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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013 8:51 AM

September 30, 1983

Computer Class Prepares for Now and the Future

By Karen Jonas

Computers have proven themselves to be reliable “workhorses.” They are here to stay.

To prepare our students for this growing opportunity in the field of computers, Blanco schools are offering a Computer Literacy course to students who recognize this as a potential skill. High School students who have taken typing are eligible to take the course, usually juniors and seniors.

Veteran Math Teacher James Caudell accepted the challenge of computers a few years ago. His math competency has enabled him to learn the basics and expand this to a teachable knowledge of the “mighty mites.” He is happy the district has been able to come up with 3 computers used by his students, the last being delivered September 9- an Apple IIe.

Content covered during the year will be the history of computer development, the social impact of computers, word processing, flow charting, application of software, and programming.

By the end of the year, Mr. Caudell hopes his students will have a saleable skill to be used on a job. Some colleges are requiring that students have a personal computer upon entrance.

September 26, 1990

Band plays with Bobcats

By Dawn Nicholls

For the 5th year, the BHS band has been invited to do a halftime show with SWTSU at San Marcos. The 60 member band will spend Saturday, September 29 sharpening musical skills.

12 to 14 Hill Country bands will be involved in marching and playing with “the big band.”

The BHS band splits into sections before lunch and attends clinics that instruct them on the finer points of playing their instrument.

“These clinics really help the band members get the ‘edge’.” senior member Richard Sloan said.

Movies and shopping will fill a portion of the student’s afternoon.

In the late afternoon, they will begin practice with the Bobcat band for the “BIG” show that night.

“It’s a good experience for the high school band to perform with a really fine college marching band,” assistant director Clif Jones said.

September 29, 1993

Determination makes Swiss Lodge a reality (Excerpts)

By Sheryl Smith-Rodgers

During some bleak and discouraging moments, Max and Martha Hunziker were tempted to throw in the hammer and flee back to Switzerland.

But with determination and sheer grit, the couple held on and continued work on their monumental project. All their physical labor and financial investments ultimately paid off last July when they opened three rooms at the Swiss Lodge, formerly known as the Western Motel.

“Everything is brand new in the motel,” Max said with just a trace of pride in his voice. “What’s left that’s old is the roof and parts of the outside wall. The rest is completely new.”

On July 29, the Swiss Lodge, which offers “genuine Swiss ambiance with a Texas twist,” opened to guests.

Looking back on the past year, the Hunzikers marvel at everything they have endured and overcome.

“We wouldn’t have made it if it hadn’t been for our friends who supported us,” Max said.

“I agree,” Martha added. “We were fortunate to meet people right away who supported us and wanted us to succeed.”

“I visited Austin and San Antonio,” Max added. “But I always like to come home to Blanco.”

This Week In History

September 25, 1639

First printing press in America. (The Cambridge Press)

September 28, 1892

First night football game played. (Mansfield, Pa)

The game ended at half time after the referees declared the lighting too poor to continue.

It would be be 121 years before their next night game on September 14, 2013.

September 28, 1928

First recording session in Nashville. (Warmack’s Gully Jumpers)

Victor Records didn’t record in Nashville again for almost 2 decades.

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