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Llano crews shut down damaged sewer line spilling into Oatman Creek

Llano crews shut down damaged sewer line spilling into Oatman Creek

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — City of Llano crews were able to shut down a damaged sewer line that was leaking domestic wastewater into Oatman Creek after heavy rainfall Aug. 7 caused flooding that apparently broke the line. (more…)



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Llano warns residents after 150,000 gallons of wastewater spills into creek

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LLANO — City of Llano officials estimate about 150,000 gallons of domestic wastewater spilled into Oatman Creek, which feeds the Llano River, after a storm Aug. 7 dumped 7-7½ inches of water on the creek, causing a break in the wastewater line. (more…)



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Storm dumps 7 inches on Highland Lakes and raises Llano River

Storm dumps 7 inches on Highland Lakes and raises Llano River

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — A storm front that moved across the Highland Lakes early Aug. 7 dropped as much as 7 inches of rain on some parts of the area. According to the Lower Colorado River Authority, a little over 6 inches fell at its hydromet station on the Llano River in Llano since […]



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Cooler Highland Lakes weather should last two weeks — maybe longer

Cooler Highland Lakes weather should last two weeks — maybe longer

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — There’s a saying about Texas weather: If you don’t like it, well, just wait a minute because it will change. After suffering through one of the hottest stretches of summer during the week of July 23 with highs in the triple digits, expect a nicer, “cooler” week, according to […]



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Swimmers cool off at the Devil’s Waterhole in Inks Lake State Park. With temperatures and heat indices in the triple-digits this week, a Highland Lakes swimming hole is the perfect place to beat the heat. Check out a list of places to swim at 101HighlandLakes.com/swimming-holes. Staff photo by Jared Fields

It’s a hotter-than-usual July for Central Texas

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Yes, it’s Texas, and yes, it’s July so, yes, it’s hot. But weather experts have indicated the next several days could send the mercury well above what is normal for Central Texas this time of year. (more…)



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Hazardous Weather Warning has Highland Lakes above triple-digits

Hazardous Weather Warning has Highland Lakes above triple-digits

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Concerns about a rising heat index have prompted emergency officials to send out a warning and offer advice to avoid dangerous and sometimes deadly consequences. (more…)



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Firewise presentation to offer tips on how to lessen wildfire risk

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Wildfires are a constant concern for Texans, and the danger rises along with the Texas heat. To educate residents about how to decrease wildfire risk, the Texas A&M Forest Service is hosting a Firewise presentation from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 15, at the fellowship hall of First United […]



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Johnson City area wildfire 40 percent contained; residents return home

Johnson City area wildfire 40 percent contained; residents return home

  UPDATE: Blanco County Emergency Management officials stated that the Trails End Road fire had grown to an estimated 359 acres but was 40 percent contained as of 7 p.m. July 11. There are approximately 90 personnel on the scene making up the 41 ground units as well as two aerial units fighting the blaze. […]



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Meeting is first step toward keeping Llano beautiful

Meeting is first step toward keeping Llano beautiful

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR LLANO — The city of Llano is one of the most beautiful communities in Texas. On July 13, a group is gathering in an effort to make it even more beautiful. A Keep Llano Beautiful organizational meeting is 5:30-7:30 p.m. that Thursday at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, 100 Train Station […]



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Take care outside June 30 as heat index expected to be in the 100s

Take care outside June 30 as heat index expected to be in the 100s

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The National Weather Service has issued a special weather alert June 30 for much of Central Texas, including the Highland Lakes, because of expected high heat index values. (more…)



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Hot and dry conditions heighten fire danger this July 4 holiday

Hot and dry conditions heighten fire danger this July 4 holiday

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET —As Highland Lakes residents experience more days with triple-digit temperatures, fire officials have sent out a warning to Independence Day revelers about the potential fire danger. (more…)



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Dreaded zebra mussels invade Lake Travis; boaters beware

Dreaded zebra mussels invade Lake Travis; boaters beware

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LAKE TRAVIS — One measures less than an inch, but when they mass together, these invasive creatures can cause big damage. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials confirmed zebra mussels have invaded Lake Travis. (more…)



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EPA to ‘sniff’ out contaminants with test wells on Burnet square

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a followup investigation to try to narrow down the source of suspected well water contamination using monitoring devices on the courthouse square in Burnet. (more…)



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State Rep. Jason Isaac filed House Bill 3677, which would consolidate county groundwater districts into larger regional districts.

Burnet County pushes back vs. water district consolidation bill

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County leaders rejected an effort by State Rep. Jason Isaac to abolish county-based water conservation districts in favor of regional boards to monitor groundwater and determine funding mechanisms. (more…)



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High winds, heavy rain pelt Llano and the Highland Lakes

High winds, heavy rain pelt Llano and the Highland Lakes

CONNIE SWINNEY  • STAFF WRITER LLANO — High winds and heavy rain whipped through parts of the Highland Lakes and Llano on March 28, causing several thousands of dollars in damage along with temporary power outages. Officials warn more severe weather could be on the way. (more…)



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Open floodgates at Max Starcke Dam in Marble Falls in May 2015. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA offers flood operations notifications by phone or email

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With the spring months traditionally among the wettest of the year for the Highland Lakes, the Lower Colorado River Authority is encouraging residents to sign up for free notifications of LCRA flood operations. (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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Dry, cool front in Highland Lakes raises risk of wildfires

Dry, cool front in Highland Lakes raises risk of wildfires

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — As the thermometer inches up toward spring-like conditions, a dry, cool front is expected Feb. 8 to move in and potentially raise the risk of wildfires. (more…)



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Volunteers with the cooperation of private business and state and county officials have launched a community gateway project at the intersection of Texas 71 and U.S. 281 to introduce motorists to the Marble Falls area. Pictured are (back row from left) Mills Services crew members Lane Webb, Paulino Espinosa, Bradlee Mills, Dylan Linderman, and Curtis Cunningham; (middle row from left) Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd, volunteer Shannon Heep, organizer Soc Gonzalez, Burnet County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, and Texas Department of Transportation maintenance supervisor Stephen Schmidt; and volunteer Isaac Pittenger (holding sign). Courtesy photo

Highway intersection beautification in Marble Falls honors Lady Bird’s legacy

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Even amid the holiday bustle, volunteers from county and state offices as well as a private business “turned dirt” to plant the seeds for a community gateway beautification project at the busy intersection of Texas 71 and U.S. 281. (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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The Lower Colorado River Authority will begin the drawdown of Lake LBJ (shown) and Lake Austin on Jan. 2 for dock repairs and maintenance. Photo by Keith Bedard of Down to Earth Aerial Photography

LCRA lakes drawdown begins Jan. 2 for dock repairs, maintenance

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN – The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower lakes Austin and LBJ for six weeks beginning Jan. 2. The drawdowns will give lakeside property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls, and other shoreline property. The lake lowerings also aid in curbing the growth of nuisance aquatic vegetation […]



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Another Arctic front coming Sunday to the Highland Lakes

Another Arctic front coming Sunday to the Highland Lakes

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While the warm temperatures that settled in the Highland Lakes at the start of the weekend are pleasant, you better get the heavy coats back out by Sunday morning. According to the National Weather Service, a strong Arctic front rolls across Central Texas starting overnight Saturday, Dec. 17. And when […]



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If roads get icy overnight, here are some safe driving tips

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — While weather forecasters aren’t predicting any precipitation during the frigid overnight temperatures Dec. 8, just in case, here are a few driving tips. (more…)



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Arctic cold front headed our way; remember the 4 ‘Ps'

Arctic cold front headed our way; remember the 4 ‘Ps’

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — After several days of cold and rain, the sun peeked out Dec. 6. But don’t get out the shorts and flip-flops just yet. In fact, you might want to pack them up this week as the first true Arctic cold front of the year hits the Highland Lakes on Wednesday night. […]



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Rainy and colder weekend in the forecast

Rainy and colder weekend in the forecast

MARBLE FALLS — Prepare for a rainy and colder weekend in the Highland Lakes. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Friday, Dec. 2, through some of Monday, Dec. 5, with high temperatures dropping to the low 50s and lows in the mid-40s. (more…)



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