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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 • Posted November 23, 2011 3:08 PM

November 25, 1966

Two additional screwworm cases were found in Blanco County during the past week, creating some concern for the security of the eradication program in the area, according to O.L. Patterson, County Agent. The first case, reported last week, was in the South end of Blanco County, while the two reported this week were in the North part of the county.This should remove any complaceny from producers of the county that there is no need to worry about screwworms. It is most important that any suspected worm cases be sent in for proper identification and that all reasonable precautions be taken in case of wounds in livestock. • A new men’s dormitory, Buckner Hall, was dedicated at Southwest Texas State College at San Marcos. The dorm, which houses some 400 upperclassmen, was dedicated to the memory of the late head of the college’s Modern Languages Department, James Richmond Buckner. Mr. Buckner will be rememberd by Blancoans as Rick Buckner, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jeff D. Buckner of Blanco , and the father of Mrs. B.R.Gloor of Blanco.

November 26, 1976

A stunned Johnson City ISD school board, which had called a special meeting to devote full attention to the proposals of San Antonio architect Edward R. Gondeck, halted discussion when they learned that the price tag of the architect’s proposal would be $725,677. Gondeck, who has no signed agreement with the board for payment for his work, displayed five possible choices for expansion of the elementary school, remodeling of the vocational agriculture building into a band hall, and construction of a new vo-ag building. • Officers of the Blanco City Police, Blanco County Sherriff’s Department, and Texas Rangers brought the investigation of the burglary of the Blanco Office Supply to a successful conclusion, resulting in the arrest of two Blanco men. Blanco Chief of Police Joe. C. Owen announced that Roger Gamez, 18, and James Joseph Heslep, 17, were placed under arrest and taken into custody. The majority of the merchandise taken in the robbery was recovered. Among the items located by the officers was 16 electronic calculators, 24 eight-track tapes along with their carrying cases, and various other items. • Mrs. Shirley Eismann was hostess for the Nov. 17 meeting of the “Dirty Dozen Bunco Club.” Emily Knibbe captured first prize, Dorothy Taft, second, Barbary Brueland third, Lilly Lobdell, consolation, Charlotte Acker, bunco, and Carolyn George won the booby prize. • The children, grandchildren, and a group of friends surprised Mr. and Mrs. Jay Danz with a housewarming party. The occasion also was Mrs. Danz’s (Lucy) birthday.

November 26, 1986

A special joint Board meeting between Blanco ISD and Johnson City ISD will be held to discuss the feasibilty of consolidation. At this workshop, the two schools will discuss and gather information on the process of consolidation of the two school districts, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of consolidation, and determine if further study and action is needed. The Blanco ISD Board of Trustees decided to further pursue consolidation following the defeat of the bond proposal for a new high school. The District is still faced with the overcrowding problem and is looking into all options to provide facilities to meet the needs of Blanco’s young people. • Opal and Magg Boren celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the VFW Hall with 395 family and friends in attendance. • At the last school board meeting, the members thought they were going to have to request a temporary waiver of compliance from TEA for the second grade because the number of students exceeded the maximum number of students required. House Bill 72 stated that the 46 students is the maximum for two classrooms with two teachers. Our second grade got a new student, putting them over the maximum. The board was going ot have to hire another teacher, but the waiver was not sent in because after the board meeting took place, the extra student withdrew from school. First grade currently had 56 students with three teachers. Next year, there will have to be three second grade teachers to accommodate these first graders moving into second grade.

November 27, 1996

Lawrence Coffee will never forget 1996. And rodeo history will never forget Coffee. This month, the Blanco native won the world championship in ribbon roping at the National Senior Professional Rodeo finals in Reno, Nevada, making him the first Black cowboy to earn the honor. Coffee competed in ribbon roping and tie-down. On hand to witness his accomplishments from the bleachers were Coffee’s wife, Ellen, mother Hattie Coffee, and daughter Vickey Coffee. • According to a report from the Institude for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C., the Yellow Roses of Texas are not doing as well as their counterparts in other states. By most measures, Texas is not a good place to be a woman. Texas ranks ahead of all other states in the West South Central Region, but behind the rest of the country in women’s political participation and participation in the labor force, educational attainment of women, and women’s annual earnings, according to this report. Texas has the lowest rate of women’s health coverage of any state in the nation other than New Mexico. There is a 55% higher rate of uninsurance among Texas women than nationally. Fewer Texas women get preventative health care such as mammograms and Pap tests than the national average. Texas has one of the highest poverty rates for women and a higher percentage of women fail to complete high school in Texas than nationally. According to this report, Texas ranks 39th nationally in reproductive rights, and the state government is considered to be anti-choice. Women’s political participation is weak throughout the four state region, but Texas lags behind Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma in women’s voter registration and turnout. In the early 1900’s, Texas women ranked 46th in the nation in voter turnout, outpacing only Tennessee, Georgia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. • An article ran about holiday drinking cautions, reminding readers to consider not only their guests, but friends and neighbors with whom they share the road. The fact is that reponsible drinking and safe driving during the holidays is everyone’s responsibility.

November 22, 2006

In a press release issued by the Blanco Police Department, they announced they had completed their investigation on the offenses committed against the Blanco High School. The vandalism, which occured early Saturday morning, October 28, 2006, was found at 6 AM that morning by a school employee. Several windows were broken, a computer was dangling out a window, and most of the school was under one to three inches of water. The flooding damaged the gym’s wooden floor, leading the district to immediately pull up the entire floor, which had already begun to warp.After the district met with the insurance company, its adjustors, and the contractor, the damage is now estimated at around $525,000. A total of four arrests had been made against the alleged culprits who the police believe committed the vandalism. Miguel Melgar (19), Steven Alaniz (17), Daniel Zamora (17), and Jeramy Petitt (19) have all been charged with Burglary, a state jail felony; Criminal Mischief, a felony of the first degree; and Criminal Conspiracy, a felony of the second degree.

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