White-tailed deer hunting season kicks off this Saturday, Nov. 1, and the community of Llano – the Deer Capital of Texas – is poised to welcome outdoorsmen near and far with its annual Hunter’s Appreciation Event on the eve before the big start, Friday, Oct. 31.
Friends and family of Sarah Oatman Franklin gathered around the Llano County Courthouse Monday evening, Oct. 27, to celebrate a life of volunteerism and community activism. The woman who had become an icon of the community and who had been so instrumental in founding Llano’s famed Heritage Day was mourned by the community when she died of cancer in July at the age of 76.
There may not be any actual bad seats in the LanTex Theater, but anyone who has attended a show there can attest to the fact that the seats have, indeed, seen better days. About 150 people were in attendance Saturday evening, Oct. 25, at the theater for the LanTex Jamboree, sponsored by the Llano Main Street Program, featuring local country music artists who were giving it their all to raise funds to replace those well-used seats.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, and a number of races statewide and locally are featured on the ballot. The big statewide race for governor to replace current Gov. Rick Perry, includes Republican candidate Greg Abbott and Democrat candidate Wendy Davis, but the race also includes Libertarian Kathie Glass and Green Party candidate Brandon Parmer.
With vendor booths, living history displays, food, live music, authors’ speaking sessions, gold panning, chuckwagon cooking and more, Llano was a busy place this past Friday through Sunday, Oct. 17-19. The annual three-day Heritage Days Festival, sponsored by the Llano Main Street program, celebrated Llano’s history and pioneer spirit with booths, games, re-enactments and more.
Paintings, photographs, spurs, saddles, jewelry and much more make up the trappings of a life lived in the American West. Or, for a life lived specifically in Llano, for the likes of artists such as Herman Walker of Kerrville.
While the Llano City Council approved a new master fee schedule during its Monday meeting, Oct. 20, council members questioned the need to revise some of the new fees. Ultimately, a resolution passed 4-0 (Councilman John Ferguson was absent) but changes to the fees charged for water and sewer and streets will remain unchanged after council members indicated they would prefer to learn more before changing those specific rates.
A Llano County wanted man three weeks at-large has finally been apprehended in Galveston County, Texas, on Friday, Oct. 10, authorities said. Rocky Drew McIntosh, 36, was apprehended over the weekend after deputies from the sheriff’s office there followed up on a tip, said Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn.
The Old West came alive again in Llano Friday night, Oct. 10. About 60 people attended the Johnny Ringo Society’s “Outlaw Feast,” a fundraiser to aid restoration efforts at the historic 1895 Llano County Red Top Jail. The feast — including exotic fare such as alligator, bear, venison, wild boar and Axis deer — was provided by society members in a variety of stews, sausages, barbecues and gumbo. Attendees provided complementary dishes, as well, including beans, cole slaw, potatoes and chips, plus desserts like pies, cakes and cookies, said Johnny Ringo Society member Steve Roberts.