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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted September 1, 2011 12:13 PM

August 28, 1964

Lyndon Baines Johnson was nominated for President of the United States at the Democratic Convention being held in Atlantic City. This was assured well in advance but did not dampen the enthusiasm of the delegates and guests attending the convention. Thus, Johnson became a candidate for the office on his own which he has held since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy nine months previous. Johnson lived up to his precedent-breaking tradition by appearing on the floor of the convention almost immediately after receiving the nomination, and after receiving cheers of the thousands of people jamming the Convention Hall, announced that his choice for the vice-presidency was Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota. Immediately following this Sen. Humphrey was nominated and his selection was made without dissent, as had been that of the president. Gov. John Connally placed President Johnson’s name in nomination, which was shared with Gov. Edmund G. Brown of California. • Five new faces would be greeting pupils on Monday morning at the Blanco Public Schools. These include Lester C. Cobb, Superintendent, who comes here from Luling where he had been High School principal for the last five years; Billy Harrell, band instructor and elementary teacher, who is a graduate of the University of Texas; Miss Judith Twiford, girls’ PE and girls’ basketball coach, a graduate of Sam Houston State Teachers College, of Houston; Mrs. Irene Hatch, who taught in the Blanco Schools several years ago; and Mrs. Shirley McKinney of Johnson City, who would divide her time between the Blanco and Johnson City Schools as Librarian.

August 30, 1974

Justice of the Peace W.L. Byars received a phone call from a young man in Houston, Texas. The young man asked if Byars would perform a marriage ceremony for him and his wife-to-be. Mr. Byars said he would. On August 10, the young couple drove to Blanco and Mr. Byars performed the ceremony. Recently, Byars received the following letter:

“Mr. Byars: We got your name through the Court House in Blanco County. We knew we wanted to get married in Blanco, so we called the Court House to find out your name. There was no other reason for getting married in Blanco except it is just a small, beautiful town—just what we wanted. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Mangum” • Little Blanco Inn advertised a Saturday Night Special of Charcoal Broiled Steaks. The Super Special was a New York Strip steak, regularly $3.85, on sale for $3.35. • Kaopectate was on sale at Cochran’s for 99 cents, as was a 9 oz can of Sure aerosol spray deodorant and a 1 pound can of Folger’s Coffee.

August 29, 1984

Shock waves rippled through the Blanco School cafeteria when Superintendent Bobby Roberts began explaining the aspects of state legislation dealing with extra-curricular activities and authorized absences to the teachers assembled for a back-to-school welcome and orientation. Although House Bills 72 and 246 would have far reaching changes throughout Texas education, the coaches and other teachers involved in sports, UIL competition, stock shows, band and other types of activities were stunned to learn the extent of the limitations being imposed. One thing became clear, students would have to make choices about the activities in which the wished to participate. The first change was a scholarship requirement: a student must be passing in at least four academic courses for which they have no prior credit, and they must also have passed four subjects in the preceding semester. Passing now means a grade level of at least 70. To be a cheerleader or on the drill team, a student must carry at least a C average, or not less than 77. Students would not be permitted to be absent from any course more than ten times during the 175 day school year to participate in any school related activities on or off the campus. The student would not be allowed for any reason to miss any class in which he does not have and maintain a 70 grade average. • Katti Purvin, a 17-year-old Swedish exchange student, would spend a year in Johnson City studying under the American Scandinavia Student Exchange Program.

August 31, 1994

Despite complaints voiced by a few people, a portion of 11th street near the Blanco elementary and middle schools would remain closed on school days from 7:15 AM to 3:45 PM. In a show of strong support for the measure, three school administrators and more than 10 parents attended a special meeting of the Blanco city council last Thursday. Those who spoke to the city leaders said the street should remain closed. • Twosy Dartez and John Luper of Blanco won five first prizes at Dance Camp at the Mesa, Arizona, Hilton Hotel Aug. 19-21. The couple returned this week with beautiful trophies announcing a First in Two-step, First in Waltz, First in Swing, First in Rhythm Two-step, and a First overall.

September 1, 2004

Under towering live oak trees with a cooling breeze from the Pedernales River, a crowd of around 125-150 celebrated President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 96th birthday at the Johnson Family Cemetery at LBJ National Park. • Blanco Senior and starting quarterback Pepe Mancha gave the Pep Rally speech. Mancha said he was more nervous about the speech than about the game because he knew the team had Susan Garza watching over them to keep them save. • The Blanco Panther Band was the recent beneficiary of a generous donation from the Blanco National Bank given to the Blanco Band Boosters for the purchase of a new trailer. The proceeds were given to Blanco ISD and used to purchase to spacious 20x8 Haulmark trailer pictured from Blanco Valley. Doby Benson of Benson Body and Paint donated his expertise as well as a receiver for the school truck and improvements to the electrical system. Kim Faver and Kim Brockway of Kims Printing donated the decals that decorate the exterior. So many people were involved in the process and deserve many, many thanks.

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