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February 20, 2013 Issue
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Updated February 27, 2013 4:45 PM
The Llano ISD Board recognized students at the monthly board meeting for outstanding achievements. Morgan Adler was named to the Texas All-State Band and was selected to attend the Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio, where she also performed a concert at the Lila Cockrell Theater. Llano students competed at Howard Payne University in Brownwood and earned a 1st Division rating, advancing them to the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble contest Memorial Day weekend in Austin.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Updated February 27, 2013 4:45 PM
The fun banter has just now begun to let up for a local woman who was among the 4,000 passengers stranded for almost a week on the crippled Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph last week. “Her ship finally came in,” or “A three hour tour…,” were just some of the comments made in fun, but the last week of the trip was anything but. Joey Carney returned home late Saturday after a harrowing experience aboard the cruise ship that set sail from Galveston Friday, Feb.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
The Woman’s Culture Club of Llano will be having their Spring Fund Raiser Home Cooked Meal on Sunday, February 24 at St. James Lutheran Church 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. In addition to the Home Cooked Meal Buffet, they will be holding a raffle drawing for a red Kitchen Aid Mixer at 1pm that same day.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
To All Parents Of Teens And Convenience Store Owners And Managers: A new threat to our children is now being sold in some convenience stores !!! Although declared as illegal in Llano County, these items are available over the counter by driving a short distance. Needless to say, teens succumb to peer pressure and dares.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 27, 2013
Lily Jochums, 5, was visiting her grandmother recently and asked for a “rainbow cake”. “We can make one”, she insisted. Her grandmother, Rhykka Connelly, agreed. Lily helped as Connelly made the cake batter and then Lily took over carefully adding and stirring in drops of color to make each rainbow layer.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Updated February 27, 2013 4:47 PM • Photos
On Friday, February 15, the Llano Masonic Lodge #242 presented a donation of $2,000 to the Meals on Wheels program serving Llano County’s homebound residents. At the lodge’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 12, the Masons were made aware that the Meals on Wheels program was short of funds and was required to cut back on services normally provided.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Updated February 27, 2013 4:46 PM • Photos
The Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association recently named Llano High School graduate, Cory Halliburton, as the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Tarrant County. Criteria for this Award include exemplified professional proficiency, service to the profession, and service to the community, and recipients must be no older than 36 years as of June 1, 2012, or licensed to practice law for 5 years or less. Cory graduated from LHS in 1995, and thereafter attended Texas Tech University.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Updated February 27, 2013 4:45 PM
The general election is slated for May 11, 2013, and the time to file is winding down. Those wishing to seek a seat on the City Council must file their intent by March 1 with Toni Milam, the City Secretary. Terms are up in May for Alderwoman Sherri Simpson and Alderman Dustin McLeod. The term for Mayor Mike Reagor also ends in May. Currently, there have been four Llano citizens file their intent to run for Alderman; Gail Lang, John Ferguson, Bobbie Lou Gray, and Sherri Simpson. Packets to r ...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Updated February 27, 2013 4:45 PM
The Highland Lakes/LBJ Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Chamber Banquet last Friday, February 15 at the Kingsland Community Center. A lovely dinner of pot roast was served. Chamber Directors dressed in full gowns in honor of plantation life, and the theme, “A Night of Tara”. Ron Moore was the emcee for the evening, and announced the award winners for the year. Those receiving the awards for the 2013 Chamber Banquet included Charlotte Dilworth, Volunteer of the Year, Glenn Miller, ...
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Faith
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
A new church is coming to Llano. Grace Gathering will hold their first Sunday Service on March 3 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am with a Q & A time with Pastor Jim Rose from 10:45 am – 11:30 am. We will be meeting at The Ray House, 2340 County Road 152, Llano, next to the Community Center.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
Throughout the years, I have come up with a few schemes. None of which has ever done me anything good, and yet I still spend the energy to try to come up with one that will. It all began quite innocently enough as a Christmas present. When it comes to shopping for Christmas presents I just flop triumphantly.
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Gardening
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
Watering in Winter One of the most important duties is watering. Our landscape needs water in the Winter just not nearly as much as in the Summer. Slow deep watering at the drip line and beyond is best. Remember the roots grow out from our trees not just down. If the ground cracks from lack of rain or moisture the roots of younger trees can and will break setting the tree up to die when the Summer heat manifests itself.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 27, 2013
A free landscape design workshop will showcase the work and innovative approaches of artist Patricia Michael at the Llano Master Gardener Association meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Llano County Library. Michael’s understanding of ecological design can help you save money, protect the environment, and enhance the enjoyment of your surroundings.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 27, 2013
Do you ever hear something and file it under the HUMH list? This gardner has a vocabulary list of HUMH?!, now what do you suppose this really means. So off to the good ol’ dictionary to look up one word that’s on that list - Sustainability: the ability to sustain, support, upheld.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 27, 2013
Cleva Dell (Halliburton) Greenwood of Llano, Texas passed away Friday, February 15, 2013 at the age of 79. She was born to Zelma (Russell) and V.V. Halliburton December 23, 1933 in Llano, Texas. She was a lifetime resident of Llano and was a member of Pittsburg Avenue Baptist Church. Cleva was a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a Hospice Volunteer and was a founding member of the Llano Food Pantry.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 27, 2013 • Photos
Della Elizabeth Douglas, 92, passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Kingsland Hills Care Center in Kingsland, Texas. She was born on October 17, 1920 in Aubry, Texas to Verna and Artie Williams Burns. Della grew up in Texas and she graduated from Aubry High School in Tarrant County Texas. After high school she began her career of raising children and caring for her family. Della married John S. Bearden in 1937 in Palo Pinto County Texas.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 27, 2013 • Photos
LouAnn Belcher, 72, of Kingsland, passed away February 16, 2013. She was a daughter of Joe and Leota (Hale) Rhodes and was born on June 22, 1940 in Snyder, Texas. She was married to Jack Belcher in 1967. She attended the Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Jack Belcher of Kingsland, Texas; sons, Donnie Max Belcher, Anthony S.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 27, 2013 • Photos
Ashley Dawn Hunt, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013. She lived each day of her 34 years to the fullest. She was a bright, vivacious spirit full of laughter and lots of love. Ashley was a devoted mother to her only son, A.J., and will be deeply missed by many.
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Regional
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
Grand Bank of Texas will soon begin construction on their new building, which will be located at 9650 W. Ranch Road 2147, just east of Jamail’s Family Market, Vice Chairman Steven Smith announced recently. Grand Bank of Texas came to Horseshoe Bay in early 2012, when the bank, headquartered in the Dallas area, expanded into the Highland Lakes area.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
ART WALK in Mason has been going on monthly for over a year now. A lot of folks in Mason have put in a tremendous amount of time and energy to get the monthly event started down the path to success. Artists and entrepreneurs Bridget Langdale, Kyle Martin and Carol Conlee headed up efforts to organize, communicate and publicize the artistic activities in our vibrant community of artists and artisans.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
The First Annual Darrell McCall and Friends Golf Tournament will be held at the Brady Municipal Golf Course on Friday, March 22. The tournament begins at 9:00 AM at 200 Brady Country Club Road. The event benefits the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum.  The golf tournament will consist of a three man team, plus one Traditional Country Music celebrity per team.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
The San Saba Relay for Life Team, Performance Talent, will be staging for the second year a search for the Stars Competition and Talent America Preliminary to benefit the American Cancer Society. The event will be held at the San Saba Civic Center on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The contest will begin at 6pm and concessions will be available.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
On Saturday, March 9, the 700 Springs Ranch located southwest of Junction, Texas will welcome visitors who want to see the beautiful springs that feed the South Llano River with crystal clear water. The City of Llano relies on these and other springs as the most important source of its municipal water supply. The tour will begin promptly at 10:00 am at the Kimble County Courthouse in Junction, Texas with a 20-minute motorcade to the ranch.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
Spring Break is a great time to keep kids active, and Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center’s week-long Spring Break Day Camp aims to do just that. Coinciding with the school Spring Break schedule, the camp will be from March 11 through March 15. Children age five to 12 can sign up for all five days of the camp or they can register for single days.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
The HCM Board of Trustees has appointed HCM’s Chief Nursing Officer, Jayne E. Pope, MBA, RN, FACHE, as the new HCM Chief Executive Officer. Pope will officially replace Michael R. Williams, MD, on February 22, 2013 completing his resignation process. Williams took the role as President of The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, after serving five years as HCM CEO.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
“Masquerade: Children’s Faces-No Longer Hidden” was the theme for the 2013 CASA Highland Lakes Gala, held at the Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls. Revenue from the event exceeded budget needs, and will go to maintaining the group’s ability to provide an advocate to every child in need in the five counties it serves.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Updated February 27, 2013 4:45 PM
A one car rollover involving a Dodge pickup truck resulted in a fatality early Monday morning in Llano County, according to Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Frank Randolph. Bobbie Aull, of Burnet, was reportedly traveling north on Hwy 16 near Baby Head in Llano County at approximately 6:50am on February 18, when it appears that she drifted off the road to the right, overcorrected, and went spinning and skidding across the road, rolling over, sliding under a barb wire fence, and landing in a field. ...
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School
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
The Llano Uplift Chapter of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) recently conducted an Essay Contest. For students in 5-8th grade the topic for this year’s (2012-2013) contest was: “Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence”. While this event is conducted annually throughout the country, this was the first year there was any participation from schools in Llano.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
Thirty-two members of the Llano Junior High Band competed in the UIL Region 7 Solo and Ensemble Contest on February 9. The was held at Howard Payne University in Brownwood. The students earned a total of 34 First Division medals. The students performed either in a solo or in a small ensemble before a judge and were then given a rating of I-V with I being the best.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
AUSTIN- Senator Dan Patrick, in coordination with the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC), announce significant changes to the CSCOPE curriculum management system. The TESCCC has worked with Senator Patrick, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, and the State Board of Education (SBOE), to address concerns raised at a recent committee hearing on the CSCOPE system.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
This spring, Llano High School Student Council Members will be going back to elementary school. For two days each week selected student council members will be traveling to the elementary to work with students on homework, the importance of doing your best and building confidence through positive peer-mentor relationships. High School students will be selected based on grades, ability to serve and teacher recommendations.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
Packsaddle Elementary has many new and exciting programs to share. One of our goals has been to bridge the community and school together and build an even stronger relationship between the two. Together we are accomplishing that day by day. I am pleased each day I walk through the school doors and feel the respect and appreciation between students and teachers as well as the ties we are building with our community volunteers and local businesses.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 27, 2013
Below is a letter penned to all Superintendents from the Educational Service Center Director Terry Smith. You may have heard or read about the STAAR scores across the local area and state being lower than expected. This letter puts things into perspective for all of us. Llano ISD has dedicated and caring staff members that are concerned as well, and this is what makes them a fantastic group of educators.
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Sports
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
The Llano Youth Soccer Association has announced spring sign-ups beginning February 16 in Llano at the Llano Youth Soccer Complex. Sign-ups are open to all youth in Llano County and surrounding areas. Registration fee is $40, and participants must be between the ages of 4 and 18-years-old. Dates and locations of sign-ups are as follows: February 23, 9am-noon; and Strip Mall Parking Lot, February 26, 5pm-6:30pm.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 22, 2013
It really wasn’t very cold. If you had friends visiting from Sioux City or Duluth for the night after Valentine’s Day, they would have observed, “it was balmy”—maybe too humid for bobsledding. The rest of us had other ideas—like, where’s August 3 when we need it? The baseball Jackets welcomed Canyon Lake for a scrimmage.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 22, 2013
The Lady softball Jackets, February 18, took out their weekend frustration on San Saba High and punished the Armadillos, 11-0. “They had had enough of getting the heck beaten out of them,” said head coach Brian Cottle. He was talking about a long visit to Austin; we’ll get to that journey soon enough. Llano ruined a very fine pitcher’s duel and a scoreless tie with four runs in the fourth inning.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 22, 2013
It is not easy for someone from a fourth-place team to capture one of the highest honors among the All-District selections, but Llano’s Cierra Jordan has been named co-Defensive MVP in 8-AAA. Jessica Wunderlich, a fellow senior, landed on the first team in voting done by the coaches—but they could not vote for one of their own. Jackets’ sophomore Claire Williams grabbed a berth on the second-team. “This was my best year defensively,” said Jordan, “but I did not expect to get the ...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 22, 2013
I think black as one color of a uniform is fine. How could I say otherwise after 15 years of following Llano High? My closet is full of Black and Orange. You should see it. Well, only if you keep your eyes closed through the rest of the house—your journey would be like the climax of Restaurant: Impossible. About 10 or 11 years ago, I was searching for the Burnet team at the State Track Meet in some relay event.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
Many early Llano County marriages took place for reasons other than romantic love. Naturally, there was genuine fondness between couples, which over the years developed into true love, but at the beginning of many marriages, other factors were involved. If a woman had not found a husband by the time she reached her twenties, society soon thought of her as a “spinster.” Spouse availability wasn’t the greatest anyway, and the older a girl got, the less eligible she became.