Llano County


Brouhaha brewing over proposed RM 1431 change

Phil Reynolds/The Highlander

Llano County Precinct 2 Commissioner Linda Raschke, left, explains a Texas Department of Transportation plan to change Ranch Road 1431 from a four-lane highway in Llano County to a two-lane road with turn and passing lanes. Precinct 3 Commissioner Mike Sandoval, whose precinct also would be affected by the project, is at right; County Judge Mary Cunningham is seated in the background.



By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

A revolution may be brewing in Llano County over what some residents perceive as an unneeded and unwanted change to Ranch to Market Road 1431 and an attitude bordering on contempt for local officials by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

At issue is a plan to change the ranch road from four lanes to what is known as a “super two” highway – one lane in each direction with intermittent turn lanes and passing lanes where engineers think they’re needed. The approximately 30 miles of Texas 71 between US 281 south of Marble Falls to Texas 16 in Llano is an example of that type of highway.


Burnet County sheriff's deputies arrest 17 in drug roundup

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Working in conjunction with other local agencies, Burnet County Sheriff's deputies in the Special Operations Unit have arrested 17 individuals in Burnet and Llano counties as part of a month-long undercover investigation targeting methamphetamine dealers in the two counties that culminated in a raid Thursday at multiple locations.

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said a total of 31 warrants were obtained on the 17 individuals arresed, charging each with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in penalty group 1, more than one gram but less than four grams.

Each charge is a second-degree felony under Texas Penal Code, Chapter 481.112(c), punishable by a prison sentence of two to 20 years and a $10,000 fine.

“This represents a significant impact on the local methamphetamine supply network,” Boyd said.


Change the world, ukulele style

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

A few of the variety of ukuleles available are arrayed in front of four early arrivals at one of the twice-monthly meetings of the Highland Lakes Ukulele Club; seated, Virginia Sivells, and from left, Luis Sirvent, Pat O'Malley, Lisa Miller and Don Crowder. Their motto is: 'Changing The World, Four Strings At A Time.'

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

You may think of the ukulele with a smile and memory of Arthur Godfrey (1903-1983), with a groan over “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” by Tiny Tim (1938-1996) or a mellow sigh at the memory of that 1990 medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World" by “Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (1959 – 1997).

But picture it, now, in your own hands and embrace the motto of the Highland Lakes Ukulele Club: “Changing the world, four strings at a time.”

This band of troubadours meets twice a month to practice together and draw new players into their musical fold.

When Don Crowder, an accomplished musician, began to coax Lisa Miller toward a simple instrument like the ukulele she was dubious.

“Before I could say no, he ordered one for me,” she said. “The premiere benefit of having two people is that you are having a good time.”


Llano County murder suspect claims self defense

Justin Lamb


The suspect of a Llano County murder has claimed he shot a man in self defense, authorities said Tuesday.

Justin Lamb, 27, of Yuma, Ariz. was arrested on charge of murder after authorities were led to a Llano County ranch where a Mason man was slain.

Joshua Lee Jordan, 31, was found shot multiple times in the head and torso on Saturday morning, Nov. 19, while his three-year-old son slept in a nearby house.

“At about 3 a.m. Saturday morning, we had a call from the Stripes at Texas Highway 29 and Texas Highway 16,” said Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn.

The caller said there was a man at the location who told employees he had shot his friend on a nearby ranch.

“We went out to the ranch about nine miles west of Llano off County Road 403,” Blackburn said. “There we found a subject shot multiple times. He was deceased.”

Jordan's three-year-old son was asleep in the house nearby when the shooting occurred.


Kingsland wife sentenced 45 years in murder of 'husband'

by Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers

After a lengthy deliberation by jurors, a Kingsland woman was sentenced to 45 years imprisonment Monday in Llano District Court in the August 2014 murder of her partner.

Kathryn Louise Preston, 47, was convicted of the murder of her romantic partner Jose Mario Hernandez, 23, on Monday, July 25, in the court of District Judge Evan Stubbs. Preston was sentenced to 45 years imprisonment after eight hours of deliberation by jurors.


Burnet County braces for more storms

In addition the National Weather Service has placed the area on a Flash Flood Watch. http://bit.ly/1Y1eH4m


Storms on Tuesday afternoon are the first of a series of storms this week, meteorologists said.

The National Weather service has issued multiple hazard statements for the Burnet County area, which a forecast of storms all through the week. The City of Marble Falls issued an alert at 5:24 p.m. today, May 31, that Lake Marble Falls is closed until further notice due to flood gate operations and the City of Horseshoe Bay issued multiple low water crossing closings throughout the afternoon.

A flood advisory was issued at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31 for southwestern Burnet County, southeastern Llano County and surrounding counties, effective until 5:15 p.m.


Flash Flood Watch issued

A new flash flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service indicating areas inside the dash border as most vulnerable to flash flooding through Thursday, June 2: http://bit.ly/1r189p3

The National Weather service has issued a new Flash Flood Watch in effect for All of South Central Texas through at least Thursday morning due to oncoming heavy rainfall.
Particularly of concern are areas that have seen significant rainfall over the past week. Widespread additional rainfall in amounts of from 3-6 inches, with a few locations of up to 10 inches, is predicted. 
Several locations may experience major flooding with flood waters capable of causing rivers and tributaries to overflow their banks in several places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches become dangerous rivers with flood waters spreading well away from the banks. Widespread inundation of  both primary and secondary roads with some long term closures is possible.

Severe weather risk this afternoon, evening

The Hill Country, including Burnet and Llano counties, is at risk for some severe storms this afternoon and evening. As you can see on the attached map, this includes areas across the eastern Hill Countgry as well as along and east of I-35, including Austin and San Antonio.

Threats include hail up to 2 inches in diameter as well as wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph and rainfall of between half an inch to 2 inches. Isolated pockets east of I-35 could see up to 4 inches of rain and an isolated tornado or two is possible.

Isolated to scattered showers will develop this morning with scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon and evening. Environmental conditions are favorable for some storms to become strong to severe and the severe threat may diminish after midnight.  


Weather alerts still on the map

Burnet and Llano counties are not in the target area for the worst weather this week, but stay alert if you are traveling north.

The National Weather Service issued a weather alert that is not leaving us out of the large hail and isolated strong storm threat.

Today, Monday April 25, we can expect to hit near 90 degrees and most likely tomorrow, to share a few of the showers.


Schilling drops out of Llano County Sheriff's race

By Lew K. Cohn

The Highlander

Managing Editor


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