January 31, 1964
The grand opening of the new $100,000 Blanco Nursing Home at 300 E. 7th St was on Feb. 2. F.H. Mobley, president of the Blanco Chamber of Commerce, announced that the 30- unit State approved home, built by Aged Homes, Inc. of Fort Worth, received the wholehearted support and endorsement of the Blanco Chamber of Commerce. • The official opening of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce was on Feb. 1. It was on the corner of East Main and 7th Street, formerly known as the Dan Rose Filling Station. • Two FFA Club boys from Blanco were selected as contestants to take part in the Calf Scramble event during the 15th Annual San Antonio Stock Show. They were Charles Weidner and Jerry Greenhaw, among 280 FFA and 4-H Club members who would take part in the Calf Scramble held during each performance of the Harry Knight produced RCA Rodeo during the 15th Annual Stock Show and Rodeo.
February 1, 1974
Blanco received a new ambulance to add one more safety factor to citizen welfare. The Blanco County Commissioners purchased two ambulances of a type approved by the Texas Health Department with revenue sharing funds. They donated one to Blanco and the other to Johnson City. • City Council met and discussed putting a water main up Pecan Street from the northeast corner of the square to 13th Street and then on to the standpipe (water tank) at 13th and Mesquite. A leg off the main would be run one block east to Live Oak Street and a fire plug installed at either 6th or 7th Street. • The American Lung Association- Alamo Area didn’t achieve its annual goal for the Christmas Seal appeal. It was learned that a cause for this decline was a dishonest postal employee in the main San Antonio post office. The man was apprehended in the act of stealing Christmas Seal envelopes addressed to the Association. • Due to the rising costs of food, the prices of school cafeteria meals had to be increased. As of Monday, February 4, 1974, the following prices were in effect: K-6, $0.45/meal, milk $0.08; 7-12, $0.50/meal, milk $0.08; Adults, Employees, and Visitors, $0.65/meal, milk $0.12. There was also a new schedule for free or reduced price lunches available.
February 1, 1984
LBJ Memorial Hospital board president John Stevenson and board of directors member Joe Summy resigned their respective posts. This came as no surprise to those who had been following county hospital news. With the leasing of the LBJ hospital to Futura Health Care Services of Drumright, OK, the current board of directors had become a lame duck board, the operative future hinging on the negotiation of a new lease when Futura’s lease is up or the possible sale of the facility. • Jack Felps Construction company of Blanco was awarded the bid to begin repairs to the outside portions of the Blanco County Courthouse roof, estimated at $2,941.68.
February 2, 1994
Snow fell in Blanco County for the first time in over two years. Most of it melted on the way to the ground or on the ground. • Blanco County Sheriff Harry Carpenter unveiled his answer to the drug couriers who use the county’s highways as a pipeline for the delivery of their illicit cargo: the department’s first narcotics detecting canine, Rudy, and his handler, Deputy Robert Woodring. Rudy, a Belgian Malinois, was acquired by Sheriff Carpenter with monies donated by private supporters of the department. No tax dollars were used to purchase the drug dog.
February 4, 2004
Habitat for Humanity International, an independent and non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, had a possibility of coming to Blanco County. Input would be obtained from churches, local governments, and other civic organizations throughout the county over the next few weeks and months. Habitat does not give a house to just anyone. Costs are kept as low as possible using both financial and "in kind" donations of materials. Much of the labor is contributed by volunteers supplemented by the specialty contractors.
It was estimated that a Habitat home in Blanco County would cost about $43,000. • Vivian Stubbs, who taught school for 52 years, celebrated her 102nd birthday at a family party in her home. Her birthday was January 22. Four generations of her family were present, and a cake, made by Dorothy Troppy, was served with ice cream. • Members of the Blanco Lions Club celebrated their 65th anniversary with a banquet at the Blanco Methodist Church fellowship hall, where fifty members and guests attended.