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September 18, 2013 Issue
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
Following a public hearing on the proposed 2013-14 FY budget for the City of Blanco, council members voted unanimously to approve a budget which was hammered out in workshops during the summer. To fund the budget, members also voted to set the tax rate at $.2583 per $100 valuation, the same as it has been for the past three years. In the Public Comments portion of the meeting, resident Carroll Fuchs complained that the city has unfairly fined him under the nuisance ordinance for having excessi ...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
Blanco County Commissioners held a Special meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Blanco County Courthouse, Johnson City, TX. All four County Commissioners and Judge Bill Guthrie were present at the meeting. The Special meeting provided interested parties an opportunity to express concerns regarding budgetary matters to the Commissioners Court. Judge Guthrie opened the meeting.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
Blanco County partnered with the Capital Area Council of Governments and other agencies to develop a plan for the county’s economic development and transportation into the future, and the plan is in a draft stage for review. The plan creates a vision for economic growth and transportation improvements in Blanco County through the year 2040, encouraging civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in sustaining the community and enriching people’s lives. To date, ...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013 • Photos
After a 2 and 0 start to the season, the Blanco Panthers traveled to Luling to take on the undefeated Eagles. While both teams hoped to improve to 3 and 0, it would be the Eagles that remained perfect on the year after handing the Panthers a 22-0 defeat. Following a scoreless first quarter, Luling scored twice before halftime to take a 14-0 lead.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013 • Photos
The Hill Country Heartbeat Fundraiser held September 14 at Yett Park, drew a crowd of almost 2,500 in support of Blanco EMS. The event featured four bands for entertainment, including headliner Bart Crow Band, and plenty of BBQ. Prizes were raffled off throughout the night , but the big ticket item, a 2013 Dodge Ram Lone Star, did not find a new home.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013 • Photos
Olga Palomino, Activities Director at LBJ Medical Center and Nursing Home, celebrated her birthday on Monday, September 16. Volunteers from Blanco brought smiles to all the elderly with cake and treats. With them was "Mr. RIGHT," Texas Farm Bureau's Ross McCormick, who brought many smiles to all the ladies! Volunteers Tania Almanza, Jennifer Case, and Vanessa Gomez came and helped out too! From L-R: Tania Almanza, Olga Palomino and Ross McCormick.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013 • Photos
We would like to thank the community of Blanco, Blanco EMS, Blanco Police Department, Air Life, surrounding law enforcement agencies and members of the Blanco/Comfort ISD family for their help, thoughts, and prayers after last week’s football game vs Comfort. I would like to also thank the “moms” that helped my wife during this stressful time. A special thanks to those who participated in the prayer circle following Phillip’s injury.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013 • Photos
September 11, 2013: Over 75 people gathered on the Old Blanco County Courthouse Grounds for Cry Out America, a united prayer event held in honor of the September 11th attacks. Several church leaders and citizens spoke or lead prayers at the event. The St. Ferdinand’s Catholic Church choir sang. Our local first responders, Blanco PD, EMS, and VFD were recognized and honored for their service and were provided with donated gift baskets.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
The name Andrew Ripp is being spoken by students from Round Rock to San Antonio to Blanco, Texas. Students will have the opportunity to hear the magic of Andrew’s music here in Blanco, Texas on Wednesday, September 25th, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Blanco. The concert is free. According to his publicist, Andrew’s career began in 2005.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
The American Legion Memorial Highway Post 352 & its Auxiliary are gearing up for the 6th annual Veterans Parade on Saturday November 9, 2013 at 10:00AM in beautiful downtown Blanco, Texas. They are very excited to honor our veterans and active military with in this parade. If you are a veteran, they would like to invite you to come out and ride on our “Veterans Float of Honor”.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013 • Photos
And He saith unto them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:19 KJV) A good time of laughing, fun, and fellowship was had by the men's group of Abundant Grace Fellowship Saturday morning ,September 14th. It was challenging, standing alone on the "casting" green - just a man and his fishing rod -trying to float a lure into the four buckets spaced apart from 35 to 65 feet.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
Blanco Performing Arts is delighted to present Outside the Music Box, the fourth season of stellar classical music concerts in the beautiful Uptown Blanco Ballroom. The new season promises to expand musical horizons with passionate and energetic artists who move beyond the familiar musical box with sounds that inspire, delight, and often surprise. The season opens on Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 pm with the captivating pianist, Washington Garcia.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
Congratulations to Mary Beth Bueno as our 2013 Photo Contest Winner! Her photo will be in the Blanco Library’s 2014 calendar, as will other picture submissions. If you submitted a picture for our contest, be sure to pick up one of our calendars because you will be in our Honorable Mention section!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013 • Photos
Blanco resident Ryan Perkins donated 18 inches of hair to Locks of Love. He hopes to encourage others to do the same. Ryan donates in honor of his Grandmothers, Mary Stauffer and Marion Perkins, who both passed from this life due to Cancer. Sometimes there is a wonderful reason behind the long hair that others do not see.
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Features
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
This is a continuation from last week’s article on the ‘Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings’. Here is the web’s link http://www.blanconews.com/news/112251/ if you missed it. The guidelines were initially developed in 1977 to help property owners, developers and federal managers to apply ‘The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation’ during the project planning stage by providing general ...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013 • Photos
There is an new game brewing up on the north side of town. The Blanco County WW2 Museum is preparing to open later this month on a limited basis. The WW2 Museum is the latest component in what is developing as a Museum Mall, with the anchor being the Buggy Barn Museum.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
Who would have guessed that Blanco would be home to two, and possibly three, Space Shuttle commanders/pilots? Terence T. “Tom” Henricks and Daniel C. Brandenstein each moved to Blanco unbeknownst to the other. Not only did they move to Blanco but they moved into the same neighborhood. Working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Colonel Henricks commanded two Space Shuttle missions and piloted two missions from 1991 to 1996.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
What a question, right? Do we trust God with our life? The very life He gave us! Do we give it back to Him and ask Him to lead us and guide us? Do we take all our plans and ideas to Him and ask Him how to put them together so they will be successful & prosper us?
, Blanco church of Christ
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
On February 23, 1836 the dictator of Mexico, Antonio López de Santa Ana, arrived with an army of 5,000 men. When Bowie fell ill, Travis, with 186 men, assumed total command of the Texan forces. Desperately he wrote for aid: "I call on you in the name of liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character to come to our aid….
, Agf-blanco.com
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
I encourage you to read Matt 18:21-35 carefully. We find in this story a very important teaching on forgiveness. This must be considered when it comes to answered prayer. We may not be receiving answers to our prayers, because we are not forgiving. It is a very real hindrance. We are told in 1Co 11:1 to follow Paul as he follows Christ.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
Betty Jean died September 16, 2013 at Ghost Creek Ranch in Blanco, Texas. She was born July 2, 1925 in Oklahoma City to Col. Clint T. Johnson and Ruth Ester (Smith) Johnson. Her big brother was Bernard T. Johnson. Betty attended the University of Oklahoma where she met and eventually married Dale J.
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Opinion
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
September 13, 2013 To The Editor: Last night I attended a disturbingly sad meeting. A small but intense group of genteel veterans (U.S. Veterans, mind you) and their lovely spouses were gathered together to discuss the “why” behind B.I.S.D.’s current attempt to EVICT Blanco’s American Legion Post from its OWN sixty-five year old building?
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
Dear Editor, The "Hill Country Heartbeat" EMS fundraiser on Saturday September 14 was successful due to our generous sponsors. Thank you. Heart Stopping: Blanco National Bank, Methodist Stone Oak Hospital Elevated Heart Rate: Blanco Auto Parts, Mike and Reba Neagle Shooting for Recovery: BlackBrush Oil and Gas, LP and TexStar Midstream Services, LP, H.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
AUSTIN — Maryland is the next state in Gov. Rick Perry’s sights. He’s already been to California, Connecticut, Missouri and New York to court businesses, hoping they will pull up stakes and head to the Lone Star State. Perry announced on Sept. 12 that he would be in Maryland on Sept.
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School
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013 • Photos
This past week, 13 members of the Blanco FFA Chapter attended the annual Hill District FFA Leadership Camp in Fredericksburg. While there, over 150 FFA members from 14 schools across the Hill Country participated in leadership building activities in addition to completing business associated with FFA activities for the upcoming school year. BHS Junior, Logan Dodd, served as one of the camp’s planners and workshop presenters and is the current Hill District FFA Vice-President.
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Sports
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013 • Photos
The Blanco junior varsity rolled up 6 touchdowns in 3 quarters to take a decisive victory over the Luling Eagles on Thursday, September 12. The Panthers kicked off to the Eagles to start the game and the Blanco defense was strong, forcing the Eagles to punt. Kailen Webster ran the punt back for 15 yards for excellent field position inside Eagle territory.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
Do you have Champagne taste with a beer budget? Or can you order the full case of Champagne? No matter what you do, you need to start with a budget. Planning a house requires the same concept. Budgets help not only the home owner, but the contractors as well. It keeps everyone in sync.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013 • Photos
September 21,1988 Community Effort Assists Hurricane Gilbert Evacuees The Blanco area was spared the destruction of Hurricane Gilbert, and yet blessed with much needed rain. It appeared to rain in patches with most of the area receiving well over an inch and possibly up to three inches. Most evacuees abandoned the coastal area for refuge in the Hill Country spare bedrooms of relatives and local motels filled quickly. City of Blanco and Blanco County emergency units set up their EOC’s on T ...
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
You’ve found the perfect house – or buyer – and you’re on your way to closing, where ownership of the property is officially transferred and money changes hands. This final stage of a real estate transaction has many steps. Your Texas REALTOR® can help you navigate the closing process and answer questions that may arise, but here’s some advice to help you prepare. Understand the closing process Before closing, buyers should review everything that has been done in connection with in ...