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January 16, 2013 Issue
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The library of Blanco High School was packed at Monday night’s BISD trustees’ meeting, not just with parents of Blanco Middle School UIL champions being honored, but with parents of elementary school students seeking answers about the safety of their children at school in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings.
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At their regular meeting January 8, members of the governing body of Blanco discussed a proposal by the Pedernales Electric Cooperative to provide funds for an LED sign to replace the banners previously installed by PEC on its utility poles. Although the $25,000 donation is worded to fund an electronic reader-board sign, council member and PEC employee Martin Sauceda clarified that the sign could be a board with changeable letters.
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The Buffalo Soldiers will be at Blanco State Park on Saturday, February 9 for a fun and educational outdoor experience for the entire family. This Heritage & Outreach program from Texas Parks & Wildlife is a lasting tribute to the Black soldiers who served in the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars campaign from 1866 to 1892, and emphasizes our shared western heritage of that historic time.
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Congressman Lamar Smith visited GVTC headquarters on Monday. He met with CEO Ritchie Sorrells, GVTC Chairman Chuck Knibbe, the GVTC executive team, and Blanco Mayor Chuck Homan. Though Congressman Smith speaks frequently to groups at the GVTC Auditorium, this was his first official visit to GVTC. He complimented the communications company for making its auditorium available to nonprofit organizations at no charge. Mr.
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The 75th Blanco County 4-H and FFA Youth Show begins Thursday, January 24th at the Blanco County Show Barn in Johnson City. This year there are more than 550 entries. These leaders of tomorrow put in many hours and oftentimes a lot of their hard-earned money working towards a successful project and show.
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Prior to the Christmas holiday break, the Blanco FFA Chapter held the 16th Annual Chapter FFA Show at the high school agricultural science building. Almost 200 animals competed in four divisions at this year’s show. Friday began with the lamb show where Jr. FFA member Dalton Savanich exhibited the Grand Champion lamb with his Champion Medium Wool.
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14-year-old Sarah Bohls shot her first whitetail deer, an 8-pointer, on the Rio Vista Ranch located on Althaus Ranch Road just northwest of Johnson City, Texas.
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Brenna Wallace shot this 8 point buck at the Klepac Ranch in Cotulla on January 6. The management hunt was donated to the Young Life fundraiser by the Klepacs. She is pictured with her mom Peggy, Leighton and Jimmy Klepac.
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As we welcome in a new Board of Directors, and begin to move forward with a new Executive Director, the Chamber is expecting an especially exciting and prosperous year for all of Blanco’s business owners. Your membership in the Chamber of Commerce is very much appreciated and, as an organization, we are committed to assisting our members in the growth and success of their businesses.
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I recently became a member of the Tejas Art Club. The teacher, Ms. Olga, asked me to be the “Artist of the Month.” After I recovered from the honor, I accepted. The people who are “professional artists” who belong to this club are the most diverse and wonderful people you could ever meet.
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Blanco Performing Arts is pleased to welcome REVEL back to the Uptown Blanco Ballroom on Saturday evening, February 9 at 7:30pm. REVEL’s trio of award-winning artists, violinist Cármelo de los Santos, cellist Joel Becktell and pianist Carla McElhaney, will take you on a journey that will change everything you think about classical music.
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If you haven't heard, Wild Woman Weekend is coming to Blanco, April 5th and 6th. This fundraising extravaganza supporting Friends of Blanco State Park, Gem of the Hills, Blanco Community Library and the Old Blanco County Courthouse is expected to bring between 400 and 700 women from across Texas to our community for a variety of fun activities like birding, fly fishing, yoga, and fun runs. We need volunteers to help us prepare for these fun-loving ladies.
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IRS Special Announcement – Due to the latest legislation, production of IRS Income Tax forms has been delayed. Be sure to stop by the library at the beginning of February to pick up your forms. You can start filing online January 30. As part of that time of year again, Diana Blackburn is offering, free of charge, to help patrons with their taxes.
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PEC recently awarded the Friends of the Blanco State Park, a non-profit organization of volunteers led by President Marilynn Lageman and dedicated board members, a grant of $1,000 to construct a security portal within the park. PEC’s Community Relations Department administers the community grant program and issues ‘application calls’ to eligible non-profit organizations served by PEC twice yearly.
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On Saturday, January 12, the new quilters’ group in Blanco had their second meeting. Fifteen local quilters, ranging from beginners to experts, had a delightful time visiting with new friends and learning new techniques while working on a pinwheel heart wall hanging. The Uptown Blanco Ballroom provided an ideal place to set up for sewing and later lunch. Meeting at 9:00 a.m.
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While studying Revelations, it’s my hope that you, dear reader, will not rely on me for understanding, but seek wisdom and knowledge from God through prayer and by reading and following references in your bibles! Jesus said seek and ye shall find. Revelation 1:1-20 (KJV) “1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2 Who bare record of the wor ...
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Does it seem to you that the world, maybe even your life, keeps lurching from one crisis to another? How can we stay calm and content in crises? Paul, the apostle, claimed he had found the answer to this question: “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content,” he said (Philippians 4:11).
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Luke 16:1-2, 10-12 “And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee?
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Maria Flores Salazar was called home by the Lord on December 21, 2012, at the age of 90. She was born in San Benito, TX, on August 20, 1922. She moved to Blanco in 1990 where she was surrounded by her loving family. She is preceded in death by her first husband Ovidio Dela Fuente; her second husband Eliseo Salazar; her parents, Federico and Concepcion Flores; four sisters; two brothers; and her grandson, Ovidio Ortega. Mrs.
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Having resumed her maiden name, Peggy was formerly Mrs. Don Youngblood, Mrs. Sterling Lyons and Mrs. Barney Odell. All three husbands preceded her in death. She was a member of the Austin Poetry Society, Blanco Writers Club and the International Society of Poets, and a past President of Embassy Chapter, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, Austin Colony chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Lee Vickers; her mother, Lorena McKnight Vicke ...
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Gloria Farley Murrah departed this life on Saturday, January 12, 2013. Services will be under the direction of Crofts - Crow Funeral Home in Blanco, Texas. Visitation will be at Crofts - Crow Funeral Home in Blanco on Thursday, January 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held this Friday, January 18 at 11:00 a.m.
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Jim Sampson “Sambo” Phillips, Jr. of Blanco County passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013 at the age of 60. Jim was born in McAllen, Texas on May 9, 1952 to Jim Sampson Phillips and Mary Nell Garrett. He spent his childhood and teen years in Victoria, Texas, graduating from Victoria High School. Growing up in the age of Rock and Roll, he made sure to live in the moment by singing ,dancing and howling at the moon to the legendary sounds of Hendrix, Zeppelin, The Who, It’s a Beautiful Da ...
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Marvin A. Haas was born on the Haas homestead west of Blanco, TX on June 28, 1925 to Walter and Clara Haas and passed on to be with his loving wife Nettie on January 11, 2013. Marvin was one of four children. He grew up in and around Blanco and worked at odd jobs until he was drafted into the Navy during WWII where he served his country proudly on battleships and supply ships all over the South Pacific until he was honorably discharged in 1945.
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Drumline Live is marching into Boerne…a show-stopping attraction inspired by 20th Century Fox’s hit movie Drumline! With riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy, this staged show will be a synchronized musical showcase incorporating original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of top 40 hits, accompanied by colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences with the rousing sound of the great brass tradition. But there’s more!
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AUSTIN — The 83rd session of the Texas Legislature was called to order in the House and Senate on Jan. 8. State Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, was elected speaker of the House, setting in motion his third consecutive term as leader of the chamber and his fifth two-year term as a state representative.
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On Wednesday, January 9, officials from Blanco ISD and Johnson City ISD met with county first responders to coordinate and plan in regards to emergency and crisis situations that schools may face. “This was a good meeting,” said Blanco ISD superintendent Dr. Buck Ford. “It was very encouraging and supportive to see all of the local first responder officials at one place.
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7th Grade A Team Loss 14-19 Cade Smith-7 Will Granberg-6 Peyton Van Dyke-1 7th Grade B Team Loss 12-14 Isaiah Delgado-4 Tristan Lopez-4 Jared Spriggs-2 Brandon Phipps-2 8th Grade A Team Win 29-16 Noah Wheeler-12 Kamron Martinez-7 Jacob Robinson-4 Garrett Seales-2 Chase Coggins-2 Jonathan Campbell-2 8th Grade B Team Win 25-11 Jake Mangold-14 Jeremy Kindla-9 Jacob Ruiz-2
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The Panthers nailed strong district wins last week over the JC Lady Eagles and the Ingram Lady Warriors to remain undefeated in district play. On Tuesday, January 8, the Panthers clipped the Eagles 56-22. Leslie McClinton scorched the nets with 17 points, with Charsley Smith and Reagan Rogers adding 8 points each.
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Reagan Rogers, Blanco High School sophomore, and Meaghen Seales, Blanco junior, were recently named to the Express-News 2012 All-Area Teams. Reagan made the All-Area Volleyball Team as an outside hitter in Classes 2A-A. Meaghen made the All-Area Girls Cross-Country Team in Classes 3A-A.
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The Panthers faught hard in a district loss last week against the Ingram Warriors on Friday, January 11, but rallied for a non-district win 58-51 against the strong San Marcos Baptist Acadamy Bears. Against Ingram, Kyle Sauceda led Blanco with 13 points. Carlin Green scored 11, with David Ramirez sinking 10, Colton Childress made 8 points, while Brett Champion scored 6, Josh McCaslin added 4 with Sam Isenberg hit 3. Kyle Sauceda again led the Panthers, ripping the nets for 25 points against t ...
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The Blanco Powerlifting team turned in some strong performances at the Southside Powerlifting Meet held Wednesday at Southside High School. The girls team finished second, and the boys finished fourth. Schools participating included Southside, Dripping Springs, Uvalde, Bandera, Medina Valley, and San Marcos. The team’s next meet is January 23 at Southside. Southside Powerlifting Meet Blanco Results Girls, and Individual Finishes in Each Weight Division • 1st—Abby Beard, Erica Flores, ...
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Over the years I have been surprised many times by people who have had special experiences or who seemed to possess certain unusual skills or gifts. One such person was E. LeRoy Hatch, M.D. “Doc” Hatch was a country doctor who practiced his medical trade in and around the little Mormon settlement of Colonia Juarez in northern Mexico.
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Lately, I keep getting asked “What is a Barndominium?” So before I give you my take on it, I will tell you what Wikipedia says (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia): “The barndominium, a combination of the words barn and condominium, is a new type of building growing in popularity, especially in rural areas of the United States.
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Are you dealing with a Realtor? A real estate licensee is someone who is state-licensed to engage in the practice of real estate. Holding an agent’s or broker’s license does not make someone a Realtor. Only membership in the National Association of Realtors, the state-level association of Realtors, and the local-level board of Realtors makes licensees a Realtor. Hiring a Realtor means you’ve retained someone who is committed to continuing education, professionalism and integrity.