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Granite Shoals OKs pay raise for city manager, home exemption

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council approved a two-year contract extension and a 6 percent pay raise for City Manager Ken Nickel on June 28 to bump up his salary to $101,500 a year. The increase was the result of an annual review. (more…)

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Burnet County OKs courthouse Christmas display expansion at cost of $74,000

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — The cost for expanding Christmas decorations split the vote 3-2 recently among Burnet County commissioners, prompting one dissenting voter to raise concerns about the amount of funds dedicated to the display, officials say. (more…)

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative members elected incumbent board president James Oakley (left) and former Hays County judge and newcomer Jim Powers to the board during the membership meeting June 18 in Dripping Springs. Courtesy photo

PEC voters return incumbent Oakley to District 5 spot

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER DRIPPING SPRINGS — Pedernales Electric Cooperative members have re-elected an incumbent and added a new face to the board of directors in an election June 18. Officials unveiled results during the annual membership meeting in Dripping Springs. (more…)

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Highland Lakes Democrats head to state convention

Highland Lakes Democrats head to state convention

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR SAN ANTONIO — The Lone Star State has been solidly red for many years, but Highland Lakes Democrats aren’t letting that dampen their spirits as they get to work in San Antonio. The Texas Democratic Convention is June 16-18 at The Alamodome. (more…)

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The annual stocking of Lake Buchanan with hybrid striped bass fry was carried out March 21 by the Lake Buchanan Conservation Corp. Shown introducing the fish into the lake is LBCC member and fishing guide, Max Milam, of Ken Milam Fishing Guide Service. This year’s stocking consisted of 1 million of the fry and brings the total number stocked into the lake by the LBCC over the past 10 years to more than 9 million. Visiting anglers are harvesting large numbers of keeper-size hybrids with new lake records being established and re-established within short periods of time. Courtesy photo

Lake Buchanan has healthy resurgence; state of the lake is June 21

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BUCHANAN DAM — Lake Buchanan has experienced the spectrum of ups and downs the past several years, going from historic low inflows to four open floodgates recently, leaving people wondering, “How is Lake Buchanan doing?” (more…)

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Lake Marble Falls has been closed to recreational boating since June 2 as have Inks Lake, Lake LBJ and Lake Travis. Those lakes will reopen June 10 at noon, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA to reopen lakes to boaters

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — After a week of no recreational boating on the Highland Lakes, the Lower Colorado River Authority is reopening four lakes at noon June 10. (more…)

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PEC incumbent board president James Oakley squares off with challenger Carlos Palisciano during a recent candidates forum that featured the District 5 race. Courtesy photo

PEC candidates differ on facility closures and election system

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — A stark contrast has emerged within the contested race for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors on how members vote, whether to shutter facilities and the proposed criteria for serving on the board. (more…)

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Water roars through the four open floodgates at Max Starcke Dam in Marble Falls. On June 2, the Lower Colorado River Authority temporarily closed Inks Lake, Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls to recreational boating due to extensive floodgate operations on the Highland Lakes. The LCRA has opened three floodgates at Buchanan Dam as of noon June 2, but a fourth one was slated to be opened at 2 p.m. Go to lcra.org for up-to-date floodgate operations. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

LCRA temporarily closes four Highland Lakes

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With heavy rains falling early June 2 in the Highland Lakes watershed, Lower Colorado River Authority officials temporarily closed Lake LBJ, Inks Lake and Lake Marble Falls to recreational boating as of 11:25 a.m. that same day. The LCRA later closed Lake Travis. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority crews have opened three floodgates at Mansfield Dam at the head of Lake Travis to ease the heavy flow of stormwater runoff that has pummeled the Highland Lakes area for the past several days. Courtesy photo

LCRA opens floodgates, closes portions of lakes LBJ, Marble Falls

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Lower Colorado River Authority officials launched floodgate operations and closed portions of the Highland Lakes to recreational traffic May 31 because of increased flows caused by stormwater runoff. (more…)

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Voters pick nominees in local, state runoff elections

Voters pick nominees in local, state runoff elections

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — It looks like Llano County Precinct 3 residents will have a new commissioner take the helm in January after a challenger upended the incumbent in the race for the Republican nomination. (more…)

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State and local runoff elections on May 24 ballot

State and local runoff elections on May 24 ballot

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While much of the election attention has turned to the presidential race at the top of the tickets, Texas and Highland Lakes voters still have some decisions to make for the Democratic and Republican nominations. (more…)

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Early voting begins for PEC board of directors

Early voting begins for PEC board of directors

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative is launching early voting May 19-June 10 for two director positions in which one spot pits an incumbent board president against a newcomer. (more…)

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Early voting runs May 16-20 for runoff elections

Early voting runs May 16-20 for runoff elections

BURNET — The second round of the Republican and Democratic primaries gets rolling May 16 with early voting for the joint primary runoff election. Early voting runs through May 20 with election day May 24. Several local and state races are on the ballot for Burnet and Llano counties. The winners of the runoffs will […]

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Burnet County Republicans in Dallas for state GOP convention

Burnet County Republicans in Dallas for state GOP convention

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — While many political junkies already have their eyes on the upcoming presidential election in November, there’s still a lot of work to be done, including a major stop in Dallas and San Antonio. (more…)

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Voters in Burnet and Llano counties decide city and school board races

Voters in Burnet and Llano counties decide city and school board races

STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Voters in Burnet and Llano counties cast their ballots in several city and school district board elections. Voter turnout ranged from 6 percent to 15 percent in the various races. In the Marble Falls Independent School Board race for Place 1, Gary Boshears won with 379 votes. He defeated Lenwood Nelson […]

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City and school board races top May 7 elections

City and school board races top May 7 elections

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Highland Lakes residents can help determine the future of their communities and school districts during the May 7 elections. (more…)

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Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn (left) and former challenger James Schilling. Courtesy photos

Llano County sheriff’s candidate suspends GOP runoff campaign

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — A candidate for sheriff has suspended his campaign in the upcoming May 24 runoff election, while the incumbent opponent says he will remain active in his bid to capture the Republican primary nomination. Challenger James Schilling’s name will still appear on the ballot. However, on April 25, he […]

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Early voting underway for city, school district elections

Early voting underway for city, school district elections

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While it might not be as “big” as the Republican and Democratic primaries, local school and city elections play a major role in Highland Lakes communities. The May 7 election features several municipalities and school boards on the ballot. (more…)

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Fireworks light up the skies over Lake Marble Falls during a past July 4 celebration. The Texas Legislature has added days that residents can legally shoot fireworks, including Texas Independence Day (March 2), San Jacinto Day (April 21) and Memorial Day (May 30). Photo by Don Comedy

Public safety, fire danger spark debate over added fireworks days

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BERTRAM —  For Ron Matlock, selling fireworks means an added economic boost not only to his pocketbook but his community as well. “It gives us extra money to do things with, pay stuff off, take a vacation. It’s definitely extra money,” said Matlock, who owns and operates fireworks stands in […]

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Burnet County officials and residents are asking the Texas Department of Transportation to consider improvements and safety upgrades on area highways with the increase of traffic, especially from 18-wheelers. Several fatal accidents involving 18-wheelers have raised concerns about highway safety, even prompting a petition calling for TxDOT to study adding turn lanes on U.S. 281 near CR 403 in southern Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Burnet County highway deaths prompt road safety campaign

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A county official and a business owner have launched an effort to coax the Texas Department of Transportation to research traffic safety and potential upgrades along state highways in and around the Burnet, Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls and Spicewood communities. A spike in traffic deaths on those […]

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Llano elections forum to feature school and city candidates

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO  —  Candidates vying for school and city positions will talk about issues in the Llano community and introduce themselves to the public during an upcoming forum. The event on April 7 will start with a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m. followed by a meal at 6 p.m. with the forum at 7 […]

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative leaders and Marble Falls Mayor John Packer break ground March 7 on PEC’s Northwest Operations Center, which will be located at the intersection of U.S. 281 North and Resource Parkway in Marble Falls. Pictured are PEC District 1 Director Cristi Clement (left), PEC District 3 Director Kathy Scanlon, PEC Chief Financial Officer Tracy Golden, PEC District 2 Director Emily Pataki, PEC Chief Executive Officer John Hewa, PEC Board President and District 5 Director James Oakley, Marble Falls Mayor John Packer, PEC Vice President of Member Services Eddie Dauterive, PEC Vice President of Corporate Services, PEC District 6 Director Paul Graf, PEC Vice President of Operations Wayne McKee, PEC Corporate Services Project Manager Bud Collora and PEC Marble Falls District Director Nathan Burns. Courtesy photo

PEC breaks ground on Marble Falls operations center

Artist rendering of the new PEC Northwest Operations Center in Marble Falls. FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials helped the co-op enter a new phase as they broke ground March 7 for a $17 million Northwest Operations Center in Marble Falls. (more…)

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Terry Wilson greets supporters during the Burnet County Republican watch party March 1 at Riverbend Conference Center in Marble Falls. Wilson defeated state Rep. Marsha Farney for the GOP’s nomination for District 20. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County’s Terry Wilson upsets incumbent state rep

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — A celebratory Terry Wilson thanked supporters and well-wishers March 1 as it became evident he had unseated the incumbent District 20 state representative. (more…)

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Llano County sheriff, Precinct 3 commissioner races in runoffs

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — A five-way race for the Republican nomination for the Llano County sheriff is down to two. Sheriff Bill Blackburn will face challenger James Schilling in a May runoff after the two earned the most votes in the Republican primary March 1. Blackburn brought in 2,542 votes, or 46 percent, with […]

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Boyd wins Burnet County sheriff's contest; four races in runoffs

Boyd wins Burnet County sheriff’s contest; four races in runoffs

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Calvin Boyd picked up his granddaughter and gave her a big hug as the final tallies came in March 1 for the Burnet County Republican primary. Boyd won the Burnet County GOP nomination in the sheriff’s race over Granite Shoals Police Chief J.P. Wilson, 5,968 to 3,242. Boyd now […]

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Highland Lakes voting times and polling locations for March 1 primary

Highland Lakes voting times and polling locations for March 1 primary

MARBLE FALLS — As early voting winds down for the March 1 primary, the chance to cast your ballot in either the Democratic or Republican races is still winding up. Early voting across Texas wraps up Feb. 26, but if you miss those opportunities, you can still vote on the actual primary election day on […]

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