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Vol. 10 No. 37


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Llano, Texas


Lake Country Life: A topaz hunter’s dream


State funds to renovate the Llano Red Top Jail may disappear July 1 if foundation work isn’t completed on time, the city council heard Monday night. “Masons started working today and there is a problem with asbestos,” Community Development Director Doris Messer said. “We need to get the underpinnings done or there will be no

more grant money after July 1. “Zack Webb with Sparks Engineering is optimistic we will be finished by May, but we could lose money if we don’t get it done on time. Sparks understands the timing and Frank (Rowell) has done a substantial amount of work he needs to get paid for.” The Texas Historical Commission awarded Llano a $25,000 Texas Preservation Trust Fund grant in 2011 to use toward stabilizing the foundation of the jail.

The grant requires a bimonthly review, which is due to show expenditures of $29,672.50, the balance expected by the THC, by the end of April. The grant is a 50 percent reimbursement, meaning $50,000 must be spent on the jail project and proven before Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail can be reimbursed the $25,000 grant monies. In order to fulfill the grant’s requests, the city must spend $29,672.50 for foundation repair

within the next two months to qualify for the $25,000 award. Messer said they are at risk of losing the reimbursement if they don’t meet the deadlines of the THC. There was no action needed on Messer’s report. Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail attended the city council meeting Monday to update the council on grant monies and to discuss salvaging materials no

City, school races draw opponents




Ladies take second in Blanco Page 1B


Wind can change a name Page 2A

Seats are being contested on the Llano school board, Llano City Council and Sunrise Beach City Council races to be decided in May. Llano school board candidates include Cody Fly running for Place 2 and Paul Hull and Trevor Dupuy challenging Place 6 incumbent Lyn Jenkins. Letitia McCasland is challenging school board president Ronnie Rudd, who represents Place 7. Current Llano city council members whose terms end in May include Sherry Simpson and Dustin McLeod, as well as Mayor Mike Reagor. Reagor is seeking reelection and for the upcoming term is being challenged by Mikel Virdell. Councilwoman Kelli Tudyk, who resigned during the Feb. 19 meeting, and whose term expires May of 2014, has drawn three candidates, so far. Allan Hopson, Rich Staley and Cheryl Crabtree have filed to run. The filing deadline is March 7. Other Llano residents Elections ... see Page 8A

Judge Turns Dealer


Usually a judge but Saturday night a black-jack dealer, Gil Jones, seated, was watched over by chamber directors Don Bynam, left, and Bill Biesik at Saturday night’s Lake Buchanan Inks Lake Chamber of Commerce Casino Night fundraiser held at the Hill Country Hall in Buchanan Dam.

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Residents of an RV Park in the shadow of the US 281 bridge demolition are trying to escape choking clouds of concrete dust

Highland Lakes cities, residents and business owners apprehensive about what another possible parched summer might bring now know that most of the water in the lakes Buchanan and Travis reservoirs, whatever the amount, won’t be sent downstream for rice farmers to use in flooding their fields to kill weeds. When the clock hit 11:59 p.m. March 1 with just under 823,000 acre feet of water in the two reservoirs, it assured that water from the lakes will be cut off for most of the farmers for the second year in a row. The fact that there was less than 850,000 acre feet in the two lakes at the March 1 deadline was the trigger point in an emergency drought relief order requested by the Lower Colorado River Authority and approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Feb. 13. Several Burnet and Llano County communities, including Spicewood Water ... see Page 8A


Jail ... see Page 8A

billowing from the project that is making life difficult for them, especially those who are elderly or suffer with respiratory problems. “We’ve got people moving out left and right,” said RV Bridge... see Page 3A

Reader’s Choice results coming

This is not a story about how the dog ate our homework. But we’re going to be a little late delivering the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards magazine with your newspaper. We planned to publish all the award results along with short takes on the lives of many of the winners and advertising information and offers from some of our community’s leading merchants


in February. But we’ve had such an upbeat and enthusiastic response from winning businesses, it’s taken us a little longer than we planned to make sure this year’s issue is as complete as we can make it – the best ever, in fact. Look for all the results in our 14th Anniversary Edition of the Readers’ Choice Magazine the week of March 17. ~The Publisher

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Pfulgerville resident Timothy Weicht, center, is removed from his vehicle by Llano County Sheriffs Deputies Marke Burke, left, and Buck Boswell, right, following a 75 mile chase Tuesday night.

Tire shot out to end chase BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS A high-speed chase Feb. 26th led officers from Bertram PD, Burnet PD and Llano County Sheriffs Department on a 75 mile pursuit on TX 29 ending in Mason after lawmen shot out a tire of a car driven by a Pflugerville man. Timothy Allen Weicht, 49, was arrested on charges of evading arrest, reck-

less driving, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with an invalid license. He was booked in the Burnet County Jail at 10:30 p.m. According to Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn, the chase began in Bertram between 8:30 and 9 p.m. and headed west on TX 29 through Burnet and Llano, ending in Mason. Blackburn said that Llano County

deputies joined the chase between 9 and 9:30 p.m. after the driver had sped through the city of Llano at roughly 80 miles per hour in a white Honda Civic. Speeds during the chase ranged from 50 to 100 miles per hour, and the average speed was around 80 miles per hour, Blackburn said. Blackburn said the chase began when a BerChase ... see Page 8A

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Didn’t know I had that

Wind Can Change a Name

photo by nola hopkins

Kingsland Health and Fitness Center lost the “s” from its sign during last week’s high winds, resulting in this humorous message. Some areas experienced down trees and minor wind damage, officials reported.

HCM offers diabetes seminar The Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center will conduct a Be Well with Diabetes program from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, March 7 at the HCM Wellness Center’s conference room in Fredericksburg. Designed to help those with diabetes manage the disease, the self-management seminar is recognized by the American Diabetic Association and is recommended for anyone with diabetes or for those caring for someone with diabetes. This seminar will provide diabetics the

knowledge and skills necessary to help control blood sugars and to keep their bodies healthy. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop an individualization self-care plan. Spouses and significant others are encouraged to attend for no extra charge. For more information on all diabetes-related care issues contact Patsy Glasscock, RN, CDE at 830-997-1357 or Kim Thornton, RDLD, CDE at 830.997.1355. The cost of the seminar is covered by most

insurance companies and by Medicare. A doctor’s order is required for insurance coverage. Space is limited and registration is required by calling the HCM Wellness Center at 830.997.1355. Seminar instructor Patsy Glasscock is a registered nurse and a certified diabetes educator. This seminar will cover foot care, dental care, sick day care, travel considerations, glucose-monitoring-asa-diabetes management tool and the role of exer cise and activity in daily diabetes management.

Library to host gardener program The Kingsland Library will host the Master Gardener free program, “All You Ever Wanted To Know

About Tomatoes/Spring Gardening” on Wednesday March 13 at noon. This is a Green Thumb

Program by the Highland Lakes Master Gardners. For more information call 325.388.8849.

You could fill a library with all of the things I’ve yet to learn. You could probably fill several libraries if you included subjects like: saying the right thing at the right time, understanding women, or how not to lose one’s hair. Every day is a lesson and the wisest people seem to listen more than they talk. I’m still working on this. So, there I was, sitting in the office of an ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor) to have my hearing checked. I’d developed a ringing in my ears, which is quite common for dentists and those of us who grew up shooting at dove and deer with no ear protection. Next thing I knew, we were discussing my chronic sinus issues, my sleeping habits, and my undiagnosed ADHD. I left his office with more problems than when I walked in. I felt like a dental patient. After a week or so of nose spray and a schedule of antibiotics, I found myself sleeping better. The bags under my eyes had dissipated and the ringing in my ears was reduced. Unfortunately, my attention span is most likely forever locked

Chip Parrish, DDS in the ADHD mode of a six-year-old. SQUIRREL! (This is an Up reference and joke on being easily distracted.) This same scenario occurs quite frequently in our dental office. We routinely spend a good part of each day addressing health problems outside of the mouth. In school, we learned to fix teeth. In practice, we’ve learned to fix people and a lot of dental related problems they never knew they had. The following are a few areas that modern dentistry can help with that might not have occurred to most of us: Headaches/Chronic Pain/TMD (Jaw Joint Pain) – Every week, we see a handful of patients that have been misdiagnosed with some type of pain disorder (fibromyalgia, migraines, etc.) that is actually related to their bite or the way that their jaw works. Many of these

patients are taking strong medications that could be avoided with proper dental treatments. Most don’t even know that a dentist could help them. A few years back, we didn’t know we could help them, either. Sleep Apnea /Airway – We are constantly seeing studies about how airway and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are serious threats to health. For mild to moderate OSA cases, your dentist can make an appliance that many patients find is more comfortable than that CPAP or fighter pilot mask. I know this because I wear one to help me (and my wife) sleep better each night. The Fountain of Youth – Okay, I am exaggerating a bit…your dentist cannot make you young again. The truth is that we can often make you LOOK younger. Whiter teeth, a cosmetic denture, fuller lips, straighter teeth, less wrinkles around your mouth…these are all things that a dentist can improve. The most fun we have is when we make patients feel good about themselves. Until next week, keep smiling. Questions or comments can be sent to Drs. Parrish at www.ParrishDental. com.

Genealogical Society to meet March 12 Members of the Kingsland/Highland Lakes Genealogical Society will find ”Tips and Tricks for Using the Computer for Genealogical Research” at their next meeting. The session will be Tuesday, March 12, at 2 p.m. at the Kingsland

Branch Library, 125 W. Polk. Guest speaker will be researcher John Hemmeken, and visitors are welcome at the program free of charge. The Kingsland group meets the second Tuesday of each month at the

library, where members help maintain a large collection of genealogical materials, and also offer Reference Room assistance each Wednesday. For further information, contact Shirley Shaw, 830.385.7070, or Raye Lokey at 830.613.1577.

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Public poses questions on bridge implosion BY ADAM TROXTELL HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS Representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation and its general contractor met with the Marble Falls Daybreak Rotary Club Tuesday morning in the first of two meetings to allay resident concerns about the use of explosives in the US 281 bridge demolition later this month. The presentation included the safety measures TxDOT and general contractor Archer Western will implement to ensure the demolition goes off without a hitch. Questions from Rotarians and non-Rotarians attending the 7 a.m. meeting at River City Grille were also addressed. “I’m not saying things don’t go wrong,” Eric Hiemke, Archer Western project manager, said. “But, I believe we have put the proper safeguards in place.” Howard Lyons, TxDOT area engineer, led the presentation while input was provided by Eric Hiemke and Mike Wood, Archer Western project manager and project superintendent, respectively, on the bridge project. No one representing Omega Demolition Corporation, the subcontractor that will be conducting the implosion, was present. “They reassured me this isn’t their first rodeo in blowing up a bridge,” Daybreak Rotary Club President Jim Warden said. Both meetings open to the public were held after residents of Gateway Park, which sits adjacent to the bridge on the southeast side, requested the city host one with TxDOT, Archer Western, and Omega present so they could ask questions regarding the safety of their homes and properties. Gateway residents were present at the Rotary meeting. One concern the residents have is over any increase in traffic within Gateway when

RV Bridge From Page 1A Jackie Buchanan, assistant manager of the River View RV Park, who added that even she is struggling to stay in the office. “I may just stay home and take calls from there; but what do I do about my guests?” Buchanan said she knows at least seven people who either leave during the day or are packing up for good because — as one woman said — the dust from Omega Demolition Corporation’s work is so bad she “can no longer breathe.” Buchanan said of the 49 spaces in the park, 44 have trailers in them that have between two to four people in each. Buchanan said she knows of three children in the park between three and nine years old who are struggling to deal with asthma. However, Bobby Butterfield, who has lived in a trailer at the RV park for four years, said he had not suffered from prior respiratory illnesses when he went to Texas Hills Urgent Care Center in Marble Falls on Sunday because breathing had become difficult. “The doctor told me I had an upper respiratory infection and that it is from the dust in the bridge,” he said. “I know they have a job to do, but people are getting sick, and it just shouldn’t happen.” Meanwhile, Marble Falls police cited workers for violating city noise ordinances after residents of the park complained construction extended deep into the night. Kelli Reyna, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) that is overseeing the bridge project, said

the bridge is scheduled to be imploded. Lyons said areas will be appointed for the public to watch the implosion so people won’t wander around looking for the best view and that Gateway residents can work with the city to set up any barriers. “We’ll have Lakeside Pavilion open as a place we’d like people to go and watch the demolition,” Lyons said. “We’re going to do a walkthrough, and we’ll have police officers controlling traffic in the area,” Wood said. “If anyone is in that zone, they will be pulled out.” It is anticipated vehicle traffic will be stopped for between 10 and 30 minutes around the time of detonation, while boat traffic will be stopped four hours prior to and 24 hours after the explosion, during which time enough debris will be removed from the lake to create a channel lake traffic can travel through. The entire bridge truss that will fall into the lake after being imploded will take about six days to extract, according to TxDOT’s schedule. “It will take about 10 minutes to check the demolition was complete, to make sure all the set charges were spent, and to make sure no damage was done to the existing [new bridge],” Lyons said. “We shouldn’t be generating the same kind of vibration as they get by blasting in the Huber mine (in southern Marble Falls).” Hiemke said no damage is expected to occur to the new bridge based on the type of explosives that are being used. “Any debris that might blow into the new bridge structure would not be at sufficient force to do any damage,” he said. Another presentation was given to the Marble Falls City Council Tuesday night at 6 p.m. during their general meeting at City Hall.

the agency and general contractor Archer Western are aware of the complaints from the RV park. She said while the claims that the construction dust is causing health problems are not being discounted, research done to monitor effects of concrete dust on workers shows there may be more contributing to the breathing problems. “We have consulted OSHA, U.S. Health Services, and medical journals, and what we have gathered is that to suffer even acute issues, a person would have to have three months or more of intense exposure,” Reyna said. “While we don’t want to dismiss the claims, we believe there may be more at play. If someone has asthma or respiratory issues and there is a strong wind that blows in a lot of dust that would exacerbate the problem.” However, that seems to be exactly what is happening to the park. Even on days with little or no wind, like Sunday when Butterfield went to Urgent Care. On its website, OSHA reports exposure to cement dust can irritate eyes, nose, throat and the upper respiratory system. Reyna said air quality monitors are on both sides of the bridge and “no health related issues have been reported” from Omega workers. Reyna said the only thing construction crews can do is to water down dust piles, which they have been doing throughout the demolition process. However, Buchanan and other observers say large mounds of concrete and debris seem to only be watered down erratically and with little effect. Dust is not the only problem facing RV park residents, as construction workers were given a citation for violating the city’s noise ordinance. Marble Falls Police Capt.

Glenn Hanson confirmed a citation was issued for the construction noise after RV park residents complained. The Marble Falls city code states construction work can be cited for a noise nuisance if it happens outside of the appointed hours, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. “We’ve received several complaints and asked that they knock off the construction except between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.,” Hanson said. The citation carries a fine of up to $500, if convicted. Reyna said the removal of the concrete deck, which has been causing the issues for RV park residents, is scheduled to be complete this week. Butterfield is one of about a half-dozen people nearest the bridge who have been asked to move their dwellings when the bridge truss is imploded, tentatively scheduled early Sunday, March 17. Earlier, Reyna had said contractor Archer Western would pay for hotel rooms at the Hampton Inn & Suites across the lake in Marble Falls if they were displaced for about 24 hours or more. Now that the time of displacement has been dialed back to a few hours, she said they may be on their own now. Butterfield said he only knew he would have to move around the time of explosion, but was not told how long it

Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance/Branch 84 donates to Llano Senior Center. Standing, in back from left to right are branch director J. Elliott Pancoast, Jill Tate, Gwen Brumm (Meals on Wheels director) and Meals on Wheels volunteer Vera Ellis. Seated at the table are, from left, branch director Shirleyan Patterson and Meals on Wheels volunteer Hattie Sagebiel.

Hochheim Insurance helps Meals on Wheels The Llano Senior Center has been serving Llano since 1968. That’s 45 years of assisting the citizens of Llano. Hard economic times affect each of us and our Meals on Wheels program is no exception, center director Gwen Brumm says. That’s why this year branch members and directors of Hochheim Insurance donated $2,000 to Llano’s Meals on Wheels Program. Hochheim Insurance gives back to their communities. For each policy issued, $5 is returned to the community. Each donation helps this program continue to provide food and human contact for individuals that can sometimes “slip through the cracks.” would be when he, other residents at the RV park, and Manager Mike Warren met with officials in charge of the bridge construction over a month ago. TxDOT officials have said they will communicate details about the explosion and how and when it will impact RV park residents through Warren. Although Butterfield’s trailer is within 300 feet of the bridge, he said Tuesday afternoon he has not received any written information on TxDOT’s plans such as the list of common questions and answers distributed by the agency at a Rotary Club meeting Tuesday morning.

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The Eighth Annual Vernon West Memorial Roping Classic will be at the Llano Events Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 8, 9 and 10, showcasing the talents of calf ropers and barrel racers ages 19 and under. The barrel exhibition begins at 3 p.m. Friday and the weekend’s events honor Jim Bob Altizer, Bud Smith and Vernon West of Del Rio and Mack Yates of Cherokee – all Texas cowboys now deceased. Sherry Ingham of Sonora is Altizer’s daughter who said the four men were the best of friends. “My dad, Jim Bob, was the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Champion calf roper in 1959 and steer roper in 1967 and 1997,” she said. He, Bud, Vernon and Mack were all calf ropers, all loved the sport, loved to watch a good calf roping, loved children, were all ranchers, loved to watch a good match and were really good friends.” West’s grandson Ryan and his father Bud are the men who launched the roping classic in 2008, and on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. girls breakaway roping and boys tie-down roping is scheduled. Also on Saturday a match junior roping competition between Sam Powers of Sonora and Kody Mahaffey of Sweetwater is scheduled and honors Ray Wharton, who was another friend of the men and is still living in Bandera. Wharton was the 1957 PCRA Champion calf roper. For more information, call Bud West at 325.280.7971.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Obituaries Gail Hopson Smith

Feb. 25, 1945 ~ Feb. 26, 2013 Gail Hopson Smith, a lifetime resident of Llano passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 26 after a 15-year battle with carcinoid cancer. Gail was born on Feb. 25, 1945 to Cecil and Dorothy Hopson. She was captain of the school basketball team, head cheerleader, voted Ms. LHS and graduated from Llano High School. She was later inducted in to the LHS Sports Hall of Fame for basketball. Gail met and married Pete Smith on April 16, 1966 and raised three kids. She received an RN degree and worked for the Llano Hospital for many years and was dedicated to raising Smith awareness about carcinoid cancer. She loved traveling, slot machines and attending the PBR National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas every year. Most of all she loved watching her grandchildren’s school and sports activities. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Pete Smith of Llano; sister, Shirley Appell of Llano; brother, Don Ray Hopson of Trinity, Texas; son, Pete Smith and wife Annalisa of Llano; daughters, Teresa Smith and Travis Simons of Liberty Hill, Texas, and Sharla Smith and Casey Mosier of Llano; grandchildren Ty Smith, Laramie Smith, Reilly Martinez, Cecelia Overstreet, Riley Mosier, Landry Lancaster, Brooke and Kristina Simons. She was preceded in death by her mother, father and her beloved “Granny,” who raised her. Visitation was held Thursday, Feb. 28 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Friday, March 1 at Six Mile Cemetery at 3 p.m. with Reverend Jerald Moore officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, 333 Mamaroneck Avenue # 492 White Plains, New York 10605. Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Llano. E-mail condolences may be sent to whhfuneral1@verizon. net or you may log onto for online condolences.

Kimberly Kay Williams

July 23, 1960. ~ Feb. 28, 2013 Kimberly (Kym) Kay Townsend Williams, 52, of Buchanan Dam passed away on Feb. 28 in Buchanan Dam. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 4 at Wylie Baptist Church. Brother John Fanning of View Baptist Church officiated. Burial was at 4 p.m. at the Lakeview Cemetery in Winters, Texas. The family received friends from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. There will also be a celebration of Kym’s life on Wednesday, March 6 at 4 p.m. at the Chapel of the Hills Baptist Church in Buchanan Dam. Pastor Steve Leftwich will Williams officiate. Kym was born in Abilene, Texas to Evelyn and Irvin Townsend on July 23, 1960. She attended school at Wylie before graduating from TSTC Waco in 1980. Kym worked as a correctional officer for the Burnet County Jail for 3 years. Kym was preceded in death by her father Irv Townsend and her grandparents B.R. Thetford and Francis Williams Thetford. Kym is survived by her mother, Evelyn Townsend; brother Dewey Townsend and his wife Traci; sister Kelly and husband John Collums; nieces and nephews Marcos Reyes, Ali Dockter, Taylor and Cole Townsend, Maddie, Jake, and Gus Davis. She is also survived by many beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as many dear friends, including her dear friend Ed, who has been a great help to her. Pallbearers were Vance Long, Mike Bounds, Marcos Reyes, John Collums, Gary Linn, Troy Cooper and Dale Doby. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to the Wylie Baptist Church Fund, 6097 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene, TX 79606; Rescue the Animals, SPCA, 5933 South 1st St., Abilene, TX 79605; or Chapel of the Hills Baptist Church Food Pantry at 19135 TX-29, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609. The guestbook may be signed and condolences submitted online at:

Kathleen ‘Kathy’ Henderson Feb. 21, 1936 ~ Feb. 13, 2013

Kathleen “Kathy” Henderson, 76, of Highland Haven passed away Feb. 13. She was born to Deforest and Ila (Arnet) Ramsey on Feb. 21, 1936 in Westwood, Calif. Kathy married John Shelly in 1951 and they had four

In Loving Memory Robert (Bob) Holland 2-11-36 / 2-6-2012

A memorial luncheon was held in Roberts memory by Patricia Holland (wife) at their home on Saturday February 9, 2013. A good fellowship was had by those attending: Merlene Holland, Sallye Baker, Joan and Gene Wright, Mary Lusinger, Ronnie Powell and Bro Max Copeland who was ill and could not attend. Robert you are missed each and everyday. Not anything could take your place. Robert was a wonderful man caring and thoughtful of everyone. I know you are in heaven a peaceful place no pain or worries and in Gods hands. We truly miss you Robert our Love, Patricia Holland, other family members and Friends. In Memory of Roberts birthday February 11, 2013 Patricia Holland and Patti Benker took a basket of flowers to Honey Creek Cemetery, and released balloons for his birthday. An Earth bound Angel whose now in Heaven.

children. They divorced and she married James “Jim” Henderson in 1983 and moved to Marble Falls. He passed away in 1997. She is also preceded in death by her parents and a great-grandson, Brandon Shelly. Kathy was a homemaker, charter member of the Highland Singles Club and she was one of the last three charter members, enjoyed bowling leagues, flower gardening, traveling and dancing. She is survived by her companion, Jay Fullmer of Marble Falls; children, John A. and Diane Shelly of Nevada, Ronald W. Shelly of Sheridan, Wyo., Rick A. and Patricia Shelly of Bastrop, Texas, Cynthia M. Dilworth of Maricopa, Ariz.; five grandchildren and 11great-grandchildren. Kathy’s home was always open and her grandchildren remember playing lots of games with her and that she was always there for them. Celebration of life services were held Saturday, March 2, at 1 p.m. at the Putnam Funeral Home. An online guest register may be signed at There will be a potluck dinner at Kathy and Jays home following the service. Local funeral arrangements made by Putnam Funeral Home, Kingsland.

Murray Ellis

Feb. 22, 1929 ~ Feb. 25, 2013 Murray Ellis, 84, a lifetime resident of Llano, passed away Monday, Feb. 25. He was born Feb. 22, 1929 in Kingsland to Mattie Estella (Masters) Ellis and Allen Lee Ellis. Murray was a Veteran of the U.S. Marines. He was a member of the Llano Volunteer Fire Department, served as a Deputy Sheriff for Llano County and retired from the Central Texas Electric Co-op. Murray loved fishing, hunting, working on farm equipment, feeding and watching the wildlife, but most of all he loved the company of Ellis his family and friends. Survivors include his daughter, Nickey Lawrence and husband John of Liberty Hill, Texas; son, Mack Ellis and wife Lynn of Liberty Hill; grandchildren, Mark Decker, Kelsey Ellis and Michael Ellis; and one greatgrandchild, Kaylee Ann White. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held Friday, March 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano. Graveside services were held Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at the Llano City Cemetery with Reverend Richard Vandventer officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Highland Lakes Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75231. Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Llano. E-mail condolences may be sent to whhfuneral1@ or you may log onto www.whhfuneralhome. com for online condolences.

Nicole Andrea Columbus Aug. 17, 1973 ~ Feb. 23, 2013

Nicole Andrea Columbus, 39 of Dallas, formerly of San Angelo, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23. She was born Aug. 17, 1973 in London, Ontario, Canada to Barbara (Weaver) Columbus and Donald Columbus. Nicole graduated from Central High School in San Angelo. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Angelo State University. Nicole received a Master’s degree in Science specializing in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas in Denton. She worked for Texas Instruments as their wellness Columbus program director. She then was employed as a Drug Representative with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, in Dallas. Survivors include her mother, Barbara Columbus of San Angelo; father, Dr. Donald Columbus and wife Debby of Horseshoe Bay; and brother, Benjamin Donald Columbus and wife Felicia of Austin; step-sisters, Rachel Johnson of Andrews, Texas, Mackenzie Tuckness of Junction; and step-brother, Marcus Morriss of Dallas. Memorial services were Friday, March 1 at 11 a.m. at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano with family friend Dan Wilson and Reverend James Sanderson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center, P.O. Box 1524 Kingsland, Tex-

as, 78639. Cremation arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Llano. E-mail condolences may be sent to or you may log onto for online condolences.

Vaughn D. Sanders

Feb. 14, 1928 ~ March 2, 2013 Vaughn D. Sanders passed away peacefully in Llano, Texas, on March 2 at the age of 85 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 14, 1928 in Milam County, Texas, to B. N. Sanders and Velma Emil Bownds Sanders. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ed Sanders. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Pat Sanders; daughter Jeanie Larremore and husband Gary; son Mike Sanders and wife Janet; sisters Clara Juricek, Mary Barnett and husband Prentice; sister-in-law Camilla Sanders; Sanders brother and sister-in-law Don and Nancy Godwin; brother-in-law Jack Churchill and wife Louraine; grandchildren Will Larremore and wife Justine, Bart Larremore, Lesa Scott and husband Warren, Natalie Sanders, Geoffrey Sanders, Audrey Wohlrab and husband Jay; four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Vaughn graduated from Taylor High School and married Patricia Fay Godwin on Sept. 2, 1949 in Austin. They became proud parents of two children, Jeanie and Mike. Vaughn spent most of his life in the floor and window covering business, but his greatest work and love was raising and enjoying his family. He also enjoyed ranching with all classes of livestock and raising horses. He was an avid hunter and also liked to fish. Vaughn was a member of the Cherokee Baptist Church, and also served willingly in the communities where he lived on the school board, chamber of commerce, and other organizations. He was very active in the Masonic Lodge and had been a Master Mason for 38 years, serving as Master of the Lodge in both San Gabriel Lodge No. 89, and in Llano Lodge No. 242, where he also served as District Deputy Grand Master of that district. Vaughn (or Big Daddy to the grandchildren) will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but he leaves us with a wonderful legacy and many good memories. Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, March 6 at 11 a.m. in the I.O.O.F Cemetery in Georgetown, Texas with Craig Churchill officiating. Pallbearers will be Mike Sanders, Gary Larremore, Will Larremore, Bart Larremore, Geoffrey Sanders, and Shawn Sanders. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be Bill Jenkins, Rowe Caldwell, Bill Edmiston, and Sam Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Llano County 4-H Scholarship Fund, Cherokee Baptist Church, or the Llano County Library. Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Llano. E-mail condolences may be sent to or you may log onto for online condolences.

Robert Leander Robertson Robert Leander Robertson, 92, of Horseshoe Bay, passed away Friday, March 1. Robert was born in Waller County on a farm/ranch to Robert Moore Robertson and Jenny Gail (Betka) Robertson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Robert retired from Exxon after 42 years and he and his wife, Kate, moved to the hill country where he resided for 34 years. After 32 years of marriage his wife passed away in 1996. Robert was a big member of the Blue Lake Golf Association. He had numerous friends all over the state of Texas. Robertson Survivors include his brother, James Calvin Robertson of Taft, Texas; son, Thomas Eugene Robertson and wife Linda of Kentfield, Calif.; daughter, Stacey Smedick and Dennis Noey of Normangee, Texas; grandchildren: Sean Robertson of Taft, Le Anne Atwood of Humble, Texas and Michael Robertson of California; and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation was Tuesday, March 5 from 5-7 p.m. at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls. Funeral service is Wednesday, March 6 at 10 a.m. at Clements-Wilcox Chapel with Charles Waugh officiating. Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. at Coleman City Cemetery, Coleman, Texas. He was a great man and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Condolences may be offered to the family at


Floods, drought, car-wrecks, inflation, recession, medical bills, law suits, emergencies are part of our everyday life. They are no longer an occasional occurrence. The result being that many of us can barely pay our bills. No one is immune and yet we live in the greatest country on earth.


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Calendar of Events Do you have an upcoming event, meeting or fundraiser? Please send information to,, or

Art & Entertainment March 9 •Concert in the Cave5:45 to 8 p.m., Longhorn Cavern, 6211 Park Rd. 4, Burnet. Information and Reservations: or 512.756.4680. March 16 •Welcoming Party at the Train Depot- 11:45 a.m., Burnet Train Depot, 401 E. Jackson, Burnet. Guest country singer Juanita. Information: 512.756.4297. March 23 •15 th Annual Hill Country Lawn & Garden Show9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson, Burnet. Information: 512.588.0696 or www. yantislakesidegardens. com/mghome/show. March 30 •@Last Llano Art Studio Tour- A map of this year’s locations will be available at the Llano Visitors Center, 100 Train Station Dr., Llano. Information: 325.247.5354. •Family Easter on the Vineyard- noon to 4 p.m., Fall Creek Vineyards, 1820 CR. 222, Tow. Information: 325.379.5361.

Service Clubs For a full list of service clubs in the area, go to w w w. h i g h l a n d e r n e w s . c o m and access the Community menu to the Civic Clubs heading. Through March 19 •Master Gardener New Member Training- Tuesday’s 1 to 5 p.m., Hoppe Room Courthouse Annex, 101 E. Cypress, Johnson City. Information: 830.868.7167. March 7 •Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Society Meeting- 9:30 a.m., Marble Falls Library, 101 Main St., Marble Falls. Information: 830.693.0184. March 12 •Kingsland/Highland Lakes Genealogical Society Meeting- 2 p.m., Kingsland Library, 125 W. Polk St., Kingsland. Information: 830.385.7070 or 830.613.1577. •Chamber of Commerce Winter Texan Dinner- 6 p.m., Kingsland Commu-

nity Center, 3451 Rose Hill Dr., Kingsland. Information: 325.388.3321. March 13 •Highland Lakes Master Gardener free Green Thumb program- Kingsland Library, 125 W. Polk St., Kingsland. Information: 325.388.8849. •Lambda Nu Monthly Meeting- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kingsland Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill Dr., Kingsland. Information: 325.388.3321. March 14 •Burnet County Republican Women Meeting- 11:30 a.m., Hidden falls Restaurant, 220 Meadowlakes Dr., Meadowlakes. Information: 830.598.1850. March 15 •H/L Flyer Set-up- Kingsland Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill Dr., Kingsland. Information: 325.388.3321. March 16 •Highland Lakes Native Plant Society of Texas Meeting- 1:30 p.m., Marble Falls Library, 101 Main St., Marble Falls. Information: 830.693.3023.

Food & Fundraisers Through March 22 •Fish Fry- 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Every Friday, St. John the Evangelist Parish Activity Center, 105 FM 1431, Marble Falls. Information: 830.265.2505. March 6 •Lunch & Learn Seminar- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kingsland Community Park, 710 Williams St., Kingsland. Subway will be providing lunch. Topic will be Resolve Seasonal Business Challenges, Easy Operations & Marketing Tips. Please register by March 4. Information: 325.388.6211. Through March 22 •Fish Fry- 5:30 to 7 p.m., Every Friday, Our Mother of Sorrows Parish Hall, 507 Buchanan Dr., Burnet. Information: 512.756.4410. March 12 •Winter Texan Dinner- 5 p.m., Kingsland Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill Dr., Kingsland. Call to inquire food to bring. Information: 325.388.3321.

Events & Meetings Through June 25 •EMT Basic CourseTuesday and Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m., Burnet Airport, 2302 S. Water, Burnet. Information: 512.553.3491 or Through March 26 •Non-Credit Basic Conversational French


This cedar bench designed by John Newell of J Craft Company will be raffl ed at the Llano Master Gardener Lawn and Garden Show

Lawn & Garden Show coming This free show and sale of native plants and techniques for beauty and survival in the Texas Hill Country takes place from 9 to 2 p.m. March 16 at St. James Lutheran Church, 1401 Ford St. in Llano. Come for demonstrations and informative talks to help your garden and lawn spring back this year. Call the Llano Chamber at 325.247.5354 or go to for more information. Both the Texas Agrilife Class- 6 to 8 p.m., Lampasas County Higher Education Center(LCHEC), 208 E. Ave. B, Lampasas. Information: or 512.556.8226. Through March 21 •Medical Administrative Assistant Training Class5:30 to 9 p.m., Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC), 208 E. Ave. B, Lampasas. Information: or 512.556.8226. Through March 28 •A Matter of Balance class- 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., every Tuesday and Thursday in March, Woodlands Active Senior Living Community, 700 Janet St., Burnet. To Register and Information: 512.756.2145. March 7 •English as a Second Language- 10 to 11:30 a.m., Herman Brown Free Library, 100 E. Washington St., Burnet. Information: 512.715.5228. •Home School Book

Extension Service and the Llano Master Gardeners sponsor the show. Speakers start At 9:15 a.m. with Keenan Fletcher speaking on Heirloom Bulbs. At 10 a.m. Larry Payne offers Tips on Building an Energy Efficient Greenhouse. At 10:45 a.m. Sheryl Smith-Rodgers’ topic is Windows on the Texas Landscapes. At 11:30 a.m., Bill Luedecke will be speaking on Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring Planting. At 12:15 p.m. Mike ReClub- 2 to 4 p.m., Herman Brown Free Library, 100 E. Washington St., Burnet. Information: 512.715.5228. •Genealogy Research Assistance- 1 to 3 p.m., Herman Brown Free Library, 100 E. Washington St., Burnet. Information: 512.715.5228. Landscape Irrigation Checkup Program- 5 to 7 p.m., Helping Center Garden, 1315 Broadway, Marble Falls. Information: March 8 •Genealogy Research Assistance- 10 a.m. to noon, Email burnetcgs@ for appointment. Herman Brown Free Library, 100 E. Washington, Burnet. Information: 512.715.5228.

BY LYN ODOM HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS The Two-Pro Golf Management contract the city entered into in March of 2012 is near ing expiration and the city council Monday discussed whether to renew the contract or make other plans for keeping the city’s Llano River Golf Club up and running. Interim City Manager L ynda Kuder said since having Two-Pro on board, revenues from the course are less than past totals. “We contracted with them 11 months ago for a one year contract,� Kuder said. “They haven’t been focused on revenue or in the pro shop. They’ve had two employees there who didn’t work out and another pro startServing the Hill Country with

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ing March 15 who is supposed to focus on membership. There has been a $180,000 loss for the year under their management.� Kuder said a clause in the Two-Pro contract allows either party to terminate the contract, with or without cause, with a 30-day notice. “If they can’t turn it around by July, they need to leave Llano they can’t help us out,� Kuder said.

Live streaming of city council meetings will be handled in-house and will be available soon, the council decided Monday. City technical coordinator Josh Oebel said he can install video and audio equipment to record and stream council meetings that can be viewed live on the city’s website. The council rejected bid proposals from two private firms. Swagit Productions

and Granicus turned in proposals, with Swagit initially charging $23,6470 with a $695 monthly maintenance fee and Granicus charging $11,188 the first year and $6,5880 per year thereafter, plus equipment, labor and “all other items required for cameras.� Oebel said he is ready to manage putting video himself on the website for a much lower cost than the two proposals. “It will be one perspective video and can be heard very well,� Obel said.

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agor will give an Update on Llano Water Planning. Last, but not least, Dave and Inell Franks will present all we need to know about Xeriscape Landscaping and Gardening starting at 1 p.m. The Children’s Booth returns with hands on fun activities. Many plants will be for sale including herbs, vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, native plants, cacti and succulents. There will be also be raffles, door prizes, and fun.


10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Herman Brown Free Library, 100 E. Washington St., Burnet. Information: 512.715.5228. •Genealogy Research Assistance- 1 to 3 p.m., Herman Brown Free Library, 100 E. Washington St., Burnet. Information: 512.715.5228. March 13 •Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic- Pet Pals, 2003 Hwy 1431, Marble Falls. Appointments and Information: 830.598.7729. March 14 •Kona Ice Ribbon Cutting- 4:30 p.m., Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson, Burnet. Information: 512.756.4297. •English as a Second Language- 10 to 11:30 a.m., Herman Brown Free Library, 100 E. Washington St., Burnet. Information: 512.715.5228. •Coffee Talks- 1:30 to 4 p.m., Author Pete Smith, Herman Brown Free Library, 100 E. Washington St., Burnet. Information: 512.715.5228. March 15 •Genealogy Research Assistance- 10 a.m. to noon, Email for appointment, Herman Brown Free Library, 100 E. Washington St., Burnet. Information: 512.715.5228. •Amber Oaks HOA- 5:30 p.m., Herman Brown Free Library, 100 E. Washington St., Burnet. Information: 512.715.5228. March 15 to 17 •World Series Team Roping Qualifier- 10 a.m. Friday, 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Llano Events Center, 220 RR 152, Llano. Information: 325.247.5354. •Texas High School Bass Fishing TournamentNumerous Lakes around Burnet County. Information: 830.693.2815 or March 16 •Master Gardeners Lawn & Garden Show- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. James Schorlemmer Hall, 1401 Ford St., Llano. Information: 325.247.5354.

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Medicare has redesigned and simplified the statement it mails to beneficiaries every three months to explain the claims and benefits they’ve recently received. The Medicare Summary Notice, as the statement is called, describes all of the health care services or supplies billed to Medicare on your account, how much of the bill Medicare paid and how much you still may owe the health care providers or suppliers. The Summary Notice goes to everyone enrolled in traditional Medicare -- private Medicare Advantage health plans send out their own claims reports to their members. The notice isn’t a bill, but you still should carefully review it when it comes in the mail. The Medicare statement helps you keep tabs on your medical care and your out-of-pocket expenses. It also helps you detect billing errors and even possible fraud. Until now, though, checking your Summary Notice hadn’t always been easy. If you had had a number of doctor visits or medical procedures during the previous three months, the statement often ran a dozen pages or more. And the form contained many medical terms, codes and abbrevia-

Bob Moos Centers for Medicare & Medical Services tions that confused all but health care professionals. No wonder that some people simply ignored the Summary Notice when it arrived. In redesigning the statement, Medicare visited with beneficiaries and asked how to make the notice clearer and more useful. Consumer advocates also weighed in with suggestions. The results of the makeover will land in your mailbox soon. If you’d prefer not to wait, the new statement is already available at Medicare’s secure online service — www.mymedicare. gov — where you can create a personal account and track your claims. Either way, you’ll find the new, consumer-friendly format, including: • A clear notice of how to check the

form for important facts and potential fraud. • A snapshot of what you’ve paid toward your annual deductible, a list of the health care providers that made claims, and whether Medicare paid those claims. • Simple descriptions, in plain English, for medical procedures. • Definitions of all terms used on the statement. • Larger type to make the notice easier to read. • Information on preventive services available to you. The improved Summary Notice is meant to empower you in a couple of ways. First, you can more easily file an appeal if a claim is denied. The new statement clearly explains what to do if you disagree with a payment decision and how to get help submitting an appeal. There’s also a form attached that you can complete and mail to the address provided. Next, you can more easily spot billing mistakes or potentially fraudulent charges. Improper payments and outright fraud cost Medicare billions of dollars each year and can lead to taxpayers and beneficiaries paying more

for health care. So it’s to everyone’s benefit to make sure your Summary Notice doesn’t include questionable charges. To check its accuracy, compare your claims notice with the bills, statements and receipts you’ve received from your health care providers or suppliers during the previous three months. Do the dates, billing codes and descriptions of services match? If you see an entry for services or supplies you didn’t receive, get in touch with the provider and ask about it. It may be a simple billing error the hospital or doctor’s office can correct. The correction will then show up on your next Summary Notice. If you still have questions about your Medicare statement or there’s something you and your health care provider can’t resolve, call Medicare at 1.800.633.4227. Medicare has stepped up its efforts to prevent unscrupulous providers and suppliers from filing false claims, but the best line of defense against fraud remains you – the health care consumer. Bob Moos is the Southwest regional public affairs officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Why Texans celebrate Texas Independence Day On March 2, 1836, some 60 Texan delegates congregated at Washington-on-the-Brazos to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence, a document which was drafted overnight. The brazen doctrine opens with a scathing denouncement of the Mexican government under the despotic rule of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. “When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression.” Texas was one of seven Mexican territories to revolt under the oppressive rule of Santa Anna, who cultivated the moniker, “the Napoleon of the West.”

Troy Fraser State Senator Dist. 24 Texas was the only territory to eventually retain its freedom. Some theorized that Santa Anna’s cruelty against reprisals played a role in his undoing. The New York Post said at the time, “had [Santa Anna] treated the vanquished with moderation and generosity, it would have been difficult if not impossible to awaken that general sympathy for the people of Texas which now impels so many adventurous and ardent spirits to throng to

the aid of their brethren.” Davy Crockett, who was already a living legend, had fallen on hard times and had his own reasons for heading west. He lost his bid for re-election to the 24th U.S. Congress in 1835 and was in need of a fresh start. Before departing his native Tennessee, Crockett was quoted as saying “You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.” Crockett would eventually perish defending the Alamo in San Antonio at the hands of Santa Anna’s army just four days after Texas declared its independence. His manner of death and impact on the battle is widely debated. But two facts are agreed upon; he did die at the Alamo and in doing so, Crockett, along with an estimated 188 other heroes, laid down his life in the name of Texas. Their sacrifice along with those at the Goliad Massacre would serve as a rallying cry in the eventual capture



of Santa Anna and obliteration of his army on April 21, 1836 in the Battle of San Jacinto. Led by Sam Houston, Texas’ victory over Mexico at San Jacinto was so decisive, it is still considered one of the most lopsided battles in recorded history. The Republic of Texas would last a decade before joining the U.S. as the 28th state. So we celebrate. From the Gulf Coast, to the Hill Country, to the plains of the Panhandle, we celebrate Texas Independence Day every March 2 with parties, parades, concerts and reenactments. Perhaps Crockett summed up best why Texas is worth fighting for in a letter penned less then two months before his death, “I must say as to what I have seen of Texas it is the garden spot of the world. The best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here.”

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What is the Expectation? BY TODD KEELE PRINCIPAL, LLANO JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL I believe having “wants” is typical of every single junior high and high school student, or anyone for that matter. As a junior high and high school student I had a whole list of “wants.” I wanted to be successful in my classes. I wanted to be on the “A” team as a seventh-grade football player. I wanted to win in the athletic events I competed in. I had numerous friends and classmates that had their own list of “wants” in many different areas. However, simply wanting to (fill in the blank) is never enough. Several factors determine if those wants will actually turn into reality. Hard work, determination, planning, practicing, recovery from mistakes and or failures are all factors that can place that “want” within reach. In my experience, one factor rises above all others in the pursuit of our wants. That key factor is the expectation that is placed on the individual (or the team, the class, the school, the school district) pursuing those wants. Expectations say a lot about an individual or an organization. I was fortunate to have been coached by a group of men that had high expectations, both on and off the field. Those expectations were stated and talked about on a daily basis. The coaches’ expectations became the team’s expectations. Those team expectations became each individual player’s expectations, and the results were evident. We were very successful. We didn’t play to “not lose,” we played to win! We won because that was the expectation. As a school administrator I try to apply that same use of expectations to Lla-

no Junior High School. Our expectations are simple and easy to understand. When applied on a daily basis, success follows. One of the main areas that we use expectations is in the behavior of our students. As a staff we developed expectations for our common areas (cafeteria, restrooms, hallways, etc.) and made those known to the students from day one. I believe these expectations have been effective and the reduction of discipline referrals helps support that. In the first six weeks we had 81 percent fewer referrals than the first six weeks of the previous year. In two words … expectations work. As a school district it is important that we have high expectations in all areas. One of the new expectations that we are starting is a reworking of the Advanced Academic Program. I feel that this is an important step in allowing our students to be competitive in today’s world. Another area in which expectations have and are continuing to change is in the realm of our extra-curricular activities. I believe that we are headed back in the right direction and that the expectations are there, both from the community and the staff that is in place. As we as a community pursue the various “wants” that we have for our great school district I ask that you apply another factor essential to success … patience. I heard it said once that “patience is the ability to down-shift when you want to strip your gears.” Being patient and having high expectations are essential to achieving our goals. If you ever have any questions or want to talk about the goals and expectations of Llano ISD, my door is always open. My email is and my office phone is 325.247.4659.

Casino night was loads of fun Thank you to all the sponsors and participants of Cadillac Cowboy Casino Night. Our annual fundraiser was a huge hit and loads of fun. We appreciate everyone’s support of the chamber and our community. The chamber welcomes Condor Document Services to the Hill Country. Condor Document Services provides customers in the Texas Hill Country with secure document shredding. The chamber is hosting a ribbon-cutting for Condor at 5 p.m. this Thursday, March 7

at the Chamber. All are welcome. Buck Trent will be at the Llano Country Opry at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 9. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Chamber/Visitor Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the show. The Chamber and Visitor Center are hosting an appreciation breakfast for the Winter Texans on at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 12. We appreciate our Winter Texans selecting Llano as their home-away-from home and wish them all safe travels.

For more information on Llano and local happenings please go to our website at, or call us at 325.247.5354, and make sure to ‘Like Us’ on Facebook. Hope to see you around town. By Patti Zinsmeyer Executive Director Llano Chamber of Commerce COURTESY PHOTO

And the Winner is…

Lou Moyer, left, presents the red Kitchen Aid Mixer to winner JoAnn McDugall for the Llano Woman’s Culture Club raffl e for Llano student scholarship. JoAnn’s son, Carl Stewart, bought a ticket for her at the club’s annual Home Cooked Buffet on Feb. 24, and she became the lucky winner. She is pictured in front of the chuckwagon exhibit at the Llano County Historical Museum where she is a hostess. The presentation was made by vice president of the club and event chair Lou Moyer. The buffet fund-raiser and raffl e was a big success. The club wishes to thank to all who participated in this effort to fund scholarships for worthy Llano High School students.

Llano’s Special Olympians rock


On Saturday, March 2, 2013, Llano’s Special Olympics team traveled to Texas State University to compete in the Area Basketball Competition. Over 25 teams came from the area to compete in individual skills, team-building skills, 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 games. This year Llano had five students compete in the Individual Skills Competition, which involved a timed 10-meter dribble, shooting, and target pass. Mitch Dunn, Brady Stark, and Isaac O’Neil all earned a gold medal in their divisions. Caleb Hinton and Hannah DeVault both earned Bronze medals in their divisions. Valerie Ozanne (head coach) and Kerry Harvey (coach), for the Llano Special Olympics Team stated that all the athletes have put forth excellent effort and it has paid off. The team will immediately begin practices this week for the Track and Field Competitions to be held in April.


Now 14, my old hound Beej is now retired and spends a great deal of time napping. The native New Yorker, who was given to me by a kid in a cattle auction parking lot, far prefers Texas to the cold East Coast.

Making allowances for retired pets In an email from a pet sitting client the other day she told me of changes regarding her dogs that have been made in order to make allowances for one of them who is aging, and that got me to thinking about what we do for our senior pets. It’s not unusual for pet owners to buy softer chows and treats, stairs so the old guys can more easily get on furniture and even diapers for leaky bladders. The biggest issue I’m having right now is my old Beejhound. She is 14 and has all the old dog problems: fewer teeth, worn out hips, less balance, lumps, bumps and warts. I consider Beej retired and I’m working at making her retirement pleasant. At this age I don’t see putting her through any surgeries as long as she is basically being the dog she always has been. I know what the lumps are, but have opted, due to her busy lifestyle with four other 50-pound dogs, not to have surgery wounds on her.

Children’s art competition deadline set Art Frog Art Academy will hold its Second Annual Children’s Art Competition this month. Deadline to enter is March 22 at 2 p.m. All children ages 0-18 may enter with one piece of 2 or 3 dimensional art. This year’s theme is “Nature Fest”-exploring Nature’s Power of Beauty. Art will be displayed from March 29-April 8 at First State Bank of Burnet. A reception will be March 29 at 3:30 p.m. sponsored by Cookie Café, Hoovers, State Farm, HEB and other local businesses. Art Frog Academy is a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization offering free arts programs to students of all ages. Call 830.613.0692 for more information on classes and workshops.

Lyn Odom Critters & Creatures What is most surprising is that she gets bumped around and knocked down every now and then by the other dogs and she just gets up. No anger, no whimpers of pain, no squeals. She just keeps on keeping on to be a part of the pack. She has always been alpha and that is waning. But she seems to be taking it in stride and still rules the food bowls. And she has altered her own behavior. She knows when everyone is dashing up the stairs that it is best she stand back until the dust settles. She chooses her time to ascend the stairs of the house and that way it is safe passage for her. On occasion she has to wait for me to lift her backend onto the couch. Not often though, and I wonder why sometimes she needs help and not others. Same as old folks I guess, some


days are better than others. I keep watching for the sign she’ll give me that it is time to let her go, but so far I haven’t seen it. And from experience I know the body goes well before the mind, which makes it extremely difficult to make that final decision. I have clients of both beliefs - let pets go naturally versus walking them to the rainbow bridge. Neither is easy to do. I’ve always said one of the hardest things to accept is the relatively short lifespan of pets. Sometimes I expect to come home and find Beej gone, but she continues to come to the gate when I drive up, though at a much slower pace. And I make a lot of allowances for her like pushing other dogs away from her, giving her the choicest treats, throwing her a morsel when I’m cooking and just holding her head and my hands and cooing to her. I’ve taken to calling her “Old Woman,” and she doesn’t seem to mind. At this late date in her life, the one thing that’s working just fine and for sure is her wagging tail. That’s important, and a sure sign the flame of life is still burning.


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From left to right, Kayla Argo, Anne Little, Ann Argo, Angela Dowdle, Jennifer Dickison, Mandy McCary; and center, Aurora Argo and Cheryll Mabray, cuddle up in their “jammies” at the fundraiser benefitting the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center.

Pajama Party aids help groups “Girls Night Out “ pajama party on March 2 in Burnet was a fun event for Highland Lakes area attorneys Cheryll Mabray, Anne Little, Mandy McCary, Angela Dowdle and members of her staff. The event benefited the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center and the Open Door Recovery House. This was the second year for the fundraiser called “The Fabric of Our Lives” with catchy sponsorships of cashmere, silk, linen, denim and lace, wool and leather and burlap. Many local vendors and indulgence providers such as hair, nails, massage,

makeup and gifts were on hand for the Girls Only function. The Highland Lakes Family Center is a sexual assault and domestic crisis center providing a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter and advocacy, serving Burnet, Llano, Blanco and Lampasas counties. The Open Door Recovery House is a faith-based drug and alcohol recovery house for women. Both organizations provide well needed services for our area. Next year the party is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Marble Falls Lakeside Pavilion.

Make home ‘wildfire ready’ It’s windy. It’s dry. And there seems to be just more of the same for the coming months. Along with these conditions comes an even greater threat of wildfire. Is your home protected? Learn how to make your home a “Wildfire Ready Home” at the March 12 program at the Lakeshore Branch Library at 2:30 p.m. “Ready, Set, Go, Wildfire Action Plan” is a program designed for saving lives and property through advanced planning. Do you know what a hardened home is? Learn how to make your home ready before it is threatened by a wildfire. Mary Leathers with Texas Forest Service will share tips on how to protect your home, property and loved ones during this program. Have you noticed there seems to be a big movement toward “Getting Back to Basics” -- “Living Off The Land” -- “Sustainable Living” -- or whatever name you want to attach to it? Perhaps you have thought about it but just don’t know where to begin. Well, there will be a fiveweek series of workshops at the Llano Library cover-

Tommi Myers ing a variety of topics where people from right here in the community will share their knowledge. The programs will start on Tuesday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m. and continue every Tuesday for five weeks. The first program will be Rainwater Harvesting with Jannie Vaught sharing her extensive knowledge on the topic. On March 26, Jannie will team up with Marion Bishop to cover Wind and Solar Power. With the gardening season in high gear, we’ll have Martha Rowlett and Roy Petty, both Master Gardeners, sharing their know-how on growing and harvesting and Marilyn Hale covering preserving in Growing, Harvesting and Preserving Fruits, Herbs and Vegetables on April 2 at 5:30 p.m. For many years, James

and Sue Reeves have raised their own beef, and at times chickens, for their home freezer, and they will share their years of hands-on experience in Raising Livestock on a Small Scale. This program will be on April 9, and yes, it will cover processing and packaging meat. To round out this series of workshops, Jannie Vaught will share her many ideas and recipes for Homemade for the Home. Have you ever used soap nuts? Thought about making your own laundry detergents – green, natural detergent – for pennies per load? Learn more at this program. If you would like more information about this series of workshops, contact Tommi at 325.247.5248 or email For more information about any of the programs or events, you may contact the library – Llano Library at 325.247.5248, Kingsland Library at 325.388.3170, and the Lakeshore Library at 325.379.1174. Also, find the Llano County Library System on Facebook to stay up-todate with all of the programs and events.

‘Now, Forager’ shows Friday The Lantex Film Society presents the next Texas Independent Film Network movie, Now, Forager, Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. All seats

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Beach, have been dealing with drinking and vital household water shortages for more than a year and the situation could worsen dramatically this summer if forecasts of continued drought conditions with little in-flows into the lakes prove to be accurate. LCRA General Manager Becky Motal said little about the debilitating effects the drought has had on Highland Lakes residents and business owners, choosing instead to focus on the hardships the rice farmers will endure because of the water cutoff. “This drought has been tremendously difficult for the entire region, and we know that going without water for the second year in a row will be painful for the farmers and the economies they help support in Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado counties,” Motal said. “This was a difficult decision, but LCRA has to protect the water supply of its municipal and industrial customers during this prolonged drought.” Last year was the first time LCRA cut off Highland Lakes water to farmers. This year marks the second time. The two-year cutoff of water to the farmers comes after

Elections From Page 1A who have filed for council seats include incumbent Sherry Simpson, Gail Lang, John Ferguson, Todd Keller and Brian Miller. Bobbie Lou Gray of Llano filed to run, but withdrew Monday. The City of Sunrise Beach has four candidates running for three seats. Incumbents Fred Butler, Tommy Martin and Bill Murphy are seeking re-election and are being challenged by Dr. Bill Cargill. Each position is a twoyear term. Polling places Llano City Council Early Voting will be held at the Llano County Library, 102 E. Haynie St. April 29 through May 7 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Chase From Page 1A tram officer pulled over the suspect in a routine traffic stop. “The Bertram officer pulled him over for a traffic stop. He got antsy while the officer was checking his license and he just took off,” Blackburn said. “The Bertram officer went in pursuit, and several Burnet officers

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ing salvaged materials from the jail for the purpose of fundraising. “They have been working on the stabilization of the jail and have removed floor joists that could be made into benches or sold with the money being used in jail renovations,” Kuder said. “They could also be used to create

furniture to be sold for fundraising or for the jail to use as furniture in the jail.” Mayor Mike Reagor, along with the other council members, unanimously adopted Resolution 2013-03-04 authorizing the Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail to use the salvaged materials for the aforementioned projects.

LCRA’s disastrous decision to send more than 450,000 acre feet of water downstream to the farmers in 2011, which was one of the driest years in Texas history. “That was a terrible decision and the lakes and the Highland Lakes region have never recovered,” Central Texas Water Coalition President Jo Karr Tedder said. “The Highland Lakes were built to capture and manage water in times of heavy rains so there is water for cities and industry during severe drought,” Motal said. “The lakes are doing their job, but this prolonged drought means that we’ve had to make some hard choices.” LCRA’s municipal and industrial customers contract for water that is guaranteed through conditions equal to that of the worst drought on record. Agricultural customers, mostly downstream rice farmers, pay a lower rate for water that can be cut back or cut off during a severe drought. With the emergency relief, farmers in the Gulf Coast and Lakeside irrigation divisions will not receive any water from the Highland Lakes this year. Farmers in the Garwood Irrigation Division are entitled to about 20,000 acre-feet of Highland Lakes water this year based on the purchase

agreement of the Garwood water right. The water flowing into the Highland Lakes, called in-flows, was the lowest on record in 2011 at roughly 10 percent of the historical average. In 2012, in-flows were roughly 32 percent of the historical average. LCRA is also working on expanding the basin’s water supply. The Board of Directors has set a goal of adding 100,000 acre-feet of new water by 2017. LCRA is pursuing an off-channel reservoir in Wharton County and a groundwater project in Bastrop County to meet the goal. “These projects would benefit the entire basin by decreasing the demand on the Highland Lakes and allowing LCRA to manage the water supply more efficiently,” Motal said. “We know the region is growing. The time to prepare for that growth is now.” The Central Texas Water Coalition last week suggested an alternative approach to preserving water in the lakes, advocating that LCRA considering buying rice farmer lands or their farming rights. LCRA quickly dismissed the idea even though CTWC said the cost for such a plan would be about $130 million as opposed to a cost of $206$250 million for one off-channel reservoir.

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Llano ISD school board Early voting will be held at the Llano County Library, 102 E. Haynie St. April 29 through May 7 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours on April 29 are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additional early voting sites include the Kingsland Public Library, 125 W. Polk St., April 29 to May 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Horseshoe Bay Property Owners Association, 708 Red Sail, from April 29 to May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Polling places on election day May 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. are: * Precincts 101 and 410, the Llano County Library. * Precincts 204 and 205, followed until they reached the Mason County line. He (the suspect) refused to stop at any type of traffic control,” Blackburn said. “He avoided the stop sticks. We couldn’t get in front of him because he was driving so aggressively.” Blackburn said the driver attempted to hit any police vehicle that came alongside him, and managed to hit a Mason PD vehicle, however there were no injuries. Police and county deputies put up several road-blocks to stop

Sunrise Beach Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at the Sunrise Beach Civic Center and City Hall, 124 Sunrise Dr., from 9 a.m. until noon April 29 through May 7 with the exception of April 30 and May 7, polls will be open 12 hours, or 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Applications for ballot by mail must be received by the end of the business day May 3 by City Secretary, 124 Sunrise Dr., Sunrise Beach, Texas, 78643. cross traffic and pedestrians from entering the path of the driver. “We wanted to get him off the road. We were afraid that he would hit a bystander,” Blackburn said. “Everybody (all officers) did a good job and maintained composure.” Blackburn said that after the driver drove through Mason, he reversed course and headed east on the highway. The driver was forced to stop in Mason after his tire was shot out, and Blackburn completed a pit maneuver tactic with his vehicle – bumping the other car to cause it to spin. The driver was forcibly removed from his vehicle by Llano County Sheriffs Deputies and taken into custody by Bertram Police. Blackburn said that the suspect will face compound charges. “He had several traffic violations and was also arrested for assault in Mason because he hit a car, fleeing, and assault of a police officer who he hit. Charges will be filed in Burnet, Llano and Mason counties. There were no injuries to officers or him,” authorities said. “He had hard drug paraphernalia in the car and probably got rid of some of it during the chase.” Weicht remains in Burnet County Jail on a $24,000 bond.

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Llano softball takes second at Blanco Lady Jackets gain ground for district By Mark Goodson LCJ Sports Editor The Llano Lady Jackets won four of five games in the Blanco Tournament and will head to Fredericksburg this week to compete in the Billies’ tournament. Llano (7-7) has emerged with a strong-hitting team led by Claire Williams, Cierra Jordan and Courtney Mize. The team has also solidified its pitching with the return of junior Angela Jackson. Llano opens the Fredericksburg Tournament with three games on Thursday. The Lady Jackets open with Comfort at 8 a.m. in the eight-team round robin tournament. The Lady Jackets play St. Anthony’s at 2 p.m. and Fredericksburg at 8 p.m. on Thursday. On Saturday, the Lady Jackets catch St. Anthony’s again at 4 p.m. In the Blanco Tournament, the Lady Jackets rolled into the title game against Blanco before losing 7-6. In the title game, Ashlyn Clough was 3-for-3 with an RBI and Jackson Softball ... see Page 10B

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Lacey Redden, a sophomore, makes a lay behind the plate for the Lady Yellowjackets. The Lady Yellowjackets took second in the Blanco Tournament last week. The team will compete in the Fredericksburg Tournament this weekend.

Jackets ride LBJ tourney roller coaster By Jim Goodson LCJ Corresponent JOHNSON CITY – It was the best of tournaments. It was the worst of tournaments. The LBJ Eagle Baseball Tournament welcomed the Llano Yellow Jackets and seven other teams to McKinney Field Feb. 28-March 2. Llano won its first game this season, wiping out a nine-run deficit to defeat Harper High 14-10. But the Jackets lost a tight opener to LBJ High 3-2 then lost their final game 17-10 after leading 10-7 going into the final inning against district foe Lampasas. Infield defense and pitching will surely be high on coach Mike Ridings’ agenda as the 1-9 Jackets prepare for District 8-3A play. “We just made too many mistakes,” the head coach said. “Even in the game we won. We have to tighten things up, but we’re just starting out. The big games are still in front of us.” Llano hosts its Hill Country Baseball Tournament this week, Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9. Llano 14, Harper 10:  The best of Johnson City times took place on opening night, when the Jackets rallied to win 14-10 against Harper, a Kerrville-area school from District 29-A. Llano scored 11 runs in its last three innings to nail down its first win. Starting pitcher Holden Simpson excelled at the plate, too. He walked twice and hit a double and two singles, getting on base in five of his six at-bats.

The big hit of the game came from senior Rhett Brooks. The centerfielder came to the plate in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and Llano trailing 10-3. On a 3-2 pitch Brooks got all of a high fastball that hit the top of the wall in left centerfield. The triple cleared the bases and, most importantly, set the tone for the rest of the game. Although Llano still trailed 10-6, you got the idea the Jackets were going to win this one. Brooks scored on an error by Longhorn third baseman Drew Vick, who couldn’t handle Llano shortstop Chance Ware’s hard smash down the line. Vick committed four errors in the game. Yellow Jacket Logan Bauer, who came in to pitch in the third, also scored a run in the fourth after singling as Llano pulled to within 10-9. But Bauer’s most important contribution came on the mound. He pitched four scoreless innings after Harper scored 10 runs in its first two innings. He got the win – Llano’s first this season. The Yellow Jackets scored five runs in the sixth. A balk and two more infield errors hurt Harper but doubles by Simpson and right fielder Erich Burch provided the impetus for Llano – a team that was not going to lose on a cold, chilly Thursday night. Harper Llano

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Llano Hill Country Classic Thursday, March 7 Field No. 1 11 a.m. Liberty Hill/Bandera 1:30 p.m. Liberty Hill/Canyon Lake 4 p.m. Llano/Fredericksburg 6:30 p.m. Llano/Wimberley Field No. 2 11 a.m. Taylor/Canyon Lake 1:30 p.m. St. Michaels/Wimberley 4 p.m. Taylor/Bandera 6:30 p.m. Fredericksburg/St. Michaels Friday March 8 Field No. 1 11 a.m. St. Michaels/Faith Academy 1:30 p.m. Comfort/Fredericksburg 4 p.m. Wimberley/Cameron Yoe 6:30 p.m. Llano/Bandera corded seven strikeouts. But it was a hit batsman in the bottom of the seventh that did-in Llano. Ninth hitter Dalton Croft scored the winning, unearned run after being plunked. He made it to second base on a ground out, stole third and scored on a catcher’s error. The Jackets scored the game’s first run in the first when leadoff hitter Wil Siegenthaler singled up-the-middle, stole second and scored on an error. In the fourth inning Llano took a 2-1 lead when leftfielder John Winn reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored on an error by Eagle centerfielder

Field No. 2 11 a.m. Liberty Hill/Taylor 1:30 p.m. St. Michaels/Canyon Lake 4 p.m. Liberty Hill/Faith Academy 6:30 p.m. Cameron Yoe/Comfort Saturday, March 9 Field No. 1 11 a.m. Taylor/Comfort 1:30 p.m. Liberty Hill/Wimberley 4 p.m. Llano/Faith Academy 6:30 p.m. Llano/Comfort Field No. 2 11 a.m. St. Michaels/Bandera 1:30 p.m. Canyon Lake/Cameron Yoe 4 p.m. Cameron Yoe/Fredericksburg 6:30 p.m. Faith Academy/ Fredericksburg Jacob Wagner. Ware took the hard-luck loss despite pitching well, giving up only one run. Although it was unearned, it was the game winner. Ware struck out four in his four innings of work. Eagle starter Croft got credit for the win. Two years ago, LBJ High won the Class A state championship. The win over Llano, however, was LBJ’s first of the 2013 season against two losses. Llano 100 LBJ 000

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Llano track team starts fast at Blanco From Staff Reports

Llano’s varsity track team had strong performances in all three relays to lead the team to a fifth place finish in the Blanco Panther Relays, Thursday, Feb. 28. The team of Carter Tatsch, Matt Center, Justin Wyatt and Layton Rabb won both the 4x100 and 4x200. They ran a 44.01 in the 4x100 and clock a 1:32.5 I the 4x200. The varsity boys fin-

ished with 90 points. Jake Moore finished third in the long jump with a jump of 19-7, while Baylor Jordan finished fifth. Baylor Jordan also finished fourth in the high jump with a jump of 5-8. Jake Moore finished fifth in the triple jump. Wyatt finished third in the 100 with a time of 11.7. Tatsch finished second in the 200 meters with a time of 23.17. Grayson Freeman finished third in the 1,600

meters with a time of 5:04. The 4x400 Relay Team of Alec Hasty, Center, Mason Ladd and Layton Rabb finished second with a time of 3:37.4. “I was very proud and pleased with our performance in the first meet,’’ Llano coach Jarrett Vickers said. “I love the way we competed. The field event guys did an excellent job adjusting to a shortened event.  The sprinters and distance guys did an out-

standing job getting loose and staying warm during a very frigid night. We got the first one under our belt, and definitely have something to build on.’’ The JV boys finished fifth with a total of 70 points.  Lance Reven placed first in the discus with a throw of 105-3. Justin Long placed fourth in long jump with a jump of 16-8. Airon Layton placed first in pole vault and Cody Miller placed fourth

both with a vaults of 9-6. Logan Ashabranner placed fourth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 12:26. The 4x100 relay team of Justin Long, Reven, Hayden Wyatt and Jalen Bauman placed sixth. Dalton Ward placed first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.93. The 4x200 relay team of Long, Reven, Wyatt and Bauman placed fifth. Dalton Ward placed first in the 300 hurdles

with a time of 47.04. Uriel Bentiez placed sixth in the 200 meters. Ashabranner placed third in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:32, while Josh Petty placed sixth. The 4x400 relay team of Danny Hansen, Dalton Ward, Hayden Wyatt, and Trevor Penny placed fifth. Llano will compete in the Bandera Relays Thursday and will resume their schedule March 21 with the Jacket Relays at Llano.

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Experienced Office Help Wanted. Must be proficient in MS Office Programs, knowledge of Quick Books, able to multi task, highly motivated willing to adapt to fast pace environment. Pre-employment Screening Required. No Phone Calls, Fax to 830-596-2601 or email to

MERCHANDISE Saling Craft 2001 17FT. ALUMINUM BOAT W/TRLR. 125 HP MERCURY MOTOR. MINNKOTA TROLLING MOTOR, DEPTH FINDER, FISH FINDER, AM/ FM RADIO/2 LIVE WELLS. RECENTLY TUNED UP WITH NEW PROP AND SPARK PLUGS. ALWAYS BEEN SHEDDED. VERY CLEAN. EXCELLENT CONDITION. NICE FAMILY BOAT. PERFECT FOR SKIING, TUBING AND FISHING. CALL EVENINGS 605-280-2406. Spas, Hot Tubs Indoor 2-person Luxury Spa$3,000 (Burnet, Tx.) Husband not able to use spa due to health concerns. Works great, used 1 season, installed indoors-never used outdoors. Have all original paperwork, warranties, excellent condition, steps & custom cover included. New $7,490, excluding tax. Contact: or 512-234-8115. Serious buyers only.

Estate Sales

Estate Sale March 8, 9, 10 8AM - 4PM

J Bar is hiring for FT Class A CDL Driver. Local hauling. No over the road. Download application and submit to or 512-949-5041 fax.

176 Shore St., Tow Over 90 years of collectibles, antiques, furniture, clothes, tools, appliances, dishes, glassware, books, records and much more.

LIVESTOCK Pets Blue Heeler Pups for sale. Females only $50.00 each. Call 830-598-2258. Feed, Supplies Hay for Sale. 3,000 Round Coastal, Gigs, and Blue Stem. $45-$55. Delivery available. Call 713-562-0601.

RENTALS Apartments

Kingsland Trails

Bedroom Furniture for Sale. Dresser, Chest of Drawers, Nightstand, Solid Wood, good condition. $200. Call Jerri. 512-756-2144. Garage Sales

WINTER SPECIAL: FREE RENT DEAL. Granite Shoals CampgroundTrailers/Lots for rent. $85 weekly-and up. With utilities & WiFi included. Call 830598-6247.

CALL 830-693-4367

in Llano

100 Legend Hills Blvd

1, 2 & 3 bedrooms Income Restricted (325) 247-5825

Granite Countertops Dishwashers • Microwaves Swimming Pool

ALL BILLS PAID! Daily-Weekly-Monthly. Huge, fully furnished efficiencies, on Highway 29, near Inks Lake. Free Cablevision and WiFi. Call 512-793-2838.



$150 total move-in with 1st month rent free on all 3 bedrooms

Call today for availability and to schedule your tour!

*Income Restricted

BURNET: Spacious 1BR./ 1BA. garage apartment; great value; great location; small pets considered; $495/ mo; TJM Realty Group; 830-693-1100;

TJM Realty Group LOGO

Now Leasing $99 Move-In Special with 1st Month Free rent

Turtle Creek Townhomes 2, & 3 Bedrooms


SUNRISE BEACH: 3BR./ 2BA. Furnished Waterfront Home; Boat dock and lift; huge deck; yard care included; $1295/mo; TJM Realty Group; 830693-1100;

ROOM, 1 BATH MOBILE $650. ALL NONSMOKING. 830-7989723.

For Lease: 2829 sq. ft. Commercial Building, on Hwy. 281 in Marble Falls. Great location! Daycare ready. Available immediately. 512-755-1619.

Courtyard, Laundry Room, Water/Trash paid. No Pets.

Townhome, Condo Rentals LAKE LBJ: Efficiency, 1BR. & 2BR. Condos; swimming pool; tennis courts; lake access; water/sewer/trash & basic cable included; from $525/mo; TJM Realty Group; 830-693-1100;

TJM Realty Group LOGO Duplexes for Rent MARBLE FALLS: 3BR.-2BA. Luxury Duplexes; granite counters; custom cabinets; garage; Move-in Special! $300 Off 1st Month’s Rent with 1Year Lease! $875/mo; Tjm Realty Group; 830-693-1100;

Tjm Realty group LOGO Horseshoe Bay Area. Large 3BR./3BA. 1 Car garage. Fireplace. Call 512-567-0804. 2 Bedroom-2 bath Duplex, all electric-full size washer/ dryer connections, ceramic tile thru out, large walk in closets. Park like setting near historic downtown Burnet square. Fenced in back yard. $750 monthly. Call 512-755-5930. Houses for Rent HORSESHOE BAY: Stunning 3BR./3.5BA hillside home; 3250 sq. ft; dramatic views of Lake LBJ; 3 car garage; must see; $1800/mo; TJM Realty Group; 830-6931100;

TJM Realty Group LOGO Oak Ridge, near Fluor plant. 3/3/2, all kitchen appliances. Credit check and deposit. No smokers/pets. $1250. 830-598-4577.

3BR.-Brick-2 lots, fenced yard/ storage shed. $900/monthnew ac/tile floors. Kitty ok/dog/ plus deposit. Stainless smooth-top oven, big fridge. Cottonwood Shores. 512.264.2217-No messages. GRANITE SHOALS: 3BR./ 2BA; approximately 1495 sq. ft; fireplace; 2 blocks from waterfront park; Marble Falls schools; $1195/mo; TJM Realty Group; 830-693-1100;

TJM Realty Group LOGO House for Rent. Burnet. Large 3BR./2BA, Fireplace, water furnished. Large lot. $850/month. $850/deposit. 512-756-8514. Perfect family home. Large 4/3 with fenced yard. New carpet & paint. Marble Falls schools. $1150 month plus deposit. Walker & Assoc. 830-693-5549. Remodeled one 2BR. Houses, also nice furnished 1BR. trailers. Fenced yards, partial bills paid. Reasonable. Yucca/Burnet. 512-756-0502. 3BED./3BATH. 6 Acres. 3000+sqft. w/huge fenced back yard. Office, 2 living areas. Five minutes from new hospital. Marble Falls 830-613-0074. Beautiful home on 6 acres with lots of space. 3bed/3bath. 3000+ sqft. w/ huge fenced back yard. Office, 2 living areas. Five minutes from new hospital.



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Marble Falls 2 Bedroom 1 Bath

$575/mo. $575/dep 830-265-0696

1, 2 and 3 Bedrooms Available



$99 Move-In + First Month Free Special only for 3 bedroom units!




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Southwest Village

Garage/Estate Sale. Saturday, March 9th. 8am-4pm. 407 Crestview, in Marble Falls. Lots of misc.

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths

Parkside Apartments

Health Products

1 Bedroom

Mobility Scooter for sale: Golden Companion 3-wheel scooter for sale. Includes Bruno Power Lift. $1295. Additional medical equipment and supplies available. Call John @ 512-736-3139 or call or text Bill 512-803-9638.

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MARBLE FALLS: Lone Oak Luxury Apts; 1BR. + bonus room; covered parking; washer-dryer included; Upscale living in downtown Marble Falls; $725/mo; TJM Realty Group. 830-693-1100;

Reduced rent and deposit on all 1 & 2 bedrooms

Call for details Furniture


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Now hiring for:


All Shifts Available Sign-on bonus We offer: Benefits, Competitive Wages, Paid Holidays & Sick Leave Apply in Person

3727 W. RR 1431 Call (325) 388-4538 or 325-247-6206 Fax resume to: 325-388-0465 Email resume to: E.O.E.

Highland Haven 3/2/2 with second 2 car garage, for shop or boat storage. Huge yard, big trees. Neighborhood boat launch and swim area. $1200/month, plus $900/deposit. References required. 830-265-4207 830-613-5555. Country house for rent, in Buchanan Dam. 4BR./3BA. Bonus room, CACH, FP, DW. No smokers or pets. $1200/month, 1st & last advanced + $500/dep. References required. Call 830-798-6726 or email:

NOTICE All rental and real estate ads are subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, or family status or national origin. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law!

REAL ESTATE Houses for Sale

FSBO. Meadowlakes. Gated community. Unique 2033 sq/ft. home. Three blocks from lake. Recreational amenities include parks, tennis, pool, golf, club house, and restaurant. 830-693-7221. Cottonwood Shores. Newly remodeled 3BR./2BA. 1,100 s.f. Home on 2 lots. New granite, tile and loaded with extras. Quiet street at 742 Driftwood, $92,000. 512-755-0915. Lots, Acreage

RV Slips for Rent

Mobile Homes for Rent 2BR./2BA. Mobile home for rent. $600/month, $300 deposit. Buchanan Dam. Past rental history required! Dogs welcome under 25lbs. Call 512-793-2105.

GOOD BUY. Cemetery lots. Lakeland Hills Cemetery. Garden 8. Lot 125. Space 6. $1,000. Contact Jeff. 512-755-4760 Mobile Homes for Sale

Mobile Home for rent. 4BR./2BA. Approx. 1800 sq. ft. Huge yard. Refrigerator, stove, CACH. $875/month plus/deposit. Available March 1st. 512-755-4539. 3BR. Mobile home, on 2.5 acres. Bertram. $750/month, $600/deposit. Horses and pets ok, with a deposit. 254220-9198. Business Rentals



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Taylor; 1-318-245-8800, www. #836

CDL-A with 1-year tractor-trailer experience required. 1-888-703-3889 or apply online at www.

and empty miles. Daily hometime 24/7 dispatch. Great fuel and tire discounts. New, larger facility with free parking for O/Oís. Third party lease purchase program available. CDL-A with 1-year tractor trailer experience required. Call 1-888-703-3889 or apply online at www.

Real Estate Wanted USED HOMES NEEDED, Single-wides, double-wides, for the oil patch. Pay top dollar, Cash or Trade. Village Homes. 1-866-899-5394. rbi-3223.

STATEWIDES AUCTIONS CATTLE AUCTION March 16th; 1100+ head sell. Hays Bros. Angus ranch Arcadia, LA. Bulls, pairs, breeds. Open regular and commercial. Dusty

DEDICATED RUN- We have a great opportunity for 5-drivers to get home nightly! Dedicated run from OK, Mon-Fri, guaranteed daily rate. Must have CDL Class A, 1-year OTR experience, excellent driving record. Must be able to start immediately 1-800-888-0203, DRIVER - DAILY or weekly pay. 1¢ increase per mile after 6-months and 12-months. 3¢ enhanced quarterly bonus. Requires 3- months OTR experience. 1-800-414-9569 DRIVERS - COMPANY DRIVERS $1000 signon bonus. New, larger facility. Home daily. 80% drop and hook loads. Family health and dental insurance. Paid vacation, 401k plan. L/P available.

DRIVERS- OTR POSITIONS Earn 32¢ - 45¢ per mile. $1200 Sign-on bonus! Assigned equipment, pet policy. deBoer Transportation 1-800825-8511, O/Oís welcome, www.deboertrans. com DRIVERS- STUDENTS 18-days from start to finish. Earn your CDL-A. No out-of-pocket tuition cost. Step up to a new career with FFE. www., 1-855-3567122 EXPERIENCED FLATBED DRIVERS Regional opportunties now open with plenty of freight and great pay. 1-800-2770212 or OWNER OPERATORS $5,000 sign-on bonus. Paid FSC on loaded

TEAM DRIVERS $2500 Sign-on bonus per driver. Super excellent home time options. Exceptional earning potential and equipment. CDL-A required. Students with CDL-A welcome. Call 1866-955-6957 or apply online at YOU GOT THE DRIVE, we have the direction. OTR drivers, APU Equipped, Pre-Pass, EZ-pass, pass e n g e r p o l i c y. N e w e r equipment. 100% NO touch. 1-800-528-7825

STATEWIDES EDUCATION/TRAINING AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train for hands on aviation maintenance career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified, housing available. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance, 1-877523-4531 ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. Medical, Business, Criminal Justice, Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial aid if qualified. SCHEV authorized. Call 1-888-205-8920, www. CAN YOU DIG IT? Heavy equipment operator training. 3-week hands on program. Backhoes, bulldozers, excavators. Lifetime job placement assistance with National certifications. VA benefits eligible. 1-866-3626497

PUBLIC NOTICE As of March 1, Dr. Jayasankar K. Reddy will no longer be providing nephrology services at Seton Burnet Healthcare Center, 200 County Road 340A, Bldg I, Burnet, TX 78611. Please contact us at (512) 715-3110 if you have any questions, would like to obtain a copy of your patient record, or choose to arrange transfer of your records to another physician.

Classifieds are Affordable Call 830-693-4367 to Place Your Ad

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SUPER SPECIAL. Large 3/2 Double-wide, extra nice; all the goodies, only $299.00 month. 5% Down, 6%. 25 Years. Call 1-866-8995394. rbi-3223.

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HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA from home. 6-8 weeks, accredited, get a diploma, get a job! No computer needed. Free brochure; 1-800-2648330. Benjamin Franklin HS

information call 1-830460-8354

housing OK! Guaranteed financing with 10% down. Lots starting as low as $6900, Call Josh, 1-903-878-7265

MEDICAL OFFICE TRAINEES needed! Train to become a medical office specialist at Ayers Career College. Online training gets you a job ready ASAP. Job placement when program completed. 1-888-3681638.

WEST TEXAS - mule deer, high desert south of Sanderson, Indian Wells Ranch #53, 173+ acres, $265/acre, low down, owner financed. 1-210-734-4009. www. ACREAGE REPO with septic tank, pool, pier, ramp. Owner finance. Granbury 1-210-4223013 AFFORDABLE RESORT LIVING on Lake Fork. RV and manufactured

VACATION WEEKEND GETAWAY available on Lake Fork, Lake Livingston or Lake Medina. Rooms fully furnished! Gated community with clubhouse, swimming pool and boat ramps. Call for more information: 1-903-8787265, 1-936-377-3235 or 1-830-460-8354

INTERNET HIGHSPEED INTERNET EVERYWHERE by Satellite! Speeds up to 12mbps! (200x faster than dial-up.)Starting at $49.95/month, Call now and go fast! 1-888-6436102 Miscellaneous SAWMILLS FROM ONLY $3997.00. Make and save money with your own bandmill.Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free information/DVD, www.NorwoodSawmills. com 1-800-578-1363 Ext. 300N REAL ESTATE $106 MONTH BUYS land for RV, MH or cabin. Gated entry, $690 down, ($6900/10.91%/7yr) 90days same as cash, Guaranteed financing, 1-936-377-3235 A B S O L U T E LY T H E BEST VIEW Lake Medina/Bandera, 1/4 acre tract, central W/S/E, RV, M/H or house OK only $830 down, $235 month (12.91%/10yr), Guaranteed financing, more







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Support your Local Businesses!

Pink Lily


Specializing in Kids, Families, Senior Portraits… all Occasions!

Call to schedule your Portrait Session TODAY!


Over 35 Years of Experience

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Office: (325) 388-5500 Cell: (512) 784-6863 Dayton R. Warden, Jr., R.Ph., D.D.S. Ryan J. Robbins, D.D.S.

General Dentistry * Cosmetic * Implants

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Great Location

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Financial & Tax Accounting Personal & Business Management Real Estate Management Restaurant Consulting Bill Allen (830) 798-5386 Experienced / Confidential STATE • COUNTY • SATELLITE BONDS 2 4 H r. S e r v i c e • Ha v e B o n d Wi l l Tr a v e l We Ac c e p t C r e d i t C a r d s • Te r m s Av a i l a b l e






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Helping Christians to Grow In God’s Word to Become Mature Believers Eph 6:10-15 • II Tim 3:16-17

The Bible Church of the Lakes (830) 596-0100

24101 St Hwy 71 E Horseshoe Bay Located Hwy 71 East 1 Mile West of 2147

Sunday Service 9:30 am Sunday School 11:00 am Wed Bible Study 6:30 pm

Fred L. Bates, Pastor

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RENTALS RENTALS HOUSE FOR RENT 2BR./1BA. Furnished house on Llano River. CR 103, CACH. Lease $800. No pets. References required. 325-247-2255.



DRIVER - DAILY or weekly pay. 1¢ increase per mile after 6-months and 12-months. 3¢ enhanced quarterly bonus. Requires 3- months OTR experience. 1-800-414-9569

OWNER OPERATORS $5,000 sign-on bonus. Paid FSC on loaded and empty miles. Daily hometime 24/7 dispatch. Great fuel and tire discounts. New, larger facility with free parking for O/Oís. Third party lease purchase program available. CDL-A with 1-year tractor trailer experience required. Call 1-888-7033889 or apply online at

ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. Medical, Business, Criminal Justice, Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial aid if qualified. SCHEV authorized. Call 1-888-205-8920, www.

CATTLE AUCTION March 16th; 1100+ head sell. Hays Bros. Angus ranch Arcadia, LA. Bulls, pairs, breeds. Open regular and commercial. Dusty Taylor; 1-318-245-8800, #836 DRIVERS DEDICATED RUN- We have a great opportunity for 5drivers to get home nightly! Dedicated run from OK, Mon-Fri, guaranteed daily rate. Must have CDL Class A, 1-year OTR experience, excellent driving record. Must be able to start immediately 1-800-888-0203,

DRIVERS- OTR POSITIONS Earn 32¢ - 45¢ per mile. $1200 Sign-on bonus! Assigned equipment, pet policy. deBoer Transportation 1-800825-8511, O/Oís welcome, www.deboertrans. com DRIVERS- STUDENTS 18-days from start to finish. Earn your CDL-A. No out-of-pocket tuition cost. Step up to a new career with FFE. www., 1-855-3567122 EXPERIENCED FLATBED DRIVERS Regional opportunties now open with plenty of freight and great pay. 1-800-2770212 or

Home Repair • Maintenance • Remodeling By Tom Suarez

Installations: Storm Doors, Ext. Doors, Cabinets, Laminate, Floors, Faucets, Sinks, Toilets, Ceiling Fans, Appliances and many more.

General Maintenance and Repairs. Serving Llano, Kingsland and Horseshoe Bay. Free Estimates in most cases.

20 Years Experience

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DRIVERS - COMPANY DRIVERS $1000 sign-on bonus. New, larger facilEMPLOYMENT ity. Home daily. 80% drop and hook loads. Family HELP WANTED health and dental insurAlco accepting applications ance. Paid vacation, 401k online at: for plan. L/P available. CDL-A Group Manager Positions with 1-year tractor-trailer and Team Leader. experience required. 1-888703-3889 or apply online at STATEWIDES AUCTIONS

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TEAM DRIVERS $2500 Sign-on bonus per driver. Super excellent home time options. Exceptional earning potential and equipment. CDL-A required. Students with CDL-A welcome. Call 1-866-955-6957 or apply online at YOU GOT THE DRIVE, we have the direction. OTR drivers, APU Equipped, Pre-Pass, EZpass, passenger policy. Newer equipment. 100% NO touch. 1-800-5287825 EDUCATION/TRAINING AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train for hands on aviation maintenance career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified, housing available. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance, 1-877-523-4531

CAN YOU DIG IT? Heavy equipment operator training. 3-week hands on program. Backhoes, bulldozers, excavators. Lifetime job placement assistance with National certifications. VA benefits eligible. 1-866362-6497 HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA from home. 6-8 weeks, accredited, get a diploma, get a job! No computer needed. Free brochure; 1-800-264-8330. Benjamin Franklin HS MEDICAL OFFICE TRAINEES needed! Train to become a medical office specialist at Ayers Career College. Online training gets you a job ready ASAP. Job placement when program completed. 1-888-368-1638. INTERNET HIGHSPEED INTERNET EVERYWHERE by Satellite! Speeds up to 12mbps! (200x faster than dial-up.)Starting at $49.95/ month, Call now and go fast! 1-888-643-6102


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Did you hear the news?

HCM again named one of top hospitals Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics for the second year in a row. “To be a Top 100 US hospital two years in a row clearly recognizes the efforts of the remarkable HCM team as they serve others each and every day,” said Jayne E. Pope, HCM’s newly appointed CEO. “Our remarkable journey began five years ago under the leadership of Mike Williams and this is a result of his, and the HCM team’s leadership in an industry facing enormous challenges,” said Pope. “What we provide at HCM is sourced in the Remarkable HCM Values—Others First, Compassion, Innovation, Accountability and Stewardship. It’s simply the way we serve.” The 100 Top Hospital recognition follows quickly on the hills of HCM’s announcement two weeks ago of their ranking by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid as 1st in Texas and fourth in the nation for Patient Experience. HCM is one of seven hospitals in Texas receiving the 100 Top Hospital recognition. The nearest recipient to HCM is St. David’s in Austin. The Truven Health 100 Top Hospi-

tals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study is celebrating its 20th year, and has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the third time HCM has been recognized with this honor—2003, 2012 and 2013. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,922 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor. The winning hospitals were announced in the Feb. 25 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

33rd District Court J. Allan Garrett Presiding Llano, Texas March 7 at 1:30 p.m. CR6636 Daniel Wayne Logan, arraignment hearing, aggravated assault with deadly weapon (second degree felony); CR6637 David Charles Willard, manufacture deliver controlled substance PG1>4G<200G (first degree felony); CR6638 Jimmy Dale Lackey, burglary of habitation (second degree felony); CR639 Heather Teagan McQuatters, aggravated assault with deadly weapon (second degree felony); CR6547 Russell Scott Lewis,

status, obstruction or retaliation (third degree felony); CR6578 Russell Scott Lewis, aggravated assault with deadly weapon (second degree felony); CR4051 Adam Morgan McDonald, burglary of habitation (second degree felony); CR6532 Ollie Joe Conely, assault family house member impeded breath/circulation (third degree felony); CR6583 Stephen Franklin Sheppard, evading arrest detention with vehicle (third degree felony); CR6609 Deanna Lynn Handsel, secure execution document deception involving State Medicaid Program >$1,500<$20K (state jail felony); CR6545 Roy Gonzalez, plea,

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abandon endanger child with intent to return (state jail felony); CR6554 Anthony Chance Hutson, possession of controlled substance PG2>1G<4G (third degree felony); CR6592 Adam Morgan McDonald, criminal mischief >$1,500<$20K destroy school (state jail felony); CR6599 Zhivago Kohrs, aggravated sexual assault (first degree felony) and sexual assault (second degree felony); CR5793 Wayne Alton Shaw, motion for early release of probation, injury child elderly disabled with intent of bodily injury (felony unassigned); CR6579 Charles Eugene Finke III, pretrial motion to revoke probation, burglary of building (state jail felony).


Llano County Abstract of Judgment •James Michael Baird vs Dan Valentine, Plaintiff, $2,106 Assumed Names •Bill W. Roundup, 105-D Lachite, Horseshoe Bay, Terry Newby •Turf Nutrition & Tea, 300 Crest, Kingsland, James Roy Kizer

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Deeds of Trust •Travis Hinson, 5.00 acres abstract 32, Llano County, Security State Bank & Trust •Brian D. & Rebecca E. Welling, 1100 The Cape #201, Horseshoe Bay, RandolphBrooks Federal Credit Union •Lloyd & Lisa Ruth, 912 Red Sails, Horseshoe Bay, Regions Bank Rodney K. & Sara A. Teague, 404 Sunstone, Horseshoe Bay, Pentagon Federal Credit Union •Derek E. & Susan R. Naiser, 351.348 acres abstract 516, Llano County, Capital Farm Credit •David Barnes, 1007 Broken Hills, Horseshoe Bay, RMC

Vanguard Mortgage •George W. Sr. & Kathy Susan Cox, 18.09 acres abstract 707, Llano County, Capital Farm Credit •Luann Scobie and Donna J. Benton, 103 Park Road, Sunrise Beach, Independent Bank •Chaddick & Brandy Bartee, 110 Miradora, Horseshoe Bay, First Capital Bank of Texas •Timeless Texas Investments LLC, Lot 158 Summit Rock, Plainscapital Bank •Wiatrowski Family Trust, Lot 33006 Shoreline Townhomes, Stifel Bank & Trust Warranty Deeds •Joe & Lana Tighe, Lot 15 River Valley Ranch Airstrip, Betty M. Yokie and John O. Yokie Estate •Glenn R. Leduc, Lot 22233, Horseshoe Bay, Sirus Homayun •Derek E. & Susan R. Naiser, 351.348 acres abstract 516, Llano County, Thomas E. & Jane M. Clark •Jerry Dwayne & Connie Lee Newham, part lot 41

River View, Robert A. & Anna Womack •Stephen L. & Cynthia M. Lubke, Lot 15, Sunrise Beach, Christine Langenfeld Byron •Chaddick & Brandy Bartee, Lot 137A Escondido, Post Rail Builder LLC •Timeless Texas Investments LLC, Lot 158, Summit Rock, Summit Rock Communities LLC •R. L. Nobles, Lots 5, 6 Miller Addition, Llano, Charles Willbern & Vicky Ann Robinson •Charles Nave, Lots 19, 20 part 18, 21, Rose Hill, Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. •Dennis R. Johnson, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Miller Addition, Llano, Bert S. Jr. & Leann Myers and Kenneth & Delhia Myers •Curtis C. & Julie F. Borho, 986.554 acres and numerous abstracts, Llano County, •Sutton Family Partnership LTD and Sutton Family Limited Partnership •Malone Girls LLC, Lots 331, 332, 333, Buchanan Lake Village, Howard T. & Mary Wilhelm

Llano County Jail Log The following have been booked into the Llano County Jail on the dates listed. Their inclusion in this list is not intended to be a judgment of guilt or innocence and should not be construed as such. Feb. 25 Matthew Wayne Manning, 44, of Llano, on a charge of driving while license invalid with previous suspension; released on bond. Aaron Sanchez, 27, of Lampasas, on a charge of driving while license invalid with previous suspension; released on bond. Feb. 26 Jeremy Scott Herron, 30, of Buchanan Dam, on charges of aggravated assault with deadly weapon and assault family/ house member impede breath/ circulation; release information unavailable. Schaneece Illeen Hunsaker, 39, of Rosenberg, on charges of possession of controlled substance PG 1<1G and an order to revoke bond-forgery; release information unavailable. Blaise Ward Paschall, 21, of

Kingsland, on a charge of criminal trespass; released on bond. Feb. 27 Charles Jeffrey Brassfield, 31, of Llano, on a charge of sexual exploitation child; security transport. Ashlee Sheanel Knowles, 20, of Llano, on a charge of failure to display driver’s license; released to see judge. Christopher Glen Livers, 28, of Kingsland, on charges of theft of property >$1,500<$20K and possession of drug paraphernalia; released on bond. Feb. 28 Joe Arthur Ramon, 42, of Granite Shoals, on charges of public intoxication and failure to appear burglary of vehicle-Burnet County; released on bond. March 1 Marshall Elijah McDaniel, 35, of Burnet, on a judgment-driving while intoxicated; release information unavailable. Lana Kay Springer, 52, of Liberty Hill, on a judgment-pos-

session of controlled substance PG1>200G<400G; release information unavailable. Shiloh Amon Wiggins, 35, of Round Mountain, on a judgment-driving while intoxicated 3rd or more; release information unavailable. March 2 John Anthony Birdwell, 25, of Buchanan Dam, on charges of possession of marijuana < 2oz, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication and no driver’s license on person; released on bond. Robert Mathew Hogeda, 36, of Austin, on a charge of criminal trespass; released on bond. March 3 Daniel Thomas Barner, 24, of Kingsland, on a charge of driving while intoxicated; released on bond. Heather Mickal Cardullo, 30, of Kingsland, on charges of theft of property <$1,500 with two precious convictions and criminal mischief-Burnet County; release information unavailable.

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Quilters have new group project The Texas Hills Quilters met Feb. 18 for its monthly meeting. Seems this group does more than create quilts. Members enjoyed a pot-luck lunch. Besides quilting, we’ve got some very good cooks. Several of the members continue to make lap robes and bags to hang on walkers for the local nursing homes. They also make pillowcases and laundry bags

for the Cherokee Children’s Home. Non-perishable food items are collected and delivered to the Llano Food Pantry. The club has a new group project called “Project Linus”. The first Saturday of each month anyone and everyone is encouraged to meet at The Country Quilt Shop, 100 Exchange in Llano to assemble, sew, crochet or knit. You do not have to be a member

of the Texas Hills Quilter group to participate. The blankets that are created are donated to seriously ill children or others that are in need within a three county community. Texas Hills Quilters meet the 3rd Monday of each month. Everyone is welcome to come join the fun of learning and sharing the love of quilting. Inquiries, contact 325.248.0300.

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Taking a break through the food line are Wilma Holt, Kay Savage, Ron Thomas and Jackie Bertram.

Church Services Calendar Bethal Tabernacle United Pentecostal, 401 W. Dallas, Llano 325.247.4680. Sundays: 10 a.m. worship. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. worship. Bible Baptist Church, 700 E. Young, Llano 325.247.5440. Sundays: 10 a.m. Sunday School, 11 a.m. children and adult worship, 6:30 p.m. worship. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. worship and prayer meeting. An Independent Baptist Church that uses the King James Version Bible. Buchanan West Baptist, 850 Lillian Dean, Buchanan Dam 512.793.2190. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. worship, 6:30 p.m. worship. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. worship. Calvary Apostolic Church, 1010 Ashton Avenue, Llano 325.956.9652. Sundays: 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. worship. Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m. Fridays: Youth 7 p.m. Chapel of the Hills Baptist Church, 19135 E. SH 29, Buchanan Dam 512.793.2453. Sunday: 9:10 a.m. Prayer, 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. worship and youth program. Fifth Sunday: after service dinner-onthe-grounds Wednesday: 6 p.m. Bible study and youth program, 7 p.m. Praise singers and musicians practice under direction of Dennis Hoover. Third Wednesday: 6 p.m. potluck supper. Thursday: 9 a.m., food & clothes pantry from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or phone for appointment. Last Monday: Ladies Bunko Friendship Night at 6 p.m. This is a fun, social, dice game of 100 percent luck-no skills required. A light meal is hosted prior to the game. Please RSVP to 512.793.2453. Christian Worship Center 879 FM 3404, (Slab Road) Kingsland 325.388.4929. Sundays: 10:30 a.m. worship. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. worship. church of Christ 901 Lillian Dean, Buchanan Dam 512.793.2123. Sundays; 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. worship. Wednesdays: 10 a.m. Ladies Bible Class, 6 p.m. Bible study. Church of Christ, 402 W. Main, Llano 325.247.4426. Sundays: 9:30 a.m. Bible Study, 10:30 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. worship. Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m. Bible study. Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. Ladies Bible Class. Covenant Prayer House 2651 East SH 29, Llano 325.247.7990. Saturdays: 6 p.m. worship. Cross & Spurs Cowboy Church East SH 29, Buchanan Dam (7/10 mile from RR 1431) 325.423.0539. Sundays: 9 a.m. Bible study, 10 a.m. worship. First Assembly of God, 301 SH 71 East, Llano 325.247.5962. Sundays: 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. worship. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. worship. First Baptist Church of Kingsland, 3435 RR 1431 W., Kingsland 325.388.4507. Sundays: 9 a.m. traditional worship service, early Sunday School. 10:45 a.m. contemporary children’s church (ages 4 years – 6th grade), youth worship (7th – 12th grade), late Sunday School. 6 p.m. Evening worship. Wednesdays: 5 p.m. Family dinner (at cost). 6 p.m. Prayer meeting, Youth hang time, Team KID (ages 4 years – 6th grade), worship choir rehearsal, Mission U-Too Bible Study (adults). 6:30 p.m. Pastor’s Bible Study. Nursery provided for ages birth – 3 years during all services. First Baptist Church of Llano, 107 West Luce, Llano 325.247.4803. Sundays: 8:30 a.m. contemporary worship, 9:45 a.m. Bible study, 11 a.m. traditional worship, 6 p.m. worship and youth band rehearsal & game time. Wednesdays: 6 p.m. family meal, 6:45 p.m. children’s activities, adult Bible study, adult prayer meeting; 7 p.m. youth fusion. First Baptist Church of Sunrise Beach, 606 RR 2233, Sunrise Beach 325.388.4113. Sundays: 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:45 a.m. worship, 6:30 p.m. worship. Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m. Bible study. First Baptist Church of Tow, 16529 RR 2241, Tow 325.379.3918.

Sundays: 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, 11 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. worship. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. worship. First Christian Church, 1105 Oatman, Llano 325.247.5309. Sundays: 9:45 a.m. Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. worship. Wednesdays: 5 p.m. Bible study. First Presbyterian, 1306 Ford St., Llano 325.247.4917. Sundays: 9:45 a.m. Sunday School, 11 a.m. worship. Tuesdays: 7 a.m. Prayer in the parking lot. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Bible Study. Thursdays: 12:05 p.m. Worship at Lunch-includes scripture, prayer and discussion. Second & Fourth Tuesdays: Jamming Session, bring your instrument or voice, everyone welcome. For more information call Jeff White 325.248.4114. Genesis Lutheran, 15946 SH 29, Buchanan Dam 512.793.6800. Sundays: 8:30 a.m. traditional worship, 9:45 a.m. Bible study, 11 a.m. contemporary worship with modern format and music. First & Third Mondays: 10:30 a.m. WINGS. Fourth Mondays: 9:30 a.m. Piecemakers quilting. First & Third Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arts and Crafts Second Wednesdays: 2 p.m. fellowship. Fourth Sundays: after worship service fellowship. Grace Episcopal, 1200 Oatman, Llano 325.247.5276. Sundays: 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship. Mondays: 6:30 p.m. AL-ANON; 8 p.m. AA. Thursdays: 8 p.m. AA. Highland Lakes Baptist, 716 RR 2900, Kingsland 325.3883540. Sundays: 9:45 a.m. worship, 10:45 a.m. Sunday school, 6 p.m. worship. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. prayer meeting. Highland Lakes Church of Christ, RR 1431, Kingsland 325.388.6769. Sundays: 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10 a.m. worship, 5 p.m. worship. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Bible study. Highland Lakes United Methodist Church, 8303 RR 1431, Buchanan Dam 325.388.4187. Sundays: 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:45 a.m. worship, Second Sundays: covered dish. Fourth Sundays: 8:15 a.m. early worship. Tuesdays: 10 a.m. Women Bible study, 1:30 p.m. recycled card workshop. First Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m. game night. Third Wednesdays: 2:30 p.m. United Methodist Women. Thursdays: 1:30 p.m. recycled card workshop. Hi-Way Of Hope Assembly 14201 RR 1431, Kingsland 830.598.2948. Sundays: 10:30 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. Sunday Night Live. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Fellowship. Holy Trinity Catholic, 708 Bessemer, Llano, 325.247.4481. Saturdays: 5 p.m Vigil. Sundays: 10 a.m. Mass. Wednesdays: 7:30 a.m. Mass, Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays: 6 p.m. Mass. Kingsland Community Church, 1136 RR 1431, Kingsland, 325.388.4516. Sundays: 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, 10:45 a.m. worship. First Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. Get Acquainted Coffee Day. Second Tuesdays: 7:30 a.m Men’s Breakfast. Llano Cowboy Church, SH 29 West, Llano. 325.3609. Sundays: 10 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. Bible study. Tuesdays: 7 p.m. worship. Llano Church of God of Prophecy, 807 Anniston Ave., Llano 325.247.1880. Sundays: 10 a.m. Sunday school, 11 a.m. worship, 6:30 p.m. worship. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Bible Study. Thursdays: 6:30 p.m. prayer service. Lone Grove Church of Christ, 2625 CR 202, Llano. Sundays: 10 a.m. Bible class, 10:30 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. worship. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. worship Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Wright St., Llano 325.247.4009. Sundays: 8:45 a.m. praise, 9:40 a.m. Sunday School, 5 p.m. Youth Fellowship, 7 p.m. choir. First Sundays: 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10 a.m. worship, 11:15 a.m. meal. Wednesdays: 6 p.m. youth. Our Lady of the Lake Catholic, RR 2233, Sunrise Beach Village

325.388.3742. Saturdays: 4 p.m. Mass. Packsaddle Fellowship, 508 RR 2900, Kingsland 325.388.8202. Sundays: 9:30 a.m. Adult and Children Worship Service, 10:45 a.m. Bible study for all ages. Pittsburg Avenue Baptist Church, 709 Pittsburg Ave., Llano 325.247.4042. Sundays: 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, 11 a.m. worship, 5 p.m. how to study the Bible, 6 p.m. casual service. Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m. how to study the Bible/nursery provided. Angel Food Orders: at the Fuel Coffee House deadline is second Monday of the month, pick up is the last Saturday of month at the church. Providence Reformed Baptist Church, 516 Juniper, Kingsland 830.265.0538. Sundays: 10:30 a.m. Sunrise Beach Federated Church, 105 E. Lakeshore Drive, Sunrise Beach 325.388.6835 or 325.388.3685. Sundays: 9 a.m. Worship, followed by a fellowship hour with refreshments. Third Sundays: Discussion after fellowship. Third Fridays: 6 p.m. Potluck Supper. St. Charles Catholic, 205 Trinity Dr., Kingsland 325.388.3742. Tuesdays-Fridays 8 a.m. Mass. Saturdays: 5:30 p.m. Mass. Sundays: 9 a.m. Mass. St. James Lutheran, 1401 Ford, Llano 325.247.4906. Sundays: 9 a.m. Christian Education, 10 a.m. Worship (Holy Communion on first & third Sundays). Last Sunday of each month: 10 a.m. less liturgy and more hymns. Fifth Sundays: 10 a.m. Super Singing with hymn requests and special music by Les Hartman. Third Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m. Family game night, bring finger foods. St. John’s Lutheran, RR 152, Castell 325.247.3115. Sundays: 9 a.m. worship. Following worship: Children’s Sunday school. River of Life Fellowship 2651 East SH 29, Llano 325.247.7990. Sundays: 10 a.m. Tow Church of Christ, CR 2241, Tow. Sundays: 10 a.m. Sunday school; 10:45 a.m. worship, 4 p.m. worship. Wednesdays: 6 p.m. worship. Trinity United Methodist Church, 142 Old Schoolhouse Lane, Castell 325.247.4238. Sundays: 9:30 a.m. worship, 10:45 a.m. Sunday school. Casual Dress. United Methodist Church, CR 408-D, Valley Spring (off SH 71 West). Sundays: 9 a.m. worship Valley Spring Primitive Baptist Church CR 407 (off SH 71 West), Llano. Second & Fourth Sundays: 10:30 a.m. Song service, 11 a.m. worship. Covered Dish follows.

Cross and Spurs Cowboy Church will host Mike & Suzy Gayle as special singers on Sunday, March 10. Bobby G. Rice will sing on March 17. Watch for more news on the first arena event with Paul Daily from Wild Horse Ministries April 27 & 28. Highland Lakes United Methodist Church will observe weekly Lenten Lunches except Good Friday. A light lunch of soup and bread will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by a short lesson. This year The Forty Days of Love Spiritual Adventure will be observed: each week perform a special task for someone else instead of or in addition to giving up something for Lent. March 11 will be lunch and learn with Dorothy Clark teaching crochet at 11:30 a.m. Bring your sack lunch. Genesis Lutheran Church will observe Lent with Wednesday weekly lessons through March 20.The weekly Lenten services begin at 5:30 p.m. with a light meal and lesson begins at 6:30

p.m. The “Celebrate Green” fundraiser for the building remodel will be a dinner and silent auction March 15. Tickets are on advance sale now, $12; will not be sold at the door. Menu is Irish stew, cornbread, salad, desserts. Proceeds will be used for expanding the church structure at the community area. Please contact the church at 512.793.6800, for more information or to purchase tickets. Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church will observe weekly services through Lenten season. Exercise classes have changed time back to 9 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. First Baptist Church Llano will host AWANA Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. It is Spring Forward, Leaps & Bounds Night and Grand Prix Cars will be handed out. AWANA is dismissed March 13 for spring break. There will be combined worship March 10 at 11 a.m. Betty Sue Hoy will lead the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace class on Tuesdays from March 19-

May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Bless Llano Now Outreach Center is now open at 911 Bessemer. The Center will distribute free supplies (as available) to citizens of Llano. This ministry will survive only by donations. Please make a donation today. Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Sunrise Beach, will hold Easter Mass Sunday, March 31 at 11 a.m. There will be no Saturday Mass on Easter weekend. St. Charles Catholic Church, Kingsland, will observe Holy Thursday Mass at 7 p.m. and Holy Hour after Mass until midnight. Veneration of the Cross will be on Good Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday Easter Vigil will be at 8:30 p.m. Easter Sunday Mass will be at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Prayer on the Square, Interdenominational group of Christians meeting in the gazebo on the square in Llano every Thursday, announce the time has changed to 6 p.m. for prayer and also at Prosperity Bank in Kingsland at 6 p.m. For prayer anytime call 325.247.1880.

700 Springs Ranch tour set The 700 Springs Ranch located southwest of Junction will welcome visitors Saturday, March 9 who want to see the beautiful springs that feed the South Llano River with crystal clear water. Llano City citizens rely on these and other springs in that area as the most important source of their municipal water supply. The tour will begin

promptly at 10 a.m. at the Kimble County Courthouse in Junction with a 20 minute motorcade to the ranch. Visitors may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after informative program which will include the history of the ranch and surrounding area. Additionally you may wish to include some comfortable chairs for yourself and your passengers.

Please note that the ranch owner does not allow any fishing or swimming in the River on his property that day. Mrs. Frederica Wyatt, Chairperson of the Kimble County Historical Commission will be pleased to answer any questions you have about the tour. She can be contacted at 325.446.4219 or 325.446.2477.

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Sports Llano’s special Olympians compete at Texas State event On Saturday, March 2, Llano’s special olympics team traveled to Texas State University in San Marcos to compete in the area basketball competition. Over 25 teams came from the area to compete in individual skills, team-building, 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 games. This year Llano

had five students compete in the individual skills competition, which involved a timed 10-meter dribble, shooting and target pass. Mitch Dunn, Brady Stark and Isaac O’Neil all earned a gold medals in their divisions. Caleb Hinton and Hannah DeVault both earned

bronze medals. Valerie Ozanne (head coach) and Kerry Harvey (coach), for the Llano Special Olympics Team said that all the athletes have put forth excellent effort and it has paid off. The team will begin practices this week for the Track and Field Competitions to be held in April.

Jackets: Collects first victory From Page 1A

Lampasas 17, Llano 10: The loss that eliminated Llano was as different as nightand-day from Thursday night’s stirring win over Harper. Llano took a 10-7 lead into the seventh inning but five pitchers gave up 10 runs to hand the Badgers a 17-10 win. Starter Isaac Hutto pitched well Saturday afternoon in what was the tournament’s consolation championship game. Hutto pitched five and two-thirds innings, yielding seven runs on six hits. He walked four and hit two Badger batters. Hutto, who plays all three team sports for the Yellow Jackets, threw 120 pitches before being lifted in the sixth inning for Eli Tiffin. Hutto, who had three base hits, moved to first base. Llano led by three at the time. Relievers Tiffin, Storey Tatsch, Chance Ware and Holden Simpson yielded four hits, three walks and hit two batters.

Three passed balls also hurt the Jackets’ cause. After the Badgers scored 10 runs, coach Ridings turned to senior Rhett Brooks. Brooks dominated, getting two quick outs to end the uprising, although the damage had been done. Taylor Sorenson was the hitting starof-the-game for the Yellow Jackets. His triple in the fifth plated three LHS runs. Catcher Will Siegenthaler reached base four times. It was a bitter pill to swallow, but this early-season tournament will be long forgotten by the time district play begins at 7 p.m. March 19 at – yep – Lampasas. Fourteen teams – including Faith Academy – will participate in the Hill Country Baseball Tournament March 7-8-9 at Llano High. The Yellow Jackets play at 4 p.m. Thursday against Fredericksburg. Lampasas Llano

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bashed a homer to lead the way. Other hitters in the title game were Lacey Redden (2-for-3), Claire Williams (2-for-3) and Jessica Wunderlich (1-for-3, two RBI). Llano opened the tournament with a 5-4 win over the San Marcos JV. Williams, Clough and Mize all had two hits and

Clough and Mize batted in runs. In Game 2, the Lady Jackets shut out Lytle, 5-0, with Jackson pitching. Jordan, Williams and Wunderlich had two hits each. Jordan homered and drove in two. Wunderlich also drove in two runs. Llano 8, Harper 0: Catcher Redden was 3for-4 with two triples and an RBI. Williams drove in

three runs on three hits. Jackson picked up the pitching victory. Llano 8, Johnson City 4: Jordan belted a 3-run homer and Mize was 2for-2 with an RBI. Clough also added three hits to the attack. The Lady Jackets will open District 8-3A action March 15 against Liberty Hill at Llano. The district opener starts at 2:45 p.m.

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Faith Academy loses in state semifinals BY MARK GOODSON LCJ SPORTS EDITOR

Faith Academy couldn’t make free throws and failed to deliver in crunch time Friday in the TAPPS Division II state semifinals at Mansfield’s Lake Ridge High School. Sherman Texoma Christian knocked off the Lady Flames, 46-43, despite neither team scoring in the final 1:24 of the wide-open game. Shooting wasn’t pretty by either team throughout the contest, especially at the free throw line where Faith Academy shot 43 percent, making just 16 of 37 attempts. Texoma Christian, which has won four of the last five TAPPS Division II state titles, was seven of 12 from the free throw line. Texoma Christian relied on its post player Hannah Bentson to score 23 points and lead the effort for the Lady Eagles, who have beaten the Flames in the Final Four before. Faith Academy’s Bailey Brinkley led the Lady Flames with 18 points, followed by Juliette Fisher’s 11 points. “You can’t beat any good team and shoot free throws like that,’’ Faith Academy coach Jerry English said. “It was tough for us to try to get back into the game.’’ Faith Academy trailed by as many as seven (13-6 with

1:20 left in the first quarter), but took the lead and were in command after Brinkley made a strong move down the right side of the lane for an old-fashioned 3-pointer to give Faith Academy a 1413 lead just 30 seconds into the second quarter. Fisher had a strong game on defense and pulled down 10 rebounds. Nine of her rebounds were on defense. “We could have forced them to the baseline more,’’ Fisher said. The Lady Flames shot 38 percent from the floor (13 of 34) with their 43 percent free-throw shooting. “We rushed it a little bit (on the free throws),’’ Fisher said. “This was good for us, it’ll make work that much harder to get back again.’’ The Lady Flames held the advantage throughout the second quarter but couldn’t capitalize on free throw attempts. The game was knotted at 21 apiece at halftime. The game stayed close throughout the rest of the game. In the final 36 seconds, Faith Academy had two good opportunities to cut into the 46-43 lead. Bentson had given the Lady Eagles the cushion with an inside shot against the Faith Academy defense. Faith Academy’s JoAnna Piatek, one of the team’s best passers, managed to

get a 12-footer off with 30 seconds left and Juliette Fisher had a medium-range jumper with less than 10 seconds for the team’s best chances to win. Both shots were just off the mark, but were good shots. With four seconds left, there was a chance for the Lady Flames to get the ball back for one last shot. The officials took time to rule on a possession and the ball was given to the Lady Eagles. Texoma Christian inbounded the ball and ran out the clock. Faith Academy played solid defense and rebounded well, but the team’s shooting was a far cry from what they had shown all season. Two seniors finished their career. Brinkley hit five of nine shots from the floor and seven of 11 from the line in her final game for the Lady Flames. Rebecca Graham scored three points and added three rebounds as the other senior on the team. Returning starters are Taylor Denton, Piatek, Kristen Cherry and Fisher. Brinkley finished her senior season with 651 points (16.7 average) and made 50 percent of her field goals for the season. She led the team in free throw shooting, was second in rebounds, first in blocks, first in steals and second in assists.

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March 16 ~Welcoming Party at the Train Depot - 11:30 a.m., Austin Steam Train, Burnet. The Austin Steam Train will be hosting a South African television production starring country singer Juanita. There will be a train robbery, gunfight, Frito pies and chili, and a Petting Zoo for the kids. For information, 512.477.8468 or ~Master Gardener’s Lawn and Garden Show - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. James Lutheran Church, 1401 Ford St., Llano. Join the Master Gardeners as they demonstrate and have informative talks to help your garden and lawn spring back this year. For information, 325.247.5354 or ~Texas History Day - 7 p.m., Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main St. Fredericksburg. Old West Rangers, Joaquin Jackson, other field reenactments, Duke Davis, and Austin Ladd Roberts will be some of the additional re-enactors. Dinner at 7 p.m. and concert by Mike Blakely at 8 p.m. For information, 830.990.8441. March 23 ~Annual Chamber Banquet - 5:30 p.m., Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista, Marble Falls. We are excited about coinciding the Annual Banquet with the opening of the Visitor’s Center. We will run shuttles from the Pavilion to the Visitor’s Center prior to and after the banquet. For information, 830.693.2815. ~15th Annual Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St., Burnet. Vendors feature plants for every garden, lawn and garden equipment, and yard décor are also available for purchase. There will be informative speakers, demonstrations, and a special children’s area. For information, 512.756.4297. ~Texas Topaz Day - 10 a.m., Historic Mason Square, 126 Ft. McKavitt St., Mason. Meet gem cutters in person, see live cutting demonstrations, and join a rock-hounding guided tour. Kids can spend the day as a quest of the International Gemologist Apprentice Program. For information, 325.347.0475 or

March 24 ~Annual Faceting Seminar - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wildlife Ranch Lodge, 100 West TX 377, Mason. Join us for the Annual Faceting Seminar presented by the Texas Faceter’s Guild. Gem faceters and enthusiasts have the opportunity to learn from Texas gem cutters, and enjoy lectures by industry experts. For information, 325.347.0475, March 30 ~Family Easter on the Vineyard - noon to 4 p.m., Fall Creek Vineyards, 1820 County Rd. 222, Tow. Easter Basket lunches on the patio, live Gospel music by the Lake Bottom Jazz Trio, wine toss for adults, egg hunt for the kiddos and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. For information, ~Easter Fires of Fredericksburg Pageant - 8 p.m., Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 530 Fair Dr., Fredericksburg. A story of bunnies and Indians, history and legend, and the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., is rekindling the telling of that chapter in local history with the presentation of the Easter Fires of Fredericksburg Pageant. For information, 830.997.2359. ~@Last Llano Art Studio Tour 2013 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Llano. “We live here, we create here.” Come join our local artists in their studios and homes for showings, sales, and demonstrations of various media such as clay, fabric, glass, iron, leather, metal, paint, photography, and wood. For information, 325.247.5354 or llanochamber. org. April 5, 6 ~Mason Art Walk - Friday until 7 p.m. , Saturday until 5 p.m., Mason. Art Walk starts Friday and continues through Saturday allowing members to welcome in art lovers. New lighting was installed around the Square lights up our sidewalks for safety of patrons. For information, 325.347.0475.

March 6 - 12, 2013

Dining with gluten awareness For many diners, gluten versus gluten free foods are a significant, daily dietary concern. Gluten, with roots in the Latin word “gluten,” meaning glue, is a protein composite found in food that is processed from wheat or a related grain. Gluten is found in breads, baked goods and starchy meals. Gluten free options in restaurants are highly beneficial to people who cannot have products with gluten in them. People who have celiac disease or gluten intolerance cannot eat gluten. Some studies show that those with autism may see behavioral improvement when practicing a gluten free diet. In addition to clinical reasons, many choose gluten free foods based on general wellness. “One in five people normally have intolerances to gluten,” said Janet Wilson, owner of Tea Thyme Café on US 281 in Marble Falls. Wilson stands by the gluten-free diet, and offers a completely gluten free menu to patrons. “We don’t bring in anything with gluten, so there’s no contamination,” she said. “Gluten is like glue. It clogs up the intestinal pores and your body starts starving.” Wilson said that a gluten free diet can cure common ailments. “People start to feel better when they’ve gone off gluten,” she said. “They have more energy, no aches and pains, no more sniffles.” Tea Thyme Café offers many types of tacos,


several gluten free pasta options and is made to order. Pecan Street Brewing Company on Pecan Avenue in Johnson City has Americana offerings minus the gluten. “We have gluten free pizza and rolls for burgers and sandwiches,” said owner Patty Elliott. “Our salad of course is gluten free, as well as our mashed potatoes, chicken breast and steaks. We can also substitute oil and vinegar for STAFF PHOTO BY ALEXANDRIA any dressings that include gluten.” RANDOLPH The brewery also plans to add gluten free This gluten free panini can be found on the menu beer to their menu. Russo’s Texitally Restaurant on Steve at Saucy’s Restaurant in Cottonwood Shores. Hawkins Parkway in Marble Falls can also spinach pizza, garbanzo bean salad, a hummus make gluten free substitutions for patrons. sandwich, and many other breakfast and lunch “We sometimes substitute zucchini options, all gluten free. Prices range from $6.75 spaghetti for pasta,” said Kristal Ontiveros, to $8.95. assistant manager, “or we can make something Saucy’s Restaurant and Catering on US simple like ravioli with (gluten free) tomato 281 in Cottonwood Shores is another location sauce. We’re also working on getting gluten free to find gluten free food for lunch or dinner. breads.” They offer chicken marsala with mushrooms, Francesco’s Italian Restaurant and jalapeno lime tilapia, rustic sausage and polenta Pizzaria on US 281 in Marble Falls has pizza, and options from their salad and pasta bar that spaghetti, and several meals options without are gluten free. Prices range from $10 to $16. gluten, including grilled eggplant and a pesce “We try to have a little something for griglia – grilled salmon. everybody,” said Luciana McKeown, owner It’s All Good Bar-B-Q on TX 71 in of Saucy’s. “We try to have at least one item Spicewood offers “Meat by the Pound.” Several in every category – one dessert, one appetizer of their sides including pinto beans and green – that is gluten free.” beans are naturally gluten free. McKeown said that the pasta bar features Although not every restaurant will have

gluten free options, there are ways to eat out and still be gluten free. Meals with no wheat products and plates with meat and fresh vegetables are usually gluten free. Avoid sauces, many of which have gluten in them. For salad dressings, substitute oil and vinegar. ~Alexandria Randolph

Gluten Free Barbecue Sauce 1/2 cup gluten free ketchup 1/2 cup tomato sauce 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup pineapple juice 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup gluten-free Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup water 1 medium chopped onion 1/4 teaspoon celery powder (not salt) 1/2 teaspoon paprika Combine all ingredients in a heavy, medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Cool and store in the refrigerator. Yields 1.5 pints of sauce. Serve over grilled chicken, ribs, pulled pork, burgers or brats. It is also a good dipping sauce for gluten free chicken tenders. ~ Recipe courtesy of Teri Gruss from Gluten Free Cooking at

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Cover: This scene is something that every topaz hunter dreams about when headed for the annual Celebration of Texas Topaz Day in Mason. Cover story, page 9. Cover photo illustration by Melanie Hogan.

Lake Country Restaurants Bertram El Rancho, 535 TX 29, 512.355.3759 Good Graz’in Café, 240 W. TX 29, 512.355.9340 Hungry Moose Family Restaurant, 360 W. TX 29, 512.355.3855 Las Rosas Mexican & American, 102 Castleberry Court, 512.355.3542 Young Guns Pizza and Cafe, 525 I TX 29, 512.355.2432 Buchanan Dam Area Bluffton Store, RR 2241 and RR 261, Bluffton, 325.379.9837 Hoover’s Valley Country Cafe, 7203 Park Road 4 W., 512.715.9574 Reverend Jim’s Dam Pub, Great food, good views and cold beer, 19605 E. TX 29, 512.793.3333 Rolling H Cafe´, 318 CR 222, 325.379.1707 Tamale King, 15405 E. TX 29, 512.793.2677 The Dam Grille, Always fresh, always good, 15490 E. TX 29, 512.793.2020 Burnet Aranya Thai Restaurant, 1015 E. Polk St., 512.756.1927 Burnet Feed Store BBQ Restaurant, 2800 S. Water St., 512.715.9227 The Overlook at Canyon of the Eagles, spectacular lakeside dining & resort, 16942 RR 2341, 800.977.0081 Café Twenty-Three Hundred, Great homestyle food at affordable prices, 2300 West TX 29, 512.756.0550 Chicken Express, 1510 S. Water St., 512.756.9191 Crazy Gal’s Café, 414 Buchanan Drive., 512.715.8040 Dairy Queen, 502 S. Water St., 512.756.2161 Don Pedro’s Mexican Food, 609 E. Polk St., 512.756.1421 El Rancho, 608 E. Polk St., 512.715.0481 Gude’s Bakery & Deli, 307 W. Polk St., 512.715.9903 Hacienda El Charro No. 2, 306 Water St., 512.756.7630 Highlander Restaurant & Steakhouse, 401 W. Buchanan Dr., 512.756.7401 Las Palmas, 200 S. West St., 512.234.8030 Juanes Mexican Restaurant, 504 Buchanan Dr., 512.715.0415 Las Comadres, 1001 S. Water St., 512.715.0227 Longhorn Cavern Grill, 6211 Park Road 4 (Longhorn Caverns), 512.756.4680 McDonald’s, 200 N. Water St., 512.715.0066 Payne’s BBQ-Shack, 616 Buchanan Dr., 512.8BBQ(227) Pizza Hut, 701 Buchanan Dr., 512.756.6918 Post Mountain BBQ, 310 S. Main St., 830.613.1055

Shangra-Lai, 1001 S. Water St., 512.156.7800 Sonic Drive-In, 904 Buchanan Dr., 512.756.8880 Storm’s, 700 N. Water St., 512.756.7143 Subway, 804 E. Polk St., 512.715.9430 Tea-Licious, 216 S. Main St., 512.756.7636 Texas Pizza Co., 903 Water St., Suite 400, 512.715.8070 The Cookie Café & Bakery, 107 E. Jackson St., 830.613.0199 The Maxican, 3401 S. US 281, 512.756.1213 Whataburger, 402 E. Polk St., 512.756.1507 Granite Shoals Autenticamente El Mexicano Taqueria Restaurant, 4110 Valleyview Lane, 830.596.1699 El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, 6924 W. RR 1431, 830.598.2394 Farm House, 8037 W. RR 1431, 830.598.2934 La Cabana Mexican Food Restaurant, 7005 Hwy. 1431, 830.598.5462 Horseshoe Bay & Cottonwood Shores Hole in 1 Sports Bar and Grill, 7401 West FM 2147, 512.731.5320 Julie’s Cocina, 4119 W. RR 2147, Plaza del Sol, 830.265.5804 Lantana Grill & Bar, 200 Hi Circle N. 830.598.8600 On the Rocks, 4401 Cottonwood Dr. 830.637.7417 Pizza Mia, 4119 RR 2147, Ste. 3. Plaza del Sol, 830.693.6363 Rick’s Cowtown Bar-B-Q, 3803 RR 2147 West, 512.755.3963 Saucy’s Restaurant, Catering and Cooking Classes 4005 Hwy 2147, A, 830-693-4838 Subway, 4823 W. RR2147, 830.693.7799 Kingsland

Alfredo’s Mexican Restaurant, 4139 RR 1431, 325.388.0754 El Bracero, 1516 RR 1431. 325.388.0022 Dairy Queen, 2000 W. RR 1431, 325.388.3160 Grand Central Cafe, 1010 King Court, 325.388.6022 Kingsland Coffee Co., 1907 RR 1431, 325.270.0863 Lighthouse Grill and Lounge, 118 Club Circle Dr., 325.388.6660 Mr Gatti’s Pizza, RR 2900, 325.388.6888 Mosca’s, 1640 RR 1431, 325.388.6486 Sonic, 1605 RR 1431, 325.388.2021 Spyke’s Bar-B-Que, 14601 W. RR 1431, 325.388.6996 Sweet Things Bakery, 3003 RR 1431, 325.388.3460 Subway, 1133 RR 1431, 325.388.2433

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Arbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1301 US 281 N., 830.693.9602 Bella Sera, 1125 US 281, 830.798.2661 Blue Bonnet Cafe, 211 US 281, 830.693.2344 Brothers Bakery, 519 US 281, 830.798.8278 Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country Store and CafĂŠ, 1406 S. US Hwy 281, 830.693.5922 Chicken Express, 2408 US 281, 830.693.3770 Chiliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 702 First St., 830.798.1298 China Kitchen, a Marble Falls tradition for Chinese, 705 First St., 830.693.2575 Chuspyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burritos, 1808 US 281 N, 830.693.1407 Dairy Queen, 915 RR 1431, 830.693.4912 Darciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deli, 909 Third St., 830.693.0505 Docâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fish Camp & Grill, Best seafood! Live music, Thurs-Sat, 900 RR 1431 W. and US 281, 830.693.2245

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Double Horn Brewing Company, 208 Ave. H, 830.693.5165 El Rancho, 2312 N. US 281, 830.693.4030 Francescoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Restaurant & Pizzaria, Mama Mia! A local favorite for traditional Italian, 701 US 281, 830.798.1580 Ginger & Spice, 909 Second St., 830.693.7171 Golden Chick, 1507 W. RR 1431, 830.693.4459 Grand Buffet, 1208 RR 1431 830.693.7959 Hidden Falls, 220 Meadowlakes Dr., 830.693.4467 Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Depot, 307 Main St., 830.637.7282 Inmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ranch House Bar-B-Que, 707 Sixth St., 830.693.2711 Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tea-Thyme, 2304 Hwy 281 N., 830.693.5273 Janieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 710 Ave. N, 830.693.7204 Janieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tacos & Deli, 909 Avenue H. 830.798.8226 Kenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catfish BBQ & Bakery, 1005 Main St., 830.693.5783 KFC Long John Silvers, US 281 & N. Ollie 830.798.2532 Lake Country Lanes, 112 North Ridge Rd., 830.693.4311 Main Street Coffee, 108 Main St., 830.613.5054 Margaritaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 1205 W. RR 1431, 830.693.7434 McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1605 W. RR 1431, 830.693.4911 Noon Spoon CafĂŠ, 610 Broadway, 830.798.2347 Papa Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1008 US 281, 830.693.9500 Peete Mesquite BBQ, 2407 US 281, 830.693.6531 R Bar and Grill, Third & Main, 830.693.2622 Real New Orleans Style Restaurant, 1700 W. RR 1431, 830.693.5432 River City Grille, 700 First St., fabulous food, affordable prices, views and entertainment, 830.798.9909 Russoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Texitally Cafe, a little Italy, a little Texas, 602 Steven Hawkins Pkwy., 830.693.7091 Schlotzskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deli, 2410 US 281 N, 830.798.9333 Sonic Drive In, 1405 US 281, 830.693.5234 Sportsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe, 14426 RR 1431, 830.693.0605 Storms Drive In, 1408 W. RR 1431, 830.693.0012 Subway, 318 US 281, 830.693.8980 Super Taco, 2200 US 281, 830.693.4629 Tea Thyme CafĂŠ, 2108 C US 281, 830.637.7787 The Taco Lady, 2101 RR 1431, 830.693.6090 Taco Bell, 1510 W. RR 1431, 830.693.2345 Taco Casa, 1400 W. RR 1431, 830.693.7789 Thai Niyom, 909 US 281, 830.693.1526 Tree House Bar & Grill, 806 Main, 512.755.7640

Wendyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, 1309 Mormon Mill Rd., 830.693.1304 Whataburger, 1204 US 281, 830.693.9149 Spicewood Area Angelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Icehouse, 21815 TX 71, 512.264.3777 Down Under Deli & Eatery, 21209 TX 71 West, 512.264.8000 Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All Good Bar-B-Q, 22112 TX 71 W., 512.264.1744 J5 Steakhouse, 21814 Hwy 71 West, 512.428.5727 La CabaĂąa, 21103 TX 71, 512.264.0916 Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Almost by the Lake, Pace Bend & Bee Creek Rd., 512.264.2552 Little Country Diner, 22000 TX 71 W., 512.264.2926 Moonriver Bar & Grill, 2002 N. Pace Bend Road, 512.264.2064 Opieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ, 9504 Hwy 71 E, 830.693.8660 Poodieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hilltop Bar and Grill, 22308 TX 71, 512.264.0318 R.O.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Outpost, 22518 W TX 71, 512.264.1169 Spicewood General Store, casual cafe, Hollingsworth Corner, 9418 TX 71, 830.693.4219 Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burgers & BBQ., 512.264.8866 Sunrise Beach Boaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro, 667 Sandy Mountain Dr., 325.388.9393 Moscaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 106 Sunrise Dr., 325.388.4774 Sunrise Cove Lakeside Grill, 218 Skyline Dr., 325.248.1505




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Llano Badu House Wine Pub, Amazing appetizers, wonderful wines, lunch, Monday-Wednesday, 601 Bessemer, 325.247.2238 Berry Street Bakery, 901 Berry St., 325.247.1855 Burger Bar Cafe, 608 Bessemer St., 325.247.4660 Castell General Store, 19522 TX 152 at Castell, 325.247.4100 Chicken Express, 200 E. TX 71 #b, 325.248.0900 China Wok, 103 E. Grayson St., 325.247.5522 Chrissyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homestyle Bakery, 501 Bessemer St., 325.247.4564 Coopers Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 604 W. Young (TX 29), 325.247.5713 Dairy Queen, 400 W. Young (TX 29), 325.247.5913 EL Patron, 102 W. Dallas, 325.247.5012 Fuel Coffee House, 106 E. Main, 325.247.5272 Inmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen & Catering, 809 W. Young, 325.247.5257 Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar and Grill, 107 Main St., 325.247.5500 Lairdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ & Catering, 1600 S. Ford (TX 16 & 71), 325.247.5234 Pizza Hut, 308 W. Young (TX 29), 325.247.4032 Rositaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexican Restaurant, 101 E. Grayson St. 325.247.3730 Sonic Drive In, 505 W. Young (TX 29), 325.247.1206 Stonewallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza Wings & Things, 101 W. Main St., 325.248.0500 Sweet Home Cookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, 303 E. Young, 830.613.7893 Subway, 800 Bessemer Ave., 325.247.2141 Taco Bell, 309 W Young (TX 29), 325.247.1376 The Acme Cafe, 109 W. Main, 325.247.4457

150 acres - Burnet County Road 113

Hickey Branch Ranch - 168 acres

Great Hill Country ranch with creeks, granite outcroppings, and long distance views. There is excellent cover, including live oaks and post oaks for the abundant game. This is a well shaped tract with plenty of road frontage on FM 2341. City water is available to this property. This ranch is conveniently located 5 miles west of Burnet, just off Hwy. 29. $6,500 per acre

The Ranch at Eagle’s Nest - 81 acres

Beautiful land with panoramic Hill Country views. This property will make for an ideal small ranch on the edge of town. This is that rare property that affords all of the benefits of land ownership in a growing area. Access is through the Eagleʼs Nest development. Owner Financing Available. $639,900

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220 acres - Park Road 4

Located on scenic Park Rd. 4, this beautiful Hill Country Ranch offers excellent home sites with spectacular views of the Colorado River Valley. Dramatic waterfalls, rock bluffs, good

Rarely is everything good about the Hill Country available in one place. Dramatic views in all directions from a hilltop provide multiple building sites. Beautiful granite and sandstone outcrops are visible throughout much of the ranch. The hill slopes down to an incredible creek bottom featuring over a mile of Council Creek. Lush fields and huge oaks along both sides of the creek create quite a contrast to the more rugged portions of this exquisite Hill Country hideaway. A rustic home and barn are also included. The ranch is very secluded on a lightly traveled country road in an area of large ranches -- it would make a great hunting ranch. All of this in one of the most scenic parts of the Hill Country just 10 minutes northwest of Burnet and within an hour of Austin. $825,000

Home on 15.5 acres Burnet County Road 332 - Custom built country home. 2,175 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths located five miles from Bertram and seven miles east of Burnet. Included is a large barn (1,500 sf.) with 2,500 sf. of canopy on the south side for lots of equipment parking, a round pen and 15 unrestricted acres. $395,000.

Lake Travis Property - 40 acres

This waterfront estate on Lake Travis offers everything one could hope for bundled in a 40 acre package. The 4 bedroom 3 1/2 bath Fredericksburg style home with large wrap around porches affords beautiful views of the Colorado River valley and beyond. A fantastic pool and hot tub just off the back porch provide plenty of relief during the hot Texas summers while the multi layered view extends across a Bermuda field towards the shoreline. The gently sloping property provides excellent beach access for 893 feet of lake frontage. In addition to the main home, other improvements include a lakeside guest house, a second guest house, detached 2,400 sq. ft. four car garage, barn with stables and tack room, pens and cross fences, 6 hole putting green and much more. $1,985,000

cover and lots of game round out this rare offering in one of the most desirable areas of the county. Centrally located within 10 miles of Marble Falls or Burnet. Will Divide into 114 acre or 106 acre tracts. Page 6

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Premier Homes for Every budget. . .

301 Lighthouse Dr., Big open water views and gentle breezes epitomizes waterfront living at the Bay! This home has many upgrades: mesquite fl oors, chefs kitchen, new 4th bathroom, fl ood stoppers, two custom fl oor to ceiling fireplaces, faux finishes, & more. Great outdoor living with 2 large patios, one covered with kitchen & TV, the other on the Lake with fire pit. Spider-be-gone, new 2010 roof, boat house and 2 jet ski docks. With location, amenities & quality of life, this luxury property offers your clients an opportunity to have it all. $2,150,000

201 Tarbet Trail, Hill Country contemporary home in Bay Country designed by Ron Bradshaw. Four bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a 3 car garage and 3 living areas. This home has many extra features! Not just an ordinary barn, designed to match the home, includes an office with heat & a/c with other extras! 5.3 acres of scenic land. This home is designed to bring the outdoors in, beautiful windows with open views all around. MLS ##121690. $1,890,000

218 Buffalo Peak, Quality custom Tuscan-style home overlooking pond with magnificent panoramic view of Applerock Golf Course. Distinctive exterior design and exquisite interior details include natural stone and wood fl oors, alder cabinets and 8-ft. doors. Elegant master bath with air-jet tub and spacious shower. Classic kitchen with granite countertops, 36” Wolf dual-fuel range, builtin appliances and stone accents. Home includes 3-car garage, above-average storage throughout and is very energy efficient. MLS #121420. $1,298,500

107 Birdie, Beautiful large home on #5 Slick Rock Golf Course. Spectacular outdoor living. Kitchen has ice maker, gas stove with 3 ovens including convection and warming drawer. Tons of storage. Travertine throughout. Master suite has his and her bathrooms and large master closet. This is not your typical HSB home. Wrought iron fence. MLS #105502. $449,900

606 B Port, Nestled in the heart of Horseshoe Bay, newly remodeled for today’s market, a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 car garage. Walking distance to The Marriott & Club. Covered patio at house & a second open for entertaining down by the lake. Double boat slip & 2 wave runner ramps. Extensive landscaping & beautiful tree’s. Ready for a weekend or a lifetime! MLS #107850. $895,000

203 Plenty Hills, Prestigious Tuscan home in a private setting on # 18 green of Ram Rock GC. Open fl oor plan w/rock fireplace in living area. Distinctive kitchen that has granite countertops, upgraded appliances w/gas cook stove. Upgraded fixtures through-out. Master bedroom has large bath, large closet & a delightful patio. Patio on south side has summer kitchen &beautiful views of golf course. Patio on north side of living and dining area has unobstructed views of Lake LBJ & Hill Country. Outdoor patio is surrounded by large trees and pond with waterfalls. MLS #118382. $799,000

322A & 323A Pack Saddle Dr., Open water front lots with approximately 237’ of water. These are a nice lots with 194 feet of street frontage, huge mature oak, pine, and cypress trees, and concrete bulkhead in place. MLS #101251. $1,175,000

1425 & 1427 Hi Circle North, New construction built in 2011, very nice. Each side of duplex has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Good builder with good history of building in Horseshoe Bay. MLS #121737. $ 230,000

412 HSB N Blvd., A slice of Venice in Horseshoe Bay. Totally updated condo. All granite, stainless appliances, all new fixtures. Full bath on main level, each bedroom has own bath and walk in closet. Being sold furnished, just bring your toothbrush. Boat is negotiable. Check it out! You will love it! Easy to show. MLS #121812. $415,000

103 Dawn, #5, Gazebo #5 is a single level townhouse with attached garage. Shady corner location with fenced side yard. Open fl oor plan with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths & loft. Some furniture and washer/dryer set to convey. Quiet, totally owner-occupied of nine units. Affordable quarterly HOA fee of $250. Perfectly suited for primary residency as well as second home living. MLS #120074. $114,000

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Panning for the Texas Topaz “There are going to be gem cutters and faceting demonstrations and still others with microscopes showing the characteristics of The Texas Topaz – there aren’t many the topaz.” Rock-hounding tours on local ranches Texans who don’t know what the lovely will be offered and cost $15 per person. native gem is. The topaz is the official state gem, and There will also be an apprentice program for in all it’s glory can be faceted to have the the kids hosted by the International School Star of Texas cut into the bottom of the gem, of Gemology out of San Antonio. Other items available will include rockwhich shines through when viewing the finished piece, and is referred to by faceters working supplies and general facet roughs (rocks). There will also be finished topaz, as the Lone Star Cut. both loose and set in jewelry, including necklaces, earrings and rings. “And I have an incredible tennisstyle bracelet that has 19 carats of topaz set in it,” Eames said. Eames said the “4C’s” apply to topaz, just as they apply to diamonds. “Carat, color, clarity, and cut apply to topaz with color, especially, applying more than it would to diamonds,” Eames said. Topaz occurs naturally in granite outcroppings and the granite sand. In the small Texas towns of Mason, Streeter, Grit and Katemcy, topaz can be found in creeks and ravines, and even on top of the ground. The Lone Star Cut in this blue topaz is traditionally “And any color of topaz is a state what people ask for when buying topaz jewelry. The gem, as long as it comes out of Texas sterling ring holds a six-carat rectangular star-cut blue Texas topaz cut by Mason Gemologist Diane dirt,” Eames said. “And the majority of topaz found is clear.” Eames. According to Eames, topaz resembles quartz and ranges in color The topaz is going to be celebrated in from clear to brown to yellow to sky blue. the only Texas County they can be found, The early settlers called the topaz stones that they found “desert ice” because of which is mostly around Mason. The 6th Annual Celebration of Texas the frosted surface, which is produced by Topaz Day will be held March 23 for the tumbling in streams and rivers for eons. public and March 24 for members of the Topaz in Texas is not mined commercially, so the only way to obtain stones is to buy Texas Faceters’ Guild. Professional gemologist Diane Eames them or find them on private ranches - with is the founder of Texas Topaz Day and permission. There are two Mason ranches said the events on Saturday centers on her opened year-round for topaz hunting, the store, Gems of the Hill Country Lapidaries Seaquist Ranch and the Lindsay Ranch, but and Jewelers, located at 126 Fort McKavitt for Texas Topaz Day, several other privately St., and will spill out onto the sidewalk and owned properties allow guided rockdown to other storefronts, located around the hounding tours. Reservations are required for tours starting at Eames shop, and leaving courthouse square. “Rock shops from throughout the Hill at 10 a.m. on March 23. “Finding topaz isn’t that easy,” said Country are going to be there,” Eames said. Deloris Lindsay of the Lindsay Ranch. “You need tools such as gloves, rakes and shovels. You get to keep what you find and we photograph what is found. We also have screens you can use for going through dirt and sand.” According to Lindsay, the Llano Uplift is a mineral rich region and an island of volcanic rock that is some of the oldest exposed rock in Texas. It includes pink crystalline granite, schist and marble. Topaz and quartz Mason gemologist Diane Eames and Dalan Hargrave, a wellcan both be found among the known gem cutter from Boerne, search for naturally made rocks’ foundations, low-lying topaz, which can only be found in the Mason area. areas and streambeds. Topaz hunting is for those



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who can hike, dig and kneel. Sometimes a rock hound may have to dig in upwards of three feet down. It is a get-dirty, sometimes even muddy or wet hobby. But the reward is topaz rough that can be faceted into lovely gemstones. Value varies when trying to figure out how much a topaz is worth. According to a gem value scale at, topaz is valued anywhere from $11 to nearly $500 per carat. It all depends on the 4C’s. And beware the synthetics. It is not unusual for gems of many types to be created in a lab. Your best bet is to have a certified

Professional Gemologist of Mason, Diane Eames, cuts a three-carat topaz at her shop, Gems of the Hill Country Lapidary and Jewelers.

gemologist check out any gem purchase you are about to make to ensure you’re getting the real thing. Most jewelry shops have a certified gemologist on staff.

Topaz can also be found in Russia, Brazil, Madagascar, Mexico and Pakistan in many other colors that can’t be found in the United States. Colors from other countries include red, brown, green, pink and deep yellow. The Brazilian Imperial Topaz is mainly a peach colored gem with some cut gemstones weighing in at more than 40 carats. Prices soar into the thousands of dollars, but then so do some that are cut much closer to home. Eames said Mason has been known for clear topaz for a long time and that there were many hobbyist cutters for years. “They are all gone now,” she said. “I’ve been a jeweler forever-and-a-half and I also learned to cut gems. I’m a Native Texan, a longtime jeweler and gemologist, and many years ago followed an aunt to Mason. Opening a shop and offering what I know just seemed to make sense.” Eames said the March 23 event would give people an opportunity to meet gem cutters in person and see live demonstrations. Sunday’s event, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes a faceting seminar from notable gem cutters and gemologists and is presented by the Texas Faceters’ Guild and will be held at the Wildlife Ranch lodge that is just off the Mason square. “It is for members only, but nonmembers can attend for $20,” Eames said. For more information about either event, log on to or call Eames at 325.347.0475.

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A beautifully cut topaz gem sits atop what is referred to as “rough,” named ‘Sugar Daddy,’ that weighs just under a pound. The cut gem is from that particular rough, was cut by Dalan Hargrave and sits in Mason Gemologist Diane Eames’ wedding ring.


For Blanco resident and Louisiana native Harvey Trahan, Cajun is not only a heritage, it’s style of expression. Trahan is the rubboard player and vocalist for the band Zydeco Blanco, a Blanco based group that will be performing at Pecan Street Brewing Company on Pecan Avenue in Johnson City on March 9 at 7 p.m. The band, with a total of six members, saw humble beginnings in 1997 when Trahan learned of accordion player Leif Oines at a party in Blanco. Trahan made contact with Oines, and the two met to play together for fun. “At first I started with the harmonica and some conga hand drums, but we weren’t clicking very well,” Trahan said. “Then Leif pulled out a rubboard and I started playing on that.” Oines and Trahan had their first performance in Blanco just a few months after they met. Occasionally they would host a party where they cooked gumbo and played music. “Then we started playing at the Feed Mill (Café) in Johnson City,” Trahan said. “That’s where we met Steve Lamphier and

Brandon Aly and we invited them to come jam with us.” The group now consists of Trahan on rubboard, Oines on the accordion, Justin Murray on guitar, Lamphier on bass, Aly on drums and Brad Houser on the saxophone. Although the group has not done any major tours, they have played at a large number of venues in the Hill Country and have traveled to Dallas, San Antonio and San Angelo for

performances. The group sees a busy season during March and April, in which Cajun culture comes to light for Mardi Gras. “We don’t really need to (tour),” Trahan said. “All of us have day jobs and we’re just having fun with it.” Trahan said that the style of Zydeco comes from Black American culture in Lousiana. Trahan grew up watching Zydeco performed live and enjoyed seeing the intricate steps of the dancers. “The signature instruments of Zydeco are the accordion and the rubboard,” he said. “They have steps to go with the music. It’s really beautiful to watch… Different people took the beat, but Zydeco is more of a Carribean style.” Trahan said that at one time, he had joked with his band mates that “everything COURTESY PHOTO is turning up Cajun,” Zydeco Blanco is a six man Zydeco band who play Cajun style music meaning that the Cajun label was on almost with Caribbean flavor at various venues in the Hill Country.

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March 6 •No Bad Days - Open Mic hosted by Mark Allan Atwood - 8 p.m., Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 SH 71 West, Spicewood. 512.264.0318 •Ben Beckendorf - 5 p.m., Luckenbach, 412 Luckenbach Loop, Fredericksburg. 830.997.3224 •john Arthur martinez - 7 p.m., River City Grille, 700 First St., Marble Falls. 830.798.9909 •Wednesday Night Live Sessions hosted by Debbie Walton and Donnie Price - 9 p.m., AJ’s Piano Bar, 909 Third St., Ste. C, Marble Falls. 830.693.6699 •Over the Hump Wednesday with Eddie Shell & the Not Guilties - 6:30 p.m., Cadillac Bar at Dos Conchas Ranch, 1375 FM 1855, Marble Falls. 830.385.4745


Harvey Trahan, a born and raised Cajun residing in Blanco, sings and plays the rubboard for the band Zydeco Blanco.

everything these days. For Trahan, Zydeco music is true Cajun culture. “They know how to do it in Louisiana,” he said. “It (Zydeco) would bring all kings of ages and races together… I used to get more of a rise out of people when I played Cajun songs than any other song. This music has an energy that makes people giddy.”

•Spitfire - 7:30 p.m., Angel’s Icehouse, 21815 SH 71 West, Spicewood. 512.264.3777 •Billy Bright & Geoff Union - 8 p.m., Badu. 325.247.2238 •Biscuit Grabbers - 9 p.m., Beach Club, TX 29 West and CR 301, Buchanan Dam. 512.793.2725

March 7 •Brianna Lea Pruett - 4 p.m., Poodie’s. 512.264.0318 •Kem Watts - 6 p.m., Poodie’s. 512.264.0318 •Down Home - 8:30 p.m., Poodie’s. 512.264.0318 •The Texas KGB - 9:30 p.m., Poodie’s. 512.264.0318 •Brigitte London - 5 p.m., Luckenbach. 830.997.3224 •Texas Music Thursdays - 7 p.m., Badu House, 601 Bessemer Ave., Llano. 325.247.2238 •Bahama Billy & Renee - 7 p.m., Doc’s Ice Chest (inside Doc’s Fish Camp & Grill), 900 FM 1431 and US 281 South, Marble Falls. 830.693.2245

March 9 •Bobby Bridger - 7 p.m., Poodie’s. 512.264.0318 •Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward - 9 p.m., Poodie’s. 512.264.0318 •The Hang - 11 p.m., Poodie’s. 512.264.0318 •Zydeco Blanco - 7 p.m., Pecan Street Brewing, 106 East Pecan Dr., Johnson City. 830.868.2500 •The Rankin Twins, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay - 1 p.m., Luckenbach. 830.997.3224 •Roger Creager + Micky & the Motorcars - 9 p.m., Luckenbach. 830.997.3224 •The Square Gloves - 7:30 p.m., Angel’s. 512.264.3777 •The Ledbetters Bluegrass Concert - 5:45 to 8 p.m., Longhorn Cavern, 6211 Park Rd. 4, Burnet. 512.756.4680 •Texas Terraplanes - 9 p.m., Beach Club. 512.793.2725 •Informal jam session - 6:30 p.m., Fuel Waystation, 106 E Main St., Llano, 325.247.5272 •Bill Evans - Alaska’s Timber Tramp - 7 p.m., VFW Post No. 10376, 1001 Veterans Avenue, Marble Falls. 830.693.2261 •Llano Country Opry: Buck Trent and Kenny Parrot - 7:30 p.m., LanTex Theater, 113 W. Main St., Llano. 325.247.5354

March 8 •Jerry Kirk - 6 p.m., Poodie’s. 512.264.0318 Chad Johnson Band - 9 p.m., Poodie’s. 512.264.0318 •Brandon Bolin - 11:30 p.m., Poodie’s. 512.264.0318 •Jake Martin - 4 p.m., Luckenbach. 830.997.3224 •Rodney Hayden CD Release - 8 p.m., Luckenbach. 830.997.3224

March 10 •Sons of Fathers & Mike Stinson - 1 p.m., Luckenbach. 830.997.3224 •Jason Boland & The Stragglers + Six Markey Blvd - 8 p.m., Luckenbach. 830.997.3224 •Tessy Lou & The Shotgun Stars - 4 p.m., Poodie’s. 512.265.0318 •Bracken Hale - 7:30 p.m., Poodie’s. 512.264.0318

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Rescue a Shepherd



Storing stogies


Hudson has Bucks Cigar humidor at his space in Finds! located at 901 S. Water St. on the east side of the road. Hudson’s humidor is 18 inches high and If you are a fan fine cigars and like to get ever bit of pleasure and potential possible from 27 inches wide with a depth of 20 inches and your expensive stogie, chances are you have or likely goes back to the late 19th century or would like to have a humidor. early 20th century, he said. And if you want something more than a “Most of the ones I seen like it go back to common desktop or tabletop 12-cigar capacity about 1910,” Hudson said. “I bought it in the humidor and have an appreciation for antiques Waco area and it probably spent time in an oldthat can be functional in the modern world, John time cigar shop.” Hudson at the Finds! antique and collectibles The humidor, which has an outer skin store in Burnet might have just what you are of tin and an inner tin liner over a wood looking for. base, has a capacity of up to 150 cigars, according to a research of information on the internet. It is inscribed with the words “Buck Cigars King of the Range” at the top of its front side and “Made Good Always Good” at the bottom. “It’s in its original condition,” Hudson said. Hudson has a $750 price tag on his humidor and says that’s a bargain. “I know a guy who had one just like it but not in as good a shape and he sold it for $2,450,” Hudson STAFF PHOTO BY JAMES WALKER said. This Bucks Cigar humidor is owned by John Hudson and The phone number for Finds! is can be seen at the Finds! antique and collectibles store in 512.756.7400 and Hudson’s phone Burnet. number is 512.431.2154. BY JAMES WALKER HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

Beverly Gainer is glad she didn’t listen to some discouraging words when she started to rescue German Shepherds 18 years ago. “I was discouraged by friends and family to get in to rescue,” she said. “And so the more determined I became.” Gainer is the founder and president of German Shepherd Rescue of Central Texas, in Dripping Springs. The nonprofit’s mission statement is “to save as many German Shepherd and German Shepherd mixes from neglect, abuse and premature death as possible.” “I initially got started doing this when I got my first purebred Shepherd after my daughter grew up,” Gainer said. “I got involved with a German Shepherd club and became a trainer and then director of the club. I was approached by a woman who rescued large breeds and suggested I take on the German Shepherds.” Gainer agreed and started going to shelters in hopes of finding dogs that could be rehomed. Volunteers, who play, socialize, walk and hike with the dogs also groom them, teach them tricks and do many things to make the dogs more adoptable. “Volunteers can pick up a dog in the morning, spend the day with the dog and bring him back that evening,” Gainer said. “Many of these same people foster the dogs too.”


German Shepherds of all ages, sizes and temperaments are available for adoption and fostering. At the German Shepherd Rescue of Central Texas, volunteer staff first assess dogs before they’re ready for adoption.

The rescue’s website has photos of adoptable dogs as well as success stories. There is also Paypal for those wanting to make a monetary donation. “The perfect person for a German Shepherd is a strong person who will be in charge. Shepherds are intelligent, so you have to be kind and assertive or they will take over.” For more information about adopting or fostering dogs from Gainer’s rescue, log on to

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Burnet Flea Market Indoor/outdoor Flea Market 2791 W. Hwy 29 Cafe Twenty Three Hundred The Eating Place 2300 W. Hwy 29 Crazy Gals Café Home-cooked food 414 Buchanan Dr. Designers Market & Antiques Antiques, collectables & More 416 Buchanan Dr. Dragon Tails Children’s Consignment 120 S. Main

Highlander Restaurant Buffet/Menu/Steaks 401 Buchanan Dr. Hummingbird Hollow Gifts & apparel plus 516 Buchanan Dr. Jamie’s Clothes, jewelry & Gifts On the Square JB’s Quick Shop Toys, Crafts & Supplies 602 S. Water St. Jimmy’s Antiques Antiques & Collectables 104 Washington Junk Sisters Antiques & Vintage Stuff 201 S. Boundary St.

Kaleidiscope Coffee & Collectables Coffee & Gifts 106 Washington Knot Hole Indoor Flea Market 604 S. Water St. Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant Authentic Mexican Food 2100 S. West Looking Good Salon Keeps you looking good 1001 S. Water St. Maxican Restaurant Authentic Mexican Food 3401 S. Hwy 281

Picker’s Paradise Collectables/Furniture & more 103 Silver St. Post Mountain BBQ Authentic Texas BBQ 310 S. Main Rave Studio Vintage Unique Ladies Apparel On the Square Sage General Store Apparel, dry goods, food On the Square Salem’s Jewelry Jewelry, gifts & watches 101 S. Water St. Sassy Ann’s Clothes, jewelry & more 300 S. Main

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March 6 Llano County Journal  

Part 1, General Excellence