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Wed
27
Jan

Register to vote by Monday

Voting in the March 1 Primary Election depends on being registered to vote and the deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 1.
Early voting will be going on Feb. 16-26 and the last day requests for a ballot by mail can be accepted is Feb. 19. A ballot by mail must be received by election day March 1.
The two best resources for information about the March Primary are state and local voting administrations. The website www.VoteTexas.gov is a website maintained by Texas Secretary of State. The main website for that office, www.sos.state.tx.us. To consult the office of Llano County Elections Administrator Cindy Ware at 1447A Texas 71 East, call the office at 325-247-5425 or link to voter information and sample ballots from the Llano County website, www.co.llano.tx.us, by selecting "Elections Administrator" from the "County Offices" tab.
Wed
13
Jan

Kingsland home burns


Alexandria Randolph/Highland Lakes Newspapers Firefighters douse the remains of a mobile home that burned down in the 200 block of Ranchette Road in Kingsland on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

By Alexandria Randolph

A Kingsland family was left homeless but alive on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 12, when a mobile home went up in flames.

The cause of the fire that was reported at 2:15 p.m. is still undetermined, said Kingsland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Danny Stone.

Mon
16
Nov

Meteorologists: storm front tonight

by Alexandria Randolph

The Highland Lakes area can expect a brief bout of severe weather on Monday night as a cold front moves into south central Texas from the west.

The National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio issued a hazardous weather outlook for Llano, Burnet, Williamson, Blanco, Travis and surrounding counties for Monday night and Tuesday morning, Nov. 16-17.

“A potent upper level trough and Pacific cold front will move across south central Texas tonight into Tuesday,” the statement said. “A line of showers and thunderstorms along with discrete thunderstorms out ahead of the line are expected tonight...”

The outlook said that damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes will all be possible, and locations east of Interstate 35 may receive a quick one to two inches of rainfall.

“The threat for severe weather will come to an end by noon Tuesday,” the statement read.

Fri
30
Oct

It's a 'frog choker,' y'all!

by Alexandria Randolph

 

UPDATE: As of 2 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service has extended a Flash Flood Warning to 4:45 p.m. Friday. 

 

Highland Lakes area residents are experiencing heavy rainfall Friday and may expect more over the weekend.

The National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio issued a flash flood watch through 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 for Burnet, Llano, Williamson, Blanco, Travis and surrounding counties.

 

Wed
02
Sep

Kingsland man pleads guilty to murder of infant step-son

A Kingsland man was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to the death of his 19-month-old step-son.

Michael Grogg, 27, is not the biological father of the boy, but was on the birth certificate of Paydin Grogg, said a District Attorney’s Office statement released Tuesday.

Paydin Grogg died on July 28, 2013 after the decision was made to remove him from life support. He had been admitted to the hospital three days prior with “severe brain injury and swelling, likely caused by a combination of blunt force trauma and shaking,” the release stated.

Michael Grogg was arrested Aug. 2, 2013.

For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal.

Tue
04
Aug

Highland Lakes to reach fiery temperatures over the weekend

 

by Alexandria Randolph

The National Weather Service Austin–San Antonio has issued a special weather statement warning central Texans to watch for extreme heat this week.

A hazardous weather outlook issued early Tuesday morning, Aug. 4, stated that heat index values could rise between 100 and 107 degrees on Wednesday, continuing to rise between 105 and 110 through the week and weekend.

The special weather statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 4 said that increasing humidities with afternoon temperatures in the upper 90s to lower 100s has caused an increase in heat that will last through the weekend for Burnet, Llano and surrounding counties.

“The highest threat day for heat advisories is Saturday,” the warning stated. “Humidities will decrease Sunday into early next week bringing lower heat index values.”

Forecasts predict a high of 98 degrees on Wednesday, 99 degrees on Thursday, 100 degrees on Friday, and 101 on Saturday.

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.  

For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal or Friday's Highlander. 

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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