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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 • Posted February 23, 2012 10:51 AM

February 21, 1969

A.S. Ethridge celebrated his 102nd birthday. He was born in Blanco County in 1867 and lived here for many years. For the past number of years he had made his home with his daughter in San Antonio, where he got around with the help of a walker. He was still mentally alert and could give anyone a good game of dominoes. • C.W. Hunter and Son showed their Suffolk sheep at the San Antonio show last week and had the champion ewe, reserve champion ram, plus three firsts and five seconds. In Fort Worth the previous month, the Purebred Suffolk Sheep Association was formed and C.W. Hunter JR. was elected vice president. • An All You Can Eat Fish Dinner advertised for $1.49 and an All You Can Eat Smorgasbord advertised for $1.65 at Bud and Dolly’s Restaurant (Formerly Robbins Restaurant).

February 23, 1979

Blanco Independent School District Superintendent Bobby Roberts said this week that he and the school faculty are “going to put our heart and soul” into the five-year reading program voted in during the last school board meeting, and that they are enthusiastic and optimistic about the program’s chances for success. Roberts briefly outlined the major points of the large-scale program this week, and emphasized the importance of parent involvement to the final results. The overall program is flexible, Roberts pointed out, and regular evaluation of each part of the program will allow the district to drop or add to the original as the need arises. • The Young Homemakers of Texas, Blanco Chapter, held their annual Sweetheart Banquet on Feb. 14, at the Little Blanco Inn. The dinner speaker was Johnnie Veltman, a communications consultant from the Northeast School District of San Antonio. He spoke on “effective disciple techniques” and with the help of his wife, Janet, demonstrated various techniques. • A fundraising drive which combined entertainment with charity for a worthy cause would be held for the benefit of the LBJ Library Building Fund, announced librarian Olga Zauner. The “Family Game Night” would begin at 7 pm at the PEC Auditorium, donation of $1.25.

February 22, 1989

The Blanco Panthers scored a 77-63 victory against Junction to secure a playoff position for the second consecutive year. Blanco would play Shiner at New Braunfels Canyon with tipoff at 7:30. Neil Upshaw tallied 24 points in leading the Panthers to the victory. He lifted the Panthers when they struggled in the third period by scoring 6 of Blanco’s 13 points and followed it with 8 in the final period. Charles Riley scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half and Rodney Preiss tallied 11 of his 13 to help Blanco jump out to a lead which never was relinquished. • In a meeting, the Blanco Woman’s Club proclaimed “Dorothy Avara Day” in recognition of the contributions to the Williams Library by Mrs. Avara and the staff of Hill Country Real Estate. • On the last day of January, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department notified Terry Rodgers of his new position as superintendent of Blanco State Recreation Area. Within a week and a half, Rodgers and his family had all their belongings piled in their new home. They weren’t in a hurry to get here, were they? “Oh, yes!” laughed Rodgers. “It’s so great to be back in Central Texas again. I missed it.” He replaced Jerry Hopkins who transferred to Ft. Parker State Recreation Area last year. For the past year, Rodgers managed Martin Creek Lake State Recreation Area, a new park in East Texas. Prior to that, he worked 5 ½ years as assistant superintendent of McKinney Falls State Park in Austin. Rodgers, who reported to work this week, said public relations would be one of his top priorities as superintendent. In fact, as soon as possible, he planned to get out and meet folks in the community. Here in Blanco, Rodgers also planned to lay down roots for his family. “I’m looking forward to seeing my son grow up on the banks of the Blanco,” he explained, referring to Patrick, who would turn 2 in April. Sheryl, Rodger’s wife, is a journalist by profession and currently a freelance writer. During their stay in Austin, she worked for the Onion Free Press in Buda, the San Marcos Daily Record and the Austin American Statesman. Sheryl, too, was thrilled upon learning of the upcoming move to Blanco. “For one thing, I knew we’d be making it back in time for the bluebonnet season,” she said. “I really missed them while we were in East Texas. My mom sent me a stained glass bluebonnet, which I hung in a window, and that helped. This year I’ll have the real thing!”

February 24, 1999

Nine Blanco High School cheerleaders captured third place in a statewide contest held in San Antonio. “It was a big deal to win third in this big competition,” said sponsor Fran Smith, a teacher’s aide in special education at Blanco High School. • Under the direction of Jack Floyd, Assistant to Commissioners’ Court, Blanco County would soon attempt an internet information service designed to keep email subscribers updated on current county business and upcoming events. “As it evolved, the county and the people will really benefit,” Floyd said. “Depending on demand from the citizens, we will determine how extensive this will be. But if people can access county information by computer, it can increase the efficiency of government.” The email service would be a random correspondence to email subscribers about specific county related business and would not be used for general news items. The Blanco County Official Government web page, which was nearing 2500 hits, was a wealth of information on local government, complete with names and phone numbers of local and district officials, commissioner’s court agendas and county notices.

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