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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 • Posted January 18, 2011 10:00 PM

January 19, 1962

In the wee small hours of Friday, January 12, the thermometer sank to one degree above zero. The Blanco River froze over from bank to bank more solidly than in the past number of years. • Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Krause announced the engagement of their daughter, Doris Lee, to Vernon Litton. The wedding was planned for early April. • Cled E. Wallace, beloved minister of the Johnson City Church of Christ, died at his Austin home Monday, Jan 8, 1962. • The lunch menu for Tuesday, Jan 23 was fried chicken, cream gravy, mashed potatoes, carrot and celery sticks, apples, bread, and milk.

January 21, 1972

Cash income to farmers and ranchers in Blanco County should be more than $6 million by the end of 1976, according to projection based on the agricultural outlook for Blanco County. • Thomas T. Neill announced his running for Commissioner, while Ben Smith withdrew from the Commissioner race, and Rep. J.J. Pickle announced his running for Re-Election to the 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. • Area residents were invited to participate in a blood typing program sponsored by the Johnson City Hospital. Anyone wishing to know their blood group and Rh type would be tested in the laboratory and given a card for free. • The Texas Highway Patrol investigated 12 accidents on rural highways in Blanco County during the month of December (1971). A total of 139 accidents resulted in nine people killed and 33 injured during 1971.

January 21, 1982

From a donation by the Blanco Lions Club, Blanco would soon have a total of 96 street signs at various street intersections. A majority of the signs remained in storage until the City of Blanco could afford to erect poles to hold them. The signs were the result of almost three decades of determined work by the Lions Club. • Dairy Queen’s Tuesday lunch special was Tasty Tacos: 3 for $1.39. On Wednesday, they had a Steak Finger Basket for $1.99. The special ran through the month of February. • The Blanco Panthers boys basketball team was playing like they had a fire under them. They were undefeated in district play for the first half of the season. • Blanco was one of the five area towns experiencing a one-hour interruption in long-distance service Wed, January 13, as a result of overloaded telephone equipment conditions during the recent snow storm. The other cities affected were Granite Shoals, Johnson City, Marble Falls, and Round Mountain.

January 22, 1992

Members of Blanco’s Earth day Committee approached the BISD board to offer free water-testing equipment to the school if it would initiate a student program for testing the Blanco River. The program would not take much time from either students or teachers, but would use enough biology, chemistry, graphing, etc. to meet basic elements required by the state. • The 1992 Blanco County Youth Show was a success with the sale of the premium exhibits earning over $58,000 for Blanco County Youth. • A singles group was starting up in Blanco. The first event was a Trail Riders Dance at Twin Sisters. The second event was the Luckenbach “Hug-In.” • Girl Scout cookies were on sale! The Girl Scouts were celebrating their 80th anniversary.

January 23, 2002

Thanks to another grant from the Capitol Area Planning Council, the Blanco school district’s recycling center expanded again. The $27,775 grant would enable the district to purchase equipment and establish a compost and mulch-recycling center. The compost and mulch-recycling center would recycle about 40 percent of Blanco’s current waste stream and divert about 5 tons per month from the landfill. • Sydni Kipp, member of Blanco Elementary School, was among the 12 US winners of Colgate-Palmolive’s “My Bright Smile” Global Art Contest, a great feature of the Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program. Sydni was selected from over 3,000 US entries and judges on originality, creativity, imagination, and best rendering of the theme: “Why My Bright Smile is Important.” Sydni won a $500 savings bond scholarship and her winning artwork appeared in the 2002 “My Bright Smile” calendar. As the student’s sponsor, Blanco Elementary won a $1,000 grant for classroom equipment and supplies. • American Legion Post #352 donated 685 pounds of food to the Good Samaritan Center of Blanco. • Alana’s Bride & Formal Wear ran a “Buy your 2002 prom dress from $99 in stock and receive 10% off your Tuxedo” promotion.

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