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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 • Posted January 12, 2012 2:34 PM

January 11, 1963

County Judge M.B. Barrow issued a call for a meeting of the newly appointed Blanco County Historical Survey Committee in the Courthouse in Johnson City. The meeting was being held in accordance with a proclamation by Governor Connally, declaring January 19 (the day of the meeting) as Texas Historical Preservation Day. Over 2,000 committeemen in some 240 County Historical Survey Committees over Texas were expected to convene on that day to elect officers and formulate plans for the year’s work. • Both the Blanco boys and girls A basketball teams remained undefeated in pre-season games. • The annual school census enumeration was being made by members of the school faculty. One final concerted effort would be made when school would be dismissed at 2:30 for that purpose. Every child between the ages of 6 and 18, presently residing in the district was required to be enumerated. • The first mass immunization polio program would be held in the school cafeteria. An ample supply of Salk oral vaccine No. 1 would be on hand. That was the sugar cube oral type that was used in other cities. A donation of 25 cents or more was requested but no one would be turned away. The Blanco PTA was sponsoring the program.

January 12, 1973

Children all over town took advantage of the schools closing for two days due to a heavy sleet and snowfall putting a slick glaze over the countryside. So far in January 1973, the daytime temperature had not gotten above 36 degrees with nights as low as 21 degrees. • Two Blanco High School Band students, Darless Felps and Maria Pacheco, participated in the regional band tryouts in Devine. Felps, a senior and Miss Panther Band ’72-’73, placed first in the E Clarinet competition and would proceed to the Area Band tryouts later in the month. Pacheco, a junior, placed twentieth of the twenty-four possible B clarinet chairs. She was in competition with 36 other band students but would not go to Area Band tryouts due to the fact that only the first eleven area chairs proceeded.

January 13, 1983

Blanco County voters would get the opportunity to accept or reject the creation of a hospital taxing district for LBJ Memorial Hospital following action by the county commissioners court. Member of the Pedernales Hospital Authority presented a petition to the commissioners court asking the county to set a date for a special election to decide whether or not the hospital district should be formed. • Jim Jones of Blanco was named to the Blanco County Central Appraisal District board of directors during the board’s regular monthly meeting held in the courthouse annex. No nomination was received from the Johnson City Independent School District. • Blanco’s municipal sewage system was discussed in the soft glow of flashlights as council members conducted their regular monthly meeting in the middle of a 30-minute blackout. City engineer Joel Wilkinson told the council that once the city’s sewer system reached its capacity, which it may have already, it must be upgraded to meet federal requirements. Discussion concerning the use of treated sewage for irrigation of private farmland in exchange for right of way for the system was discouraged by the city engineer, who warned councilmen it might changed the city’s permit to a no-discharge situation. • Plans for the formation of a local, private, non-profit animal shelter and humane society to assist in animal control for Blanco County were under consideration by several concerned citizens in the Blanco area. • Some 7,000 Blanco County citizens were without power for 35 minutes. Will Dahmann, assistant general manager for PEC, explained the problem was caused by an LCRA transmitter. The transmitter, located at the Mountain Top Subdivision, serves Johnson City, Blanco, and the Crane’s Mill area. LCRA representative Larry Krenick stated the failure was caused when 3 cross arms broke on one of their poles. The cause of the break was yet unknown. The power failure interrupted several area gatherings, including the City Council meeting and the BISD Board meeting.

January 13, 1993

The Blanco County Commissioners’ Court approved participation in a central collection system of taxes by the Central Appraisal District and denied a request by the county clerk for a salary increase to cover her dual duties as district clerk. The court unanimously voted to accept tax assessor-collector Hollis Boatright’s proposal of central collection. The county was the first of seven taxing entities within the county that Boatright, who also serves as chief appraiser, planned to approach. • After only seven days in office, Roy Finch resigned as constable last week. During Monday’s commissioner’s court meeting, the court formally accepted Finch’s resignation. County Judge Charles Scott said the court didn’t have to reappoint anyone to the position and that the unexpired two-year term would be placed on the 1994 ballot. • The city would forge ahead with its own plans to repair the closed Pecan Street bridge, a project estimated to cost as low as $5,000. Contrast that home-grown figure to a federal-aided proposal to renovate the structure at a whopping cost of $112,203. Through the 1993-1995 Off-State System Federal-Aid Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program, the city could receive $89,763 toward that cost but would have to match it with the remaining 20 percent share of $22,440. • Twelve students who were declared ineligible to ride school buses would be allowed to climb board again until Blanco school trustees decided if and how a district transportation policy should be changed. More than 10 parents attended the regular board meeting and several voiced their concerns about the children’s removal from school buses because they live within two miles of the school they attend. • Mr. and Mrs. Bill Blackburn celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. A surprise anniversary party was given in their honor by their children and spouses. • Recently, some 7th grade students at Blanco Jr. High School formed together and planned a “Friends Forever Club.” Their goals were to benefit worthwhile projects in the community and to be forever friends with those they help and forever friends with each other. Their first project was having a raffle for a large stuffed Christmas teddy bear, which was won by Jr. High English teacher Linda Collard, and a bake sale to earn money to buy stuffed toys to be given to children of needy families at Christmas.

January 8, 2003

“We just received a letter from the Texas Department of Transportation saying that the Department has approved the installation of official highway signs on the right-of-ways coming into the city that will say ‘Tour Info Tune Radio to 91.9 FM,’” Gary Gilstrap, owner of Texas Hills Vineyard and chairman of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce’s special committee that installed the new station that is broadcasting tourist and community information along US 281 and 290. • Forty students and 10 adults participated in a New Year’s Eve lock-in at the First Baptist Church in Blanco. The group enjoyed a fireworks show, group games, ping pong, Nintendo tournaments, movies, and food. They also went to the Blanco Middle School gym and played games.

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