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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011 12:20 PM

July 19, 1968

A Grand Opening of Hazel’s Flowers and Gifts was held last Saturday. Many well-wishers dropped in to welcome the shop to the downtown area. Freshly decorated and tastefully arranged, the shop offered an expanded choice of gifts for all occasions. • The Blanco Little League defeated the Johnson City Little Leaguers 22 to 3. Jimmy Cardenas pitched an outstanding game with 7 strike outs.

July 21, 1978

Although rural communities throughout Central Texas, such as neighboring Johnson City were facing dwindling water supplies in the prolonged dry spell, Blanco had plenty of reserve water, according to Mayor Clarence Waxler and City Engineer Charles Holmes. • Adding a middle school building, promoting still another bond issue, and the possibility of consolidating with Blanco ISD were major topics of discussion for the Johnson City School Board. The keynote of the whole meeting was a relatively-harmonious working together, for the first time, of the entire board—the four “old-timers” and the three “new wavers.” The joining-together appeared to have been precipitated by the appearance of Jules Ray Gipson of the Band Boosters – following a report by Superintendent of Schools Lloyd Smith that the finances appear to be will in the black for next year and the board could consider either a cut in the tax rate or remodeling and upgrading the elementary school… a need that had been in the recently-defeated bond issue. • A Stonewall youth was killed instantly and a Fredericksburg young man remained in critical condition as the result of a single- car accident near here late Saturday night.

July 20, 1988

The Pantherette Drill Team Officers and their Director, Shyrle Brooks attended camp in Georgetown at Southwestern University last week. They returned with the highest honors possible to attain at this camp. The Grand Sweepstakes trophy was awarded to them for having earned a Sweepstake as well as having accumulated the highest point values in the Precision Drill evaluation program. • The Advisory Board Council for Facilities for Blanco ISD met and continued its assessment of facility needs for the district. Decisions were made on the remainder of priority one items and all priority two items during the meeting. • The Solomon Wagner Reunion was Saturday afternoon out at Eugene Jr. Triesch’s place on the Blanco River. There were 108 attending coming from Austin, Corpus Christi, Lampasas, San Marcos, Houston, Burnet, Kingsville, College Station, Georgetown, Bulverde, San Antonio, Spring Branch, and Blanco. • Blanco County All-Stars are made up of All-Star players 13 years of age from Blanco and Johnson City Junior Leagues. Blanco County is in the West Division hoping to advance to play the winners of the East Division.

July 22, 1998

An estimated $180,000 worth of illegally cultivated hallucinogenic mushrooms were seized Saturday near Johnson City in what law enforcement officers called the largest mushroom bust in Texas history. Peyote cactus, another hallucinogen, was also discovered at the accused’s residence in Austin. Over 40 pounds of mushrooms and a large scale growth operation was discovered 3 miles east of Johnson City on FM 2766. • After many hours of hot practices and track competitions, five members of the Johnson City Track Club were going to compete in the Norfolk, VA for the XXXII National AAU Junior Olympics Games. • A preliminary figure presented during the regular school board meeting by architect Randall Fromberg and project manager Clayton Kennedy put the price tag of the new high school at more than $7 million. District voters approved a $6.5 million project. • Blanco National Bank would open its first branch office on Main Street in Fredericksburg. The branch office, a modular building located on the east side of Fredericksburg, would open August 3rd. • A benefit performance of Turning Point featuring Marge Champion dancing with Blanco County resident David Key, was staged in London for HRH Diana, Princess of Wales.

July 23, 2008

Dr. Buck Ford was elected BISD Superintendent. Dr. David Behrends moved for the appointment, and MaryAnn Weaver seconded. The vote was not unanimous, however, reflecting a continuing split among trustees. • Police were called to the Blanco Middle school to investigate a break in. Vandals broke a window and spray painted walls in the school, reportedly with the same symbols that were found painted on the vehicles and building at Verizon and the Bowling Alley the previous week.

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