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December 12, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
Photos are from the Lighted Parade held on Saturday, December 8. The Christmas Parade had a huge turn-out this year! There were nearly 40 entries into the Parade. Children and Adults alike were delighted to see Santa. Blanco County News wishes everyone a Merry Christmas!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
Auditor Keith Neffendorf gave a summary of the 2011-12 Annual Financial and Compliance Report for the Blanco Independent School District to trustees at their December 10 meeting. He thanked Business Manager Kay Fraser and Superintendent Dr. Buck Ford for their cooperation in the preparation of the report, saying the district “had a good year” with total net assets of $11,569,555, up $1 million from 2011. He added that the assets are a good thing, since the 2013 Texas Legislature will proba ...
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
The boys’ basketball teams have raced out to quick starts, even as the Blanco Panthers advanced in the football playoffs. On November 19, the hoops squads traveled to Center Point. The JV opened things up with a 78-20 win, led by Jacob McCaslin’s 26 points and Devlin Moore’s 22. The Varsity followed that up with a 58-33 victory over the host Pirates.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
The new Blanco police chief, Michael Ritchey, was sworn in last Friday at City Hall, although he will not be officially retired from the San Antonio police force until December 31. A native of San Antonio, Chief Ritchey served there for forty years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant. When asked, “Why Blanco?” his response to this reporter was that years ago he dreamed of being a police chief in a small town after retirement, either at the Texas coast or in the Hill Country.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
Blanco Taxidermy owner Jerry Ayer has been hard at work creating something new. A production company creating a documentary on giant squid contacted Ayer with a strange request: they needed a squid tentacle for a reenactment. “Normally I have an animal to work with,” Ayer said, “but this I had to create it out of thin air.” Ayer sculpted a tentacle out of clay (which many in town may have seen in the back of his truck), created a silicone mold, and cast the tentacle out of a different ...
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
The Central Hill Country Board of Realtors presented Candy Cargill, Broker/Owner of Hill Country Real Estate the “Realtor of the Year” award for 2012. The Realtor of the Year award is the highest award bestowed upon a member of the association. It represents outstanding achievements serving the Central Hill Country Board of Realtors, the real estate profession and the community.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
First turkey for hunters West & Bowie, hunting on the Crofts Ranch in Johnson City with Bowie’s parents JJ and Justin Venable.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
Aaron Daniels and his first buck that he harvested with his dad, Pat Daniels, on the Youth Hunting weekend at the Daniels’ Ranch in Blanco County.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
Dawson Dullnig, son of David Dullnig, gives it the muscle as he lifts on this 8 point buck that field dressed 101 pounds. It was taken by 13 year old Dawson last week on Janet Fisher’s Rain Bird Canyon Ranch here in Blanco County.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
Mable Rollins and Mike Bell invite you to join them at 3pm Las Vegas time (5pm our time) on Saturday, December 15, 2012 as they recite their marriage vows in Las Vegas. Please attend the wedding ceremony to share in their happiness virtually. Directions to online chapel: simply go to webcasting.cashmanpro.com/sh/shwatchliveevent.cfm Do not enter any date for the live feed.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
Merry Christmas to all our family and friends! As this season progresses, we think more and more about our families and our wanting to be with them seems to overwhelm our desires to stay where we are. We travel great distances just to be with our relatives during this season of the year.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
Snuggle up in this cold weather and watch one of the many holiday movies we recently added or grab some cocoa and read a good holiday book. Just for the kids we are showing a Christmas movie on our Second Thursday at 5:30 pm (see website for more info) and making crafts on Friday, December 21, at 10:30 am. Blanco Library Angel Trees are up!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
The Highland Lakes Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists (which includes members from Blanco, Burnet and Llano Counties) held their annual Holiday/Awards Banquet in Blanco this past week. The gala affair was held at the Old Blanco County Courthouse and over 100 people (members and their spouses) attended. The annual party is held to celebrate not only the holidays, but to recognize members for their volunteer services to their communities.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
Several years ago a magazine reported that an organization offered $5000 to anyone who could capture a wolf alive and bring it to them. Reading about this opportunity, Sam and Jed decided to go on a wolf hunt! The first night, they put up their tent and went to sleep.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
Well, we say we want to live according to God’s Word, and Christ’s teachings, but do we really do it? Jesus said we would be hated by the world for simply believing in Him. That’s one reason we may not feel loved or accepted by the world, but what about our friends? How many times have we ‘judged’ a person simply because of what someone said about them?
, agf-blanco.com
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
Last week we read in Hebrews 8:5 there were many things in the Old Testament that were to be types and shadows, or figures and representations, of things in the New Covenant. We specifically started talking about types and shadows of the Incarnation, when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us in Emmanuel, God with us (Jesus).
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
Barbara Costigan Thorp, 66, of Rust Ranch Estates, Blanco, passed peacefully on Saturday, December 8th in her home after losing her long battle with cancer. She was a brave, determined fighter to the end and passed as she always wished – with her devoted cat “Tigerio” keeping constant vigil in her arms. Our “Bobby” was a devoted, loving sister and protector, adored by all who knew her.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
Lance Allen Haley, 45, passed away December 5, 2012 in Johnson City. Lance was born November 20, 1967 in San Antonio, TX to Patsy Ann (Riba) Haley and James Cleveland Haley. He graduated from Johnson City High School in 1986 and then pursued his career in the wholesale automobile industry in San Antonio.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
Mrs. Louise Sarah (Meier) Rowe, wife of Roy Jemmie Rowe, Jr. of the Post Oak Community, Blanco County, Texas passed away in Johnson City, Texas on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the age of 76 years, after a lengthy and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Born February 8, 1936, in Hye, Texas the youngest daughter of Albert Meier, Jr.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
Rusty Baker, born May 27, 1963 in Freeport, Texas, passed away at his home on December 4, 2012 in Spring Branch, Texas. Rusty is best described by his brother Mike Sheffield, “Rusty was one of the most kind-hearted, sensitive men who ever lived.” Rusty was preceded in death by his parents Edwin Jirah and Sidnie Sue Baker.
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Opinion
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
Dear editor, I want to say thank you to the Blanco EMS, although I haven't had to use them since Mark and Susie were on it, who I thought were the best. I have been sick since October. I knew I was having a hard time breathing, just didn't want to have to go in the ER again and spend hours there.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
December 9, 2012, the day after the "Christmas in Blanco Night Parade.” Wow! I was speechless when the parade entered downtown last night, what a sight! I don't know where to begin except to say "thank you" to every entry in the parade, everyone who attended, and to the vendors who stayed at the Christmas Market.
, SWBC Mortgage
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
Stocks rose as talks regarding the “fiscal cliff” progressed this past week and economic data came in better than expected. The Dow rose 1% for the week and closed on Friday at 13155, marking its third consecutive weekly gain. The U.S unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent just last month despite Superstorm Sandy, which hit the northeast coast in late October and was expected to slice tens of thousands of jobs from the tally.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
AUSTIN — Texas should spend some of its “rainy day fund” on water issues, state Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, suggested in a letter to Gov. Rick Perry last week. Deuell pointed to U.S. Drought Monitor data that say 94 percent of Texas is classified as abnormally dry, adding that the state climatologist called the months of October and November the driest in Texas history.
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School
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
Blanco ISD instructional aide Maria Jeske and custodian Jeffrey Wicks were recipients of a $100 attendance incentive implemented by Blanco Farm Bureau. Each six weeks, employees with perfect attendance are identified, and two employees from that pool are selected in a drawing to receive $ 100. Fifty-one employees qualified for this period’s drawing. “I want to thank Monica McCormick and Blanco Farm Bureau for providing this incentive for our employees, and for their support of Blanco scho ...
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
Renovation work at the historical building is progressing as scheduled. Front windows were installed this week, and their installation marked a new stage in the renovation process. “We’re near the point of having the entire building dried in,” said Vanguard site superintendent Bill Burrow. “After getting the front windows installed in the historical building, we’ll next get the back walls framed in.” “Our roofer started yesterday.
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Sports
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
Junior and senior boys played each other in volleyball during the special event with the seniors taking the win.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012 • Photos
The Lady Panther basketball team outscored the Cherokee Lady Indians 72-31 on Tuesday, December 4. At the halftime break the Panthers led 37-19. Leading scorer for Blanco was Senior Leslie McClinton with 20 points. Junior Meaghen Seales, sophomores Reagan Rogers and Jamie McClinton each added 11 points. Sophomores Lexee Jenkins and Charlsey Smith netted 8 points each.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
When we moved to Horizon City, Texas, the town was little more than an isolated retirement community located in the desert east of El Paso. It was a quiet residential area wrapped around a golf course that, from the air, gave it the appearance of an oasis in a sandy, wind-blown wilderness. My wife and I enjoyed buying veggies, eggs and baked goods in the small “mom and pop” shops located along the main thoroughfare.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 16, 2012
Margaret Abbey, Failure to appear Akram Abd El Kader, Two-Unrestrained child under 8 Erica Acosta, Speeding 15 mph or more above posted limit, violate promise to appear Humberto Beltran, Speeding 15 mph or more above posted limit Krystal Bertsch, Speeding 15 mph or more above posted limit Ronald Burton, Speeding 15 mph or more above posted limit Teofilo Cardenas, Public Intoxication Alfred Carvajal, Failed to yield row Brent Christian, Driving with suspended license Trenton Co ...
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 16, 2012
Josephine Acosta, Driving with suspended license, violate promise to appear Tammy Alva, Speeding 15 mph or more above posted limit, violate promise to appear Khawaja Anwar, Speeding 15 mph or more above posted limit Dakota Appelbaum, Possession of drug paraphernalia Caitlin Arzate, Speeding 15 mph or more above posted limit Laura Baskin, Speeding 15 mph or more above posted limit Wendy Beck, Speeding more than 10% above posted limit John Bergeron, Driving with suspended license, s ...
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
If you are one who likes to really decorate for Christmas or any holiday, you might want to consider some things if you are in the design stages of building that dream home. Even if you already have a home and want to make some changes, you might want to consider these ideas. Starting on the outside of your home, let’s review some options you might want to include.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
You may have heard that the holiday season is a slow time for the real estate business, but that’s not necessarily true. Serious homebuyers don’t take a vacation from their home search, so if your house is still on the market you’ll need to stay diligent about selling it now like any other time of the year.

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