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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 • Posted December 21, 2010 10:00 PM

December 22, 1967

The first place winner of the Yard Lighting division was Alex Nowotny, who won an electric heater. The entry included a two-story high, lighted Christmas tree with brightly wrapped packages beneath, Santa and his reindeer, and candles in sand-filled paper sacks. Second place went to L. C. Johnston for a brightly lit yard with Christmas music playing from loud speakers. Johnston won $10.00 from Blanco Lumber and Hardware. In Door lighting, first prize went to Robbie Jackson who received a phone and a year’s service from Southwestern States Telephone. Jesse Smith won the second prize of $10.00. • Five-year-old Jeffrey Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey Lee Smith, was invited to appear as a guest on the “Captain Gus Show”.

December 23, 1977

James A. Williams presented to the board of trustees of the Blanco Library, Inc., a deed of gift to his home on 9th St. The library located there would be called the James A. and Evelyn Williams Memorial Library. • Blanco’s newest building project was an eleven space mini storage unit. Owner Ira Caswell said that the building located behind the Blanco Chicken Hut would have two 10’ x 10’ spaces, five 10’ x 20’ spaces, and four 5’ x 10’ spaces for rent. • The “B” boys took part in the J.C. “A” team tournament. They lost in the opening round versus Prairie Lea. They played Center Point next and also lost to them. Terry Love scored 9 points against Prairie Lea and Ricky Weirich led all Blanco scorers against Center Point with 10 points. Keystone of San Antonio went on to win the tournament.

December 23, 1987

Members of the various Blanco County ambulance services and fire departments met in separate meetings and discussed the possibility of establishing an Emergency Services District in Blanco County. One of the propositions that passed on both the county and statewide level granted the establishment of emergency services districts to benefit emergency medical services and fire departments in a designated area. The area under discussion would establish a Blanco County Emergency Services District that would include the Johnson City Emergency Medical Services, Blanco Fire Department, Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Round Mountain Fire Department and Johnson City Fire Department. • Troy Abbott, son of Robert and Mary Ann Abbott, received a set of World Book Encyclopedias from the division manager of World Book Inc and Martha Bethke, administrative assistant of Blanco ISD. The set was a gift from The Company With a Heart, a division of World Book Inc. • The Blanco Woman’s Club hosted the silver tea benefit. Mrs. Robert Fulcher served as hostess. The short business meeting was followed by the program presented by the music department. Mrs. David Vause introduced Lewis Lowenstein, cellist, from the Orchestra of San Antonio. He played Mozart, Offenbach, Boccherini, and Saint-Saens. He was accompanied by Vickie Pautz, and ended the program with a Bach minuet with violinist Julie Pautz. The tea hour followed, hosted by Mmes. Fulcher, Welch, Robert Pevoto, and Albert Purpura.

December 24, 1997

Fifteen students from Bracken Christian School Science Club joined two conservation scientists from Texas Parks and Wildlife in an outgoing study to monitor the population of the Texas Salamander, a rare species indigenous to the spring-fed streams common in the Hill Country. • Clarendon College named 48 outstanding academic students to its President’s List. Katy Lark Knoll of Blanco received this honor for maintaining a 4.0 GPA in the fall semester. Clarendon also named students to other honors. Ross West of Blanco received the honor for most athletic boy.

December 19, 2007

A Blanco County Jury comprised of 8 women and 4 men handed down a guilty verdict to Brian Christian Andrews, 24, of Leander, for the crime of burglary of a habitation. The jury sentenced Andrews to 15 years in prison while the Honorable Dan Mills presided. Andrews was linked to the crime with DNA evidence, footprint analysis, and testimony from several witnesses.

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