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Register to vote by Oct. 10 to decide on city elections, state amendments, more

Register to vote by Oct. 10 to decide on city elections, state amendments, more

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY HORSESHOE BAY — During a non-presidential election year, voters go to the polls Nov. 7 to decide on bond issues, some city and school elections, and a few state constitutional amendments. (more…)

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Burn bans lifted as Highland Lakes experiences wet, cooler weather

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Recent wet weather and fall-like conditions prompted Llano County officials to lift a ban on outdoor burning, allowing residents a chance to rid their property of landscaping materials, cut brush, and household garbage. (more…)

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Llano County commissioners weigh in on proposed Burnet County rock crusher

Llano County commissioners weigh in on proposed Burnet County rock crusher

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY HORSESHOE BAY — Llano County commissioners sidestepped sending a resolution in opposition to a proposed rock crushing operation and opted instead to send individual letters to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which is considering Asphalt Inc.’s air quality permit. (more…)

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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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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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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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Investigators sift through clues in two emergency plane landings

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET COUNTY — The Federal Aviation Administration has launched investigations into two emergency plane landings — one in the middle of the night on Texas 71 —  in two days in Burnet and Llano counties, according to reports by the Texas Department of Public Safety. (more…)

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Llano County roads competing with big city highways for state funding

Llano County roads competing with big city highways for state funding

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Growth is spurring an increase in traffic in the Highland Lakes; however, state officials might put the brakes on additional funding for rural roadway upgrades as more populated areas compete for those dollars. (more…)

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Newly elected state Sen. Dawn Buckingham, District 24, will be sworn in Jan. 10. The Lakeway-based eye surgeon takes over a seat that outgoing Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) has held since 1997. Buckingham, also a Republican, said she plans to focus on the same issues on which she campaigned: smaller government, border security, and education. Courtesy photo

Newly elected state Sen. Buckingham keeps her focus on the issues

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Some politicians might adjust their stance on the issues once the ballots are tallied and they’re headed for Austin, but Dawn Buckingham isn’t one of these. “I’m going to work on the same issues I campaigned on,” she said. “Nothing has changed.” (more…)

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Public invited to swearing-ins for elected county officials

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Officials in Llano and Burnet counties will welcome a few new faces, along with some familiar ones, during the ceremonial administration of the oaths of office. The public is invited. For elected officials in Llano County, the event starts at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, in the second-floor […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Llano County Commissioners approved on Jan. 11 consolidating the county’s Kingsland annex with the East Llano County annex in Buchanan Dam despite rejection from hundreds of Kingsland residents by petition and opposition by the elected officials housed there. Commissioners who voted for the move cited lack of space, security concerns at the Kingsland annex and cost-savings for their decision. Courtesy photos

Commissioners OK moving Kingsland precinct office to Buchanan Dam

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — After a contentious debate Jan. 11 pitting Llano County Precinct 3 elected officials against Llano County commissioners, officials have approved consolidating the Kingsland annex into the East Llano County Annex in Buchanan Dam. (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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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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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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