December 27, 1968
The Young Homemakers kindergarten class presented a short Christmas skit about Santa Claus and his reindeer. • The Blanco PTA met when the Christmas program was provided by the third and fourth grade music classes under the direction of Billy Harrell. • The “Most Outstanding Display” lighting contest award went to Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Johnston, who were awarded an electric heater as a prize. The Lutheran Church took the church category prize, Hazel’s Flower Shop won the commercial display prize, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Byars won for the door and window prize, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Smith took the most original award, and Pat Hartman won the Young Homemaker award.
December 29, 1978
The developer of Lake of the Hills, a hill country subdivision that straddles the Blanco-Comal County line, was accused by Comal County officials of “Making unauthorized plat changes and re-numbering of lots in a pattern that has kept the county tax office confused.” • The expected signing of contracts Wednesday night to begin renovation of the Johnson City elementary school building did not materialize. The Superintendent said that if the bond would be obtained prior to the board’s next regular scheduled meeting in January, they would have gone ahead and acted on it; otherwise, another special session would have had to be called when it was received.
December 21, 1988
The EMS and Auxiliary sought more members. The community was aware of the problems with the Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corps and a well-attended town meeting was held to discuss the needs and options of the EMS. Two positive steps were the outcome of the meeting: classes for Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Care attendants, and the formation of the BVAC Auxiliary. • The following letters appeared to Santa:
Dear Santa: Merry Christmas. I want a camera, and a globe and a umbrella and please leave a foot print on the carpet. Mom will not get mad. Don’t forget my sister Becki. It’s hard for her to be good but she tries. Please rember my family. Love, Jessica Haas
Dear Santa, For Christmas I would like tennis shoe and a refrigerator. Thank you, Santa. From Jason Cox, (kindergartener)
Dear Santa, For Christmas I would like a wire bailer and a combine. Thank you, Santa, From Herbie Bindseil, (kindergartener)
December 23, 1998
The Pecan Street Café ended its tenure on the Old Blanco County Courthouse square as owner Nan Hanus was ready to take a break from the laborious task of running her own business and concentrate on catering and writing a cookbook. • Members of the Hill Country Memorial Hospice in Fredericksburg joined Roy Byars for the grand opening of the new location of the hospice thrift shop at the historic Byars building at 303 Pecan street. • A cattle truck mishap on US 281 closed traffic and killed 34 head of cattle. Driver Jimmy Lee Elliff Jr lost control of his rig 7 miles north of Johnson City. •
The following letters appeared to Santa:
Dear Santa, I want a carberator for my three wheeler. I want a horse, go-cart, toy truck and a toy ship too. I have been good sometimes and do the dishes. Love, Hunter Elrod
Dear Santa, I would like any kind of birds for Christmas. I like animals. Love, Brennan Ayers
Dear Santa, What I want for Christmas. Race car. Limbo chicken. Computer. VCR. I broke mine. From Jessie