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BLANCO COUNTY, Texas
Pronounced: "blank oh, rhymes with plank"
"no slogan"County Seat: Johnson CityEst: 1858
County Borders: N: Burnet; NW: Llano; E: Hays; NE: Travis;
SE: Kendall; SW: Comal; W: Gillespie
County Population (2016): 11,392Businesses (2015): 274COL Index (2008): 82.1
Zip Codes: 78606, 78636, 78654, 78663Area Codes: 830Time Zone: CST
Center Line Coordinates: 30° 23' N; 98° 24' W
Major Highways: US-281, US-290, TX-71, RR-962, RR-1320, RR-1323, RR-2766
Rivers: Pedernales, Blanco, Little BlancoLakes: no majors
Area: 709 smElevation: 800 to 1,800 ft
Quick Links To City Directory Listings: Blanco, Johnson City
CITIES & TOWNS IN THIS COUNTY: Blanco, Cypress Mill, Hye, Johnson City, Round Mountain, Sandy, Twin Sisters
All of Blanco County is within the Texas Hill Country. For our definition of the boundaries of the Texas Hill Country, see: Definition & Maps.
- County Judge: Brett Bray
Ofc: 830-868-4266; Fax: 830-868-9112
Blanco County Courthouse, POB 387, Johnson City, TX 78636.
www.co.blanco.tx.us (includes contact information and phone numbers for County Judge, Commissioners, Blanco County government offices as well as county information). Commissioners meet 2nd Tue at 9a, at the Courthouse
- Blanco County Courthouse: Located in Johnson City on the Courthouse Square, at 101 E Pecan St. Classical Revival architecture, designed by Henry T. Phelps. The county seat was moved from Blanco to Johnson city in 1890. A modern annex complex was completed in 2010 across the street from the Courthouse.
- Old Blanco County Courthouse: 830-833-2211; Located in downtown Blanco, on the Courthouse Square, 300 Main St at intersection of US-281. First court house of Blanco County, built in 1885-1886 by Austin architect Frederick Ernst Ruffini, and is a Texas Historic Landmark. Not in use as a courthouse since 1890 (note: the courthouse records were moved to the new courthouse in Johnson City in 1891), it has served as a hospital, school, and BBQ restaurant. It now serves as a visitors' center, is home to other businesses, and is available for rental as a venue for events and meetings. It survives as an outstanding example of Second-Empire style architecture, and is noted a "one of the finest examples of courthouse architecture from the late 19th century in Texas" by the National Register of Historic Places. It was boarded up in the mid-1990s and later restored by the Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society (see below).
- More local history: See Portal profile for City of Blanco
- Old Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society (OBCCPS): 830-833-2211; 300 Main St, POB 302, Blanco, TX 78606. A non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, preservation and maintenance of the Old Blanco County Courthouse in Blanco. This historic site is now used for special events: festivals, weddings, parties, conferences, concerts. Office space for lease. Free internet access. Market Days: 3rd Sat, April-Nov, Christmas Lighting Nov 24. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.historicblanco.org
- Old Blanco County Courthouse Visitors' Center: 830-833-2211; 300 Main St, POB 302, Blanco, TX 78606. See description above for OBCCPS
- Precinct Commissioners & Voting: See Map. Note: the second digit of the 4 digit precinct number is the short number commonly used to identify the 4 commissioner precincts. Voting can be unique to the 6 voting precincts (there are three voting precincts in commissioner precinct 3).
- Capital Area Council Of Governments (CAPCOG)
Ofc: 512-916-6000, Fax: 512-916-6001
6800 Burleson Rd, Bldg 310, Ste 165, Austin, TX 78744
- Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council (CATRAC)
4100 Ed Bluestein Blvd, Ste 200, Austin, TX 78721
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES:
- Blanco County Economic Development Corporation: Closed
PROPERTY TAX (2011: /$100): www.blancocad.com
County: 0.3519; Blanco ISD: 1.1607; JC ISD: 1.193
Groundwater: 0.0231; N ESD: .0911; S ESD: .0685
City of Blanco: .2583
City of Johnson City: .2970
EVENT CALENDAR: For full details on these and nearby events see Festivals & Major Events, Trade Days & Farmers Markets, Live Entertainment, and calendars on our other focus topic pages accessible from the menu above.
WEATHER: Local Weather (Johnson City); Hill Country-wide Weather
MEDIA COVERAGE: See full details in Directory below.
- On-Line News: Google News; Topix
- Newspapers: Blanco County News: www.blancocountynews.com
- Radio/TV, Articles & Videos:
- Handbook Of Texas Online: TSHA
- County Txgenweb Project: (genealogical/historical information, including cemeteries, markers, maps, census data, surname queries): TXGenWeb
- Book: "Heritage of Blanco County Texas", by Blanco County News; Blanco, Texas; Curtis Media Corporation; 1987
- Book: "Blanco County History", by John Stribling Moursund; Nortex Press, Burnet, Texas; 1979
- Book: "Blanco County Families for One Hundred Years", by John Stribling Moursund; Nortex Press, Burnet, Texas; Revised 1981
- Stanley: www.texfiles.com/texashistory/blancohistory.htm
- Blanco County Historical Commission: See full details in Directory below.
- More history: at Portal city profiles in list shown above, including Blanco and Johnson City
Blanco County Cemetery Photos, Facts & Directions
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BLANCO COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S COURT & COUNTY JUDGE: 830-868-4266; 101 E Pecan Dr, Johnson City, TX 78636. Meets 2nd Tue at 9a, at the Courthouse. Web: www.co.blanco.tx.us (includes contact information and phone numbers for County Judge, Commissioners, Blanco County government offices as well as county information). County Judge Brett Bray. Blanco County offices are located in the Courthouse or Courthouse Annex in Johnson City unless shown otherwise below. Courthouse Map
BLANCO COUNTY, ANNEX BUILDING: 101 E Cypress St, Johnson City, TX 78636. On N side of Courthouse Square. Annex Map
BLANCO COUNTY, ADULT PROBATION OFFICE: 830-868-4008
BLANCO COUNTY, APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 830-868-4013; 615 N Nugent Ave (Spur 356), Johnson City, TX 78636. www.blancocad.com
BLANCO COUNTY, COUNTY AUDITOR: 830-868-4172; Cindy J. Lent
BLANCO COUNTY, COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO 2 (201): 830-868-4471; Commissioner James Sultemeier, POB 471, Johnson City, TX 78636
BLANCO COUNTY, COUNTY ATTORNEY: 830-868-4447; Deborah Earley
BLANCO COUNTY, COUNTY CLERK: 830-868-7357; Laura Walla: POB 65, 101 E Cypress St, Courthouse Annex, Johnson City, TX 78636. Facebook. Includes elections.
BLANCO COUNTY, CONSTABLE, Precinct 1: 830-868-7104; Bobby Fenton
BLANCO COUNTY, CONSTABLE, Precinct 4: 830-868-4212; Ty Grenwelge
BLANCO COUNTY, COUNTY INSPECTOR: 830-868-2117; Kermit Roeder
BLANCO COUNTY, COUNTY TREASURER: 830-868-4566; Camille Swift
BLANCO COUNTY, DISTRICT CLERK: 830-868-0973; Debbie Elsbury, Email: email@example.com
BLANCO COUNTY, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: County Judge, see above
BLANCO COUNTY, FAIRGROUNDS: 830-868-7557; 619 US-281 N, Johnson City, TX 78636. Available for rental.
BLANCO COUNTY, SHOWBARN: 830-833-4138; 619 US-281 N, Johnson City, TX 78636. Available for rental. Home of the Blanco County Youth Livestock Show, Blanco County Fair & Rodeo, Annual JCVFD Fish Fry Benefit, and Annual Blanco County Wild Game Dinner (1st Sat in Oct). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BLANCO COUNTY, FARM SERVICE AGENCY: County Executive Director, Ricky Neffendorf; 830-997-3453, x2 in FBG or 830-868-4656, x2 in JC on Tues
BLANCO COUNTY, INDIGENT HEALTH CARE: 830-868-7208; Camille Swift. At Courthouse. See more below
BLANCO COUNTY, JUDGE: 830-868-4266; Brett Bray
BLANCO COUNTY, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, Precinct 1: 830-868-4888; Randy Brodbeck: POB 405, Johnson City, TX 78636
BLANCO COUNTY, SHERIFF'S OFFICE: 830-868-7104; 400 US-281 S, at Law Enforcement Center. Facebook
BLANCO COUNTY, TAX ASSESSOR/COLLECTOR: 830-868-7178; Kristen Spies: POB 465, 101 E Cypress St, Courthouse Annex, Johnson City, TX 78636. Includes motor vehicle registration and voter registration. M-F, 8a-4:30p
NORTH BLANCO COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES DISTRICT: Meets 7p, at location alternating between the EMS Station and Fire Station.
BLANCO COUNTY, 911 RURAL ADDRESSING: 830-868-2008
Note: District Courts and District Attorney serving Blanco County are located in Burnet. Includes the 33rd and 424th District Courts. See State & Federal Offices
Note: USPS mail to Blanco County government offices must be addressed to their post office box.
BLANCO COUNTY, SOUTH ANNEX, PRECINCTS 1 & 4: 830-833-3087; 402 Blanco Ave, Blanco, TX 78606. Houses offices for following, and serves as a voting location, and space for other agencies: County Clerk (marriage licenses, birth/death certificates for Blanco County, recording/filing documents, copies of paperwork filed, computer research, plat map information, election forms). Opened April 2018.
BLANCO COUNTY, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, Precinct 4: 830-833-4212; H.R. (Bob) Riley, Blanco, TX 78606
BLANCO COUNTY, COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO 1 (102): 830-833-5331; Tommy Weir, POB 1437, Blanco, TX 78606
BLANCO COUNTY, COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO 4 (403): 830-833-1077; Paul Granberg, POB 942, Blanco, TX 78606.
BLANCO COUNTY TRAPPER: Joe Finch, Cell: 210-488-4855; Blanco, TX 78606
SOUTH BLANCO COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES DISTRICT
BLANCO COUNTY, COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO 3 (302, 303, 304): 830-825-3270; Chris Liesmann, POB 36, 862 E RR-962, Round Mountain, TX 78663
DISTRICT COURTS AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY: See State & Federal Offices. Includes the 33rd and 424th District Courts.
TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE: http://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu. Mission is to improve the lives of people, businesses and communities across Texas and beyond through high quality, relevant education. See full Focus Topic Profile at: AgriLife
Local: Blanco County, 830-868-7167; POB 189, 101 E Cypress, Courthouse Annex, Ste 109, Johnson City, TX 78636. http://blanco.agrilife.org; Email: email@example.com
Chris Wiemers, Blanco County Extension Agent
Gretchen Sanders, Blanco County Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences and 4-H & Youth Development. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Blog: http://tceblogs.tamu.edu/mt/blanco
TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES - WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC) PROGRAM:
HQ: 800-942-3678; 1100 W 49th St, Austin, TX 78756. www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd
Nutrition education, breast feeding support and education, WIC foods – infant formula, milk, cereal, cheese, peanut butter, beans, eggs and juice.
Local WIC clinic: 830-257-4400; 63 Pecan St, Blanco, TX 78606
TEXAS DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (TXDOT): 512-463-8588; 125 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701. www.txdot.gov. Email: email@example.com - Provides for a safe, reliable, and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods. Responsible for the design, location, construction, and maintenance of area roadways and aviation.
Local Office: 830-868-7166; 830-868-7665; 608 US-281 S, Johnson City, TX 78636. Howard Lyons, Engineer
TEXAS A&M FOREST SERVICE (TFS): http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu. Provides technical assistance to landowners on forest related matters including oak wilt, tree health, tree selection, arboricultural consultation, and prevention and control of wildfires.
Local: Johnson City, Ofc: 830-868-7949; Fax: 830-868-9040; POB 1718, 208 S Lady Bird Ln, Johnson City, TX 78636. Robert Edmonson, Staff Forester, cell: 979-220-0913, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Counties served: Blanco plus 4 more.
TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT: 512-288-0895; www.tpwd.state.tx.us. See Parks. Provides technical assistance to landowners in all aspects of native wildlife and habitat management, including game, non-game, and endangered species. Experts available to assist in the preparation of detailed wildlife management plans. Operates state parks. Game warden. Counties served: Blanco and Hays counties. Local resources:
Blanco State Park: 101 Park Rd 23, Blanco, TX 78606-4835. Information & Reservations: 830-833-4333/5388
Pedernales Falls State Park: 2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City, TX 78636. Information & Reservations: 830-868-7304. Located 9 miles east of Johnson City (go out RR-2766);
TPWD Game Warden: Sam Smith, cell: 210-287-3837; ofc: 830-868-7104 (Sheriff's Ofc)
TEXAS STATE OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS: 830-868-2866
TEXAS WORKFORCE CENTER OF BLANCO COUNTY, Employment Employer Services: 830-868-4429. Fax: 830868-9300. POB 851, Rm 200, Post Office Bldg, 201 S Ave G, Johnson City, TX 78636. Workforce development. Jean Zachary, Site Coordinator
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, INTERIOR DEPT, NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE:
Local: Headquarters, 830-868-7128; Johnson City, TX 78636. www.firstgov.gov, Facebook
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park (& Museum): 830-868-7128; 100 Ladybird Ln, Johnson City, TX 78636. www.nps.gov/lyjo. This facility includes the park HQ, Visitor Center, and museum. The Museum is located at the Park HQ, and includes the nearby historic Johnson Settlement and the LBJ Boyhood Home. See Parks
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, UNITED STATES DEPT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA):
Farm Service Agency (FSA): www.fsa.usda.gov. Administers the Farm Bill as passed by Congress. Several programs are currently in operation including EQUIP, CRP, TAP, LAP, NAP, and loan programs.
Blanco: County: 830-868-4656 www.firstgov.gov
(US) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): www.yx.nrcs.usda.gov. Assist landowners in preparing conservation plans, developing prescribed burning plans, and assisting with brush control, pond construction, terrace installation, and erosion control. NRCS also publishes soil surveys for each county.
Local office for Blanco County: Johnson City Service Center: 830-868-7237; 305 US-281 N, Johnson City, TX 78636
Wildlife Services (USDA-APHIS-WS): http://aphis.usda.gov/ws. Assists landowners in predator and nuisance animal control. Traps and removes animals in both urban and rural settings. Blanco County: 830-896-6535
UNITED STATES POST OFFICES: www.usps.com
- 830-833-4918; 402 4th St, Blanco, TX, 78606
- 830-644-2465; 10261 US-290 W, Hye, TX 78635
- 830-868-7211; 201 S Ave G, Johnson City, TX 78636
- 830-825-3421; 10603 US-281 N, Round Mountain, TX 78636
- 830-644-2663; 14490 US-290 E, Stonewall, TX 78671
THAT REPRESENT THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
Click: State & Federal Offices
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY: 1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers
DISASTER & EMERGENCY SERVICES: Beyond dialing 911 for emergency services (police, fire, rescue), when a major destructive event occurs (wind damage, flooding, explosion, wildland fire, mass casualty incidents, terrorism, etc.), response services are organized based on the disaster coverage area and severity:
- EMERGENCY SHELTERS & LOCAL RELIEF SERVICES MOSTLY WITHIN A CITY: Depending on local needs and incident circumstances, check with local service and information organizations and locations that can be found on the Portal city page for each town/city, per the above Portal menu at the top of each page. On these city pages you can determine their open/close status and scope of services (shelter, showers, food, clothing, financial, essential supplies, other) presently offered, and donations (food, clothing, cash, other) they will accept. Their scope can change quickly based on the extent of damage and needs. The city pages also include emergency contacts for major utilities that are often affected during such incidents, including power, water, communications, etc.
- MULTIPLE CITY OR COUNTY-WIDE INCIDENTS: See County Judge's office for Emergency Management, and Sheriff's Dept above.
- MULTIPLE COUNTY INCIDENTS: See our Portal Focus Topic Page on Emergency Services for comprehensive information on area-wide emergency resources and contacts (Red Cross, TCEQ, Alert Systems, etc.).
- CAPCOG EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM: 866-484-3264; Web Sign-Up. A free, automated system whereby you can be notified (via phone call, text, or mobile app) by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Examples: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, severe weather and missing child reports.
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
WITH OFFICES LOCATED WITHIN THIS COUNTY:
See detailed listings in each city/town in this county. Use the list with city links for this county at the top of this profile page. Or, use the Menu at the top of every page for city links. is the predominate city in this county and is where most such services are located.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 830-885-4488; Blanco, TX 78606
ALTZHEIMER'S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: Meets 1st Tue, 2p at First United Methodist Church in Johnson City. 830-868-7417. www.alz.org/texascapital
AMERICAN LEGION MEMORIAL HIGHWAY POST 352: New Post 352 Hall, 111 Blanco Ave, Blanco, TX 78606. Located on N side of Lowes parking lot. Meets on 4th Thur at 7:30p (except Nov & Dec). Auxiliary Unit 352 serves a pot luck at 6:30p. Wartime veterans always welcome. Members are encouraged from all of Blanco County, plus Spring Branch and Fischer areas. For further information: Ted Weeks, Commander, 830-228-4556. A congressionally chartered mutual-aid organization of military veterans founded to benefit those veterans who served during a wartime. www.legion.org.
BLANCO COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED EDUCATORS (B-CARE): Contact Cindy Sultemeier, 830-868-7290. email@example.com. This group seeks to provide meaningful information to its membership to enhance health and well being. They provide a collective voice with the legislature on items of concern to all. Donations go toward student scholarships.
BLANCO COUNTY CAT COALITION (BCCC): 512-318-5875; POB 1302, Johnson City, TX 78636. A non-profit group focused on improving the Lives of Stray and Feral Cats Through Adoption Services, Emergency Pet Shelter Services, and Feral Cat "Trap-Neuter-Return" Services. Serving Blanco County. Meets monthly alternating between Johnson City and Blanco.
Web: www.BlancoCountyCat.org; Email: info@BlancoCountyCat.org
BLANCO COUNTY CHILD WELFARE & FAMILY ADVOCACY BOARD: 512-466-6445. Meets 3rd Thu at 6p at the Methodist Church in Johnson City. Meetings open to all. Agenda posted the Fri before at Courthouse in JC. To report abuse: 1-800-252-5400. Contact Brenda Adair-Chairman, at mailing address POB 213, Johnson City TX 78636. Tax deductible donations may be sent to same address. Facebook. See Portal Mini-web: www.HillCountryPortal.com/web/blancocountycpfa. Mission: To encourage and promote activities that benefit Blanco County children involved in court-ordered protective custody as well as those underprivileged children in need of services. You can make a difference in the life of a child.
BLANCO COUNTY TEXAS CONCERNED TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION: Created in 2015 to educate, inform, and give a voice to taxpayers. A non-partisan organization with volunteers from north and south Blanco County, representing the entire county. https://www.facebook.com/blancocountytexasconcernedtaxpayers
BLANCO COUNTY DEMOCRAT PARTY: Barbara Ann Hudson, Democrat County Chairman, 830-868-4219
BLANCO COUNTY DISASTER RESPONSE GROUP (BCDRG): Closed, but contact George Barnette, 830-868-0808
BLANCO COUNTY FAIR & RODEO ASSOCIATION: 512-940-7073; Blanco, TX 78606. www.bcfra.org, Facebook, firstname.lastname@example.org. A non-profit organization that raises funds for scholarships for graduating seniors by holding events throughout the year. We hope you will join us and thank your for your support of our association. Members are the driving force of the organization. Annual fair & rodeo in August at Blanco County Fairgrounds in Johnson City. Vendor Contact: Katy Odiorne, 830-868-7053
BLANCO COUNTY, FARM SERVICE AGENCY: County Executive Director, Ricky Neffendorf: 830-997-3453, ext 2 in FBG or 830-868-4656, ext 2.
BLANCO COUNTY FRIENDS OF THE NIGHT SKY: 210-557-6127; POB 1402, Johnson City, TX 78636. https://blancocountynightsky.org. Non-profit. An association of neighbors who want to protect our view of the stars at night. Our goal is to help people realize the benefits to be gained by proper management of outdoor lighting. We work with city governments, Chambers of Commerce, developers, and individuals in a cooperative effort designed to lead by example and suggestion. We believe that retaining our view of the stars, even in the face of development, is central to maintaining Blanco County as a truly outstanding place to live. email@example.com
BLANCO COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION: Blanco, TX 78606. Meets quarterly at various locations. Rebecca Howerton, Blanco County Vice Chair (South), 830-833-4950, or Sherry Jenkins, Blanco County Vice Chair (North), 830-868-3243
BLANCO COUNTY INDIGENT HEALTH CARE PROGRAM, BLANCO COUNTY EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE GRANT, BLANCO COUNTY ENERGY ASSISTANCE GRANT: 830-868-4566; Blanco County Courthouse POB 471, Johnson City, TX 78636. Provides healthcare coverage for Blanco County’s indigent, energy assistance, food, shelter assistance, and general information for social services. Camile Swift.
BLANCO COUNTY INTERAGENCY COUNCIL: 830-868-7167. Meets 2nd Tue of odd months at noon at the Blanco County Courthouse Annex in Johnson City. At this meeting, all of the agencies serving Blanco County residents meet together to discuss what we do and network. There is available a hardcopy "Help & Services Guide" for county residents highlighting all of these agencies, and on-line at: http://blanco-co.tamu.edu/Publications.cfm. Contact: Gretchen Sanders at the Extension office.
BLANCO COUNTY PREDATOR CONTROL ASSOCIATION (BCPCA): 830-868-0873; c/o Joe Stewart, 6457 RR-1323, Johnson City, TX 78636. Mission is to support predator control activities, including paying a portion of the Blanco County Trapper's salary. If you have problems with predatory animals, call our Trapper: Joe Finch, Ofc: 830-833-4453, Cell: 210-488-4855. Donations needed to support this program to help the deer numbers and sheep and goat producers (send to this address).
BLANCO COUNTY PRESCRIBED BURN ASSOCIATION: 830-868-7237, Ext 3 (NRCS office in C). The BPBA was established in Oct 2005 with four goals: share equipment, share labor, train members, and foster good relations between neighbors and within the community in regard to the sue of prescribed burns. BPBA is a chapter of the Hill Country Prescribed Burning Association (based in Kerrville) and works in cooperation with the Pedernales Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Chairman: Al Lindig. 55 members. Prescribed burning is a soil enrichment process that adds needed nitrogen back into the soil for greater plant production. Burning cleans up dead litter build-up and enhances wildlife habitat by creating a niche for forbs production. Burning also helps control invasive species and puts land back Into a more balanced environment.
BLANCO COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE: 830-833-5584. American Cancer Society, Wendy Smith, POB 269, Johnson City, TX 78636. Annual fundraising event. Web: www.cancer.org/relayonline
BLANCO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SEARCH AND RESCUE UNIT: A 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to assisting law enforcement agencies and other groups that are searching for lost people. This SAR unit provides off-road services by horseback, foot and all-terrain vehicles to perform search operations. Members devote hours to training and to SAR operations, and provide their our own equipment and transportation. Since no public tax funds are received, they depend on support of the community for donations of money, equipment and supplies. Annual fundraising event at the Blanco County Fairgrounds in late April. Contact Kimberly Radich, 830-469-9677.
BLANCO COUNTY YOUTH COUNCIL: 830-833-4138; POB 1255, Blanco, TX 78606. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Info: Keitha Johnson, 830-833-4138. Annual Blanco County Youth Livestock Show: All Blanco County youth are invited to participate regardless of affiliation with 4-H, FFA or FCCLA. Prize money or scholarship donations may be mailed to this address. Blanco County Showbarn rental available, see above.
BLANCO-PEDERNALES GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT: 830-868-9196; Meet 3rd Tue at 7p at 601 W Main St, Johnson City, TX 78636. Ron Fieseler-General Manager. www.blancocountygroundwater.org
CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK: 512-282-2111; 6500 Metropolis Dr, Austin, TX 78744. www.centraltexasfoodbank.org. Charity mission is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger. Serves: Blanco, Burnet, Gillespie, Hays, Lampasas, Llano, San Saba, Travis and Williamson counties.
Local partner: Food distribution is at the Johnson City Housing Authority, 304 S Avenue F, on the 3rd Tue of every month from 11a until 1p, or until they run out of food. Donations are welcomed and needed. Anyone from Blanco County may come. Volunteers are needed to help with distribution (contact Mimi Garcia @ 830-743-2047). Contact Glenda Shayne, at CAFB: 512-684-2112 regarding eligibility to receive food, or to become a sponsor or make a donation. Every $5 donated provides $25 worth of nutritious food. Mark your donation for The Johnson City Location. Sometimes referred to as the Blanco County Food Bank. This is a separate organization from the Johnson City Food Pantry (see Johnson City listings).
CHILI APPRECIATION SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL (CASI): www.casichili.net. A non-profit chili cook-off organization, with annual with regional and local events that are family-friendly and fun, and promote American red chili. Proceeds donated to local charities and non-profit organizations.
Local POD Chapter: 512-567-2835; 112 Leaning Oak, Johnson City, TX 78636. Alan Dean, Executive Director
CHRISTMAS J.O.Y. (Johnson City Outreach for Youth): Stephanie Haley, 830-868-0837. A local volunteer organization working to help needy children (newborns through age 17) with provision of clothes and toys at Christmas. Applications for assistance available at Lowes & JC Record Courier, and completed applications may be turned in at the JC Record Courier and City Hall. Annual fundraiser (funnel cake sales) at Lights Spectacular and acceptance of donations throughout the year. Volunteers & donations needed.
COMBINED COMMUNITY ACTION INC: See directories for Blanco and Johnson City
ECI HOMESPUN EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION: 830-833-5567; Toll Free 888-827-7063; Blanco, TX 78606. dars.state.tx.us. Provides free developmental screenings to children birth through three years of age. Therapeutic services available to children who qualify include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, developmental services, infant mental health services, case management, inclusion, and transition planning. Accepts Medicaid, private insurance, CHIP or family cost share based on income for qualifying families.
EXTENSION EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: 830-868-7167. Contact: Gretchen Sanders, Blanco County Extension Agent, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Blanco County, POB 189, Johnson City, TX 78636
FRIENDS OF LBJ NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK: 830-868-7128 x222; POB 1831, 100 Lady Bird Ln, Johnson City, TX 78636. Click: Map. A Non-Profit, Volunteer Support Organization for the LBJ National Historical Park. Volunteers & donations are warmly welcomed. www.FriendsOfLBJNationalPark.org. info@FriendsOfLBJNationalPark.org
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: 830-833-4685; POB 1375, Blanco, TX 78606. A Christian organization and a non-profit economic or community developer that partners and works "with" others, not "for" them, to provide a free opportunity for a home. Seeks to break the cycle of poverty and empowering individuals, focusing on their strengths and potential. The Blanco County Chapter, made up of a group of your friends and neighbors, is associated with the Austin Habitat for Humanity Affiliate, one of the largest affiliates in the country.
HILL COUNTRY CATTLE WOMEN CHAPTER OF TEXAS CATTLE WOMEN: Contact: Beverly Lacy, 830-229-5604. Promote and support the production of beef industry, support private property rights by encouraging state and federal legislation to maintain those rights. Non-profit, non-political. Meetings 3rd Tue, but no meetings in July, Aug, Nov, Dec. Time: 10-10:30a Social. A program usually follows the business meeting. Cost varies, according to meeting place, and this is for the luncheon (Beef, of course!!) which follows each meeting. No cost for attending just the meeting and not having lunch. Annual dues $30. Held in different area of the Hill Country and planned by members living in that area. Members from 12 counties across the Hill Country. Monthly newsletter.
HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT-TEXAS: 830-868-2427; cell: 512-757-1172; fax: 830-868-2427; POB 373, 804 Danz Well Rd, Johnson City, TX 78636. Amy Normand, Executive Director. Lands-on Learning for Land Stewards.
MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING (MADD): www.madd.org. Mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. Elizabeth Sooter, 830-868-4173
(THE) NATURE CONSERVANCY: 800-628-6860; www.nature.org. The leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
Local: 830-868-4830; US-218 N, Johnson City, TX 78636
OLDER ADULT RURAL SERVICES (OARS): Helps the elderly stay independent by providing transportation to the doctor and grocery store, picking up prescriptions, making friendly phone calls and visits. Volunteers are asked to drive once a month, or for those who do not wish to drive, there are other opportunities to help. Local OARS: In 2006, OARS volunteers spent 320 hours on the road, driving 9400 miles, serving 159 clients. Program Director: Diane Burke, 830-868-2672
PEDERNALES WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT CO-OP: 830-868-4528; 4256 RR-1320, Johnson City, TX 78636. Romelia & Harris Greenwood
RELAY FOR LIFE: www.relayforlife.org. Fundraising supports American Cancer Society and their search for a cure for cancer.
Local group: An overnight, fun-filled team event for all ages. Form a team and join us to help find a cure for cancer. Annual fundraiser event in April in Blanco. Info: Al Turner 830-833-5374 or 512-576-8959. Wendy Smith 830-833 5584 or 210-842-1555. Ernest O'Dell @ 830-833-0287 or 210-347-7378, www.cancer.org. 1-800-227-2345. www.acsevents.org
ROTARY CLUB: www.rotary.org. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
Local Rotarians: Blanco County Rotary Club, forming, email@example.com
TEXAS FARM BUREAU - BLANCO COUNTY: 830-833-5707;
63 Main St, Blanco, TX 78606-4900. texasfarmbureau.org.
A county-wide non-profit, providing a political voice regarding agriculture,
as well as insurance, financing and education services.
WIC (WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN) - HILL COUNTRY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: 830-249-3932; www.hillcountrymemorial.org/Main/WIC.aspx. Coordinated by Blanco United Methodist Church, 61 Pecan St, Blanco, TX 78606. Provides nutrition education; promotes and supports breast feeding; provides referrals to health care; provides supplemental foods including infant formula.
4-H: www.4-h.org. A global network of youth organizations, sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service (see above), whose mission is "engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development". Local 4-H groups:
- EARLY BIRD 4H CLUB: 830-868-7167; Meets 2nd Tue, Pleasant Hill School
- HILL COUNTRY SPURS 4-H CLUB: 830-868-7167; Meets 3rd Tue at 6:30p, at Blanco County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. www.HillCountrySpurs.org
- SOARING EAGLES 4H CLUB: 830-868-7167; Meets 3rd Wed, at Blanco County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 5:30p
Note: For Hill Country-wide non-profits, public service and social service organizations, see Hill Country Information
Note: For Blanco specific or Johnson City specific non-profits and social service organizations, go to Blanco Non-Profits and Johnson City Non-Profits
WITH OFFICES LOCATED OUTSIDE THIS COUNTY:
ACACIA MEDICAL MISSION: 830-228-4219; 353 Rodeo Dr, Spring Branch, TX 78070, at Bulverde Spring Branch Fire & EMS facility. http://acaciamedicalmission.org. Non-profit, faith-based charitable organization supported by volunteers, churches, civic groups, grants and private donations. Offers physicals, cancer screenings, treatment of chronic health problems such as diabetes, high BP, high cholesterol. Medication assistance, discounted diagnostic testing, and pro-bono specialist consultations are available. Target Group is uninsured & under-insured. Fees: $20 per visit donation. Eligibility Requirements: Family income less than 200% of poverty level. Serves Blanco and Comal counties. Map
AMERICAN RED CROSS, Hill Country Chapter: 830-257-4677;
333 Earl Garrett, Kerrville, TX 78028. firstname.lastname@example.org. A humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross Movement, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Serves Blanco, Gillespie, Mason, Menard, Kimble and Kerr counties.
Blanco County ARC Representative: Martha Mason, 361-549-8535
ANY BABY CAN OF SAN ANTONIO: 210-227-0170; 217 Howard, San Antonio, TX 78212. www.anybabycansa.org. A non-profit agency that provides direction and guidance for families of children and youth with special needs. All services are provided at no cost, regardless of income, to families who have a child (through age 17) with a chronic illness, disability, developmental delay or health risk. The child must reside in Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Medina, Real, Uvalde or Wilson County. Local office:
Kerrville: 830-792-4222; 819 Water St, Ste 109, Kerrville, TX 78028. Brenda Heimann, email@example.com
New Braunfels: 800-524-3755; 1040 N Walnut, Ste C2 at Seele Plaza, New Braunfels, TX 78130
HIGHLAND LAKES LEGAL CENTER: 512-755-7887; 115 Main St, Marble Falls, TX 78654. www.highlandlakeslegalcenter.com. A non-profit law office created to offer income-based legal services in Blanco, Burnet, Llano, and San Saba counties.
TEXAS MASTER NATURALISTS: www.txmn.org. A non-profit organization under the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Program in concert with Texas Parks & Wildlife. Mission is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.
Local: Highland Lakes. www.txmn.org/highlandlakes. Counties served: Blanco, Burnet, Llano. Meets 1st Wed, except Aug, 1-3p at Church of Christ, 711 Broadway, Marble Falls
TEXAS RIO GRANDE LEGAL AID (TRLA): 1-888-988-9996; 4920 IH-35 N, Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78751. www.trla.org. A non-profit organization that provides free legal services to eligible low-income residents in 68 counties of SW Texas, including the Hill Country, and also represents migrant and seasonal farm workers. No local permanent offices (except nearby Austin and San Antonio), however visits are made to some cities. Start eligibility application process on web or call for appointment. Counties served: Bandera, Blanco, Burnet, Comal, Edwards, Gillespie, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Real, Travis, Uvalde, Williamson
HILL COUNTRY-WIDE UTILITY PROVIDERS:
For Hill Country area utility service providers (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash),
telecom providers (land lines, cellular service, TV, internet), and related services (package delivery, newspaper, etc.), click: Utilities & Telecom
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