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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 • Posted October 27, 2011 10:16 AM

October 26, 1962

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur S. Ross of Blanco observed their fiftieth wedding anniversary at “The Oaks,” their home on Highway 281 South. More than 200 guests called during the afternoon to wish the couple many happy returns on this golden wedding anniversary. • Football fans in the Blanco area paid $663.79 to watch the “Old Pros” and the “All Stars” in a benefit game to pay off the debt on the new illuminated scoreboard. Those “sideline quarterbacks” demonstrated that they “still had it” in a fashion that surprised and delighted the largest crowd to ever witness a football game here. The Old Pros, while unable to score, threatened several times and made it difficult for the All Stars to make their 3 touchdowns. The ladies were not to be outdone either. Forming two cheering sections, the girls kept up a rousing yell during the game and a halftime show that would be hard to beat anywhere.

October 27, 1972

The Texas Highway Patrol investigated 18 accidents on rural highways in Blanco County during the month of September 1972, according to Sgt. K. Bertling, Highway Patrol Supervisor of this area. The 18 accidents had resulted in four injured by no deaths for the month. The total for the County for the year was two deaths and 47 injured in 110 accidents. • Fritz Kuebel Jr. of Blanco showed the Champion Angora Buck Kid and Doe Kid at the Texas State Fair in Dallas recently. Other awards he received in the Angora Goat Show were 1st and 2nd buck kid; 1st pen of three buck kids; 1st and 3rd, doe kid; 1st pen of three doe kids; 2nd and 3rd, yearling doe; 2nd pen of three yearling does. Mr. Kuebel also received first place for Exhibitor’s Flock and a trophy as Premier Exhibitor. • The Blanco County News subscription rate was 1 year for $3.00 in Blanco, Comal, Gillespie, Hays, and Kendall Counties, and $4.00 elsewhere.

October 28, 1982

The Board of Directors of the financially beleaguered Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Hospital voted unanimously to ask county voters to support creation of a hospital district empowered with taxation privileges. A hospital district would also be able to issue bonds. The hospital, which was currently $282,283 in debt, would use the extra funds created by the taxing district to operate the hospital and pay off its debts. • Blanco County cities received $4,562.“ as their share of the state’s one percent sales tax for October 1982. Overall, state comptroller Bob Bullock sent $35.6 million to 967 Texas cities as their share of the tax. Blanco, which had made an almost negligible change from the previous year, received $2,429.71 for the net pay period. The comparable payment last year was $2,368.30.

October 28, 1992

After more than 3 years for the red tape to be unraveled, Gem of the Hills signed the contract with the Alternative Energy Program of the energy extension Service Act (Title V, Public Law 95-39) and the Oil Overcharge Restitutionary Act. A total of $59,209 would be provided from this grant to be used in the Energy Conserving features of the New Community Center. In addition, the Lower Colorado River Authority gave Gem of the Hills $33,797 to be applied toward the same energy saving features. Gem of the Hills also signed the contract engaging L.M. Holder III, of Austin, as the architect to plan and develop the new center. Groundbreaking would be the following Saturday. • At their meeting, the Advisory Board of the OBCCPS were told that the balance of $78,060.37 remaining due on the note would be paid to the National Trust, and the obligation transferred to the Blanco National Bank at a more attractive interest rate. • Gaylon Gipson of Johnson City won a $5,000 lottery ticket he purchased at Dixie’s Quik Stop at Hwy 290 location in Johnson City.

October 20, 2002

The WildFlower Theatre would present “A Gathering: How Can I Keep from Singing,” at the Old Blanco Theater. Vocalists Elizabeth Hodges and Sherri Stockman, accompanied by pianist Vickie Pautz, would entertain guests with Patsy Cline music and songs. • Clifford and June Baird celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the fellowship hall of Blanco United Methodist Church. Family and friends joined them for the occasion to share food, fun, fellowship, congratulations, and best wishes. • The Blanco School District celebrated the 15th annual National Red Ribbon Week with a district-wide art poster contest, theme days, planting red-white-and blue bulbs donated by the Blanco Lion’s Club, seeing special guest like McGruff (The crime dog), receiving anti-drug materials donated by the PTO, and an elementary door decorating contest. The year’s theme at Blanco was “United we Stand for a Drug Free Land.” • Agricultural students at BHS built picnic tables for the Panther football stadium. There would be a total of six tables built. Austin Energy donated $200 on behalf of the late Leroy Armke. The All-Sports Booster Club donated another $500 to purchase the rest of the materials needed to complete the project.

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