Llano County Texas news

Tue
20
Feb

County eyes mobile command trailer

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners are interested in possibly obtaining a used mobile command trailer from Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) to be kept as an asset for a three-county area.

Commissioners spoke to PEC engineering department employee Matthew Austin about the 48-foot trailer at Tuesday, Feb. 13 regular court meeting.

Tue
23
Jan

Llano will not replace suspended officers

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano city officials don’t plan to hire any police officers to replace four who are on paid administrative leave, according to City Manager Scott Edmonson.

City council members went behind closed doors during the Monday, Jan. 22, council meeting to talk the matter over with city attorneys, but took no action following the executive session, Edmonson said.

“We have the city covered with the four remaining officers and the Llano County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO),” Edmonson said.

He explained the sheriff’s office and the city have a memorandum of understanding that calls for sheriff’s deputies to back up city police officers when necessary.

Wed
10
Jan

Rangers investigate Llano death

A 56-year-old Llano woman’s death is being investigated after she had to be transported from the Llano County Jail to an Austin hospital, where she died Tuesday, Jan 2.

Cindy Lou Yonker died at Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin, where she was being treated for an undisclosed medical condition.

Yonker had been arrested for public intoxication at 3:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, by a Llano police officer after the officer and a Llano County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a disturbance call at Lowe’s grocery store, 104 W. Young, Llano.

Tue
19
Dec

LHS grad arrested for shooting TSU student

From published reports

A 26-year-old Llano High School graduate remains in the Erath County Jail in lieu of $855,000 bond, charged with shooting a Tarleton State University student in Stephenville last week in what authorities are calling a case of mistaken identity.

Shawn Patrick Layton was caught by the Region 6 Special Operations Group at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, in the 1100 block of West Hyman in Stephenville during the execution of a search warrant and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 less than a gram and possession of marijuana less than two ounces.

Bond was set at $750,000 on the aggravated assault charge, $50,000 on the controlled substance charge and $5,000 on the marijuana charge.

Tue
12
Dec

Next Llano County Judge a Cunningham, but which?

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Provided no one else has filed to run for the position, the next Llano County judge is guaranteed to be someone with the last name Cunningham.

Incumbent Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham has filed for re-election and faces a March 6 Republican primary challenge from former DPS trooper and government contractor Ronald “Ron” Cunningham of Llano.

The deadline to file for a place on the March 6 GOP or Democratic primary ballot was 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. No Democratic candidates had announced for the position as of the Highlander's deadline, so it appears the winner of the March 6 primary will run unopposed in November for the county's top executive position.

There are five other contested races on the March 6 Republican primary ballot. Incumbent County Clerk Marci Hadeler of Castell has drawn a re-election opponent in Clay Etter of Llano.

Wed
06
Dec

Llano County looking closer at solar for school lands

By Phil Reynolds
The Highlander

Tue
07
Nov

Llano County voting results confirm Clinesmith and Lambert in HSB

Llano County final, unofficial results for Nov. 7 Election Day confirm the decisions of Burnet County voters.
Cynthia Clinesmith and Reagan Lambert won the two Horseshoe Bay City Council seats.
Llano County results were 302 votes, or 42.48 percent, for Clinesmith and 271 votes, 38.12 percent, for Lambert. Hoover received 138 votes, 19.41 percent, of 711 votes cast.
Mayor Steve Jordan, unopposed, received 384 votes.
Also in Horseshoe Bay, Llano County voters said “yes” to the proposition to reauthorize a local sales and use tax at the rate of one-fourth of one percent to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets. The vote was 367 votes, or 83.79 percent, in favor and 71 votes, 16.21 percent, against.
In Burnet County, voters in the  Horseshoe Bay City Council race, gave Cynthia Clinesmith, 15 votes, or 46.88 percent, Reagan Lambert, 14 votes, 43.75 percent, and Dennis R. Hoover, three votes, or 9.38 percent.

Fri
13
Oct

Murr speaks at town hall in Kingsland

Phil Reynolds/The Highlander

State Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, makes a point at a town hall-style meeting Wednesday at the Kingsland Library. Murr, who represents Llano County, reviewed actions of the recent legislative session and answered questions from a crowd of about 50.

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Watch out for the guy on the other side of the aisle, but also keep an eye on your friend from the city.

That was the advice from State Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, to about 50 constituents at the Kingsland Library on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Murr, in his second term as a representative, led a lively conversation that ranged from problems with school funding to campaigning for Speaker of the House in the town hall-style meeting that ran from 4-:30 p.m.

A problem rural representatives like him face is that urban legislators far outnumber them, Murr said. He noted that of the 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives, 100 are from only 15 counties. That leaves the remaining 50 members to cover the rest of the state.

Tue
03
Oct

Western Counties radio gets $1.82 million upgrade

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously to accept $1.82 million from the Capital Area Council of Governments to upgrade the CAPCOG Western Counties Radio Interoperable Communications System used by Burnet, Blanco and Llano counties.

Also in their Tuesday, Sept. 26 meeting, commissioners also unanimously approved a contract with Motorola for upgrades to the 11 towers in the Western Counties system.

Tue
19
Sep

Llano County finalizes 2017-2018 financial decisions

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano County commissioners adjusted the proposed 2018 budget downward by $1,748 before finally approving it, but only after no one showed up at a Monday, Sept. 11, hearing on the budget.

The action sets the county’s budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. It’s $574,042 more than the budget set for this year, an increase of of nearly 3.9 percent.

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