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Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn (left) and former challenger James Schilling. Courtesy photos

Llano County sheriff’s candidate suspends GOP runoff campaign

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — A candidate for sheriff has suspended his campaign in the upcoming May 24 runoff election, while the incumbent opponent says he will remain active in his bid to capture the Republican primary nomination. Challenger James Schilling’s name will still appear on the ballot. However, on April 25, he […]

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Early voting underway for city, school district elections

Early voting underway for city, school district elections

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While it might not be as “big” as the Republican and Democratic primaries, local school and city elections play a major role in Highland Lakes communities. The May 7 election features several municipalities and school boards on the ballot. (more…)

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Fireworks light up the skies over Lake Marble Falls during a past July 4 celebration. The Texas Legislature has added days that residents can legally shoot fireworks, including Texas Independence Day (March 2), San Jacinto Day (April 21) and Memorial Day (May 30). Photo by Don Comedy

Public safety, fire danger spark debate over added fireworks days

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BERTRAM —  For Ron Matlock, selling fireworks means an added economic boost not only to his pocketbook but his community as well. “It gives us extra money to do things with, pay stuff off, take a vacation. It’s definitely extra money,” said Matlock, who owns and operates fireworks stands in […]

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Burnet County officials and residents are asking the Texas Department of Transportation to consider improvements and safety upgrades on area highways with the increase of traffic, especially from 18-wheelers. Several fatal accidents involving 18-wheelers have raised concerns about highway safety, even prompting a petition calling for TxDOT to study adding turn lanes on U.S. 281 near CR 403 in southern Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Burnet County highway deaths prompt road safety campaign

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A county official and a business owner have launched an effort to coax the Texas Department of Transportation to research traffic safety and potential upgrades along state highways in and around the Burnet, Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls and Spicewood communities. A spike in traffic deaths on those […]

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Llano elections forum to feature school and city candidates

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO  —  Candidates vying for school and city positions will talk about issues in the Llano community and introduce themselves to the public during an upcoming forum. The event on April 7 will start with a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m. followed by a meal at 6 p.m. with the forum at 7 […]

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative leaders and Marble Falls Mayor John Packer break ground March 7 on PEC’s Northwest Operations Center, which will be located at the intersection of U.S. 281 North and Resource Parkway in Marble Falls. Pictured are PEC District 1 Director Cristi Clement (left), PEC District 3 Director Kathy Scanlon, PEC Chief Financial Officer Tracy Golden, PEC District 2 Director Emily Pataki, PEC Chief Executive Officer John Hewa, PEC Board President and District 5 Director James Oakley, Marble Falls Mayor John Packer, PEC Vice President of Member Services Eddie Dauterive, PEC Vice President of Corporate Services, PEC District 6 Director Paul Graf, PEC Vice President of Operations Wayne McKee, PEC Corporate Services Project Manager Bud Collora and PEC Marble Falls District Director Nathan Burns. Courtesy photo

PEC breaks ground on Marble Falls operations center

Artist rendering of the new PEC Northwest Operations Center in Marble Falls. FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials helped the co-op enter a new phase as they broke ground March 7 for a $17 million Northwest Operations Center in Marble Falls. (more…)

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Terry Wilson greets supporters during the Burnet County Republican watch party March 1 at Riverbend Conference Center in Marble Falls. Wilson defeated state Rep. Marsha Farney for the GOP’s nomination for District 20. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County’s Terry Wilson upsets incumbent state rep

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — A celebratory Terry Wilson thanked supporters and well-wishers March 1 as it became evident he had unseated the incumbent District 20 state representative. (more…)

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Llano County sheriff, Precinct 3 commissioner races in runoffs

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — A five-way race for the Republican nomination for the Llano County sheriff is down to two. Sheriff Bill Blackburn will face challenger James Schilling in a May runoff after the two earned the most votes in the Republican primary March 1. Blackburn brought in 2,542 votes, or 46 percent, with […]

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Boyd wins Burnet County sheriff's contest; four races in runoffs

Boyd wins Burnet County sheriff’s contest; four races in runoffs

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Calvin Boyd picked up his granddaughter and gave her a big hug as the final tallies came in March 1 for the Burnet County Republican primary. Boyd won the Burnet County GOP nomination in the sheriff’s race over Granite Shoals Police Chief J.P. Wilson, 5,968 to 3,242. Boyd now […]

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Highland Lakes voting times and polling locations for March 1 primary

Highland Lakes voting times and polling locations for March 1 primary

MARBLE FALLS — As early voting winds down for the March 1 primary, the chance to cast your ballot in either the Democratic or Republican races is still winding up. Early voting across Texas wraps up Feb. 26, but if you miss those opportunities, you can still vote on the actual primary election day on […]

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ELECTION GUIDE: See who's running for office in Burnet, Llano counties

ELECTION GUIDE: See who’s running for office in Burnet, Llano counties

CLICK HERE FOR OUR VOTERS’ GUIDE MARBLE FALLS — As the Republican and Democratic primaries approach March 1, residents can get a jump on the date with early voting. Early voting is Feb. 16-26. Before heading to the polls, whether for early voting or on the actual primary day, look at the local candidates in […]

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Calvin Boyd

Burnet County Sheriff

Calvin Boyd Age: 57 Education: Criminal justice degree, Texas DPS Academy, Master Peace Officer certificate with over 2,500 training hours Family: Married; two adult children and two grandchildren Experience: Texas Department of Public Safety state trooper for 22 years; Burnet County Precinct 1 justice of the peace; Burnet County magistrate; city of Bertram associate municipal […]

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Eddie Arredondo

Burnet County Attorney

Eduardo “Eddie” Arredondo (incumbent, unopposed) Age: 47 Education: Bachelor’s degree in 1991 from University of Texas at Austin; Juris Doctor in 1994 from Saint Mary’s University Law School Family: Married to Dianne Arredondo, elementary school teacher Experience: 1994-1997, assistant district attorney in El Paso County; 1997-2004, private practice in Burnet County; 2002-2004, Texas Indigent Task Force; […]

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Michael Horton

Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace

Michael Horton Age: 55 Education: Degree in criminal justice; 2,500-plus hours in criminal justice-related training and seminars; Master Texas Peace Officer license; 600-plus hours of judicial training seminars Family: Married; three children Experience: 23 years in law enforcement; 13 years as a private investigator; both criminal and civil law experience; trained in mental health recognition […]

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Larry Berkman

Burnet County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace

“Coach” Larry Berkman Age: 66 Education: Master’s degree in education with a minor in biology, Sam Houston State University Family: Married; four children and five grandchildren Experience: 22 years as Marble Falls High School head basketball coach; 10 years as owner of Coach Wash; 20 years as First Baptist of Marble Falls deacon; Sunday school […]

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Sam Cox

Burnet County Precinct 1 Commissioner

Sam Cox Age: 72 Education: High school graduate; Austin Police Academy; 1,950 hours in law enforcement training; Master Peace Officer certificate; certified motivational speaker; certified Texas DPS as instructor and speaker Family: Married; three children and four grandchildren Experience: 31 years’ service at Austin Police Department as peace officer/sergeant; three years as elected president of […]

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K. Linvel Baker

Burnet County Precinct 3 Commissioner

K. Linvel Baker Age: 59 Education: Marble Falls High School, 1974; Sunset International Bible Institute, 1977, ordained minister; Abilene Christian University, BS, 1990; Austin Graduate School of Theology, MATS, 2007 Family: Married; two daughters and a son; four granddaughters and one grandson (due Feb. 16) Experience: 37 years in construction-related fields; MEP (Mechanical, Electrical Piping) […]

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Chris Bieze

Burnet County Precinct 1 Constable

Chris Bieze Age: 42 Education: I am currently working on my associate’s degree in criminal justice. I have completed 56 credits so far.  Family: Married; seven children Experience: I have been in law enforcement for over 18 years. I have both criminal and civil law enforcement experience. I have a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Master Peace Officer Certification and a […]

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Jimmy Ballard

Burnet County Precinct 3 Constable

Jimmy Ballard Age: 55 Education: Working toward criminal justice degree; investigative hypnotist; civil process proficiency exam; certified crime prevention specialists; cross-designated customs agent; previous narcotics agent and drug dog handler Family: Married; two adult children Experience: Over 34 years of police and security service including the last 23 years with Burnet County and the last 20 as […]

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Steve Harris and family

Burnet County Precinct 4 Constable

Steve Harris Age: 47 Education: CAPCOG Police Academy; Paramedic Sciences, Temple Community College; Homeland Security, currently enrolled at Central Texas College Family: Married; two daughters Experience: U.S. Army for eight years, paramedic for 19 years, peace officer for two years Party affiliation: Republican What do you wish to accomplish? As your constable, I am going to […]

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ALSO RUNNING: Burnet County

Garry Adams (unopposed) Position sought: Burnet County Precinct 2 constable Party affiliation: Republican Sheri Frazier Position Sought: Burnet County tax assessor-collector Party affiliation: Republican Allan Garrett (unopposed) Position sought: 33rd Judicial District judge Party affiliation: Republican The 33rd Judicial District judge serves district court in Burnet, Llano, Blanco and San Saba counties. Wiley “Sonny” McAfee […]

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Jared Latta

Llano County Sheriff

Bill Blackburn Age: 70 Education: Bachelor of Science degree from West Texas State and hold a Master Peace Officer license Family: Married; three children with seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild Experience: Llano County sheriff for past seven years; retired as Texas game warden in 2007 with 36 years; 44  years of overall law enforcement experience. […]

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Kris Fogelberg

Llano County Tax Assessor/Collector

Kris Fogelberg Age: 53 Education: Business/finance degree, University of North Texas, Denton Family: Married; four children Experience: I have 27 years’ experience in real estate sales and development and mortgage lending. Along with that comes 20 years’ office management experience and 27 years of customer service background. I am a licensed real estate broker and […]

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William 'Bill' Edwards

Llano County Precinct 3 Constable

William “Bill” Edwards Family: Married with two adult children Education: I have completed numerous training courses totaling hundreds of hours in an effort to provide up-to-date law enforcement services to the community. Experience: I originally sought this position with the intent of serving the community and the citizens of Llano County; 14 years later, I’m […]

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Sue Glover

Llano County Precinct 3 Commissioner

Sue Glover Age: 51 Education: Bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin, 1991 Family: Two siblings Experience: Twenty-seven years working with Texas counties in various capacities. Through my work with Allison & Associates, Texas Association of Counties and Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, I have gained insight into Texas county […]

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Peter Jones

Llano County Precinct 1 Commissioner

Peter Jones Age: 69 Education: Educated in England. Graduated high school. Achieved multiple financial designation throughout career in financial services. Family: Married; four children and nine grandchildren Experience: Peter Jones is the incumbent Llano County commissioner representing Precinct 1 since 2013. He has extensive financial and management experience and is a strong advocate of responsible […]

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