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Love Unlimited

July 10, 1980

On Saturday, July 20, at 11:00 a.m. at the Blanco United Methodist Church, Love Unlimited from Augusta, Georgia, will be leading a total experience of Christian worship entitled “Celebrate Circles.”

The program is a multi-media worship service built around the circles as a symbol of fulfillment and positive possibility. The service will include something for everyone – young and old, traditional and modern; choral music, solos, hand bells, other instruments, puppets, magic, creative movement, drama, clowning, film, banners, special lighting and children’s message, and opportunities for non-threatening congregational participation.

According to church pastor, Reverend Thomas A. Banks, the public is cordially invited to attend; admissions is free.

Love Unlimited is the forty-five voice youth choir of Trinity-On-The-Hill United Methodist Church of the city of Masters Golf Tournament Fame.

The group has toured extensively throughout the eastern half of the United States and in the Southwest, and notable appearances included the White House and the U.S. Capital.

Under the direction of Dr. Craig Watson, who began the choir in 1977, Love Unlimited has sung and witness for over 10,000 people in 29 states.


July 7, 1961

Friends and neighbors surprised Mr. and Mrs. Delman Barker with a house warming party at their new home last Thursday night.

Many gifts were received for the new home. Delicious refreshments were served by the hostesses.

Blanco 4-Her’s at Horse Show

July 10, 1970

Keith and Janice Scharnhorst, children of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Scharnhorst of Blanco, participated in the District VII 4-H Horse Show held in Harper, July 7. Over 100 horses were in the show, which as hosted by the Gillespie 4-H adult leaders.

Janice placed third with her mare in s strong class of unregistered mares. In pole banding and barrel race she placed 11th and 12th respectively with over fifty horses competing.

Keith and Janice are members of the Twin Sisters 4-H Club.

Ratios Changed

July 10, 1980

The Blanco Independent School District mailed notices to all tax payers in the district of the change in the ratio of assessment on all taxable property.

The ratio assessment has been 50 percent of the market value since the early 70s.

Due to Section 26.02 of the Property Tax Code, a product of the last legislative session, the use of assessment ratios will be prohibited as of January 1, 1981.

Also, the State mandates exemptions for homesteads, over 65, disability and veteran’s disability, as well as valuing farm and ranch land according to productivity.

This has caused a tremendous loss in tax value to the school district for which the State will reimburse only about 45 percent.

Our tax rate since 1975 has been $1.30 on the one hundred dollar valuation.

The 1980 tax rate will not be set until August, so can approximate tax rate is being used which will be fairly close to the actual.

In 1979 on a $20,000 assessment taxes were approximately $130.

In 1980 on a $20,000 assessment taxes will be $160.

Mrs. A.O. Webber Wins National Sewing Contest

July 7, 1961

Announcement was made this week that Mrs. A.O. Weber had won first place for a child’s dress in the National Grange Sewing Contest held in New York. She will receive a $400 prize.

There were twelve national prizes and Texans won three.

Last May the local Grange held a sewing contest in which Mrs. Weber placed first in the adult’s and children’s classes.

At State Contest, judged at Joske’s, Mrs. Weber won 4th Place with her adult dress and first place with her children’s dress.

The local Grange is very proud of Mrs. Weber and all the women and girls who entered the contest.

Blanco Football Physicals Set

July 10, 1989

The Blanco High School athletic department has announced that football physicals will be given at the Blanco Clinic Thursday, July 10 for seniors and Monday, July 14 for juniors and sophomores and Thursday, July 16 for freshmen.

Wednesday, August 6, students will be able to pick up shoes, shorts and other equipment. Two-A-Day workouts will begin Monday, August 7.

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