Llano County news

 

 

Wed
19
Feb

Birds of prey soar on the Colorado River

Contributed/VTRC
Colder winters in the northeast motivate eagles to migrate to Texas for temporary homestead.

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

At the height of the winter season, catching a glimpse of one of the largest birds of prey on Earth is not out of reach for visitors to Burnet and Llano counties.

From December to spring time, Lake Buchanan and the Colorado River which feeds into it, along both the counties have become migrating grounds to the American bald eagle and a number of their juvenile brood. …

Tue
21
Jan

Watchdog encourages conservation to ease water woes

By Phil Reynolds
Contributing Writer

Jo Karr Tedder had a message for Lake Buchanan Conservation Corp. (LBCC) members Wednesday, Jan. 15, and it probably wasn’t a message most of them wanted to hear.

Tedder is president and founder of the Central Texas Water Coalition, a volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is “to promote responsible water management policies, equitable pricing and greater conservation by all.”

Tue
21
Jan

Teen takes goat breeding business to next level

Katie Boswell/Special to The Highlander
Llano's Katie Boswell uses photography to capture the quality of Boer goats her son Rode Ligon raises and breeds as well as chronicle the progress and memories of the experience. Rode not only provides goats to clients from around the state but he has inspired a growing community of youngsters, including his seven-year-old brother Holden, to participate in the activity.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

When he was a first grader, 15-year-old Rode Ligon knew he had discovered his calling.

“To build something like that, watch it be born, to take care of it, nurture it and watch it succeed in the world, it brings a lot of joy,” he said about showing goats. “I enjoyed it and thought it would be a fun and economical thing to pursue.”

Tue
21
Jan

The Highlander earns awards from Texas Press Association

Betty Cohn/Special to The Highlander
Highlander managing editor Lew K. Cohn accepts the first-place plaque for Editorial Writing at the 140th annual Texas Press Association convention and trade show on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Convention Center & Spa in Galveston. The Highlander won four awards overall.

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

The Texas Press Association recognized The Highlander for outstanding achievement in several areas during its annual trade show and convention Jan. 16-18 at the 140th TPA Convention & Trade Show held at Moody Gardens Hotel, Convention Center & Spa in Galveston.

The Highlander won four awards in the 2018-19 TPA Better Newspaper Contest, finishing fifth overall in its circulation classification.

Tue
26
Nov

Group labels Burnet, Llano voter website 'not secure'

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A grassroots non-profit organization has labeled the elections websites for Burnet and Llano counties “not secure” in its latest survey of Texas county websites.

Wed
20
Nov

Jeff Shabram named publisher of The Highlander and Burnet Bulletin

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Jeff Shabram took over the reins for the Highlander and Bulletin staff on Nov. 4, as the new publisher and editor of the publications based in Marble Falls and Burnet, Texas.

 

 

 

Special to the Highlander

Highland Lakes Publishing welcomed Jeff Shabram to their family of media publications in November as the new publisher and editor of The Highlander and Burnet Bulletin as well as a growing number of print publications and digital platforms.

Prior to settling in the Highland Lakes, Shabram was the publisher of the Hearst-owned Midland Reporter-Telegram and oversaw Hearst's west Texas media publications as president and group publisher from 2015 to present. Shabram took over the reins for the Highlander and Bulletin staff on Nov. 4.

Tue
22
Oct

Vandals damage Packsaddle Mountain battle monument

Connie Swinney/The Highlander

Vandals have knocked down the Packsaddle Mountain Fight historical monument, seen here on Friday, Oct. 18, just off Texas 71 adjacent to CR 309 in Llano County. The 1936 Texas Centennial marker commemorates the last battle between area settlers and Indians in the region on Packsaddle Mountain in 1873. Over the years, criminals have removed the bronze center star wreath in 2015 and spray-painted a racist message on the marker in 2017 which had to be restored by a contractor for the Texas Historical Commission.

Fri
06
Sep

Judicial conduct board admonishes and orders ethics training for Horseshoe Bay JP

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct ordered a justice of the peace in Horseshoe Bay to take ethics training, after upholding a public admonishment Aug. 7 for her dealings with a woman she accused of having a relationship with the judge's estranged husband.

The state commission concluded that Llano County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Beatrice “Bebe” Rocha “lent the prestige of her judicial office to advance her own private interests by invoking her judicial position during a telephone conversation . . .”

Wed
06
Mar

Landowners work to “heal” Sandy Creek after flood

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Hill Country Alliance, Save Sandy Creek members and several other volunteers planted grasses, sedges and trees March 2 along Sandy Creek, just off Texas 71 to mitigate future flood issues.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

An effort to restore Sandy Creek has taken root in Llano County.

About 25 landowners, conservationists and other volunteers attended the Sandy Creek Riparian Restoration Field Day March 2 on private property (County Road 316) adjacent to Sandy Creek to assess land and put so-called revegetation efforts into practice.

“People like myself and other professionals, we really didn't think about rivers. They were just part of the landscape,” said Steve Nelle, a Natural Resource Conservation Service retiree. “We didn't know anything about how to manage them or take care of them.”

Sponsored by Hill Country Alliance, the Bender family welcomed the volunteers to their property to tour the creek shoreline, plant black willow cuttings and sedges as well as broadcast native seed and transplant muhly grasses.

Mon
09
Apr

Llano 'Turns on the Night' Friday

Llano Railroad Bridge and starlit night, a Todd Grubbs photo.

 

 

This Friday, April 13, Llano will join Mason, Fredericksburg and Enchanted Rock State Park in a regional partnership to “Turn On The Night.”

All four of the communities are in some of the last remaining dark night sky areas in Texas, yet closest to the major metropolitan areas of the state. They want to see if a concentrated effort to darken the landscape will be measurable.

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