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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 • Posted December 22, 2011 9:47 AM

December 23, 1960

At the annual Junior Poultry show held in Johnson City, Harry Forbes and Linda Hartman carried off the top honors. The champion Tom was shown by Forbes and was also judged as the reserve champion bird of the show. This bird brought $3.10 per pound at the afternoon auction. Linda Hartman showed the champion Hen, which was also judged champion of the show and at the sale, brought $6.00 per pound. Linda also showed the reserve champion hen. The reserve champion Tom was shown by Carl Hartman and brought $1.30 at the afternoon sale. Of the approximately 40 birds sold in the afternoon auction, the average price was $1.18 per pound, a record for the show. • The Blanco Theatre was showing Walt Disney’s “Toby Tyler” or “16 Weeks with a Circus” in color on Christmas Eve. On Christmas day, they were showing Jerry Lewis in “The Bellboy” plus 2 cartoons and “True Life.”

December 25, 1970

Those homes entered in the Young Homemaker sponsored contest were judged and the results were: Decorated Door and Window: Maurice Stobaugh, first; L.C. Johnston, honorable mention. All Around Outstanding: Zane, Rankin and Gregg Smith, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Nim Smith, first; Chas. Burkhart Jr., honorable mention. Most Original: Wayne Smith, first; Charlie Price, honorable mention. Religious: Catholic Church, first; Juan Gomez, honorable mention. Business or Club: Kay Johnston, first; Barbee’s Gulf Station, honorable mention. Young Homemaker Member: Kay Berger.

December 18, 1980

A meeting between the Housing Authority of Johnson City and city officials shed some light on the operation of the local housing authority and perhaps helped clarify some rumors brought to the attention of city councilmembers. Members of both governing bodies left the meeting in a reasonably congenial manner, stating they were grateful for the opportunity to meet with each other and exchange information. • The Blanco High School varsity basketball squad brought its season record up to eight wins and three losses by defeating Johnson City 59-56. • The girls varsity squad at Blanco High School bowed to Johnson City with a 42-24 loss, bringing the season record to 3 wins, 5 losses. • Jewell Sultemeier was congratulated by county extension agent Carolyn Lehmann upon being named “Woman of the Year” by area extension homemakers. A member of the Pleasant Hill Extension Homemakers Club, Mrs. Sultemeier was recognized for her leadership as Extension Homemaker Council chairman, attending district and state meetings, helping with county fair salad luncheons, organizing new clubs, and helping with the smorgasbord dinner. The presentation was made during the Extension Homemakers annual Christmas party at PEC. • Blanco Junior High eighth graders defeated Dripping Springs 57-35 to clinch their first game of the season. Eighth graders took first place honors in the Mountain Valley tournament by defeating Bulverde 58-27 and Mountain Valley 28-30. The Blanco seventh grade boys basketball team won first place at the Mt. Valley tournament.

December 19, 1990

After 38 years in law enforcement, Blanco Police Chief Bob Holt would retire from duty effective January 17, 1991. The Blanco City Council “regretfully” accepted his resignation after a closed session. Mayor Phyllis Holmes said advertising procedures for a new police officer would begin and that Officer Randall Stiles would be considered as chief. Stiles said he would apply for the position. In a telephone interview, Holt said that he “reached that point where I am tired.” • Two zoning commissioners spoke their mind publicly for the first time since the zoning issue erupted before submitting letters of resignation on behalf of the entire commission. Chairman Elizebeth Ward and Commissioner Opal Chadwell each read written statements to City Council members during a special meeting. • Firefighters and EMS volunteers responded to a ‘mock’ accident at the parking lot of Blanco High School. The staged event involved 2 cars and a trailer. “Victims” in the white car were Tammie Newman and Brandy Triesch. Portraying a drinking driver in the smoking black car was Jeff Hendricks, with front passenger Tammy McMillan and back passenger Katy Oren. They were realistically “bloodied and bruised” and moaned and groaned appropriately. About 25 members of VFD and EMS took part in the exercise using all types of equipment from sledge hammers, hosing down the area, and “jaws” for extraction, to stretchers, backboards, splints, and bandages. Relatives of some of the victims had to be restrained and consoled by the volunteers as they also contributed by convincingly “acting out” their fear and anger.

December 20, 2000

Shining in the ambiance of the stadium lights at the Waco Sports Complex, the Panthers, ready for action, played a tough Sonora team almost flawlessly for 45 minutes, before a change of momentum arose allowing Sonora to take the 27-24 lead as well as the state championship. • Following a 10-5 record (4-1 in district) and a state finals berth, Blanco placed 14 representatives out of 23 on the 26AA all-district team. Also, Blanco is represented by its coaching staff as Coach Brian Emerson was voted District 26AA Co-Coach of the year. Offensively, the Panthers were represented by 11 all-district players—eight first-team members and two second-team members. Garnering District 26AA offensive MVP honors was Garrett Granberg who totaled 1,732 yards rushing on 242 carries for an impressive rushing average of 7.16 yards per carry and scored 23 rushin touchdowns.

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