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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012 4:47 PM

May 3, 1968

The last PTA meeting of the school year was held on Tuesday. The program was presented by the speech class, under the direction of Curtis Kirchner. They presented a news program on a Blanco station with live commercials and all the latest news not found anywhere in print. The program was entertaining and witty. • Singer Wayne Newton has been signed for six appearances at HemisFair, appearing Aug. 7-12 in the 2,800-seat Theater. • Music will echo through all of Blanco the week of May 5-12, designated by Gov. John Connally as Texas Music Education Week. The special week has been set aside to honor the more than 4,5000 public school music teachers who bring music into the lives of over half a million Texas school children. • Miss Julie Stobaugh, a junior at Southwest Texas State College, received recognition for scholarship in her major field of Home Economics at the General Awards Day Ceremony on Friday, April 26.

May 5, 1978

The Johnson City Fire Department spent Sunday setting fires rather than putting them out! They barbequed and sold over 600 pounds of turkey thighs and one rattlesnake to bring in approximately $1700 in profit for the organization. Workers caught in the act were Mark Liesmann, Sonny Withers, Donnie Liesmann, Will Dahmann, Paul Wood, Steve Klein, Ronnie Stueler, James Dildine, and Jerry Sultemeier.

May 4, 1988

The highlight of Monday night’s Blanco EMS Auxiliary meeting was the announcement that over $2900 was raised in last week’s ‘Taste of the Town’ fundraiser. After expenses, the Auxiliary was able to turn over $2600 to the EMS parent group, an almost 90% return on their investment. This successful first fundraising effort by a new organization yielded important statistics. • Four local women, members of the Blanco Homemakers, Alumni, & Association of FHA attended the State FHA meeting in Fort Worth. Loretta Hopkins, Doris Moore, Blye Dollahite, and Carol Summy represented the local group in hopes of receiving chapter awards. These ladies left with two of the four honors, but all had a grand time representing our local groups. • Trustees Of the Blanco ISD honored 16 employees and two Board members last Monday for their years of service. Receiving pins for a total of 45 years of service were Mrs. Lee McLain with 25 years and Mrs. Willie Olfers with 20 years. A 10-year pin was awarded to Carol Spurgin and five-year pins were awarded to Debby Caudel, Lula Corley, and Hazel Kuebel. Three-year honorees were Carrol Bell, Joe Bell, Barbara Clayton, Charlene Cockerham, David Hanus, Zoe Greenhaw, Elzina McFarland, Norma Oren, Bryan Wyatt, and Mr. Moehnke.

May 6, 1998

Gov. George W. Bush last Friday signed autographs, talked with children, and shook hands with dozens of Blanco people who attended the rededication of the old Blanco County courthouse. • Blanco High School junior DeDe Mogavero won top honors at a power tumbling and trampoline contest in Pasadena. Mogavero said she hopes to compete in the 2004 Olympics in the power tumbling division. • In the Saturday election, Louann Hayes, a city council member, ran against fellow alderman and write-in candidate George “Mickey” Runyon and defeated him, 133 to 48. Cleaning up city property and encouraging residents to clean their own property will top her list of priorities. She said she’s also concerned about the city’s plan to drill supplemental water well and obtaining easements for expansion of the wastewater treatment plant.

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