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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 • Posted September 21, 2010 10:00 PM

September 25, 1964

Private Charles Bendele completed his advanced training as a tank crewman at the Army Armor Center in Fort Knox. • Ladies for Lyndon of Blanco County met at the Blanco County Courthouse. • The Panther Booster Club was planned for the football team. • Panthers tied Comfort 8 to 8 in the second game of the season. Wayne Mathis made a 35 yard touchdown and also accounted for the 2 extra points. The next game was against the Leander Lions. • Fred Bremer was renting a two bedroom house, just 1 block west of the square, for $35 per month.

September 20, 1974

The Blanco Square Dancing group met every Monday night at Tejas Trails. • A benefit dance was held at Twin Sisters Dance Hall for the Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Fay Frymire and The Western Stars played. • St. Michael & All Angels celebrated its 15th anniversary in Blanco. • Lindeman’s Grocery offered free delivery in the city. • The school served pizza, black-eyed peas, tossed salad, jello, bread, and milk on Monday. • Cochran’s Foodland had a special on Mason County tender, grain-fed round steak for $1.29 per pound and chop suet Banquet dinners for 39 cents. • The Blanco Junior High football team blanked the St. Mary’s Apaches 24 to 0. Jeff Kress, Mike Lindeman, Allen Haas, Jeff Covin, and Dennis Page made significant plays.

September 19, 1984

Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corps members celebrated a first as they helped welcome their first baby into the world. They responded to the house of Pastor and Mrs. Craig L. Loving of Trinity Lutheran Church and helped deliver a baby who was too anxious to wait for the crew to get the mother out of the house. • 150 people attended the newly formed Citizens for a Better Blanco County. The group planned to recruit and investigate candidates, get voters registered, and observe and report on public meetings. • The Blanco County Republican headquarters opened on the square. • Little Blanco Inn decided to stop selling or serving alcoholic beverages due to drinking and driving. • Blanco trounced Manor 22 to 8. Blanco’s points came from team captain Larry Kuebel, who launched touchdown passes to Randall Handberry and Paul Upshaw. • “Hill Street Blues” aired Thursday night at 9pm on KTVV, channel 36. • Linda Dowdy’s art and supplies shop was set to open soon. • Beth Martin, the county extension agent, held a fondue cooking program.

September 21, 1994

A car stolen from the Blanco Senior Apartments was apparently used in a drive-by shooting in San Antonio. • George Byars and Ryan Trimble were running for county judge. • Becky’s New To You Store opened in Town Creek Mall on the square. • Panthers blanked the St. Michaels Crusaders 22 to 0. Steven Upshaw was the leading scorer for Blanco with 28 points. • A new Friends of the Blanco State Park group met for the first time. • New traffic lights were installed at the US 281/290 intersection in Johnson City. Blanco Mayor Ryan Trimble asked to meet with the highway department to discuss a light at the Rio Blanco Shopping Plaza.

September 22, 2004

Governor Rick Perry visited Middle Creek Ranch. • A truck carrying Dell computers failed to make a turn at the US 281/290 intersection and turned over. • Air Force Airman Bryan S. Mumme graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base. • The Lions Club raffled off items to help fund a scholarship. • Kendalia Community Church mailed 374 pounds of shoes to Iraqi children. • Students created two “Please Slow Down – Enjoy Our Town” billboards that were placed on either side of town on US 281. • The middle school football team traveled to Ingram and won 52 to 6. David Hostetler, Layton Dworaczyk, Hunter Elrod, Grayson Elrod, Dalton Gray, Chase Howells, Anthony Vela, Kevin Gray, and Derek Tesch each made significant plays. • Blanco Heating & Cooling began offering electrical service.

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