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Tue
10
Mar

BCSO takes aim at illegal dumping with education about laws

Contributed/Burnet County Sheriff's Office
In precinct 4, investigators have found what appears to be improper disposal of garbage on land, just off CR 408, adding to the number of cases which keep piling up for BCSO environmental crimes officers.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

When Burnet County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jason Jewett arrives on the site of a public nuisance and illegal dumping case, he continues to be shocked at the level of potential violations involved.

“Somebody was living there,” he said of an abandoned RV surrounded by strewn garbage on Corner Street. “If you drive down the street, it's scary.” …

Tue
10
Mar

Community Resource Center site on schedule

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Crews continued work March 18 on the expanded and upgraded Community Resource Center facility, 1016 Broadway Ave., which will include a relocated Helping Center food pantry.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

For philanthropist Paul King watching the progress of the TQ Brown Community Resource Center (CRC) reminds him just how much the expanding facility will assist in more streamlined operations of a local food pantry.

“Every other Tuesday, the (Austin) food bank brings us a tractor trailer to the Walmart parking lot. They unload the food one pallet at a time,” said King, a member of the Helping Center board. “We break it down and bring it to our respective food pantries. …

Wed
04
Mar

Incumbent Billy Wall wins Burnet County precinct 3 party nomination

Contributed/Mary Jane Avery
Incumbent Commissioner Billy Wall posed with loved ones and supporters on Super Tuesday at the Republican watch party in Burnet

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall rode a large early voting margin to victory Tuesday night, March 3, in complete but unofficial election returns.

Meanwhile, Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn also used early voting to cruise to a re-election win over challenger Jim Caruso, while Dwain Rogers will be elected the next Llano County Attorney, succeeding Rebecca Lange, who did not seek re-election.

Burnet County

Fri
28
Feb

Granite Shoals debates court ruling on residential short-term rentals

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Some lakeside properties on Lake LBJ in Granite Shoals are second homes that may sit vacant for long periods of time. If the city reworks its short-term rental policy, owners could use the homes for vacationers or travelers. One concern opponents have involves the lack of parking on narrow roads such as the one here on Belaire Street.

 

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Despite the protest of several residents, the city of Granite Shoals could alter their prohibition of short-term rentals of private property after an Austin appellate court ruling.

City Attorney Josh Katz presented an amended version of Chapter 40 – Zoning Ordinance to the city council at the Tuesday, Feb. 25 regular meeting. …

Fri
28
Feb

Burnet County Pct. 3 candidates unveil positions on issues

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Precinct 3 Commissioner candidates William D. “Dee” Haddock and incumbent Billy Wall answered questions exclusively for The Highlander editorial board this week as a preamble to the Tuesday, March 3, Republican primary election.

One question was posed as follows:

Fri
28
Feb

PEC announces base electricity rate reduction

Special to The Highlander

Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s (PEC) Board of Directors approved a rate reduction that will save PEC members over $6 million a year.

The rate decrease, which goes into effect June 1, reflects a reduction in the cost of power from PEC’s primary suppliers, including the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).

Fri
28
Feb

Burnet County clears obstacles en route to new bridge crossing

Contributed/Burnet County
Burnet County has approved an agreement with TxDOT that will allow the county to get preliminary engineering and environmental studies performed for a proposed Wirtz Dam Road crossing just east of the dam, as conceptualized here.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

It took a total of some 14 months, but Burnet County has cleared two more hurdles on the way to a proposed Wirtz Dam Road bridge crossing that would link Ranch to Market Road 1431 with RM 2147.

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Burnet County commissioners approved the final version of an advanced funding agreement, or AFA, between the county and the Texas Department of Transportation that will allow the county to pay — and be reimbursed for — preliminary engineering and environmental studies for the bridge crossing. …

Tue
25
Feb

Sales tax revenue sets record in Marble Falls

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Sales tax allocations for February for Marble Falls shattered a previous all-time record, topping $900,000 for the first-time ever as the county's largest city continues to experience outstanding economic growth.

Tue
25
Feb

Master Naturalists Clean Sweep at Inks Lake State Park

Contributed/Mark Stracke
While the waterway was lowered, members of the Highland Lakes Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program and Park Ranger Monica Stewart participated in the Inks Lake State Park Clean Sweep campaign.

 

 

 

 

By Becky Breazeale
Special to The Highlander

Clean Sweep is an annual volunteer activity which has taken place for 16 years at Inks Lakes State Park.

This event is held in early spring and is a project coordinated by Highland Lakes Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program (HLMN). This opportunity helps to prepare the park for the arrival of Spring Breakers and summertime campers. …

Tue
25
Feb

Early voting posts meager first week in Burnet County

Contributed/Mary Jane Avery
Londa Chandler, President, Burnet County Republican Club; Gail Teegarden, Vice Chair, Burnet County Republican Club; Julie Boyd and Kay Stripling, President of Burnet County Republican Women; were first in line to vote early at the Marble Falls Courthouse Annex. Early voting continues through Friday, Feb. 28. Election day is March 3.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Elections officials have reported a “meager” first week of early voting in Burnet County for the primary elections featuring the presidential race and contested congressional races as well as county and judicial positions.

“It's been somewhat disappointing,” Burnet County Elections Administrator Doug Ferguson said. “When you considered the last presidential (primary) election in 2016, we're voting about 100 people fewer per day than then.”

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