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Construction on the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland continues on schedule, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. In this photo from Feb. 13, beams on Span 3 of the bridge were placed. Photo courtesy of TxDOT

LCRA creating ‘boat lane’ near RM 2900 bridge work site

FROM STAFF REPORTS Once Lake LBJ is refilled to a normal operating range, boaters up and down the Llano River arm of the lake should be able to pass construction and dive crews at the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland. (more…)

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The first elected officials in the newly formed city of Double Horn took oaths of office during the Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting Feb. 22. Cathy Sereno (left) was elected mayor. Glenn Leisey (alderman), John Osborne (city marshal), and Bob Link (alderman) also took the oath at the Burnet County Courthouse. Photo courtesy of Joe Don Dockery

Elected officials sworn in for new city of Double Horn

FROM STAFF REPORTS Double Horn’s first elected officials took their oaths of office at the Burnet County Courthouse on Feb. 22. Burnet County commissioners certified the Feb. 12 Double Horn special election, which selected a mayor, marshal, and five aldermen. (more…)

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The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting an open house March 5 at Lago Vista Middle School, 8039 Bar K Ranch Road, to gather public input on proposed improvements to RR 1431 from the FM 1174 intersection in Burnet County east to Lago Vista. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Open house for public input on RR 1431 improvements

FROM STAFF REPORTS An open house March 5 in Lago Vista provides anyone who drives RR 1431 east of Smithwick an opportunity to view proposed improvements to the two-lane highway. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff’s Office trainee has nose for crime

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Deputy Kyle Ciolfi said becoming a K9 officer is his second greatest achievement, right after earning his badge. (more…)

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New kegs at Bear King Brewing Co. in Marble Falls are ready to be filled with beer. For now, the beer that goes in those kegs can only be consumed at the brewery. State Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) authored Senate Bill 312, which could alter beer-to-go laws in the state if passed. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Buckingham files brewery beer-to-go bill with tourism in mind

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS State Sen. Dawn Buckingham opened a media conference at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 19 to announce an agreement between two groups that could allow brewers to sell beer to customers for off-premise consumption. (more…)

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Rep. Roger Williams shook hands with constituents after his town hall Feb. 19 at the Burnet County Courthouse. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Williams prefers Congressional action on border security over emergency declaration and wall

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Congressman Roger Williams admitted he was “selfish” when it came to his “hesitancy” in supporting President Donald Trump’s recent national emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border. (more…)

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City and school elections in May are mostly uncontested

City and school elections in May are mostly uncontested

FROM STAFF REPORTS Voters in Burnet and Llano counties will have few decisions to make for municipal and school district races on the May 4 general election ballot. There are no contested races for any of the counties’ three public school districts. Of the eight total spots up for election in the three districts, all […]

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Chris Cowan was hired four months ago to handle environmental crimes in Burnet County. He's been so busy with cases that the county is seeking funding for a second officer to help him. Courtesy photo

New county environmental crimes officer swamped by cases

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just over four months into the job, Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan already is a victim of his own success. (more…)

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This sandbar appeared on Lake LBJ after the October flood and before the Lower Colorado River Authority lowered the lake for scheduled maintenance and flood debris removal. When the lake is raised to its normal operating range beginning Feb. 24, navigational hazards could remain. The LCRA announced a number of actions Feb. 14 to address public safety on the lake, including marking and removing navigational hazards in the main body of the lake. Staff photo Jared Fields

LCRA is ‘stepping up to the plate’ on Lake LBJ cleanup

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The most significant flood since the dams were built on the Colorado River hit the Highland Lakes in October 2018. In that month alone, inflows of 1.3 million acre-feet of water were measured in the Highland Lakes chain. Lake Travis, when full, holds just more than 1.1 million acre-feet of water. […]

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PEC opens nomination process for Board of Directors election

PEC opens nomination process for Board of Directors election

FROM STAFF REPORTS Pedernales Electric Cooperative is opening its nomination process for election to its Board of Directors. (more…)

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Candidates need to file now for Granite Shoals city election

Candidates need to file now for Granite Shoals city election

FROM STAFF REPORTS Residents of Granite Shoals interested in serving on the City Council have until Friday, Feb. 15, to submit paperwork to get their name on the ballot. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority announced an amended schedule for the drawdown of Lake LBJ after consultation with Highland Lakes officials. Refilling of Lake LBJ is scheduled to begin starting Feb. 24. Refilling of Lake Marble Falls remains scheduled beginning March 18. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Potential Spring Break revenue loss prompts earlier LBJ refill

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The prospect of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls remaining lowered through March 18 — after Spring Break — caused concern among businesses over lost revenue from visitors. (more…)

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PEC accepting applications for scholarships, nonprofit grants

FROM STAFF REPORTS Scholarship and Community Grant applications may be submitted to Pedernales Electric Cooperative in the coming weeks. (more…)

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Guardrails on U.S. 281 in Burnet County will be upgraded, installed, and repaired thanks to a nearly $2.5 million contract from the Texas Department of Transportation. File photo

TxDOT to install, repair guardrails along US 281 in Burnet County

FROM STAFF REPORTS Guardrails on U.S. 281 in Burnet County are receiving some attention from the Texas Department of Transportation. (more…)

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Lake Marble Falls will remain about 7 feet below its normal operating range for an additional three weeks, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

LCRA extends lakes Marble Falls, LBJ lowerings three weeks

FROM STAFF REPORTS Lakes LBJ and Marble Falls will remain lowered for three additional weeks until March 18, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. (more…)

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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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marble falls city hall

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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