State Rep. Terry Wilson




Panel to debate mining impact at forum in Marble Falls

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Residents who are supporters and opponents of the growing mining industry in Burnet County are set to come together during a public forum Monday, Oct. 7 in Marble Falls. Pictured here is a gravel truck on US 281 on Oct. 2 leaving the entryway of the Lhoist mining operation just north of Marble Falls. Concerns among residents include air and water quality as well as congestion and traffic safety.






By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

An upcoming public forum will feature a debate among group representatives at odds over the impact and proliferation of the mining industry in the Hill Country.

The event – sponsored by the Austin American Statesman (AAS) and KVUE TV Austin – is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7 at the Riverbend Conference Center, 708 1st St. in Marble Falls.


Property tax reform bill SB2 gains steam in 86th Texas Legislature

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

After a contentious day of discussion, the Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 30, approved Senate Bill 2, which leaders of both chambers are calling a victory for tax reform and limited property tax growth. House members then finalized their vote on Wednesday, May 1.


Marble Falls officials testify before state lawmakers about mining regulation

Burnet County Judge James Oakley/Special to The Highlander
Marble Falls Mayor John Packer (left) and City Manager Mike Hodge spoke before the Texas House Energy Resources Committee about the infiltration of the mining industry and its economic impact, near the city and in the Burnet County area.





By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
Burnet County officials offered insight April 8 into the pitfalls of the growing number of mining operations among fledgling residential developments, as state lawmakers in Austin considered potential bills which would further regulate and tighten oversight on the industry.

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