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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 • Updated April 12, 2012 8:51 AM • Photos
Wednesday, April 18, marks the 70th anniversary of the single most significant mission in the history of military aviation. Four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, sixteen Air Force B-25 bombers lumbered off the deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet in a raging storm to bomb Tokyo, Japan.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 • Posted November 10, 2011 • Photos
At least two thousand five hundred pieces of hand-sanded wood make up a wooden replica of the Old Blanco County Courthouse created by local craftsman Vernon Schmidt. The replica is now on display at the Blanco Library, thanks to Matt and Martha Herden. Vernon, who is well-known for his cabinet-making skills, tried his hand at wood-crafting and scroll work after being inspired by his daughter Doris Phipps.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 24, 2011
As part of the Blanco Pioneer Museum's exhibit on World War II, veteran Tina Burnham of Round Mountain visited the museum to tell her stories about the war. Burnham stayed stateside but did her part to help the war effort. "Roosevelt saw what needed to be done," she said about the government hiring women to work in factories and allowing women into the military.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 • Posted February 8, 2011 • Photos
I first met Olla and Cicero Rust after the big flood on the Little Blanco River in June of 1985. They had just recently moved into my neighborhood into the Edgar McClain place. My friend Linda and I had been taking English riding lessons at their place during the transition so we were very familiar with the barns and the riding arena. The flood left me devastated as it had taken all of my beautiful horses except for two.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 • Posted May 4, 2010 • Photos
At age 96, Blanco resident Vernon Schmidt is the type of person who can never retire. After decades of working as a cabinet and furniture maker, Schmidt still tucks himself away each day in his garage workshop, creating artistic treasures out of even the most ostensibly marred piece of wood that most people would simply toss in the trash heap or fireplace. Well-known for his woodworking skills, Schmidt has turned his craft into an art form.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 • Posted February 16, 2010 • Photos
It was nearly four years ago that Joyce Bettinger, a survivor of terminal brain cancer, entered ‘Deer Creek of Wimberley’ and embraced it as her permanent community. I came to know Joyce during our weekly art class. She looks forward to this time of creative focus and social exchange with sincere dedication, but also as a significant promoter of its success as an activity in the nursing home’s infrastructure. As a member and [former] president of the Residents Counci ...
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 • Posted January 26, 2010
What happens when you bring Mardi Gras to the Cowboy Capital of the world? One of the wildest, craziest, and fastest growing celebrations in Texas! Cowboy Mardi Gras, held each year for the past six years the week before the official celebration in Louisiana and throughout East Texas, is sure to make you wish you were Cajun!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 • Posted August 18, 2009
The ongoing drought has kept water not only in the local headlines, but regionally throughout the Hill Country from San Antonio to Austin. As the drought persists, water availability, which by definition of State water planners is “the maximum amount of water available during the drought of record, regardless of whether the supply is physically or legally available,” is being reduced.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 • Posted March 10, 2009
To overturn a trial court’s judgment, an appellant must show that the trial judge abused his discretion. On March 5, the Third Court of Appeals in Austin ruled that appellant David Allen Hall did not clear that steep hurdle. In an interview Tuesday, Hall reflected on the court’s ruling. “I’m grateful for the support and encouragement given me by many concerned PEC members, and disappointed for their sake in the outcome at the appeals court.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 • Posted March 3, 2009
A snapshot of charitable contributions and community assistance funded by rate payers of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative shows the utility contributes over $1 million each year to a wide variety of recipients, including high school students, public schools, public service organizations, volunteer service groups and financially strapped customers. In addition, PEC contributes an un-quantified amount of “in kind” service throughout its service area. The money for these donations comes fro ...
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 24, 2009
For the past few months, a wonderful group of volunteers from Blanco County have been working hard on planning out this year’s Relay For Life of Blanco County. Every extra minute of their time and thoughts have been focused on Celebrating Twenty-Five years of Fighting Back. Some people ask why do we do this?
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 20, 2009 • Photos
It took countless volunteers to make the Youth Show a fun and meaningful experience for the young people in Blanco County. Students, parents and other volunteers showed up for two workdays prior to the show to begin barn preparations. Rule Books for exhibitors were prepared by Martha Danz. The Awards Committee, headed by Keitha Johnson, ordered duffel bags, jacket certificates, and buckles for the champion exhibitors, and buyer appreciation gifts for the buyers.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 • Posted January 13, 2009
The term of the Blanco County grand jury hearing evidence about possible criminal wrongdoing at the Pedernales Electric Cooperative ended last week without any indictments being issued. Tom Kelley, spokesperson for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, said, “This is an ongoing investigation and we are aggressively pursuing the case.” Citing the secrecy of the grand jury process, Kelley declined to make any further comment. The grand jury selection process is spelled out in the Texas Code of ...
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 • Posted December 30, 2008 • Photos
Texas first ever ebook signing takes place on Saturday, January 3rd from 2 to 4pm at the Blanco Public Library, located on the east side of Main Street (Hwy 281) in Blanco. Local author and fitness expert Tam Thompson will be signing full-color, professionally designed ecovers of her new ebook for women, "Busy Sexy Body--How YOU can have a slim, sexy body in just 17 minutes a day, no matter how busy you are!" What are ebooks?
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 16, 2008
Dear Santa, I’m doing very good. How are you and your rein deer? I hope your doing great. For Christmas I want a new bike, a playhouse a scooter. I realy want a real pony. Merry Christmas. Love your friend, Kirstin S. Dear Santa, How are you doing? I have bin a good boy this year.