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Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 director and board vice president James Oakley addresses people during a special PEC board meeting Nov. 30 in regard to his Facebook post of ‘Time for a tree and a rope’ under a photo of an African-American man charged with the murder of a San Antonio police officer. Oakley apologized for the post and said his intent wasn’t racist but a reaction to the officer’s senseless murder. The board formed a committee of three directors to investigate an official complaint against Oakley. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

PEC decision on James Oakley delayed another day

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 director James Oakley will have to wait at least another day to learn his fate for a controversial comment he made on his Facebook page. A committee assigned to recommend a possible punishment couldn’t reach a decision during a meeting Dec. 7. (more…)

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 director and board vice president James Oakley addresses people during a special PEC board meeting Nov. 30 in regard to his Facebook post of ‘Time for a tree and a rope’ under a photo of an African-American man charged with the murder of a San Antonio police officer. Oakley apologized for the post and said his intent wasn’t racist but a reaction to the officer’s senseless murder. The board formed a committee of three directors to investigate an official complaint against Oakley. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

PEC committee to discuss James Oakley disciplinary action

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — A three-member committee on Dec. 7 could possibly determine disciplinary action for Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 director and board vice president James Oakley regarding a Facebook comment he made in connection with the capture of a man suspected of killing a San Antonio police officer. (more…)

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PEC holds emotional meeting over James Oakley's 'tree and rope' comment

PEC holds emotional meeting over James Oakley’s ‘tree and rope’ comment

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — The world is now watching. Those were the words of Reneé Semien, a Pedernales Electric Cooperative employee, to the PEC board of directors Nov. 30 in response to what many believe was a racist comment posted by District 5 director and board vice president James Oakley on his personal […]

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The Department of Public Safety is scheduled to relocate from the Burnet County north annex in Burnet and south annex (pictured here) in Marble Falls in January and re-open at a consolidated location at 1405 Mormon Mill Road in Marble Falls. File photo

DPS driver’s license offices to consolidate in Marble Falls

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Despite a time of growth in Burnet County, the Texas Department of Public Safety has opted to consolidate two driver’s license offices located in the north and south ends of the county into one facility in Marble Falls. (more…)

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Peek into the future of Marble Falls parks at open house Nov. 29

Peek into the future of Marble Falls parks at open house Nov. 29

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Parkgoers in Marble Falls will soon get a glimpse into the future. Halff Associates was hired in April to create a comprehensive plan for the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department, which included a community survey this summer on changes residents would like to see in the […]

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Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

With voters’ OK on bond, Granite Shoals looks to improve roads

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Granite Shoals voters on Nov. 8 approved a street bond for $3 million to improve the three main arteries of the city — Prairie View, Phillips Ranch Road, and Valley View — but voted against a deer-feeding ban on the Election Day ballot. (more…)

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Republicans Mike Conaway (left), Dawn Buckingham, and Roger Williams all won their races Nov. 8 in Texas. Courtesy photos

STATE ELECTIONS: Republicans hold strong in Texas

STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — In several statewide races of interest during the Nov. 8 general election, Texas Republicans continued to demonstrate their strength. In the District 11 U.S. representative race, which includes Llano County, incumbent Mike Conaway (R) held off Libertarian challenger Nicholas Landholt by a 201,467-to-23,613 margin. (more…)

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LOCAL ELECTIONS Granite Shoals says ‘no’ to deer feeding ban, 'yes' to road bond; and more

LOCAL ELECTIONS Granite Shoals says ‘no’ to deer feeding ban, ‘yes’ to road bond; and more

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — After forcing the issue on the Nov. 8 ballot, opponents to the Granite Shoals ban on feeding deer got their way. That city’s voters also passed a $3 million bond for several road improvements. As the numbers started coming in Nov. 8, Highland Lakes residents made their voices clear […]

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Check with DailyTrib.com for Election Day results

Check with DailyTrib.com for Election Day results

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The time has come, the Nov. 8 general election is here. Check with DailyTrib.com after the polls close for Election Day results. (more…)

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Marble Falls charter amendment propositions on Nov. 8 ballot

Marble Falls charter amendment propositions on Nov. 8 ballot

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Voters in Marble Falls will determine the fate of eight city charter amendment propositions that range from potentially expanding who is authorized to write checks for city business to whether the city should use staff resources to track down tax information on political candidates. (more…)

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Lake LBJ from Lookout Mountain on RR 1431 in Kingsland. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA to lower Lake LBJ by 4 feet for maintenance

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN — The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower Lake LBJ as well as Lake Austin for about six weeks in early 2017 to give lakeside property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls, and other shoreline property. The drawdown also will aid in curbing the growth of nuisance aquatic […]

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Highland Lakes early voting times and locations

Highland Lakes early voting times and locations

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — After months of hearing the candidates speak, the time has come to hit the button as early voting in Texas starts Monday, Oct. 24, and runs through Friday, Nov. 4. Election Day is Nov. 8. Across the Highland Lakes, voters will cast their ballots and have their say in local, […]

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Burnet, Llano counties see voter registration numbers jump

Burnet, Llano counties see voter registration numbers jump

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET  — Several thousand more people than in past presidential elections have joined the voter registration rolls in Burnet and Llano counties as election officials tally the remaining applications of new voters for the upcoming election. “It’s been really brisk. We’re excited we’ve broken the 15,000 mark,”  Llano County Elections […]

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PEC linemen prep to help in Hurricane Matthew relief effort

PEC linemen prep to help in Hurricane Matthew relief effort

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — While governors in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and now Texas have directed resources to help mitigate the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, one local utility, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, will also join the relief efforts. (more…)

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Four apply for vacant Granite Shoals City Council seat

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Four people applied for the vacant Granite Shoals City Council seat left open after Eric Tanner resigned Sept. 17. They are Jim Davant and Arturo Rubio, both of the city’s Street and Water Advisory Committee; Will Skinner of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee; and Terry Scott […]

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The Vanishing Texas River Cruise headed back up the Colorado River above Lake Buchanan last fall and this spring, thanks to rainfall raising lake levels after drought that lasted almost seven years. Despite the current lake levels at Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis being near full, Lower Colorado River Authority officials are still keeping an eye on the levels. They are hosting an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Lake View Hall in Black Rock Park, 3400 RR 261 in Buchanan Dam. During the event the staff will answer questions from people about the current health of the area lakes. Go to lcra.org for more information. File photo by Daniel Clifton

LCRA open house discussing Highland Lakes’ health

Despite the current lake levels at Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis being near full, Lower Colorado River Authority officials are still keeping an eye on the levels. They are hosting an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Lake View Hall in Black Rock Park, 3400 RR 261 […]

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An attendee to a Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) meeting with in September looks over a map outlining a possible bridge below Wirtz Dam. The project would connect the north and south sides of Lake Marble Falls and the Colorado River west of Marble Falls. Officials are holding two public meetings to discuss the possible bridge, as well as offering an online survey at www.campotexas.org/wirtzdam. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Two opportunities coming to offer input on Wirtz Dam bridge project

Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is hosting two public meetings for a potential bridge project just below Wirtz Dam west of Marble Falls.

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With the November general election just around the corner and early voting starting Monday, Oct. 24, now is the time to register to vote. It's a simple procedure that gives you a voice in the democratic process. Go to votetexas.gov to register or check if you're currently registered. You can also check with your local county elections or clerk's offices for more information. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 11

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET COUNTY — If you haven’t been paying attention, here’s a quick note: The closely run 2016 presidential election comes down to who votes on Nov. 8 (or before during early voting). But if you aren’t registered, you don’t get a say in who the next president is or even who the […]

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Officials release ballot list of Horseshoe Bay city candidates

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER HORSESHOE BAY — Llano County officials on Sept. 14 released the ballot of candidates for Horseshoe Bay City Council. Horseshoe Bay has opted to conduct its municipal election in November as opposed to May when other area city and school entities typically do so. (more…)

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Elections officials allow more forms of ID for voting

Elections officials allow more forms of ID for voting

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Along with seven forms of photo identification, election officials have recently expanded acceptable forms of ID for voting to include original birth certificates, paychecks, utility bills and bank statements. (more…)

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Burn bans lifted; more rain in weekend forecast

Burn bans lifted; more rain in weekend forecast

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Recent rains have provided enough moisture to allow officials in Burnet and Llano counties to lift burn bans, and more wet weather could be in the forecast for the weekend, officials say. (more…)

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PEC changes voting system for director elections

PEC changes voting system for director elections

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — Members of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative elect directors differently after the board approved a resolution to switch from an at-large system to a single-member district one, officials say. (more…)

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New Llano city manager begins first day at work

New Llano city manager begins first day at work

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — The first order of business for the new Llano city manager Aug. 1 involved not only getting to know the staff and the community but establishing himself as a leader with an “open door policy.” (more…)

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Burnet County boosts law enforcement and lowers tax rate

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — A spike in property values has prompted Burnet County Commissioners to consider a lower tax rate as well as hire more deputies and “unfreeze” positions at the county jail, officials say. (more…)

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The Granite Shoals City Council on July 12 passed an ordinance banning the feeding of deer within city limits. After Sept. 12, residents will receive fines for feeding the animal.

Granite Shoals bans feeding deer within city limits; fines start Sept. 12

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Granite Shoals residents are no longer allowed to feed deer after the city council adopted an ordinance prohibiting such activity during its meeting July 12. (more…)

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Get alerts by phone or email for LCRA flood operations

AUSTIN – Residents can receive alerts via text, email or phone when Lower Colorado River Authority flood operations begin at LCRA dams along and near the river. (more…)

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