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Drought prompts LCRA to seek OK to halt lake releases for fourth year

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN — With parts of Texas in the midst of a persistent, severe drought, the Lower Colorado River Authority will seek permission from the state to curtail releases of interruptible stored water from the Highland Lakes for downstream irrigation for the fourth year in a row. LCRA also will ask permission to […]

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ELECTIONS: Yes to BCISD bond; other Burnet County results

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet Consolidated Independent School District voters approved a $26.7 million bond Nov. 4 and Burnet County stayed dominantly Republican as local and state races all went to GOP candidates. The bond passed 3,173 to 2,883. The money will be used to build new facilities, including a multi-purpose career and technology […]

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ELECTIONS: Easy going for Republicans in Llano County

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — With no local Democrats in the mix, Llano County Republicans smoothly sailed into office Nov. 4 following elections. Mary Cunningham earned the Llano County judge’s spot by capturing 5,910 votes. She had no opponent, Democrat or other. Rebecca Lange won the Llano County attorney spot with 5,923 votes. And Joyce […]

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Burnet CISD bond, governor’s race on Election Day ballot

BURNET — Highland Lakes residents can head to the polls Nov. 4 to have an impact on local and statewide elections. While national attention is focused on mid-term elections, predominately the U.S. Senate, in Texas, this marks a new page in state leadership as the Lone Star State is destined to get a new governor. […]

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Early voting runs Oct. 20-31 for election on Nov. 4

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Despite a federal judge’s ruling overturning the Texas voter identification law, officials say early voting will go on starting Oct. 20. Early voting runs Oct. 20-31. The regular election day is Nov. 4.

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Texas voter ID law to continue after appellate court ruling Oct. 14

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN – The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 14 issued a stay on the injunction of the enforcement of photo identification legislation as it applies to the upcoming election, according to a statement from Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry.

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Texas voter identification law in limbo after federal judge’s ruling

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — Despite uncertainty about the fate of maintaining the Texas voter identification law, local election and party officials expect few issues at the polls during the Nov. 4 election. Ever since a ruling Oct. 9 by Corpus Christi-based U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, a President Obama appointee, officials […]

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Texas testing poison to battle feral hogs

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET COUNTY — Trenton McNiel has trapped and hunted feral hogs across the area for two years and witnessed their destructiveness first hand.

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Voter registration deadline is Oct. 6 for Nov. 4 election

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — People who would like to make their voices known in the November general election need to register to vote on or by Oct. 6.

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Burnet County to pay inmate’s $280,000 cancer treatment bill

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — County commissioners expect to deplete an emergency fund balance to pay about a third of a nearly $1 million bill for a jail inmate’s cancer treatment cost, officials say.

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LCRA board OKs water plan changes, new downstream reservoir

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — The Lower Colorado River Authority began the process of changing the Water Management Plan in 2012, but on Sept. 17, the board finally approved the amendments, sending the measure to the next level.

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Rocket company to take off in Briggs

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BRIGGS — California-based Firefly Space Systems has purchased 200acres in far north Burnet County to begin constructing small rockets used to transport satellites into space. Officials believe that once Firefly Space Systems establishes its business on the land just off U.S. 183, near the intersection of CR 210, the industry […]

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Burnet County Extension agent Wade Hibler retiring after three decades

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — After more than three decades of serving communities as an agriculture extension agent, Wade Hibler is making a change. It’s one he says is good for him and his family as well as for Burnet County.

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Canadian company buys water and wastewater plants in Central Texas

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — Canada-based Corix Utilities Inc. finalized on July 31 the acquisition of 18 Texas water and wastewater systems, 10 of which are in the Hill Country, from the Lower Colorado River Authority, officials said. LCRA originally put the water and wastewater faciliities, located primarily in the Austin area and […]

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