January 5, 1962
Mr. and Mrs. Orville Hill celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary in the Parish Hall of the Catholic Church. An arrangement of white mums with silver glitter graced the tea table. The white wedding cake with silver dragees was swerved by Miss Ruby Knoll. • David Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Goldwin Smith, came out fifth in the trombone section at the regional band contest held in Austin. He placed fourth in the district contest held at Fredericksburg about a month earlier. • Blanco County had a near perfect record in highway traffic during the long Christmas holidays. Two minor accidents where several fenders were damaged but no personal injuries, as reported by patrolman Bill Howry and Sheriff John Stevenson.
January 7, 1972
New long distance telephone rates postponed by the wage price freeze went into effect after approval by the Price Commission, according to L. L. Porter, traffic director of General Telephone Company of the Southwest. Porter said that the new rates which would benefit the customer who dials his own long distance calls within Texas and takes advantage of special calling periods were originally scheduled to become effective earlier in 1971. The changes were delayed as a result of the wage price freeze because lower dial it yourself rates were coupled with higher rates for operator assisted calls such as person to person. • The Robert Fontinel family of Tama, Iowa, arrived at the John Dollahite Ranch to spend two days and nights there. The group visited in Blanco, Johnson City and Stonewall. They were all interested in Texas history, visiting the LBJ Home, Ranch, and Park. • Mrs. Pete Ulrich of Johnson City had been included as one of the outstanding young women in the America in a listing in the 1971 Volume of “Outstanding Young Women of America.” Mrs. Ulrich’s name had been submitted earlier in the year by the Blanco County Home Demonstration Workers. Her name was selected from the four names as the one most outstanding in this field of work. • The Blanco Lions Club celebrated their 33rd Anniversary with a Ladies Night dinner at the school Cafetorium Tuesday with special guests, the district officers, attending the meeting. Secretary Roy Byars introduced the deputy district governor, Jerry Brodbeck of Seguin, who in turn introduced the district governor, David E. Kahlich of Weimer, who was speaker of the evening.
January 7, 1982
4-H and FFA member throughout the county were feeding and grooming their livestock and poultry projects for the 1982 Blanco County Livestock Show to be held later in January. A revised judging schedule, with more activities at night, should make it possible for more parents and friends to attend the show. The broiler and turkey show would be held Thursday night with Dr. Fred Thornberry head of the poultry science department at Texas A&M serving as judge. There were 84 pens of broilers and 53 turkeys entered. • A 6-month Money Market Certificate had an annual rate of 12.532%, and a 30-month Savings Certificate had a rate of 14.0%.
January 1, 1992
Blanco County Commissioners transferred $1000 from Paul Granberg’s Precinct 4 road and bridge account and $500 from Charles Jones’ Precinct 1 road and bridge account into the county’s general fund at their regular special meeting so that County Treasurer Doris Cage could write a check to the City of Blanco for the purchase of a radio tower to incorporate the south end of the county into the 911 emergency communications system. When some objections were raised to this offer of help from the two commissioners after the last county meeting, on the grounds it would benefit only part of the county’s population, County Judge Charles Scott asked for an attorney general’s opinion. He was advised that it is an appropriate expenditure, that the county has the right to contract with another entity, such as the City of Blanco, to provide a service which the county is not providing, or cannot otherwise provide, and that “it is inevitable in the workings of most governmental units that tax monies raised from all the units taxpayers are sometimes applied to projects which do not equally benefit all the unit’s citizens.” • The BISD would probably build berms on the southeast corner of the new high school property to alleviate flooding problems there and abandon its efforts to create a plan jointly with the city and county to protect residents in that area from the flooding that had plagued them for years, according to a statement made by a school board member following the December 10 Blanco city council meeting. • The sales tax rebate from the state comptroller’s office to the City of Blanco in December, reflecting October sales, was $6,860, which was 5 percent less than the $7221 received for the same month in 1990. Johnson City received a check for $5708, a whopping 49 percent more than the $3834 rebate in December last year. Round Mountain’s rebate was $507. For the 1991 calendar year, Blanco received rebates totaling $113,622 almost exactly the same as in 1990, up just .15%. • In its November meeting, the General Assembly of the Capital Area Planning Council elected Blanco County Judge Charles Scott as chairman of the Executive Committee for 1992. The Executive Committee is appointed from the General Assembly of CAPCO; it was the governing body of CAPCO and was responsible for formulating policy, controlling its funds, submitting an annual budget to the General Assembly, approving contracts for services, and appointing advisory committees.
January 9, 2002
Bobby Fishbeck, Sunday School superintendent at Blanco First Baptist Church, presented Bea Ellison with an engraved clock at the church’s Sunday School banquet. Ellison had taught first-grade Sunday School there for 48 years. • Laura Walser, 89 ½ years old, killed an eight point deer on the Walser Ranch.