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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 • Posted January 19, 2012 11:53 AM

January 17, 1964

Almost 100 people were present at the school lunch room to attend the joint 25th anniversary Charter Night of the Johnson City and Blanco Lions Clubs. Robert McKinney of Johnson City, serving as master of ceremonies, called the group to order. Group singing, pledge of allegiance, and invocation led by the Rev. David Klinger preceded the serving of the dinner. • A low of 8 degrees on Tuesday morning, January 14th, 1964, was the lowest temperature for the winter season and even surpassed the low of 1963 which reached 9 degrees. So far there had been only two mornings when the thermometer failed to register freezing temperatures, and one of those was a 33 degree reading. High temperature so far that month had been 75 degrees on January 4.

January 18, 1974

Between 60-70 concerned citizens crowded into the City Office, protesting a strong rumor that Marshal Charles Surber was to be dismissed. Mayor Clarence Waxler and the five aldermen listened to their questions, protests, and recommendations for maintaining adequate law enforcement in the city. • Ceremonies marking the name change of Pedernales Hospital to the Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Hospital had been postponed form the tentative date in January to a date in February. Rep. J. J. Pickle would be the speaker for the ceremonies, which would include the unveiling of the sign bearing the new name and a dedication of the hospital. A reception would be held after the services with the Friends of the Hospital acting as hostesses. • A Regional Junior Miss pageant was held in San Marcos at the Robinson Christian Chapel. Twenty-three girls arrived in San Marcos from around the surrounding area. They made new friends and rehearsed for their presentation which was Saturday evening. The two local girls who entered the pageant were Rita Posey and Karen Edge. Their reasons for entering were so they could meet new people and to partake in a once in a lifetime event since only senior high school girls could enter the pageant. Several awards were given such as one for Most Friendly, Physical Fitness, Poise and Appearance, Talent, and Scholastic. Karen Edge received the Scholastic award. Karen had the highest grade average for her high school years among all those present.

January 18, 1984

A special meeting of the Blanco County Commissioners Court saw the local governing body strengthen elected officials insurance coverage by establishing guidelines by which elected county officials would receive cost-free medical insurance after 20 years of service or upon reaching the age of 62. • A Citizen’s Advisory Committee of at least a dozen people from the Blanco school district will be formed within the next two weeks to study the building needs of the Blanco schools and make recommendations to the BISD trustees.

January 19, 1994

A new bridge under construction on Ranch Road 165 would cost approximately $912,000 and be completed as early as August. “There will be no disruption of traffic during the project, except for minor stops when equipment is being moved,” said project manager Jimmy Schuchardt with the Texas Department of Transportation. “We will maintain one lane open at all times.” The new 450 foot bridge would replace the present low-water crossing bridge, known by local residents for its dangerous conditions when the Blanco River rises during heavy rains. It will stand 16 to 18 feet high and include two lanes with 8 foot wide paved shoulders.• Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc., grew by nearly six percent in 1993, adding 5,291 new members. If the percent growth rate continues, PEC—already the state’s largest electric cooperative—should top the 100,000 member mark in around a year. The 5,291 additions represented a growth rate of 5.9 percent and brought the total membership of the Cooperative to 94,276. The 1993 figures represent the greatest growth rate since the double digit figures of the early 1980s.

January 21, 2004

Wylie Ponder of Blanco would be one of 300 artists to participate in the 34th annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in March in Florida. Sand-etched glass art crafted by Ponder ad his wife, Sandra, are in many private collections and can be seen in galleries and shops both in the US and abroad. • Clarence and Helen Waxler celebrated their 51st anniversary!

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