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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 • Posted December 15, 2011 9:50 AM

December 12, 1969

A new recreation room had been added to the Apollo Hut facilities for the use of young people. Just recently completed and equipped with game tables, coin operated pinball machine and billiard table, the recreation room would be ready for the Grand Opening of the Apollo Hut on Saturday, December 14. Mrs. Carl Szafranski, owner, stated that other activities were welcome in the recreation room if the young folks would give her notice ahead of time to prepare for them. Barbecues, parties, or meetings may be held. At the grand opening there would be free coffee, popcorn, gum, balloons, etc. for everyone, and a drawing for prizes. Registration for prizes should be made in advance. No charge or purchase was necessary to participate. • The Mobile X-Ray Unit of the Alamo Area Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association would be in Blanco County according to Mr. Lester Cobb, Superintendent of Blanco ISD. In the morning from 9-11 am, the Unit would be stationed at the Courthouse in Johnson City. In the afternoon from 2-4 pm it would be at the old Courthouse site in Blanco.

December 14, 1979

The Blanco City Council bucked at the traces, defying Mayor Butch Crofts and refusing to put in a new eight-inch water line to the Pittsburg Addition unless the developers of the River Oaks subdivision paid a proportionate share of the costs of the entire installation, which City Water Supervisor Bill Fiddes estimated could run as high as $25,000 or $30,000. The subject of the eight-inch line came up for the third or fourth go-round at the monthly meeting, after lengthy illustration in previous meetings of how there was insufficient water pressure in Pittsburg due to 75 meters, particularly with the better than 3,000 gallons per day pumped by the auction barn. • The county commissioners court disposed of a number of routine items in record time then heard County Judge Kent Smith report on his recent meeting with Burnet and Llano Counties’ representatives over the jail situation plus announcing that he was scheduled to meet with jail standards authorities in Austin. • If a meter reader knocked on your door and said “Pay up NOW or I’ll cut your power off!”, give him the money. He wasn’t bluffing. The above message applied to customers of PEC who had past-due bills. Several weeks before, the co-op infuriated some 80 families in the Bertram-Liberty Hill area by pulling meters from their homes.

December 13, 1989

City building inspector H.E. MacDowell will investigate a complaint concerning possible contamination of area ground water. During a city council meeting Monday, MacDowell told members that he has received a complaint that one residence may be using a shallow well for waste disposal. Several other local residences were without city sewage services, he added. Two were presently not receiving water because of unpaid water bills. The other homes were 400 feet beyond sewage lines and therefore could not tie on. • A couple wanted on animal abuse charges here was arrested in San Antonio by Bexar County sheriff’s deputies. However, by the time a Blanco County sheriff’s deputy arrived to pick them up, the two had been released on bond. • County Judge Charles Scott announced that he would seek re-election in the November 1990 general election. Scott, a resident of Blanco, was appointed to the position when Judge Fred Mayberry resigned in mid-1984, was elected to the remainder of the unexpired term that fall, and elected to a four-year term in 1986.

December 15, 1999

If Blanco students want to say a public prayer before a football game, then they had the Constitutional right to do so. That was what Blanco school trustees believe, and they were taking their opinion straight to the US Supreme Court. In a unanimous vote, board members agreed to join the Texas Justice Foundation, a non-profit litigation group, in fitting an Amicus brief in connection with Santa Fe ISD vs. Doe. In the court case, a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that prayers recited at school activities violated the Constitution. • Blanco city employees wouldn’t get Martin Luther King Jr. Day off when it came around the next January. • JCISD heard the annual financial and compliance report. The bulk of the meeting was spent reviewing the district’s performance under the Accountability Rating System. Rating is based on scores from the TAAS tests, the student dropout rates, and the student attendance rates. The TEA reviews school info and assigns a rating for each school district and each campus in the state. The JCISD 1998-1999 ratings were: Elementary- Exemplary; Middle- Recognized; High School- Exemplary. For an exemplary rating, it must obtain: 1) at least 90% of the total students must have passed each section of the TAAS test; 2) an annual dropout rate of 1% or less must be demonstrated for each student group; and 3) a 94% or better attendance rate must be obtained.

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