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April 9, 2014 Issue
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 10, 2014
It started as a celebration of a new, exotic crop for the region, but over ten years the Blanco Lavender Festival has grown into a favorite Hill Country tradition that embodies all that is divine about the Blanco area. Nature. Color. Farming. Food. Art. Music. And now, history. The 10th Annual Blanco Lavender Festival, June 13th-15th, will be bigger than ever, with events and booths filling not just the courthouse square but also nearby Yett Park.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
Saturday, April 12, is Blanco’s 15th Annual Trash-Off Event. Members of the community will band together to clean up the roadsides, river banks and park to Keep Blanco Beautiful. The City Yard will be open until noon for citizens of the city to drop off the junk that is cluttering their yards, storage buildings, carports and garages.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014 • Photos
Your Blanco Volunteer Fire Department would like to say Thank You to all our citizens who helped, donated, and enjoyed the best fish fry ever this past Saturday at Yett Park!! There was something for everybody at the event. Kids enjoyed riding the mechanical bull, the Sumo wrestling, and the air slide.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 10, 2014 • Photos
Blanco County Commissioners met in a Regular meeting on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Blanco County Courthouse located in Johnson City, Texas. All four County Commissioners and Blanco County Judge Bill Guthrie attended the meeting. Blanco County Commissioner John Wood led the Pledge of Allegiance as the meeting opened.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014 • Photos
Miss Cassidy Soto, age 8, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Texas Pageant to be held June 13th & 14th at the beautiful Royal Sonesta in Houston. The pageant is held for girls ages 7 through 9. The newly crowned Miss Junior Pre-Teen Texas will receive a $1000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014 • Photos
On Saturday, March 29th, the grandchildren of Ada Cooley hosted a 95th birthday party for her at her home, where guests enjoyed her beautiful patio and yard. Over 100 friends and relatives attended to share birthday blessings with Ada! Delicious refreshments were served along with birthday cake and many sweet desserts. Special guests were Ada’s son, Bill Cooley and grandsons, Kevin and Jason Cooley from Arkansas, and grand-daughter Brenda Witten and husband Randy of Alamosa, Colorado.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014 • Photos
Tricia Banner is a self-taught artist who began her career by painting animals on rocks. Her love for deer hunting and the Texas Hill Country inspired her to first paint deer and later creating a menagerie of animals and personal pets as well as some portraits which then led her to painting on canvas. After a successful career of 36 years at the electric company in Dallas, Tricia now devotes her time to what she loves best.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014 • Photos
Thirty-two master Gardeners and others from the community attended the Invasive Plant Workshop presented in Johnson City on March 22. Two presenters from the Ladybird Wildflower Center in Austin gave out workbooks and hand-outs to enhance the information that they gave in power-point presentations. Our main presenter Justin Bush is the Invasive Species Program Manager at the University of Texas - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
The American Legion Post 352 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 352 were among the local businesses and individuals who provided support for the "Veterans Moving Forward" fundraiser on Saturday March 22, 2014 at the Carriage Hills Ranch. Post 352 and Unit 352 are the only veterans’ organizations in Blanco County.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
Luke 6:38 “38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” The first sentence of the above Scripture is often quoted when the collection is taken up in church. But it’s really a paradox.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
I would encourage you to read Jeremiah 8:18-22. Verse 22 says, “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?”. Jeremiah was a prophet to the Southern Kingdom of Judah during the time the Babylonians under the leadership of Nebuchadnezzar conquered the Jews and carried them away captive to Babylon.
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Opinion
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
Dear Editor; I am happy and thankful to call Blanco my home, and I enjoy working in the heart of the city on the square as the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. This is my first letter to the Editor in all the 18 years that I’ve lived in Blanco but for the first time, feel very much compelled to write.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
AUSTIN — With 84 percent of 2013 work zone fatalities being motorists rather than workers, the Texas Department of Transportation today kicks off its Be Safe. Drive Smart. campaign as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11. The campaign reminds drivers to slow down, stay alert and obey traffic signs to protect themselves and roadside workers. “We do everything in our power to make work zones as safe as possible, but ultimately each driver must be responsible for his or her s ...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
AUSTIN — A Fort Hood soldier brought a civilian semiautomatic pistol to the sprawling military post 60 miles north of the Capitol city on April 2 and opened fire, killing three fellow service members and wounding 16 others before turning the .45-caliber weapon on himself. The suspect, Specialist Ivan Lopez, 34, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound reportedly after a female military police officer confronted him. Gov.
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School
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014 • Photos
The Blanco FFA recently competed at the Tarleton State University Invitational Career Development Events in Stephenville this past week. Overall, there were 469 schools and more than 9,000 contestants competing at this year’s event, making it the largest youth competitive event in the world. In the overall ranking for sweepstakes, which takes into account the individual success of each school’s contestants, Blanco placed 3rd overall behind Stephenville and James Madison.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014 • Photos
The Blanco FFA Entomology team placed 2nd overall at the James Madison FFA Invitational Career Development Events in San Antonio on Saturday, March 22nd. Individually, Rance Dollahite finished 5th overall, followed by Megan Wier 6th, Ian Kirkland 8th, and Deanna Sevilla 9th. Other team members doing well and finishing in the top 20 included Cheyenne Klein, Connor Anderson, Joaquin Olmedo and Jessica Sevilla. These same students will continue to prepare for upcoming invitational competitions at ...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014 • Photos
Blanco Elementary students generated over $10,000 in donations as part of a PTO-sponsored Walk-a-Thon held at the Blanco Elementary parking lot on March 6. The $10,000 raised matched results from last year’s Walk-a-Thon “We had 100% participation, because our Walk-a-Thon is held during PE classes,” said principal Linda Romano. “Most teachers also walked.” The PTO provided water, fruit, and an end-of-the-walk treat of popcorn for all students.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014 • Photos
Blanco’s One Act Play, Medea, captured top honors at the District 27-AA OAP contest held last Saturday in Llano. Blanco entered the OAP contest trailing Lago Vista 574-572 in district UIL competition, but Blanco’s 40-point performance on Saturday was more than enough to secure the District UIL Academic championship for the Panthers. “Quite a few of my cast and crew are in other UIL events, so we were all well aware of the standings going into Saturday,” said OAP director Amy Arlitt.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014 • Photos
Blanco High School played host to the District 27-AA UIL meet last week, and it featured a classic battle of academic titans that refused to fall. Lago Vista came out of Wednesday night’s clash clinging to a 574-572 lead over Blanco. “We knew going in that we'd have a tough district meet against Lago Vista,” said UIL coordinator Russell Kirkscey. “They’re always very strong.” Blanco and Lago Vista dominated the meet, with each school placing 3-4 students in many individual event ...
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Sports
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
The Lady Panthers softball team scored 30 runs in 5 innings to defeat the Lago Vista Lady Vikings 30-7 on Thursday, April 3. The Panthers smacked 20 hits, including 14 singles, 2 doubles, a triple, and 3 home runs with 25 rbi. Payton Savarino hit 2 home runs with 5 rbi.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
The District 27-AA tennis tournament was held Thursday, April 3 and Saturday, April 5 at Ingram High School. Sara Martinez captured 3rd in the Junior Varsity girls singles. The boys Junior Varsity duo of Justin William and Andrew Ware placed 3rd in boys doubles.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
The Panthers baseball team lost to the Lago Vista Vikings 4-5, in 8 innings on Thursday, April 3. Josh McCaslin pitched 6 great innings giving up only 4 hits. Kyle Gray came in relief and took the loss for the Panthers. CJ Lovalvo had 3 hits with a rbi. Logan Dodd, Chase Glowka, and Gray all had 2 hits.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014 • Photos
7th Grade Boys - 3rd Place - 122 Points 2nd Eddie Calzoncit - High Jump - 4’ 8” 5th Jesus Arteaga - High Jump - 4’ 6” 2nd Brinx Hunt - Pole Vault - 7’ 0” 5th Zach Collins - Pole Vault - 6’ 6” 2nd Justin Wardlow - Long Jump - 15’ 2 ¼” 4th Tyler LaRue - Long Jump - 14’ 6 ¾” 3rd Tyler LaRue - Shot Put - 32’ 5” 5th Eddie Calzoncit - 200m Dash - 29.08 6th Tristan Fortner - 200m Dash - 29.49 1st Justin Wardlow - 400m Dash - 59.48 4th Tyler LaRue - 400m Dash - ...
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Fit Tips
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
When it comes to exercise: “I’m afraid I’ll look silly trying to do that,” “I’m afraid I won’t be able to keep up,” and “What will people think when they see me?” are some things I’ve been told. Most are variations on two basic fears: 1) Fear of criticism and 2) Fear of failure.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
I was in elementary school when Dad brought home our first television set. He had won it at a fund raising auction—it was the first TV in our neighborhood. The screen was all of ten inches and the picture was in black and white. There were only three stations and they went off the air at midnight after playing the national anthem.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
Sometimes I think that my one true hobby is having hobbies. There are some that have stuck with me through the years, mainly reading. Interesting to note that I turn into a slightly awful person when I’m reading, unaware and unwilling to share in what’s going on around me. I read an entire book this last Saturday.

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