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September 25, 2013 Issue
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
Blanco County Commissioners met during a Special meeting of the Commissioners Court on September 24, 2013. All four County Commissioners and Blanco County Judge Bill Guthrie were present and met in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Blanco County Courthouse, Johnson City, Texas. The Special meeting opened with a short presentation to the Commissioners Court by Vic Uballe.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
The regular meeting of the South Blanco Emergency Services District #2 was held on September 16, 2013. As promised at August’s meeting, the ESD’s attorney Ken Campbell attended this meeting to answers questions and clarify items on the contracts. The main question raised concerned the difference between “our money”, money earned from benefits and donations, and “your money”, money raised from taxes and distributed to the EMS and VFD by the ESD, and how that money can be spent with ...
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
Just recently, more than 150 Blanco FFA members elected their 2013-14 officer team. Front row (L-R): Payton Savarino, Treasurer, Mason LeBlanc, President, and Dylan Bates, Reporter. Middle row (L-R): Student Representatives; Rance Dollahite, Kristen Bowman, Alley Penshorn, and Megan Wier. Back row (L-R): Bret Leigh Nance, Sentinel, Phil Alvarado, Secretary, and Logan Dodd, Vice President.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
The Blanco Panther band has been working for weeks getting ready for marching contest season. Fans can see their performance at halftime shows. “This is a big year for the Blanco Panther Band,” said band director Brian Hecimovich. “We have been working hard since the heat of summer to prepare for this year and the students are really stepping up to the challenges they face.” The Panther band is young—50 out of its 72 members are 8th and 9th graders.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
By Keith J. McClellan William Donal Weaver and Charles Moore recently visited with school officials in Blanco and Johnson City to enlist local support in the prevention and reporting of crime. “Crime is a scourge on our society,” said Governor Rick Perry. “It tears apart lives and breeds feelings of fear, anger and helplessness.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
Announcing the Birth of Charlee Alane Harvey born Sept. 10, 2013 at 12:02 p.m. weighing in at 6 lbs. 14 oz and 20 inches. Proud parents are Jessica Tomlin and Cody Harvey. Grandparents are David & Tammy Callaway, Darryl & Anne Harvey and Matt & Sandra Gustafson. Great Grandparents Mike & Sharon Boseman, Ken & Sandra Harvey, Charles & Anna Lee Jones and Tom & Jenny Jenkins.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
September 6th thru September 10th, local REALTORS® Candy Cargill, Hill Country Real Estate and Debbie Vallone Homeier, Vallone Real Estate travelled to Dallas to attend the Texas Association of REALTORS® Conference. They each attended meetings, forums, and educational sessions in order to keep current on happenings in the real estate industry.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
The Hill Country Sound Situation is pleased to announce the addition of pianist Nancy Samuelson and flautist Teresa Sandragorsian to the collective group of nine music instructors teaching at the school. Nancy received her Bachelor of Music degree from Sam Houston State University in piano performance, voice, and French horn.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
Members of Post 352 and Auxiliary Unit 352 attended the American Legion 10th District Convention held in San Marcos at Post 144 this weekend 9-21-2013 & 9-22-2013. Delegates were Commander and District 10 Chaplain Ted Weeks, Service Officer and Past Commander Tom Avants, Past Commander Bruce Huguelet, Auxiliary Members, President Randi Weeks, Chaplain and Past President Roxanna Avants and Junior Amaya Avants. District Chaplain Ted Weeks (pictured) conducted a beautiful Post Everlasting Ceremon ...
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
In February of 2013, Alexandria Penshorn, a senior attending Blanco High School, decided to compete in the Mustang Million challenge. The Mustang Million is an event developed by the Mustang Heritage Foundation in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, with the mission to increase successful adoption of wild horses.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
Editor’s Note: In last week’s Commissioners Court article, there were some quotes that were not correct. Here are the corrected quotes, as determined by listening to the recording of the meeting provided by the Blanco County Clerk’s office. Bob Shelton said, “During the fiscal year of 2011, 2012 the new jail had been opened, and there was no proper way a proper budget could be estimated for the new facility and the personnel that were added to run it.
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Features
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
There are mysteries in every section of the cemetery and people whose stories would be exciting to know. We have a tombstone with Susan E. Smith’s name on it and no dates. The tombstone looks very old and is within a curbing that has other tombstones in it with long ago dates.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
Andrea Muñoz Martinez moved to Blanco shortly after she received a Master of Fine Art in Art Studio at the University of California, Davis. In 2011, Martinez earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin. Martinez’s studio is located on highway 281 a few miles outside of Blanco.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
Whew! Are these guys for real? Are they approachable? This writer found them to be gentlemen in every sense of the word--quiet and rather unassuming. They were easy to talk to, were not boastful and only talked about their exploits and honors when asked about them. Colonel Henricks did, however, swell with pride when asked about his 1940 Stearman biplane which has been seen and heard laboring rather noisily over Blanco County.
, Blanco church of Christ
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
If we could travel back in time a thousand years, some say that one of the things that would immediately be impressed upon us, is simply the silence. Right now what do you hear? Television, radio, air conditioner running, a fan, cars, planes, refrigerators, and many other such things that were not present a thousand years ago, and they all contribute to the noise that we never think about.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
God is in control; we should not fear. Those of us who love the LORD and are His; we should remain steadfast, trusting in Him. Proverbs 21 – “1 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” I don’t know about you, but I receive solace from this Scripture.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
Graciela Sierra 1959-2013 Our favorite little “clothes horse” left this world to be a “model” angel on September 17th. We are sure she will find “celestial” finery to her liking. Gracie went to heaven leaving behind, Robert & Lyn, Ray & Lisa, Annie, Gloria, and Alyce. Plus, numerous family members & friends. Gracie’s brothers and sisters will miss her, but know she is now free of the burdens she carried throughout her life.
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Opinion
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
As the world settles into its new normal, I have had the opportunity to reflect on this statement and the community of Blanco. Being an outsider at the start, only being allowed to participate in Blanco because of my wife, Michele, and our two children, I have been blessed to meet many members of the community in different settings.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
Dear Editor: The Hill Country is fortunate to have a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program less than 12 miles from Blanco. It was established in 1977 and moved to its current site near Kendalia in 2004. Its services include rescue, rehabilitation and release of native wildlife which has been injured or orphaned, providing sanctuary to other animals which are non-native species, offering education about wildlife related topics to the community, and advocating for animals in need. Wildlif ...
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
AUSTIN — The Texas Third Court of Appeals on Sept. 19 overturned former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay’s 2010 conviction on charges of money-laundering and conspiracy in an ethics case brought by the State of Texas. In a 2-1 opinion, the majority concluded that there was insufficient evidence of any felony offense that generated proceeds and, therefore, that the State failed to establish an element of the crime of money-laundering as alleged in the indictment. DeLay resigned from Congress in 2006 wh ...
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School
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, Mrs. Marilyn Beasley from the Jacob’s Well Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Wimberley, visited Blanco Elementary School to present a program on the United States Constitution. Approximately 60 fifth graders not only increased their knowledge about the American Revolution, but also learned interesting facts about our constitution.
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Sports
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
Luke and Jewel Lock held the lucky ticket for the game ball given away by the Lion’s Club at the September 20 Varsity Football Game.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
The Blanco JV Panthers prevailed in a tough battle against San Antonio Christian last Thursday evening, winning over the Lions 14-12. Blanco trailed going into the half 6 – 0. Blanco allowed one more TD in the second half, but were able to tack on two touchdowns with one PAT. That puts the JV Panthers at 3-1 for the year. Game pictures can be viewed atwww.crossmag.co
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
The 7th grade Panthers football team shutout the San Antonio Christian Lions on Tuesday September 17, to bring their season record to 2-0. The Panthers kicked off to the Lions with Blanco holding tight on defense forcing SAC to punt. Cade Felps, Justin Wardlow, Zach Collins, and Chris Osteguin tallied tackles in the opening series.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
The 8th grade Panther football team members were happy to play their first game of the season on Tuesday, September 17, after their season opener the week before against Luling was cancelled due to inclement weather. With storms threatening again, the Panthers ignored the clouds and won the game against the San Antonio Christian Lions, 8-0.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
After suffering their first loss of the year in Luling two weeks ago, the Blanco Panthers returned home to host the San Antonio Christian Lions with hopes of regaining their winning form. However, the Lions proved to be in control of the game from the opening kickoff as they returned to San Antonio with a 35-11 victory.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
The Panther volleyball team climbed to a 26-6 season record with a win over Medina on Tuesday, September 17 and another victory against Center Point on Friday, September 20. The Panthers defeated Medina 3-0, with set scores, 25-13, 25-18, and 25-16. The Freshmen team beat the Medina Junior Varsity, 2-1. The Varsity downed the Center Point Lady Pirates, 3-0, with set scores, 25-9, 25-14,and 25-10.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
When my wife and I travel, we like to frequent the “Mom & Pop” restaurants in the cities and towns we visit. In doing so, we meet some very interesting people along the way. About ten years ago we were passing through Gallup, New Mexico, and stopped at such a place to eat.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
Have you ever watched the TV show,” Disaster Construction Jobs”? Well, I have. Watching people either tackle projects themselves or hiring the wrong contractor can turn disastrous. I just keep going back to so many jobs we have been called to look at, or properties I am showing my clients, that have some of these traits.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 • Photos
September 30, 1983 Computer Class Prepares for Now and the Future By Karen Jonas Computers have proven themselves to be reliable “workhorses.” They are here to stay. To prepare our students for this growing opportunity in the field of computers, Blanco schools are offering a Computer Literacy course to students who recognize this as a potential skill.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
When you decide to move, don’t expect to hear anyone say, “I’m so jealous. I just love moving!” It doesn’t matter if it’s your first house or fourth; moving can be stressful. But with the kids out of school and the sunny weather, many people consider May through September the best months to move.

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