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Llano County commissioners on Jan. 28 allocated an expenditure of more than $1 million to T.F.R. Enterprises Inc. for flood debris removal. Photo from Facebook

Llano County approves $1M for flood debris removal with hope of being reimbursed

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano County commissioners approved a seven-digit flood debris expenditure and voted against a proposal on how to allocate a $100,000 donation from the Lower Colorado River Authority during their regular meeting Jan. 28. (more…)

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The Burnet County Jail. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County awards $695,000 jail security upgrade contract

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners awarded a jail security contract for $695,137 to Sydaptic Inc. during their regular meeting Jan. 23. (more…)

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PEC to members: Hang up on scammers demanding payment

PEC to members: Hang up on scammers demanding payment

FROM STAFF REPORTS If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be with Pedernales Electric Cooperative who’s demanding you pay a bill immediately or face disconnection of electric services, co-op officials say to hang up. (more…)

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Filing starts for spots on Highland Lakes school boards

Filing starts for spots on Highland Lakes school boards

FROM STAFF REPORTS While they don’t always get a lot of appreciation, the Highland Lakes public school board members help guide the educational direction of thousands of students. It’s actually a pretty important role in the community. (more…)

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Cities accepting candidate applications for mayor, council

FROM STAFF REPORTS Jan. 16 is the first day candidate applications may be submitted for city elections May 4. City council members and the mayor are up for re-election in Burnet, Granite Shoals, Llano, and Marble Falls. (more…)

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Burnet County commissioners pose during the regular commissioner court meeting Jan. 8 with members of the Burnet County Historical Commission after accepting a donation of $88,800 from the estate of Ina Cooper, who died in June 2017. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Former NASA code writer and Burnet resident leaves $88,800 to historical commission

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS When Ina Cooper died in June 2017, she left a percentage of her estate to the Burnet County Historical Commission. (more…)

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Matthew Rienstra (standing, left), first assistant county attorney, reviewed wording in an amendment to the county’s emergency declaration with Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Don Moss during the commissioner’s court meeting Jan. 14. Next to Moss is Precinct 2 Commissioner Linda Raschke then Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Commissioners: No more flood debris pickup in Llano County

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano County commissioners voted during the Jan. 14 regular meeting to cease all debris removal in the county from the October flood. (more…)

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U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, who represents District 25 in Texas.

Rep. Williams donating paycheck during shutdown to foundation for Copperas Cove war museum

FROM STAFF REPORTS On Day 21 of the partial government shutdown, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams tweeted his plan to donate his paycheck. (more…)

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Construction of the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland continues night and day to complete the project by April. The Lower Colorado River Authority announced Jan. 11 that it would not lower Lake LBJ any more than 4 feet below normal to allow Texas Department of Transportation crews to continue work without hindrance. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA won’t lower Lake LBJ extra foot to avoid hindering RM 2900 bridge construction

FROM STAFF REPORTS After considering lowering Lake LBJ an extra foot, the Lower Colorado River Authority announced Jan. 11 that the lake’s current level of about 4 feet below normal will be maintained for the duration of the drawdown. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority has lowered Lake LBJ nearly 4 feet for property owners to perform maintenance. Now, the LCRA has said it will attempt to lower the lake another foot in one-inch increments. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA might lower Lake LBJ another foot, inch by inch

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS As expected, Lake LBJ reached its targeted level of 4 feet below normal range early Jan. 9. (more…)

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Llano County Commissioners held a workshop Jan. 7 with city leaders, and representatives from the Lower Colorado River Authority, Texas Department of Transportation, state lawmakers, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to discuss the October flood. Staff photo by Jared Fields

New 2900 bridge going through old one as construction, recovery move forward

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Construction of the new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland has hit a snag. (more…)

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Lake Marble Falls is currently about 3 feet below its normal operating range as seen by the watermark on the retaining wall at the Lakeside Park boat ramp. The Lower Colorado River Authority has paused the lowering of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls due to recent rains. Lake Marble Falls is expected to reach its lowered level of 7 feet below normal by Jan. 12. Lake LBJ will reach its lowered level by Jan. 9, according to the LCRA. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Timetable for LCRA lake drawdowns extended due to rain

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority extended lake lowerings by five days after recent rains prompted the partial opening of a floodgate on Tom Miller Dam. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority paused the drawdown of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls due to heavy rainfall. The city of Marble Falls has received 1.17 inches of rain since midnight Jan. 2. After the drawdowns began Dec. 30, the LCRA now predicts Lake LBJ to reach its lowered level by Jan. 6 and Lake Marble Falls by Jan. 9. Staff photo by Jared Fields

With heavy rainfall, LCRA pauses lake lowerings, opens floodgate

FROM STAFF REPORTS Heavy rainfall and full lakes forced the Lower Colorado River Authority to pause the drawdowns of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls on Jan. 2. (more…)

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Damon Beierle, incoming Burnet County Precinct 2 Commissioner, takes the oath of office Jan. 1 during a ceremony at the Burnet County Courthouse. Administering the oath is 424th Judicial District Judge Evan Stubbs. Photo courtesy of James Oakley

Elected officials in Burnet and Llano counties sworn in

FROM STAFF REPORTS Officials elected in Burnet and Llano counties took part in oath-of-office ceremonies Jan. 1. (more…)

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Large electric signs on CR 120 in Burnet County announce road construction to begin Jan. 2. Staff photo by Jared Fields

CR 120 work to begin Jan. 2, causing temporary closures

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Residents along County Road 120 north of Marble Falls are “going to be real happy” when construction ends on 3.8 miles of roadway, according to Burnet County Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr. (more…)

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PEC recycling natural Christmas trees; drop-off locations in Bertram, Marble Falls

FROM STAFF REPORTS Santa has come and gone, and you’ve got weekend plans to take down the Christmas decorations. One thing, however, doesn’t have a place in storage: the Christmas tree. (more…)

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Boaters enjoyed a ride around Lake Marble Falls on Dec. 27 for perhaps the final time before the Lower Colorado River Authority begins lowering lakes Marble Falls and LBJ on Dec. 30. The LCRA will begin refilling the lakes on Feb. 19. Staff photo by Jared Fields

As Walkway of Lights comes down, LCRA prepares to lower lakes Marble Falls and LBJ

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Not long after lunchtime on Dec. 27, the final sculptures from Walkway of Lights at Lakeside Park in Marble Falls were loaded onto trailers to close the 29th annual event. (more…)

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Doeskin Ranch, located on RR 1174 and part of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, remains open to the public despite the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government. Visitors can visit Doeskin Ranch, Warbler Vista, and Shin Oak Observation Deck at their own risk as federal employees are furloughed during the shutdown. Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park are closed due to the shutdown. Staff photo by Jared Fields

How U.S. government shutdown affects the Highland Lakes

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The Highland Lakes is not immune to the effects of the federal government’s partial shutdown as Dec. 26 marked its fifth day. Three federally operated facilities under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of the Interior are closed in varying degrees as the shutdown continues: Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery, Balcones […]

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Law enforcement watching for naughty drivers during holidays

Law enforcement watching for naughty drivers during holidays

FROM STAFF REPORTS It’s the holidays, but law enforcement isn’t taking any time off. On the contrary, they’ll be stepping up efforts to curb drunken driving and other behavior that puts people at risk. (more…)

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City and county government office closures for the holidays

FROM STAFF REPORTS City and county offices will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Monday and Tuesday, in the Highland Lakes. Burnet County offices are taking an extra day off Dec. 26. (more…)

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RM 2342 roadway work expected to cause traffic delays

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Construction is underway on repairing the depth of RM 2342 between RM 1431 in Kingsland and the intersection of Park Road 4. The work is expected to be completed within “a couple of weeks, weather permitting,” according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (more…)

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Flood debris from Llano County is expected to be removed ‘well before the new year,’ according to Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham. Removal of construction and demolition debris, like this pile from Kingsland in November, is 100 percent finished in Precincts 2 and 3. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano County expects flood debris to be gone by start of 2019 and at lower cost

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Despite awarding a debris removal contract a month after the devastating Oct. 16 flood, Llano County officials expect debris to be gone by the new year at a fraction of the estimated cost. (more…)

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Property owners along lakes LBJ (pictured) and Marble Falls may perform work along the lakebeds without a permit during the upcoming drawdowns of the lakes beginning Dec. 30. The projects must be registered with the LCRA and a notice posted on the worksite. File photo

Marble Falls and LBJ lakeside property owners must register drawdown projects with LCRA

FROM STAFF REPORTS Property owners and residents along lakes LBJ and Marble Falls who plan to dredge, remove debris, or work on existing retaining walls during the upcoming drawdowns must register their projects with the Lower Colorado River Authority. (more…)

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Double Horn residents voted to incorporate as a city by a vote of 75-65 on Dec. 6. The Burnet County Commissioners Court canvassed votes during its Dec. 11 regular meeting to make the election official. Burnet County Judge James Oakley has ordered a special election on Feb. 12, 2019, for Double Horn residents to elect a mayor, five aldermen, and a marshal. File photo by Jared Fields

Special election set for Double Horn mayor, aldermen, marshal

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners canvassed votes during its regular meeting Dec. 11 from the Dec. 6 incorporation election for Double Horn, officially making the Spicewood-area neighborhood a city. (more…)

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Members of the Burnet County Republican Party executive committee are (back row from left) Precinct 14 Chair Cody Rutledge, Past-Secretary Judi Ross, Precinct 15 Chair Kristin Meredith, Past-Chairman Donna Holland Wilcox, Precinct 10 Chair John White, Treasurer Pat Moore, Precinct 19 Chair Lenwood Nelson, and Precinct 4 Chair Bill Earnest; (front row from left) Precinct 17 Chair Tammy Hullum, Chairman Kara Chasteen, Precinct 5 Chair Joyce Smith, Precinct 6 Chair Shirley Baker, Precinct 12 Chair Mary Moore, Vice Chairman and Precinct 2 Chair Mary Jane Avery, Precinct 8 Chair Trixie Bond, and Secretary Susan Doyle. Not pictured are Precinct 1 Chair Brandon Smith, Precinct 3 Chair Steve Webb, Precinct 9 Chair Londa Chandler, Precinct 11 Chair Jim Jones, Precinct 16 Chair Johnnie B. Rogers Jr., and Precinct 20 Chair Tamra Stevens. Courtesy photo

Burnet County GOP Party says goodbye to chairwoman, appoints new leader

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM After wrapping up her responsibilities for the November general election, Donna Holland Wilcox stepped down as chairwoman of the Burnet County Republican Party. She had been elected to three terms since 2014.  (more…)

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A live internet video feed shows construction of the RR 2900 bridge in Kingsland. The livestream can be viewed at 325internet.com.

Residents can keep an eye on new RM 2900 bridge construction from home or work

FROM STAFF REPORTS The contractor tasked with rebuilding the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland by April has more than TxDOT eyes on their work. (more…)

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