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The Marble Falls City Council approved a resolution Sept. 19 opposing a proposed rock crusher plant on U.S. 281 just south of the city limits. The city also is taking steps to annex 1,200 acres in the area, including several hundred acres of the ranch on which the proposed rock crusher would sit. The Horseshoe Bay City Council adopted a similar resolution opposing the rock crusher. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is taking public comments on the proposed rock crusher’s air-quality permit until Oct. 9. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls eyes annexation of 1,200 acres, part of rock crusher site

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — The city of Marble Falls is considering annexing approximately 1,200 acres southwest of the U.S. 281-Texas 71 intersection, including a parcel of a ranch where a proposed rock crusher has drawn the ire of nearby residents. (more…)

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative has joined the effort to restore power Florida residents after Hurricane Irma by sending nearly two dozen employees to the state. Courtesy image

PEC sends staff to help restore Florida power in wake of Hurricane Irma

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative sent staff and resources to Hurricane Irma-ravaged Florida on Sept. 11 to help restore electricity to homes and businesses. (more…)

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New Texas laws: Swords, balloon hunts, and no more texting and driving

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With the first day of September comes signs of fall and a whole slate of new laws from the Texas Legislature. More than 600 laws went into effect Sept. 1. One will impact how you can use your cellphone while you drive, and another will allow you to openly […]

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The allowed height for billboards such as the ones along Texas 71 and U.S. 281 could double if state officials approve a request by outdoor advertisers, which has prompted opponents to mobilize an effort to reject the idea. File photo

Groups take aim at ‘double-decker’ billboard height proposal

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — A recommendation to double the allowed height of billboards visible from state and federal highways has prompted opponents to mobilize against the potential measure. (more…)

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U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-Austin) visits with Marble Falls-area business owners during an Aug. 17 stop. Williams held the Small Business Roundtable to share his Jumpstart America tax-reform plan with business owners and community leaders. Williams, who represents the 25th District of Texas, outlined eight things he’d like to pass, including cuts to personal income tax, corporate taxes, and payroll taxes. Go to williams.house.gov to look at the plan. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

U.S. Rep. Williams in Marble Falls touting tax cuts, Main Street America

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — U.S. Rep. Roger Williams laid out his vision for boosting the U.S. economy to Marble Falls-area business owners and community leaders during a Small Business Roundtable on Aug. 17 at the Market on Avenue H. (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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Granite Shoals proposes property tax rate bump to increase fire protection

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council is proposing to nudge up the property tax rate by about 1.6 cents, but residents still have time to put in their two cents about the change. (more…)

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The Granite Shoals City Council is holding a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, in its chambers at City Hall, 2221 N. Phillips Ranch Road. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Granite Shoals City Council special meeting on tax rate, road bond

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday, Aug. 10, to consider the proposed tax rate for the 2017-18 fiscal year and how to word a road bond proposal on the November ballot. (more…)

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It will be easier to find gravesites and available plots at the Marble Falls City Cemetery on South Avenue S once an online mapping system is complete. File photo

Marble Falls City Cemetery online mapping system almost complete

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — People looking for loved ones or historic gravesites at the Marble Falls City Cemetery soon can turn to their smartphone, tablet, or computer to find them thanks to a parks department initiative. (more…)

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City abandons its right-of-way for Lake Marble Falls hotel/conference center project

City abandons its right-of-way for Lake Marble Falls hotel/conference center project

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — City Council members cleared the way for the proposed eastside footprint of a hotel/conference center, which is part of private-public partnership coordinated by the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. (more…)

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Marble Falls City Council approves proposed tax rate with eye on debt

Marble Falls City Council approves proposed tax rate with eye on debt

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — An 8 percent hike in appraised property values prompted the Marble Falls City Council on Aug. 1 to approve a city tax rate lower than the current one and a rate recommended by city staff. The council discussed the 2017-18 budget year item at its regular meeting. (more…)

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Marble Falls mulls $65,000-a-year ‘downtown coordinator’ job

Marble Falls mulls $65,000-a-year ‘downtown coordinator’ job

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — City leaders have proposed a new position, potentially funded with a combination of city, sales, and tourism dollars, that will be involved in coordinating and organizing activities and improvements for downtown Marble Falls business owners and event planners. (more…)

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Marble Falls moving toward lower property tax rate

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls City Council will take one more step toward adopting a lower property tax rate during its regular Aug. 1 meeting. Before any adoption, however, the council must schedule a public hearing and reading of an ordinance adopting the rate. The council will discuss and possibly vote […]

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Granite Shoals moving ahead with re-annexation of Beaver Island and Web Isle

Granite Shoals moving ahead with re-annexation of Beaver Island and Web Isle

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council gave its approval to begin the process of re-annexing Beaver Island and Web Isle during its regular meeting July 25. This follows an agreement between the city and residents of the island and the isle that, after seven years, the two would be […]

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PEC warns customers of survey scam, offers protection tips

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Officials with Pedernales Electric Cooperative are warning members of a “power survey” scam and offering ways to report suspicious activity. On July 17, the cooperative reported that unidentified individuals were approaching customers and claiming to be conducting energy surveys on behalf of the utility. (more…)

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Rep. Williams’ staff member injured in Virginia shooting; gunman is identified

Rep. Williams’ staff member injured in Virginia shooting; gunman is identified

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — A member of Rep. Roger Williams’ staff was among the injured when a gunman opened fire Wednesday morning during a congressional team baseball practice. Williams (R-Austin) was at the practice but wasn’t hurt by the gunfire, according to his office. (more…)

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The Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. office at 801 Fourth St. in Marble Falls. To contact the EDC or for more information, go to marblefallseconomy.com or call (830) 798-7079. File photo

Marble Falls City Council eases oversight of EDC board policies

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — City Council members have approved granting the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. more autonomy in decision-making policies, including removing the council’s role in approving the selection of the entity’s executive director. (more…)

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Highway project workshops give residents direct route to TxDOT, CAPCOG

Highway project workshops give residents direct route to TxDOT, CAPCOG

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON KINGSLAND — Many people have concerns about highways and transportation issues and wonder why the Texas Department of Transportation “doesn’t do this” or what state officials are up to. TxDOT and the Capital Area Council of Governments are basically giving Llano and Blanco counties a chance to ask those questions during two […]

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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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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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Marble Falls City Council selects William Haddock to fill Place 4

Marble Falls City Council selects William Haddock to fill Place 4

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — City Council members have selected a candidate with Marble Falls Planning and Zoning Commission experience to fill the Place 4 seat. William D. “Dee” Haddock was among three Marble Falls residents who applied to fill the slot, which did not draw any candidates for the May 6 election. […]

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Residents invited to comment at Granite Shoals budget retreat

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — City of Granite Shoals officials are preparing for the annual budget retreat, but they’re adding a new element to this year’s agenda. (more…)

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TxDOT eyes crash-prone stretches of US 281 and Texas 29 for signal and turn-lane

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed improving safety features in two areas along crash-prone highways, including installing a traffic light on U.S. 281 in northern Marble Falls and a turn-lane on Texas 29 between Bertram and Liberty Hill. (more…)

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May is Motorcycle Awareness Month in Texas, so look twice

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month in Texas, so look twice

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — As a motorcyclist, Michael Taber knows what it’s like to go unseen on the road. “Motorcycles have a smaller profile, so people don’t always see us,” he said. “Or, they don’t realize how close we are, and, you know, that can be a problem.” (more…)

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Michele Boshears, Jim Coursey, and Williams Haddock have applied for the Place 4 seat on the Marble Falls City Council. Courtesy photos

Three Marble Falls residents apply to fill Place 4 City Council spot

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Officials will review the qualifications of and choose one of three potential candidates who submitted applications to fill an empty seat on the Marble Falls City Council. (more…)

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