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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 • Posted December 7, 2010 10:00 PM

December 10, 1965

An award was approved for a Program Development Award for $18,649 to the Community Council of Comal and Blanco County, a non-profit organization with broad community representation. • The Blanco Panther Band received its highest rating in marching in several years when it received an “excellent” rating at the Region XI Marching Contest. The rating is equivalent to a grade of 87-94%. • The school lunch menu for Monday consisted of beef stew, pork and beans, buttered corn, fruit cobbler, bread, and milk.

December 5, 1975

An accident on Thanksgiving evening left five Blanco residents injured in a one-car accident on Highway 1623. Two residents were taken to Johnson City and then to Austin for emergency treatment of facial wounds. • Postmaster Roy H. Byars announced that the Blanco Post Office will move into the new office and deliver mail in the new facilities for the first time on Monday, December 7. The new office has boxes which require a key to open. • A stop sign ordinance notification stated: “There shall be erected at various designated street intersections in the City of Blanco, stop signs bearing the word “STOP”, facing and so placed that they can be read by drivers of vehicles, motor vehicles and animals, who are proceeding and approaching the designated intersection; ana after said stop sign has been erected and installed, the driver of such vehicle, motor vehicle or animal who is proceeding and whose vehicle, motor vehicle or animal is moving and approaching the designated intersection, before entering such intersection, shall bring such vehicle, motor vehicle or animal to a full stop, not farther than ten feet from such stop sign. This provision shall never be construed to limit or to conflict with any provision of the statutes of the State of Texas regarding traffic…

Whosoever shall violate any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be fined in any sum not less than $1.00 and not more than $200.00"

December 11, 1985

Blanco public works director resigned his job. “Blanco’s sewer treatment plant and surface water treatment plant are not being properly run, and would not meet either state or EPA standards,” charged Jim Boyd, who resigned his position as Blanco’s Public Works Director after only three weeks. He claimed that he had been harassed by the city staff from day one. • Mayor Marge Waxler called for the treatment plant to be inspected in the wake of charges that the Blanco surface water treatment plant was improperly run. Jim Boyd said that the law required “a certified operator at the water treatment plant at all times while it is running” and due to a vague understanding of the law, Ron Byrd of the Texas Department of Health promised to make an inspection.

December 6, 1995

Blanco had several professional pets running around in the mid-nineties. July was a black and brindled cat at Blanco Lumber and Hardware Co. May-May, a chocolate Labrador, worked for the Blanco Veterinary Clinic. She donated blood along with Hank, a gray and white cat. Texas Rose Antiques had Odie, another black lab, who acted as a welcoming committee. K.C. and Jelly were two cats at The Sunflower, Dillian acted as guard dog for Carriage Antiques, and Tara, a Rhodesian ridgeback went to work with Robert Cox at Gandalf’s Goldwerkes. Other animals in the working world were Muffy the cat at Rain Bird Gallery, Amanda the border collie at Treasures & Trivia, Scar the orange tabby cat in City Hall, and Pepe the bird at Blanco National Bank.

December 7, 2005

The Panthers erased a 14-point deficit against Lexington in the second half and won in overtime as Bradley Walker pushed the ball into the endzone. The win ensured the Panthers moving on to the semi-finals. • A shiny beige silo was erected south of town on Loop 163. “Ingram ReadyMix”, owned by Bruce Ingram, owned 26 batch plants in the Hill Country and anticipated that his operation would be up and running by the end of January the next year. • PEC launched an online bill payment system. • The Blanco Panther Band placed eight members on the All- Region Band. Twenty students from BHS competed with over 300 other high school students for placement in the All-Region Band.

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