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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 22, 2011 9:49 AM

September 22, 1967

Workmen were busy installing new central office equipment in the Blanco Telephone Exchange in a new building recently built just to the rear of the old office. Officials of the Southwestern States Telephone Co. treated several of the City Officials, Civic and Service Club members to a luncheon and inspection tour of the new facilities. The new equipment was expected to be put into use on Dec. 13, 1967. It would enable the company to upgrade services in several ways. Among these would be that when dialing a number that has disconnected or a not in use, the person making the call would be notified by an operator or recording. Also, when a person moved to any other location within the Blanco exchange, they would be able to keep the same number. • Announcement had been made that the Community Council of Comal and Blanco Counties was to receive funds for the Operation Mainstream Job Training program. The Operation Mainstream program for this area was Federally funded at $499,950.00. This project was a Work-training program for adult men and women over 22 years of age. The program would encompass a vast 27 county area in West Central Texas and would be training 132 enrollees at any one time.

September 23, 1977

Blanco Chamber of Commerce took first place in the annual Republic of Texas Chilyimpiad. The State Chili Cook-off in San Marcos drew record crowds. Approximately a dozen chamber of commerce teams competed in the cook-off. Blanco won $250 for showmanship with their D.O.A. Chili (dead on arrival). The team used a black Cadillac hearse as their cooking van and a borrowed coffin from Crofts Funeral home as their table. Blanco also offered free rides to anyone who always wanted to ride in a coffin. Larry Smith and Wade Wagner were the master cooks of the team. • Blanco County JP Alvie Mayfield was withholding a ruling in the death of Stephen Anthony Mazurek pending further investigation. Reached at his office just before press time, Mayfield indicated he wanted to take another look at the death scene before making a final ruling. Mazurek, 31, died about 5:30 pm in his Johnson City apartment, the victim of a 12 gauge shotgun blast. • Investigation was still continuing at press time in the weekend burglary and safe-cracking at the Southwest Center at Round Mountain. Sketchy details pointed to the burglary of the office of Round Mountain attorney A.W. Moursund and theft from the safe of the Round Mountain post office. 75-80 men’s western style suits, valued at approximately $125 each were also missing from the Western Wear Shop of George Haynes.

September 23, 1987

Stacy Stauffer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Stauffer of Spring Branch, was crowned 1987-1988 Panther Homecoming Queen during ceremonies at Friday’s game between Blanco and Centerpoint. • The statewide Texas EMS week started off in Blanco with the annual barbecue and dance to benefit the Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corps at Twin Sisters. Blanco families, friends, and neighbors came to the hall for the barbecue dinner and consumed or purchased 1,000 pounds of prime brisket, along with dinners that included potato salad, cole slaw and beans. Barbecue was sold by the pound at the barbecue pits along with sliced barbecue plates inside the hall. Serving began at 5 pm and continued past the published time of 7 pm. The dance began at 9 pm with music provided by Kelly Dowdy and the Middle of the Fiddle.• Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade in Blanco Elementary were presented a program on bus safety from 8:30 to 10:30. The first part consisted of films and visuals on bus safety. The second area of the program covered actual participation of the safety rules by students boarding the bus and simulating the rules previously learned. • The Panthers won their homecoming game against the Center Point Pirates 26-13.

September 24, 1997

Blanco EMS Fundraiser barbecue and calf raffle raised approximately $10,000 on the courthouse square. The proceeds would go to the volunteer ambulance corps’ ambulance replacement fund. • Responding to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff Bill Elsbury announced that Blanco County citizens were being invited to become Associate Members of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas. Membership appeals would go out in the mail shortly. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program could do so for as little as $20. The funding provides critically important technical resources training and legislative support on key criminal justice issues. • Lee Mullikin of San Marcos, a professional dog obedience trainer with experience taught a two-hour class at the Blanco Veterinary Clinic. The class would run for four consecutive Saturdays. Cost was $61, which included a collar and a leash. Dogs as young as 8 weeks old would be accepted in the class, which had no size limit. Canines in the class would be taught how to walk on a leash, sit and stay, and to come when called.

September 26, 2007

Pedernales Electric’s Board of Directors had approved a contract with American Electric Power to purchase approximately 50 megawatts of renewable electricity produced by AEP’s South Trent wind farm in West Texas. The purchase represented half of the farm’s total output and was part of PEC’s ongoing Green Works initiative. Pedernales Electric’s Board approved the agreement, but the 20 year contract would begin when the wind farm commenced commercial operation at the end of 2008. PEC already offered electricity produced by renewable sources through its renewable power rate, which was reduced twice that year to encourage participation.

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