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.
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.
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.