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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 • Posted February 22, 2011 10:00 PM

February 24, 1967

Vocational Agriculture students in Blanco High School joined Future Farmers of America throughout the nation in activities to focus attention on the importance of agriculture during National FFA Week, February 18-25, 1967. “Agriculture… Strength of America” was that year’s FFA Week theme. The boys undertook a campaign to inform the general public about the importance of Agricultural industry to America, the growing need for farming, and of the numerous and wide variety of opportunities that exist in the broad field of agriculture for young men who have a background of farm experience and training. • The Panthers defeated Leakey in Bi-District basketball. Severne Smith led the Panthers in scoring when they defeated the Leakey Eagles 55-53 for the Bi-District Championship in a game played in Kerrville. • Three youth from the area were winners in the Calf Scramble at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo. They were Douglas Burgess, who won second place; James Dechert, 7th place; and David Domsch, seventh place.

February 25, 1977

The Blanco City Council approved the architect’s plans for a new community building to be built on the corner of 5th and Pecan Street in Blanco. Charles T. Holmes, the city engineer from Fredericksburg, designed the 6,250 square foot building which would have ample parking space for all city vehicles, including the fire truck and ambulance. Holmes estimated that construction of the building should not cost the city more than $5 per square foot. • Johnson City Mayor George Byars announced that he would run for re-election. Byars served 14 consecutive terms unopposed and would try for number 15. Also running for re-election was Blanco Mayor Clarence Waxler. “I started this new city building project on the city fire station and would like to see it finished,” he said. • The Blanco Woman’s Club met in the lovely country home of Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Bigden. After the business meeting and the program presentation by the Civic and Garden Department, Mrs. Bigden, with co-hostesses Mrs. Gerald Bridges, Mrs. Paul White, and Mrs. L. F. Sheppard, served delicious refreshments of coffee, tea, cherry cheesecake and cheese cookies. • The BHS senior class met and selected their class favorites. They chose Janie Brooks and Keith Scharnhorst as “Best All Around.” Elected as “Most Friendly” were Celia Padilla and William Weber. Pat Bindseil and Jay Gloor were chosen as “Best Personality.” Rachael Jones and Keith Scharnhorst were selected as “Most Athletic.” Finally, chosen “Most Likely to Succeed” were Janie Brooks and Bret Immel.

February 25, 1987

Dr. and Mrs. John J. Flannery of Blanco were honored on their 50th anniversary with a family celebration hosted by their son Bill at Hill Country Village in San Antonio. • Thirteen young ladies from Blanco High School competed in Austin at Berger Center in the Hill Country Dance Classic. Of the 17 drill teams in competition, Blanco was the only 2A school represented. Under the direction of Mrs. Shyrle Brooks, the Blanco Drill Team received a Division 1 rating in the jazz competition. To receive this, a team must receive an overall average of 90 from all five judges. • An outstanding local teacher was nominated for participation in a unique awards program sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin. The Texas Excellence Awards for Outstanding High School Teachers are the University’s way of thanking teachers who play critical roles in preparing their students for higher education. It is also an attempt to stimulate appreciation of the contributions teachers make by recognizing the achievements of outstanding individuals. Local congratulations were in order for Mr. Cicero A. Rust, III. He was nominated by Mr. Donald Braun, Principal of Floresville High School, Floresville. His subject is English.

February 26, 1997

The Blanco Volunteer Fire Department was granted a 50-year lease of its headquarters building at 5th and Pecan streets. After signing the lease agreement that stipulates a one-time payment of $1,000, Blanco City Mayor Ryan Trimble stated that “the City of Blanco is proud to support the BVFD by signing a 50-year lease to help with its long-term planning and operation….” • The BHS debate teams qualified for state. The teams of Pamela Hardin-Holly Head and Brian Weber-Brett Mouser qualified for the UIL State Cross-Examination Debate Tournament by taking first and second at the District 29AA district tournament held at BHS. The team of Paige Prince and Katie McNabney finished third and would represent the district as alternates to the state contest. • Students from Blanco County worked hard all year to prepare their projects for the different shows they participated in, and all of the hard work paid off at the San Antonio Livestock Show as several students did exceptionally well. Members from the Blanco FFA, Johnson City FFA, and Blanco County 4-H worked together to win the Champion Herdsman Awards in both the Market Barrow and Steer Divisions.

February 28, 2007

Kenneth Wayne Pace, owner of Oso’s Mexican Cantina on the Blanco Square, was killed in a rollover accident on Ranch Road 165 near Chimney Valley Road. 70-year-old Pace, along with wife Charlene, also owned and operated the Blanco Settlement, an RV park and gift shop on RR 165 on the south side of the Blanco River. • The price of the Blanco County News raised to $0.75. A one-year, in-county subscription became $33.00. • The Blanco Cowboy Church family was blessed in its baptism of 16 cowboys and cowgirls in their baptism water trough.

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