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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 • Posted February 8, 2011 10:00 PM

February 12, 1965

The citizens of Blanco had the opportunity to secure a more plentiful supply of water. An election at the Fire Station was held for voting on a $34,000 Revenue Bond issue to finance a dam on the Blanco River. Plans called for a dam approximately 13 feet high across the Blanco River west of town near the mouth of Hinds Branch. This dam will impound about 100 acre feet of water, or about 32,500,000 gallons. Repayment of the Revenue Bonds and interest would be made by increasing the cost of water ten cents per 1,000 gallons to those using more than the minimum of 2,500 gallons per month. • After a meeting of the Elective Officials, the County Judge announced that beginning February 13, 1965, the Courthouse of Blanco County would be closed on Saturday each week. This was following the policy of some 240 counties in the State. • Texas drivers “flirted” with excessive speeds after the speed limit was raised to 70 mph late in 1963. But the affair went pfffft, according to a speed survey made by the Texas Highway Department a year later, and Texans for the most part were now observing the speed limit.

February 14, 1975

The Alpha Omega Youth Recreation Building reopened February 14. The activities were supervised by the adult men of the First Baptist Church. New games were installed, some free and some costing 25 cents to operate. The building was owned by Stanley Lane who donates it free of charge to the church for its youth. • Mayor Clarence Waxler called for a general assembly meeting to organize the communities of Blanco, Twin Sisters, The Colony, and Lindendale for the celebration of the Bi-Centennial 1976. • At the regular meeting of the Blanco County Commissioners Court held at the County Court House in Johnson City, the commissioners conducted the routine business of approving the minutes of the previous meeting, voting to accept the financial reports, paying bills, approving the delinquent tax record and the tax record expense statement, and authorizing Judge Barrow to sign a multi-jurisdictional agreement for the Comprehensive Manpower Program. The Blanco National Bank was named County Depository for county funds and for county school funds. The sum of $100,000 was deposited in the Blanco National Bank at 6.25% interest annually for 2 years from the date of deposit, and $50,000 at 6% for one year. • Over 379,000 visitors enjoyed trips to LBJ National Historic Site in 1974. According to Alec Gould, park superintendent, 228,000 of those visitors toured the LBJ Ranch, Birthplace, and Johnson Family Cemetery while 151,000 visited the LBJ Boyhood Home and Johnson Settlement in Johnson City.

February 13, 1985

Vandals destroyed the steel and chain link double-gate at the Blanco football field, apparently by ramming it with a vehicle and driving through the wreckage, and then drove over the field, spinning “donuts” which damaged both the grass and the underground sprinkler system. That same night, a resident at the 281-290 “Y” intersection was awakened by his dogs barking. Bill Colwell reports it was about 2:30 AM when he looked out and immediately thereafter someone in a pick-up truck began firing at the overhead lights around the intersection. Colwell called the sheriff’s department as the truck drove away, but it returned in a few minutes and began firing again. Colwell again called the sheriff’s dispatcher, and this time asked if he could reach Chief Deputy Dugie Mobley. The dispatcher told him that he had called Mobley, who had said that by the time he dressed and got to the scene, the vandal would be gone. Once more, Colwell reports, the truck drove away, returning in a few minutes with a new round of fire. For the third time, he called the sheriff’s number, and this time asked if Game Warden Bobby Fenton could be sent to the scene. By this time, all but one of the intersection lights had been shot out, and when Fenton responded, he found evidence that both a .22 rifle and a .410 shotgun had been used. According to the State Highway Department, no dollar estimate would be available until their electricians come from Austin to make repairs. This is the second incident of vandalism at this intersection in the same time frame, as the overhead signs were spray painted a few weeks ago. • Several household burglaries discovered in The Divide, a subdivision on Highway 165, were cleared up by the Blanco County Sheriff’s Department with the arrest of two suspects from Pawnee, OK, who were camping nearby. Two men were in custody. The two men charged in the burglaries, accompanied by two teenage girls, were stopped in Blanco because of a defective headlight. Blanco Police Chief Lowell Barker found the vehicle they were driving was improperly registered, had no insurance, and that both men had suspended OK driver’s licenses. A check of their tent found the two men and a variety of stolen merchandise. Two girls fled the scene and were not found until the next day.

February 8, 1995

Blanco Middle School science students were able to take a closer look at the changing weather around them because the school received an automated weather station which connected the school to 25 other school weather stations across Central Texas. Rich Segal, weekend weathercaster for KXAN-36 in Austin said the Automated Weather Source program benefits both the TV station and the region’s science students. “It allows students who are learning about meteorology to have a tool to learn about how weather works,” he said. “And it allows them to do more than just take readings.” •

February 9, 2005

Hill Country Lavender put its first lavender plant in the ground in 1999. Hill Country Lavender, owned by Robb Kendrick and Jeannie Ralson, opened up shop within Brieger Pottery, a long-time Blanco business on the north side of the square. • The Blanco High Stepping Red Hatters held their monthly luncheon at Jonathan’s at The Ark in Blanco. Queen Mum, Deanna Glaze, discussed upcoming trips to Burnet and Sequin. News was shared about the Red Hat Society convention to take place in Las Vegas, and the Red Hat Convergence in San Antonio.

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