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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 • Posted October 24, 2014
AUSTIN — With early voting in Texas only days away, the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 18 let stand a U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals order, thereby allowing Texas’ 2011 voter identification law to remain in force for the time being. Civil rights plaintiffs in Veasey et al. v. Perry et al.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 • Posted October 16, 2014
On October 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm, the Lantex Theater in Llano and the City of Llano Main Street will present the first time ever, “Lantex Jamboree” featuring local country music artists who are generously donating their time and talents to raise funds to purchase new theater seating. Entertaining at the event will be local artists Eric Schuessler & Jenny Kelso from the Cadillac Gypsies, 11-year old McKenzie Jones, Garrett, Joel and Kevin Ratliff, Allan Ray Reed and Les Hartman who will also ...
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 • Posted October 16, 2014
AUSTIN — An Oct. 9 ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos of Corpus Christi prevents the state from enforcing the voter identification law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 as Senate Bill 14. In the case, Marc Veasey et al. v. Rick Perry et al., Ramos ruled the law was enacted with a discriminatory purpose and an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 • Posted October 16, 2014
AUSTIN — Texans interested in who their next governor and lieutenant governor will be witnessed major party candidates for those offices engage in live, one-hour broadcast debates last week. Fellow state Sens. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston, opponents in the race for lieutenant governor, faced off in Austin on Sept.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014
AUSTIN — A debate scheduled Sept. 29 pits Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston, two state senators who are vying to succeed David Dewhurst as lieutenant governor in 2015. Van de Putte, a pharmacist in private life, has served in the Senate since 1999. Patrick, a radio talk show host, was first elected to the Senate in 2009.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014
AUSTIN — With less than six weeks until election day on Nov. 4, the first of two scheduled gubernatorial debates was held in the Rio Grande Valley city of Edinburg on Sept. 19. Democratic Party nominee for governor Wendy Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, and Republican Party gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott, Texas attorney general, fielded questions from Carlos Sanchez, editor of The Monitor, a daily newspaper in McAllen, and Telemundo’s McAllen news anchor Dalila Garza.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 18, 2014
AUSTIN — While the governor and group of trade-with-Texas promoters were in Japan and China last week, the 13th anniversary of the “9-11” terrorist attacks on the United States was broadly observed. Perry acknowledged the anniversary from afar and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who serves as acting governor when Perry is out of the state, also made a similar, solemn statement on Sept.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 18, 2014
Boerne Performing Arts is continuing their tradition of excellence in bringing BIG EVENTS to our SMALL TOWN!!! Artists from Canada, China, and New York City will headline the Boerne Performing Arts’ 4th season of presenting world-class professional performing arts at Champion Auditorium. The Fall Season Ticket Campaign offers a discounted ticket package for all three of these world-class events.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 18, 2014
AUSTIN — U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Aug. 29 struck down two provisions in House Bill 2, legislation passed by the Texas Legislature in the second special session of 2013, amending the state Health and Safety Code to restrict access to abortion services. Yeakel wrote, “A state’s legislature cannot purport to act to abrogate the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution,” and concluded the following provisions in the law put an unconstitutional burden on women: — Tha ...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
AUSTIN — When the Texas Legislature convenes on Jan. 13, 2015, lawmakers will have the job of revising the state’s school finance system, again. This task was made necessary on Aug. 28, when state District Judge John Dietz ruled the current finance system violates these four state constitutional standards: the state property tax prohibition and the education clause requirements of adequacy, suitability, and financial efficiency. In his 400-page ruling, Dietz pointed out that the Legislatu ...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014 • Photos
The Highland Lakes Master Naturalist chapter for Burnet, Blanco, and Llano counties recently held their August recertification and awards meeting. Only 6 months into the year, 58 members have already achieved at least 40 volunteer and 8 advanced training hours and received their recertification pins. Two members received special recognition and pins after volunteering over 1000 hours throughout their time as members of the chapter.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
Just like a golfer swinging at a ball in a sand trap, many local families try to get away from abuse but often find themselves haunted by the violence that traumatized them. When you become a sponsor or donor for the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center’s Annual Golf Tournament you help families make a sandy. “We see more than 350 individuals a month for various services ranging from counseling to emergency shelter,” said Alma Lahmon, Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center Executive Director ...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry on Aug. 20 walked the block and a half from the Governor’s Mansion to the Travis County Courthouse, presented himself for arraignment by a state district judge and routine booking procedures, spoke at a five-minute press conference and left. Perry was indicted on Aug. 15 by a Travis County grand jury on felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
In September KACC will feature an exhibit relating to the geological history of the Hill Country. Visitors to the exhibit will see fossils representing more than 500 million years of the Hill Country’s geological evolution. This interactive exhibit will be fascinating and educational for adults and students alike. Ted Schulenberg, local geologist and curator of the exhibit, describes Hill Country geology in poetic terms: “The Texas Hill Country and the plateau from which the hills have bee ...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
AUSTIN — A Travis County grand jury on Aug. 15 indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Count I alleges Perry, on or about June 14, 2013, intended to harm Rosemary Lehmberg, Travis County district attorney and chief of the state’s Public Integrity Unit, by intentionally or knowingly misusing public property in withholding funding approved by the Texas Legislature for the operation of the Public Integrity Unit.