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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 • Posted December 1, 2011 9:10 AM

December 1, 1967

Major Kenneth J. McIlvain Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. CkIlvain of Boone, Iowa, had received the US AF Commendation Medal at Nha Trang AB, Vietnam. Major McIlvain was decorated for meritorious service as a liaison officer, Boy Scouts of America, Minneapolis. He was cited for his outstanding professional skill, knowledge, and leadership. • Students of the Blanco High School Vocational Adriculture II and III Classes would participate at Fredericksburg in the HIll District Land Judging and Range Judging Contests. The members of the Land Judging Team were Edward Haas, Kenneth Pahmeyer, David Blackburn, Fred Banks, and Pat Haas.

December 2, 1977

Blanco had five winners to come in first at the March of Dimes Walk-A-Thon. The Blanco walkers made a 16-mile round trip from the school grounds to the HIdden Valley Store and back to the school grounds. The five winners were Jose Villareal, Billy Spurgin, Carol Krzywonski, Bubba ROberts, and Jackie Klepac. Since they all came in first, the group decided to donate their prize money back to the March of Dimes. • U.S. Senator John Tower met with Blanco County citizens in an informal coffee hour. Due to late notification of his coming and the early holiday deadlines, the meeting was not well publicised. Blanco County vice chairman of the Republican Party, Mrs. Sheila Wordsworth, asked several questions of Tower relating to his stand on illegal aliens. Bert Hurlburt of Dripping Springs also asked several questions on the new meat regulations. Tower reported on the accomplishments and shortcomings of the first session of the 95th Congress. He answered questions from other members of the audience. Tower was serving in his third term with the U.S. Senate.

December 2, 1987

TAG students Carissa Malone, Jamee Wagner, and Sarah West, with assistance from Dr. Shirley Beck and Jo Nell Haas worked dilligently under the able supervision of Ellen White planting bluebonnet seeds on the Courthouse Square. Braving a chilling wind, the planting was done as a first step toward bringing to fruition the beautiful master plan for landscaping the grounds developed by Ellen White who owns and operates Blanco Growers, a local landscaping service featuring “Natives Naturally.” • Blanco now had a rental business that was truly versatile and capable of handling virtually any kind of rental need in the community. The name of the new business was Blanco Rentals. The shop proprietors were local citizens Dennis Moore and Loren Marshall.

December 3, 1997

The Blanco Library recently received a $9,745 grant from the Lower Colorado Rover Authority to help buy a new computer system. The computer will check the circulation of books, keep track of fines, and automate the library’s card catalog system. Increasing efficiency at the library is important as the number of people using the library has increased 35% in the past year. The library serves as many as 3,600 people in Blanco and surrounding communities. The Blanco grant was one of 28 grants totaling $488,532 awarded in November through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to ciites, counties, volunteer fire departments, adn other non-profit entites in LCRA’s 58 county electric and water service area. • An estimated $21,000 worth of property was recovered following the arrest of Troy Ray Odgen of Blanco, acording to the Blanco County Sherrif’s department. Acting on information from the Waco Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety obtained by the Johnson City Police Department, sheriff’s deputies and the Blanco Police Dept. located Ogden in Blanco where he was reported to have been operating as a “fence” for stolen property as well as driving a stolen pickup truck with out of state plates. • Mary Graham was selected as a West Texas Volleyball All-Star for the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Mary is one of the only 12 girls selected out of the thousands of seniors who played volleyball this year in the western half of Texas. • Texas Ballet Concerto’s production of The Nutcracker would include Blanco residents Sarah Pautz and Esther Vause. The ballet ran Dec 5-7, 1997 at the Lila Cockrell Theatre in San Antonio. • Ashley Bain Haenel would perform with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders during halftime cerimonies. Ashley was a member of the Pee Wee Cheerleader team which qualified as Division I winner at the Annual Dallas Cowboys Competition.

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