York Times reported that Democrat and Republican leaders of Congress emerged from their first budget meeting with the President at the White House on Friday and joint ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
Boerne Champion HS Auditorium will be home to three large stage productions normally experienced only in larger international venues as Boerne Performing Arts presents their second season of bringing the world of performing arts to our community and providing easy ticketing, easy transportation, and easy parking for every event. Online ticket services for both single events and for the three-concert series are now available at www.boerneperformingarts.com.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
AUSTIN — Nov. 16 was the deadline for Texas and the other states to declare their intentions regarding the formation of health care exchanges, as set forth in the federal “Affordable Care” law, referred to by some as “Obama Care.” Gov. Rick Perry’s declaration came in the form of a Nov.
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School
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012 • Photos
Red Ribbon Week was kicked off with a “You CAN Be Healthy and Drug Free!” food drive. The final count for food items brought in by the students was just under 1000. Student Council members Addy Seymour, Kyla Davis, and Kelton Marek helped with the final day of collections. All donations went to Blanco Good Samaritan Center.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012 • Photos
The Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas conducted a cornerstone dedication ceremony at the elementary building project on Thursday. Masonic dignitaries from throughout the region were in attendance. “It was an honor to be able to conduct the cornerstone ceremony here at Blanco, where the connection between the school and Masonry goes so far back,” said Past Grand Master Gene Carnes, who officiated the ceremony. In 1874, Blanco Lodge # 216 got approval from the Grand Lodge to build a Masonic Univ ...
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Sports
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012 • Photos
MS Boys Basketball vs. Comfort -- 7B loss 8-22. 8B win 8-5. 7A loss 14-23. 8A win 21-19. MS Girls Basketball vs. Comfort -- 7B win 16-6. 8B win 9-6. 7A loss 16-22. 8A win 30-8.
, Wellness Consultant
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
The holidays are fast approaching, which means parties, shopping, hosting, visiting family and friends and, most likely, busy schedules and stress. It’s also the time of year when people tend to gain weight. Starting an exercise routine and healthy eating habits now, rather than after the holidays, can make sticking to a diet and exercise regimen a habit by the time the Thanksgiving turkey is carved.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
Thanksgiving is a time for eating turkey, sharing time with family and thanking God for all the blessings of the year. The core group of Keep Blanco Beautiful wishes to take this opportunity to thank all those unheralded citizens who aide us in keeping our small town beautiful and promoting the “Blanco Spirit” which makes our community so special.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
The giant monument in honor of the historic Battle of San Jacinto in East Texas is impressive from any angle. It is the world’s tallest memorial column at 567 feet. It wasn’t supposed to be taller than the Washington Monument but when they placed the 220-ton star on top, measuring 34 feet from point to point, it topped out at higher than its Washington, D.C.
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Potpourri
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
I’ve noticed that all the wild turkeys I saw on our road over the past few weeks have run for the hills, so maybe it’s time for a ham for Thanksgiving! A shout-out to Tina at the post office, glad to hear she is feeling better. The chili cookoff held this weekend was won by our own Mikey Hounsell!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
Tanner Jones, Assault-Misdemeanor Nicholas Brooks, Unsafe Speed John Macias, Miscellaneous Non-Traffic Violation Marjorie Fudge, Assault Shad Gragg, No Valid Inspection Justin Gamez, Operating Unregistered Motor Vehicle Micah Moore, Speeding 10% above posted limit Guillermo Fonseca, No or defective drivers license plate lamp Henry Latham, Speeding 10% above posted limit Carla Medina-Watford, Speeding 10% above posted limit Brenda Newman, Speeding 10% above posted limit Sha ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
Elijah Baker, Fail to maintain financial responsibility, Speeding 10% above posted limit Courtney Livingston, Speeding 10% above posted limit Cody Foster, Speeding 10% above posted limit James Bradshaw, Speeding 10% above posted limit Kelly Ward, Speeding 10% above posted limit Juan De La Fuente, Speeding 10% above posted limit Ronnie Hardman, Miscellaneous Violations Carrie Eplen, Speeding 10% above posted limit Dana Yarter, Speeding 10% above posted limit Gabriel Rocha, Spee ...
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
There are so many ideas for designing a porch. So what does porch mean? In looking it up in Wikipedia, here is their definition: “A porch (from Old French porche, from Latin porticus ‘colonnade,’ from porta ‘passage’) is external to the walls of the main building proper, but may be enclosed by screen, latticework, broad windows, or other light frame walls extending from the main structure.
, By Texas Association of Realtors
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
You’ve crunched the numbers and decided to purchase a home. While you may be able to afford a new mortgage payment, you need to make sure that you’ve accounted for all of the long-term costs associated with homeownership. Here are seven other expenses you should know about. Which type of loan will you get? The loan you choose can greatly affect the amount you pay for your home over the years.