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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 • Posted October 19, 2010 10:00 PM

October 18, 1968

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

The Blanco Panthers lost a conference game to the Marble Falls Mustangs with a score of 34-12. • Funeral services were held for Mrs. Viola Bindseil on October 9, 1968. She died in Austin on October 7. • A 22 inch long Coral snake was killed by Mrs. Edna Perkins on the Hemple Edwards place. • Airman Bertha Cruz completed basic training. • Airman 1st Class Lawrence A. Stream was on duty at Binh Thuy AB, Vietnam. • The library announced that it has records ready to check out, including John Gary, Jimmy Dean, and more. • The Young Homemakers of Texas, Area 7, held their convention in Fredericksburg. The Blanco YHT had a table set for dinner, and included clippings called “Food for Thought.” Blanco was announced as the winner of the Area 7 Outstanding Chapter of the year 1967-1968. Beverly Zercher accepted for the chapter a prize of a coffee pot and more. • Murray E. Curtis was named an Army command sergeant major. • C.W. Hunter and Son showed the Reserve Champion Ewe in the Suffolk sheep class at the Pan-American Exposition. They also came in second place in the pen of three ram lambs, pen of three ewe lambs, pen of three yearling ewes, and exhibitors flock. They took third and fourth in ram lambs and ewe lambs and third in yearling ram and fourth in yearling ewe. • The Blanco FFA Chapter held its annual Turkey Shoot on October 20. • An 18" color Automatic Fine Tuning RCA TV sold at Blanco’s Television and Appliances for only $385.

October 20, 1978

Jeffrey Cohane, Editor & Publisher

The Blanco County News sold for 15 cents. • The Homecoming festivities for Blanco High School kicked off Thursday the 19th at 7:45 with a bonfire and pep rally. The parade was Friday the 20th at 2:40 pm and started at the school and went to the square and back. The festivities closed out with a Homecoming dance at Twin Sisters from 9 pm Saturday to 1 am Sunday. • The pilot Law Enforcement Assistance Administration program for Blanco and the nation ended. County Law Enforcement Coordinator Larry Winter reported he had received a letter from the capitol informing him that the one-year program would not be refunded or renewed for a second year. • A truck rollover caused the death of the driver and some hectic activity rounding up the cattle he had been transporting. • PEC closed down the Marble Falls office, charging that the city was attempting to force the rest of the member-owners of the 40,000 electric cooperative to finance a $60,000 rate break to 13 large power users. After unanimous endorsement to a proposal of GM Bennie Fuelberg, the PEC board of directors ordered an immediate halt to further expansion envestment within the Marble Falls city limits, directed the PEC office in Marble Falls be moved to Johnson City, and issued a challenge to the city to either buy the PEC equipment within the city or sign a long-term franchise agreement. • The Blanco County Unit of the American Cancer Society met at the old Baptist Church for the Board of Directors meeting. Mrs. Thelma Dollahite was elected President, Mrs. Ola Matus was elected Vice-President, and Mrs. Thelma Houck and Mrs. Dot Miller were elected Directors. Ten-year service awards were presented to Mrs. Thelma Dollihite and Mrs. Margaret Withers.• The Senior class of LBJHS presented a two-act play called “Nut Factory.” The play was written by Jay Christopher and was about a professional psychologist in charge of the McNut Halfway House.

October 19, 1988

Roy McNett, Editor-Publisher

Blanco students grades Pre-K through fifth observed Fire Prevention Week by making posters, listening to speakers and visiting the Blanco Fire Station. • The Family Crisis Center formed a Task Force in Blanco. The organization is for abused families. • Mrs. Ruth Woltz cut the ribbon during dedication ceremonies of the James A. and Evelyn Williams Memorial Library. • A bill passed which provided satellite dish owners with fair and reasonable access to TV programming. Many viewers in Texas needed their backyard dishes in order to get television because they lived in the mountains or rural regions where it was difficult to get wired for cable television. • Live Oak Medical has special activities over the weekend with “Henry Winn” playing guitar, “Henry Fudge” on lead guitar and daughter “Elaine” on the keyboard and singing backup. • The 18th annual Casper Danz family reunion was held at the LBJ State Park in Stonewall with about 105 family members and guests attending for a barbeque lunch and business meeting. • The Texas Public Utility Commission rejected a PUC hearing examiner’s recommendation on rate design for the Lower Colorado River Authority’s $21.5 million rate increase. • The Panthers lost a heartbreaker game to Ingram 24-20. Disaster struck with six seconds left on the clock when Ingram threw a sixteen yard pass for the final touchdown, leaving the score 20-24, Ingram.

October 21, 1998

Roy McNett, Editor/Publisher

County Commissioners, court candidates, developers and interested parties met in the Johnson City courthouse to discuss the creation of a single-county or multi-county underground water management district for Blanco County and the implementation of water availablilty requrements for developers. • Tiffany Buck was crowned 1998-1999 Blanco Homecoming Queen. Buck was recuperating from injuries recently received in a serious accident south of Blanco. • During the regular meeting of the JCISD School Board, members listened to a presentation on possible programs for student athletes by John Lands, Superintendent. The program presented to the board was enforced and approved by lawyers and would only drug test students who participated in sports because of the increased chance of physical injury. All participating students would only be tested once at the beginning of the year, and about 15 percent would be chosen at random times for additional testing. • Three adults and one 3 year old became trapped on the Pedernales River east of Johnson City as torrential rain poured over central Texas over the weekend. Everyone was rescued safely by Lower Colorado River Authorities. • Harold Lord was recognized for completing 25 years of service on local Texas Soil and Water Conservation District. • The Panthers won their Homecoming game against the Stockdale Brahmans. Panthers won 35-19. • A 1998 Chevy S-10 pickup sold for under $12,000 at Tom Benson Chevrolet in San Antonio.

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