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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 7, 2011 10:40 AM

October 7, 1966

An open house was held at the new elementary school building. Grades one through seven were moving in to start classes. • Milton Scharnhorst and L.M. Mobley were honored by the Blanco FFA chapter by being awarded the Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree and a plaque at the Annual Award Night Banquet. • Funeral services were held for Mrs. Mary E. Reeves. • Blanco Panther Band was named the runner-up in its category at the 31st Annual University of Texas Band contest. • The Blanco Woman’s Club held its first meeting of the club year in the home of Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Chick. Mrs. C.L. Meserole presided in the absence of Mrs. Jim Inglish. • The Yucca Garden Club held its first meeting of the club year in the home of Mrs. M.L. Moore. • Riley Tatum ran Blanco’s Television & Appliances Sales & Service next to Jack’s Barber Shop. Get your RCA Whirlpool Appliances here! • Playing at the Blanco Theater: The Russians are Coming (Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint) and The Glass Bottom Boat (Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Arthur Godfrey).

October 8, 1976

Blanco First Baptist Church held a social for interested youth in their fellowship hall after the Marion-Blanco football game. • The citizens of Blanco presented a play in the school gym about the early settlers of Blanco County titled “A Look Into Our Past.” • Homeowners were urged to install early-warning systems in case of fire. • Blanco had a big weekend with Homecoming Activities, including the bonfire, parade, crowning of the Homecoming Queen, the game against Marion, a reunion, and BBQ catered by the American Legion. The Creekwalk Art Show was also held on town creek, behind Blanco Office Supply (in 2010, Rain Bird Art Gallery). • A carnival and spaghetti supper held by the PTO raised funds to buy fans for classrooms. • 187 youth enrolled in the Blanco County 4-H. • On the school lunch menu for Wednesday: hot dog on bun (Texas Style), vegetable beef soup, orange wedges, tutti-frutti crisp, chips, and milk. • The Blanco Panthers dominated the Nixon Bobcats 12 to 0 during the opponent’s homecoming. • Dennis Moore announced his new shredding machine. • A baby shower was given to Mrs. Joe Summy. Hostesses were Martha Bethke, Lea Cresswell, Zoe Greenhaw, Maxine Byler, Ruth Harvey, Beatrice Ellison, Ann Beckham, and Blye Dollahite. • Holton Burleson ran as a write-in candidate for county sheriff.

October 8, 1986

Blanco ISD approved purchase of 21 acres of land bordering Rocky Road and Country Road for the new high school (in 2010, the middle school is here). • The Blanco football program was placed on UIL probation due to rules violations. The violation involved a summer weightlifting program. • The Blanco Lion’s Club sold lightbulbs at the Folk Life Festival at Gem of the Hills and had a dunking booth. • Tommy Holder and Gordon Dowdy ran for constable. Diana Rae Barry (incumbent) and Pat Immel ran for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4. Charles R. Jones and Rae Doran ran for County Commissioner, Precinct 1. Sterling Harwell, Bob Riley, and J.M Germany ran for County Commissioner, Precinct 4. Charles Scott ran for re-election for County Judge. • Super S held their grand opening. • Burnet spoiled the Panther homecoming. • The Blanco High School class of 1981 held their 5-year reunion at Blanco State Park.

October 8, 1996

City Council allowed outside watering again. • Brieger Pottery expanded its local showroom on the square. • A local resident complained in a letter to the editor that, in 1995, Super S dropped egg prices during the week of Halloween, allowing a greater amount of eggs to be purchased by youth for vandalous manners. • Mayor Ryan Trimble encouraged citizens to continue the city’s water conservation program and to keep the city’s daily usage under 200,000 gallons. • San Saba blanked the Panthers 35 to 0 in an away game, before a homecoming crowd. • Blanco Floral & Cake Shop reminded every one of Bosses Day on October 16. • Bootleg Pizza (“Pizza so good it should be illegal”) advertised a Monday Night special for a large pepperoni pizza for $7.99. • A Democratic Club was formed.

October 4, 2006

The Arnosky Barn neared completion at the intersection of RR 165 and FM 2325. • Keep Blanco Beautiful planned its Fundraiser and Soirée at Treetops Ranch. • Blanco Library received special donations that enriched its genealogy section. • Hilda Schmidt’s 90th birthday party at Trinity Lutheran was announced. • David Hall and Doug Pautz competed in the Texas State Senior Olympics and became eligible for the Summer National Senior Olympics. Both medaled for their age groups in the 5K and 10K races. • The high school baseball field received a makeover. • The Blanco 7th grade Panthers took two victories over the Johnson City Eagles. • The Yucca Garden Club held its first meeting of the club year at the Lindendale School House and was hosted by Stella Eikenloff, Gertrude Hartmann, and Lola Dowdy.

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