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December 19, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
It appears that no tragedy—and there have been some terrible incidents—has trapped our country into such grieving, painful emotions, the highest level of sympathy, and pondering solutions to prevent a repeat of the horrendous crime, the horrific massacre in Connecticut—since 9/11. “We’ve had a number of these,” acknowledged Llano ISD superintendent, Dennis Hill, in reference to multiple deaths from a deranged shooter, but, “this is particularly egregious—the way it was perpetra ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
On Monday night, the City Council voted to approve a motion which allows Hejl, Lee & Associates to begin what has been described as a lengthy process to obtain an amendment of the City’s permit from TCEQ, which would allow the City to treat and release effluent, or wastewater. Primarily, the City is seeking to determine if they would be able to release treated effluent back into the Llano River.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
Desiree Fry, Cecil Leach and their two daughters, Brooke, 5 and Emily, 8 are all unharmed, but the same can not be said for their family home, their belongings, and their Christmas. A fire that started with the heat lamp in their dog house on the night of Wednesday, December 12, quickly took over their home.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013 • Photos
Since August, the All Stars, Llano Christian Academy’s all girl First Lego League team, has diligently worked on their Senior Solutions 2012 Challenge. The project challenge was to create a new and innovative idea to keep seniors over the age of 65 independent, engaged, and connected. The robot challenge was to design and program a robot to complete missions on a designated field.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
Llano Elem. - 1st Grade - Maples Dear Santa Claus, How is Mrs. Claus? Has it ever rained in the North Pole? Have your reindeer ever had brownies? Have you ever had a rabbit before? I want an elf. Can I have a play food set? I love you! Regan Scott Dear Santa Claus, How are the reindeer?
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
This is the first of a biweekly column describing events and goings on around the Llano Red Top Jail. After conceiving and forming the Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail in 2009, people are always asking me what’s happening at the jail. This is our way of getting the word out about one of Texas’ Most Endangered Places. Museum Plan Revealed Thursday, Dec.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013 • Photos
Employees from Fluor Corporation, which is working just outside Horseshoe Bay on the new Ferguson Power Plant, read an article about Llano County Brown Santa in The Llano News, and decided to pick the cause to give to this season. Elaine Ellison, Site Project Controls Manager for Fluor, and who lives in South Carolina when not on the job site, said that where ever they happen to be working during the holiday season, they pick a charity and collect donations. And collect they did!
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Faith
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
Since the election, there has been a lot of jibber-jabber by the kings and queens of jibber-jabber about some financial cliff we are facing. I have no idea what they are talking about, and I have a suspicion they do not either, but if I am to guess I would say, it is not a great leap of faith. The great thing about being a jibber-jabber is you do not have to know what you are jibber-jabbering about.
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News
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
Inclusion on this list is not intended to be, and should not be, construed as an assessment of guilt or innocence. December 10, 2012 Tiffany Davis, 22; Theft of Serv >$20$20$20$20
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
In a strongly worded letter to LCRA Chairman of the Board, Timothy Timmerman, Senators Troy Fraser and Kirk Watson urge the board to rescind their recent resolution which set the trigger point at which water can be released to such a level that it “essentially guarantees” that a large amount of water will be released from the Highland Lakes, which are currently at only 43 percent full. The letter addresses specifically the effect that the change has on firm water customers and the “very ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
Darrin James Holland, 47, of Kyle, died December 3, 2012. He was born to Harry James and Susan (Kunst) Holland in Rochester, New York on November 11, 1965. Darrin had been employed at various convenient stores as a clerk. He is survived by his parents, Harry J. and Susan Holland of Bluffton, Texas; brother, David Holland of Austin, Texas; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
Henry Hammons, 70, of Buchanan Dam passed away peacefully on December 12, 2012. He was born to Ernest Herman and Jean {Harrell}Hammons in Torrance, California on October 4, 1942. Henry was active in functions in Llano County. He was a star running back at Llano High school holding two records. He graduated from Louisiana Tech with a BA degree.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013 • Photos
Jeannie Wahl McDonald, 79 of Llano, Texas formerly of Beaumont, Texas passed away Monday, December 17, 2012. She was born October 6, 1933 to Eva T. (Wallace) Spicer and Clyde Spicer in Marlin, Texas. Before making her way to Llano she was the co-owner of City Appliance in Beaumont, Texas.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
Funeral services for Leslie Joe “Shorty” Carter, 84, of Llano, formerly of Academy, were held at 10:00 am Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the Dossman Funeral Chapel in Belton, Texas with Rev. David Newsome and Rev. Jim Brazzil officiating.  Burial will follow at the Wilson Valley Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Friday evening at the Dossman Funeral Home Chapel in Belton. Mr.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013 • Photos
Gordon Hefner age 76 of Llano, Texas, peacefully ascended into heaven on December 10, 2012, at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Gordon and his wife, Barbara, have called Llano Texas their home for 40 years. He was a native of Bastrop, Texas, where he married his high school sweetheart Barbara Duran. Gordon served 15 years in the Texas Army National Guard, earning the rank of Captain.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
William Earl Cooper, 73, of Kingsland passed away, December 15, 2012. He was born to Hughie E. and Freda L. (Oppermann) Cooper in East Texas on December 17, 1939. Mr. Cooper had been employed as a carpenter most of his life. He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed building things.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
Chistley Jenkins, 81, of Kingsland, passed away December 18, 2012. He was born to Retus and Lela (Podgett) Jenkins on January 13, 1931 in Tahoka, Texas. Mr. Jenkins proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge he worked in the natural gas field.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
Keith James Alexander, 28, of Cloudcroft, New Mexico passed away Monday, December 10, 2012. He was born April 18, 1984 to Terry Parker and Brian Alexander in Odessa, Texas. Keith was married to Holly Kitchens in San Angelo, Texas. Keith loved to laugh, was a practical joker, and always wanted to make people happy and see them smile. Surviving Keith are his wife, Holly Alexander of Cloudcroft, New Mexico; father, Brian Alexander of Llano, Texas; mother, Terry Parker of Port Lavaca, Texas; daug ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
Archie Loftis passed away in Portland, Oregon on December 15, 2012. Mr. Loftis was born in Lone Grove, Texas on September 27, 1922 to Andrew and Edna (Templeton) Loftis. He grew up in Lone Grove and graduated from Llano High School in 1941. He immediately enlisted in the Navy and served in the South Pacific.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
Bernard Morris Enloe, Jr. 76, of Kingsland, passed away December 10, 2012. He was born to Bernard Morris and Nola Irene (Cottle) Enloe, Sr. on August 1, 1936. Morris proudly served in the U.S. Army and was transferred into the National Guard following his basic training. He was employed as a tester with natural gas wells and drillings.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
Raymond Anthony Moore died in Tow, Texas on December 4, 2012 after a three-year battle with liver cancer. Mr. Moore was born in Oakland, California on November 25, 1953. He graduated from Livermore High School in Livermore, California where he was one of the star pitchers for the Livermore Cowboys baseball team.
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Regional
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013 • Photos
Each year the Llano County Child Welfare Board sponsors giving gifts to all Llano County children who are in the care of Children’s Protective Services. Board members, caring community organizations and citizens generously provide all types of gifts for the children. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Llano County Attorney and board member, Cheryll Mabray, at 325-247-7733. Helping to round up gifts for Santa Claus are Mabray (center), Attorney Ad Litems, Natalie Bennett (l ...
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School
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
On Friday, December 14, Llano Elementary School recognized students for exhibiting perseverance. Casey Callahan, LISD Assistant Superintendent, talked to the students about different examples of perseverance. His theme throughout was, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” Cookies and juice were provided by the cafeteria staff. Those students who were honored include: Kindergarten – Luke Sanderson, Jayla Thigpen, Jaycee Buchanan, Michael Logan, Vann Frank, and Summer Smarr. F ...
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Sports
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
You are either loving all this offense in college football, or not, or you can’t wait for the next Bachelor to take on his daunting challenge. Oh, such a tough choice. His and ours. For now, we’re going to concentrate on the Big 12 and its big-scoring 2012 season. Oklahoma State leads the conference with 44.67 points a game, which is fourth in the nation.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
It is time to go bowling, and no one does it much better than the Big 12—nine of the 10 teams will have a postseason encounter, and one of the bunch takes on a former member. OU vs. A&M Cotton Bowl, January 4 How attractive is this match? Both teams are 10-2, and three of the four losses came against schools in BCS bowls. Johnny Manziel had to put aside his Pop Warner trophy for sportsmanship to make room for the greatest prize in college football. The Kerrville Comet is the second A ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
AUSTIN—Everyone—especially those of us well-along in our Golden Years—needs an annual check-up, so we made a house call on Jerry English, the girls’ coach of Marble Falls’ Faith Academy Flames. At 68, his gold may win more medals than mine does, but I’ve got him in the age bracket—by about seven months. “This has really been fun,” English said of his 39th season (eighth at Faith) as a head coach.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted January 2, 2013
When you read this, Christmas will just be six days away! Most of us will be checking our list twice, trying to get stamps on those last few Christmas cards, putting bows on gifts, dreading how late we’ll have to stay up to finish the baking and, above all, trying not to stress out!