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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 • Posted November 21, 2011 9:31 AM

November 12, 1965

Blanco and Johnson City telephone users would be able to dial each other direct and without a long distance charge beginning early in 1966. Announcement of the final arrangements for extended area service (EAS) between the two cities was made by John S. Skinner, Service Center Manager. Approval of the EAS plan was given by the City Commission at Blanco and the City Council at Johnson City. At the time EAS is established, local service rates in Blanco and Johnson City would be raised to $11.50 for business one-party and $9.50 for business two-party service; $6 for residence one-party, $5 for residence two-party, and $4 for residence four-party service. • C.W. Hunter and Son of Blanco would be among the Texas exhibitors at the 1965 International Live Stock Exposition to be held in Chicago. They had listed entries for the purebred Suffolk sheep classes of this event which would celebrate its 66th anniversary as the country’s largest stock show.

November 14, 1975

Blanco High School students were given the OK on vending machines but turned down on the question of an open campus by school board members at their regular meeting. Student council Marcella Mann requested to be placed on the agenda for the school board meeting to discuss the possibilities of an open campus and vending machines. Keith Scharnhorst, Bret Immel, and Ken Olfers appeared before the school board representing the student council to hear arguments for and against the questions placed on the agenda. The board could not give student representatives any concrete answers to why the students should not be mature enough to choose between their school lunch or candy machines and OK’d the placement of a candy machine in the high school building. • The First Baptist Church of Blanco would begin Revival Services. Speaker for the week of Revival would be the Rev. Mel Hardin, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dalhart. The singer for the week was Gary Covin, Minister of Music of the First Baptist Church in McGregor. • The estimated worth of building, property, vehicles, and equipment of Blanco school property totaled some $428,233.20 with cash and temporary investments of $99,209.62 and a total of $8,364.05 allotted to receivables.

November 13, 1985

City of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers arrested Brady Barrs, 40, of Austin in connection with the November theft of a Johnson City Fina station. Barrs was apprehended and turned over to Blanco County Sheriff’s officers and was currently lodged in the Blanco County Jail with bond set at $10,000. Blanco County Sheriff Holton Burleson told the BCN that warrants had been issued for Nathaniel Holmes and Lawrence Taylor in connection with the Fina theft that netted suspects approximately $5500 in checks and cash. • Dairy Queen had a 99 cents split sale. The Split started with a fresh whole banana, mountains of creamy rich DQ topped with luscious strawberries, tropical pineapple, rich chocolate, and finished off with heaps of whipped topping.

November 15, 1995

Blanco’s Headstart program would remain open through the remainder of the school year, despite cuts in federal funding. According to Headstart officials, the local program would lose approximately $21,000 due to cuts in the federal budget. In order to keep the program afloat, officials asked Blanco school trustees to fund Headstart’s rent and utility costs. The Blanco school board agreed to pay for two expenses, which amounted to $692 a month of $5,536 for eight months. The pre-kindergarten program served 20 four-year-old students. Superintendent Mike Adkins said he believed the program would be continued past the school year, but trustees could not obligate funds past the current school year. • City streets overlapping onto private property, front porches sitting on city easements, and private buildings constructed on city property—such situations were widespread throughout Blanco. Just a few months previous, Carrol Fuchs finally reached an agreement with the city after a two-year standoff concerning fence posts he erected down the middle of 14th street to mark the boundary of his property. Not wanting to set a precedent and trigger more encroachment issues, the city council agreed to write a letter to the bank promising to keep Fifth Street where it is but without abandoning rights to the city easement.

November 16, 2005

Long-time federal prosecutor, Dan Mills, was sworn in as judge for the 424th District Court by Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson of the Texas Supreme Court. The ceremony took place in the Senate Chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin. Governor Perry appointed Mills to the court which covered the counties of Burnet, Blanco, Llano, and San Saba. • In his report to the trustees of BISD at their regular meeting, superintendent Lynn Boyd announced the awarding of Gold Performance Acknowledgements (GPA) by the Texas Education Agency to all three Blanco schools. Those awards were created by the Texas Legislature in 2001 “to recognize districts and campuses that go above and beyond the basics.” BISD earned recognition for its Attendance Rate and for scores on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams, BHS earned GPA’s in the areas of Attendance, AP/IB exam scores, and Comparable Improvement; Reading on TAKS exams.

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