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Llano bank employee gets 3 years for embezzling $900,000

Llano bank employee gets 3 years for embezzling $900,000

FROM STAFF REPORTS A U.S. district judge sentenced a 45-year-old Llano woman to three years in federal prison for stealing more than $900,000 from a Llano bank over the seven years she worked for the institution. (more…)

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New Llano Community Development director ready to be city’s ‘biggest cheerleader’

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS I was lucky enough to interview Tony Guidroz in his office at Llano City Hall on April 2. It’s one of the few times anyone will find him there. (more…)

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Llano Mayor Gail Long read a proclamation to make April 1, 2019, Abby Machuga Day in honor of the 14-year-old girl’s ‘courageous and unselfish efforts’ on March 12 to save her siblings from a house fire. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano starts parks plan process; teen recognized as lifesaver

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS April 1 marked Day 1 of a nearly eight-month process to study parks facilities and features within the city of Llano. (more…)

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The remains of Abby and Anna Machuga’s bedroom (left) and a hallway (right) after a fire raged through their home March 12. Courtesy photo

Llano girl springs into action, saving siblings and pets from fire

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The morning of March 12 started just like any other for Llano High School freshman Abby Machuga. She awoke in her Llano home before her three younger siblings and was eating cereal. Her parents, Lisa and Frank Machuga, had left for work. (more…)

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The Llano City Council voted Feb. 4 to direct City Manager Scott Edmonson to negotiate for repairs to be made on the Splash Pad at Badu Park. The structure was destroyed during the October flood. City Council members and Edmonson expressed optimism in having the Splash Pad opened near the end of the school year. Photo courtesy of Llano Parks Project

Llano finds fix to keep water on during system work

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano has found a work-around to keep the city’s residents, businesses, schools, and hospital from losing water pressure during work on the water system. (more…)

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Priest at Mass

Dead priest with local ties on sexual abuse allegations list

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON A list of 22 Catholic priests “credibly accused of committing sexual abuse against a minor” released by the Diocese of Austin on Jan. 31 included one with ties to the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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The Badu Park splash pad in Llano was destroyed during the October flood. Insurance will help cover the cost to replace the attraction, but what the Llano Parks Project really wants is a comprehensive parks master plan to ensure that any additions to the city’s parks system is done with the best long-term planning in mind. File photo

Llano Parks Project pursues parks master plan for the city

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS After the October flood destroyed the new Badu Park splash pad, you might expect a new one to be at the top of a wish list for the Llano Parks Project. (more…)

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Proposed changes to the Llano City Cemetery ordinance were voted down during the regular City Council meeting Jan. 7. The changes would have limited the types of displays and headstones in a new section of the cemetery. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Controversial Llano cemetery ordinance changes voted down

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The Llano City Cemetery ordinance will remain as-is after a unanimous vote during the Jan. 7 regular Llano City Council meeting. (more…)

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UPDATE: Armed man shot and killed by DPS trooper identified

UPDATE: Armed man shot and killed by DPS trooper identified

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Texas Rangers are investigating a state trooper-involved shooting on Dec. 30 that left one person dead. (more…)

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Llano Mayor Gail Lang administered the oath of office Dec. 17 during the Llano City Council’s regular meeting to new City Secretary Erica Berry. Staff photo Jared Fields

Llano eyes outside firm for zoning ordinance update; new city secretary sworn in

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS More than three years of work has gone into updating the city of Llano’s zoning ordinance, and the City Council might let a firm tackle the issue sometime in 2019. (more…)

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Due to the small number of workers and increased task of sorting trash from the recyclables, Llano Recycling Oppportunities management decided to end the trailer service. The facility, located at 1209 N. Bessemer Ave. in Llano, will continue to accept recyclable items on site. Courtesy photo

Llano recycling center stops mobile service due to small staff

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Llano Recycling Opportunities is shutting down its trailer service as of Friday, Dec. 14, because the volume of items the center gets exceeds its small staff’s abilities at this point. (more…)

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Llano resident Marc Sewell unrolls a list of 117 differences he found between the retail and commercial zones of the city’s zoning ordinance, last updated in 1998. Sewell opposed the removal of a retail zone from the city ordinance on the Dec. 3 agenda. The City Council tabled two agenda items related to proposed zoning ordinance amendments. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano postpones decision on zoning ordinance amendments

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano City Council voted to table two agenda items related to amending the city’s zoning ordinance during its regular meeting Dec. 3. (more…)

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The Matt & Doraliza Raglin Splash Pad at Badu Park in Llano was destroyed after the Oct. 16 flood. The Llano Parks Project not only intends to help rebuild the many parks damaged in the flood, it also wants to develop a master parks plan with the city. Photo courtesy of Llano Parks Project

Llano plans Flood Aid concert; group pushes to rebuild parks after Badu facilities destroyed

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Flood recovery efforts were at the forefront of a discussion Nov. 5 during the Llano City Council’s regular meeting. (more…)

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Flooding on the Llano River in Llano. Courtesy photo by Lakay Oestreich

Body found in vehicle in Llano identified as 58-year-old woman

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS A body found late Oct. 16 at West Sandstone and Flag streets in Llano has been identified as 58-year-old Rebecca Elaine Biddy of Llano, Llano Police Chief Mike Scoggins confirmed. (more…)

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UPDATE: Llano water system back to 100 percent

UPDATE: Llano water system back to 100 percent

UPDATE OCT. 18: The city of Llano is reporting that its water system is back to 100 percent. The city is not nor has it been under a boil water notice. PREVIOUS INFORMATION: From the city of Llano: The city of Llano is still under water conservation protocol. Bottled water is available at Llano Junior […]

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Flooding on the Llano River in Llano. Courtesy photo by Lakay Oestreich

Llano Chamber of Commerce accepting monetary donations for flood victims

The Llano Chamber of Commerce, in coordination with the Llano County Office of Emergency Management, is accepting monetary donations for Llano County flood victims. These funds will go toward recovery efforts for those in Llano County affected by the flooding. Donations may be mailed or brought to the Llano Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce, […]

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Llano man files suit against two officers and city; claims excessive force in 2016 arrest

Llano man files suit against two officers and city; claims excessive force in 2016 arrest

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON AUSTIN — A Llano man filed a federal lawsuit Sept. 7 against two former Llano police officers alleging they violated his civil rights and used excessive force during a November 2016 arrest. (more…)

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The Llano Parks Project installed two new upright features, including this frog sprinkler, and a UV filter system at the Matt and Doraliza Raglin Splash Pad in Badu Park in Llano. The parks group raised about $45,000 through its annual Antler Drop Gala in February to purchase the new equipment. The Llano Parks Project started about five years ago to help improve Llano parks working alongside the city and county governments. The splash pad is open until about mid-October. Courtesy photo

Parent-created Llano Parks Project completes Phase 2 of splash pad at Badu Park

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LLANO — Five years ago, a group of Llano parents questioned why they had to travel outside the area to cities such as Fredericksburg to find a playscape or a water park for their kids. There were no such facilities in Llano County at the time. (more…)

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Sen. Ted Cruz in Llano

Cruz hits Republican talking points, throws in basketball and Mars during Llano stop

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke on the theme of winning during his campaign stop early Aug. 31 at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que. Winning with legislation he’s passed and working to win the upcoming general election. But first, he spoke of winning something unusual for most senators: basketball. (more…)

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Sen. Ted Cruz stops for barbecue and campaigning in Llano

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will make a campaign stop in Llano early Aug. 31 for politics and barbecue. (more…)

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Llano tax rate and budget move closer to adoption; new alderwoman sworn in

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — At its Aug. 20 regular meeting, Llano City Council moved closer to establishing a tax rate and budget for the upcoming fiscal year. (more…)

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Llano feeling relief from rain as city moves down to Stage 2 water restrictions

Llano feeling relief from rain as city moves down to Stage 2 water restrictions

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Rains to the west of Llano have sustained streamflow on the Llano River, allowing Llano officials to move down to Stage 2 water restrictions. (more…)

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This photo from Aug. 8 showed how Town Lake in Llano had no overflow, forcing the city to enact Stage 5 water restrictions. After weekend rains, city officials lowered mandatory water restrictions to Stage 3. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

After weekend rains, Llano lowers water restrictions to Stage 3 — for now

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — Although Llano received less than an inch of rain in the past week, city officials on Aug. 14 lowered mandatory water restrictions from Stage 5 to Stage 3. Heavy rains farther west — about 4 inches in parts of Mason County — flowed down the Llano River and into Llano’s […]

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The city of Llano on Aug. 4 announced Stage 5 water restrictions, the final step in its Drought Contingency Plan. File photo

UPDATE: Llano modifies Stage 5 restrictions to allow sprinkler system use one day per week

  UPDATE: As of Aug. 7, the city of Llano modified its Stage 5 restrictions to allow residents to irrigate with sprinkler systems or hose-end sprinklers once per week on designated watering day from 7-10 p.m. Filling or refilling of any pools and/or hot tubs is allowed in lieu of landscape irrigation. Also, water rate […]

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UPDATE: City of Llano moves to Stage 4 water restrictions

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — As inflows from the Llano River continue to decrease and water temperatures remain warm, city of Llano officials have initiated Stage 4 water restrictions as of July 31. (more…)

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Llano residents still using too much water under Stage 3 restrictions; city issues reminder

Llano residents still using too much water under Stage 3 restrictions; city issues reminder

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — City officials are asking Llano residents to double down on their water conservation efforts after entering Stage 3 restrictions in early July. Under Stage 3, daily water usage should be down to 800,000 gallons, but, according to a city of Llano media release, daily usage is at about 1 million […]

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