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Ex-PEC general manager Bennie Fuelberg

Judge modifies sentence in ex-PEC GM’s money laundering case

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — A state district judge has modified the terms of a sentence for former PEC general manager Bennie Fuelberg, convicted of a money laundering scheme using utility funds to benefit a family member and a former board member’s son. (more…)

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As Lake Buchanan rises, some leery of releasing water downstream

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BUCHANAN DAM — Domestic water use advocates caution that the drought remains a threat to water supplies as the peak of summer approaches, even though recent rains have boosted Lake Buchanan levels by nearly 20 feet in the past several weeks. (more…)

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Driver’s license offices to move out of Burnet, Marble Falls annexes

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — The need for space is behind a request by Burnet County officials that driver’s license offices in the courthouse annexes in Burnet and Marble Falls find new homes. (more…)

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UPDATE: TCEQ upholds order to withhold downstream water releases from Highland Lakes

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER UPDATE: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality upheld an emergency order July 1 to withhold water releases from the Highland Lakes reservoirs to rice farmers downstream. PREVIOUS STORY BURNET — Interests along the upper and lower Colorado River basins are getting ready to go head to head after an emergency […]

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Llano, Burnet counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Llano, Burnet counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham says she won’t let her personal views about the federal government’s role in the  marriage debate get in the way of the mandated duties of the county in issuing marriage licenses. (more…)

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LCRA: Highland Lakes boaters should be extra cautious July 4

MARBLE FALLS — With fireworks displays illuminating the skies over lakes Marble Falls and LBJ on July 4, plenty of folks plan to get the best seats in the house — on their boats. But this means added boat traffic at night when water travel is more dangerous. (more…)

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Burnet County residents can claim $2.6M in cash, property

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET —  From forgotten bank accounts to mineral royalties, Burnet County residents have left millions of dollars in cash and property on the table, and the Texas State Comptroller’s Office will be in town to help them claim their lost loot. (more…)

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Petitioners launch campaign for Burnet County-wide booze option

Petitioners launch campaign for Burnet County-wide booze option

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER KINGSLAND — A group of citizens has launched a county-wide, alcohol-option petition to place a proposition on the ballot that would allow businesses the ability to sell and serve liquor by the drink. Burnet County Committee for Economic Growth must collect about 4,200 signatures for the mixed-beverage option to place the […]

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Two new faces chosen, incumbent re-elected to PEC board of directors

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER CEDAR PARK —  A contentious and highly publicized Pedernales Electric Cooperative director election resulted in  higher voter participation as well as two new faces and one incumbent holding onto her position, according to officials. (more…)

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Judge Guilford "Gil" Jones

Retired Judge Gil Jones sworn in as Burnet County justice of the peace

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — After a swearing-in ceremony, a retired district judge will take his place as a “temporary” justice of the peace in Burnet County while continuing his duties as a mediator. (more…)

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Deadline is June 12 for PEC online and mail-in voting

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative members wanting a say in the election for board members in Districts 1, 6 and 7 have until June 12 to participate in the online and mail-in voting. But if members miss that deadline, they’ll have one more opportunity to vote in the co-op’s election. (more…)

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Christ-Yoder Animal Shelter staying open with counties taking active role

Christ-Yoder Animal Shelter staying open with counties taking active role

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BUCHANAN DAM — Officials from Burnet and Llano counties came to the rescue of the Christ-Yoder Animal Shelter, which faced closure because of lack of volunteer and financial support. (more…)

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LCRA: Drought hangs on despite rising Highland Lakes levels

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER SPICEWOOD — The history of dry spells and floods in the Highland Lakes can offer clues about whether recent flooding has eased the grip of the drought, officials say. (more…)

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Longtime State Sen. Troy Fraser to step aside from politics

Longtime State Sen. Troy Fraser to step aside from politics

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER AUSTIN —  State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, a lawmaker for nearly three decades, has forged a foundation for preserving Texas economic strength in oil, gas and utilities; stood behind landowners on water rights and environmental issues; and helped secure funding for education, military and health care resources. (more…)

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