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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 • Posted June 17, 2011 5:04 PM

June 14, 1963

Miss Pam Taylor, 1962 State and National High School Rodeo Queen, participated in the 1963 State High School Championship Rodeo at Halletsville, where she is reigning queen. She also participated in Barrel Racing, Girl’s Breakaway Calf Roping, Pole Bending, and the Cutting Horse Contest. • All cattle were auctioned off first at the Blanco Livestock Auction Market. 2,248 animals were sold. Stocker-feeder calves brought from $17 to $28.75 per cwt; bulls ran from $16.40 to $21.50 while cows brought in from $7 to $29.30 per cwt and by the head sold from $76 to $129; cow and calf pairs sold from $184 to $193. Hogs, fat and sassy, sold for $7.30 to $16.80 per cwt.

June 15, 1973

The three newly-elected aldermen were sworn into office by Mayor Clarence Waxler at the City Council meeting. Glen Greebon, James "Doug" Morgan and August Bruns were then seated along with Jerry Lindeman, James Fischer and Mayor Waxler to make up the governing body of the City of Blanco. • Thunderstorms brought one of the heaviest rainfalls for this area in recent years. A total of 3.65" was recorded by Roy Byars. • Dennis Smith, a recent graduate of Texas A&I University, had been employed as Assistant Band Director for the Hondo Schools. • The new books in the library were The Mallen Streak, Elephants Can Remember, Nature’s Way, Animals in Camera, and Great Game Animals.

June 17, 1983

Daniel Picha, 45, of Twin Sisters was killed in what appears to be a feud with his father-in-law. Picha, operator of the Twin Sisters Texaco service station, was shot once in the left side of his chest, according to sheriff’s deputies. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Blanco Justice of the Peace Diana Barry. Charged with murder was Picha’s father-in-law, Owen Ezra Wortham, 67, of Blanco. Wortham was released from custody in lieu of a $100,000 bond set by Judge Barry. • An early morning fire destroyed the country home of Jack Martin, local contractor charged in the March 5 shooting of 16-year-old Mark Uecker. The fire totally destroyed the recently constructed wood and steel residence. Although members of the Blanco Volunteer Fire Department reported a quick response time to the alarm, the blaze was out of control by the time firefighters arrived. • Blanco County Commissioners presented the first proposed 1984 county budget at their regularly scheduled meeting, and those present were given a working departmental figure of $726,413.18. The proverbial catch-22 was an anticipated addition of approximately $200,000 to cover unscheduled contingency matters.

June 16, 1993

Miss Amber Johnson, sponsored by Guaranty Federal Bank was crowned Miss Blanco 1993. Amber is the daughter of Donnie and Carol Johnson. Macy Galbraith was 1st runner up Princess, sponsored by the Mane Sources; Christina Villegas was selected 2nd runner-up Princess, sponsored by Blanco Veterinary Clinic. • A 350,000 expansion project on the city’s water plant began and is expected to be completed by mid-October. Last year, in 1992, the Capital Area Planning Council awarded Blanco a $250,000 grant for the project. The city matched that grant with $100,000. Public works director Charles McCarty said the project would add a new solid contact clarifier along with a new filter and three raw water pumps. • First place float in the Blanco Jamboree parade went to Guaranty Federal Bank sponsoring Queen Amber Johnson. • The Texas Education Agency recently selected the Blanco Middle School to receive a 1993 Texas Successful Schools Award System Outstanding Performance Effort Recognition A Award. • The newest Blanco whodunit revolved around a five-food fantex ash tree that vanished from the high school campus

June 18, 2003

An 85 year old woman was injured after a two-car collision on US 281 at Blanco Avenue. Margaret "Bobbie" Page was airlifted by a Critical Air helicopter to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin. • The Blanco City Council unanimously voted to install a fire hydrant half way along the 10-mile water pipeline currently under construction. • Work on the city’s 10-mile long water pipeline began last week near Blanco Avenue just south of Rio Blanco Plaza.

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