This week in...
This week in 1971 Mrs. Kay Berger’s Kindergarten class held their graduating ceremony. The graduates were Clinton Dowdy, Wade Fischer, David Hartman, Sandra Jones, Jimmy Klepac, Neil West and Randall West. • Miss Dixie Posey received an honor from the Southwest Texas State University chapter of Chi Omega Sorority, being named “Best Active.” Miss Posey was active in her school affairs and a member of the Student Senate, the Strutters, and a Butler Dormitory Counselor. An engraved plaque was given to her to commemorate this honor.
David Gibbons, manager of Blanco Lumber and Hardware, caught a large and unusual solid black rattlesnake which he killed this week near his barn. Gibbons said he believed the snake was a black timber rattlesnake, previously unheard of in Blanco County. “Old timers around here say they’ve never seen one here before,” he said. • A liquor store was hit by armed robbers in 1981. An undetermined amount of money was taken from a liquor store in Johnson City. Nobody was harmed and no arrests were made. • The American Legion Annual Memorial Day BBQ sale was held on May 24th at Knoll’s Blacksmith shop on the square. Barbecue, beans, and potato salad were all served. • The prom theme this year was “Garden of Eden”.
This week in 1991 the Mayor at the time suspended the city secretary with pay due to issues with her office procedures. • During the BISD trustee meeting corporal punishment was the main topic discussed. A set of parents, feeling there were other parents who might share their concerns, brought up corporal punishment because they felt its use was not helpful in the discipline of their son. Their goal was to get the school to acknowledge that ADD or AD/HD is a legitimate handicap to learning. Parents felt hopeful the school could be educated on how best to handle students with ADD or AD/HD and were confident that trustees would do away with corporal punishment.
The first annual washer tournament was held at Yett Park this week in 2001. Eighteen teams competed in this gripping sporting event. • Zippy, the vegetarian iguana who lived in an eight grade science classroom, was profiled in the newspaper this week. The students did not feed him anything living, and the iguana seemed happy with his vegetarian status. Zippy had previously lived in a 3rd grade classroom but advanced along with students. Though given a great cage and habitat, Zippy was allowed free run of the classroom if the conditions are right. During the summer months Zippy spent time with several teachers. • A Blanco team of three elementary students, two middle school students, and one adult participated in the 26th annual Beach to Bay marathon in 2001. The marathon is a group event with legs of the race completed by different members of the team. There is a beach portion, a run across the JFK Causeway Bridge, and a route set up throughout the city of Corpus Christi. Those who participated used the marathon to help with training for the upcoming AAU track meets.