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Remember When... A Look Back at Blanco County History
Posted May 18, 2012 8:33 AM

This week in...

1970

The Blanco County unit of the American Cancer Society Crusade released a report on earnings. Their fund raising efforts went to an intensive educational program to teach families how to protect themselves from cancer by knowing the seven warning signs. • The Blanco Theater, which held its grand opening May 9 & 10 of 1970, chose “The Alamo” starting John Wayne for its first picture. Adult tickets were sold for $1.00, children for $0.75. The Blanco Theater screened the film just once per day.

1980

Local teenagers showed up to a City Council meeting on this week to ask the city for a youth recreation center or skating rink. They were joined by Shari Barker, wife of the chief of police at the time, who stated “All they have is the city streets to ride up and down, they would really prefer a skating rink.” The teens also asked for a monthly youth dance to be put on at the Firehouse. The council agreed that after a workshop on the budget they would look into options for local youth. • Turns out, stormy weather this time of year isn’t a rare occurrence. In 1980 Blanco High School and Comfort had to reschedule their season-ending baseball game three times due to hard rains and lightening storms. The game was necessary to determine the winners of the district championship. An extension was granted to allow time for the storms to pass and the game to be scheduled on a clear day. Play ball!

1990

The second annual Blanco classic Car Show was held on the 19th of May in 1990. There were fifteen car classes and the event ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a parade at 11 a.m. • The executive board of the Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corps welcomed the newest Emergency Care Attendants to the to the Corps. Graduates were presented with BVAC jackets and cake and punch were served. Emergency Care Attendants graduates are encouraged to go on to EMT training in an effort to provide the community with better Emergency Care service.

2000

Blanco County received a letter from George W. Bush stating that Blanco County is now eligible for disaster agricultural aid. In essence, eligible farmers and ranchers could then receive low interest emergency loan assitance to help cover the cost of losses due to drought. For updated and current information on this topic please visit the USDA webiste at www.tsa.usda.gov. • Blanco Middle School held its first annual Job Shadow Days this week in 2000. The program allowed middle school students to visit local businesses and services to shadow professionals and possibly gain inspiration for a future carreer path. The program, unfortunately, is no longer continued at the middle school. • The Texas Department of Agriculture held a Predator Management Trainign program. The program taught local individuals how to properly use private pesticide applicators to help with pests preying on crops and M-44 sodium cyanide guns to control coyotes, feral dogs and foxes preying on livestock.

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