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Remember When
A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 • Posted April 7, 2011 11:32 AM

April 5, 1963

Miss Marilyn Byars was selected to represent the Blanco Lions Club at the District Convention in Austin as a candidate for Lions District Queen. • The Blanco Unit of the Texas State Teacher’s Association met in the Blanco School cafeteria for the purpose of electing and installing new officers for the 1963-1964 year. The following officers were elected: Mrs. Minnie Twidwell, president, Mrs. Dot Miller, 1st vice president, H.G. Bendele, 2nd vice president, Miss Selma Jones, secretary, and J.W. Castroll, treasurer. • The Blanco Panther Band went to Austin and took part in a concert playing contest in the Municipal Auditorium. They received a third place on three prepared selections. They received a second division in sight reading- a piece they had never seen. Miss Christie Posey entered in the contest as a student director and received a first place on her directing ability.

April 8, 1983

Blanco area voters picked through a field of three mayoral candidates, four councilman candidates and eight school board candidates to change the texture of local politics. Ed Tuffly collected 141 votes to defeat Mary Irwin (129 votes) and Marge Waxler (71 votes). Incumbent councilman Henry Knox was returned to his council seat with 189 votes while Michael Smith joined the council with 246 votes. Bill Smylie received 142 while Terry Cox tallied 51 votes. A total of 342 voters participated in the city election. • The Blanco Chamber of Commerce was planning a community park. C of C members intensified efforts to locate approximately 10 acres which would be suitable for a proposed $500,000 community park. The park as planned would include a swimming pool, softball diamond, parking for 200 cars, an open pavilion, a rodeo arena, a large picnic area, barbecue pits, an enclosed Chamber of Commerce building (for community functions), jogging and walking trails, shuffleboard courts and horseshoe pitching areas. • Mrs. Shirley McKinney, LBJ librarian, was retiring from the educational field after 31 years of service in the secondary school systems of the State of Texas. • Cheese and butter would be available to senior citizens and low-income families on a first come, first served basis at the Senior Citizens Center in Blanco, Justice of the Peace Diana Barry’s office, and at County Tax Assessor-Collector Charles Scott’s office in the Courthouse Annex in Johnson City. An estimated 400 families would be served.

April 7, 1993

Blanco attorney John B. Stevenson, who pled guilty to charges of bank and mail fraud, received three years probation and a $5,000 fine.

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