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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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Llano County roads competing with big city highways for state funding

Llano County roads competing with big city highways for state funding

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Growth is spurring an increase in traffic in the Highland Lakes; however, state officials might put the brakes on additional funding for rural roadway upgrades as more populated areas compete for those dollars. (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

Newly elected state Sen. Buckingham keeps her focus on the issues

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Some politicians might adjust their stance on the issues once the ballots are tallied and they’re headed for Austin, but Dawn Buckingham isn’t one of these. “I’m going to work on the same issues I campaigned on,” she said. “Nothing has changed.” (more…)

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PEC recycling program breathes new life into old Christmas trees

PEC recycling program breathes new life into old Christmas trees

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — Now that the dust has settled from opening gifts, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your natural Christmas tree. One option involves the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Tree Recycling Program. (more…)

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Public invited to swearing-ins for elected county officials

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Officials in Llano and Burnet counties will welcome a few new faces, along with some familiar ones, during the ceremonial administration of the oaths of office. The public is invited. For elected officials in Llano County, the event starts at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, in the second-floor […]

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The Lower Colorado River Authority will begin the drawdown of Lake LBJ (shown) and Lake Austin on Jan. 2 for dock repairs and maintenance. Photo by Keith Bedard of Down to Earth Aerial Photography

LCRA lakes drawdown begins Jan. 2 for dock repairs, maintenance

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN – The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower lakes Austin and LBJ for six weeks beginning Jan. 2. The drawdowns will give lakeside property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls, and other shoreline property. The lake lowerings also aid in curbing the growth of nuisance aquatic vegetation […]

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Burnet County Sheriff-elect Calvin Boyd is joined by his leadership staff, which includes some familiar faces at the sheriff's office as well as some new ones. Boyd takes office Jan. 1. Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith is retiring. Pictured are Burnet County Sheriff's Office Capt. Ricky Bindseil (patrol division captain), Chris Jett (administration captain), Boyd, Mike Cummings (chief deputy), and BCSO Capt. Dwight Hardin (criminal investigations division). Not pictured is BCSO Capt. Matt Kimbler (Burnet County Jail captain). Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

New faces and bigger presence at Burnet County Sheriff’s Office

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — When Jan. 1 rolls around, people might notice some new faces at the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office as well as some familiar ones. Plus, people might also see a few more patrol cars on the road. “People have been asking a lot of questions about the direction of the […]

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Burnet County Commissioners have appointed Missy Bindseil as the Precinct 4 constable, making her the first woman to serve in that capacity in the county. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Commissioners appoint first woman to Burnet County constable position

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — For Millicent “Missy” Bindseil, her future in law enforcement was sealed on the day of her birth. “As my mother likes to put it, we blame my dad,” Bindseil said. (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

UPDATE: PEC releases counsel statement but no decision on Oakley

UPDATE: On Dec. 8, Don Richards, special counsel to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative complaint committee and board, released a statement in regard to the committee’s investigation of a complaint about a Facebook post by PEC District 5 director James Oakley. Richards stated the “committee does its work and reports its findings to the board. The […]

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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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