Blanco County News
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013 • Posted November 7, 2013
This is the beginning of a series of articles designed to let you, our citizens (and customers), know more about your Blanco Volunteer Fire Department. If you have specific questions you’d like addressed, please pass them to the Editor of the Blanco County News who will forward to the Department. First, your Blanco Volunteer Fire Department is a department in transition!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • Posted November 1, 2013
History is found in every marker in the Cemetery. Hannah Owen Trainer was the wife of William N. Trainer who was one of the first three settlers in Blanco. At the foot of Sarah Jane and David Trainer’s curbed-in graves are the graves of their mothers. Susan Ann Page McLaurin is at the foot of Sarah Jane, and Hannah Trainer is at the foot of David.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • Posted October 10, 2013
Finally we have had some really good rains. The rains were spotty and certainly different in amounts, but they did come. Here in the Oatmeal Community we were blessed with 9.4 inches in two days. Needless to say it changed the landscape dramatically. Along with the rains came the long stemmed multi flowered Maximillian Sunflowers, purple Gay Feathers, Lantana, Salvia and many other flowering plants for Fall.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • Posted October 10, 2013
If you’re applying or would like to for tax credits you must avoid altering features that characterize a historic property. To qualify for this program, your building must be listed individually in the National Register of Historic Places or it must be located in a registered historic district and certified by the National Park Service as contributing to the historic significance of that district. A tax credit differs from an income tax deduction.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • Posted October 10, 2013 • Photos
Zercher Brand Geraucherte has officially opened their doors at 3762 RR 1623, but the services they’re offering are not exactly new to Blanco. G.W. “Popo” and Paula “Emmie” Zercher had owned a profitable dairy farm in San Antonio before they moved to Blanco in 1963. After arriving, they started another dairy farm and offered meat processing services to their family and friends right out of their home.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 4, 2013
From TX Assoc. of Health Underwriters With major parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) taking effect in the coming months, the Texas Association of Health Underwriters is warning consumers to be wary about releasing personal information in the process of purchasing health coverage to comply with the new law. Attempts to defraud consumers have already been reported as scam artists attempt to exploit confusion about the law and illegally gain access to social security numbers, credit cards, ban ...
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 4, 2013
Oak Wilt is a complicated, distributed fungal disease. Live Oaks and Red Oaks are the trees that die from the disease. This disease invades and disables the water conducting system in diseased trees. When adding more trees to your landscape, plant a variety of trees; this includes the White Oak family of Post Oak, Bur Oak, Mexican Oak (Monterrey), and Chinkapin Oak.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 4, 2013 • Photos
You’ve noticed the windows open, you’ve seen the new deck and sign, but now allow us to give you an inside look into the Texas Old 300 BBQ. As you walk in the door, there’s no question, Owners Mike and Sue Betzer and Gary Kuykendall have put time, sweat, and effort into restoring and revitalizing 318 4th St.
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.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
This is a continuation from last week’s article on the ‘Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings’. Here is the web’s link http://www.blanconews.com/news/112251/ if you missed it. The guidelines were initially developed in 1977 to help property owners, developers and federal managers to apply ‘The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation’ during the project planning stage by providing general ...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013 • Photos
There is an new game brewing up on the north side of town. The Blanco County WW2 Museum is preparing to open later this month on a limited basis. The WW2 Museum is the latest component in what is developing as a Museum Mall, with the anchor being the Buggy Barn Museum.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
Who would have guessed that Blanco would be home to two, and possibly three, Space Shuttle commanders/pilots? Terence T. “Tom” Henricks and Daniel C. Brandenstein each moved to Blanco unbeknownst to the other. Not only did they move to Blanco but they moved into the same neighborhood. Working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Colonel Henricks commanded two Space Shuttle missions and piloted two missions from 1991 to 1996.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 • Posted September 13, 2013
If you are in Blanco’s downtown historic district and have future plans for any exterior work, signage, and banners, it is required by the code for Blanco Historic Preservation Commission (BHPC) to review and approve work before you can proceed. You can pick up an application with the city during business hours and review the code online. Blanco’s Historic District (BHD) owners of historic properties should save this outline from the ‘Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabili ...