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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 8:56 AM

April 29, 1966

Mrs. Emma Blackburn’s 80th birthday was celebrated April 20, 1966. About 55 relatives and friends were present. There was a delicious meal of barbecue and its many wonderful trimmings served. The evening was spent in playing dominoes and everyone catching up on the latest news. Later in the afternoon, homemade ice cream and many delicious cakes were served. • Four college students from Blanco were among 875 fall semester Southwest Texas State students named to the San Marcos college’s Dean’s List recently. According to statistics released by college Dean Dr. Joe H. Wilson, 51 students made the superior honors list which is composed of students earning all A’s or A’s with no more than one B in all courses. The regular dean’s list was composed of 824 students with at least a 2.0 grade point or B average. Blanco students named to the Dean’s List were Henrietta Bourland, Joan Burg, Arlon Bruemmer and Kenneth Bindseil.

April 30, 1976

A special called meeting of the BISD Board of Trustees would be held to discuss the resignation of Superintendent Lester Cobb and to discuss filling the vacancy of the position. Cobb informed the Blanco County News that he was resigning to accept a position as superintendent at Van Vleck ISD. • The west side of the square of Blanco has jumped into the bicentennial paint-up and clean up spirit and Blanco residents would see some interesting changes at the old Alph Omega place, the old Blanco theater, and an empty building which is in between the two. • A meeting was held in Johnson City to reorganize the Chamber of Commerce with the following officers elected: Alton Felps, president; Lyndon Hobbs, vice president; and Helen Petermann, secretary and treasurer. • Mr. Eluterio Caseres was surprised with a birthday party by his sons and daughters. Part of the children attending were Mr. Mike Caseres of San Juan, Cindy Minnie of Hollywood Park, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Caseres and three year old Phillip Anthony of Southwest Atascosa, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Espino of La Coste. Cake and barbecue were served. • Comptroller Bob Bullock mailed checks totaling $11.9 million to 516 cities and towns as payment for their April city sales tax rebates. Blanco received a net payment of $772.71 and Johnson City got $544.45. 

April 30, 1986

The Blanco County Commissioner’s met in their regularly scheduled special meeting. The business agenda contained 21 items for consideration by the court. The court voted to spend $1700 to remodel County Attorney Dean Myane’s office in the courthouse. The remodeling job will make the office soundproof and will provide privacy for citizens who talk with the county attorney. The court delayed any action to replace patrol automobiles in the Sheriff’s department. Three of the four vehicles used by the sheriff’s department have mileage near the 100,000 mile figure. The court voted to lease a new Xerox 4000 copier for the county clerk’s office. The copier will be leased on a 60-month lease with monthly lease payments of $224.71. The present Xerox machine has been in service 13 years. • The Covered Dish Luncheon to honor the BHS Graduates attending church, their sponsors and families was an outstanding annual event. After the table prayer by Rev. Clyde Chestnutt, lunch was served to 100 people. 

April 24, 1996

Six students in eight events qualified for the UIL State Meet, and the BHS Academic Team finished in second place at the Region IV UIL Meet. For the fourth year in a row, the defending State Champion Computer Science Team placed first at the regional meet. Members were Jeremy Pope, Emma Cano, and Courtney Koch. Cano also won first in Headline Writing while Koch placed third in Current Issues and Events. Christina Lopez took second in Ready Writing and Sandra Sanchez finished in first place in Poetry Interpretation. Bryan Weber placed third in Prose Interpretation. • Representatives for Blanco Chapter of Future Homemakers of America attended the 1996 State Leadership Conference along with 4000 members and advisors from Texas. 

April 26, 2006

The Blanco National Bank purchased a Blanco County News subscription for each of the 78 Blanco High School seniors. The move by the bank would keep the graduating students connected to Blanco even though they’re away at college and venturing out into the real world. 

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