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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 • Posted October 13, 2011 12:37 PM

October 14, 1960

The Blanco Panthers again upset the sportscasters by defeating the Hutto Hippos 22-6, with an improved brand of football. The final score was Blanco 22, Hutto 6. Kurt Johnson, 190 lb. back, was a threat at all times. • Texas’ 7-man Water Development Board was considering whether to ask the next Legislature to expand and liberalize its program of lending financial aid to local water projects. The board presently had authority to issue $100,000,000 in bonds and use the money to make loans to local governments for water conservation projects. • The Blanco Chapter FHA was in San Antonio for the meeting of the newly organized District II held at McAllister Auditorium at the San Antonio College. The 502 members from this district were welcomed by Dr. Wayland Moody, President of San Antonio College.

October 16, 1970

The women of the Lutheran Church were busy making articles for their Fall Bazaar and Bake Sale to raise money for an air conditioning unit for Trinity Lutheran Church in Blanco. Annually, the Luther Women held a bazaar and bake sale to help raise money for extras needed for the church. Each woman created some article of her own choosing which made for a great variety to select from. • The school lunch for Wednesday was hamburgers, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, potato chips, peach half, and milk. • The new books on the library shelves were Ordeal of Ambition by Jonathan Daniels, and In Castro’s Clutches by Clifton E. Fite. The Fite book was given to the library by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lord in memory of Mr. Richard Ketchum.

October 16, 1980

A report of vandalism at the annual Creekwalk Art Show and an appeal for more extensive police patrol in Blanco were heard during the Blanco City council meeting. Dell Goeres, representing the Creekwalk Art Show, told council members that several bales of hay used in the art exhibit were scattered throughout the Creekwalk site and dumped into trash cans on the night prior to the opening of the show. Jim Jones, owner of Blanco Office Supply, was critical of local police efforts, saying he felt there needed to be continued patrol from the hours of 11:30 pm to 5:30 am. Jones told the council he had recently lost $6,000 in equipment during a burglary at his business. • Blanco’s emergency and law enforcement radio communication would be greatly improved if the City of Blanco was able to take advantage of an offer made by Earl & Opal Chadwell during the city council meeting. The Chadwells, in the process of erecting a 175-foot tower for their newly- franchised cable television system here, offered to give the city antenna space on the tower at no charge.

October 10, 1990

A 76- year old Gonzalez woman missing since August 30, 1990 was found dead off Ranch Road 306 just east of Highway 281. “It appears the deceased had driven into the pasture for some unknown reason and tried to turn around,” Detective Richard Alvarez of the Comal County Sheriff’s Department said. The autopsy revealed that the woman died from exposure and heat stroke. • Ground breaking ceremonies for the new EMS building were celebrated with a large crowd of dignitaries, EMS personnel, Volunteer Firemen, and well wishers at the site donated to EMS by Leo and Rena Rutledge at the junction of RR 165 and Bypass 163 east of Blanco. Jack Paine, President of EMS, did the first honors with the shovel, joined by County Judge Charles Scott and Mr. and Mrs. Rutledge. Construction would begin that week on the new building by Dennis Kusenburger of Fredericksburg and would be approximately 3,000 square feet.

October 11, 2000

Blanco city council members voted unanimously to contract with the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority to purchase an unspecified amount of water from Canyon Lake. The city’s tentative plans called for the annual purchase of a contracted amount of water form Canyon Lake. Because the contract specifies no amount as yet, the city could purchase one acre foot annually or as much as 600 acre feet. The water would be treated by the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation, then piped to Blanco. • There was a group of dedicated parents in town using their free time on weekends to promote school spirit in a very visible way. Volunteers had painted over 75 Panther paw prints in town. • Blanco’s Buffy Tyler, 22, ended up as the centerfold model for the November issue of Playboy, the well-known men’s magazine. Tyler moved to Blanco as a sixth grader. In 1996, she graduated from Blanco High School, then attended college for two years. She saw an advertisement from Playboy and went to San Antonio for a photoshoot. She stayed at the Playboy Mansion, home of Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner, 74 years old.

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