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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 26, 2010 10:00 PM

October 24, 1969

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

The annual PTA Fundraising Event and Halloween Carnival took place. • The Blanco Lions Club met at the Western Steak House. They discussed the need of the Fire Department for a new Jeep fire truck and possible ways to raise funding for purchase. The Blanco Valley Grange expressed their willingness to assist in the fundraising project, since the Jeep truck was used primarily for farm and ranch firefighting. • The Texas Highway Department had a crew working in Blanco painting broad, white stripes on the principle streets intersecting Highway 281 through town. The stripes were placed to remind motorists where to stop safely at intersections. The Highway Department also spent a day removing gravel and debris from recent rains. • The Blanco Theatre was showing West Side Story, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris.

October 26, 1979

Jeffrey Cohane, Editor & Publisher

The Blanco City Council voted to have the barricade that had been blocking Old River Road for over six months removed. The vote was unanimous as the council had lost patience with the family who had placed it there after months of negotiation over the blockade and over their mobile home being located in the middle of a platted street. • Fredericksburg National Bank advertised the current Money Market Certificate rate as 12.65%. They boasted that with an investment of $10,000, one could earn $630.76 in the next six months at that rate. • The Ag department bought two new Lincoln Electric welding machines for $150. each, bringing their total to five machines. Those extra machines enabled Mr. Cyril Wolf’s Ag classes to get more practice learning how to weld. Those classes completed a cage for the Ag building’s Coke machine and a metal cage for the students’ livestock. They intended to build portable bleachers for the Blanco County Livestock show for the upcoming January. • Tide Detergent in the “Giant Size” sold for $1.39 on sale at Knopp-Metzger Supermarket Department Store. Tomatoes were $0.39 a pound, and Round Steak was $1.99 a pound.

October 25, 1989

Roy McNett, Editor-Publisher

Commissioners approved the new board for the Blanco Rural Fire District. At the meeting, Blanco VFD Chief Mark McMain presented a list of four names to replace the members of the board of the Blanco Rural Fire District #1 who resigned earlier that year. Resigned were Clarence Waxler, Charlie Price, Joe Sawyer, and Joe B. Wagner. Those replacing them were Roy Byars, Bobbie Page, Kelly Dowdy, and Linda McMain. • Funeral services for Lucille Olga Bindseil (76) were held Oct. 11, 1989 at Crofts Funeral Home in Blanco, Rev. Don Taylor of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. She was buried in the Twin Sisters Cemetery in Twin Sisters. Bindseil passed away Oct. 8th. • The Middle School volleyball team placed 4th in the district after wrapping up the season with a district tournament in Comfort. • The LBJ Heartland Council hosted a two-day workshop and area tour of three counties. The workshop was associated with the Texas/New Mexico Field Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and began and the LBJ Ranch. Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, representatives from the Texas Historical Commission, Texas Committee for the Humanities, Texas Commission on the Arts, Austin Convention and Tourist Bureau, Texas Tourism Council, National Park Service Tourism, Kerrville Convention Bureau, LBJ National Historical Park, LBJ State Park, and county, state, and federal officials (as well as local media) attended. • The end of the first phase of the effort to save Blanco’s 1886 courthouse, a three-year struggle was celebrated. The National Trust awarded a $100,000 loan and the second phase was announced, which involved negotiating a sale price and rounding up the rest of the financial backing needed. The event was celebrated with a huge party sponsored by the Blanco County Historical Society. • Senior Aimee Wagner was crowned Homecoming Queen. Both of her parents also graduated from BHS. • Texas changed the format of the TEAMS test as well as the degree of difficulty. Students taking the new TEAMS must be able to show a mastery of math, English, reading, and writing. The new test, called TAAS (Texas Assessment of Academic Skills), covers everything the students learned from their sophomore year plus a writing section added to the English part of the test. • Postmaster Andy Goad celebrated 24 years with USPS.

October 27, 1999

Roy McNett, Editor/Publisher

Blanco County Commissioners approved the final plat for El Cielo Creek subdivision south of Blanco. The approval was for one section of the subdivision. • A Hazardous Waste Collection at the county fairgrounds brought in 650 paint containers, 375 gallons of used oil, 1,715 vehicle tires, 750 oil filters, and 330 batteries. That added up to over 1,100 pounds of waste. • The Rain Bird Gallery, run by Blanco artist Janet Fisher, hosted an open house to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the business. • The Panthers defeated Navarro 51-3 with the offense chalking up 342 total yards (216 more than Navarro). Navarro dominated the first quarter and led by three, but Blanco retaliated by scoring the next 51 points. The seventh and eighth grade Panthers also defeated the Navarro teams, with a 34-8 win and a 50-6 win, respectively. • The local FFA chapters of Blanco and Johnson City participated in the Area VII Land and Range Contests at SWT, with both chapter qualifying teams for the State Land and Range Contests held in Stephenville the following April. It was Johnson City’s 6th consecutive year of qualifying.

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