Llano County, TX

Llano County, city begin negotiations for JLK center trade

Negotiations between the city of Llano and Llano County concerning a trade of county-owned property for the city-owned John L. Kuykendall Arena and Events Center moved forward at the Commissioners Court meeting Monday, Aug. 8. Talks began at the commissioners’ last meeting on July 25, when newly elected Llano Mayor Kelli Tudyk presented the idea to the county.
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TROUBLED WATERS: When the river runs dry

UPDATE: Since this article was written and published in August 2022 issue of The Picayune Magazine, the Williamson County Commissioners Court failed to approve the resolution presented by the Central Texas Water Coalition that has so far been approved by commissioners in Travis and Burnet counties. It died for lack of a second at the Aug. 2 meeting. The resolution is on the agenda for the Hays County Commissioners Court meeting on Aug. 9. The Central Texas Water Coalition is still working on setting a date with the Llano County Commissioners Court.
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Texas AG pulls out of Llano County library lawsuit; jury trial set

It was a busy week in a civil suit brought against the Llano County Library System for actions that plaintiffs have called censorship. The week began with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton withdrawing as intervenor-defendant on Monday, Aug. 1. The next day, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman set Oct. 23,...

Teachers can post wish list links for donations

Teachers in Burnet and Llano counties should post their back-to-school Amazon wish list links on the Highland Lakes Crisis Network Facebook page. Look for the image above and post in the comments under that image on the Facebook page. Include next to your link in the comment section what grade and subject you teach and the school.

Llano County closes libraries on Saturdays, considers trade for JLK center

Beginning Aug. 6, libraries in Llano and Kingsland no longer will be open on Saturdays. The Llano County Commissioners Court made the decision during its regular meeting Monday, July 25. Commissioners also considered a proposal to trade county-owned parkland within the city of Llano for the John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena, which is owned by the city.
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CattleWomen present awards at final meeting

The Hill Country CattleWomen held its final monthly meeting of the summer at the Doss General Store and Café. Several CattleWomen were recognized for their service and contributions. Kitty-Sue Quinn and Teri Hartmann were awarded Cattlewoman of the Year and Behind the Scenes Cattlewoman of the Year, respectively. Quinn...

Llano County library lawsuit schedule stretches over a year

Court procedures could take up to or more than a year in the case of a civil lawsuit filed against Llano County regarding actions taken in its library system. On July 18, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, issued an agreed scheduling order for Little et al v. Llano County et al.

Excessive heat warning for Highland Lakes

Burnet and Llano counties are under an excessive heat warning from the National Weather Service starting at noon Tuesday, July 19, and continuing through at least 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. A heat advisory was issued through noon Tuesday. “Hot conditions are expected once again (Tuesday) with high temperatures expected...

Churches open cooling center for Burnet, Llano counties

MARBLE FALLS, Texas (KXAN) — People living in the Hill Country now have a cool place to go where they can seek refuge from the sizzling summer temperatures. The Highland Lakes Crisis Network will open the First United Methodist Church, located at 1101 Bluebonnet Drive in Marble Falls, as a cooling center whenever a heat advisory or an excessive heat warning is issued for Burnet and Llano counties. At least four to five volunteers will run the cooling center on those days from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

VetRide needs drivers

VetRide gives veterans and their spouses free rides to the VA and other appointments. The organization covers Burnet, Llano, and Lampasas counties. It is in need of drivers and has paid and volunteer positions available. VetRide’s Lori Greco visited KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune’s Mac McClennahan to talk about the organization. Read more about driving for VetRide at

Texas A&M Forest Service on wildfire alert as extreme heat persists

Extremely dry weather could create large wildfires resistant to control across much of Texas, including Burnet and Llano counties, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. Fully staffed task forces and suppression equipment have been staged across the state, including in Marble Falls, where a service unit from the Smithville task force has been set up at the Charley Taylor Arena since mid-March.