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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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