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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 • Posted April 12, 2012 9:04 AM

April 9, 1965

Mrs. Laura McDowell was named the conservationist of the year of the Pedernales Soil Conservation District. She was presented her award at the regular meeting of the Blanco Lions Club on Tuesday evening at Robin’s Diner. • Nearly an inch-and-a-half of rain fell here in a thunderstorm Monday night that produced an extraordinary lightning display. Some towns in this area reported up to three and four inches of rain and some hail. • Mayor Wayne Smith and Commissioners Aaron Posey and Frank Mobley were re-elected Tuesday, April 6, in light voting that saw only 31 ballots cast. These three were the only names on the ballot and they received all but one vote, making a tally of 30 to 1.

April 11, 1975

Last Saturday’s city election pulled a large number of voters to the polls. The Blanco Citizen’s Committee slate of candidates won the election hands down. The most hotly contested race was for position of mayor. Clarence Waxler, the incumbent, received 248 votes and challenging candidate, John Harvey got 139 votes. Two write-in votes were cast for Joe Summy. For Alderman (two year term): Bob Johnson, 287; Jimmie Houck, 233; Butch Crofts, 163; and Betty Ship, 64. For Alderman (one year term unexpired term): Dick Knoll, 337. Knoll was unopposed. • The freshman class of Blanco High School is planning to have a two week handyman work period for their money-making projects. The students will volunteer to do odd jobs in and around the house. The money they earn will be placed in the Freshman Class treasury.

April 10, 1985

Blanco’s new mayor Marge Waxler and new aldermen Robert Peveto and Don Uballe were initiated into their new offices Monday with the difficult task of selecting a replacement for Chief of Police Lowell Barker. In Barker’s letter of resignation, the veteran police officer told the council he’d been working for the past 50 years and “This is it.” • A project to beautify Blanco for the Texas Sesquicentennial of 1986 was formulated at the April meeting of the Chamber of Commerce. As an incentive to the clean-up and beautify campaign, plaques will be awarded to the “Yard-of-the-Month” each month throughout the rest of 1985 and 1986. • Davy Crockett is expected to be in Blanco Thursday night. He has sent word that he will be attending the PTO Open House to pick up a book that Martha Bethke’s 2nd and 3rd graders made in honor of the 1986 Texas Sesquicentennial. The youngsters drew the pictures and wrote the text. “Crockett,” alias Gary Foreman, will take the book to the Crockett Hotel where it will be part of a Davy Crockett exhibit to be displayed throughout 1985 and 1986.

April 12, 1995

Jerilyn Greenhaw of Blanco High School was honored as an outstanding senior in Home Economics by the Department of Human Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Greenhaw of Johnson City. • The Blanco Good Samaritan Center celebrated its 5th anniversary at the regular quarterly meeting on April 5. What became the Center was organized in April 1990 by citizens interested in a community outreach center who responded to a call by the Blanco Ministerial Fellowship. • Another first place was earned in UIL academic competition by Blanco Elementary and Middle School students Tuesday. This was the third year for elementary to win first place and the middle school’s second.

April 13, 2005

The American Cancer Society Blanco County Relay For Life raised more than $57,000 during their first annual Relay For Life event. Funds raised from the event will support the American Cancer Society’s programs of cancer research, education, advocacy, and services. • Perry Ann Kuebel, Blanco native and local high school art teacher, graciously volunteered to help the OBCCPS last year when it was discovered that no one on the committee could even draw a decent stick figure for the annual poster. Perry’s poster, “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” eloquently conveyed the theme and elegance of the 2004 Gala. In this year’s poster, “A USO Canteen,” Perry has captured the unique style of the 1940s and the music of that special time. • The Blanco chapter of FCCLA attended the State Conference held in Corpus Christi. Jennifer Plaza won 1st in State in the National Programs in Action contest. Jennifer will advance to the National contest in San Diego this July.

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