September 23, 1966
I, James, N. Houck, am indeed glad to be able to resume publication of the Blanco County News this week after having to suspend publication for eight weeks, due to a serious heart attack suffered the day my wife and I returned from vacation. • The historic Hye General Store and Post Office in Hye had been named a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark significant to the history of this community and state and worthy of preservation.
September 10, 1976
The Community Action Agency of Hays, Caldwell, and Blanco Counties received federal funds to aid eligible persons in making specific home repairs relating to energy conservation. According to Ms. Ofelila Vasquez, executive director of the Community Action Agency, “The weatherization project has the primary aim of reducing the waste of gas and electricity because of cracks in floors and windows and because of inadequate insulation.” She further stressed, “This program is not designed to make structural repairs or beautify the dwelling.” • Joyce and Roy Bible purchased the Blanco Quick Clean from Bill and Hilda Smith and Chester Goehman. They operated the business for several months previous and were now the official owners. • Mr. and Mrs. Roy H. Byars of Blanco announced the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Patricia to Johnnie A. Haas. The bridegroom to be is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Haas of San Antonio. An October wedding was planned in the Blanco Methodist Church. • Two lovely paintings were to be auctioned off by the Hill Country Artists at the coming Arts and Crafts Show in October, 1976. One of the paintings to be raffled was a wildflower watercolor by one of the Hill Country’s leading artists, Mrs. Vivian Caswell. The second painting was a large bluebonnet landscape oil painting by Turtle.
September 10, 1986
The ten-girl Pantherette volleyball team led by 6 seniors was very capable of repeating last years record of being bi-district champions, stated Coach Tammie Newman. The seniors were joined by 3 juniors and 1 sophomore on the squad. The girls had already played three games. They played Dripping Springs and won easily at 15-2 and 15-4. They have also played Burnet twice. In the Burnet game here they lost in three games 15-2, 13-15, and 14-16. In the Burnet game played at Burnet, they lost another heartbreaker 15-2, 10-15, and 12-15. The team was led by Senior Jodye Shaefer.
September 11, 1996
More than 180 grandparents attended annual Grandparents’ Day activities at Blanco Elementary School. • IN a 4-2 vote, the Blanco school board once again changed the district’s transportation policy back to its original eligibility guidelines. Only students who live outside a two-mile radius of their campus may ride a school bus. • All Faiths Chapel women had been working hard on a beautiful queen-size quilt which was nearing completion. The Dresden pattern quilt whose primary colors were dusty rose, ivory, and forest green, would be raffled off to some lucky person at the drawing, along with two matching pillow shams.
September 13, 2006
The Blanco County Fair and Rodeo Queen and her Court won sweepstakes in the Harper Parade on the Blanco County Fair and Rodeo Float. • RK and Priscilla Seals traveled to the Texas coast to enjoy a guided fishing trip with experienced sportsman Doug Pautz. The trip was one of the items auctioned off last spring at the Old Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society Gala. Their catch was five red fish and three black drum. The trip included a grilled redfish dinner prepared by Doug on the night before the trip and a day-long excursion into Pringle Lake, off Matagorda Bay. As Pautz explained strategy to the novice fishermen, the goal was to “stalk” the fish, actually seeing it in the shallow water before casting a fly directly in front of the fish in hopes that it would strike. The excitement of playing the fish made for a never-to-be-forgotten fishing adventure.