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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 • Posted December 8, 2011 10:15 AM

December 6, 1968

Patrick J. Nugent, a US Air Force C-123 Provider loadmaster in Vietnam, was decorated with the Air Medal at Phan Rang Air Base by Colonel John W. Pauly, commander of the 315th Special Operations Wing. Airman Nugent, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry P. Nugent of Waukeegan, Ill., was cited for his meritorious achievements and outstanding airmanship and courage on successful and important missions under extremely hazardous conditions in South Vietnam. His wife, Lucy, daughter of President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, resided in Austin. • Mrs. Oma Mae Felps of Johnson City became the bride of Mr. Erwin Pehl of Blanco when the Rev. G. H. Walton read the impressive double-ring marriage ceremony. • The school lunch menu for Wednesday consisted of hot dogs, chili, pea beans, carrot sticks, Fritos, apricot pie, and milk.

December 8, 1978

A contest among high school students to rename the annual Blanco Fiddle Fest and Chili Cook-off would be held. At a Chamber of Commerce board meeting, it was agreed that the present name was too long and a shorter, catchy phrase would be sought. First prize was $25, second was $15. • Quick work by neighbors extinguished a 14th street house fire, keeping it to only minor damage, within the less than three minutes it took the Blanco Volunteer Fire Department to arrive on the scene. The blaze was confined to the living room and was caused by a faulty extension cord, apparently being used for Christmas lighting or decorations.

December 7, 1988

Joey Nussbaum, 20, of Blanco was reported hospitalized in San Antonio for treatment of a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. Chief Deputy Dugie Mobley said Nussbaum was found approximately 4 miles out on Rocky Road and that the wound was self-inflicted. • Three men were reported in custody by the Blanco County Sheriff’s Department in connection with two burglaries. Michael Ray Bell, 33, was arrested for the Sept. 25, 1988 burglary of the Jack Hall residence. An estimated $7,000 worth of goods were reported taken. Terry Kappes, 27, and Danny Davis, 19, of Johnson City, were in custody for the Nov. 17 break in of the Conoco Station. Officers reported between $600- $800 worth of goods taken.

December 9, 1998

Tristan Weber, Lacey Hayes, and Raquel Garcia all placed in their individual events as the Blanco High School speech and debate team traveled to Wimberley to participated in the eighth-annual Texan Challenge. Weber received second place in prose interpretation. Hayes won the third place poetry interpretation. Garcia received fourth place in Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking. • Winners in the Taste of the Season held at Gem of the Hills were: Restaurants, Main Dish, 1st: Casanova’s Steamed Fish, 2nd: Hardscrabble Café’s Gumbo. For appetizers, Blanco Valley Health’s Spinach Quesadilla Rolls took first and Portobello mushroom pate took second.

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