Llano news

Tue
05
Nov

TxDOT, historical commission to fix Packsaddle Mountain fight monument

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Vandals have knocked down the Packsaddle Mountain Fight historical monument just off Texas 71 adjacent to CR 309 in Llano County. The Texas Department of Transportation will work with the Texas Historical Commission to plan repairs.

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: In an email statement Nov. 6, a Llano County Sheriff's Office investigator attributed the damage of the monument to a vehicle traveling eastbound on Texas 71 which left the roadway and crashed into marker and through the adjacent fence.

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The Texas Historic Commission (THC) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will team up to repair a damaged historic monument which commemorates a pivotal battle in the region's settlement by western pioneers, officials announced Nov. 1.

Fri
01
Nov

Texas Rangers launch Llano County Jail death probe

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A Sunrise Beach man's death while incarcerated in the Llano County Jail Oct. 29 has prompted an investigation by the Texas Rangers.

Benjamin Braden Hoffman, 41, was “found unresponsive” around 12:29 p.m. while in the observation area of the facility, 2001 Texas 16, officials said.

The probe, considered protocol for in-custody deaths, will examine clues including cause and circumstances surrounding his death. . . .

Tue
01
Oct

Llano to dredge into 2025

Contributed/Llano Chamber of Commerce
Llano city officials expressed support for a partnership with a mining operations which is dredging in Town Lake (pictured here) and in Robinson Lake upstream on the Llano River to expand water storage capacity.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A private-public partnership between the city of Llano and a mining company has resulted in the removal of several tons of river sand from two lakes in the community, increasing domestic water storage capacity.

On Sept. 27, Llano officials said they welcomed the continuation of a 10-year dredging contract with Collier Materials through 2025 due to the success of the project, which involves the company mining river sand and paying the city to take it away.

Fri
06
Sep

Former Llano County deputy faces child pornography charge

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

In the wake of a recent family violence allegations, a former Llano County deputy now faces a charge of possessing child pornography.

Steven Andrew Sifford was taken into custody Sept. 1 at an east Texas bar known as Alibis in Groveton and booked into the Trinity County Jail.

A day later authorities transferred him twice – first to the Llano County Jail and then to Kerr County Jail – due to his former status with the LCSO facility where he had worked five years.

Tue
20
Aug

Dove season begins Sept. 1, Here's what you need to know

Contributed/Texas Parks and Wildlife
Dove season begins on Sept. 1 for the central zone which includes Llano and Burnet County. The regular season extends through Nov. 3.

 

 

 

From staff reports

Dove season begins on Sept. 1 for the central zone which includes Llano and Burnet County.

The season extends through Nov. 3, then starts again on Dec. 20 through Jan. 14, 2020. Statewide falconry hunting season is Nov. 16 through Dec. 2.

Legal shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. Bag limits for the central zone are 15 birds daily, no more than two white-tipped daily aggregate and three times daily bag possession limit.

Tue
20
Aug

Sporting for a good cause at the Llano Lions Club event

Photo by Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Brandon Loving, of Kingsland, took aim at Inks Ranch in Llano as part of the Llano Lions Club “Sporting Clays for a Cause” event on Saturday, Aug. 17. The event raised money for the Lions Club scholarship program. See more photos in the Tuesday, Aug. 20 issue of The Highlander. To subscribe, call 830-693-4367.

Fri
19
Jul

Llano County deputies nab drug dealing suspect

From staff reports

Llano County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics search warrant July 10 at 855 Wood Forrest, Kingsland, Llano County.

Around 7 p.m. deputies seized approximately 10 grams of methamphetamine, firearms and paraphernalia at the residence.

Fri
12
Jul

Clay shooting event to benefit Llano Lions Club scholarships

Special to The Highlander/Jasper Lions Club
In keeping with clay shooting events hosted this year by fellow chapters statewide, the upcoming Llano Lions Club event will be the largest fundraiser for 2019. Net proceeds will support the club’s scholarship program.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

The Llano Lions Club has announced plans for their inaugural Sporting Clays for a Cause to be held Saturday, Aug. 17.

Tue
23
Apr

Llano River fish population recovering after October flood

Contributed/TP&W
As Texas Parks and Wildlife launched post-flood event studies on area waterways, they discovered the most abundant and diverse populations of fish on the Llano River near Junction.

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

After finding more than 18 species of fish during a recent sampling trip on the Llano River, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Inland Fisheries staff are encouraged to see fish populations rebounding following historic flooding in October 2018.

Fri
12
Apr

Kayaker treks Colorado River, Highland Lakes on Gulf excursion

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Ethan West, at just 22 years old, embarked recently on a kayaking adventure from near the headwaters of the Llano River to the Gulf Coast. The Highlander caught up to him April 10 at the LBJ Yacht Club and Marina on Lake LBJ as he started to make a transition onto Lake Marble Falls.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The spirit of adventure can motivate people to do extraordinary things. For Ethan West, it was his motivation to kayak to the Gulf of Mexico.

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