December 9, 1966
The First Baptist Church in Johnson City was completely destroyed by fire. The fire was discovered around 8:15 pm and the Johnson City Fire Department was joined by fire trucks from Blanco, Stonewall, Fredericksburg, Marble Falls, and the Air Force Crash Truck from the LBJ Ranch. They were able to keep the fire contained within the concrete block walls of the building and there was no damage to adjacent property. The building and contents were estimated to be valued between 60 and 70 thousand dollars. The fire was near the heating system at the time of discovery, but no definite cause had been determined. The church was without a pastor since the former pastor had resigned a few weeks prior and moved. The only items salvaged were a desk, choir robes, and a filing cabinet from the pastor’s office. • Three Juniors and one Senior from Blanco made the All-District 25B team. Four others were given Honorable Mentions. On the defensive team, Terry Elsey (senior) was placed in tackle position, and Leonard Moore (junior) made the end position. On offense, Warren Petersen (junior) was named as guard and Vernon Burk (junior) was named fullback. Honorable Mentions were Roger Evans as a kicker, Larry Liesmann as a tackle, Jerry Greenhaw as a guard, and Hubert Taylor as a back.
December 10, 1976
Blanco County announced that it would be testing “Meals on Wheels” for senior citizens. A grant through Community Action, Inc. made the project possible. • A special meeting announced to discuss ways to head off the possible closing of the LBJ Memorial Hospital was called off by the directors of the Pedernales Hospital Authority. The Hospital had reportedly been losing over $2,000 a month due to increased utility costs and a drop in patient load. • A crash on FM 1623 proved fatal to Mrs. Mary Klepac of Blanco. Her automobile she was driving was involved in an accident with a Blanco County dump truck. • Merle Walton, owner of the Blanco Auto Parts for two years announced that he was selling to Dwayne and Eva Nolte. The Noltes also owned the Blanco Car Center across Highway 281 from the auto parts house. The store was to remain the same in appearance and name, but the Noltes changed suppliers and were affiliated with NAPA.
December 17, 1986
A $7.4 million bond issue would have been needed to consolidate the Blanco and Johnson City school districts. The estimate was given by Pfluger Associates at the joint board workshop. The meeting was a forum for information to be shared with the audience and the Board, and that no action would be taken by either Board that evening. Before a group of around 65 people gathered in the Blanco school cafeteria, school planning consultant Moe Johnson and architect Jim Pfluger outlined facilities required to provide a complete program for a combined school district. The estimate included a $5.4 million new high school on a 50-acre site to accommodate 500 students with core facilities such as a gym and cafeteria that holds 800. $1.75 million was allotted for renovation of facilities on both campuses. • An ad appeared for PM Satellite Systems announcing Direct Broadcast Satellite Dish Television. The introductory offer was for a 10-foot aluminum dish, infrared remote receiver, videocipher II E descrambler, free six month subscription to a movie channel of viewer’s choice, a free year subscription to CNN headline news and CNN news and installation for “only $1,995.00.”
December 18, 1996
GTE announced an area code change for 100,000 GTE customers that would take place in summer of 1997. The San Antonio metropolitan area would retain the 210 area code, but the northern part of the remaining area of the existing 210 area, primarily from Webb County northward, was supposed to be reassigned the 830 area code. The new 830 area code included Blanco, Boerne, Charlotte, Del Rio, Dilley, Fredericksburg, Gillett, Gonzales, Granite Shoals, Johnson City, Jourdanton, Kosiusko, Lavernia, Marble Falls, Nixon, Poth, Round Mountain, Smiley, Somerset, Stonewall, Sutherland Springs, and Willow City. The southern area of existing 210 area, in Webb County southward, was supposed to get the new 956 area code. Those areas included La Feria, Raymondville, Rio Grande City, Roma, Santa Rosa, and Weslaco. The need for the new area codes indicated the continued dynamic economic growth of Texas, as well as growth in telephone services such as wireless, pagers, fax machines, and computer lines.
December 13, 2006
Roy Byars was posthumously recognized with several awards from the National Weather Service, Lower Colorado River Authority, and State Representative Patrick Rose for his contributions as a weather observer. Byars passed away in August 2006 but will always be remembered for his service to local, regional, and national organizations. Ron Houston presented the family with a certificate and state flag that had flown over the capitol and the “Mr. Blanco” plaque. The NWS named Byars as a 2006 recipient of the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for his 71 years of service in the Cooperative Weather Observer Program. • Superintendent Boyd announced his retirement. Boyd served as superintendent for 40 years. • Blanco National Bank vice president Sherry Hawkins was surprised to receive a certificate of recognition from Gov. Rick Perry for “stepping up to the plate, stepping up to make a difference” in the community.