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On April 13, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties due to drought conditions. Before a brush or wildfire strikes, fire officials urge people to take an assessment of their property and create a ‘defensible space’ around their home and buildings. In March, the Texas A&M Forest Service, Marble Falls Fire Rescue, and Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department created a ‘model’ defensible space at the Marble Falls High School, 2101 Mustang Drive. Go to texasforestservice.tamu.edu or firewise.org for more information on how to protect homes and structures. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Texas governor issues disaster declaration in Burnet County due to drought

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — A combination of high winds and lack of rain prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a disaster declaration for Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties. “These drought conditions pose an imminent threat to public health, property, and the economy,” stated a media release from the governor’s office. He issued the declaration […]

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People must now pay a $50 deposit fee along with a $50 rental fee to use Crockett (pictured here), Blue Briar, and Veterans parks in Granite Shoals for events such as reunions and parties. The deposit fee is refundable as long as the renter cleans up after their event. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Granite Shoals park rental fees go up due to left-behind trash and alcohol rule-breakers

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Those wishing to rent parks in the city of Granite Shoals are going to need to dig deeper into their pockets. Granite Shoals City Council approved raising the deposit fee for the city’s community center, located at 1208 N. Phillips Ranch Road, from $200 to $300 for residents […]

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 1 Incumbent Cristi Clement (left) of Meadowlakes, who has served on the board since 2009, did not file to run for re-election. Candidates Donna Holland Wilcox (center), Milton Rister, and Frank Haskell (not shown) are facing off for the position. Election results will be announced June 23.

PEC District 1 incumbent not running, 3 candidates vying for spot

FROM STAFF REPORTS  JOHNSON CITY — As the candidate nomination process for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors deadline came to a close, the eligible list revealed that the incumbent from District 1 has chosen not to run for re-election. (more…)

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A Marble Falls parks and recreation commissioner asked city leaders to study how conditions upstream from Johnson Park could impact planned park improvements in the event of a significant flood. Commissioner Steve Hurst pointed out that debris around the Avenue N low-water crossing could impact both flooding at that location as well as downstream in the Johnson Park vicinity. File photo

Marble Falls parks commissioner raises flooding concerns at meeting

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — While city leaders discussed utility work to support proposed park improvements, one Marble Falls parks and recreation commissioner urged they address a potential flooding risk that could wipe out any park upgrades. (more…)

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PEC accepting director nomination applications for Districts 1, 6, 7

PEC accepting director nomination applications for Districts 1, 6, 7

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative is accepting board of director nominations for three positions, but interested individuals only have until 5 p.m. Friday, March 30, to submit applications. (more…)

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Granite Shoals hires company to find interim city manager

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council is tapping an outside firm to help identify an interim city manager after former City Manager Ken Nickel abruptly resigned in February. The council is bringing in Texas First Group, the same company that helped connect the city with three previous interim city […]

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ELECTIONS: Two Burnet County races headed to runoff elections

ELECTIONS: Two Burnet County races headed to runoff elections

BURNET — The two contested Republican Primary races for Burnet County offices are headed to May 22 runoff. (more…)

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ELECTIONS: Llano County judge decided; one race goes to runoff

ELECTIONS: Llano County judge decided; one race goes to runoff

LLANO — Llano County is getting a new county judge after Republican voters gave the GOP nomination to a challenger during the March 6 primary elections. And the primary season isn’t over as one race is headed to a runoff. (more…)

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Granite Shoals City Manager Ken Nickel resigns at City Council meeting

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — In an unexpected move, Granite Shoals City Manager Ken Nickel resigned from the position during City Council meeting Feb. 27. He turned in his resignation during the executive session of the meeting. The Granite Shoals City Council voted 5-1 to accept the resignation after Nickel and council members reconvened […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Some dog owners have raised concerns about larger dogs being aggressive toward smaller ones at Ruff Park, a half-acre, enclosed dog park at Westside Park in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Marble Falls digs into dog park complaints, solutions

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Commission is trying to stay out of the dog house as it addresses concerns of pet owners regarding small dogs vs. big dogs at Ruff Park. (more…)

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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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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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Burnet County JP office hooked into phishing scam; police send warning

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A so-called “phishing” scammer recently used the phone number of a Burnet County justice of the peace office to target a victim, leading authorities to send out a warning about potential fraud. (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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Marble Falls to request appeal against Asphalt Inc. air quality permit

Marble Falls to request appeal against Asphalt Inc. air quality permit

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Despite a state agency granting an air quality permit for a planned rock crushing operation, Marble Falls officials have vowed to oppose and potentially stall the pace of the industry within the city limits. (more…)

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