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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 • Posted November 9, 2010 10:00 PM

November 10, 1961

The Blanco FFA chapter held its Annual Turkey Shoot. The boys added four new gun tables and improved the target range to permit an entire “go round” of 8 marksmen to complete their match simultaneously. • Val Jean Ellison was elected Sweetheart of the Blanco Chapter of the Future Farmers of America.

November 12, 1971

The Junior Chapter Conducting team of the Blanco FFA Chapter placed third in the Hill District Leadership contest in Boerne. Mason got first place and Fredericksburg took second. • The Texas Highway Commission approved development of 4.3 miles of Rance to Market Roads in Blanco County as part of the 1971 Texas Farm to Market Road Program. • The Blanco County News sold for 10 cents a copy.

November 12, 1981

A light, single-engine plane hit a soft spot on the landing strip at the Duggan place out Highway 32 to San Marcos. No one was injured. • The Blanco City Council unanimously voted to accept an amendment to the city’s open space ordinance. The addition proclaimed that “no one would fill or cause to be filled or obstruct in any way any natural waterway or drainage ditch within the city limits of Blanco.” • The Panthers shut out the Bracketville team 50-0 and were looking forward to their game versus Comfort to advance to a bi-district game against the District 30-AA winner.

November 6, 1991

The movie “Lottie Deno” was planned to be filmed on location in Blanco County. A chance encounter with an old travel trunk in a Bandera museum led Austin-born filmmaker Cynthia Rose on an odyssey in search of a professional gambler who was one of Texas’ remarkable pioneer women. • The 109 year-old Amenthal house received a state historical marker. A large crowd gathered on Blanco’s old River Road to dedicate the home. • Rio Blanco Café advertised a lunch special of a Cheese, Chicken or Beef Enchilada Dinner for $3.65. A Combination plate was $4.50.

November 7, 2001

Blanco drivers enjoyed low gas prices as prices dropped between $0.99 to $1.10 a gallon. Experts said that gas prices nationwide fell due to low crude oil prices, plentiful supply and weak demand. • Shirley and Rueben Cage won the Yard of the Month and Evelyn Reeves and the Rain Bird Gallery won the Business of the Month award. • Editor Sheryl Smith-Rogers took top honors for the second year in a row in a national contest sponsored by the Statewide Editors Association. “No Where to Run: The High Fence Controversy,” published in the January 2001 issue of Texas Coop Power magazine was named “best of news feature” in the association’s annual competition. • The previous year, Smith-Rogers won “best of personality features” in the Statewide Editors Association’s contest for her article entitled “Touched by Grace.” • The Texas 1000 vintage sports car rally planned to stop in Blanco on their 1000 mile route through the Texas Hill Country.

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