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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PEC’s John Hewa resigns as CEO, returning to Virginia

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors and Chief Executive Officer John Hewa officially parted ways May 25. The board called an emergency meeting for 1 p.m. May 25 at the PEC headquarters in Johnson City. Hewa was not present at the meeting. (more…)

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PEC election early and online voting is May 18-June 9

PEC election early and online voting is May 18-June 9

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY  JOHNSON CITY — For the first time, Pedernales Electric Cooperative will allow members to select candidates for Districts 2 and 3 using the single-member district method for the upcoming 2017 election. (more…)

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State judicial board reprimands James Oakley for ‘tree and a rope comment’

State judicial board reprimands James Oakley for ‘tree and a rope comment’

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON AUSTIN — A state judicial board has publicly reprimanded Burnet County Judge James Oakley for the “tree and a rope” Facebook comment he posted in November 2016 in connection with the murder of a San Antonio police officer. (more…)

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PEC makes deal for pilot solar farm in Johnson City

PEC makes deal for pilot solar farm in Johnson City

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative has struck a deal with a private energy developer and Johnson City officials to build a 14-acre solar farm to offset utility cost during peak times of the year, officials said. (more…)

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The Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors voted Jan. 17 to remove director James Oakley's vice president status and issue him a warning over a November Facebook post that some perceived as racist. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Oakley not happy with PEC punishment, calls it political move

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — Though two directors wanted James Oakley removed from the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board over a controversial Facebook post made Nov. 21, 2016, the board went with a recommendation from a PEC complaint committee to strip him of his vice president seat and issue him a warning. (more…)

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A Pedernales Electric Cooperative complaint committee released its recommendation for Director James Oakley in regard to a Facebook post he made in November 2016 that some people perceived as racist. The committee voted 2-1 to recommend taking Oakley’s board vice president role from him and issuing him a warning. The full PEC board will take up the matter during its regular meeting at 9 a.m. Jan. 17 at the headquarters, 201 Ave. F South in Johnson City. File photo

PEC committee recommends warning, ending Oakley’s VP role over Facebook post

DANIEL EDITOR • EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — After completing its investigation into Director James Oakley, the Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s three-director complaint committee recommended the full board strip him of his vice president position and issue him a warning for a November social media post he wrote that some people took as being racist. (more…)

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PEC directors file suit over change in bylaws, elections

PEC directors file suit over change in bylaws, elections

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials say changes to how members elect directors was within the purview of the board’s powers, but a lawsuit contends the co-op violated its bylaws as well as state law by enacting a new election system. (more…)

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PEC recycling program breathes new life into old Christmas trees

PEC recycling program breathes new life into old Christmas trees

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — Now that the dust has settled from opening gifts, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your natural Christmas tree. One option involves the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Tree Recycling Program. (more…)

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 director and board vice president James Oakley addresses people during a special PEC board meeting Nov. 30 in regard to his Facebook post of ‘Time for a tree and a rope’ under a photo of an African-American man charged with the murder of a San Antonio police officer. Oakley apologized for the post and said his intent wasn’t racist but a reaction to the officer’s senseless murder. The board formed a committee of three directors to investigate an official complaint against Oakley. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

UPDATE: PEC releases counsel statement but no decision on Oakley

UPDATE: On Dec. 8, Don Richards, special counsel to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative complaint committee and board, released a statement in regard to the committee’s investigation of a complaint about a Facebook post by PEC District 5 director James Oakley. Richards stated the “committee does its work and reports its findings to the board. The […]

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 director and board vice president James Oakley addresses people during a special PEC board meeting Nov. 30 in regard to his Facebook post of ‘Time for a tree and a rope’ under a photo of an African-American man charged with the murder of a San Antonio police officer. Oakley apologized for the post and said his intent wasn’t racist but a reaction to the officer’s senseless murder. The board formed a committee of three directors to investigate an official complaint against Oakley. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

PEC committee to discuss James Oakley disciplinary action

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — A three-member committee on Dec. 7 could possibly determine disciplinary action for Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 director and board vice president James Oakley regarding a Facebook comment he made in connection with the capture of a man suspected of killing a San Antonio police officer. (more…)

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PEC holds emotional meeting over James Oakley's 'tree and rope' comment

PEC holds emotional meeting over James Oakley’s ‘tree and rope’ comment

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — The world is now watching. Those were the words of Reneé Semien, a Pedernales Electric Cooperative employee, to the PEC board of directors Nov. 30 in response to what many believe was a racist comment posted by District 5 director and board vice president James Oakley on his personal […]

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PEC linemen prep to help in Hurricane Matthew relief effort

PEC linemen prep to help in Hurricane Matthew relief effort

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — While governors in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and now Texas have directed resources to help mitigate the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, one local utility, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, will also join the relief efforts. (more…)

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PEC changes voting system for director elections

PEC changes voting system for director elections

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — Members of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative elect directors differently after the board approved a resolution to switch from an at-large system to a single-member district one, 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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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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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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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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PEC site in Marble Falls

PEC to ‘compress’ Bertram office, build new facility in Marble Falls

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BERTRAM — Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials have announced facilities plans following issues with mold at the Marble Falls site and questions about the future of a site in Bertram. Bertram leaders and residents recently raised concerns about the utility’s plans to “compress” services and resources at the Bertram district office, […]

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PEC chief to discuss Bertram office’s future at town hall

BERTRAM — Pedernales Electric Cooperative CEO John D. Hewa will be on hand Sept. 3 for a town hall meeting regarding the future of the Bertram PEC office. The meeting is 6:30 p.m. at Bertram City Hall, 110 E. Vaughan. (more…)

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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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PEC board of directors

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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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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Pedernales Electric Cooperative

PEC candidates to offer views on competition, elections at forum

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF HORSESHOE BAY — Two candidates for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board District 1 position have presented opposing views on how members elect candidates and whether customers should have more power in choosing their source of electricity. (more…)

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PEC candidates announce intent to run for board of directors

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative candidates have turned in their petitions to apply to run for three of the seven positions up for election on the board of directors. (more…)

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PEC and state lawmakers wrangle over at-large voting system

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF JOHNSON CITY — Lawmakers are expected to consider legislation that would change the way Pedernales Electric Cooperative members elect their board of directors, and some members and directors are rejecting the proposal citing “autonomy.” (more…)

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