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.
Every hero has a story. That’s the theme of the 2015 Summer Reading Program at the Llano County Public Library, where more than 150 youngsters converged Thursday, June 4, for the first day of the program. Held in two sessions — both for kids from age 3 through those who just completed fifth grade — each Thursday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., through June 25, the program engages them in arts and crafts, science and more but also encourages a love of reading and of libraries, said Tommi Myers of the Llano County Public Library.
The Marble Falls Police Department’s Mobile Command Unit is an asset that will assist other agencies. The Llano County Commissioners’ Court heard a presentation on the unit from Marble Falls Police Chief Mark Whitacre before taking a tour of the vehicle during the court’s meeting Monday, June 8. Whitacre said the department had been looking to acquire a mobile command unit, but budget constraints made that a difficult proposition because such vehicles are not cheap.