May 5, 1967
The Blanco High School Band under the direction of Billy Harrel would participate in the Six Flags Over Texas Band Festival. To qualify for competition in this contest, a band must have received a First Division Rating in Concert, or the equivalent, in its state contest during the spring of the 1966 school year, or a First Division Rating in the Six Flags Concert Band Festival during the past two years. • On the school lunch menu for Wednesday was hamburgers, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, potato chips, peach half, and milk. • A proposed Blanco Bowling club was organized. If approved, the new club would purchase the bowling alley and operate the same. • Mrs. Emma Blackburn celebrated her 81st birthday with a delicious barbecue with all the trimmings. About 50 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren celebrated with Mrs. Blackburn.
May 6, 1977
Walter Lafayette Byars, known to nearly everyone as "W.L.," Blanco County Precinct 4 justice of the peace, unofficial historian of the City of Blanco, and 25-year secretary of the Blanco Masonic Lodge No. 216 AF & AM, died of an apparent heart attack. He was 66. Services were held Sunday at Crofts Funeral Home, and Masonic graveside services conducted by the Masonic Lodge at the Blanco cemetery. Brother David Klinger, Methodist minister, officiated at the services. W.L. had lived in Blanco all but six years of his life, having moved here with his family when he was six years old. He was also a writer for the Blanco County News for a time, writing about the early history of Blanco, the county, and its people. • Laura Upshaw qualified for the State Track Meet in Austin with a jump of 17’3" in the long jump. Laura had a triple jump of 33’ 5.5" to place third. The girl from Riviera beat Laura by ¼ of an inch. A jump of 34’ 1" won the triple jump. Others qualifying for regional were Dena Banks in discus and shot put, Kelly Neuman in 80 yard hurdles, and the 440 relay team of Connie Morgan, Linda Hostetler, Laura Upshaw, and Laura Hostetler. The girls team placed second in the meet with 106.5 points. Marion scored 119.5 points.
May 6, 1987
The Blanco Panthers continued to stay on top of the 29AA district race as they outscored Wimberley 15-9 in the first place game of the second round of play. In its game Friday night, the Panthers beat a good 3A team from Somerset 10-4. • Following a public hearing required by Texas law, the State Highway and Public Transportation Commission voted to increase the maximum speed limits on Texas’ rural Interstate highways. Raising the maximum speed limits on rural segments of Texas’ Interstate Highways brings into effect portions of Texas law that set speeds prior to 1974, the year the national speed limit was reduced to 55 mph. Under that law, large trucks can travel at 60 mph during daytime and 55 mph at night. The new provisions will allow automobile motorists to drive 65 mph.
May 7, 1997
For you ‘Net surfing fiends, Blanco and Blanco County had at least three web sites the city of Blanco, the Blanco library, and the Blanco County GenWeb page. The city site had loads of local information. From the home page, you could access pages on local restaurants, hotels, bed-and-breakfasts accommodations, area attractions, shops, real estate companies, artists, and a calendar of events. • Bill Krueger, whose 1,096 victories in 39 seasons made him the winningest high school basketball coach in history when he retired after the 1995-1996 season, is among 14 individuals due induction into the 1997 National High School Sports Hall of Fame.
May 2, 2007
The annual Old Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society Gala, which raises funds through ticket sales and a giant silent auction to help the society with the upkeep on the Old Blanco County Courthouse, was held at the Uptown Blanco Courtyard. After enjoying dinner prepared by the restaurant and lively conversation, many stepped onto the dance floor to the sounds of the John Bendele Band. • Shelly Kempf of Blanco has been selected "Miss Blanco County" and to represent Blanco County in the "Miss Texas International" pageant in San Antonio. The Miss International Pageant System recognizes young women for their ambition, accomplishments, and desire to make a difference in their communities.