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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 • Posted March 24, 2011 2:22 PM

March 24, 1961

Marvin Triesch and Edgar Heimer were hospitalized with first and second degree burns last Friday after a chicken brooder they were cleaning at the Heimer place exploded. Reports on Thursday say they have showed marked improvement and were resting well at the Blanco Hospital. • The Baptists presented "The Glory of the Cross," an Easter cantata by Rosemary Hadler. • The Woman’s Club heard a vivid and informative lecture on the refugee problem in all parts of the world. Mrs. William Crook, the speaker, had traveled extensivey with her husband, Dr. Crook of the San Marcos Baptist Academy, in Europe and parts of Asia and had seen the refugee problem first-hand. • The county tax assessor-collector reported that more than 25% of the automobiles in the county were without current license plates. Citizens had also failed to obtain motor vehicle inspection certificates. The high way patrol would begin ticketing drivers in a week.


March 19, 1971

The fire department was kept busy with the tinder-dry conditions caused by the unusual winter drought. The department responded to several grass fires each day, including one in Payton Colony that caused extensive damage to the rangeland. • The Blanco Lion’s Club met at the Western Steak House to see a presentation by Alan Hawes who showed colorful slides of a hunting safari in Central Africa. • The Blanco Tennis Team entered the New Braunfels Unicorn Tennis Tournament. Players included Kristin Gloor, Debbie Goehmann, Robert Sierra, Jan Gourley, Buster Wagenfehr, David Cobb, Harold Knoll, David Triesch, and Jackie West. • Arnella Calhoun’s Attic Clothes shop featured the "latest styles of lovely feminine fashions for a lovlier you" with the Lovely Lady line.


March 26, 1981

The Hill Country Cupboard, at the intersection of Hwy. 281 and 290 in Johnson City, announced that it was open. Formerly Uncle Bob’s, the Cupboard specialized in barbecue and lunches. • Blanco students were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up. "Wonder Woman," said Katie Addis. "John Wayne," said Lonnie Gray. "Daisy Duke," said Collin Caudell. • The Blanco Panther High School baseball team upped its season record to 4 to 1 after defeating Marble Falls 7 to 2 in Panther territory. • The community was saddened after the death of popular high school student Robbie Riley after a traffic accident.


March 20, 1991

A water main ruptured and spilled 440,000 gallons of water into the river. A line had ruptured Saturday night and was leaking at a rate of approximately 500 gallons per minute. Rocks underground had punched indentations in the line. The dark and the rain made it hard to see the leak until morning. • Sandra Vargas, a senior, was named a semifinalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation competition. • Kay Smith and Jo Nell Haas made a presentation to the Ranch Hi-Way Extension Homemakers Club about the progress of the Old Blanco County Courthouse restoration. • Rio Blanco Cafe offered Santa Fe Fish during Lent.

March 21, 2001

Clifton Knoll, Matt Murrah, and incumbent Phil Anderson filed for the city council ballot. Mayor Louann Hayes filed for reelection. • Michael Doddridge, Stella Mancha, Bobby McClung, Randy Head, and John Smith ran for BISD Place 6. Board president Jim Pepper and Rev. Anamae Storbeck ran for Place 7. • Friends of the Blanco Library hosted a presentation by Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith. • Blanco State Park began its Walk in the Park series of interpretive programs.

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