Blanco County, TX

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After Kinder Morgan, what’s the future of pipelines in Blanco County?

After issues--some of which remain unresolved--arose with Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline, folks have wondered if there will be other pipelines running through the Blanco County in the years ahead. “Whether or not another pipeline comes through Blanco County is anyone’s guess,” said Blanco County Judge Brett Bray. “Other county judges tell me about the many pipelines crisscrossing their jurisdictions and that pipeline projects happen all the time.
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FORE! At the Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament

The second place team in the Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament shot a 55. Team members are R. Burton, D. Sperry, M. Robbins and D. Blanchard. There were 67 golfers in the tournament, which is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Blanco County. Funds are used for scholarships, Project Graduation, Blanco Education Foundation, Human Trafficking Awareness, and computers, books and other equipment for specific schools.
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Blanco County 4-H Announces Spring Roundup Results

L to R Barrett Sykes, Bailey Merritt, Josie White, Alice Sorrell, Aspyn Salazar, Kenley Saunders, Emily Singletary and Max Sanders at 4H Food Challenge.jpg. Results of the 2021 District 10 4-H Spring Roundup competitions were released recently, with 28 Blanco County 4-H members placing. In the Junior Share-the-Fun Musical/Instrumental category, Liberty Lemanski placed 1st playing Budapesto on cello and Autumn Vitallero placed 2nd playing The First Noel on guitar. In the Intermediate Share-the-Fun Musical/Instrumental category, Willow Lemanski placed 3rd playing Huber’s Concertino on violin.
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Kinder Morgan VP stresses responsiveness of company to pipeline issues in Blanco County

In part three of this story, which will be in next week’s Blanco County News, hear from a county leader about lessons learned from the Permian Highway Pipeline in Blanco County and what to expect going forward. Kinder Morgan maintains that the company has been responsive to issues that have arisen regarding its Permian Highway Pipeline, including a drilling mishap last year that poisoned some Blanco County residents’ water wells, but other disagreements with landowners have yet to b ...
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How lavender put Blanco County on the map

Just south of Marble Falls in Blanco County, adventurous day-trippers will find the Lavender Capital of Texas, where rows of lilac-colored flowers sprout from gray-green bushes on several farms every year around June — just in time for the annual Lavender Festival, which this year is June 11-13. Held in...
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Blanco Lavender Festival is June 11-13

Pick your own lavender and enjoy Hill Country scenery at the 16th annual Blanco Lavender Festival on June 11-13. Attendees can shop locally sourced goods, learn to plant their own lavender, and listen to live music during the weekend-long event hosted by the Blanco Chamber of Commerce. The festival is...
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BCARE provides treats to BISD teachers, staff

Mary Nabers delivers treat bags from Blanco County Association of Retired Educators to all employees of Blanco Elementary School and enjoys reunion with Allison Dowdy, former student and now BES administrative assistant to the principal. Blanco County Association of Retired Educators (BCARE) second vice president Mary Nabers and treasurer Jan...
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14 months after pipeline mishap: better for some but challenges remain for others

Editor’s note: In part two of this story, which will be in next week’s Blanco County News, hear from Kinder Morgan’s vice president about the ways in which the company responded to the drilling mishap and invested in the community. It’s been 14 months since a pipeline drilling mishap turned some Blanco County residents’ well water brown, poisoned with carcinogenic heavy metals.
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Jorge Zagada

The newest Deputy in the Blanco County Sheriff’s Office should have no trouble navigating the roads in and around Blanco and Johnson City while on the job - he has travelled these roads all of his life. Jorge Zagada, a 2015 graduate of LBJ High School, grew up in Johnson City and considers his decision to serve his hometown as a Peace Officer a way to give back to the community that helped raise him.
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Rotary Club golf tourney to include silent auction

The Rotary Club of Blanco County is proud to present the Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament on June at Vaaler Creek Golf Club, 228 Jeff Vaughn in Blanco. Tee-time is at noon. There will be a silent auction in conjunction with the fundraising tournament. At the silent auction, there’s much to choose from in the way of gift certificates, gift baskets, clothing, and famous local artist renderings, prints and paintings.
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Blanco County unemployment rate continues to fall

Blanco County’s unemployment rate continues to lead the nine-county Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area in numbers released late last week. Blanco County’s unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent for April and is the only county in the region below 4 percent. The Blanco County unemployment rate was 4.1 percent for March. The state’s unemployment rate for April was 6.3 percent, while it is 5.7 percent nationally.
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County’s in good standing after audit

Blanco County is in good financial shape, according to its annual audit issued by Neffendorf & Blocker, P.C. of Fredericksburg. The county commissioners were told at Tuesday’s meeting that its audit received an unqualified opinion, which means the firm found that the county’s financial statements are fairly and accurately represented for the fiscal year ending Sept.
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Night Sky Friendly

Rotary Club of Blanco County President Bob Backle teamed with the Blanco Chamber of Commerce Night Sky Friendly representative Sandy Switzer in giving a night sky friendly recognition certificate to one of Blanco’s new business owners. Pictured, from left, are Switzer, Phil Giglio of Oro Bianco Italian Creamery, and Backle.
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JCVFD Fish Fry Nets $65,000

The Emergency Services Commissioners of North Blanco County Emergency Services District No. 1 held a regular meeting on Monday. President David O’Bannon called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m., and all commissioners were present. Reports of Service Providers – Johnson City VFD “The Fish Fry was a great success, and we did really well.
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Almost 40 percent of Blanco County residents over age 16 vaccinated

Active COVID-19 cases in Blanco County have been on a downward trend this month. Almost 40 percent of county residents over the age of 16 have been vaccinated. Blanco County is outpacing state and national vaccination rates, with nearly 40 percent of residents over the age of 16 fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As of May 9, just over 34 percent of Americans and 38 percent of Texans have been fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of State Health Services. In Blanco County, almost half of residents 16 years of age and older have had at least one dose of the vaccine, accordin ...
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Commissioners table Live Oak Canyon lot de-annexation

Blanco County Judge Brett Bray called the regular Blanco County Commissioners Court meeting to order at 9 a.m. Tuesday with all four commissioners present. All public comments were in regards to item 12, which focuses on the consideration of de-annexation and cancellation of lots 1, 2 and 3 in the Live Oak Canyon subdivision.