Llano County


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.


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.


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."


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.


Llano County institutes burn ban

By Phil Reynolds

Special to the Bulletin

Llano County is under a burn ban as of Monday, Sept. 25.

County commissioners agreed to the ban after county Emergency Management Coordinator Assistant Ron Anderson reported a poll of fire chiefs in the county showed them evenly split on whether the ban is needed. Anderson told commissioners the chiefs are looking for rainy weather headed this direction from the west coast.

However, commissioners agreed the county is dry at the moment and imposed the ban.

A recent vote of commissioners gave County Judge Mary Cunningham the authority to lift a ban between commissioners court meetings if she believes it’s warranted.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index, a widely-used index of wildfire danger, shows Llano County with an anveage index of 519, which is in the third-most-dangerous category. However, parts of the county show a KBDI of 628, well into the second-highest category.


Llano County authorizes solar farm deal

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano schools stand to make nearly $2 million a month if a solar farm company accepts a proposal from Llano County commissioners.

Commissioners on Monday approved a deal with E.OM — a company out of Austin that would lease 7,000 acres of state school land for a solar farm for as much as $300 a month per acre once the farm is complete and operating.

The company hasn’t approved the deal yet, but Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Don Moss said he expects the company to sign the contract by Oct. 1.

If approved, E.OM would pay $30 per acre per month while it develops the solar farm, a period the company estimated during a presentation to commissioners in April would be between one and five years. The higher figure would kick in after the farm begins operations.

Moss said E.OM would probably begin with 1,500 acres and increase the farm in 1,500-acre increments until it reaches the 7,000-acre total.


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.

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