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.
This was a party more than 50 years in the making. With a venue full of members, friends and supporters in attendance, the Llano Fine Arts Guild came out in force to celebrate the guild and to raise money for its operation Saturday evening, Oct. 11, at the Dabbs Railroad Hotel.
With a nod to the city’s Old West legacy and pioneer past, Llano’s Heritage Days weekend will attempt to bring history to life with a variety of events planned Friday through Sunday, Oct. 17-19. Featured during the threeday festival, sponsored by the Llano Main Street program, will be a celebration of local heritage at an all-new location-- Leonard Grenwelge Park, where there will be an abundance of living history demonstrations, historical re-enactments, vendor booths, chuck wagon cooking, children’s activities, art and more.
One of the animals brought to Badu Park Sunday afternoon, Oct. 5, for the annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony was Rockford. He has been a member of Patricia Perkins’ canine family for about six weeks now. Abandoned in Monahans, Texas, Rockford seemed scared and had already been adopted out and returned when his new family lost their housing. Perkins, who already had two dogs, fell for the one-and-a-half-year-old pooch she calls her “strong, dark and handsome guy.”
A former Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department treasurer was indicted on embezzlement charges last month following an investigation surrounding some money that turned up missing from the organization’s coffers. Pamela Joy McCormick, 34, of Buchanan Dam was indicted on charges of theft of property between $20,000 and $100,000, a second-degree felony, and misapplication of fiduciary property, a state jail felony.