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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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Tom Stephens is running for the Republican nomination for Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner. Courtesy photo

Longtime resident, community servant Tom Stephens seeks Pct. 2 commissioner spot

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — With three times the signatures he needed to get a spot on the March primary ballot, fifth-generation Burnet County resident Tom Stephens officially filed Nov. 11 for the Republican nomination for Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner. (more…)

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Opponents of a proposed rock crusher just off the southwest corner of Texas 71 and U.S. 281 have presented a petition to Gov. Greg Abbott asking him for a mining permit moratorium. Petitioners believe the location of the operation is a threat to housing development and air and water quality. File photo

Rock crusher foes petition governor’s office for mining moratorium

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — Opponents of a proposed rock-crushing operation south of Marble Falls presented Gov. Greg Abbott’s office with a petition asking for a moratorium on new mining permits, citing concerns about air and water quality and roadway safety. A “moratorium” is a temporary halt on a particular activity. (more…)

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Burnet County Judge James Oakley is seeking re-election. Courtesy photo

Burnet County Judge James Oakley seeking re-election

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet County Judge James Oakley has announced his intention to seek re-election for that spot. He is running for the Republican nomination for the Burnet County judge seat in the March 6, 2018, primary. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority official Ryan Rowney is seeking the Republican nomination for Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner. Courtesy photo

LCRA official Ryan Rowney seeks Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner spot

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Ryan Rowney, a longtime local rancher and community leader, has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for the Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner seat. (more…)

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Jeff Sellers has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for the Burnet County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace position. Courtesy photo

Emergency management expert Jeff Sellers running for Burnet County Precinct 3 JP spot

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With an extensive background in emergency management and a number of other specialties, Burnet County resident Jeff Sellers has announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the Burnet County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace office. (more…)

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Linda Bayless is seeking re-election as Burnet County Court-at-Law judge. Courtesy photo

Linda Bayless seeks re-election as Burnet County Court-at-Law judge

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — After a busy first term working to streamline Burnet County Court-at-Law procedures and reduce the court’s criminal caseload, Judge Linda Bayless has announced she will seek re-election for the position. (more…)

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Incumbents re-elected in Horseshoe Bay City Council race

Incumbents re-elected in Horseshoe Bay City Council race

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — Voters overwhelmingly re-elected two incumbents to the Horseshoe Bay City Council, according to results of the Nov. 7 election from election officials in Llano and Burnet counties. (more…)

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Damon Beierle is running for the Republican nomination for the Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner seat. Courtesy photo

Burnet businessman Damon Beierle files for Precinct 2 commissioner seat

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Damon Beierle, a longtime community leader and Burnet businessman, has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for the Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner seat. (more…)

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Early voting numbers 'anemic’ in Burnet County

Early voting numbers ‘anemic’ in Burnet County

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Election officials have reported meager voter turnout during the two-week early voting period for seven proposed state constitutional amendments as well as a couple of local options on the ballot. (more…)

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Burnet County Jail raises the bar, but you still don't want to stay there

Burnet County Jail raises the bar, but you still don’t want to stay there

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — Standing at one end of a long hallway in the Burnet County Jail, Sheriff Calvin Boyd pointed out the obvious: It’s not a warm and welcoming place. “It’s not supposed to be,” he said. “It’s here for a purpose, and it’s not a place you should want to go.” (more…)

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Proposition 4 notification raises questions about separation of powers

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Proposition 4 of the Texas constitutional amendments will ask voters to decide whether court entities should notify the state attorney general of legal challenges to state legislation. (more…)

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Proposition 3 could restrict terms of unsalaried governor appointees

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Among the proposed Texas constitutional amendments, voters will decide Nov. 7 whether to allow state commission and board appointees to remain in office pending selection of their replacements or remove them once their terms expire. (more…)

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Ed Necker of Signs 2 Go puts the finishing touches on the new Burnet County Elections Office on Oct. 26. The office is located at 106 W. Washington St. in Burnet. Courtesy photo

Burnet County Elections Office moves to courthouse square

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY  BURNET — Touting more space and public accessibility, the Burnet County Elections Office will set up shop in Burnet’s downtown square after refurbishment of an older building by the county. (more…)

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Constitutional amendments address home equity refinancing, charity raffles

Constitutional amendments address home equity refinancing, charity raffles

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — If passed, two state constitutional amendments on the ballot in November would ease the burden on those trying to refinance home equity, while a third proposed amendment would allow more sports-related charitable foundations to conduct fundraising raffles. (more…)

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Burnet County mulls asking at-fault drivers for autopsy reimbursement

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY  BURNET — Burnet County officials will take a closer look at the likelihood of reimbursement for autopsies ordered in fatal vehicle crashes from at-fault drivers. Burnet County Judge James Oakley said the county attorney and auditor are working on “identifying wrecks where county expense is involved.” (more…)

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Early voting starts Oct. 23; state amendments, local items on ballot

Early voting starts Oct. 23; state amendments, local items on ballot

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While it definitely doesn’t have the glitz and glamor of presidential or gubernatorial elections, the upcoming Nov. 7 election has several items worth heading to the polls. Early voting for the election runs Monday-Friday, Oct. 23-Nov. 4. All Texans have a say in the proposed seven state constitutional amendments on […]

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State amendments offer tax breaks to those who ‘sacrificed for others,’ spouses

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — In the face of concerns about tax contributions, a veterans advocate has defended two proposed state constitutional amendments aimed at providing tax breaks for veterans, fallen emergency workers, and their spouses. (more…)

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Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Granite Shoals voters to ‘reconfirm’ $3 million in road bonds in November

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — Although already approved, Granite Shoals city leaders want to make sure they still have residents’ support for a $3 million bond issue for a scaled-down version of upgrades to the city’s main roadways. (more…)

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Burnet County Pct. 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter not filing for re-election

Burnet County Pct. 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter not filing for re-election

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — As many as three candidates have announced they plan to seek the Republican nomination for the Burnet County Precinct 2 county commissioner seat as the current commissioner, Russell Graeter, announced he will not seek re-election. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said closing the Special Operations Unit in Marble Falls will save the county about $36,000 a year.

Burnet County Sheriff’s Office closes Special Ops location, keeps staff

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — In a move that will save Burnet County about $36,000 a year, the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office closed its Special Operations Unit (SOU) office, located in Marble Falls. (more…)

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A manufacturing company could lay down stakes on 16 acres in the Marble Falls Business and Technology Park in an area where Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. officials cleared the way for new development. File photo

Manufacturing company considering move to Marble Falls

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. officials have taken steps to coax a manufacturing company to the city on several acres in an area of the Marble Falls Business and Technology Park opened for development with a roadway extension. (more…)

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Republic Services employees sort through recycling. Marble Falls residents can now recycle even more items through an agreement between the city and Republic Services. Photo from Republic Services Facebook page

Marble Falls recycling service expands with bigger bins, more items

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Recycling just got easier in Marble Falls. On Oct. 2, Marble Falls residents started using bigger, 95-gallon recycling bins, but it wasn’t just the size of the bin that expanded thanks to a June agreement between the city and Republic Services, the local waste management provider. An amendment to […]

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative linemen will be sporting a new helmet color during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Other field staff will be donning pink as well. Courtesy photo

Real linemen wear pink: PEC dons color for breast cancer awareness

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative linemen have turned in their traditional white hard hats for the month of October. Don’t worry: They aren’t working the lines sans protective headgear; instead, they’ve traded the white hats for pink ones. (more…)

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Register to vote by Oct. 10 to decide on city elections, state amendments, more

Register to vote by Oct. 10 to decide on city elections, state amendments, more

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY HORSESHOE BAY — During a non-presidential election year, voters go to the polls Nov. 7 to decide on bond issues, some city and school elections, and a few state constitutional amendments. (more…)

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You can now text 911, but only if necessary

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Highland Lakes residents can now use text messaging to contact emergency services via 911, but officials caution people not to make it their “go-to” way of contacting a dispatch center. (more…)

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