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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 • Posted May 19, 2011 11:50 AM

May 23, 1969
Blanco Motor and Car Wash opened for business on Highway 281 in the south part of town. Owned by I.C. Caswell and Dean Caswell, the car wash was operated by Jim Latham. • The music pupils of Mrs. B. R. Gloor presented a piano and organ recital at the First Baptist Church. Students who appeared on the program were: Billy Jean Beck, Sandra Bindseil, Vickie Bruemmer, Cathy Conn, John Lee Conn, Celeste Ann Fischer, Jay Gloor, Karen Gloor, Kristen Gloor, Bret Immel, Troy Immel, Harold Knoll, Nancy Murrah, Rita Posey, Debra Price, Holly Smith, Mickey Smith, Rankin Smith, Suzy Smith, Linda Tatum, Ricky Weirich, & Nancy Williams. • The Baccalaureate Service was scheduled for the following Sunday. The class graduates were Brenda Armke, Fred Banks, Joyce Bates, Bobby Beckman, Marsha Brown, Mike Burkhart, James Caudell, Jackie Clark, Jacque Dechert, Stanley Edmondson, Troy Edwards, Mary Jo Fuchs, Wanda Fuchs, Pat Haas, Eddie Knoll, Edward Knoll, Patsy Lux, Timmy Maddox, Kenneth Pahmeyer, Faye Reeves, Dennis Smith, Foy Wagner, Gary Walker, Margaret Webb, and Nickie Wolfe. Their class motto was: “Not at the Top, but Still Climbing.”

May 18, 1979

A packed house of concerned citizens at LBJ Memorial Hospital saw little or nothing accomplished as Dr. David Vause refused to participate in a closed meeting, and left while one was going on, indicating he was planning legal action. Once again it came down to a question of communication mixup and legal arguments—as Dr. Vause insisted he had asked for an open Hospital Board meeting and Board president George Weirich and Hospital Administrator Eddie Dyer felt he had asked for a “joint conference committee” hearing- said committee consisting of the board members plus the hospital’s medical and dental staff (Dr. David Abott and Dr. David White). • Machaevellian diplomacy, power politics and polite blackmail Monday night ended up with the unhappy news that Blanco’s water rates are going up. In the only positive result of a long and hectic City Council session, the aldermen, admitting they “might get run out of town,” voted to leave the base water rate at $3.50, but to raise the cost per thousand gallons thereafter effective July 1 from 65 cents to 85 cents—Mayor Butch Crofts feeling this would only affect the large users of water and that “little old ladies and what-not won’t suffer.” • The Monday Night Blanco Jamboree Committee meeting started out with a walk through the new festivity sight. It’s beautiful, and has lots of room for lots of different activities. The Blanco Chamber of Commerce sponsored dance for the Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Corps was a huge success. There were 299 people at the dance. At press time, the total money collected from the dance and individual donations amounted to over $2,300. • Five members of the Blanco Elementary Special Education Class attended the Fifth Annual Jaycee Special Olympics Track Meet held in San Marcos. The students were participating as members of the Hays-Blanco Special Education Coop. The team was organized by Shirley Rice of the Coop Staff. Tirso Barrera, Gloria Jones, Peggy Kneese, Beverly Paper, and Nim Rod Smith, participated in events like the softball throw, 50 yard dash, 100 yard dash, standing long jump, and tug-of-war. They brought home a number of ribbons, including five first place ribbons won in the softball throw, 50 yard dash, and 100 yard dash.

May 17, 1989
BHS high jumper Crystal Cox finished second in state in the 2A Division at Memorial Stadium. With a jump of 5’8”, Cox jumped her all-time best to finish behind the 2A state winner, Leigh Ann Crews, who jumped 6’1 ½” to tie the state record and to set a Class 2A mark. Track coach David Hanus stated, “ Crystal is only the second girl from Blanco in the past twenty years to take part in the State Track Meet. • BISD Superintendent Larry Moehnke submitted his resignation to the school board in a special meeting as he has accepted a position with the Beeville ISD, a 4A District with 4400 students. He said it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up and was looking forward to the challenge there.

May 19, 1999
District Judge Charles Hearn sentenced James Bernard Tenny of Blanco to 65 years in the state penitentiary after Blanco County jurors found Tenny guilty of murdering his common law wife, Joyce Mulvey, also of Blanco. • “Bob the Bull” visited Blanco elementary school students as part of the Southwest Dairy Center’s “Mobile Dairy Classroom” program. The mobile classroom is one of seven touring schools around the state to expose children to the various aspects of a dairy farming from production to processing to marketing. 400 plus children visited with Bob and “Rosy the milk cow” in a program sponsored by independent dairy farmers along with Select Milk Producers, Elite Milk Producers, Barums, Promiseland, and other large milk producing companies.

May 20, 2009

Rain Bird Gallery was burglarized. Thieves got away with over $20,000 worth of valuables. • The Masonic Lodge presented Dr. Behrends with the Lamar Medal. He was honored for his 21 years of continuous service.

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