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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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Officials: Be cautious if traveling but don't 'panic' over ice storm warning

Officials: Be cautious if traveling but don’t ‘panic’ over ice storm warning

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Icy winter weather led to a few funny plays on words such as “Arctageddon” and “Snowmageddon.” Some Highland Lakes residents even found humor in their neighbors’ reactions to the Winter Storm Warning issued for the area Jan. 15-17. (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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Ice, wintry mix expected Jan. 16; all area schools canceled

Ice, wintry mix expected Jan. 16; all area schools canceled

UPDATE: The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District, the Marble Falls Independent School District, the Llano Independent School District, and Faith Academy of Marble Falls have canceled classes Jan. 16.   FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Another round of winter weather strikes the Highland Lakes late Monday, Jan. 15, and this one’s packing such a […]

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Billowing smoke coming from Balcones Canyonlands's prescribed burn

Billowing smoke coming from Balcones Canyonlands’s prescribed burn

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET COUNTY — Where there’s smoke, there’s fire on RR 1431 East of Marble Falls, but for good reason, officials said. On Jan. 4, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crews launched the 2018 prescribed burn season across 134 acres on the refuge’s Beard Lowlands unit. […]

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Slick patches of ice on area roadways Jan. 2 caused several wrecks, including a rollover on RR 1431 that prompted public safety officials to encourage motorists to take a few precautions as frigid weather continues for the next few days. Courtesy photo

Icy roads cause wrecks, one fatal, and challenge motorists

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Icy roads in the Highland Lakes resulted in several collisions, including one that was fatal, and a word of warning from law enforcement responding to the incidents. (more…)

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Arctic blast hitting Highland Lakes hard this weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Well, it looks like 2018 will usher in sunny skies and highs in the low 80s — if you’re in Honolulu. (more…)

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Frigid weather pushing in as the calendar changes

Frigid weather pushing in as the calendar changes

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — It looks as if 2017 wants to go out with cold and wet weather, but all is not lost for those seeking a bit of sun before 2018 rolls around. (more…)

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Cold front and sun expected over Christmas weekend; rain to follow

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The sun slipped below the horizon Thursday after a day of mostly sunny skies, but when it creeped back up again Friday morning, a blanket of fog and mist shrouded the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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PEC offering free Christmas tree recycling through Jan. 8

JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative is offering free Christmas tree recycling at its local offices. Bring natural, undecorated trees to the locations below for mulching. (more…)

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Company pens deal with Llano County for solar power research

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO COUNTY — An agreement between the Llano County Commissioners Court and an international solar development company could result in considerable dividends for the Llano Independent School District, officials said. (more…)

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DPS issues winter weather travel alert for motorists

FROM STAFF REPORTS  AUSTIN — As colder weather descends on the Highland Lakes, residents need to take a few precautions at home and on the road to stay safe and avoid hazardous conditions, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. (more…)

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Colder weather is here — there’s even a chance of snow

Colder weather is here — there’s even a chance of snow

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — A cold front that came in Tuesday, Dec. 5, has blown away the 80-degree weather from the weekend, ushering in much cooler temperatures and a touch of rain. (more…)

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PEC program: No need to install costly equipment to take advantage of solar power

PEC program: No need to install costly equipment to take advantage of solar power

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY JOHNSON CITY — As many as 350 Pedernales Electric Cooperative members could have their utilities powered, in part, by solar energy as the cooperative prepares to offer a solar rate to applicants who opt into the program in December. (more…)

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The drawdown of Inks Lake will be from Jan. 2-Feb. 13, 2018. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

Inks Lake property owners should pay heed to rules prior to drawdown

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Lower Colorado River Authority officials have asked lakeside property owners to follow a few steps prior to repair and dredging plans during an upcoming Inks Lake drawdown. (more…)

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It’s about to get a lot colder and wetter in the Highland Lakes

It’s about to get a lot colder and wetter in the Highland Lakes

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — You can put the shorts away for a day or two and grab your sweaters and coats thanks to a particularly brisk cold front coming to the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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It’s beginning to look a lot like ... summer? In November?

It’s beginning to look a lot like … summer? In November?

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Meteorologists are calling it a “heat wave” in the month of November due to some unusually warmer temperatures expected to continue through the weekend of Nov. 4-5 and into the beginning of next week. (more…)

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The drawdown of Inks Lake will be from Jan. 2-Feb. 13, 2018. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

LCRA to lower Inks Lake for repairs, nuisance plant mitigation

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Inks Lake shoreline property owners will have a chance to maintain and repair docks and retaining walls as well as curb the growth of aquatic nuisance plants during an upcoming waterway drawdown, according to a Lower Colorado River Authority news release. (more…)

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Possible ghoulish weather forecast for Halloween; bring an umbrella

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — As you get your ghouls and goblins ready for trick-or-treating on Halloween, you might want to bring an umbrella or raincoat because it looks as if Mother Nature has a trick of her own in the form of a little rain, and possibly some thunder, on this night of fright. […]

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Collier Materials in Burnet County has applied for a air quality permit with the state to construct a rock crusher at one of its quarry sites in the Tobyville area. Photo Courtesy http://colliermaterials.com/

Tobyville residents, quarry owner at odds over rock crusher impact

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY TOBYVILLE — Opponents of a proposed rock crusher on a quarry property in the Tobyville area have cited concerns about groundwater quality, truck traffic and dust, while the owner contends he’s a “good neighbor” in a growing industry. Collier Materials is seeking approval of a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality air […]

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Several hundred people with a number in support of the Highland Lakes Clean Air Coalition were asked to minimize spoken discontent at a TCEQ air quality permit public meeting Oct. 26, so the audience used  signs to communicate their opinion towards speakers at the event. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Output estimate, quarry plans unveiled for proposed rock crusher site

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — From healthcare officials to city leaders, hundreds of people attended a public meeting Oct. 26 hosted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to answer questions about a controversial air quality permit connected to a proposed rock crushing operation. (more…)

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Bring a jacket if you're headed to the Llano River Pumpkin Float from 4-9 p.m. Saturday. Highs are expected to be in the 60s with lows in the 30s. Photo by Lou Quallenberg

Expect crisp fall weather this weekend as you enjoy outdoor activities

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — If you’re headed out to Friday night football games, you might want to grab your jacket because the Highland Lakes could be feeling the coolest temperatures of fall so far. (more…)

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Members of the Highland Lakes Clean Air Coalition, who have staged protests in August and September against a proposed rock crusher, announced a rally Oct. 26 prior to a TCEQ air quality permit meeting at Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls rally Oct. 26 against proposed rock crusher permit

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Highland Lakes Clean Air Coalition has organized a rally Oct. 26 in advance of a public meeting being held by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in connection to a pending air quality permit for a proposed rock crusher plant. (more…)

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Humid and rainy over the weekend, fall-like and sunny come Monday

Humid and rainy over the weekend, fall-like and sunny come Monday

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — After a few cool, dry days in the Highland Lakes, higher temperatures and humidity are returning along with possible rain chances over the weekend. (more…)

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Fall temperatures coming after warm weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While the calendar says it’s fall, the temperatures haven’t quite reflected the season, but that’s about to change. (more…)

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Temperatures to dip overnight with lows in the 50s, winds

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While temperatures could hit a very un-autumn like 92 degrees Monday, Oct. 9, you might want to pull out your jacket as a cool front pushes through the Highland Lakes overnight into Tuesday. (more…)

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