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PEC accepting applications for $100,000 in high school scholarships

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative launched its scholarship program application process to benefit high school seniors with thousands of dollars in funding for higher education. (more…)

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Republican State Rep. Terry Wilson represents District 20, which includes Burnet and Milam counties and part of Williams County.

OPINION: Solving the property tax paradox in Texas

In the March 6 primaries, both the Republican and Democrat ballots have an item proposing planks that deal with education and education finance. Before we vote on these proposals, let’s reflect on the history of public school finance and explore the challenges our current system faces along with the proposed changes. (more…)

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Texas Republican and Democratic primaries voting guide 2018

Texas Republican and Democratic primaries voting guide 2018

BURNET — The race is on for Texas Democratic and Republican primary candidates. Election Day is Tuesday, March 6. Voters in the primary elections can narrow the field for the November general election. This year, the governor, lieutenant governor, and U.S. Senate seats are on both tickets, but there are several Congressional, state, and local […]

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Texas 71 crashes, complaints prompt TxDOT to fix stretch of highway

Texas 71 crashes, complaints prompt TxDOT to fix stretch of highway

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY TRAVIS SETTLEMENT — When Sari Pearce pulls onto Texas 71 from her home just west of Bee Cave, she feels on edge. “Even before the day of the fatality, there were other accidents,” said Pearce, a resident of Travis Settlement, located just west of Bee Creek Road. (more…)

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Early voting underway in Republican, Democratic primaries

Early voting underway in Republican, Democratic primaries

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Early voting in the primaries for the Republican and Democratic parties got underway Tuesday, Feb. 20, and continues through Friday, March 2. Election day for the primaries is Tuesday, March 6. (more…)

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Burnet County Magistrate Kirk Noaker believes that if he can get defendants with substance abuse issues connected with the programs at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services early in the criminal justice process, the individuals stand a better chance of getting out of the cycle. Courtesy photo

Burnet County magistrate flips the process to help defendants better their lives

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — Burnet County Magistrate Kirk Noaker knows when someone stands before him in his small county jail courtroom, the arrest paperwork sitting on his desk doesn’t tell the entire story, especially when it comes to those battling drug or alcohol issues. Though he’s a judge, Noaker isn’t judging the person for […]

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School, city candidate filing deadline is Feb. 16

School, city candidate filing deadline is Feb. 16

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The filing deadline to run for a seat on a city council or school board is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Early voting is April 23 -May 1. The election is May 5. (more…)

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Morgan Shell, a 2008 Marble Falls High School graduate, works at the state level to help ensure all Texans have access to effective defense counsel. As a policy analyst with the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, she researches innovative indigent defense strategies that Texas counties can use as well as performs several other job duties. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Morgan Shell: champion of the Sixth Amendment, indigent defense

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON AUSTIN —  The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution doesn’t get the fanfare of the first and second, but to Morgan Shell, it’s a very important one for all Americans. (more…)

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Spicewood ESD No. 9 commissioners celebrated the grand opening of the new Spicewood EMS station on Spur 191 on Feb. 10. Pictured are ESD No. 9 board President Byron Zinn (left) and board Commissioners Johnnie Bindseil, Martha Norwood, Renee Hollingsworth, and Karen Bruett. Courtesy photo

Spicewood officials celebrate new EMS station, hear early success story

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SPICEWOOD — It was the “longest nine minutes” of Karen Bruett’s life. Her husband, Michael, suffered a seizure on Jan. 16 at their Lakeside Beach home, just off Spur 191 in Spicewood, and she dialed 9-1-1. (more…)

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Donna Holland Wilcox is running for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative's Board of Directors District 1 seat. Courtesy photo

Donna Holland Wilcox announces candidacy for PEC District 1 director

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY JOHNSON CITY — In a bid to unseat a longtime incumbent, Burnet County resident Donna Holland Wilcox announced she will run for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors District 1 seat. (more…)

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The lake at Inks Lake State Park after a drawdown by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

LCRA warns contractors of Inks Lake refill, which begins Feb. 10

FROM STAFF REPORTS INKS LAKE — The Lower Colorado River Authority is reminding contractors and shoreline residents to remove any maintenance equipment from the bed of Inks Lake before it starts refilling the lake Feb. 10. (more…)

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Several new peace officers join Burnet County law enforcement agencies

Several new peace officers join Burnet County law enforcement agencies

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY GRANITE SHOALS — When Chief Gary Boshears selected his most recent recruit to the Granite Shoals Police Department, he had a clear philosophy in mind. “We’re looking for someone who is in line with our vision and core values,” he said. “We’re continuing to put together a very professional staff that […]

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Burnet County officials request federal funds for $109M road projects wish list

Burnet County officials request federal funds for $109M road projects wish list

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — From more turn lanes on well-traveled thoroughfares to a new bridge project connecting two communities, Burnet County officials have released a list of roadway projects competing with five other counties for federal funding. (more…)

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More than 100 Texas counties have enacted a ban on outdoor burning as the fire danger heats up due to lack of rain and dry conditions. Source: Texas A&M Forest Service

Burnet County enacts burn ban to combat increasing fire danger

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A growing fire danger and dry conditions have prompted counties in the Highland Lakes — most recently Burnet County —  to enact outdoor burn bans. On Jan. 31, Burnet County banned outdoor burning, joining Lampasas, Llano, Mason, Travis, and Williamson counties. (more…)

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Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner candidates Damon Beierle, Ryan Rowney, and Tom Stephens.

Burnet County elections showcase newcomers in three-way races

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — With primary election season gearing up, two Burnet County Republican races feature three-candidate matchups while the incumbents for both positions have bowed out. (more…)

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PHOTOS: Inks Lake drawdown changes landscape

PHOTOS: Inks Lake drawdown changes landscape

  Inks Lake State Park has a new look courtesy of a Lower Colorado River Authority drawdown. The LCRA lowered the lake in early January by about 8 feet to allow for maintenance, debris removal, and repair work for residents and businesses on Inks Lake. The drawdown is only temporary, so Inks Lake State Park […]

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RR 2147 turn lanes, light in Horseshoe Bay to ease increased traffic

RR 2147 turn lanes, light in Horseshoe Bay to ease increased traffic

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY HORSESHOE BAY — To keep up with Horseshoe Bay traffic and development, state and local leaders are teaming up to add turn lanes to RR 2147 West and plan a traffic light for the Texas 71/RR 2147 intersection. (more…)

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Series of forums presents Llano County GOP candidates to voters

Series of forums presents Llano County GOP candidates to voters

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — A series of community forums and candidate meetings will provide Llano County residents with a chance to get to know who’s running for election in the March 6 Republican primaries. (more…)

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Burnet County ban on commercial landfills to protect water, resources

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County commissioners recently approved an order prohibiting commercial landfill operations in unincorporated parts of the county to protect water and ground resources. (more…)

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PEC accepting nominations for director candidates in districts 1, 6, 7

PEC accepting nominations for director candidates in districts 1, 6, 7

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative is accepting nominations from eligible candidates in districts 1, 6, and 7 who are interested in running for the cooperative’s board of directors. (more…)

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Burnet County dispatched sand truck crews Jan. 15 to areas where icy roadways could pose a risk to motorists. Courtesy photo

Highland Lakes cities, counties prep for threat of icy conditions

UPDATE: City of Burnet offices closed Jan. 16. UPDATE: Burnet CISD, Marble Falls ISD, Llano ISD, and Faith Academy of Marble Falls cancel classes Jan. 16. UPDATE: As of 4:30 p.m., Burnet County officials opted to close county offices and services on Jan. 16 due to the potential for hazardous travel conditions.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SPICEWOOD —  […]

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Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives presented a $22,487 grant Jan. 9 to the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office for new portable radios. Pictured are BCSO Chief Deputy Mike Cummings (left), LCRA board member George Russell, BCSO Capt. Chris Jett, BCSO Sgt. Russell Kneese, Burnet County Commissioner Jim Luther, Burnet County Commissioner Russell Graeter, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, BCSO Sheriff Calvin Boyd, PEC Director of Community Engagement Trista Fugate, Burnet County Commissioner Billy Wall, LCRA Governmental and Regional Affairs Rep. Steve Dyer, and Burnet County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery. Courtesy photo

Burnet County Sheriff’s Office to upgrade portable radios with grant

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A Lower Colorado River Authority grant has opened the door for the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office to begin replacing its obsolete portable radios with state-of-the-art equipment. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority representatives recently presented a $25,000 matching grant to the Rotary Club of Burnet for the restoration of Live Oak Park. The city of Burnet is contributing $50,000 to the upgrades to total about $100,000. Pictured are Adrienne Feild (front, left), Rotary youth services; Keith McBurnett, Rotary past president; Brenda Goble, Rotary executive secretary; Damon Beierle, Rotary director at large; David Vaughn, Burnet city manager; and Steve Dyer, LCRA Governmental and Regional Affairs representative. Also pictured are George Russell (back, left), LCRA board member; Craig Lindholm, Rotary vice president; Lora Cheney, Rotary secretary; Bill Drake, Rotary director; Caryn Paye, Rotary treasurer; Paul Farmer, Burnet City Council member; and Tres Clinton, Burnet City Council member. Courtesy photo

Burnet Rotarians accept $25,000 grant for Live Oak Park project

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Lower Colorado River Authority grant money awarded Jan. 9 will give a boost to a park project underway through a cooperative effort with the city of Burnet and the Rotary Club of Burnet. (more…)

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Interested in running for local office? Filing period approaching

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — If you’re upset or concerned with the way your local city or school district is going then maybe it’s time to get off the sidelines and into the mix this year. Maybe you like how things are going generally but want a few tweaks. Either way, if you want […]

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Texas Rangers investigating death of Llano County Jail inmate

Texas Rangers investigating death of Llano County Jail inmate

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Texas Rangers are investigating the death of a Llano woman arrested Christmas Eve on a public intoxication charge who later died in an Austin hospital after suffering a “medical incident” while in custody at the Llano County Jail, officials said. (more…)

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Burnet County rejects request for extended alcohol sales hours

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County officials voted against allowing businesses in unincorporated areas to extend the sale of alcoholic beverages to 2 a.m. Opponents cited concerns about a potential increase of drunken drivers. (more…)

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