Llano County

Sun
29
Mar

Community spread of COVID-19 found in Llano County

Llano County Courthouse

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Community spread is being called the cause of a third confirmed COVID-19 case in Llano County, Judge Ron Cunningham announced Sunday, March 29.

Local Health Authority Dr. Jack Franklin notified Cunningham and Llano Mayor Gail Lang at 10 a.m. Sunday there had been a third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Llano County and the patient's history “indicates this virus was contracted in a person-to person transmission which was not through household or known contact.”

The announcement moves Llano County into Phase 5 (Person-to-Person Spread in the Community) and Cunningham said the county “will be taking additional steps to contain and mitigate this virus in the most effective means available for Llano County.

Tue
03
Mar

Wall victorious in Burnet County; Blackburn re-elected in Llano County

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall speaks to a campaign worker while awaiting election results Tuesday, March 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall rode a large early voting margin to victory Tuesday night, March 3, in complete but unofficial election returns.

Meanwhile, Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn also used early voting to cruise to a re-election win over challenger Jim Caruso, while Dwain Rogers will be elected the next Llano County Attorney, succeeding Rebecca Lange, who did not seek re-election.

Burnet County

Wall, who was seeking re-election to his second term on the court, defeated challenger William “Dee” Haddock, a Marble Falls City Councilmember, by a vote total of 950-594, or 61.53 percent to 38.47 percent.

Wed
27
Nov

Group ranks Burnet, Llano voter websites

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Members of the League of Women Voters registered citizens to vote Nov. 22 at Marble Falls St. Frederick Baptist Church. Pictured, from left, are: Nancy Hill, Jimmie Rushing and Evelyn Acosta-Cone, who assisted Lorna Ambrus of Burnet in the process.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

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.

Overall, the League of Women Voters of Texas gave the Llano County website a score of 80 points, which earns a ranking of “Very Good,” while the Burnet County site only received 65 points, which earns a ranking of “Good.”

“The 2020 election year is almost upon us. Texas voters will be inundated with campaign messaging,” said Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.

“Voters will look to their counties to find accurate, accessible, and useful voter information on safe and secure county election websites. Many counties need to take steps now to become a trusted resource for voters.”

Sat
01
Dec

Lady in Lake: New clues forge trail in Llano County homicide cold case

Contributed/Llano County Sheriff's Office
LCSO investigators are searching for tips, including the last owner of a distinctive dog house bought at a Buchanan Dam yard sale, which could lead to the capture of a suspect in the death of a woman found cemented into a boat submerged in the water up from Inks Dam. A photo on the Justice for Holly Simmons social media page captured an image during the 2009 investigation of a body, later identified as Simmons, found cemented into the hull of a boat in the water near Inks Dam.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

A new perspective and new leads prompted the Llano County Sheriff Office Nov. 27 to take another look at a homicide cold case involving the discovery of a woman's body submerged and cemented into the hull of a boat just up from Inks Dam nearly a decade ago.

Fri
16
Nov

Work begins on new 2900 bridge

James Oakley/Special to the Bulletin
Texas Department of Transportation employees, Llano County and state representatives and Capital Excavation executives celebrate the beginning of construction of a new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland with a groundbreaking Friday, Nov. 9.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Capital Excavation Company crews continued Sunday afternoon working on the south side of Ranch to Market Road 2900 to undertake what will be a monumental task — building a new 2900 bridge within 150 days.

On Friday, Texas Department of Transportation officials, along with state and local representatives from Llano County, held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate construction of the replacement bridge just three weeks after floodwaters washed away the former bridge.

Tue
23
Oct

Brisk turnout as early voting gets underway in Burnet and Llano counties

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
There are two early voting locations for Burnet County residents through Nov. 2; the Burnet County Courthouse (seen here) on the square in Burnet and the Marble Falls south annex, just off U.S. 281 south for county, state and judicial elections.

 

 

 

 

Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Early voting in Burnet and Llano counties has begun for the Thursday, Nov. 6, general election and will continue through Friday, Nov. 2.

Early voting in Burnet County will be held at the Burnet County Courthouse, 220 S. Pierce, Burnet; the Marble Falls Courthouse South Annex, 810 Steve Hawkins Pkwy., Marble Falls; and Marble Falls Middle School, 1511 Pony Drive, Marble Falls. The polling locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except for Thursday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Nov. 1, when polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thu
05
Jul

Deputies investigating July 4 Lake LBJ drowning

 

 

 

The body of a 38-year-old white male from Austin was recovered Wednesday, July 4, from the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ in Kingsland after the man apparently drowned trying to swim across the lake.

Llano County Sheriff's Chief Deputy John Neff said his department received a 911 call about a missing swimmer at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies responded to the scene and requested assistance from Texas Parks & Wildlife game wardens.

Neff said four individuals had decided to swim from one side of the lake to the other near the Ranch to Market Road 2900 in Kingsland. One of the swimmers apparently turned back while the other three continued to swim across the channel.

Fri
25
May

Llano County meth ring busted through law enforcement cooperation

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

On Monday, May 14, Kingsland resident Shaun Daughtry — fed up with the presence of methamphetamine dealers and users in his neighborhood off Lover's Laner — put up a sign on his property declaring the area to be a “meth-free zone.”

Daughtry told The Highlander he was worried about children who lived in the area coming in contact with drug use as well as a lack of sanitary conditions at a trailer home in the area that was a reputed manufacturing lab for methamphetamine.

Daughtry said he witnessed trash and human feces being burned outside one home and was horrified to think children might be exposed to disease due to the filfth. He was hopeful local law enforcement could do something to get rid of the drug dealers and users in Llano County.

Wed
06
Dec

Read the TCEQ Response to Comments on Asphalt Inc. in their entirety

As a service to our readers, we have loaded the TCEQ Response to Comments regarding Asphalt Inc.'s air quality permit 148112 on our website in its entirety. This is available for free as an e-edition to our readers. This is the official 58-page TCEQ response to public comments made about the air quality permit for the proposed rock crushing plant to be located south of Marble Falls off US 281.

To read the document, go to http://bit.ly/2k0PGaV and click on "TCEQ RESPONSE TO COMMENTS ON ASPHALT INC."

Wed
27
Sep

Llano County declines resolution against rock crushing plant

By Phil Reynolds

Special to the Bulletin

Llano County commissioners said Monday they sympathize with area residents who oppose a projected rock crushing plant south of Marble Falls. But, by a 3-2 vote, the commissioners declined to sign a resolution expressing that opposition and asking the Texas Environmental Quality Commission for a so-called “contested case hearing” on the matter.

The vote disappointed Precinct 1 Commissioner Peter Jones (Horseshoe Bay), who brought the resolution to commissioners, and County Judge Mary Cunningham, who argued that the resolution merely backed neighbors in Burnet County who are against the plant.

Both Jones and Cunningham voted in favor of the resolution.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Don Moss argued that Llano County has no standing in the case because the plant won’t be in Llano County. Moss voted “no” on the resolution.

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