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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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ELECTIONS: Llano votes ‘yes’ to liquor-by-the-drink; Brugger wins in Granite Shoals

ELECTIONS: Llano votes ‘yes’ to liquor-by-the-drink; Brugger wins in Granite Shoals

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Despite the impact it might have on their city property taxes, Llano residents gave a thumbs-up to major road spending, and in Granite Shoals, voters decided to stick with the mayor they know instead of taking a chance on a new face. (more…)

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Early voting starts April 24 in city and school district races

Early voting starts April 24 in city and school district races

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While presidential and gubernatorial elections garner a lot of attention, it’s often the local city councils and school boards that have a direct impact on residents’ lives, making the May elections an important part of the civic landscape. (more…)

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J.M. Huber agreement clears way for adult soccer field, 18-hole disc golf course

J.M. Huber agreement clears way for adult soccer field, 18-hole disc golf course

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Thanks to a longtime Marble Falls business, the city is adding some new outdoor amenities — and they’re not just for kids. (more…)

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Granite Shoals leaders holding informal meeting for residents to share concerns and ideas

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Aware that not everyone can attend regular meetings of the Granite Shoals City Council, and that it’s a rather formal setting, city leaders are hosting a more relaxed gathering to give residents a chance to learn what’s going on as well as share their ideas and concerns. […]

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FirstCapital Bank of Texas president and American Bank Association chairman-elect Ken Burgess (left) of Horseshoe Bay and Midland joined other ABA officials Laurie Stewart, Jeff Szyperski, Luanne Cundiff, Dorothy Savarese, Rob Nichols, Leslie Andersen, Tim Zimmerman, Rebeca Romero, and Scott Heittkamp with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office following a meeting March 9. The president invited ABA officials and community bank representatives to the meeting so he could hear their concerns and challenges. Courtesy photo

Horseshoe Bay banker meets with Trump in relief effort for small banks

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR WASHINGTON, D.C. — When Ken Burgess, chairman of FirstCapital Bank of Texas, and other community bankers voiced their concerns with President Donald Trump during a White House meeting, the Horseshoe Bay resident liked what he heard in the president’s response. (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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From Quail Point Community Center on Horseshoe Bay on Jan. 15 after Lake LBJ was lowered. Photo by Karla Held

LCRA will begin refilling lakes Austin and LBJ

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — Lakes Austin and LBJ will begin returning to regular levels starting later this week after the Lower Colorado River Authority lowered both for six weeks beginning in early January. (more…)

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In the spirit of her family’s involvement in civil service, Megan Klaeger — an attorney and community volunteer — has filed to run for Marble Falls City Council. Courtesy photo

Megan Klaeger files to run for Marble Falls City Council

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS —  Megan Klaeger comes from family familiar with political and legal service, so when she threw her hat into the Marble Falls City Council race, her decision seemed like a natural progression of her activities in the community. (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

Dawn Buckingham gets committee assignments, including health and border security

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — Newly elected State Sen. Dawn Buckingham landed several committee assignments, including Health and Human Services as well as Veteran Affairs and Border Security. (more…)

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PHOTOS: Lake LBJ drawdown changes Horseshoe Bay scenery

PHOTOS: Lake LBJ drawdown changes Horseshoe Bay scenery

HORSESHOE BAY — Images from Lake LBJ show the effects of the Lower Colorado River Authority’s drawdown in recent weeks. Lake LBJ has been lowered about 4 feet to allow customers and lakeside property owners the chance to perform maintenance work. The LCRA does not anticipate needing to operate floodgates, but it has continued to […]

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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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Marble Falls Mayor John Packer is holding a Mingle with the Mayor from 5-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Save the World Brewing Co., 1510 Resource Parkway in Marble Falls. It’s an opportunity for residents to share thoughts with the mayor and ask questions in an informal setting.

Mingle with the Mayor at Marble Falls brewery

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — In summer and fall of 2016, Marble Falls Mayor John Packer held a series of Coffee with the Mayor events. Packer knew the morning times weren’t convenient for everyone, so he’s kicking off a second series of community gatherings — this time in the evenings. (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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