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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 3, 2011 3:09 PM

November 1, 1963

A number of Blanco people inspected some of the flood control sites on the York Creek watershed in Hays and Comal Counties. Interest seemed to be revived in obtaining such a project on the Blanco and Little Blanco River watersheds. Considerable interest was shown several years ago in controlling flood waters around here but technical reasons prevented them from obtaining the highly desirable lakes. That had changed somewhat and it was believed that if they pushed the project, the floods on the Blanco and the Little Blanco watersheds could be controlled. • Work was progressing on the new sewer system in Blanco. Both contractors were busy in their respective projects. Walter Lackorn had a very large hold at the treatment site and was also working on one of the lift stations. Glade Construction Co. had several hundred feet of sewer lines already in the ditch and covered, with quite a bit more pipe laid out. Mayor Wayne Smith asked all those who had signed up and had not paid their sewer deposit to go to the city office as soon as possible and do so. He also stated that it would speed up construction work if each person would drive a stake near their property line at a point where they wanted the connection located.

November 2, 1973

The Gold Star Girl 4-H Award was received by Janice Scharnhorst. The Gold Star Boy Award was received by Nathan Schaeferkoeter. Martin Lindig and Mrs. Buddy Uecker were honored for their dedicated service to 4-Hers throughout the country. Henry Bendele and E. J. Hyatt, vocational agriculture teachers in Blanco and Johnson City, were recognized as “Friends of 4-H” by Debbie Koch.

November 4, 1983

Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officers arrested three Blanco residents on felony charges of manufacturing, possession and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamines, according to Blanco County Sherriff Sherman Brodbeck. Arrested were Leon Von Ostrand, his wife Judy Von Ostrand, and Loretta Inscore, all residents of Forest View North subdivision south of Blanco. Leon Von Ostrand and Ms. Inscore had been released from custody in lieu of $50,000 bonds each while Mrs. Von Ostrand was released in lieu of a $10,000 bond. It was believed that each charge carried a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment. • Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Hospital remained closed to the admitting of patients, the emergency room doors were secured, the phones were disconnected and the only ray of light was that doctors Eduardo Garcia and Henry Rohlich, along with dentist David White remained in business at the hospital until an undetermined future date. Hospital Board Members convened for what would probably be their next to last board meeting unless a leasing agency of buyer appeared within the next month. • Debbie Robinson joined the fight against drunk driving. Sixteen year old junior student at BHS, Robinson chose to wage war on drunk driving to earn her Silver Award as a Senior Girl Scout.

November 3, 1993

Despite a determined effort, the Blanco Panther marching band only placed fourth in the UIL area competition in Corpus Christi. Johnson City and Premont tied for first place, and Three Rivers ranked third. On Oct. 23, the 52-member Blanco band ranked second out of seven bands in the district 2-A UIL competition. • Blanco emergency personnel rushed a 12-year-old boy to a San Antonio hospital on Halloween night after he collapsed while standing on US 281 in front of Hill Country Stop. EMS transferred the boy to Humana Women’s and Children’s Hospital in San Antonio. The boy did not remember what happened or whether he was struck in the head by anything. The hospital held the boy for observation and would be released later. • The San Antonio Civic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Domenick Saltarelli would play at the First Baptist Church in Blanco. Two of Blanco’s own young musicians, Julia and Sarah Pautz, would be the featured violin soloists in the Violin Concerto in A Minor by A. Vivaldi. In addition to selections by such classical composers as Mozart, Bach, and others, the all-string orchestra would perform “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin and “Lara’s Theme” from Dr. Zhivago. During the intermission, soprano soloist Ms. Irma Navarro would sing and Nick Ross would play the trombone. Stan Lane would offer a vocal solo as well. • Mary Nabers, a teacher and University Interscholastic League (UIL) sponsor of literary events at Blanco High School, had been named one of 10 winners of the 1993 Denius-UIL Sponsor Excellence Award, UIL Director Dr. Bailey Marshall announced. The ten winners would each receive a $1,000 check from the UIL.

November 5, 2003

Kelby Cox was among the many children who enjoyed a festival hosted by Karla Riley and Riley’s Bar-B-Q. • A recent Texas Department of Transportation-sponsored study ranked Blanco County fourth worst of the 254 counties in Texas in severe accidents involving senior citizens. Concerned about traffic safety issues such as those noted in the study, the Wheels and Feet Task force had for three years studied ways to make Blanco streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and motor vehicles. • The Blanco Woman’s Club hosted state representative Patrick Rose of Dripping Springs to speak upstairs in the old Blanco Courthouse. Rose updated residents on new laws.

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