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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Thursday, July 14, 2011 • Posted July 14, 2011 11:01 AM

July 14, 1967

There would be a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Housing for the Elderly, Saturday July 15, 1967 in Johnson City to which the public was invited. There would be 44 units for the elderly and 6 units for low income families. In all, there would be a total of 181 rooms and a community center for the project. • The Little Leaguers, playing on the home field won over Stonewall with a score of 10 to 9. Two days later, Johnson City won over Blanco 5 to 0. • The Blanco Pee Wees tied 4 to 4 with Stonewall in four innings of play and Johnson City won over Blanco 5 to 4 in three innings.

July 15, 1977

Blanco water customers who used less than 1,500 gallons per month wouldn’t notice any change in their bills, but big users would notice that the $0.65 per 1,000 gallons over the minimum would start sooner. Holding the line on rates to the small users while adjusting charges so that those who use the most water would pay the most was the solution of the Blanco city council in response to a report by Mayor Clarence Waxler that the water department revenue was losing ground to rising costs. • The four Blanco County commissioners sat stunned when they learned they had spent the same $150,000 twice. Following an all day session that was spent trying to understand what happened to the $150,000 nest egg, the commissioners suddenly realized that the $150,000 in certificates of deposit were never taken off the county books. The unused money was just placed in CD’s to earn interest until it was needed for county expenses. Thinking that the $150,000 in CD’s was extra money, the commissioners decided to cash in the CD’s and divide them among themselves for work in the precincts and proportionate shares of the purchase of the Ragsdill building. • The confusion caused by trying to remember which residential garbage customers got once a month service and which ones got once a week service would be eliminated as Blanco upgrades all residential garbage pickup service to a once a week schedule, according to Mayor Clarence Waxler.

July 15, 1987

Hill Country Bazaar announced its grand opening July 18th and 19th on Highway 290 West, Dripping Springs. The new flea market was enclosed offering a little bit more comfort than most outdoor facilities. Don and Ione Cardiff have opened a 9,000 square foot building, four bay doors when opened offer a breeze that would make this facility a little more comfortable. Forty booths indoors would accommodate whatever arts, crafts, leather goods, and much more. • The Blanco County Girls Little League Softball All-Stars had their first game in Llano against Llano County. Blanco County won 22-2. • The lawn in front of First Baptist Church took a trouncing Monday by little sneakers of all sizes as children age three years to sixth grade lined up for a week of Bible School.• More than 400 high school juniors and seniors participated in the annual Texas Farm Bureau Citizenship Seminar on the campus of San Angelo State University at San Angelo. Attending the seminar from Blanco County was Melissa Blackburn, the daughter of James & Diana Blackburn of Blanco.

July 16, 1997

Though the key was cut from flimsy cardboard, its symbolic importance stood for years of unwavering hard work. The “key to the courthouse” was passed from members of the Old Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society to Bo Williams, site foreman with Prince Construction Inc. The Blanco company this week started the first phase of restoration and renovation on the old courthouse. The primary objective of the first phase was to restore and open the building as a fully-functioning community facility. • Blanco County Sheriff’s deputies assisted local an area law enforcement agencies in the apprehension of an escapee from Burnet County jail in the northwest section of Blanco County. Wyman Eugene Morris was taken into custody by Sgt. Archie Hollingsworth, Burnet County Sheriff’s Dpt. at the intersection of FM 1323 and County Road 308 after DPS Trooper Burl Pipes located a stolen vehicle driven by Morris. • Sheryl Smith-Rodgers of the Blanco County News was named to the Media Honor Roll, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) by Blanco Independent School District. The Media Honor Roll recognizes media representatives statewide who deserve recognition of fair and balanced reporting of news of public schools.

July 11, 2007

The Blanco Bowling Alley board of directors decided during their annual meeting to ban smoking in the front dining area at the Blanco Bowling Club Cafe. Smoking has always been allowed in the café, and is still allowed in the back dining area. • Blanco County’s District Judge had issued his ruling on a motion filed by the Blanco-Pedernales Groundwater Conservation District requesting the court to dismiss the lawsuit pending against it. The judge’s opinion, issued and filed on June 27th, denies that request.

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