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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 • Posted February 17, 2012 9:03 AM

February 17, 1967

Work was progressing nicely on improvements to the Johnson City Water and Sewage System. The work was divided into three projects: Extension of water and sewer lines; water purification plant and construction of a dam on the Pedernales River. Johnson City had extended their city limits to include about 60 to 70 acres to the east and southeast of the old city limits. • A beginners sewing class for adults would hold its first meeting! This project was under the sponsorship of Mrs. Bobbie Moore, Blanco High School homemaking teacher, and would be held in the homemaking cottage. • Dist. Engineer Tom Wood of Texas Highway Dept. announced that work would commence by State Forces on clearing underbrush and pruning trees on scenic easements acquired between Ranch Road 1 and the Pedernales River in Gillespie County as part of the Highway Beautification Program.

February 18, 1977

Blanco County commissioners met in special session to discuss withholding payment on a bill from Stein Lumber Company and the results of the meting with the Blanco ISD board of trustees. Slow progress on the county exposition center, which is being paid with county revenue sharing funds, prompted commissioners court to take a second look at a $15,000 bill from Stein Lumber Company. Stein was low bidder on the project and has the contract to complete the building for the county. The commissioners had made one payment of $15,000 less $3,000 until the building is complete. “It looks like the building is only half finished, we should make this next payment when about two-thirds completed,” stated County Judge Mike Barrow. • The Blanco “A” team boys captured the District 29A title for the third straight year with two impressive wins over Lackland (73-60) and Marion (68-65). Thus, the Panthers would represent District 29A against the Charlotte Trojans in District 30A in a Bi-District Contest in San Antonio. The team finished 29 wins, 4 losses for the season.

February 17, 1988

The Blanco Ambulance Corps held an emergency meeting to discuss the reorganization and future of emergency medical services for the Blanco community. The primary objective of the gathering was to elect officers for new leadership since there had not been one for almost two years. The corps decided, since there are some major changes to be made in membership and the bylaws of the organization, to elect temporary officers who would see these changes through until June 1, 1988. • Dodging explosive blasts and brandishing automatic weapons, line after line of mounted Afghani freedom fighters charged across the barren desert. But on closer inspection, the swarthy faces looked familiar, and the desert is in Imperial Valley, California, not Afghanistan. The fearsome warriors were from the Blanco and Wimberley area, and they had just returned from Yuma, Arizona where they (and their horses) performed in the soon-to-be-released motion picture, Rambo III. • Some local talent had put together a band here in Blanco called Rock’n A Hard Place, and you might be surprised who’s in this little rock/country band. Lead guitar and vocals was Tim Mitchem, female vocals was Barbary Syphrett, rhythm guitar was Rusty Meyer, bass guitar was Chuck Burgess, drums were played by Tommy Yates and Ronnie Yates performed backup vocals.

February 18, 1998

Valentine’s Day was a fitting way to celebrate G.W. and Paula Zercher’s 69th wedding anniversary. Celebration was also in order for G.W.’s 90th birthday. To help celebrate were family and friends from Blanco, Austin, Humble, and Tomball. • The next STAGE production, Monky Business Book by Todd Mueller & Hank Boland, Music & Lyrics by Gregg Opelka, Original Idea by Todd Mueller, would be presented at Krause House. • Patti McHugh Chick of Blanco, Texas, won a well-deserved Honorable Mention in the Create a Christmas Memories Keepsake Challenge sponsored by Keepsake Quilting of Centre Harbor, New Hampshire, publisher of the Keepsake Quilting Catalog. America’s largest catalog of quilting supplies, fabrics, and notions. The center of Patti’s quilt featured an appliquéd poinsettia and Christmas doves beautifully framed by an intricate celtic bias design. The judges admired her extensive quilting as well as the symmetry of her design.

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