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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 offering $50,000 in scholarships to seniors

JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative is offering $50,000 in scholarships to high school and home-schooled seniors in its service area. Eligible students may apply at pec.coop/scholarship. All scholarship materials must be submitted online by March 25. (more…)

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LCRA, PEC grants benefit Burnet playscape, Hoover Valley VFD

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A $25,000 grant will brighten a lot of children’s faces who enjoy playing at Hamilton Creek Park in Burnet. The funds, from the Lower Colorado River Authority, will go to replace a 22-year-old playscape. It was one of two grants the LCRA announced Nov. 16 that benefits two Highland Lakes […]

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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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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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Cobey Lusinger (left) of Marble Falls High School; Grace Velasco Van De Hoef of Veritas Academy; Heidi Klein of Cedar Park High School; Emily Moseley of Lago Vista High School; and Tess Johnson of Marble Falls High School were awarded $2,500 scholarships in the 2015 PEC essay contest, which asked seniors to write about the value of nonprofit organizations. Courtesy photos

Marble Falls, Faith Academy students awarded PEC scholarships

FROM STAFF REPORTS  JOHNSON CITY —  Pedernales Electric Cooperative awarded 14 students — three of whom are from Marble Falls — thousands of dollars in scholarship money after the seniors penned essays on how nonprofit programs enrich lives and serve the community, according to a release from the utility. (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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Trio accused of PEC credit card abuse receive probation, $56,000 in fines

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Three people, including two ex-utility company employees and a former Johnson City police officer, have accepted plea deals for probation and fines totaling $56,000 in connection to a PEC credit card scheme, officials say. (more…)

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PEC offering $50,000 in scholarships to 14 seniors

JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative is offering $50,000 in scholarships in 2015 to local high school and home-schooled seniors in its service area. Applications for scholarships are due by March 27. (more…)

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PEC seeking member input on rates, fees with survey, forums

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials are asking for co-op members’ input on rates and fees as part of a comprehensive cost-of-service and rate-design study. (more…)

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