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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 12, 2010 10:00 PM

October 13, 1967

Mr. & Mrs. J.N. Houck, Editors and Publishers

The Blanco Panther Band received second place in Class A at the 32nd Annual Band Day at University of Texas at Austin. This was the second year in a row that the band received this honor. • Lindeman’s Grocery was robbed during the day and $600 was stolen from the office. Deputy Sheriff L.M. Mobley collected evidence. • The board of directors of the new Blanco Memorial Hospital District met to learn about the estimated cost to the taxpayer. A 31 to 32 cent tax rate would be required, which would work out to less than 5 cents per day, or “less than a half a cup of coffee.” • Juanita Smith presided over a meeting of the Blanco P-TA about building new sidewalks for the elementary building. • Fritz Kuebel and Gerald Fuchs were honored by the Blanco FFA chapter. • The Blanco Library planned to open on Saturday mornings. • The Blanco Chapter of Young Homemakers sold stadium cushions for $1.25 at home football games and Lucy’s Beauty Shop. • Showing at the Blanco Theater: C’mon, Let’s Live a Little (Bobby Vee, Jackie DeShannon, Eddie Hodges, Suzie Kaye, and Ethel Smith) and Caprice (Doris Day and Richard Harris). • Hazel’s Flowers & Gifts was open at 13th and Cedar streets.

October 14, 1977

Ann Shields, Editor

The Blanco City Council and Mayor were fined $500 for contempt of court for ignoring an order to repair the Dorsey Lee Smith Bridge up-river from the Wayne Smith Dam. • Blanco County deputy sheriff, jailer-dispatcher, and part time city police officer Forrest Hancock walked into the Hunters Saloon and Chili Parlor and removed the beer license and city business permit off the wall, closing down the business as a public nuisance. The city business license was later returned after the owner of the saloon hired new management. • Police chief Joe Owen requested that the city buy a new police car instead of used cars that required a lot of maintenance. • Officers arrested three men for possession of marijuana. • Dairy Queen sold tacos, 3 for 99 cents, for less than a week. • The Blanco Panthers lost to Marion 31 to 0. • The Blanco school board toured improvements made to the various school facilities. Elementary classrooms were repainted and the desks were sent to the state prison for refinishing. The grading system for Kindergarten through second grade was standardized with S for satisfactory and U for unsatisfactory. Grates three through twelve used the A, B, C, D, and F letters with plus or minus.

October 14, 1987

Roy McNett, Editor-Publisher

The Main Street Program was discussed at the OBCCPS meeting. Main Street is a state program to support restoring and revitalizing downtown districts. • Blanco ISD enrollment set a record at 650 students. • Mason overpowered Blanco 29 to 7. • The Panther Band marched at the District XI contest in Hondo, earning a II. • Western Steakhouse (US 281 North) served a buffet daily (except Saturday), salad bar every day, and a catfish special on Friday nights. • The Blanco County Citizens for Pari-Mutuel Wagering advocated allowing a Class 2 racetrack in the county. • Dub & Pat’s Western Lounge opened at 1203 Main Street, next to Western Steakhouse.

October 15, 1997

Scott Gatewood, Editor

A Johnson City girl was charged with a felony following graffiti painting at Blanco High School. • Mayor Pro Tem Al Stenulson was appointed mayor after Tom Gourley resigned due to health-related problems. • The Woman’s Club meeting at the home of Millie Jones featured a program about the McNay Art Museum. • The Ranch Hi-Way meeting was held at the home of Ruby Jones. President Leona Smylie presented a program on how to reduce stress. • Momentum Online Service set aside phone lines to provide uninterrupted Internet access during the Beginning Internet class for the Blanco ISD Community Education program. • Panthers upset the Eagles 20 to 12. • Maurice and Betty Stobaugh, cousin Norman Miller, Opal Sunderlin, Walter and Mary Speakman, Helen and Clarence Waxler, Helen’s sister Bernice and Frank Knight, Lorene Liesmann, and Emil and Medora Beckmann traveled through New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia.

October 10, 2007

Charles Willgren, Editor

Trisha Campbell was hired as Director of Library Services. • Blanco Panther Band received 1st place trophy at Judson Rocket Review. • Dr. David & Maryella Vause celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Washington State and Victoria, Canada. • Twenty-one members of the Blanco Middle School student council joined together with the Blanco Masonic Lodge to pick up trash along a two mile stretch of US Highway 281. • Allied Body & Paint celebrated their grand opening.

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