Submitted by journal1 on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:47pm
by Alexandria Randolph
The Highland Lakes area can expect a brief bout of severe weather on Monday night as a cold front moves into south central Texas from the west.
The National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio issued a hazardous weather outlook for Llano, Burnet, Williamson, Blanco, Travis and surrounding counties for Monday night and Tuesday morning, Nov. 16-17.
“A potent upper level trough and Pacific cold front will move across south central Texas tonight into Tuesday,” the statement said. “A line of showers and thunderstorms along with discrete thunderstorms out ahead of the line are expected tonight...”
The outlook said that damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes will all be possible, and locations east of Interstate 35 may receive a quick one to two inches of rainfall.
“The threat for severe weather will come to an end by noon Tuesday,” the statement read.
A Kingsland man was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to the death of his 19-month-old step-son.
Michael Grogg, 27, is not the biological father of the boy, but was on the birth certificate of Paydin Grogg, said a District Attorney’s Office statement released Tuesday.
Paydin Grogg died on July 28, 2013 after the decision was made to remove him from life support. He had been admitted to the hospital three days prior with “severe brain injury and swelling, likely caused by a combination of blunt force trauma and shaking,” the release stated.
Michael Grogg was arrested Aug. 2, 2013.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal.
The National Weather Service Austin–San Antonio has issued a special weather statement warning central Texans to watch for extreme heat this week.
A hazardous weather outlook issued early Tuesday morning, Aug. 4, stated that heat index values could rise between 100 and 107 degrees on Wednesday, continuing to rise between 105 and 110 through the week and weekend.
The special weather statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 4 said that increasing humidities with afternoon temperatures in the upper 90s to lower 100s has caused an increase in heat that will last through the weekend for Burnet, Llano and surrounding counties.
“The highest threat day for heat advisories is Saturday,” the warning stated. “Humidities will decrease Sunday into early next week bringing lower heat index values.”
Forecasts predict a high of 98 degrees on Wednesday, 99 degrees on Thursday, 100 degrees on Friday, and 101 on Saturday.
A proposed water well test drilling site on Riley Mountain is no more. The Llano City Council voted unanimously Monday, June 15, to nix the project. Council member Gail Lang, who had asked that the item asking whether the council wanted to continue with the project be placed on the agenda, said she wanted to see the project scrapped.
A Llano 4-H team will be representing Texas in a national competition this fall. The Llano 4-H Meats Judging Team placed first at the recent State 4-H Roundup in College Station. Julianna Ball, Kathryn Cunningham, and David Meier will go on to the National 4-H Contest, held in conjunction with the American Royal in Kansas City, a September event with the world’s largest barbecue contest, one of the Midwest's largest and oldest livestock exhibitions and professional rodeos, prestigious horse shows.
Four years’ worth of dust and dirt makes for a pretty big clean-up project. It wasn’t anything, though, that members of the Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail couldn’t handle. Armed with brooms, dustpans, gloves, masks, garbage bags and other cleaning implements and supplies, a small contingent of Friends members spent Saturday, June 13, clearing out the accumulated dust and dirt, as well as straightening up the items stored on the second floor of the jail.
Google “Deer Capital of Texas” and one glance through the results tells the story. Llano figures prominently. In fact, Llano is the only Texas city that pops up in such a search. While the city is wellknown for the surrounding deer population and the hunting opportunities that abound in this area of the Texas Hill Country, but it’s also wellknown for the memorable decorative deer statues situated throughout downtown, the deer antler logos on the ity’s vehicles and the Hunter’s Appreciation event that heralds the start of each hunting season.
Marking a special milestone of 80 years and counting, the Llano County Open Pro Rodeo and Parade drew crowds of cowboys, cowgirls and fans from all over to Llano County and the John L. Kuykendall Arena and Event Center. Over two nights at the arena, attendees had the chance to see old friends, make new ones, enjoy the food and watch displays of athleticism from both the human and equine competitors, as well as take part in a silent auction, listen and dance to live music and shop vendors selling clothing, purses, wallets, belt bucklesand more.