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Llano City Council has open spot after resignation of alderwoman

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Llano City Council has a vacancy after the resignation of one of its members, and the city is taking applications for the position. (more…)

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Volunteer-run Beto O’Rourke office opens in Burnet as rep challenges Ted Cruz for Senate

Volunteer-run Beto O’Rourke office opens in Burnet as rep challenges Ted Cruz for Senate

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Local supporters of Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will have a local office from which to work as the Burnet County Beto for Texas Grassroots headquarters holds its grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, on the Burnet County Courthouse square. (more…)

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Granite Shoals town hall on likes, dislikes, and insights regarding deer management program

Granite Shoals town hall on likes, dislikes, and insights regarding deer management program

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Residents who have questions about or insights into the Urban Deer Management program are invited to voice them during an upcoming town hall meeting. (more…)

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An environmental group critical of a planned Sandy Creek dredging operation has offered development recommendations to government leaders and private companies in charge of decisions about granting permits. Photo courtesy of Collier Materials

Environmental group offers ‘good neighbor’ suggestions for mining operations

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SUNRISE BEACH VILLAGE — Environmental groups and government entities have drafted resolutions and proposed stricter oversight on the burgeoning mining industry as planned dredging operations await word about permits from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. (more…)

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Granite Shoals interviews top candidates for city manager

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council took its first step toward hiring a permanent city manager July 5 by interviewing three of the top four candidates during an executive session. (more…)

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Buckle up. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers as well as other law enforcement agencies will be out in force July 3-4 to ensure safety on the roadways.

Texas DPS warns motorists to avoid bad behavior during July 4 holiday; troopers out in force

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — From drunken and distracted driving to seatbelt and speeding violations, bad behavior on the area’s roadways will be on the radar of Texas Department of Public Safety troopers July 3-4. (more…)

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Following projected revenue loss, Marble Falls considers lowering Lakeside Pavilion rental rates after 2016 hike

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Parks and Recreation Commission is re-evaluating fees for Lakeside Pavilion after officials project a $22,850 loss in revenues this year. “The feedback is that we’re expensive,” Parks and Recreation Director Robert Moss told the commissioners during its monthly meeting June 4. (more…)

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PEC's Marble Falls district office opens June 7 with more features

PEC’s Marble Falls district office opens June 7 with more features

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Pedernales Electric Cooperative members will have plenty of reasons to celebrate the new Marble Falls District Office, including more drive-through payment lines and charging stations for electric vehicles. (more…)

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Horseshoe Bay City Council is considering a new ordinance that would ban private construction on Saturdays prior to a Sunday holiday, adding about five days a year to restrictions in the city’s construction code. Courtesy photo

Horseshoe Bay considers ban on Saturday construction prior to Sunday holidays

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY HORSESHOE BAY — Area builders are pushing back on a proposal under consideration by Horseshoe Bay City Council that would ban more construction days in an effort to reduce the amount of noise in neighborhoods around the holidays. (more…)

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A proposed rock crusher and quarry operation south of the Texas 71 and U.S. 281 intersection drew protests from residents. A lawsuit filed by the city of Marble Falls, two property owners, and a residential development challenged the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s permitting process. A recent opinon by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was in favor of TCEQ, but the plaintiffs said they’ll keep pressing legal action. File photo

Mining opponents vow to continue lawsuit after AG opinion favors TCEQ permit process

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — Opponents of a planned rock crushing facility south of Marble Falls vowed May 17 to continue with a lawsuit aimed at halting mining operations, despite the Texas attorney general’s defense of the state’s permitting process. (more…)

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Winery strikes deal to lease Badger Building from Burnet EDC

Winery strikes deal to lease Badger Building from Burnet EDC

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A San Saba-based winery has agreed to a deal with the Burnet Economic Development Corp. to lease the Badger Building, which is undergoing more than $1.5 million in renovations, on the downtown square, officials said. (more…)

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A $1.6 million proposed upgrade to the RR 1431/U.S. 281 intersection would include widening of the roadway to enhance mobility and ease congestion. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

RR 1431-U.S 281 intersection on proposed upgrades list for $1.6M

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Another project aimed at easing congestion at a busy intersection — RR 1431 and U.S. 281 — has joined the list of proposed road upgrades eligible for millions of dollars in federal fuel tax funding, officials said. (more…)

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May 5 elections feature handful of contested races, city charter amendments

May 5 elections feature handful of contested races, city charter amendments

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Highland Lakes voters have one more opportunity to cast their ballots in a handful of local races. The May 5 elections feature contested races in Burnet, Bertram, Granite Shoals, Kingsland, and the Llano Independent School District. (more…)

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Republican State Rep. Terry Wilson represents District 20, which includes Burnet and Milam counties and part of Williams County.

OPINION: Local elections May 5 need your attention

“Everything’s bigger in Texas.” That’s been an unofficial slogan for the Lone Star State for as long as I can remember, and it’s true in so many ways. We have the second-largest land mass of any state and the second-largest population. We have the 10th-largest economy in the world ahead of Australia and Russia. (more…)

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In Texas, emergency preparation supplies are tax-free this weekend

AUSTIN — Now is the time to prepare for an emergency and stock up on needed supplies. From Saturday-Monday, April 28-30, the state of Texas will hold an Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. (more…)

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Municipal and school district elections in Burnet, Llano counties

Municipal and school district elections in Burnet, Llano counties

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While not as “glamorous” as the major party primaries or the November gubernatorial election, local municipal and school district elections affect residents’ daily lives from property taxes to zoning ordinances. (more…)

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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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