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December 26, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
A little more than a week ago, on December 14, the second-deadliest school shooting occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A shooter entered the school, killed 20 children and six staff members, before killing himself. The events in Newtown have affected the entire nation and will cause waves of change in our country, from the federal level down to the smallest schools.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
The 2013 Blanco Lavender Festival Steering Committee announces a search for an official art piece to use as the central marketing theme for the highly successful Blanco Lavender Festival. The 2013 celebration of the Lavender harvest is scheduled for June 7-9, 2013. The Blanco Chamber of Commerce is now accepting entries for the 2013 official festival art piece.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 27, 2012
Pecan Street Brewing in Johnson City is hosting a New Year's Eve shindig. Homer Whisenant & The Plainsmen will be playing on Monday night, December 31, from 8pm to midnight. The special prix fix menu is available for $35 per person, plus the Lights Spectacular menu. Watch the ball drop on their 15 foot diagonal TV. Pecan Street is located at 106 E.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
Blanco Chamber of Commerce President Marcy Westcott presented the Chamber’s first Night Sky-Friendly Business Certificates of Merit to seven Blanco businesses on December 18 in the Chamber office. Receiving recognition were Benson Body & Paint, Brieger Pottery, Cranberry's Antiques, Old Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society, On the Square, the Redbud Café, and Stripes of Blanco. “We are excited about our new Night Sky-Friendly Business Recognition Program and the positive receptio ...
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
Local members of the Blanco FFA and Blanco Jr. FFA will be taking part in the upcoming 16th Annual Blanco FFA Chapter Show this coming Friday and Saturday, December 14th and 15th. Lambs and goats will begin showing at 5 pm on Friday with lambs first, followed by goats. The steers will begin Saturday morning at 10 am, followed by the pig show.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
Members of the Blanco FFA Chapter would like to recognize and thank Blanco Auto Parts / Napa and Benson Body and Paint for their efforts and assistance in helping to repaint one of the chapter’s livestock trailers. After local FFA members had put in a new floor and made repairs to the trailer, the students then prepped the trailer for painting.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
Evan Sullivan killed his first deer in on November 9, 2012 from a ground blind in Comal County with his dad’s cross bow.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
Cole Owen Tharp with his first buck. Cole shot the 8-point buck in Boerne with his dad Cody Tharp using a 22-250.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
Crystal Thomas and Bo Reiter are proud announce the arrival of their bouncing baby boy. Kamden Ryan Reiter arrived on November 30, 2012, at 7:44 PM. He weighed 7 lbs 10 oz and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Wesley and Charlotte Thomas of Blanco and Billy & Jennifer Reiter of Corpus Christi and Bayette & Steve Bearden of Aransas Pass.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
GVTC has signed a long term agreement with World Wide Soccer L.L.C. to place its name on a sports complex being brought back to life. The GVTC Communications Sportsplex is at the location of the former Northeast Youth Soccer Organization facility on 29064 Bulverde Road. World Wide Soccer recently purchased the 42-acre site and has big plans to make it the premier outdoor sports facility in the Hill Country. The six-year contract allows GVTC to place its signage at the field entrance and throug ...
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
Some may call it chance, while others call it destiny: the unseen hand that dictates all events and weaves seemingly casual occurrences into the unscripted pageant of our lives. I didn’t know exactly what to expect when my parents, Mark and Ruth Hogan, sat me and six younger siblings down one day after school and told us we were the proud new owners of a 41ft Morgan sailboat, Invincible.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
On December 1, 2012, the Hill Country Spurs horse judging teams along with some members of the Johnson City FFA team traveled to Rosenberg, Texas to compete in their first competition of the year. The teams judged six performance and two halter classes. The HCS junior team of Kalli Dalland, Paige Dalland, Willow Grote, and Dooley Smith collected many first place ribbons.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
Hurry up and get your beautiful Blanco Library calendar for $5 to help you start off your New Year right! Mark down your important dates on this lovely, one-of-a-kind calendar, and enjoy a unique picture of Blanco each month. Got behind on returning your books? Turn them in now and bring canned or boxed food goods for $1 off you late fines.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
Johnson City Courthouse Ornaments Sale will return for its final weekend this season on December 29-30. From 6pm to 9pm in the Courthouse lobby in Johnson City the Garden Club’s Christmas ornaments, crafts, post cards, bird houses, bumper stickers and local cook books are on sale. Proceeds support local non-profit organizations.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
I recently became interested in painting when I took a watercolor workshop a few months ago. I never painted anything beyond wall trim and fingernails, so painting with oils, for fun even, seemed a bit daunting! I heard about the Tejas Art Club around town and decided to check things out.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
Soil testing, without question, is one of the most important, most effective and yet, most under-utilized—best management—practices available to agricultural producers. Assessments in some areas have indicated less than 20% of the land receiving fertilizer is soil tested on a regular basis. At the same time, fertilizer prices have increased tremendously over the last 10 years and in some cases by more than 200 percent.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas is the oldest patriotic women's organization in Texas and one of the oldest in the nation. The Daughters are proud to welcome the Blanco County Pioneers Chapter, DRT. The DRTs are lineal descendants of a man or woman who rendered loyal service for Texas prior to the consummation of the Annexation Agreement of the Republic of Texas with the United States of America on the nineteenth day of February, eighteen hundred forty-six (19 February 1846). The motto ...
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
The Master Gardeners of Blanco County will be holding classes for new members beginning January 8, 2013. There is still room for a few more students. Our next classes will not be held until January 2015. Master Gardeners is an active organization that throughout the year gives gardening advice, presentations, and occasionally helps with the hard work it takes to create beautiful landscaping and successful gardens throughout Blanco County.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
Illustrating its support for area communities, Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors presented six local organizations grant checks from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) as part of the Authority’s Community Development Partnership Program. The nonprofits received their checks at the PEC Board’s meeting on Dec. 17, 2012. Ranging in amounts from $12,025 to $25,000, the grants are part of LCRA’s continuing program to help fund capital projects that support economic ...
, Blanco Church of Christ
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
A man was walking through the park and noticed a pho- tographer had set up shop and snapping pictures of people. He had his picture taken and came back later to pick it up. When he looked at it he said it didn't do him justice and he didn't want it.
, agf-blanco.com
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
Although I wrote this article last year, I thought it would be good to revisit it this Christmas. The word incarnate simply means to clothe with flesh. It signifies when the second person of the God Head, Jesus The Son, put on flesh and dwelt among us (Mt 1:23, Jn 1:14).
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
I invite you to review the fol- lowing Scriptures relating to the word “gift.” See how you feel after you’ve reviewed all of them. May God bless you during this season of remembrance of Christ, and may He bless your family as well. Exodus 23:8 “And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.” Numbers 18:11 “And this is thine; the heave offering of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel: I have given ...
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, adults between the ages of 24 and 54 spend an average of 13.6 hours each day working, caring for others, tending to household items, and participating in sports-related activities. With everyday life leaving so little time for rest, sleeping in on Sunday morning might feel more like a necessity than a luxury for many people. Beginning on January 5 at 5 p.m., Community Bible Church, Bulverde will begin offering a Saturday night service ...
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
AUSTIN --- The Texas Education Code requires that Texas public schools conduct safety audits once every three years. According to a Dec. 17 news release produced by the state attorney general’s office, the Texas School Safety Center reported that of the 1,025 public school districts that are required by law to submit their safety audits, 38 did not do so and another 40 reported but did not meet full compliance. Attorney General Greg Abbott urged school districts to review their safety plans ...
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
Surprisingly, gas prices around town have fallen below $3 per gallon. Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have fallen 5.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.02/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 8.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.25/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas prices in Texas during the past week, prices yesterda ...
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
The Blanco bands held their annual Christmas concert on December 13.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
Sixth Grade Jimena Alegria 6th Calculator, Best Alt Number Sense Karley Burnette 5th Calculator Zach Collins 1st Maps/Charts/Graphs, 2nd Math Cade Felps 1st Art, Best Alt Listening Jackson Hunter 4ht Maps/Charts/Graphs, 2nd Number Sense, 4th Math Brynn Kirkland 4th Art Taylor Kotfas 1st Dictionary, 1st Spelling, 5th Ready Writing, 3rd Number Sense, 2nd Oral Reading Cami Manriquez 5th Art Jayme Mowery 1st Listening, 2nd Dictionary, 3rd Social Studies Hannah Srackangast 3rd Oral Reading ...
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
The Middle School Student council collected 160 toys to donate to the Toys for Tots charity. Montana and Skylar Wiseman and their mother were the chairs for the drive, and were responsible for the great turnout.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
The National Forensic League, the speech and debate honor society, is proud to announce Russell Kirkscey as its newest diamond coach. Kirkscey, a teacher and debate coach at Blanco High School, received a second diamond award after earning 3,022 points on December 2, 2012. A diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
Blanco Middle School, with strong performances across all grade levels and categories, dominated the District 27-AA UIL meet held Thursday, December 13, at Blanco Middle School. “I am very thrilled with our students,” said middle school UIL coordinator Stephanie Taylor. “They did an exceptional job! Winning year after year tells a lot about our students in Blanco—they are truly the best!” “Competing felt good,” said competitor Jackson Hunter, 6th grade.
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Sports
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
7B team - 9-12 Loss Mario Sanchez - 6 points Tanner Suarez - 2 points Jared Spriggs - 1 point 8B team - 14-20 Loss Jake Mangold - 9 points Hayden Hunt - 5 points 7A team - 18-19 Loss Peyton Van Dyke - 6 points Ty Priess - 4 points Cade Smith - 3 points JoMac Wyatt - 3 points Kelby Cox - 2 points 8A team - 12-33 Loss Jacob Robinson - 7 points Jonathan Campbell - 4 points Kailen Webster - 1 point
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
Back row: Kelsey Schwind, Sr., 2nd team, middle blocker; Leslie McClinton, Sr., 1st team, middle blocker; Reagan Rogers, Soph.,1st team, outside hitter; Front row: Meaghen Seales, Jr., 2nd team, libero; Lexee Jenkins, Soph., Newcomer of the Year, setter; Payton Savarino, Soph., Honorable Mention, defensive specialist; Abbie Culton, Soph.., outside hitter.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
Back row: Jake Breeding, Soph., 2nd team, End; McKay Adamson, soph., 2nd team, Safety; Britton Wagner, Sr., 1st team, End; Aikman Elrod, Soph., 2nd team, Middle linebacker; Front row: Alex Palos, Jr., 1st team, Cornerback; Ed Alvarado, Sr., 2nd team, Tackle; Chad Marshall, Sr., 2nd team, Safety; Quinn Dillard, Sr., 1st team, Linebacker.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012 • Photos
Back row: Chris Barnett, Sr., 1st team, Tackle; Colton Elrod, Soph., 2nd team, Running Back; Andrew Burgess, Soph., 2nd, team, Tight End; Colton Childress, Sr., 1st team, Running Back; McKay Adamson, Soph., 2nd team, Receiver; Quinn Dillard, Sr., 1st team, Receiver; Front row: Mason LeBlanc, Jr., 1st team, Center; Sam Isenberg, Sr., 1st team, Quarterback; Tim Goodman, Sr., 1st team, Fullback; Hunter Goodman, Soph., 2nd team, Guard; Not pictured: Jubal Elrod, Jr., 2nd team, Guard.
, Wellness Consultant
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
Having spent Thanksgiving in the hospital, I've already experienced holiday stress. I wanted everything to be perfect. It wasn't. I wanted everyone to get along. They didn't. I wanted my silver to gleam. It didn't. I wanted my centerpiece to show off my creativity. What centerpiece? Still I tried to make it up to the family…especially the children.
, pamela@greengirlrealestate.com
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
Recycling is the process of collecting and processing items that would otherwise be thrown away, according to the EPA. The benefits of recycling are that it reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills. It conserves natural resources such as timber and water. It reduces pollution caused by the need to collect new raw materials.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
The end of 2012 is a time to reflect on accomplishments and make resolutions to “do better” in 2013. The Keep Blanco Beautiful Volunteers have worked hard planting and maintaining the city’s public spaces. In April, an army of citizens took to the streets to clean up the litter. All year long the recycling center has afforded people the opportunity to be responsible and recycle household trash.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I hear, I can get this job done cheaper. It can be on a new home, remodel, or a simple outdoor fireplace that we hear this on. So I have some things I like to throw back to see if people are comparing apples to apples.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
If you’re thinking of selling your home, finding the right Texas Realtor is the first step in the home-selling process. Your Texas Realtor will be able to help you determine the right price, the kinds of marketing that will work well for your property, and much more. But you can also be a proactive seller by checking into these basic home-maintenance issues before putting your house on the market: Inspect your roof.