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The Burnet County Commissioners Court and the Burnet County Historical Commission recognized LaVonna Rea ‘Vonnie’ Riddell Fox for her commitment to the community and the preservation of county history. Commissioners named her an honorary member of the historical commission. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County OKs slight tax rate hike, honors history buff

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The Burnet County Commissioners Court approved a slightly higher tax rate during the September 10 meeting. Commissioners unanimously adopted a tax rate for fiscal year 2020 of 39.99 cents per $100 valuation. This is just under a penny higher than the 2019 fiscal year rate of 39 cents. The newly approved rate […]

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Burnet County sheriff, state senator to talk border and more

It’s hard to understand the U.S.-Mexico border issue unless you’ve been there. In March, Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd got a firsthand look. Boyd will share his experiences as the guest speaker during the Burnet County Republican Women’s meeting Thursday, September 12. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Reed Building in Burnet. During […]

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Burnet County Judge James Oakley

Burnet County requests LCRA again lower Lake LBJ

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON At the request of residents, Burnet County commissioners are sending a letter to the Lower Colorado River Authority asking the agency to consider lowering Lake LBJ again this coming winter, if conditions allow for it. Burnet County Judge James Oakley pointed out that the county can only make the request; the decision […]

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Prosecutor of the Year

District Attorney Sonny McAfee named Prosecutor of the Year

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission recognized District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee on August 22 for his efforts in prosecuting natural and cultural resource violations as well as environmental crimes. The commission named the 33rd and 424th district attorney the 2019 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Prosecutor of the Year. McAfee serves Burnet, Llano, Blanco, […]

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U.S. Rep. Roger Williams in Marble Falls

Roger Williams: Biggest issue facing U.S. is national debt

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON U.S. Rep. Roger Williams shared what might be a different view than his Washington colleagues on both sides of the aisle when it comes to the most pressing issue facing the country. “My biggest concern for America is our debt,” Williams said during a stop at Numinous Coffee Roasters in Marble Falls […]

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Burnet County Courthouse

Burnet County tables bar hours request due to wording

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS A vote to extend a Bertram-area bar’s hours was put on hold during the Burnet County Commissioners Court’s regular meeting July 23. It’s unclear how a vote held Tuesday would have gone, but commissioners took no action on the agenda item so they could address its wording. The item specified the […]

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Llano County again denies Kingsland tiny home community; burn ban enacted

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Another attempt by a developer to create a tiny home community in Kingsland was once again tabled by the Llano County Commissioners Court. Commissioners said plans for Boxwood Tiny Home Community presented during their regular meeting July 22 lacked information about water runoff and easements. The item is expected to return […]

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PEC Board of Directors officers

PEC Board of Directors elects officers at July meeting

During its July meeting, the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Board of Directors elected officers. Those serving on the Board of Directors are elected by PEC members to govern the cooperative. Elected officers are members of the board and serve one-year terms. The board re-elected District 6 Director Paul Graf to serve as the body’s president and […]

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Lakeside Park

Landscaping may delay Lakeside Park opening until September

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS While the city of Marble Falls hoped to reopen Lakeside Park later this summer, landscaping and irrigation work might delay it until September. During its regular meeting July 16, City Council approved a $210,232 bid by Myers Concrete Construction LP to do landscaping and irrigation work. The company is already handling […]

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2018 Central Texas flood

Storm and state hamper Llano County budgeting

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS In developing the upcoming 2019-20 budget, Llano County officials have had to take into account a number of obstacles. First, the county has spent more than $1.2 million in reserve funds since the October 2018 flood and is unsure when, and how much, will be recaptured from the Federal Emergency Management […]

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Packsaddle Elementary School

County considers sidewalks grant for high-traffic area near Kingsland schools

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano County Precinct 3 Commissioner Mike Sandoval presented preliminary information for submitting a grant that could add nearly $374,000 worth of sidewalks in the unincorporated community of Kingsland. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority representatives present a $50,000 check to the city of Burnet for a live-fire training tower. Pictured are Burnet Fire Chief Mark Ingram (left), LCRA board members Michael Allen and Nancy Eckert Yeary, Jayden Foster, EMS coordinator Curtis Murphy, LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson, Burnet City Manager David Vaughn, Mayor Crista Goble Bromley, LCRA board member George Russell, grant writer Leslie Baugh, Community Development Partnership Program review committee member Earl Foster, and LCRA Regional Affairs representatives Susan Patten and Steve Dyer. Courtesy photo

LCRA program awards $111,000 in grants to first responders

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority handed out more than $111,000 in grants through its Community Development Partnership Program to four Highland Lakes emergency service agencies. The Pedernales Electric Cooperative chipped in on two of the donations. (more…)

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Burnet RV ordinance

Burnet City Council amends RV and boat storage ordinance

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The Burnet City Council approved changes to the city’s RV and boat storage ordinance during its meeting May 28. Previously, the ordinance required all RVs, watercraft, and trailers be kept on concrete, asphalt, paving stones, or “other impervious surface.” (more…)

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Bear King Brewing Company

Texas breweries toast passage of beer-to-go amendment

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Craft breweries in the state raised a glass in celebration May 22 as the Texas Senate passed a “beer-to-go” amendment to House Bill 1545. (more…)

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Burnet County

Burnet County environmental crimes deputy resigns; commissioners discuss budgets

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Budgets and employees generated little action but a great deal of discussion during the Burnet County Commissioners Court’s regular meeting May 29. The most discussion came from the news that Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan has submitted a letter of resignation to join the Granite Shoals Police Department. (more…)

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Granite Shoals hosting town hall on deer management program

Granite Shoals hosting town hall on deer management program

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Granite Shoals is holding a town hall June 1 over its deer management program. Officials will answer technical and legal questions as well as provide a general overview of the program, which is coming up on its fourth year. (more…)

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Marble Falls City Council

Marble Falls, homeowners go back and forth on house’s safety

Correction: A previous version of this story said a police officer ordered the Dunnams to leave their home on October 18, 2018. It was actually a city staff member who was with the officer that day who asked them to leave. STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS For over 14 years, the city of Marble Falls has […]

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Granite Shoals sports complex at Quarry Park

Granite Shoals rethinks more tennis courts at sports complex

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Granite Shoals city leaders are re-evaluating the Roddick Youth Tennis Foundation’s plans to build four more tennis courts at Quarry Park. (more…)

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Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting May 14, 2019

Burnet County moves forward on road work and safety projects

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners tackled the details on several road projects during their regular meeting May 14. (more…)

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Work to begin on Texas 29 widening project

Construction to begin May 13 on Texas 29 widening project

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The first of four phases of construction on about 13 miles of Texas 29 between RM 2241 and RR 1431 east of Llano is scheduled to begin Monday, May 13. (more…)

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Llano County commissioners and staff look at a map provided by county surveyor John Ables showing discrepancies between high-water marks from the October 2018 flood and proposed Federal Emergency Management Agency floodplain maps. Commissioners approved a resolution to send to FEMA during the May 6 workshop demanding the federal agency consider all new flood data before beginning the final appeal process. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano County questions accuracy of FEMA flood maps

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Patty Pfister not only has high-water marks from the October 2018 flood on her family land in Castell but also from the historic flood of 1935. (more…)

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Volunteer Brenda Davis (right) helps Jordyn Dilisle put the finishing touches on her pet rock. The youngster was participating in the pet rock contest at the first-ever GraniteFest, which was hosted by the city of Granite Shoals on April 27. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Granite Shoals eyes stretch of Phillips Ranch Road for business

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The city of Granite Shoals is looking for ways to encourage business development along one of its main thoroughfares. (more…)

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Kingsland debris removal

Llano County close to recouping money spent on flood cleanup

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano County is gradually getting closer to recouping some of the nearly $1.1 million it spent since October 2018 on flood debris removal. (more…)

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Burnet County officials anticipate thousands of people will head to Reveille Peak Ranch on May 18-19 for Spartan Race weekend. The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of going over the event’s mass gathering permit. Commissioners are concerned about traffic congestion on RM 2341 as participants wait to get into the facility. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County commissioners address safety concerns near developments, Spartan Race

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just about every big topic within Burnet County — public safety, development, grants, and state politics — was covered during the county commissioners’ regular meeting April 23. Growth, traffic, and development were addressed in multiple items on the agenda, including two subdivision plats. (more…)

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Marble Falls has included a potential new City Hall in its five-year Capital Improvement Plan. During the city’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone board meeting April 17, more details were presented about how a future move might affect downtown. File photo

More revealed about potential new Marble Falls City Hall

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Details of a potential new Marble Falls City Hall emerged April 17 during the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone board meeting. (more…)

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Double Horn, Texas

Judge rules in favor of city of Double Horn, questions state’s motives behind lawsuit

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Double Horn Mayor Cathy Sereno, as well as many Double Horn residents who filled the 424th District Courtroom on April 3, expressed relief and happiness with Judge Evan Stubbs’s ruling. (more…)

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