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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 • Posted January 4, 2011 10:00 PM

January 1, 1960

Jack B. Miller, District Attorney of the 33rd Judicial District, announced his candidacy for the office of District Judge of the 33rd District. This Judicial District is composed of Blanco, Burnet, Llano, Mason, Menard, and San Saba Counties. • The following “Notice to Boys” ran: If any boys want to join the Boy Scouts, they are requested to notify Larry Liesmann of L. D. Jackson. They will give the necessary information to those interested. They hope to find a Boy Scout Master by summertime, which is the time they would like to have a Boy Scout troop organized. All boys of Scout age are urged by these boys to join the organization. • The “January White Sale” at Hunter’s included 81x99 Garza sheets for $1.98 each, 42x36 Garza Cases for $0.49 each, 20x40 Cannon Bath Towels in pastel colors for $0.39 each, Wash Cloths for $0.07 each, and Full Fashion Hose for $1.19 each.

January 2, 1970

The Byars families had their Christmas reunion at Byars Café. Around 40 attended. • The school lunch menu for Wednesday was Hot dogs, chile, pinto beans, carrot sticks, fritos, apricot pie, and milk. • Student involvement and elimination of “misinformation” about drugs and drug usage were factors discussed at the organizational meeting of the interim House Narcotics Investigating Committee.

January 4, 1980

Two chimney fire calls were answered by the Blanco Volunteer Fire Department over the holiday weekend, one causing little damage, but the other destroying a roof. The first was at the Chick Ranch, apparently caused by a squirrel building a nest, and was extinguished by the ranch residents before the firemen appeared. The other was at the Old Wagner Ranch at Fischer Store. The damage of the destroyed roof was estimated at around $5,000.

January 3, 1990

A high-speed chase by Blanco police ended when a fleeing car rammed through a chain-length fence on Felps Street, badly damaging the vehicle, which officers later discovered had been stolen. Police officer Doug Bledsoe said the 1982 Camaro, belonging to a BHS senior, was last seen on the night of Dec. 21, parked near the student’s home on Mesquite Street. The car had been hot wired. • An arctic blast late in December of 1989 plunged temperatures to new record lows and left a 3-inch-thick coating of ice across the Blanco River. Local weather watcher Roy Byars said the Dec. 23 temperature reading of 0 degrees (!!!) broke the previous record of 6 degrees set in 1929 on the same date. The city’s all-time record of -6 degrees occurred on Jan 31, 1949. • Burglars stole in with the new year last weekend and made off with a bundle of cash they ransacked from the Super S grocery store safe.

January 5, 2000

County Treasurer Robin Hildebrandt resigned Monday afternoon. She completed a year of her last term. She cited financial reasons. • Blanco school Superintendent Mike Adkins canceled Wednesday classes after an employee found a handwritten note that stated a bomb would be left inside the high school sometime on or before Wednesday. The made up classes would take place the following Saturday. “That’s my decision,” he said. “I want the kids to know I mean business. I want them to know that they cant’ scribble something and miss school. I intend for them to make up school on a day they don’t like. If we wait for a bad-weather day, they’ll forget about it by then.” • As predicted, the more than 137,000 members served by Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc. celebrated the new century with electric service. PEC did not experience any complications related to Y2K computer “glitches.”

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