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January 16, 2013 Issue
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013 • Photos
UPDATE 1/22/13 The suspect, Benton Paul Buratti was apprehended on January 18, 2013 without incident, according to a press release by the Llano County Sheriff's Office. Buratti is being held at the Tarrant County Jail until he can be transported back to Llano. UPDATE In a press release from the Llano County Sheriff's Office, it was announced that Llano County Sheriff Investigators, acting on a tip from the Hill Country Crime Stoppers and other information gathered from the public, issued an ...
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Updated January 24, 2013 10:04 AM
What’s next? What bizarre development will envelop our (once?) prized athletes like Bonds, Armstrong, Woods, and now this young onlinebacker from Notre Dame, Manti Te’o? There are those who believe someone other than Shakespeare wrote, well, wrote Shakespeare. I am proud to say, that in the last five years, other than myself, no one has ever claimed to write sports for The Llano News.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013 • Photos
Mark and Traci Wallis of Longview, Texas are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Luke Stewart Wallis to Kasi Thorman, daughter of Cliff and Kathy Thorman of Crawford, Texas. The prospective groom is the grandson of Marvin and Peggy Snodgrass of Tyler, Texas, and Walter and Mary Ruth (Sultemeier) Wallis of Llano, Texas. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jim and Elaine Thorman of Farmers Branch, Texas and Anne Grisham of Crawford, Texas and the late Phil Grisham. Luke will g ...
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Despite the recent cold and rainy weather, it’s never too early to start planning for spring especially when it comes to your garden. The Llano County Master Gardeners invite the public to attend a program on Art in the Garden by Linda O'Nan. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Once again another year the Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber will be hosting the awards banquet on February 15, 2013 at the Kingsland convention/community center. Happy hour will be at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm. Tickets will be on sale at the chamber office for $25.00 per person. The theme for this year's banquet will be "An Evening at Tara"
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
The Friends of the Llano County Library will be hosting The Hobbit this weekend at the LanTex Theater. This PG-13 movie will be showing on Friday, January 18th, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 19th, at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m.  This fantasy adventure stars Martin Freeman as a young and reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who sets out on an unexpected journey to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim a their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013 • Photos
Liz began her art endeavor in the early 1990’s when she took Tole Painting from Shirley Gray. It sparked her interest in painting and when Ruth Lythe invited her to a demo at the Llano Fine Art Gallery she said she was hooked. She has been one of the most faithful members since 1995.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Llano Main Street is proud to announce that Llano has been chosen to host the Texas Main Street Managers’ winter training session the last week in January. This is a special honor and particularly meaningful as Llano Main Street celebrates our 10th anniversary as a Main Street community! This group of approximately 75 professionals will be lodging locally and meeting at various locations downtown, and they will have plenty of time to browse our historic venues as well as our shops and resta ...
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013 • Photos
The Llano National Bank-Buchanan Dam Branch received more than 100 entries for the 2012 Christmas coloring contest. The entries for the contest, designed for children preschool through third grade, were judged by artistic volunteers from Buchanan Dam Arts and Crafts. Preschool winners are first place, Haiden Walton and Brayden Ybarra; second place, Logan Green and Josie McDavid; third place, Christopher Barnes and Kayton Jones. Kindergarten winners are first place, William Landers and Ronny D ...
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Editor’s Note: When I began attending city council meetings more than three years ago, I was only vaguely aware of how city government worked. Now, I take for granted that knowledge, since I routinely attend them. In an article series, we will explore each of the main offices held in city government, as well as some of the duties of the city, how they collect revenue, and how they operate. Beginning with one of the oldest public servant roles in local government in history, the City Secretar ...
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
The Llano City Council voted last week to appoint three new members to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Stacy Mangum and Marcy Methvin were both voted to serve two-year terms, and Sam Oatman was voted to serve a one-year term. The vote came after Council voted to amend the ordinance that determines how candidates are appointed, after it was discovered that there was a conflict between the bylaws of the board and the original ordinances for the P&Z Committee.
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Faith
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
I am not superstitious [knock on wood] but some things happen to me that leave me a little bit suspicious. I am not sure if there is a connection between superstitious and suspicious, but if there were, that would explain a lot in my life. I start every year with high hopes of making certain changes in my life.
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News
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Inclusion on this list is not intended to be, and should not be, construed as an assessment of guilt or innocence. January 7, 2013 Charles Eugene Finke III, 22, Llano, Tx.; Burglary of Building; First Degree Felony; $15,000 Bond; Not Released. Jeffrey Michael Hurndon, 53, Tow, Tx.; Driving W/LicInv W/Prev Conv/Susp/W/O Fin;Class B Misdemeanor; $1500 Bond; Released. Jarrett Johnathan Leake, 21, Horseshoe Bay, Tx.; Del Marij >1/4 oz.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Last week, LCRA requested that TCEQ grant an emergency drought order allowing LCRA to withhold water from rice farmers, should the Highland Lakes have a combined storage of under 850,000 acre feet on March 1, 2013; the request also did not allow for a second release, should the water be below that mark. The request came after an original emergency drought order was requested in November 2012, which would have allowed for the release of water if levels were at least 775,000 acre-feet on that da ...
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
John Ray Counts, 64, born in Galveston, Texas died in Killeen, Texas on Saturday, December 8, 2012. John served his country during the Viet Nam war and was honorably discharged to return to the Texas Hill Country. Later John moved to Minnesota where he has family and friends. John’s love of the Hill Country brought him back to settle in Kingsland, Texas, where he started a painting business.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Mrs. Debra Marie (Berger) Pilkington Arms, 52, of Cherokee passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013. Visitation will be Thursday, January 17th from 5:00 -7:00 pm at Nobles Funeral Chapel followed by a recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 pm. A funeral mass is scheduled for Friday at 10:00 am at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with the Rev.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Eddie William Renken, 91, of Pflugerville, formerly of Tow, passed away January 7, 2013. He was born to Eddie Carl and Katherine (Spoede) Renken on September 1, 1921 in Wallis, Texas. Mr. Renken was raised in Wallis until he joined the United States National Guard in 1940. His unit was activated later that year and he proudly served his country until 1945 during WWII.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Flora Margaret Holt, 96, of Burnet passed away on January 8, 2013. She was born to Hollis and Isabel (Rice) Beem on May 6, 1916 in Hereford, Texas. Margaret was a member of the Fulton Community Church and a member of the Ladies League. Daughters, LaJune Coffing and Carol Ann Beem both of Battle Creek, Michigan and a niece Malinda Galley of Lake Buchanan, Texas survive her.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Kenneth B. Smith, 72, of Cherokee passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2013, in Llano, Texas. Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Home San Saba. Services were held at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at the Baptist Church of Cherokee in Cherokee, Texas.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Beatrice Berry, 93, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2013. Visitation was held on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Heritage Funeral Home San Saba from 12:00 until 1:30 pm. Her graveside service followed at 2:00 pm at Cherokee (formerly Hanna) Cemetery in Cherokee, Texas. Beatrice Berry was born to William Dennis and Etta Roberta Spurlin on December 27, 1919, in Lampasas, Texas.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Claude William Haight, 91, of Granite Shoals, Texas passed away January 10, 2013. He was born to Claude Miller and Marian Ruth (Sweetland) Haight in Chicago, Illinois on December 25, 1921. Claude was a 28 year resident of Burnet County residing in Marble Falls prior to Granite Shoals. He attended Grace Episcopal Church in Llano.
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Mildred Elizabeth Waldrope, 88 of Rowlett, Texas passed away Friday, January 11, 2013. She was born in Milton, Louisiana on May 10, 1924 to Louise (Savoy) Goodsell and Jerry Goodsell. Mildred was married to Jerry Waldrope on August 9, 1941 in Burnet, Texas. She had been a resident of Rowlett for the past 17 years coming from Hammond, Louisiana and Orange, Texas. Survivors include her grandchildren, Jerri Lynn Kepley of Rowlett, Texas.
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Regional
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
The Heart of Texas Events Center will stage our first event for the 2013 Concert and Dance Series on January 26. The concert will begin at 2:30 PM and the dance will be held from 8:00 PM until Midnight. Admission is $12 per event, or a combo ticket to both shows for $20 each.
, LCRA General Manager
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
 Facing a record-breaking drought with no end in sight, the Lower Colorado River Authority has again asked the state to allow us to not release water from the Highland Lakes for most downstream farmers this year unless substantial rainfall replenishes the reservoirs. LCRA’s Board of Directors took that action Jan.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Hill Country Cats, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to humane control of the free-roaming cat population in Burnet and Llano counties, received over $10,400 in contributions in late 2012. The donations were given in response to a $2,000 challenge grant offered by the Los Angeles-based Ernest Lieblich Foundation. Individual gifts ranged in size from ten dollars to five thousand dollars.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Blanco County will sponsor a Private Applicator License training and testing program on Tuesday, January 29 at 8am in the Hoppe Room, Courthouse Annex, in Johnson City. The training program will conclude at 12:00 noon. We will resume at 1:00 p.m. with the testing.
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Sports
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Annie Oakley and The Lone Ranger never shot so well. Wilt Chamberlain’s dunk wasn’t as dead solid perfect. Tiger Woods had more flaws winning the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 strokes. The flights of the ball would have kept Eastern Airlines in business. Translation: The Gatesville Hornets hit an incredible 14 three-point field goals in Llano, January 11, and jolted the Jackets 64-42.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
LAMPASAS—While Jessica Wunderlich was grabbing everything off the glass but the fingerprints, Cierra Jordan was sitting so much an usher tried to see if she had a ticket. She was on the bench longer than a life-appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Llano took advantage of one captain’s performance, and CJ, when she finally heard her number called, was her usual self, and the Jackets downed the Lady Badgers 38-28, January 8, to square both teams’ district record at 1-1. “It was ...
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
“Dressed to the Nines.” That would be a pair of nine-point runs propelled the Llano Lady Jackets to a 45-28 win over Gatesville, January 11, and a 2-1 record in district 8-AAA play. Burnet, at 3-0, the only unbeaten team in the league, visited Llano, January 14, after press time. “We finally played basketball,” head coach Daryl Friedrich said of the win over the Hornets.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
by Art Dlugach One of the big stories of the month was a non-story. No one was elected to be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens did not get the required 75% of the baseball writers’ votes because of alleged steroid or performance-enhancing-drug usage. The evidence may have been large against the trio, but nothing has ever been proven in a court of law.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013 • Photos
A current project of the Llano County Historical Society is updating the exhibits in the Llano County Historical Museum so they are more user-friendly to visitors. Museum specialists from the State Historical Commission have provided suggestions and guidelines to improve ways to display historical items. Visits to other recently renovated museums have resulted in better usage of signage to tell the story of Llano County.