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February 12, 2014 Issue
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
All four Blanco County Commissioners and Blanco County Judge Bill Guthrie met for a Regular meeting on February 11, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. The Commissioners met in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City, Texas. Judge Guthrie called the meeting to order, and Commissioner John Wood led the Court in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
The Blanco Minister’s Alliance, comprised of local Blanco churches has Lenten Lunches each year during Lent. The offerings from these lunches fund the Alliance’s benevolence for needy folks traveling through Blanco. Following are the dates and places for the Lenten Lunches: March 13: at St Ferdinand’s March 20: at Trinity Lutheran March 27: at First Baptist April 3: at First Methodist April 10: Mt.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
The largest mixed-use development of its kind is coming to Bulverde and will bring much needed retail, restaurants, jobs, diversified housing and infrastructure improvements. Singing Hills is located on a 250 acre tract at the Northwest corner of US Hwy. 281 and State Hwy 46 in Bulverde and Comal County. The owner, SH-DJL Development LLC contracted an award winning team of professionals such as REOC Development LLC, MDN Architects, Middleman Construction, J.R.A.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014 • Photos
A film crew from CNN was in town on Saturday, February 8, to interview Lady April and owner “T”. Lady April stars in a viral video in which she surprised a Corpus Christi Police Officer with a nip on his hand, (April has no teeth.). CNN is putting together a TV special on recent Youtube sensations.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
With recent cold temperatures and wintry mixes blanketing Central Texas, electric bills could be rising. When overnight low temperatures drop below freezing, heaters must work overtime to maintain about a 40-degree difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. Pedernales Electric Cooperative shares the following reminders to help members take control of winter bills: ·The recommended winter thermostat setting is 68 degrees.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014 • Photos
To begin the February 10 regular meeting of the Blanco ISD School Board, President Matt Herndon requested to start a tradition of saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each meeting. All stood and recited the Pledge. Superintendent Dr. Buck Ford began his report by noting that the most recent numbers show a total enrollment of nine hundred and eighty eight student in Blanco ISD.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
The 2014 Blanco County Youth Exhibit Hall Show was held January 23-25, 2014. Students competed against others in their age group in five classes: Food, Sewing, Hobbies, Fine Arts, and Educational Exhibits. The winners are as follows: Class 1. Foods Junior Cookies: 1st Place, Evelyn Pennell 2nd Place, Millie Pletcher 3rd Place, Willow Grote 4th Place, Mason Wilson 5th Place, Addison Haertner Senior Cookies: 1st Place, Rilee Moser-Whittington Junior Bars/Brownies: 1st Place, Grace Burke ...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
In 1986, the City of Blanco established the Downtown Historic District. This was done in a joint effort to save our Historic Courthouse and the eight blocks that surround the district. At that time there were 46 structures within the Historic District and 20 of those were put into the National Registry of Historic Places.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
The 2014 Blanco County Youth Show turned out to be a fun and meaningful experience for the youth of Blanco County due to the help of countless volunteers and the Blanco County 4-H and FFA Youth Council board. Students, parents and other volunteers showed up for two workdays prior to the show to begin barn preparations. This fall awards were ordered including buckles, chairs, boot bags, and jacket certificates and buyer appreciation gifts for the buyers.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
On Saturday, February 15th, come to Blanco State Park to participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. This year will be the 17th year for this worldwide event. It is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada. The event begins on Friday, the 14th and ends Monday, February 17th.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014 • Photos
A musical benefit held Saturday, February 2, near Dripping Springs on behalf of the Blanco Good Samaritan Center raised more than $2,000. Organizer Harvey Trahan and his Practical Action group hosted the first-time-ever event, which featured musicians Billy Garcia and the Hill Country Ramblers, Bobby Mack and Zydeco Blanco. The six-hour fundraiser was held at the Barn at Bells Springs.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
Over 2,000 years ago, a young Greek artist studied under a respected tutor. After several years, the teacher’s efforts seemed to have paid off when the student painted a wonderful work of art. Unfortunately, he became so enraptured with the painting that he spent days gazing at it. One morning when he arrived to admire his work, he was shocked to find it blotted out with paint.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
How many times have you prayed to God and asked Him for something you did not receive? Perhaps it has caused you to be disappointed in God? Maybe you feel it is hopeless to pray. Or maybe you’ve given up? Well, please don’t give up, because you’re not alone. Someone back in Jesus’ time on earth asked Jesus to help him have more faith.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
I encourage you to read Luke 14:12-24 carefully. Notice vs. 23 - “And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” The master held a great feast, and invited many. Those who were invited made many excuses why they couldn’t come, so the master ordered the servants to go into the streets, the highways, & hedges and bring in the poor, lame, halt, maimed, blind - in other words, the “Down and outers”.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas—On Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, I Live Here, I Give Here® (ILHIGH) launched the website that will serve as the gateway for the second annual Amplify Austin initiative. ILHIGH brought this innovative program to Austin last year, and it was an overwhelming success—raising nearly $3 million for more than 300 Central Texas nonprofit organizations.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
Lone Star Capital Bank has announced that it completed its operational merger with its Hill Country division, currently doing business as Cattleman’s National Bank, on February 7, 2014. “Once the operational systems are completely integrated, our customers in Marble Falls, Dripping Springs, Johnson City, Blanco, San Antonio, and all surrounding areas will be able to take advantage of the same services.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
The International Dark-Sky Association(IDA) announced today it has designated the first International Dark Sky Community in Texas. In naming the City of Dripping Springs International Dark Sky Community, IDA is pleased to recognize local efforts to protect and preserve the character of the nighttime sky over central Texas. “Dripping Springs joins a select club as the world’s sixth Dark Sky Community,” said IDA Executive Director Bob Parks.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
AUSTIN — Texas’ 160-year-old Permanent School Fund had grown to $29 billion, a record high value, in December 2013, the Texas Education Agency reported Feb. 6. The fund was created by the state in 1854 with a $2 million investment. Last year was a good one. In fiscal year 2013, which endedAug.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014 • Photos
The Blanco Elementary PTO hosted an ice cream sundae party to discuss the WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) program, Tuesday, February 5th. A few dads who have volunteered on campus as WatchDOGS spoke of their experience and the fun they had with the children. The party had a great turnout and the PTO was thrilled to see so many men interested in the well being of Blanco Elementary students and their safe surroundings on campus.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014 • Photos
Girls 2nd—Katherine Biggs 3rd—Grace Strodbeck 5th—Shayna Srackangast Boys 2nd—Phil Alvarado 3rd—Eddie Torres, Alex Juarez, Aikman Elrod 4th—Mason LeBlanc, Hunter Goodman
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
The Blanco Lady Panthers finished their quest for an undefeated District 27-2A Championship with a strong win over Lago Vista, 71-53, on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. The Panthers defeated each team in the district twice to grab the 8-0 record. Lexee Jenkins was on fire scoring 26 points to lead Blanco.
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The Panther boys basketball team grabbed two more district wins to stay undefeated in District 27-2A. On Tuesday, February 4, the Panthers outscored the Lago Vista Vikings 62-48 and on Saturday, February 8 defeated the Comfort Bobcats, 54-43. Against Lago Vista Josh McCaslin led the Panthers scoring 13 points, followed closely by Kyle Sauceda with 12 and Brett Champion with 11.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014 • Photos
The Blanco chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America attended the Region Leadership Conference held in Corpus Christi, Texas on January 31 – February 1st, 2014. The chapter members were among 1,200 delegates attending the two-day conference. The youth developed theme, “A World of Opportunities” was carried out through leadership tracks featuring a series of specialized workshops and general sessions in which members discovered ways to become actively involved in issues fa ...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014 • Photos
Meaghen Seales, Blanco High School Senior, signed a letter of intent on Wednesday, February 5, to run track and cross country at Sam Houston State University. Coaches, teammates, friends, and family gathered in the BHS library to congratulate Meaghen and witness her signing the paperwork that sends her to SHSU this fall.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
I have been enjoying the Winter Olympics on television. A snowboarder, who is not competing, stated his opinion that the Half Pipe snowboarding venue in Sochi, Russia, was not sufficiently difficult for Olympic competition. Be that as it may, I am impressed by the difficulty faced by the snowboarding athletes and the seemingly breakneck speed required to medal in the various downhill skiing and speed skating events. Isn’t it interesting that we build artificial obstacles on a golf course to ...
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
If you’re in the middle of your home search, you already know that there are many factors that affect a property’s price, how much a bank will lend you, and how much your monthly payments may be. But are you aware of some of the other costs of homeownership? Fortunately, they aren’t so high that you should be scared away from purchasing a home.