For more than half a century, the community of Kingsland has come together to celebrate the best of its best. This year was no different and the crowd at the Kingsland Community Center Friday, Feb. 20, celebrated with the Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce’s 51st Annual Awards Banquet. The night was a time to celebrate all the things — including sizable growth in Kingsland’s business community — over the past year, according to Robin Lowman, chamber board president.
Getting away from the big city offers a whole new world in many ways — including views of the night sky. Throughout human history, the dark night sky has offered an unparalleled view of the moon, the stars, the planets and our Milky Way galaxy. But the electric light bulb changed that, although the movement back toward preserving the night sky is gaining momentum.
The Llano City Council will be forming a citizens’ committee to discuss issues related to the doubling, and in some cases tripling, of the electricity bills many residents received at the beginning of February. In a unanimous vote during its Tuesday, Feb. 17, meeting, on a motion made by Councilwoman Gail Lang— and amended by Councilman John Ferguson to allow the committee to compile a list of three potential electric usage consultants should it be deemed necessary — the council agreed to form the committee after hearing from residents and a week of the city staff and council members fielding questions related to the unexpected rise in the power bills.
Proving trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent, Jason Timothy Hinton has joined a select group of Llano youths. Hinton, 17, earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was officially sworn in as only the 21st scout to attain the rank of Eagle in Llano’s Troop 301 since 1972. He was pinned in a Court of Honor ceremony Saturday, Feb. 7, at Pittsburgh Avenue Baptist Church. Thanking everyone from his aunt and uncle to his Scout leader, Jim Wheeler and Llano Christian Academy Principal Dr. Alice Smith — Hinton is a junior at the school — and pastor Danny Meegan, Hintonsaid there were two people most deserving of thanks in
his quest to earn the highest rank in scouting. “ … I’d like to
Live from Llano, Texas, it was Saturday night and the seniors at Llano High School, along with their parents and teachers, were ready to offer up a great evening for all. Whether it was the steak dinner, the too-numerous-to-mention silent auction items or the hilarious skits during the variety show, the Valentine Gala offered something for everyone to enjoy. Held at Llano High School Saturday, Feb. 14, the event drew more than 250 people to the ribeye steak dinner at the Llano High School cafeteria, along with a silent auction and a variety show featuring LHS seniors, parents and faculty starring in their very own “Saturday Night Live”-inspired parody, “Seniors Night Live,” featuring Cupid himself and plenty of laughs for everyone in the audience.
Design documents are ready to go and the Llano Independent School District (ISD) is preparing to go out for bids on the district’s 2014 bond projects. Dean Sharp, president of Sharp Consulting, gave an update to the Llano ISD board during its meeting on Monday, Feb. 16. To make the bidding process for the project a bit easier, some aspects of the project will be bid separately by Gallagher Construction for subcontractors,Sharp told the board.
Nine of Llano’s best citizens, who specialist in everything from agriculture to education to community involvement, were honored at the 91st Llano Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Awards ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 3. “Every single educator we have in Llano County is phenomenal,” said Casey Callahan, superintendent of the Llano ISD, introducing the slate of four Educators of the Year honorees – one per each of the district’s campuses, including: Nancy Maples from Llano
Elementary School, Ursula McClendon from Packsaddle Elementary School, Brenda Park from Llano Junior High School and Maribeth Albor from Llano High School. Callahan noted each educator’s accomplishments.
Llano High School senior Kyle Tarter shakes the hand of Angelo State University President Brian May during the ceremony announcing a partnership between the Llano ISD and ASU establishing a dual-enrollment program.
A man who allegedly shot at a Llano police officer was arrested and is being held in the Llano County Jail. Clinton Beau Gaylord, 26, of Jayton, Texas, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 5, on charges of attempted capital murder of a peace officer and violation of probation for theft of a firearm.