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January 23, 2013 Issue
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 24, 2013
The Blanco County Commissioners Court held a Special meeting on January 22, 2013. All four commissioners were in attendance, and the minutes of the January 8, 2013 Regular meeting were heard and approved by the Court. County Judge Bill Guthrie asked the commissioners to consider reappointment of County Commissioner Paul Granberg to the Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) board for a two-year term.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 24, 2013 • Photos
Frank Atkinson is an affable, unassuming man of 37, who lives alone in an apartment on Blanco Street. “I’m a local boy,” he says. “Although I was born in San Antonio, I was raised in Blanco and graduated from Blanco High School in ’95. I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was twelve.” Frank lost his sight in 2003 due to the diabetes, high blood pressure and glaucoma.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 24, 2013 • Photos
This mysterious piece of equipment came through town on Tuesday afternoon on its way to Horseshoe Bay, turning north onto US Highway 281 from 4th Street in front of Blanco National Bank. The truck had to come down Loop 163 to bypass the older bridge on the highway, which couldn’t handle the weight of the shipment.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 24, 2013 • Photos
Blanco Fire Chief David Hotz (right) presents Captain Mark McMain with a plaque from the Hill Country 100 Club recognizing him as 2012 Firefighter of the Year for the Blanco Volunteer Fire Department. Photo by Charles Willgren.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
Eligible Pedernales Electric Cooperative members in PEC Board Districts 4 and 5 interested in running for a position on the Co-op’s Board of Directors now can obtain the petition forms needed to seek nomination. Petition forms and information are posted on PEC’s website at pec.coop/nomination. Members also may call 1-888-554-4732 or go to any PEC office to request the materials.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 24, 2013
On Friday, January 11th, the District Court considered a change of venue for the trial of Trenton Rodriguez. Rodriguez is charged with Intoxication Manslaughter with a vehicle, a 2nd degree felony, and Intoxication Assault with a vehicle, a 3rd degree felony. In October of 2011, Mr. Rodriguez was involved in a car accident after leaving a party that left one man dead and another woman injured.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013 • Photos
The Vauses enjoy the Blanco County News on Anna Maria Island, Florida.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013 • Photos
Members of the Blanco FFA Chapter spent this past weekend exhibiting livestock at the Hill Country District Jr. Livestock Show in Kerrville. The annual Hill District show is one of the largest livestock shows in the state with more than 5,000 livestock entries each year. Leading the way for the local exhibitors was Blanco Jr.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013 • Photos
Announcing the birth of our new little princess. Ash Makinzi Ackerson was born January 16, 2013, at 10:35am. She weighed 7 lbs 2 oz and was 19.7 inches long. Parents are Gary (2008 graduate of Blanco High School) and Tamra Ackerson. Grandparents are Shane and Julie Purvis of Blanco, Linda Ebberson of Greeley, Colorado, and Kevin Ebberson of Laramie, Wyoming.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
Texas A&M University-Kingsville has released the names of the students who made the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honor Roll for the fall 2012 semester. Derek J. Tesch was named to the Dean’s List. To make the Dean’s List, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.65 on all work attempted for the semester with a minimum of 13 semester hours completed.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013 • Photos
Each day we experience has the value of what we presume it to have, and every day holds a new adventure just waiting for us to discover. Making the most of the 24 hours allotted is sometimes a hard feat to accomplish, especially when one finds themselves on a sailboat with seven kids, two adults, a dog, a cat, and the local mildew population exponentially growing wherever moisture is left unchecked (aka EVERYWHERE!!) After spending almost a week amongst some of my landlocked friends, saying far ...
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
We appreciate all the members who attended our Directors' meeting last Tuesday at the Blanco Library. We received some good feedback and now have a volunteer committee to work on a budget and people interested in organizing for more community involvement in the Cemetery. There was extensive discussion of maintenance needs within budget constraints.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013 • Photos
January’s meeting of the Blanco Woman’s Club took place in the historic Old Blanco County Courthouse. The Dance and Drama Department, comprised of Kathee, Dean, Tish, Gwen, Pat, and Debbie, presented the African Drums and Dance program performed by Libbey Aly and her dance crew. Libbey introduced her dancers and drummers and demonstrated a wonderful routine.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013 • Photos
As part of that time of year again, Diana Blackburn is offering, free of charge, to help patrons with their taxes. She has one hour appointment slots available at the library the first Thursdays of February, March, and April, from 12pm to 7pm. This is for individuals who made $57,000 or less in 2012.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
The following notice was posted on January 21, 2013, at the Blanco Historic Cemetery by President Gail McClellan. Proposed amendment to the Blanco Historic Cemetery Association By-Laws to be considered at the Annual BHCA Membership Meeting on February 23, 2013: Presently Article VI.2 of the BHCA ByLaws reads: An annual cemetery maintenance contribution of $___per plot is requested of all owners of plots purchased prior to (date)______and an annual maintenance fee of $_per plot is required for ...
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013 • Photos
REVEL promises to “rock the house” on February 9 at Uptown Blanco Ballroom. “Superb musicians playing great music in a beautiful setting.” Check blancoperformingarts.com for tickets and revelmusic.org for more about the music.
, Blanco Church of Christ
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
A man was struggling with a washing machine at the doorway of his house. A kind man stopped to help. After several minutes of fruitless effort the two stopped and just stared at each other in frustration. Finally, when they had caught their breath, the first man said to the homeowner: “We’ll never get this washing machine in there!” To which the homeowner replied: “In?
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
Acts 27:30-32 says, “And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under color as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship, Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
In the King James Version of my Bible, the last of the 66 books in the Bible is called Revelations, and at the end of the book (chapter 22:18-19) is written “18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the ...
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013 • Photos
Agnes Marie Crider, age 93, of Marble Falls passed away January 12, 2013. Agnes was born April 5, 1919, in Brenham to Stephan and Rosalie Michalak. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary's Catholic Church. On June 29, 1941 she married J.R. "Pete" Crider in Brenham, followed by a move to Pete's hometown of Marble Falls, where Agnes and Pete lived for 71 happy years.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013 • Photos
Hilda Matilda Neumann Hollingsworth Smith, 94, passed away January 14, 2013 in Johnson City. She was born in Cypress Mill, TX to Arthur Rheinhold Neumann and Olga Lydia Birck Neumann. Hilda is a descendant of the pioneering German immigrants who came to Texas in the mid 1800s. For over 42 years she was a regular member of the Home Extension Club, South Citizen 42 Club, Friendship 42 Club, and the Skip-Bo Club.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
A memorial service for Carl Bragg, 63, of Sudan, was held Monday, January 21, 2013, at 1:30pm at the First United Methodist Church in Sudan, Texas. Rev. Larry Springer officiated. Combest Funeral Home is in charge of the cremation. Bragg died January 11, 2013, in Lubbock and his final resting place will be Pleasant Hills Cemetery in Pritchett, Texas. Bragg was born August 11, 1949, to Charles Hassell and Geraldine (Gerri) C.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
Edward A. Singleton, 83, passed away January 15, 2013 in San Antonio, TX surrounded by his loving family. Ed was born in Dallas, TX to Russell A. Singleton and Lucille Veazy Singleton. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Michael, grandson, Cody Neighbors, brothers, Russell McGovern and Robert Singleton, and sister, Margaret Searl.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013 • Photos
Boerne Performing Arts is preparing to “kick-off” their 2013 series with an invigorating show that displays an endless energy from the current touring production of Drumline Live. The 1,000-seat Boerne Champion High School Auditorium has less than 100 seats remaining for this two-hour journey through Motown, Southern Gospel, Big Band Swing Era, American Jazz and traditional Marching Band music.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
AUSTIN — Key to getting the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature in gear, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, president of the Texas Senate, on Jan. 17 made public his choices for committee chairs and members of each committee. Senate bills can now be assigned to committees and public hearings set. Sen.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
The GVTC Foundation is accepting applications for the 2013 Ola Armstrong Scholarship. Ten thousand dollars will be awarded to a college-bound student who best demonstrates characteristics of community involvement by volunteering in the communities in which they live. To qualify, the student must be a high senior and living within the GVTC service area.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
“We are ready to jump into our Spring activities,” said PTO President Lisa Barnett. “Currently, we are looking for committee members and volunteers to help with the Father/Daughter Dance (February), Walkathon (March), and School Store (T/W/Th before school in the elementary cafeteria).” Interested parents that are interested in helping, or have any questions, may contact the PTO President at var user = 'admin.60231'; var tld = 'com'; var dom = 'ptomanager'; document.write(''); docume ...
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013 • Photos
Project Graduation 2013 sponsored a Dodgeball Tournament on Sunday afternoon, January 20. Eight teams battled for the championship. The winning team was an entry from Johnson City: Jacob Wagner, Garrett DeLeon, Will Rutherford, Jake Rassett, Michael Maenius, and Preston Workman.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013 • Photos
Middle School Boys Basketball vs. Ingram, January 17 7th A–Win 43-12 JoMac Wyatt - 4, Lance Reinhard - 6, Kelby Cox - 5, Cade Smith - 10, Ty Preiss - 10, Will Granberg - 4, Kaleb Hunter - 4 7th B–Win 14-4 Mario Sanchez - 2, Tristan Lopez - 4, Jared Spriggs - 2, Isaiah Delgado - 6 8th A–Loss 28-36 Jacob Robinson - 3, Noah Wheeler - 11, Chase Coggins - 4, Kameron Martinez - 7, Garrett Seales - 3 Middle School Girls Basketball vs.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
After losing their first district game to Ingram on January 11, the Panthers were hungry for a district win. On Friday, January 18, the Lago Vista Vikings became their victims with a 70-39 thrashing by the Panthers. Kyle Sauceda was on fire at the post position, scoring 28 points to lead the team.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013 • Photos
In a low-scoring district battle between the Panthers and the Vikings on Friday, January 18, Blanco fell to Lago Vista 29-39. Leslie McClinton led the Panthers with 9 points. Lexee Jenkins scored 7 with Charlsey Smith hitting 6 points. Meaghen Seales made 4 points and Reagan Rogers scored 3. On Tuesday, January 15, the Panthers hosted St.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
Saturday I took my dog for a walk down River Run. It had been a week since I had enjoyed a stroll along the river. As I usually do, I stuffed a large plastic bag in my pocket so collect trash along the way. I was appalled – there were so many beer bottles and cans (no soda bottles/cans) that I could not carry them all!
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup takes place every year beginning March 1 and continuing through May 31. More than 3 million volunteers participate in this, America’s largest improvement program. In Blanco, the Keep Blanco Beautiful Trash-Off is held the first Saturday in April. More than 100 volunteers from the Blanco community roam the roads, paths, waterways, and ditches collecting litter.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
Following the recent publication in the Blanco County News and Johnson City Record Courier of a Mustard Seeds article entitled, “And Some in Disgust Walked Away,” I received an email from Denise Christopher who expanded on the aftermath of General Houston’s victory in the Battle of San Jacinto. With her permission I will quote from her correspondence, some of which is taken from the files of Texas A&M University.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
I know I am usually saying compare - compare, but there are some things you should not compare at all. You cannot compare pricing from the last time you built a home or remodeled. You cannot compare pricing from building your home in a large city to building in the hill country.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
Are you dealing with a Realtor? Being a first-time homebuyer is a huge learning experience, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or stressful. With the right preparation, you can go into the process with enough knowledge to take on potential hiccups. Here’s a list of eight do’s and don’ts to consider as you purchase your first home. Do know your budget.