Llano County Texas news

Thu
10
Aug

Jail 'depopulation' draws response from Llano County Sheriff

The sheriff responds, here, to ideas heard in a Llano County Commissioners Court budget workshop. They were published in the Tuesday, Aug. 8, edition of The Highlander and here, on HighlanderNews.com.

A Letter from Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn:

I would like to address the article in last week’s paper concerning the “depopulation” of the Llano County Jail.

First, only in the last two weeks did I know the term “depopulation” existed.

As to my current understanding of the term, it would mean shutting down jail operation, firing all jail personnel, transfer all prisoners to Burnet County Jail, transport people arrested in Llano County to Burnet for incarceration, which includes all arrest made by the City of Llano, Sunrise Beach Village, the portion of Horseshoe Bay that lies in Llano County and all arrest made by Llano County SO in all of Llano County, all arrests made by Texas Rangers, Texas DPS troopers, Texas Parks and Wildlife and any and all Federal Agencies that arrest in Llano County.

Thu
10
Aug

Llano County residents upset by jail study, possible 'depopulation'

This story appeared in the Tuesday, Aug. 6, edition of The Highlander. It prompted a letter to the editor on Thursday, Aug. 10, also found here on HighlanderNews.com and to be included in the Friday, Aug. 11, print edition of The Highlander.

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano County commissioners got an earful Monday from county residents who want to keep the county jail open.

Commissioners held a budget workshop but part of that involved a study by Precinct One Commissioner Peter Jones on the feasibility of turning Llano County Jail prisoners over to Burnet County under a contract yet to be written.

Jones emphasized that he hasn’t finished the study. But he said preliminary numbers indicate that the county could save some $170,000 a year by sending inmates to the reginal jail in Burnet.

Llano County now sends about 21 percent of its prisoners to Burnet, but Jones conceded that that’s partly because of a need to separate male and female inmates. The Burnet jail, originally a privately-owned facility, has 587 inmate beds, of which 470 are now in use. Jones said it costs Llano County $15-$20 per day per inmate to send prisoners to Burnet.

Wed
02
Aug

Chi Omega alumnae form Highland Lakes group

Contributed

Highland Lakes Chi Omega Alumnae met at the home of Jean Anderson in Horseshoe Bay for a lovely dinner and business meeting. Front row are Jeanne Ann Thompson, Cyrilla Ivey, Cathy Heffington, Deb McClintock and Betty Cruikshank. Back row are Judy Bailey, Ann Cissel, Nancy Primeaux, Linda Beth Cain, Billie Gunther, Wanda Kaufmann, Jean Anderson, Donia Bath and Priscilla Caldwell.

Chi Omega Fraternity alumnae in Blanco, Burnet, and Llano counties recently formed a new alumnae group, Highland Lakes Chi Omega Alumnae that meets next tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 3.

The new group will be meeting together on a regular basis for fun and friendship. Their most recent event was held at the home of Jean Anderson in Horseshoe Bay, where everyone enjoyed a wonderful dinner and the lovely view of Lake LBJ from her spacious deck.

Other events have included a pizza dinner and wine tasting at Flat Creek Enoteca in Marble Falls and an organizational luncheon at Francesco's in Marble Falls. The next Chi Omega Alumnae meeting will take place Thursday, Aug. 3, at 5:30 p.m.

If you are a Chi Omega Fraternity alumna living in the area and interested in joining the group, please contact highlandlakeschio@gmail.com. Be sure to include your contact information, address and initiating chapter.

Fri
28
Jul

Deputy Cannonball dogs crime in Llano County

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano County Precinct 2 Constable Richard Harris just got a new deputy. Only this one has four legs instead of two, and gets his kicks from a tennis ball.

Tue
11
Jul

Llano County institutes Burn Ban

Llano County commissioners unanimously agreed Monday to impose a burn ban county-wide. The vote was unanimous.

The ban is effective immediately, County Judge Mary Cunningham said.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Linda Raschke said with weather conditions as they are, headed into a Central Texas summer, it’s likely the ban will remain in effect until autumn.

The Burnet County Commissioners Court instituted a ban on outdoor burning June 27.

Wed
31
May

Packsaddle Mountain historical marker restored

Contributed/Texas Historical Commission

The Packsaddle Mountain historical marker has been restored to former glory. Robert Marshall was able to remove graffiti, working on behalf of the Texas Historical Commission, on May 23.

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) and noted conservator Robert Marshall of R. Alden Marshall & Associates have restored an 80-year-old Llano County historical marker from damage caused by vandals in February.

The 1936 Texas Centennial marker commemorating a battle with American Indians on Packsaddle Mountain in 1873 was transformed Tuesday, May 23, after a full day of restoration work.

Tue
23
May

Kingsland man arrested on charge of sexual assault of a child

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A Kingsland man, Billy Joe Roush, was arrested Tuesday, May 16, on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Roush, 68, who was arrested on a warrant out of the 424th District Court, remains in the Llano County Jail on $100,000 bond.

The incident is believed to have occurred during a family vacation during Spring Break in the Big Bend area of West Texas, according to a Llano County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.

Mon
10
Apr

Conaway holding town hall Tuesday in Llano

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday, April 11, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center of Lutie Watkins United Methodist Church, 800 Wright Street in Llano.

One of Conaway's district offices is located in Llano and he has conducted frequent meetings for constituents since he was elected to the then-new Dist. 11 in 2004.

While many elected officials have taken heat for avoiding town hall meetings, Conaway has posted an invitation to his on his website.

Mon
15
Aug

Llano County Budget nearly finalized

With one of the lowest tax rates in the state, Llano County proposes holding the line again on 2016 taxes.

by Phil Reynolds
The Highlander
Llano County commissioners started the clock ticking on final approval of the 2016-2017 budget and tax rate Monday when they unanimously approved proposed figures for both.
They have 30 days from that vote to make the decision final. Public hearings on both the tax rate and the budget are scheduled for the regular commissioner meeting at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the justice of the peace courtroom in the Llano County Law Enforcement Center, 2001 N. Bessemer St. in Llano.
The proposed budget is $14,719,664, $253,231 more than the budget County Judge Mary Cunningham originally offered commissioners and $623,554 more than the current budget.
Most of the difference between the final proposal and Cunningham’s offer came in increases for law enforcement agencies, the judge said.

Thu
21
Jul

Burn bans are in effect

A Texas Forest Service publication that outlines protection against wildfire is available at Marble Falls Fire Rescue.

County burn bans instituted

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

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