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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 • Posted October 20, 2011 10:10 AM

October 20, 1961

Members of the Blanco Band and Bad Boosters were engaged this week in selling tickets to the Cole Circus which would be shown in the Blanco State Park. The famous circus, which is celebrating its 51st year, would bring a fine exhibit of circus entertainment and outstanding exhibits to the community. • The Blanco Panther football team had been advanced a classification because of the school’s increased enrollment and would meet a new set of foes in the next two years. • The Blanco Lions Club met at the Bowling Alley Café. The program for the evening was in charge of Henry Bendele. He spoke on wildlife management, showing how deer and game increase on range which is not overstocked with other livestock.

October 22, 1971

The third grade class of the Blanco Elementary School had an exciting adventure when they and their teacher, Mrs. Beatrice Ellison, had an invitation to be guests on the Uncle Jay and Packer Jack television show on KTBC.• A computer keypunch company was locating a new branch in Blanco. Keith Heimann, owner of the Rockdale Computing Company and the Smithville Computing Company, had announced the Blanco Computing Center was taking applications for experienced keypunch operators to begin keypunch production as soon as possible. • The Little Blanco Inn was now open for business after remodeling and expanding both dining room and kitchen facilities. During the expansion, a complete air conditioning system was installed.

October 22, 1981

The Blanco Panthers took their first step toward a District 29AA championship. As a matter of fact, they took a giant step toward that goal which eluded them last year. In soundly whipping Nueces Canyon 55-0, the Panthers established: one, they can be a first quarter team if they desired to be so; two, they were one of the top teams in the state; and three, they could win a homecoming game. • Drum major Janice Faurie would lead the 45-member Blanco High School Marching Band from Blanco onto the field at Westlake High School near Austin at the fifth annual Westlake Marching Festival. • Dairy Queen’s special of the week was a Hamburger & Fries for $1.85.

October 16, 1991

The Blanco Future Homemakers of America held a leadership workshop for area schools. BHS’s Collin Caudell, Regional officer, planned and conducted the workshop. Over 100 students from area schools attended. The nine schools represented were Hondo, Marble Falls, Medina, Burnet, Mason, Johnson City, Fredericksburg, New Braunfels, and student teachers from Southwest Texas State University. 21 students from BHS attended. • The Blanco school board again discussed the problem of water run-off from the new high school site at the meeting, which was attended by supervising architect Jon Stewart and Blanco Mayor Ryan Trimble. The engineer had approved the idea of berms in front of the school and at the Southeast corner of the property and had also suggested berms at the northwest corner to enclose a natural basin, which might slow drainage onto the roads.

October 17, 2001

Christina Wagner was crowned Homecoming Queen at the pre-game festivities. • At 9:34pm on Friday in Stonewall, life changed drastically when a tornado touched down on the west end of town at the intersection of US 290 and Ranch Road 1, then tore a path of destruction 400 yards wide and a mile long. It took out all utilities, phone, and electric, and all the trees in the path were shredded. • Recycling workers for the first time picked up materials collected at the Blanco school district’s recycling center. The center, located behind the Blanco Middle School, was cleared out. Students and staff of all three schools as well as many Blanco residents regularly drop off recyclable materials at the center. Approximately 8,000 pounds of recyclable materials had been delivered to the center for recycling.

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