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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 • Posted March 29, 2012 10:18 AM

March 24, 1961

Doris Schmidt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Schmidt, was elected as the 1960-61 FFA Sweetheart of the Blanco Chapter. • The Blanco FFA Dairy Products Judging team won third place in the judging contest held at San Marcos State Teachers College. Members of the team were Donald Rose, Lynn Banks, and Ronald Kneupper. In the dairy cattle judging contest, the Blanco team won first place. Members of the first place team were Arlon Bruemmer, Kenneth Bindseil, Lloyd Holbrecht Jr., and Mike Ethridge. • The Blanco Lions Club held their bi-monthly luncheon at the Bowling Alley Cafe. Thirteen members were present and two guests, Bill Cox and Bob Johnson. Scoutmaster Bill Cox asked the Lions to sponsor the Boy Scout Troop in Blanco for the next year and the club voted to sponsor the troop. Mr. Cox announced that Bob Johnson has accepted the position of Assistant Scoutmaster.

March 26, 1971

Students from Southern Methodist University arrived at Blanco State Park on March 19. They were accompanied by their professor, a few adults from the university, and a camera crew from KERA-TV in Dallas. Miss Pearl Byers greeted them and organized several tours of special interest to them. Fritz Kuebel took a group to Klepac Greenhouses and the Barnhart Ranch. After the group left, the camera crew remained for further filming. They said their extra filming was the result of the interest in the town. • The Johnson City TOPS Club met Monday night at the Oak Crest Recreation Room with 5 TOPS, 3 Turtles, and 5 Pigs. Vickie Stevenson won the contest for having lost the most in the last four weeks. • The Blanco Panther Band competed in the Region XI UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest. Blanco came home with a big, beautiful Sweepstakes trophy. This honor consists of having received a first division rating in Marching, Concert, and Sightreading.

March 26, 1981

Fiddlers are in and chili cookers are out was the decision of the Blanco Chamber of Commerce board of directors for the 1981 Jamboree. This year the board decided to make the annual event a simple old time affair with fiddling music, food, arts and crafts, a parade, and the Miss Blanco contest. There will also be a dance that night. • The Blanco Volunteer Fire Department received a check for $75 recently from Texas Farm Bureau Insurance as an expression of thanks for the department’s work on the property of Jimmie Singleton. The money will be used for the purchase of equipment. • The Church Conference of Blanco United Methodist Church approved a remodeling program which is estimated to cost $50,000. The project calls for the enlargement and refurbishment of the chancel area, a new ceiling and sound sytem for the sanctuary, and walls and woodwork in the sactuary to be restyled to harmonize with the chancel furniture.

March 27, 1991

The big, old concrete slab is going... going... soon to be gone from the old courthouse grounds. Dennis Moore and his crew have been busy with jackhammers and bulldozers, moving the debris across the street to be used in the city park. Removing the slab is the first step in a landscaping plan designed for the courthouse grounds. • Dr. John D. Weaver volunteered to serve as Physician of the Day for the Texas Legislature on April 17, 1991. Dr. Weaver is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians which organizes the program and has provided volunteer physicians for every legislative session since 1971. The primary concern for the Physician of the Day is the care and well-being of the legislatures and their families. • Three candidates filed for the position of mayor just hours before the deadline. Noreen Powers, Bill Smylie, and Ryan Trimble hope to win the top city post. Earlier this month, Mayor Phyllis Holmes announced that she would not run for a second term because of outside business interests.

March 28, 2001

The Blanco City Council unanimously voted to hire an Austin engineering company to develop the proposed water supply system that would pipe water from Canyon Lake to town. • Long hours of hard work paid off for several FFA members from Blanco County as they brought home over $10,000 in prize money at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Those placing high enough to make premium sale included Lance Scott, Hunter Wallace, Brooke Coleman, Michael Klepac, and Cade Goodwin. • Stuart Schultz has been picked by the Blanco ISD Board of Trustees to succeed Suzanne Isbell as the head coach of the Panther girls’ basketball program. In addition to his duties as head coach, Schultz will take over the helm of the Panther cross-country and tennis programs.

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