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Llano County commissioners consider solar farm deal for school revenue

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Llano County commissioners proposed leasing several thousand acres of property in West Texas to a renewable energy company to launch a solar power farm, creating a potential revenue stream for local education. (more…)

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative has joined the effort to restore power Florida residents after Hurricane Irma by sending nearly two dozen employees to the state. Courtesy image

PEC sends staff to help restore Florida power in wake of Hurricane Irma

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative sent staff and resources to Hurricane Irma-ravaged Florida on Sept. 11 to help restore electricity to homes and businesses. (more…)

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New Texas laws: Swords, balloon hunts, and no more texting and driving

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With the first day of September comes signs of fall and a whole slate of new laws from the Texas Legislature. More than 600 laws went into effect Sept. 1. One will impact how you can use your cellphone while you drive, and another will allow you to openly […]

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Hurricane Harvey's path

PEC on standby as Harvey could bring bad weather, outages

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Gulf Coast residents aren’t the only Texans paying attention to Hurricane Harvey. Meteorologists are predicting Harvey will bring severe weather to parts of Central Texas. In response, Pedernales Electric Cooperative crews are prepared to be called in case members lose power. (more…)

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The allowed height for billboards such as the ones along Texas 71 and U.S. 281 could double if state officials approve a request by outdoor advertisers, which has prompted opponents to mobilize an effort to reject the idea. File photo

Groups take aim at ‘double-decker’ billboard height proposal

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — A recommendation to double the allowed height of billboards visible from state and federal highways has prompted opponents to mobilize against the potential measure. (more…)

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Llano County offices reopen; driver’s license service still on hold due to water damage

Llano County offices reopen; driver’s license service still on hold due to water damage

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO —  Crews have reopened some Llano County offices Aug. 18, including the tax-assessor collector’s and treasurer’s offices, after completing water damage repairs caused by a ruptured water pipe that temporarily shuttered the three-story building adjacent to the Llano County Courthouse. (more…)

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U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-Austin) visits with Marble Falls-area business owners during an Aug. 17 stop. Williams held the Small Business Roundtable to share his Jumpstart America tax-reform plan with business owners and community leaders. Williams, who represents the 25th District of Texas, outlined eight things he’d like to pass, including cuts to personal income tax, corporate taxes, and payroll taxes. Go to williams.house.gov to look at the plan. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

U.S. Rep. Williams in Marble Falls touting tax cuts, Main Street America

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — U.S. Rep. Roger Williams laid out his vision for boosting the U.S. economy to Marble Falls-area business owners and community leaders during a Small Business Roundtable on Aug. 17 at the Market on Avenue H. (more…)

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Llano County commissioners approved a proposed budget Aug. 14 that included fully funding the county jail, which faced potential closure of inmate housing operations to help decrease county expenses. Photo from Llano County’s Facebook page

Llano County declines defunding jail in 2017-18 budget

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Llano County commissioners approved a proposed budget Aug. 14 that included continued funding for Llano County Jail operations. This followed an outcry from local law enforcement, who rejected a consideration to house all inmates at the Burnet County Jail, officials said. (more…)

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Granite Shoals City Hall

Granite Shoals proposes property tax rate bump to increase fire protection

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council is proposing to nudge up the property tax rate by about 1.6 cents, but residents still have time to put in their two cents about the change. (more…)

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The Granite Shoals City Council is holding a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, in its chambers at City Hall, 2221 N. Phillips Ranch Road. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Granite Shoals City Council special meeting on tax rate, road bond

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday, Aug. 10, to consider the proposed tax rate for the 2017-18 fiscal year and how to word a road bond proposal on the November ballot. (more…)

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It will be easier to find gravesites and available plots at the Marble Falls City Cemetery on South Avenue S once an online mapping system is complete. File photo

Marble Falls City Cemetery online mapping system almost complete

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — People looking for loved ones or historic gravesites at the Marble Falls City Cemetery soon can turn to their smartphone, tablet, or computer to find them thanks to a parks department initiative. (more…)

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City abandons its right-of-way for Lake Marble Falls hotel/conference center project

City abandons its right-of-way for Lake Marble Falls hotel/conference center project

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — City Council members cleared the way for the proposed eastside footprint of a hotel/conference center, which is part of private-public partnership coordinated by the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. (more…)

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Marble Falls City Council approves proposed tax rate with eye on debt

Marble Falls City Council approves proposed tax rate with eye on debt

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — An 8 percent hike in appraised property values prompted the Marble Falls City Council on Aug. 1 to approve a city tax rate lower than the current one and a rate recommended by city staff. The council discussed the 2017-18 budget year item at its regular meeting. (more…)

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Marble Falls mulls $65,000-a-year ‘downtown coordinator’ job

Marble Falls mulls $65,000-a-year ‘downtown coordinator’ job

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — City leaders have proposed a new position, potentially funded with a combination of city, sales, and tourism dollars, that will be involved in coordinating and organizing activities and improvements for downtown Marble Falls business owners and event planners. (more…)

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Marble Falls moving toward lower property tax rate

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls City Council will take one more step toward adopting a lower property tax rate during its regular Aug. 1 meeting. Before any adoption, however, the council must schedule a public hearing and reading of an ordinance adopting the rate. The council will discuss and possibly vote […]

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PEC warns customers of survey scam, offers protection tips

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Officials with Pedernales Electric Cooperative are warning members of a “power survey” scam and offering ways to report suspicious activity. On July 17, the cooperative reported that unidentified individuals were approaching customers and claiming to be conducting energy surveys on behalf of the utility. (more…)

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LCRA seeking grant applications for community projects

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Hill Country Science Mill and the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department are two of the most recent Highland Lakes benefactors of Lower Colorado River Authority grants, and now the LCRA is putting out the call for more community projects in search of support. (more…)

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The headquarters at Longhorn Cavern State Park on Park Road 4 in Burnet County. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Meeting to address improvements to Inks Lake, Longhorn Cavern parks

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are holding the second of two meetings regarding future plans for Inks Lake and Longhorn Cavern state parks as well as the Park Road 4 corridor. (more…)

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Government closures July 3-4

MARBLE FALLS — Since the Fourth of July is a national and state holiday, Highland Lakes residents can expect federal, state, and local offices to be closed on Tuesday, July 4, but there are some offices that will tack on July 3. (more…)

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Dreaded zebra mussels invade Lake Travis; boaters beware

Dreaded zebra mussels invade Lake Travis; boaters beware

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LAKE TRAVIS — One measures less than an inch, but when they mass together, these invasive creatures can cause big damage. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials confirmed zebra mussels have invaded Lake Travis. (more…)

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Emergency town hall called over TxDOT's plans for RR 1431

Emergency town hall called over TxDOT’s plans for RR 1431

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON KINGSLAND — Residents who drive RR 1431 in Kingsland and Llano County can share their thoughts on possible changes to the roadway with the Texas Department of Transportation during an emergency town hall meeting Tuesday, June 27. (more…)

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Burnet County issues alert after several rabid wildlife reports

Burnet County issues alert after several rabid wildlife reports

STAFF REPORTER CONNIE SWINNEY TIMBER RIDGE —As Burnet County animal control officers investigate a third case of rabies infection since April, authorities have asked rural residents to take precautions and update their pets’ vaccinations. (more…)

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The Burnet County Historical Commission received the Texas Historical Commission’s Distinguished Service Award for 2016. The award is based on a number of criteria, including volunteer hours. The local commission’s board and volunteers are involved in several historical projects, including assisting at Fort Croghan Museum during its fall Fort Croghan Day in October. This marks the seventh year in a row the Burnet County Historical Commission has earned the honor. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County Historical Commission wins Distinguished Service Award

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — The Burnet County Historical Commission won it seven years in a row with its eyes firmly fixed on No. 8. “I think we’ll get it again next year,” commission chairwoman JoAnn Myers said. (more…)

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District 2 incumbent Emily Pataki (right) was re-elected to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board along with newcomer to District 3, board member-elect Randy R. Klaus. Courtesy photo

Pataki, Klaus win PEC board of directors election

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LEANDER — Pedernales Electric Cooperative members re-elected an incumbent to a second term in District 2 and welcomed a newcomer to District 3 who defeated several challengers. (more…)

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Rep. Williams’ staff member injured in Virginia shooting; gunman is identified

Rep. Williams’ staff member injured in Virginia shooting; gunman is identified

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — A member of Rep. Roger Williams’ staff was among the injured when a gunman opened fire Wednesday morning during a congressional team baseball practice. Williams (R-Austin) was at the practice but wasn’t hurt by the gunfire, according to his office. (more…)

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The Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. office at 801 Fourth St. in Marble Falls. To contact the EDC or for more information, go to marblefallseconomy.com or call (830) 798-7079. File photo

Marble Falls City Council eases oversight of EDC board policies

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — City Council members have approved granting the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. more autonomy in decision-making policies, including removing the council’s role in approving the selection of the entity’s executive director. (more…)

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