Blanco County News
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January 8, 2014 Issue
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
City Attorney Eddy Rogers contacted Blanco County News to give comment on the recent article covering the December 16, 2013 Blanco County Emergency Services District #2 meeting, titled, "Automated External Defibrillators Now Installed at all Five Planned Blanco Locations", published in the December 24, 2013 issue of the Blanco County News. He expressed concern that quotes published in the article needed response.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014 • Photos
On the evening of December 18th, Blanco Elementary students had their first school wide, community art show with the support of their art teacher, Laura Salazar and the Uptown Blanco Art Center. Every student had a piece of art in the show. Parents supported the event by volunteering their time, and bringing refreshments. The turnout for the event was fantastic, and the students were honored for their excellence in art.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014 • Photos
Former Blanco FFA member Keaton Dodd recently completed his collegiate livestock judging career by winning the Collegiate National Livestock Judging Contest at Louisville, Ky. As a member of the Texas A&M Livestock Judging Team, Dodd helped the Aggies win their 12th National Championship in this event. Keaton, a 2010 BHS graduate, was a member of the 2009 State Champion Livestock Judging Team for the Blanco FFA.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
The Yett Memorial Park Committee and the Blanco Chamber of Commerce will host the first Yett Park Trade Fair this Saturday, January 11 at the Yett Memorial Park. The Trade Fair is open to anyone and everyone who has something to sell or trade. Household goods, garage sale items, collectibles and more will be available at the park this day.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
Income tax filing is just around the corner! Call or stop by the library today to sign up for free tax assistance on the first Thursday of February, March, or April from 12pm to 7pm. This is for individuals who made $57,000 or less in 2013. Bring your W-2 and make sure you have an e-mail address set up.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
This year Mother Nature was accommodating for Doris Mager's visit to Blanco State Park and she and her birds of prey were able to perform on a relatively mild winter day for a very appreciative, standing room only audience of park visitors. However, the presentation was barely over when a cold front arrived with breezy conditions and falling temperatures.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014 • Photos
Brrr… 21 degrees! Boy Scout Troop 497, sponsored by Blanco United Methodist Church, went to Winter Camp at Lost Pines in Bastrop, January 1st – 5th , to earn Merit Badges and learn Leadership Skills. The Scouts worked on several Merit Badges, including Archery, Climbing, Rifle Shooting, Emergency Preparedness, Communication, Radio, Astronomy, Forestry, Personal Fitness, Citizenship in the Community, and Cooking.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
Pedernales Electric Cooperative is proud of all the ways it powered and empowered its members in 2013, most notably by attaining top ten percentile reliability ratings according to an annual report released this year by the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation. Every year PEC’s Board of Directors sets ambitious goals for the Co-op in a number of categories, including reliability, safety, member service and cost performance, and evaluates the Cooperative’s performance bas ...
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Features
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014 • Photos
Willard Gibbons snapped this shot of a local flower, but he doesn’t know what it is! Do you? Tell us at editor@blanconews.com or on Facebook, facebook.com/blanconews
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
By Rudy Nino When the property's design, architectural, or historical significance during a particular period of time outweighs the potential loss of extant materials, features, spaces, and finishes that characterize other historical periods; when there is substantial physical and documentary evidence for the work; and when contemporary alterations and additions are not planned, restoration may be considered as a treatment.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014 • Photos
Loving wife, mother and friend, Deborah (Debbie) Jo Stenulson died on December 25, 2013 at the age of 62 in Blanco, Texas. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 14, 1951. She is preceded in death by her parents Milton & Dorraine Engebretson. Debbie married Al Stenulson on September 6, 1970 in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
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Betty Jo (Beare) Gunn, age 72, of Blanco, Tx. passed away peacefully on January 3, 2014 at the home of her son Donald Jr. after a long illness. Betty was born in San Antonio, Tx. to William H. and Virginia (Harris) Beare on December 27, 1941. She grew up to become a well respected and caring nurse.
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Charles Rodney Jones, born August 5, 1940 in New Braunfels, TX, passed away January 6, 2014 in Blanco. He spent his early years near Fischer & Smithson Valley. In 1946 his family bought the ranch in Blanco where he still resided. Charles attended school in Blanco where he met Anna Lee Pehl, his high school sweetheart.
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Opinion
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
I write this as an ESD taxpayer. I was surprised with Dirt’s (Wayne Dworaczyk) announcement that the ESD was going to move the fire department and EMS out of the city. That threat, apparently to punish the city for not giving the ESD land, must be reconsidered. Probably more than half of the taxpayers in the ESD are city residents and would be opposed to such a move; ESD directors should consider their fiduciary obligations….a move from the city might well increase residents’ insurance ra ...
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
The Hill Country Land Trust (HCLT), a non-profit land conservation group headquartered in Fredericksburg, Texas, announced today that Martha Zeiher has been named its first executive director, effective January 1, 2014. Ms. Zeiher will coordinate the land trust’s activities in its 19-county area of interest by working with landowners to preserve their property through land easements. “Since achieving accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in February of last year, we ar ...
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
AUSTIN — U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius received a letter dated Jan. 2 from 10 state attorneys general, expressing concern over recent action related to the enforcement of the federal Affordable Care Act. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott signed the letter along with 10 other state attorneys general who united in claiming the federal Health & Human Services agency has proposed changes “that both compound illegal executive action and fail to protect the privacy of ...
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Sports
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014 • Photos
The Panther boys basketball team placed 2nd in their own Blanco Tournament held January 2-4, 2014. Eight teams played in the BHS tournament including Blanco, Fredericksburg Heritage, Mason, Canyon Lake, Johnson City, Port Aransas, Geronimo Navarro, and Llano. The Panthers soundly defeated Fredericksburg Heritage 64-30 in the first round on Thursday, January 2.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014 • Photos
In the first District 27-AA game of the season on January 3, 2014 the Panther Varsity girls out scored the Comfort Deer 60-26. Lexee Jenkins scorched the hoops scoring 20 points, followed closely by Meaghen Seales with 15. Jamie McClinton sank 12 points, with Reagan Rogers adding 9. Merritt Johnson made a 3 point shot, with Megan Wier adding 1 point on a free throw. The Junior Varsity also ran away with a 45-15 win over the Deer.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
Happy New Year! How about this weather? I can’t remember having such cold weather so early for such a long time. It’s important to water your grass, before a prolonged freeze. Don’t water frozen plants with warm water; this will only damage the plants. Wait until the plants have thawed to water. January is the month to plant Cole Crops; these are broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
When I first looked at the college catalogue of career choices, I decided I wanted to become a forest ranger. The only problem was that in order to reach my goal I would have to take several math classes. Math was never my forte. Sure, I passed the high school algebra classes and even got A’s in geometry and trigonometry.
, A Paragon Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
As we make our New Years Resolutions, why not include your home? Your home might need some things done. So let’s think about some things you might want to do for your home. Let’s start with making a list of the things we would like to do to our home. Include everything on this list.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
There's something about real estate that turns everyone into an expert. Tell a group at a dinner party that you're selling your home, and you'll get advice to go along with every course. That's because many people have bought and sold homes, so they have experience with property transactions. But experience is not the same thing as expertise Your friends and family aren't trying to steer you wrong, but they may be perpetuating myths regarding successful techniques to sell houses.