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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 • Posted April 19, 2012 11:36 AM

April 22, 1966

The second stage of concrete work on the new elementary school and cafetorium was completed on Tuesday of this week with the pouring of about 170 cubic yards of concrete for the foundation and floors. Plumbing and electrical conduit is now being installed along with pouring of concrete. Forms for the upright columns have been set in place on the concrete previously poured. • The Lions Club met at Byars Cafe on Tuesday night. A plaque was presented to Claude Bourland as the outstanding conservationist by the president, Roy Byars. • The Western Steak House and Coffee Shop will have their grand opening Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Dove and Carl Jr., owners and operators, extend a hearty welcome to their many friends to stop by and see their completely rebuilt steak house and coffee shop next to their Western Motel on Highway 281 in the northern part of Blanco. • Several members of the Blanco Chapter of Young Homemakers of Texas (YHT) were present Friday afternoon when Mr. Tommy Mangum and Mr. Seiler presented to the Blanco school a set of stainless steel cookware. YHT members hope the girls of the Home Economics classes will enjoy cooking with this beautiful set of cookware.

April 16, 1976

Mayor Clarence Waxler announced Monday that the city is looking for sites for a new fire station and city hall. At the present time, Blanco has three fire trucks with space for only two in the garage. Also, city meetings, such as the council sessions, must be conducted in one of the truck stalls with the truck rolled outside the door. • Astounded that the Blanco County Commissioners granted $30,000 in revenue sharing funds at first request for a county-owned show barn, the excited 4-H and FFA Youth Council began making plans for an 86 foot by 225 foot building. In the initial planning stages, the group planned to choose a place between Johnson City and Blanco. The Youth Council then decided that the county fairgrounds would be the most logical place for a county show barn. • Blanco ISD trustees again asked for a delay in making a decision on a request from the Peyton Colony Heritage Foundation for title to the old Peyton school. The foundation wants to restore the building and use it as a memorial center for the Peyton community. Trustees noted that a well on the property is currently providing water to a nearby resident and they asked for a delay to study a method of writing a deed restriction that would protect the well user.

April 16, 1986

The United States Achievement Academy has announced that Robert Wood has been named a United States National Award winner in Agriculture. This award is a prestigious honor very few students ever hope to attain. • Blanco Varsity Panthers banged out 10 hits and walked 9 times off Lampasas’ pitcher to earn a 20-11 victory this week. Winning pitcher was Mitchell Wagner. • Blanco County leaders, as well as others throughout Texas, are concerned about rapid changes occurring in the state economy and population. This spring, a process for mapping a new plan of action for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service will be launched. Several Blanco County leaders will be among more than 10,000 Texans who will conduct an Extension-sponsored study to identify key local issues. As county groups complete their studies, issues identified across the state will form the foundation for a major new statewide Extension education planning effort for the remainder of the decade.

April 17, 1996

Once again the Blanco Middle School students have won first place for the UIL spring academic competition. Middle School principal Dairell Hurst stated, “It is wonderful to see students get so excited over academic subjects!” Trevor McGuire, an eighth grade first place winner in oral reading, said, “It was fun and I can’t wait to compete in high school.” • The Old Blanco Merchants & Business Association is proud to announce the beginning of the 1996 Old Blanco Market Day Season. Dealers from all over the state will be on the square to show and sell their antiques, art, crafts, jewelry, and much more. • Cora Beckmann and Pearl Byars celebrated 28 years of involvement with the Blanco County Unit of the American Cancer Society. Cora has served as treasurer and Pearl as secretary for over a quarter of a century. They’re making cookies for the annual brunch. • Order of the Eastern Star Blanco Chapter No. 936 this week donated $50 checks to both Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Blanco Volunteer Fire Dept.

• Money For The Lady, a two-year-old Sorrel mare, owned by Raedele Phipps of Blanco, earned a third-place finish in the Manor Downs Lassie Futurity G3 at Manor Downs. Money For The Lady, trained and ridden by Daniel Uballe, finished third in a field of 10 horses, with a time of 15.800 for the 300-yard race. The third-place finish paid $10,670.

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