June 26, 1964
Slight damage occurred when chemicals exploded in a storage room in the high school science laboratory in Johnson City. Cause of the explosion was unknown as no one was in the building at the time. • The Jolly Eight 42 Club party was held in the home of Mrs. Alvie Weeaks. Mrs. Ora Dotson won first prize, Mrs. Lola Brodbeck got second and Ruby Lee Smith got third.
June 21, 1974
A joint meeting of the Blanco County Commissioners, Blanco City Council, and Johnson City Council was held in the County Courthouse to discuss management of the County landfill. The two city councils agreed that the most feasible course of action would be for the County to operate the landfill and the two cities split the cost of the operation down the middle. The cities also proposed that the County purchase the equipment for operating the landfill. The cities would then split the cost of operation. • Three young men were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. Each young man pleaded not guilty, and was released on $2,500 bond.
June 20, 1984
Blanco Panther first year athletic director and head football coach, Jerald Klett, indicated he would be leaving the Panther’s Den and heading down the road to Pearsall, where he accepted a similar position at the 4A school. • At approximately 8:45 AM Tuesday, long distance telephone service to some 15,600 General Telephone customers in Blanco, Johnson City, Fredericksburg, Stonewall, Willow City, Marble Falls, Round Mountain, and Granite Shoals was disrupted. The problem was due to a major Southwestern Bell underground telephone cable, located about 10 miles south of Fredericksburg, which was accidentally severed by a road contractor. • BISD School board approved a $500 reward offer for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of the person allegedly responsible for sinking the school bus in the Blanco River in May.
June 22, 1994
A second officer has resigned from the Blanco police department to search for another position with a larger department. Police chief Ed Sonier this week reported that part-time officer J.J. Schmidt resigned after working a little over a year with the department. • It’s served the town through rain and sleet and gloom of night for 18 years, now the Blanco branch of the US Post Office received some well-deserved renovation work. A new concrete sidewalk was poured Friday in place of the well-worn path leading from the Pecan Street parking area to the front door.
June 23, 2004
In the midst of a rash of recent burglaries, the Blanco police department urged citizens to take precaution to make themselves and their businesses a harder target. “They think that because they live in Blanco, they’re okay, “ Assistant police chief Douglas Bledsoe said. “That’s not the case. The same people who burglarize in San Antonio drive through Blanco every day. And not all of our citizens are honest and upstanding. We have a criminal element here too. You need to take care of your property or someone will relieve you of it.” Bledsoe recommended some common sense practices, such as taking your keys and locking your vehicles wherever you go, including running into the post office, and not leaving valuables out in plain sight. Cell phones, purses, wallets, and other valuables should either be taken with you or secured within your locked vehicle out of sight.