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PEC’s John Hewa resigns as CEO, returning to Virginia

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors and Chief Executive Officer John Hewa officially parted ways May 25. The board called an emergency meeting for 1 p.m. May 25 at the PEC headquarters in Johnson City. Hewa was not present at the meeting. (more…)

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PEC election early and online voting is May 18-June 9

PEC election early and online voting is May 18-June 9

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY  JOHNSON CITY — For the first time, Pedernales Electric Cooperative will allow members to select candidates for Districts 2 and 3 using the single-member district method for the upcoming 2017 election. (more…)

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TxDOT eyes crash-prone stretches of US 281 and Texas 29 for signal and turn-lane

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed improving safety features in two areas along crash-prone highways, including installing a traffic light on U.S. 281 in northern Marble Falls and a turn-lane on Texas 29 between Bertram and Liberty Hill. (more…)

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May is Motorcycle Awareness Month in Texas, so look twice

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month in Texas, so look twice

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — As a motorcyclist, Michael Taber knows what it’s like to go unseen on the road. “Motorcycles have a smaller profile, so people don’t always see us,” he said. “Or, they don’t realize how close we are, and, you know, that can be a problem.” (more…)

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Michele Boshears, Jim Coursey, and Williams Haddock have applied for the Place 4 seat on the Marble Falls City Council. Courtesy photos

Three Marble Falls residents apply to fill Place 4 City Council spot

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Officials will review the qualifications of and choose one of three potential candidates who submitted applications to fill an empty seat on the Marble Falls City Council. (more…)

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State judicial board reprimands James Oakley for ‘tree and a rope comment’

State judicial board reprimands James Oakley for ‘tree and a rope comment’

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON AUSTIN — A state judicial board has publicly reprimanded Burnet County Judge James Oakley for the “tree and a rope” Facebook comment he posted in November 2016 in connection with the murder of a San Antonio police officer. (more…)

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ELECTIONS: Llano votes ‘yes’ to liquor-by-the-drink; Brugger wins in Granite Shoals

ELECTIONS: Llano votes ‘yes’ to liquor-by-the-drink; Brugger wins in Granite Shoals

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Despite the impact it might have on their city property taxes, Llano residents gave a thumbs-up to major road spending, and in Granite Shoals, voters decided to stick with the mayor they know instead of taking a chance on a new face. (more…)

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Marble Falls taking applications to fill Place 4 council seat

Marble Falls taking applications to fill Place 4 council seat

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS —  As two new faces and an incumbent are set to be sworn in on the Marble Falls City Council, officials have started taking applications for a fourth spot for which no one filed. (more…)

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State Rep. Jason Isaac filed House Bill 3677, which would consolidate county groundwater districts into larger regional districts.

Burnet County pushes back vs. water district consolidation bill

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County leaders rejected an effort by State Rep. Jason Isaac to abolish county-based water conservation districts in favor of regional boards to monitor groundwater and determine funding mechanisms. (more…)

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Early voting starts April 24 in city and school district races

Early voting starts April 24 in city and school district races

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While presidential and gubernatorial elections garner a lot of attention, it’s often the local city councils and school boards that have a direct impact on residents’ lives, making the May elections an important part of the civic landscape. (more…)

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Llano voters to decide liquor-by-the-drink option, road tax hike

Llano voters to decide liquor-by-the-drink option, road tax hike

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO —  Llano voters will decide whether or not to give local businesses the option to sell mixed beverages as well as potentially pass a street repair proposition that would pay for tax bonds and increase city property taxes by nearly double the current rate. Early voting is April 24-28 […]

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Investigators sift through clues in two emergency plane landings

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET COUNTY — The Federal Aviation Administration has launched investigations into two emergency plane landings — one in the middle of the night on Texas 71 —  in two days in Burnet and Llano counties, according to reports by the Texas Department of Public Safety. (more…)

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The Texas Department of Public Safety has opened a new office, 1405A Mormon Mill Road in Marble Falls. A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for April 11. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

New driver’s license office opens in Marble Falls with online queuing

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A consolidated driver’s license office has opened with an additional online feature aimed at minimizing wait times for Burnet County residents, according to Texas Department of Public Safety officials. (more…)

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Open floodgates at Max Starcke Dam in Marble Falls in May 2015. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA offers flood operations notifications by phone or email

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With the spring months traditionally among the wettest of the year for the Highland Lakes, the Lower Colorado River Authority is encouraging residents to sign up for free notifications of LCRA flood operations. (more…)

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PEC makes deal for pilot solar farm in Johnson City

PEC makes deal for pilot solar farm in Johnson City

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative has struck a deal with a private energy developer and Johnson City officials to build a 14-acre solar farm to offset utility cost during peak times of the year, officials said. (more…)

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Burnet County divides $5.7 million in bonds for roads

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Officials approved the disbursement of more than $5.7 million in bonds Feb. 28 to fund a string of extensive road and low-water crossing projects in all four precincts of Burnet County. “This is our first time to issue debt for roads in Burnet County,” Burnet County Judge James […]

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Burnet County property bidders soon will be able to go online to purchase tax-delinquent property rather than travel to the Burnet County Courthouse in Burnet. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Appraisal district to launch online bidding for tax-delinquent Burnet County properties

CONNIE SWINNEY •  STAFF WRITER BURNET — Property buyers will soon have the option of participating in an online bidding war for tax-delinquent properties now that Burnet County officials approved policies that would move the process from the courthouse steps to a bidder’s desktop. (more…)

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The Burnet County Jail is located at 900 County Lane in Burnet. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Travis County’s ‘sanctuary’ fight with ICE could benefit Burnet County Jail

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — A political battle brewing between the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and federal immigration officials could bring more inmates to the Burnet County Jail, translating into more local funds to house detainees, officials say. (more…)

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From Quail Point Community Center on Horseshoe Bay on Jan. 15 after Lake LBJ was lowered. Photo by Karla Held

LCRA will begin refilling lakes Austin and LBJ

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — Lakes Austin and LBJ will begin returning to regular levels starting later this week after the Lower Colorado River Authority lowered both for six weeks beginning in early January. (more…)

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In the spirit of her family’s involvement in civil service, Megan Klaeger — an attorney and community volunteer — has filed to run for Marble Falls City Council. Courtesy photo

Megan Klaeger files to run for Marble Falls City Council

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS —  Megan Klaeger comes from family familiar with political and legal service, so when she threw her hat into the Marble Falls City Council race, her decision seemed like a natural progression of her activities in the community. (more…)

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Retired city official Crista Bromley has filed to run for mayor of Burnet. Courtesy photo

Crista Bromley hopes to return to city service in bid for Burnet mayor

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Crista Bromley might have retired from city service, but she’s not finished serving the city of Burnet. On Jan. 18, Bromley filed to run for mayor in the upcoming municipal election. (more…)

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Newly elected state Sen. Dawn Buckingham, District 24, will be sworn in Jan. 10. The Lakeway-based eye surgeon takes over a seat that outgoing Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) has held since 1997. Buckingham, also a Republican, said she plans to focus on the same issues on which she campaigned: smaller government, border security, and education. Courtesy photo

Dawn Buckingham gets committee assignments, including health and border security

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — Newly elected State Sen. Dawn Buckingham landed several committee assignments, including Health and Human Services as well as Veteran Affairs and Border Security. (more…)

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PHOTOS: Lake LBJ drawdown changes Horseshoe Bay scenery

PHOTOS: Lake LBJ drawdown changes Horseshoe Bay scenery

HORSESHOE BAY — Images from Lake LBJ show the effects of the Lower Colorado River Authority’s drawdown in recent weeks. Lake LBJ has been lowered about 4 feet to allow customers and lakeside property owners the chance to perform maintenance work. The LCRA does not anticipate needing to operate floodgates, but it has continued to […]

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The Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors voted Jan. 17 to remove director James Oakley's vice president status and issue him a warning over a November Facebook post that some perceived as racist. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Oakley not happy with PEC punishment, calls it political move

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — Though two directors wanted James Oakley removed from the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board over a controversial Facebook post made Nov. 21, 2016, the board went with a recommendation from a PEC complaint committee to strip him of his vice president seat and issue him a warning. (more…)

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A Pedernales Electric Cooperative complaint committee released its recommendation for Director James Oakley in regard to a Facebook post he made in November 2016 that some people perceived as racist. The committee voted 2-1 to recommend taking Oakley’s board vice president role from him and issuing him a warning. The full PEC board will take up the matter during its regular meeting at 9 a.m. Jan. 17 at the headquarters, 201 Ave. F South in Johnson City. File photo

PEC committee recommends warning, ending Oakley’s VP role over Facebook post

DANIEL EDITOR • EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — After completing its investigation into Director James Oakley, the Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s three-director complaint committee recommended the full board strip him of his vice president position and issue him a warning for a November social media post he wrote that some people took as being racist. (more…)

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PEC directors file suit over change in bylaws, elections

PEC directors file suit over change in bylaws, elections

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials say changes to how members elect directors was within the purview of the board’s powers, but a lawsuit contends the co-op violated its bylaws as well as state law by enacting a new election system. (more…)

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