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October 31, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
Less than a week to go before America decides whether to keep President Barack Obama in office, or replace him with Governor Mitt Romney. Early voting began last week, and Llano County voters started strong. When the polls opened on Monday, October 22, 830 voters in Llano County turned out to cast their ballot.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012 • Photos
The Llano FFA Meats Team recently competed at the National FFA Contest in Indianapolis, Indiana, bringing home the title of National Champion Team. The event was held in conjunction with the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo. The contest was held at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Champaign, Illinois with 41 teams from across the nation competing.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012 • Photos
He Remains a Rock of Ages by Art Dlugach HORSESHOE BAY—Jack Nicklaus does not play much golf any longer, but he’s in the Design business as much as Gap or Old Navy. His business is the golf course, and Summit Rock, in this links-laden resort community, is one of his latest “jewels.” On October 30, the man who owns a record 18 professional major championships, went out and played a few holes on the only the only Nicklaus course constructed in the U.S.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
Texas Weather Well here it is the first of November and we have already had a freeze here in the Hill Country. Last night (10/28/2012) Kathy Kasparek reported a freeze on her back porch. That first freeze is about two to three weeks earlier than the average first freeze date of November 15th in the Hill Country.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
Please join us Wednesday night, November 7, at 5:30 at the Rail Yard for the 5th annual meeting of the “Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail” for a chili supper and election of officers. The “Friends” was established in 2008 to move forward towards restoration of the property. We need your help and your support as this group goes forward to complete the restoration of this Llano treasure and major tourist attraction in our community.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012 • Photos
 At the regular meeting of the Llano Uplift Chapter of DAR on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at River City Grille 5 Local Women Veteran’s were honored.  A brief bio of their military service was presented to the members and then each veteran was presented a certificate of appreciation and flowers from the chapter.  
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
The work of Lou Quallenberg of Llano has been accepted for the 13th annual 2012 Texas Furniture Makers Show, held at the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center in Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas. “This annual juried show features the best furniture makers in Texas”, according to show Chairman Larry Moss. “This event is one of the highlights of the year for Texas furniture makers and their followers.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
Last Tuesday was a fun day for a number of Llano kids. It was the day of the Magic Festival, hosted by Llano’s Masonic Lodge #242. Two well-known illusionists performed their special magic before an excited audience. The show is made more popular by the inclusion of children from the audience in most of the acts performed.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
This is your last chance to enter the Main Street sponsored scarecrow and fall decorating contest! The deadline has been extended to this Friday, November 2nd at 5 p.m. to allow more businesses to participate. Call 247-4158 x209 to enter the contest today and be eligible for some great prizes! The Christmas Lighting Committee will host Frankenweenie this weekend at the LanTex Theater.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012 • Photos
The Llano Woman’s Culture Club will hold its annual Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 1, from 12 noon until 5 p.m. This year’s tour features many of Llano’s older homes and businesses that have been restored or remodeled. The tour will begin at the historic clubhouse at 210 West Sandstone where visitors may view our own renovations and pick up maps for the tour. Tickets are $14 each or two for $25. After using the ticket to tour the homes, purchasers may write their names on the ...
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
The year has flown by and the Holidays are once again upon us. The Holidays are a magical time in Llano. Merchant windows are full of Christmas cheer, Starry Starry Nights sends multi-colored lights dancing across the Llano River, Santa and Mrs. Claus delight young and old alike, there’s the Lighted Christmas parade, Snow Day, and, this year starts a new tradition in Llano with a “Dickens” of a Christmas!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
Llano Fine Arts Guild is pleased to have well know designer and FiberArtist, Georgean Dove for our November guest artist. Georgean will begiving a “hands on” demonstration on finger knitting—no needlesrequired!!! Everyone is invited to join us for this demo on MondayNov. 6 at 10:00 am at the Llano Fine Arts Gallery 503 Bessemer Ave.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
On Monday, October 22 Two Pro Golf Management hosted a Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Brownwood Country Club. Llano took eleven players. The team of Llano River Golf Club’s Head Pro Clay Mearns, Casey Landers, Steven Craig and Keith Jackson took the Shamble event which was a combination one best ball and one best net with a total of 32 under par!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
Hunters help local communities each deer season by donating deer to the Texas Hunters for the Hungry program. Last year, hunters donated152,962 pounds of venison, resulting in more than 600,000 servings. Of that,1,075 pounds were donated in Llano County alone. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one out of every five households in Texas struggles to afford food.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
The Llano Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce celebrates hunting season with Hunters Appreciation Day. Please join us on the lawn of the Visitor Center at 100 Train Station Drive, Friday, November 2nd beginning at 9:00am. Our hunters will enjoy plenty of food, drink, and raffle items. Llano businesses will also be on hand to show their support with prizes and information.
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Faith
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
Psalm 46 is a marvelous passage of Scripture. It encourages us to remember that God is our refuge, our only safety in a dangerous world. It tells us that we are to observe nature and consider that even if nature begins to do abnormal, awful, terrifying things we have no reason to fear because we remain firmly in the arms of God.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
When 120 believers met to pray in an upper room in Jerusalem following the ascension of Christ, they had no way of knowing the impact they would have on future generations. As a result of that prayer meeting, the world would never be the same again. The task of evangelizing assigned to these people of faith by their Lord must have seemed impossible to carry out.
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News
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
Last Friday morning, at approximately 6:48am, an 18-wheeler was pulling out of Jacket Stop just as sixth grader Caleb Harned was crossing Hwy 71 on his way to school. Harned was injured when the front passenger side of the 2006 Peterbilt long nose truck clipped the back end of his bicycle, injuring both of Harned’s legs.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
Inclusion on this list is not intended to be, and should not be, construed as an assessment of guilt or innocence. October 22, 2012 Bobby Lee Gomez (Alias: Bob Gomez), 23; Judgment / Poss CS PG 14G
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012 • Photos
Albert H. Hiilsmeier, 96, of Cherokee, Texas, passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2012, in Temple, Texas. He was born March 6, 1916 in Cherokee, the son of Alberthina Poehler Hiilsmeier and Herman Hiilsmeier. He began his career in cattle ranching as a young man, before being inducted into the United States Army, August 26, 1942.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
Jerome “Jay” William Littlepage, 65, of Kingsland passed away peacefully in his home, October 27, 2012. He was born to Jay T. and Alice Louise (Birkner) Littlepage on September 23, 1947 in Wheeling, West Virginia. Mr. Littlepage grew up in Kent, Ohio and proudly served his country as a Marine in Vietnam.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012 • Photos
Louise passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2012 after a lengthy illness. She was born September 14, 1929, the third of five children to Gustavus Brooks Green and Cecil (Lee) Green in Eden, Texas. She married David Lyle Polley and had six children. Louise worked for the City of Austin, supporting the 911 Emergency Management Systems.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012 • Photos
Elizabeth A. (Dubois) Lofthouse of Highland Haven, Texas passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012 in Llano, Texas after a brief illness. She was born July 4, 1921 to Alice (Lindgren) and Armand Dubois in Providence, Rhode Island.  She spent many years in Rhode Island, Nova Scotia and Vermont before moving to Dripping Springs, Texas in 1991.  She later moved to Highland Haven. Elizabeth married William H.
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Opinion
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
I have had the privilege to work in three different districts in my educational career. Those districts have been large (17,000+ students) and not so large (less than 3,000 students). Llano is the smallest of the three districts I have worked for but, without a doubt, it is THE BEST.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
Dear Editor, The fact that the LCRA did not extend the Emergency Drought Order with the TECQ at the October board meeting is not a surprise. They have to allow a means to release water for downstream needs (rice farming). Never mind that the reservoirs are below 43% full. Never mind that the Water Management Plan calls for curtailment of releases when the lakes are this low.
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Regional
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
Veteran director Steve Reily helms the hit holiday musical opening Thurs., Nov. 29th Veteran director Steve Reily of Meadowlakes stages the hit holiday musical “A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol” opening Thursday, Nov. 29, and running for eight performances through Dec. 9, at the Hill Country Community Theatre (HCCT) in Cottonwood Shores (4003 FM 2147 West, between Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay). A true trip into the past, A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol is a fun and heart-warming holid ...
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
One of the growing aspects of amateur astronomy is imaging or taking photographs of objects through a telescope. With the growing technology, it’s even possible to engage in this activity from a different location from the telescope – “remotely.” At the next meeting of the Hill Country Astronomers on Monday, November 5 at 7:00 pm, local member Ken Kattner will give a program on how he images celestial objects in this manner, using his observatory near Putnam Mountain northwest of Freder ...
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School
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012 • Photos
On Sunday, October, 28 the Llano FCCLA went trick-or-treating for canned goods. Splitting into groups and taking on the town, going around knocking on doors, and asking for canned goods. For two hours FCCLA was out in the town trick-or-treating! At the end of the day, we gathered the groups and added all the cans together coming to a total of 430 cans to donate to the local pantry! Being able to help out the local pantry was a great experience for FCCLA, which we will continue every year in ...
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012 • Photos
On Friday, October 26, Llano Elementary School recognized students for exhibiting responsibility. The 5th grade Spotlight Team, consisting of Kyler Bordner, Kadie Culpepper, Juna Glasscock, Conner Leifeste, Jack Neff, Kimble Schuessler, Laramie Smith, and Kennedy Wootan, performed a skit to help teach students about responsibility. Juice and cookies were provided by the cafeteria staff.
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Sports
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
AUSTIN—Four years ago, then-freshman Marcos Vallejo had been running for the Llano High varsity for two months. He’s a freshman again, and again he’s on the run: this time for Texas Tech. His first two months? Splendid results, just as they were on the trails from Wimberley to Killeen; and from Goldthwaite to San Antonio. “It’s been great,” Marcos said after the Big 12 Cross Country Championships, October 27.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
LAMPASAS—As far as Llano High was concerned, it was a tale of two young men, this district 8-AAA Cross Country Meet. One of them advanced to regionals, an excellent accomplishment. The other one, in contrast to years of trading one galloping step after another, made slow, but steady progress. He was there to support the team he once led, an excellent accomplishment. Grayson Freeman, as dedicated a battler as you’ll see on the hidden paths of Central Texas, produced the ultimate race of h ...
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
If you’ve read in a couple of places, including The Llano News, you may be thinking there’s very good news concerning the athletic future of LHS. The update is we are asking each reader to amend his thought to “maybe.” It first appeared the UIL, the public school governing body, had voted for Class 3A to have Division I and II for its districts.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
“That was a whipping.” This could have been the first four-word report on a football game since Jim Thorpe played for Carlisle. Llano head coach Craig Slaughter opened this essay with that observation—accuracy was literary genius. Gatesville bussed into town unbeaten, and the word got another free ride back to the Hornets’ nest.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
LAMPASAS—The future is now for Llano Junior High runners, who posted some senior performances in the 8-AAA district Cross Country Meet, October 24. There were four races, and coach Sylvia Arms’ Jackets collected a gold and two silver medals in the team competitions. 7th grade boys “We had 13 runners,” Arms pointed out, “and all worked hard.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
The Llano volleyball Jackets advanced to the area round of the playoffs, October 30, beating Glen Rose, three games to none. Their next match is Thursday, November 1, in Stephenville, with Springtown the foe. Against their biggest rival, a formidable foe seemingly forever, the Llano volleyball Jackets registered a knockout in three rounds, October 23, and earned their first playoff berth since 2009.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
The Llano 8th Grade Daubers played two games against Gatesville last Thursday. The Black team got things going in the first game with a strong defensive effort. Alex Canchola, Christian McCray and Evan Wheeler all contributed forcing the Hornets to punt. Andrew Baker had an excellent punt return that almost resulted in a touchdown.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
Hats off to the seventh grade Daubers as both teams were victorious against the Gatesville Hornets Thursday at Jacket Stadium. The Black team won the opening game 20 – 6, and the White team won a thriller by the score of 16 – 14.  The Black team began on offense and drove 57 yards for the score.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
Another exciting weekend of soccer games. U14 Division Llano Police Department battled Mason. The score being 8-0. LPD MVP, Deigo Garcia. Sportsmanship Skylar Sanderson. Mason MVP, Jacovo. Sportsmanship, Marcelo Lino. In U12 Division The Llano Fire department played Llano National Bank. LVFD-0. LNB-4. LVFD MVP Robert Mccall. Sportsmanship, Timothy. LNB MVP Trey Castelan.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012
There are many beginnings in November. Hunter’s Appreciation Day marks the beginning of hunting season. Friday, November 2, beginning at 9:00am at the Visitor Center there will be lots of good food, drink and great raffle items. The population in Llano at least doubles during hunting season and Hunter’s Appreciation is our way of saying thanks for the positive economic impact the hunters make on our community.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Posted November 1, 2012 • Photos
We have heard the platforms; we have heard the debates; we have heard the media’s opinion; we have heard our neighbor’s opinion. Now it is time for us, individually, to come to a final decision, go to the polls, and put to use the freedom with which we have been so richly blessed by exercising our right to vote.