November 16, 1962
The Blanco Chamber of Commerce announced their competition for deer season. An undisclosed prize, inexpensive in cost but of substantial service and worth to any hunter, was awarded for the following: 1) widest spread of deer antlers, 2) smallest or narrowest spread of deer antlers, and 3) deer antlers with most points. • The Panthers won the District 29A Championship without a single loss or tie in District play. The final standings for Blanco was 8-2, with district standings of 4-0. • The Southwestern States Telephone Company placed an ad about joining your family by telephone for the Thanksgiving holiday.
November 17, 1972
Sharon Meier and Pam Meier of Hye topped the 1972 4-H and FFA Stock Show. Sharon exhibited a 42 lb tom as Grand Champion Turkey of the show. Pam followed with her 30 lb. Hen as Reserve Champion Turkey.
November 18, 1982
Natalia defeated the Panters to end their Cinderella season. Blanco lost 21-13, dropping Blanco’s record to 6-4 for the season, a record most area coaches thought would be impossible for the young Panther team to achieve. Quarterback Jones was unanimously named first string QB and Defensive Back on the All-District 29-AA selection.
November 18, 1992
Rio Blanco Cafe advertised a fried chicken dinner with homestyle fries, pinto beans and salad for $5.50. • The Blanco Panthers defeated the Thorndale Bulldogs 21-14 in a game that came down to the wire. The fourth quarter action included the Panther offense exploding. With 4:13 left in the game, after a touchdown/extra point combination, the Panthers led 21-14. Blanco held off Thorndale from scoring as the Bulldogs moved the ball to the Blanco 4-yard line but were unable to score. • The Hill Country Christmas Bazaar was a seasonal success that earned over $900 for the Emergency Services. • A disaster crop program was approved to compensate producers for crop losses caused by drought, flooding, or other natural disasters which occurred on Fall-seeded program crops planted in 1991 and harvested in 1992. • The Old Fashion Butcher Shop advertised a deal for a freezer pack of 10 lbs ground beef, 4 lbs shoulder roast, 4 lbs round steak, 5 lbs pork chops, 4 lbs pork sausage and 4 lbs bacon for $69.95.
November 13, 2002
More seats were planned for Blanco stadium. Board members voted to approve bids to expand seating at Panther Stadium and decided to pursue bids to build a new softball facility which would cost somewhere between $52,000 and $102,500. • Blanco County received a $28,500 grant from the Capital Area Planning Council. The grant purchased a John Deere skid steer loader and a used yard ramp. The tractor was purchased to use at the Blanco County Recycling Center. Also at the recycling center, a new Abitibi Consolidated Recycling container was installed. The container is taken to a processing center, where the paper is sorted and sent to a mill. There, it is de-inked and made into a marketable product such as newsprint. • A 2002 Ford Escape XLS Sport sold for $16,988.