Llano County news


Llano School Land solar project likely

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano County commissioners took what Precinct 4 Commissioer Jerry Don Moss called “an important step” Monday when they endorsed a proposal for New Braunfels Utilities to buy electricity from the Big Dog Solar Project.


LTP Forum a lively debate

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

A response by Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham, left, is considered by her opponent for re-election, Ron Cunningham. In the un-related Cunningham's debate, Judge Cunningham referred to her legal training and status as an attorney as prime qualifications and he, to his long law enforcement career and large organization and emergency management experience.





By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

At least 130 voters eager to learn about Llano County candidates attended the Llano Tea Party (LTP) Political Forum on Thursday night, Feb. 1.

Despite a lively and sometimes prickly debate, moderator Ginger Shilts and LTP president Kathy Hussey were successful in a plea for “civility.”

Although Llano County has angled and researched and studied improved Internet connectivity for more than a decade, pursuit of that issue alone was a common promise among candidates. At least one candidate in each race cited improved technology as a goal.

The top contested race will be between Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham and challenger Ron Cunningham (no relation) of Kingsland.


Llano grad arrested in TSU shooting

From published reports

A 26-year-old Llano High School graduate remains in the Erath County Jail in lieu of $855,000 bond, charged with shooting a Tarleton State University student in Stephenville last week in what authorities are calling a case of mistaken identity.

Shawn Patrick Layton was caught by the Region 6 Special Operations Group at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, in the 1100 block of West Hyman in Stephenville during the execution of a search warrant and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 less than a gram and possession of marijuana less than two ounces.

Bond was set at $750,000 on the aggravated assault charge, $50,000 on the controlled substance charge and $5,000 on the marijuana charge.


Llano Commissioners approve solar power agreement

By Phil Reynolds

Buirnet Bulletin

Llano County Commissioners have approved an agreement that would let a development company investigate the possibility of solar power generation on Llano ISD school lands in Tom Green County.

The commissioners took the action after an hour-long meeting behind closed doors Monday, Nov. 20. The agreement is in principle, said County Judge Mary Cunningham, but she said details still have to be worked out. Cunningham declined to reveal prices, referring questions to the Llano County Attorney’s office. That office hadn’t returned phone calls as of press time Tuesday.

The agreement follows an original proposal from E.ON back in April, when commissioners discussed prices of $30 per acre per month during engineering and development and $300 a month per acre after the solar farm begins generating electricity.


Harvey hightailing it from Highland Lakes

The 5 a.m. radar image shows the worst of the storm moving away. More information can be found at www.weather.gov and more images from the Monday report, on the Burnet Bulletin Facebook page.

The Monday morning storm report from the National Weather Service (NWS) shows Burnet and Llano counties high and dry and a reprieve from more heavy rainfall for neighbors just to the south.

The local forecast includes a 50 percent chance of showers and gusty winds remains, improving throughout the week . Dangers for travel to the hardest hit areas remains, however.

The NWS 5 a.m. Monday, Aug.28 storm report says: Tropical Storm Harvey continues a slow drift back to the southeast and will continue southeast and emerge just offshore of the middle Texas coast Monday afternoon.

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