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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 17, 2014
Dear Editor, I would like to publicly express my appreciation to the individuals and Llano Main Street volunteers who generously gave of their time, talent and donations working four days last week on the Lantex Theater lobby restoration. The paint was barely dry on some walls, and we were folding up drop cloths and pulling off masking tape as ticket buyers were lining up the Llano Country Opry Saturday evening, but we finished in time.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 17, 2014
Sarah Oatman Franklin…..where does one begin. Sarah’s mission in life was never to save the world, but she was adamantly determined to save and preserve Llano’s heritage, history and historic integrity, and she sought out any and every avenue in which to do so. Sarah co-authored two books, served on the Llano City Council, many Boards and committees and was currently serving as Board of Director of the Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail and was part of the effort to get it restored and t ...
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Posted June 30, 2014
Dear Editor, I am one of those old dogs who had been very negative about all the social media apps! In the storms of last week, our border collie, forever fearful of Mother Nature’s wrath, ran away. This has happened many times in the last 13 years - no amount of fencing, drugs, ‘Thunder Shirts’, crating or the like has ever changed her fear.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 30, 2014
Dear Editor, I am writing with gratitude for your help in publicizing our free community event, the Summer Wellness Workshop, held on June 21, 2014 at the Llano Library. We had a wonderful group of participants who enjoyed the healthy snacks, free information on a variety of wellness-related topics, and the presentations by our speakers on stress management, history and health benefits of the apple and related products, and connection with nature for wellness. The success of the workshop depe ...
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
Dear Editor, Someone dropped a red haired puppy into my fenced backyard almost 20 years ago. Cactus became my loyal and protective friend. But she had her quirks – such as refusing to ride in a car or truck. So over the years, Dr. Leland Kassell made house calls to care for Cactus, despite Cactus’ tendency to occasionally bare her teeth in warning or her frequent attempts to nip at those caring hands.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
Dear Editor, After further conversation it has become clearer to me that at the heart of this discussion regarding Llano’s water are not the issues of landscaping and near-term business activity, though those issues are influential factors. Rather at the heart of it are conflicting visions of Llano’s future. According to one vision, Llano will forever remain much as it is today: a small, relatively quaint town in which to live and raise one’s family.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 6, 2014
Dear Editor, Four years ago, my wife was in a horrific horse accident. We were new arrivals to this quiet little town and knew just a few folks but the outpouring of concern and assistance during our ordeal was amazing. The thoughts and prayers that flowed our way were very much felt and very much needed because the doctors, who did the best they knowingly could, twice told our family that because of the extent of her injuries Debbie was going to die.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 6, 2014
Dear Editor, This is in regard to the soon to be voted on additional dollar added to the Beef Checkoff. The hierarchy of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Assn., Texas Farm Bureau and Independent Cattlemen’s Assn. are pushing for this additional dollar. They maintain it’s needed to fight against all those outside influences against cattle production, but in actuality the Association takes the first dollar funds and keeps afloat is representing the MultiNational Meatpackers while th ...
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 6, 2014
Before I begin, I would like to extend my deepest apologies to those of you who did not like the cover that I designed for the Graduation Guide this year. Apparently, the ‘artistic’ view I created was not as well received as I would have hoped. Every once in a while, despite my best efforts, I fall short. I normally don’t ever try to defend myself when something goes awry, at least not in print, letting my mistakes stand and taking the criticism without protesting.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 30, 2014
Citizens of Llano: The Llano City Council begins anew. Again, Llano has spoken, and new ideas, aims, and hopes lie ahead. With new Council members, we will get a new insight into ways of thinking and looking at aspects of our wonderful City, and I as Mayor, look forward to us all working together to make Llano all it can be. But before moving ahead, I have to reflect back on a man that has given himself to Llano the past six years on the City Council, and has given me invaluable help as he se ...
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • Posted May 30, 2014
This is in regard to the soon to be voted on additional dollar added to the Beef Checkoff. The hierarchy of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Assn., Texas Farm Bureau and Independent Cattlemen’s Assn. are pushing for this additional dollar. They maintain it’s needed to fight against all those outside influences against cattle production, but in actuality the Association the first dollar funds and keeps afloat is representing the MultiNational Meatpackers while they have pushed 40 pe ...
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • Posted May 30, 2014
Stanton, Texas, home of 3000 people and a few old soreheads, as well as a two-day trade days that is held three times a year; in April, June and October. The town of Stanton becomes the home of 10,000-15,000 over those weekends, lots of vendors, food and variety. They also do something right- they treat the visitors to town with respect and a great big Texas welcome, from the able-bodied to the elderly to the handicapped.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Posted May 23, 2014
Dear Editor, About this time last year I submitted six questions for your consideration. If I may, I would like to resubmit those questions this year. 1. I think its safe to say that if the solution to the city’s water problems were to cost just $10,000 then the city’s citizens would unanimously vote in approval of that solution.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Posted May 23, 2014
Dear Editor, As president of the Llano Alliance for Drug Intervention I would just like to say my group worked their best to bring a wealth of information to benefit our citizens in a Drug Awareness Rally March l. I could not ask for better troops. In addition we had 4 weeks of full-page personal drug related stories in this paper.   What I want to know is, did anybody out there benefit from those articles about drugs, written by our own citizens?
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Posted May 14, 2014
Just in case you aren’t aware, TxDOT is doing a major project on Hwy 71 south of Llano. For the past several months, they have been working on adding passing lanes, which is awesome, because before, there were only a few places to go around someone. I drive this particular stretch of road every single day.