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Mon
29
Jun

Buchanan Dam woman dead in rollover accident

Texas DPS Troopers are still investigating a rollover wreck in eastern Llano County that led to the death of a Buchanan Dam woman Thursday.

Deserae Beth Becknell, 31, was pronounced dead by Llano County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Linda Ballard a little after midnight on the morning of Thursday, June 25.

Texas DPS Trooper Joey Van Gundy said Becknell ran off the road and was ejected from her 2004 BMW, a four-door model, at about 12:10 a.m.  

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Tue
16
Jun

Council nixes Riley Mountain project

BY ERIN GREEN

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.   

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Tue
16
Jun

Llano 4-H team headed for nationals

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.  

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Tue
16
Jun

Red Top cleanup day removes dust, dirt

BY ERIN GREEN

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.     

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Tue
16
Jun

‘Deer Capital’ designation on hold

BY ERIN GREEN

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.   

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Tue
09
Jun

2015 Rodeo rolls into town

by ERIN GREEN
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.
 

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Tue
09
Jun

Kids learn while ‘beating the heat’ with the Summer Reading Program

by ERIN GREEN
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.
 

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Tue
09
Jun

Commanding tour of unit for commissioners

by ERIN GREEN
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.
 

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Tue
09
Jun

Input needed on transportation, economic development plan

by ERIN GREEN
Have ideas on the future of transportation and economic development in Llano County? Planning for the 2015 Llano County Transportation and Economic Development Plan will get underway soon and input is requested from residents and stakeholders throughout Llano County. The results of a questionnaire — developed and run by the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) — will be used to form a plan affecting the future of Llano County for years and possibly decades to come, said Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham.
 

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Tue
02
Jun

‘Space train’ ready to take off

By ERIN GREEN

It’s not a bird and it’s not a plane. It’s a space train and soon, it’ll be poised to take off toward the heavens from right here in Llano. Complete with a “future history,“ detailing the imagined history of the futuristic- looking train — supposed to be written in 2086 detailing how the trains were used to transport materials between Earth and Mars and also to harvest materials from asteroids — the full-sized, eightfoot model was based on a class project at the Enhanced Learning Center at Llano Junior High, according to project organizer Steve Roberts.
 

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