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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 • Posted November 2, 2010 10:00 PM

November 4, 1960

Rain amounting to 6.30 inches fell in Blanco. Other areas of the state reported much more, and floods were reported in many places. The river went over the old highway bridge just before midnight. Nine persons drowned: four near Albert, two near Austin, and three near Bastrop as cars attempted to drive over the flood waters. • The rebuilding of 290-281 from Johnson City to the Y was approved. The estimated coast was $1,140,200. The modernization of this section provided a 68- foot width curbed section in Johnson City. The rural section consisted of two 24-foot width pavements flanked by 5-foot or 10-foot paved shoulders. • "We Stand Today On The Edge of New Frontier" was the headline for a political ad for the 1960 Presidential Campaign run by John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson encouraging Texans to vote for a Texan.

November 6, 1970

The Blanco Spanish Club planned a donkey basketball game and other entertainment to raise money for a trip to Mexico over the holidays.

November 6, 1980

Members of Blanco County celebrated to news that Ronald Regan won the election over Jimmy Carter. Blanco County gave Reagan 1,434 votes compared to 794 for Carter. • Lady Bird Johnson was filmed in various locations in Johnson City as Gugenheim Productions of Washington D.C. Prepared the final segments of a documentary film on Mrs. Johnson. • The Johnson City Junior High School Band won the Westlake Marching Festival in Austin. • A Dairy Queen Cheeseburger with Fries was on sale as the special of the week for $1.75. • Thursday lunch at BHS was fish, macaroni & cheese, green beans, pineapple, bread, and milk.

November 7, 1990

In what was reported to be one of the largest voter turnouts in a non-presidential year, 2,298 residents in Blanco County voted in the county judge race to return Judge Charles Scott to his post. Scott gathered 863 votes (38%). Bob Grimmel received 703 votes (31%), Marge Waxler got 428 (19%), and Bill Marshall got 304 (13%). John F. Wood won the justice of the peace, precinct 4, Paul Granberg won a close race for county commissioner, precinct 4, Ann Richards won the Governor race, and Congressman Jake Pickle and Senator Phil Gramm were returned to Congress.

November 1, 2000

Chelsea Harvey won the district Junior High Cross Country crown. She was a one-woman team in the Comfort meet, with all the Varsity teams cheering her on. Chelsea took the lead at the 1.5 mile mark and there was nothing but dust as she pulled away to defeat a 15-woman field made up of 7th and 8th graders. • A not-particulary-blushing bride was seen wandering around Pecan Street on Halloween in front of the Blanco County News office. This bride, dressed up for her wedding, but lacking a groom, checked on the availability of Editor-Publisher Roy McNett. McNett graciously but quickly declined the offer. The bride said "I... can wait." Newspaper employees suggested she had a very slight resemblance to Blanco’s Judy Brewer, but that had not been confirmed. • Real Foods’ grand opening occurred on the Blanco square.

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