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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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Burnet, Llano counties see voter registration numbers jump

Burnet, Llano counties see voter registration numbers jump

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET  — Several thousand more people than in past presidential elections have joined the voter registration rolls in Burnet and Llano counties as election officials tally the remaining applications of new voters for the upcoming election. “It’s been really brisk. We’re excited we’ve broken the 15,000 mark,”  Llano County Elections […]

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An attendee to a Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) meeting with in September looks over a map outlining a possible bridge below Wirtz Dam. The project would connect the north and south sides of Lake Marble Falls and the Colorado River west of Marble Falls. Officials are holding two public meetings to discuss the possible bridge, as well as offering an online survey at www.campotexas.org/wirtzdam. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Two opportunities coming to offer input on Wirtz Dam bridge project

Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is hosting two public meetings for a potential bridge project just below Wirtz Dam west of Marble Falls.

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Burn bans lifted; more rain in weekend forecast

Burn bans lifted; more rain in weekend forecast

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Recent rains have provided enough moisture to allow officials in Burnet and Llano counties to lift burn bans, and more wet weather could be in the forecast for the weekend, officials say. (more…)

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Burnet County boosts law enforcement and lowers tax rate

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — A spike in property values has prompted Burnet County Commissioners to consider a lower tax rate as well as hire more deputies and “unfreeze” positions at the county jail, officials say. (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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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 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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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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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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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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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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The Burnet County sheriff has reaffirmed his stance on allowing deputies to place 'In God We Trust' decals on their patrol cruisers after the department received some complaints by commenters on social media. Courtesy photo

Burnet County sheriff defends ‘In God We Trust’ decals

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — A move to allow deputies to affix “In God We Trust” decals on their patrol units has tipped off a firestorm on social media and prompted the Burnet County sheriff to recommit his support for the display of faith by his staff. (more…)

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Burnet County Precinct 2 Constable Garry Adams, Burnet County Precinct 4 Constable Chris Jett and Burnet County Judge James Oakley recently unveiled new license plate readers on the two constables’ patrol units. The readers can detect license plates belonging to people with active traffic or other warrants but also alert the law officers to a missing person connected to Amber or Silver alerts. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

New license plate readers alert Burnet County constables to warrants

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Two Burnet County constables now have new technology that will help them locate people with traffic warrants and assist in finding lost seniors and abducted children. (more…)

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Burnet County officials approved the $88,500 purchase of a building just off the square to house elections administration functions. Courtesy photo

Burnet County to bring back election functions to square

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Renovations are underway on a building, slated for election functions, bringing the process closer to the Burnet County Courthouse just off the square. Burnet County Commissioners approved the purchase of the building, 106 W. Washington St., on Jan. 26 for approximately $88,500. (more…)

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Voters sort through crowded field with candidates forums

Voters sort through crowded field with candidates forums

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Candidates are vying for spots in several Republican nomination races in the Highland Lakes, so various political entities have organized a string of events to help voters determine who might be the best nominees for local and statewide elections. (more…)

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ELECTIONS: It’s political season in the Highland Lakes

ELECTIONS: It’s political season in the Highland Lakes

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While Christmas and the holiday season are upon us, it’s also another season this year: political. And the candidates for the March 1 primaries are lining up for your support. This year marks a big political year as the races feature candidates from the White House down to the county […]

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Burnet County voters pass liquor-by-the-drink measure

Burnet County voters pass liquor-by-the-drink measure

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet County voters approved Nov. 3 a measure that will allow businesses and restaurants in unincorporated portions of the county to sell liquor by the drink. The proposition passed 3,311 to 1,031. It creates a more uniform standard for businesses seeking the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s approval for liquor-by-the-drink sales. […]

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Retired Burnet County Judge Donna Klaeger (center) and Burnet County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Lisa Whitehead (right) swear in Roxanne Nelson as the new Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace on Nov. 1. The Burnet County Commissioners Court appointed Nelson to the position after Calvin Boyd resigned so he could run for Burnet County sheriff. Nelson served as the Burnet County magistrate before her justice of the peace appointment. Courtesy photo

Jail magistrate to fill role as Burnet County justice of the peace

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet County Commissioners have appointed Roxanne Nelson to fill the unexpired term of former Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Calvin Boyd, who resigned to run for sheriff. (more…)

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Burnet County voting on constitutional amendments, alcohol option

Burnet County voting on constitutional amendments, alcohol option

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Early voting is underway for seven state constitutional amendments, an alcohol option election and an Emergencys Service District sales tax proposal in Burnet County. Early voting began Oct. 19 and continues until Oct. 30. (more…)

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Burnet County drops inmate housing price to attract customers and defray costs

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Burnet County Commissioners Court on Oct. 13 approved lowering the price other counties pay to house inmates in an attempt to fill beds and help defray operating costs of the near-empty Burnet County Jail. The Burnet County Jail consistently houses about 120 inmates daily — a fraction of […]

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Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Calvin Boyd, pictured with his wife, Julie Boyd, recently announced his resignation from that position effective Oct. 30. Though he hasn’t announced he will be seeking the Republican nomination for Burnet County sheriff, Boyd said before pursuing such action he must resign from the justice of the peace seat. Courtesy photo

Calvin Boyd resigns JP spot, eyes possible Burnet County sheriff bid

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Justice of the Peace Calvin Boyd submitted his resignation Oct. 13 to the Burnet County commissioners in anticipation of potentially running for the Republican nomination for sheriff in Burnet County. The Burnet County Precinct 1 justice of the peace’s last day in office is Oct. 30. (more…)

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Burnet County lowers tax rate and boosts staff salaries

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — County commissioners adopted the 2015-16 fiscal year budget Aug. 25 with increases in employee pay as well as additional amenities and staff positions for various departments, officials say. And it all came with a tax rate decrease. (more…)

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Alcohol option makes November ballot in Burnet County

Alcohol option makes November ballot in Burnet County

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET —  A county-wide alcohol option will be placed on the November ballot to let voters decide if businesses should have the ability to sell and serve liquor-by-the-drink in unincorporated areas of Burnet County. Burnet County elections officials on Aug. 19 released that they counted 4,504 valid registered voter signatures […]

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