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Llano City Council has open spot after resignation of alderwoman

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Llano City Council has a vacancy after the resignation of one of its members, and the city is taking applications for the position. (more…)

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Llano musician David Holden, known on stage as ‘Divad Nedloh,’ died July 13 in an overnight vehicle accident just outside of Fredericksburg. Facebook photo

Llano musician dies on Texas 16 driving back from Kerrville gig

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY FREDERICKSBURG — A Hill Country musician died July 13 in a car accident as he drove home to Llano after a music performance, officials said. (more…)

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Preparations are underway to move the city of Llano into Stage 3 water restrictions due to dwindling in-flows on the Llano River. Courtesy photo

UPDATE: Llano enacts Stage 3 water restrictions July 10

UPDATE: As of July 10, the city of Llano has moved to Stage 3 water restrictions, triggering a series of requirements for residents as detailed in the municipality’s updated Drought Contingency Plan.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — From limits on duration of landscape irrigation to prohibition of “non-essential” water usage, Llano residents could […]

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Diminishing flows into the Llano River due to lack of rain have prompted concerns about the city’s water source for domestic use. On June 29, the dam on Town Lake in the heart of Llano appeared to be reaching a critical flow level. Courtesy Photo

Dwindling river flows prompt Llano restriction warning, alternative water source plans

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — As water flows decrease in the Llano River, city officials and a private company have launched plans in anticipation of more stringent domestic use restrictions and the need for alternative water sources for a nearby sand plant operation. The city of Llano, which is currently at stage 2 water […]

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Llano woman dies in one-car rollover on Texas 71; DPS investigating cause

Llano woman dies in one-car rollover on Texas 71; DPS investigating cause

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the cause of a deadly crash on a remote stretch of Texas 71 in Llano County. (more…)

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Messy Llano High School senior ‘prank’ results in broken equipment, students disciplined

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Several Llano High School seniors face disciplinary action after they were involved in an after-hours “prank” at the campus that included damaging equipment and moving around furniture, according to a statement by Llano Independent School District administrators. (more…)

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Investigation underway after human remains found on Llano County ranch

Investigation underway after human remains found on Llano County ranch

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO COUNTY — Authorities are trying to uncover clues about human skeletal remains discovered on a sprawling ranch in the western part of the county, according to the Llano County Sheriff’s Office. (more…)

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Llano man among 18 arrested on federal drug charges; 32-year-old could face life

Llano man among 18 arrested on federal drug charges; 32-year-old could face life

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — Federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities swept through Central Texas on March 28, arresting 18 people, including a Llano man, on federal drug charges. (more…)

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The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed a new bridge over the Llano River in northwestern Llano County to retire the aging Schneider Slab Crossing bridge. Pictured is a popular area of the Llano River just off CR 152. Staff photo

TxDOT project to preserve history, build new Llano River bridge

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY CASTELL — Llano County residents will consider safety vs. the historical value of the Schneider Slab Crossing on the Llano River while mulling a proposal to build a new bridge nearby, officials said. (more…)

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Llano Police Chief Kevin Ratliff (left), currently on leave with the agency, will face an additional charge after a February indictment by a Llano County grand jury. LPD Officer Grant Harden, also on leave, will face another indictment by a grand jury in connection with a third incident. Courtesy photos

More indictments for Llano police chief, officer related to arrests

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — A Llano County grand jury handed down more indictments in February against the Llano police chief and a police officer stemming from a May 2017 arrest. The officer also faces new indictments from a June 2017 arrest to add to his list of legal woes. (more…)

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Llano Police Chief Kevin Ratliff and officers Jared Latta and Aimee Shannon were placed on paid leave Jan. 12 in the midst of an investigation by the district attorney. File photo

Attorney: Video shows Llano police chief ‘did nothing wrong’ in arrest

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY  LLANO — An arrest video has surfaced that could shed new light on accusations against the Llano police chief and several Llano Police Department officers recently indicted and accused of “wrongful arrest” in a 2017 confrontation with a Llano resident. (more…)

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Llano police officers indicted on official oppression, tampering charges

Llano police officers indicted on official oppression, tampering charges

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — A Llano police chief and three of his officers, all on leave, turned themselves in at the Llano County Jail on Jan. 30 following indictments on charges of official oppression in connection with the alleged “unlawful arrest” of a resident, according to Llano County grand jury documents. (more…)

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Two Kingsland men face charges in connection with missing teen case

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — Two men face child custody-related charges in connection with the case of a 15-year-old teen girl who was missing for 10 days after she walked off the Llano High School campus in early January. The girl was found Jan. 19 in a Kingsland residence. (more…)

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Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a Llano County teenager, a reported runaway, who might have dyed her hair to avoid being found. Courtesy photo

UPDATE: Missing 15-year-old Llano girl found in Kingsland

UPDATE: The Llano County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the missing teen was found Jan. 19 at a residence in Kingsland. The investigation is ongoing, and more information on the circumstances surrounding the incident are pending, officials said.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO  — Llano County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe a 15-year-old girl, considered a […]

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Llano Police Chief Kevin Ratliff and officers Jared Latta and Aimee Shannon were placed on paid leave Jan. 12 in the midst of an investigation by the district attorney. File photo

Llano police chief, two officers placed on leave; DA investigating

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — The Llano police chief and two officers joined a list of suspensions within the past three months of department staff placed on leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation by the 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, officials said. (more…)

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Company pens deal with Llano County for solar power research

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO COUNTY — An agreement between the Llano County Commissioners Court and an international solar development company could result in considerable dividends for the Llano Independent School District, officials said. (more…)

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Llano officer indicted on charges of tampering and official oppression

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — A grand jury indicted a beleaguered Llano police officer Dec. 5 on charges of tampering with evidence and official oppression, accusations stemming from a drunk driving traffic stop, officials say. (more…)

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Llano officer's Facebook posting of song lyrics leads to courthouse evacuation

Llano officer’s Facebook posting of song lyrics leads to courthouse evacuation

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Investigators are sorting through how a Llano police officer’s Facebook posting of a popular song’s lyrics led to a voluntary evacuation of at least one department at the Llano County Courthouse on the eve of Thanksgiving. (more…)

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Llano High School was one of three Llano Independent School District campuses locked down after a possible 'armed threat' report came into to law enforcement. It turned out to be a false alarm. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Man securing firearms in vehicle triggers Llano school lockdown

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — A man securing firearms in a vehicle Nov. 27 launched temporary lockdown protocols at three Llano Independent School District campuses, officials said. The so-called “soft lockdown” or “lockout” was implemented around 9:15 a.m. and lifted about 15 minutes later, according to LISD Superintendent Mac Edwards. (more…)

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Sheriff cites ‘general conduct’ in facility ban of Llano police officer

Sheriff cites ‘general conduct’ in facility ban of Llano police officer

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — The Llano County sheriff had issued a jail facility ban — due to “general conduct” — against a Llano Police Department officer prior to the officer being put on paid leave Nov. 24 by the Llano police chief, officials say. (more…)

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Burnet police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a man (pictured here) they believe is responsible for a string of vehicle burglaries and used a stolen credit card to make a purchase at a Kingsland store. Courtesy photo

Burnet police ID and issue warrant for tattooed suspect in theft cases

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET —Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a vehicle burglary suspect caught on surveillance using a reported stolen credit card at a Kingsland store, according to the Burnet Police Department. (more…)

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Marble Falls Elementary School students high-five local veterans following the campus’ Veterans Day program Nov. 10.

Veterans Day programs held Friday in Llano, Marble Falls

Programs honored those who have served in the United States military at Veterans Day events in Llano and Marble Falls. More Veterans Day events are planned throughout the weekend.

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Melissa 'Lisa' Sloan

Ex-Llano police sergeant faces misuse of information charge

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — A former Llano police officer faces a charge of misusing confidential information after her employment with the agency was terminated, officials confirmed. Melissa “Lisa” Sloan was a patrol sergeant with the Llano Police Department, where she worked for more than eight years. (more…)

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As part of a community health partnership, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Marble Falls is offering health informational events to not only unveil available services but also enhance community wellness initiatives. File photo

Scott & White coaxing aging populations, new families to screenings

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — From recovering after shoulder surgery to skin cancer screenings, Baylor Scott & White officials are inviting the public to several community outings for preventative care advice and free medical screenings and to get to know local health care workers. (more…)

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Pilot who landed pot-filled plane in Llano gets 37 months for drug trafficking

Pilot who landed pot-filled plane in Llano gets 37 months for drug trafficking

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — A federal judge on Sept. 22 sentenced a 65-year-old pilot who landed at the Llano Municipal Airport with 206 pounds of hydroponic marijuana to 37 months in federal prison for drug trafficking. (more…)

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Stay calm, officials say, as gas shortage reports fuel long lines at the pumps

Stay calm, officials say, as gas shortage reports fuel long lines at the pumps

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Reports in Burnet and Llano counties of some stations temporarily closing and others running out of certain grades of fuel prompted a “run on gas” by motorists concerned about the limited availability of the resource in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. People have reported long lines at several […]

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