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Burnet County commissioners have approved the purchase of the Burnet County Jail, 900 County Lane in Burnet, for about $14 million. File photo

Burnet County to purchase jail from private owners for $14 million

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — County commissioners have approved the purchase of the Burnet County Jail facility for about $14 million, officials say. (more…)

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PEC and state lawmakers wrangle over at-large voting system

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF JOHNSON CITY — Lawmakers are expected to consider legislation that would change the way Pedernales Electric Cooperative members elect their board of directors, and some members and directors are rejecting the proposal citing “autonomy.” (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority has launched an aggressive invasive vegetation eradication program in lakes LBJ and Marble Falls by permitting municipalities and property owners to use copper-based herbicides during scheduled treatment periods. File photo

LCRA, cities take aim at water weeds with chemical treatments

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The Lower Colorado River Authority has launched a nuisance water weed eradication program that involves municipalities and property owners participating in waterway chemical treatments starting this spring. (more…)

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LCRA postpones meeting on nuisance aquatic vegetation

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — The Lower Colorado River Authority is postponing a March 5 open house because of icy weather predicted for the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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After filings, several contested races for school, city elections in Burnet, Llano counties

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — As the filing deadline has passed, a number of school and city elections are now scheduled in Burnet and Llano counties, officials say. “There’s about four or five cities, a couple of school districts and some (Emergency Service Districts), and that’s basically it,” said Burnet County Elections Administrator Doug Ferguson. […]

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A Lake Buchanan boat ramp is unusable because of the current drought and its effect on lake levels. The combined storage for lakes Buchanan and Travis, the two main water reservoirs for the Highland Lakes, is about 36 percent full, or 716,000 acre-feet of water. File photo

LCRA, water group contest upstream dam application

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF GOLDTHWAITE — Several years of strain on water resources caused by the drought has prompted Goldthwaite city officials to back a proposal by a private landowner for a small on-channel dam on the Colorado River in Mills County. (more…)

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Trio accused of PEC credit card abuse receive probation, $56,000 in fines

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Three people, including two ex-utility company employees and a former Johnson City police officer, have accepted plea deals for probation and fines totaling $56,000 in connection to a PEC credit card scheme, officials say. (more…)

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New lead assistant DA has experience in capital murder, death penalty cases

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — A prosecutor recently hired by the 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney will step into a newly created position, bringing years of experience in handling capital murder and death penalty cases as well as white collar crimes those against children, officials say. (more…)

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A United Launch Alliance Delta II rockets heads for outer space Jan. 31 with NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive observatory on board. The satellite will measure moisture content in the top 2 inches of the soil around the world. Lower Colorado River Authority scientists will compare the data from eight sensors in the Fredericksburg area with the satellite data. NASA photo by Bill Ingalls

LCRA joins with NASA in first-of-its-kind soil study

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Lower Colorado River Authority is getting an unlikely perspective on soil moisture in the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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PEC seeking member input on rates, fees with survey, forums

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials are asking for co-op members’ input on rates and fees as part of a comprehensive cost-of-service and rate-design study. (more…)

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Lake Buchanan is seen in the distance from a boat ramp that was closed due to drought conditions. Staff photo by Jared Fields

As 2015 starts, Highland Lakes falls toward all-time drought declaration

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Despite a moderate amount of rainfall in 2014, the two storage reservoirs of the Highland Lakes chain didn’t experience much of an increase in water levels. In fact, as of Jan. 14, lakes Buchanan and Travis held 34 percent of their normal storage amounts. (more…)

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Burnet and Llano counties swearing in elected officials on Jan. 1

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The new year brings some new — and returning — faces to county offices as officials get ready for the swearing-in ceremonies Jan. 1. In Burnet County, officials are gathering at 9:30 a.m. at the Burnet County Courthouse, 220 S. Pierce St. in Burnet for a reception followed by a […]

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Construction on the U.S. 281 bridge should be complete by March of April. File photo

US 281 bridge construction winds down as FM 2147 work to begin

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The finishing touches are being put on the U.S. 281 bridge in Marble Falls. Kelli Reyna, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation, said most of the remaining work will be completed over the next month. (more…)

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Outgoing Burnet, Llano county judges reflect on service

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — Two county judges who preside on commissioner’s and county court-at-law benches reflected on the successes of their tenures as they prepare to turn over the reigns to their replacements Jan. 1. (more…)

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