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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 • Posted August 4, 2011 7:55 PM

August 5, 1960

A "you all" crowd of approximately 5,000 from the Hill Country of Central Texas greeted neighbor Lyndon Johnson at an old time barbecue supper and political rally that was also a sort of homecoming celebration in the Blanco State Park. There were visitors from San Antonio, Austin, and other cities with buses and auto caravans from as far as the Rio Grande. The was not only the biggest and smoothest running celebration ever held in Blanco County, but was picked up by all the wire ser4vices and carried to the world under the Blanco date line.

August 7, 1970

Henry G. Bendele, Vocational Agriculture teacher in Blanco High School, was honored by the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas in Dallas, according to David T. McVey, El Paso, president of the organization. Bendele was recognized for his 30 years of service to Vocational Agriculture programs in Texas. • Mrs. Henry Hund, who practices organic gardening here, brought a twelve and one-half inch sunflower head by the News office. She said she would be willing to share seeds from this monster with anyone who might like to raise them for bird seed or a different taste treat.

August 7, 1980

A cantankerous chain saw was blamed as the cause of a large brush fire on the Buttery Ranch which swept across 30 acres of land and destroyed at least two farm buildings. Local volunteer firemen said an operator of a chain saw on the Buttery Ranch removed the machine’s spark plug in an attempt to get it started but succeeded only in spreading a fiery sheet of gasoline across dry grass. The fire quickly grew out of control and fanned by afternoon winds, spread across the ranch. Two small farm outbuildings were engulfed by the fire. No other property damage was reported. • The Texas Highway Patrol investigated 6 rural traffic accidents in Blanco County during June 1980 according to Sergeant Ralph C. Meyer, supervisor for this Highway Patrol Sergeant Area. These accidents resulted in zero deaths and 3 injuries.

August 8, 1990

Blanco, Texas resident Ernest W. Prince joined former President Carter and Rosalynn Carter in Tijuana, Mexico, where they built homes with families currently living in shacks made of cardboard and refuse. Prince was among 2,000 volunteers from the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and China, who, with the Carters, built 100 homes in Tijuana and seven in San Diego, California. This effort- known as the Jimmy Carter Work Project- was the focus of Habitat for Humanity’s HouseRaising Week Worldwide 1990. • The number of false alarms rose to seven when two separate calls during the day sent emergency crews in search of reported car accidents. Reporting a false alarm was a Class A misdemeanor punishable by one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,000.

August 9, 2000

Charges were dropped against two of four Blanco students arrested in January in connection with several bomb threats and a bomb blast at the former Blanco High School on Rocky Road. • New LBJ High School high school principle David Shandley hoped to get the school year off to a sartorially smart start. He had announced a dress and grooming code for the upcoming year.

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