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Tesla superchargers pop up locally; state building electric car infrastructure

Tesla has installed two supercharging stations in the Highland Lakes area, one in Llano and the other in Johnson City. These supercharging stations are part of a wave of electric vehicle infrastructure washing over Texas. The supercharging stations, which only accommodate Tesla-made vehicles, differ from normal charging stations in that...

Reduced river flow in Llano putting pressure on Highland Lakes

The city of Llano began installing wooden boards on the Llano River Dam on June 18 in accordance with the city’s drought contingency plan. Extreme drought conditions have dropped the flow rate of the Llano River to less than 1 cubic-foot per second. The reduced flow of the river...

Voca VFD Receives New 2022 Brush Truck

It was an exciting afternoon Wednesday for the Voca Volunteer Fire Department as they took possession of their brand new 2022 Ford F550 brush truck from DACO Fire Equipment out of Lubbock, Texas. This is the second brush truck that Voca VFD has had built which is replacing a 34 year old brush truck. It can carry a total of 450 gallons or it can be connected to a hydrant if more water is required.
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Take a historical marker road trip across the Highland Lakes

Captured in raised silver letters against a black metal background, the history of Texas can be found on roadsides and old buildings and in parks across the state. Currently, more than 16,000 Texas Historical Markers dot the landscape of the Lone Star State, telling the story of each particular spot in about 130 words.
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Road Trippin' Llano: A trove of vintage treasures at Possibilities

Located in the heart of downtown Llano this vintage and antiques store is a trove of treasures. If you are looking for something to compliment your own style, discover something new, or find one of a kind conversation starter, here the Possibilities are endless. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter...

This Eclectic Cocktail Bar Is Also A Museum And Library Dedicated To Long-Term Thinking

The Interval at Long Now is the ultimate cocktail bar for those who wouldn’t say no a splash of existentialism in their cup. The cafe and bar function simultaneously as a museum and library belonging to the Long Now Foundation in Fort Mason, a nonprofit dedicated to “long-term thinking.” They promote a worldview emphasizing imagination at the “timescale of civilization” – that is, the next and last 10,000 years.

Austin Travels talks about Castell, Texas

It's a small riverside town west of Llano known mostly for white-tailed deer hunting but Pam LeBlanc says it's about much more than that. It's a nice getaway for some peace and quiet out in the Hill Country.
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IN THE GARDEN: Readers' questions answered; what to plant

It is definitely gardening season. Thank you to everyone who has emailed us with questions and comments. Please feel free to continue emailing us with questions and discoveries. Here are a few that we would like to share with y'all. SHADED GARDEN. Darin of Bertram asks: “I have extended our...
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Hiking and stargazing at state parks in April

Warmer April weather means plenty of outdoor activities at Texas State Parks. Here are some of the events at Inks Lake State Park in Burnet County, Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City, and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area near Llano. INKS LAKE STATE PARK. 3630 Park Road 4 West,...

Concho Valley Live: Head to Mason April 2nd and 3rd to enjoy music, art, wine and more

MASON, Texas- Save the Dates! The Mason Chamber Music Festival Committee is proud to announce the return of the Sixth Annual Mason Chamber Music Festival. We are also more than excited to announce that our Annual Gala Event will feature our Artists-in Residence, Austin’s Artisan String Quartet, and Special Guest Artist, Mason’s own Scott Haupert, on viola. Scott is the co-owner of Sandstone Cellars Winery.
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2022 Locals Love Us Favorite Parks: Canyon of the Eagles, Badu Park, and Johnson Park

With so many parks spread across the Highland Lakes, The Picayune Magazine. KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune listeners surely had a tough time selecting their 2022 Locals Love Us favorites. This year, the awards went to Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park and Resort for the Burnet area, Johnson Park for the Marble Falls area, and Badu Park for the Kingsland/Llano area.
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Distinctive Mason- Lea Lou Co-Op

Andy Smith knows all too well the meaning of “there’s no place like home.” With German roots running deep like so many of the Hill Country founding families and with a hefty dose of determination inherited from his great-great grandmother, who was the first female banker in Texas, Andy is no stranger to shaking up a dream and making it a reality. Lea Lou Co-Op, alive and thriving on the Square in Mason, Texas, is representative of Andy’s own forward-thinking spirit and imagination. Taking the first letter from the names of each of the important women in his life, Andy’s daughters; Liza, Emarie and Ada along with Tommie Lou for his mother; Lea Lou Co-Op was born.

BA cancels short-haul Heathrow flights amid technical woes

LONDON (AP) — British Airways canceled dozens of flights from Heathrow Airport on Saturday as it struggled to fix “technical issues” that hobbled booking and check-in systems. The airline canceled all short-haul flights from the airport until midday. It said there would likely be delays to long-haul...
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Meal tickets on sale Feb. 15 for Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-off

Come and get 'em! Meal tickets for the Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-off go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 15. The 18th annual event isn't until April 1-2 at Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive in Llano, but the popular meal sells out quickly. Tickets are $25 each. Call the Llano Chamber...
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Pontotoc Vineyard takes multiple awards

Hill Country vineyard wins national, international recognition. Pontotoc Vineyard’s 100% Texas Hill Country wines recently won multiple awards at several national and interna - tional wine competitions. At the 2021 San Francisco International Wine Competition, Pontotoc Vineyard wines won the following awards: 2020 Enchanted Rock, 100% Albarino - Gold; 2019 Estate Tempranillo, 100% Tempranillo - Silver; 2019 Smoothing Iron Mountain, Tempranillo - Silver; 2010 Camp Wanderlust, Vino Fortificado - Bronze; and 2019 San Fernando Academy, Red Blend - Bronze . At the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest com - petition for American wines, Pontotoc Vineyard wines won the following awards: 2020 Enchanted Rock, 100% Albarino - Silver; 2010 Camp Wanderlust, Vino Fortificado - Silver; and 2019 San Fernando Academy, Red Blend – Silver. At the 2021 Finger Lake International Wine Competition, Pontotoc Vineyard wines the following awards: 2020 Enchanted Rock, 100% Albarino - Silver; and 2019 Estate Tempranillo, 100% Tempranillo – Silver. “We are very proud of how well our 100% Texas Hill Country wines perform every year at the most prestigious national and international wine competitions. The awards serve as a testament to the quality of wines that can be made with 100% Texas Hill Country grapes,” said D. Carl Money, owner of Pontotoc Vineyard. Pontotoc Vineyard was established almost 20 years ago in the unique terroir of the Llano Uplift in the Hill Country community of Pontotoc. Pontotoc means “Land of Hanging Grapes” and the vineyard was planted in the fertile red sand soil of a high valley surrounded by pink granite outcroppings and sandstone hills on a farm original - ly founded by the German Emigration Company in 1872. The Money family is a fifth-generation Texas farming family whose mission is to make vintage wines of exceptional quality from grapes grown solely in the Texas Hill Country.

Trailblazer Grille expands

Legends are not born but created by people who find someone or something memorable and continue to share it with others. The Trailblazer Grille has become a Hill Country Legend because they serve classic comfort food, made from scratch, filled with love and “Hill Country Hospitality.”. The first restaurant...