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LBJHS StuCo Spring Blood Drive – Thursday, May 5th,

The LBJHS Student Council is hosting the annual Spring Blood Drive this Thursday, May 5th, 2016. Appointments are available from 8am to 3pm; drop-ins also welcomed. Students 17+ are eligible to donate. Sixteen-year-old students must have written parent permission; forms are available in the office.
Students may earn Eagles in Service hours (2) by donating; they may “recruit” donors to contribute to the cause to earn 1 hour per recruit. Parents, friends, community members – please support our efforts to reach a donation rate of 50% which is 120 units/donors. One donation can save up to 3 lives – please make plans to donate on Thursday.

LBJHS seeks community partners for Work-Based Learning Program student internships

LBJ High School is hosting a coffee for area businesses who may be interested in hiring a student intern through the campuses’ new Work-Based Learning Program this fall.
Refreshments will be provided at the brief (30-minute) informational meeting in the LBJHS Library on Wednesday, May 10th at 8:30am.
“Our goal is to place students in real-world jobs while supporting them through the Career Preparation class we will be teaching,” states Principal and Work-Based Learning Coordinator Julie Storer. “We want our community to be able to hire high school students and be confident that they will be good employees – this (WBL Program) gives us the opportunity to learn career-specific skills and general employability skills with the support of the classroom instruction.”
Students in the program, called “interns”, must be paid an appropriate hourly wage for the work performed and must be scheduled for a minimum 20 hours per week. Individual student class schedules will vary; however, a portion of their work hours may be used to earn state credit toward graduation requirements.
As a result students may be available to work during the school day. Employers may also choose to extend the intern’s employment past the regular school year – not as an intern, but as regular staff.
Planning for the LBJHS Work-Based Learning Program has been a year-long process by an Advisory Committee whose members include: Bonnie Baskin – The Science Mill; Patty Elliot –Pecan Street Restaurant, Amber Middlebrook – The Science Mill; Kyle Moreland – Johnson City Bank; and LBJ High School Career and Technology Education instructors Jerry Lee Lewis and Steven Meier.
For more information about the WBL Program contact LBJ High School Principal Julie Storer at 830/868-4025.

HCCW Scholarship Opportnity

Chances are you know a young person who could make good use of a scholarship!
The Hill Country Cattle Women work diligently each year to raise funds to award to scholarship recipients. These are awarded to students who attend a Texas college or university, and are at the Junior or Senior level. He or she must have accumulated at least 60 credit hours, have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or greater, and must reside in one of our 14 counties. The counties are: Bandera, Bexar, Blanco, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Real, or San Saba.
The necessary deadline to submit applications is June 7, 2016.
For additional information, please visit our official website at: http://www.hillcountrycattlewomen.com/

Mission Minded and Making a Way

On Saturday, May 21 the First Christian Curch will host a spaghetti supper from 5:00-7:00 pm. The meal (by donation) will be served in the exhibit hall at the Fair Grounds to raise funds for their upcoming trip to Zacatecas, Mexico.
Joni Topper stated, "Helping with the vacation bible school there, last year, was definitely a highlight of the trip. This year our trip will be enhanced by the fact that we are preparing our workers to have less of a language barrier by taking seveal spanish classes.”
Please plan to join them for a meal and help meet their financial needs.

Town Beat

Steve and Susan Hill had family from Florida visit last week. Steve's sister Shannon, niece Tracy, and great-niece Bailey visited attractions in the area. It was their first time to Texas and it had also been 14 years since they had seen each other. They all decided they loved Texas and wouldn't wait so long to visit next time.
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The following Sunday, childhood friends and family, Maggie Gastring Wilke, Marsha Hobbs Andrews, and Susan Hobbs Hill met for their second annual wildflower tour. Susan's daughter Melissa was along for the ride and listened to the exchange of many stories and laughs.
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Dooley Smith, son of Doug & Traci Smith, ran in the Tulsa Quarter Midget Association races this weekend. Dooley came in with two 3rd places & a 2nd place! Congratulations!
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Michelle Conlon, Shauna Braun, Missy Fenton & company enjoyed some girl time on the beach in Port Aransas this past weekend.
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Kristopher & Terri Ulrich checked into Big Chief RV Resort for a great weekend on Inks Lake.
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David Hamm & George Barnette are back from the medical mission trip to Mexico. These two guys worked in the pharmacy and distributed 60,311 pills in three days. They’d get up at 6, pack up and move to the next village, unload and set up the clinic, conduct the clinic, then after supper help with a 3-4-hour bi-lingual worship service. The locals got dressed up for the clinic, then changed into their Sunday best for worship, while the gringos were in the same clothes they’d worked in all day, and hadn’t had a shower since they left home. But church is as rare as health care for them, and they appreciated both.
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Jeffrey & Mary Greene were in Johnson City visiting at the Bamberger Ranch from Paris. Mary is Margaret Bamberger’s sister. Jeffrey wrote the book “Water from Stone: Story of Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve”.
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Keith & Tracey Ulrich, Tate & Kay Randall, Cissy Arnold & Tin Sasko spent a few days at Port Aransas.
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Congratulations to Larkin Billot & James Logan Woodcock who were married on Sunday!
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Congratulations to the Lady Broncos of Sonora for winning 4PEAT State Title in golf. Team member Kylie Reiner is the daughter of former LBJ High School grads Stacy & Diane Reiner, granddaughter of Mary Dyer & Fielding & Rita Reiner. This is the third straight state golf tile for the Lady Broncos.
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Dardenella & Hoot Gipson along with Cynthia & Pat Smith celebrated Dard’s birthday at El Charros on Thursday.
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Congratulations to Steven Meier & his Wildlife Team! The team placed 34d at State on Tuesday. Grey got 5th, Colby 19th, Darren 8th & lane 23rd out of 187 kids! Wow!
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Congratulations to former LBJ graduate & Johnson City citizen Glenn Crider who is #7 out of 20 bull riders in 2016 inductees into the South Central Texas Rodeo Cowboy Ring of Honor!
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Terri & Kristopher Ulrich were seen at Hondo’s on Main in Fredericksburg Thursday eating & listening to good music.
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Frankie, Wade & Tammy Green & their daughter had dinner at Los Cucos Mexican Café in New Braunfels on Thursday.
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Tuesday was food pantry day again. The truck was there by 8, and they unloaded it and then packed family food boxes for distribution the next morning. A hand would always come in handy. Kudos to these guys & gals who volunteer at the food pantry!
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Congratulations to Wells DeLeon who was named runner up Diamond Pro Pitcher of the Week on April 27th.
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Margie Rios along with Leslie & Marlon Clark had lunch at Hooter’s in Killeen on Friday.
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The volunteer builders have more requests for jobs. They planned to put up a patio cover for the EMS at Blanco on Saturday, but too many of our volunteers were conflicted out, so they delayed it until next Saturday. You can meet them at the First United Methodist Church in JC and caravan down with us, or just meet them at the EMS station east of Blanco at 9. There’s also a wheelchair ramp to build here in JC. The recipient doesn't qualify for a free one through the ramp program, but is willing to pay for the materials if our pros will build it, and so we will. The next available Saturday conflicts with the VFD fish fry fundraiser, though, so they’ll have to see when the recipient is going to need it and when it can get done. Jacking up the storage shed at the nursing home and slipping a new floor in under it still is on the list, but keeps slipping in priority. They’ll git ‘er done, though.
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Former LBJ High School Grad Daniel White played with this band the Chalkboard Poets at the Monkey Nest Coffee House in Austin on April 30th.
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Several Johnson City ladies enjoyed the production of “A Little Off the Top” at the Hill Country Theater in Cottonwood Shores on Sunday. They enjoyed lunch at China Kitchen in Marble Falls before the play.
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Joe Summy, Wayman Curry Rebecca Crider, LaNell Kunz, Barbara Presnell Kast, Tucker Fuchs, Ann Debo, Sandra & Stanley Dieke, Paul & Glady Wood, Beverly & Bill Voron, the Schumans & more had a class reunion at Lindig’s Café in Stonewall earlier this week.
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Jim & Laura Wilson & kids had dinner at La Fogata in San Antonio on Saturday after the Karate Tournament.
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Darlene Young & LeAnndy Pletcher & company enjoyed Saturday evening with singer Sandi Patti.
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Edie Walker & friends took pleasure in the music & dancing at Old Coupland Inn & Dancehall on Saturday.
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Christina Sowell, Nathan Gonzales, Jessica Moore, & Jason Sowell spent the weekend at Winstar World Casino in Oklahoma. No word if anyone won anything!
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Tim Gonzales took his Johnson City nephew & niece to see “the Jungle Book” at Show Biz Theater in Austin this past weekend.
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SURPLUS SCHOOL SUPPLIES collects the leftover materials our kids normally throw away at the end of the school year, and we pack them up and take the to San Antonio, where they’re combined by collections from other communities and ultimately taken to low-income schools across the border in Mexico, where a broken crayon or used pencil is just fine with them. There’ll be collection boxes in the school buildings and at the First United Methodist Church. You can put one in your church, too. More intake points mean more goods collected. Details from Angie at 868-7414.
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David & Luanne Coleman enjoyed South Padre Island with their kids & grandkids this past weekend.
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Congratulations to Colleen Gardner who received an “Outstanding Support for Non-Governmental Agency” award on Saturday at Texas State University in San Marcos. She was unable to attend the award ceremony due to scheduling conflicts.
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TREATS FOR TROOPS is the program to let Ft Hood soldiers deployed abroad know they’re remembered and their service is appreciated. They’re filling goodie boxes and will mail them on Flag Day, June 14, to arrive in time for distribution by the 4th of July. Pick up a free box in three sizes from the post office, along with an address sticker and customs form. Then fill ‘er up and mail it — postage depending on size — $6 to $18. What goes in it? Food they can’t get there is good, like hot sauce and salsa (small bottles or plastic packets), water flavorings, jerky, sunflower seeds, peanut butter and barbecue sauce. Yes, you can send home-made goodies, but remember it has to spend two weeks in transit, and perhaps in high heat. Other items might include paperback books, DVDs, CDs, VapoRub, Ben-gay, Chapstick, and body wash. Lens cloths, lens cleaner, baby wipes and sunscreen also are good. Enclose a picture and a letter, if you wish. What else? Use your imagination.
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You might be a Johnson City native if you remember when the tornado came through in the 60’s & uprooted the huge tree onto the Bernadine Grisham house on the west side of Town Creek on Main Street. The house was replaced by the Red Cross.
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Happy Birthday wishes to: May 7th – Ray Bible, Andrew Rush, Sawyer Lynn & Cage Schnitz; May 8th – Sheridan Hodge, Sierra Hodge, Whitney Walston, Angie Moreland, Jackie Erbaugh, & Pharaby Wilson; May 9th – Audrey Saul & Marlene Edwards; May 10th – Jennifer Mills, Kruizenga, Carol Summy & Travis Wilson; May 11th – Jody Hudson, Judy Mills, & Garrett DeSpain; and on May 12th – Jimmy Hodge.
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Anniversary Congratulations to Ed & Cynthia Keene on May 6th; to Alton & Janie Moreland and Yvette & Zachary Hudler on May 7th; and to Andy & Julie Shanks and Jim & Kay Odiorne on May 10th.
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Tip for the week: When you paint a room, always keep a small jar of the paint in an easily available place. Use baby food jars with a small brush attached to each with a rubber band. That way if there is a nick in the painted wall, door, or whatever, it can be repainted immediately and the house always looks newly painted.
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I’ll see you again when there’s more news! Speaking of news, if you have some, email it to [email protected]

PEC launches Power of Change round-up community support program

Pedernales Electric Cooperative members now have a new way to make the place they love to live even better: the PEC Power of Change program. Those who opt in will have their electric bills rounded up to the nearest dollar, and the combined funds will be awarded throughout the year to eligible area non-profit organizations and qualified members in need.

In Marble Falls today, PEC Board President James Oakley became the first enrollee. “One of the special traits of our Hill Country communities,” he said, “is how much we care for and support one another. The Power of Change program allows members to come together to make a real difference.”

Members can opt in on their electric bill payment slip and Board election ballot as well as through their SmartHub account and app. Each allows for one-time or recurring contributions and also provides an option to contribute more than the change rounding a bill up to the nearest dollar.
“This program has great potential for local non-profits,” said Community & Economic Development Manager Trista Fugate, “because robust member participation could lead to an increase in PEC’s community grants. Power of Change also allows for more participation by area non-profits — they can help increase grant monies for PEC communities by encouraging members to participate.”

Participating members can expect to contribute an average of just 49 cents per month or $5.94 per year, but together, their change can change lives! To enroll in the PEC Power of Change program, log in to your account through the SmartHub online portal or mobile app. Learn more at pec.coop/powerofchange.