U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), Tuesday evening introduced a House Resolution of disapproval, under the authority of the Congressional Review Act, to block an Obama Administration-era rule that would have an impact on prepaid accounts starting this October. Williams, who serves on the House Financial Services Committee, has authored previous legislation to chip away at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The committee chairman, Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R – Dallas), praised Williams’ efforts. At the time the rule was issued, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said that consumers would benefit from requirements, such as those that packages containing prepaid debit cards include statements of monthly fees, charges for cash withdrawl, customer service calls and activities such as reloading the cards. “This is just another example of the unconstitutional and unaccountable CFPB making laws instead of simply enforcing them,” said Hensarling.
Herman Brown Free Library is having a celebration in honor of the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss. Please join us at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. A highlight of the program will be special guest readers sharing some of Seuss’ most beloved classic stories. Youth Services librarian Rebecca Noah weighs in, “We are celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday as an endorsement of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day which happens every year in early March. This day promotes reading in schools and libraries all across the United States. Dr. Seuss books are particularly suitable for children due to their rhyming nature. Brain researchers have proven that rhyming words are more easily processed by young children and they also kick-start the beginning-to-read process.” The party will also include traditional birthday sweets, crafts and favors. The program is free-of-charge and all ages are welcome to attend the tribute to this uniquely American storyteller.
Hey all you chickie babies and cool cats, the YMCA of the Highland Lakes is asking all Burnet County residents to put on their best threads, lose the squares and get ready to head to “fat city” for the biggest bash of the weekend, Saturday March 11. The YMCA will be hosting a 50's Sock Hop starting at 6 p.m.-9 p.m., located at 1601 S. Water St, Burnet. Big Anton and the Alley Cats will be blasting their ginchiest live music. Hit the town, grab some grub from the Baconette, and sip some booze from Torr Na Lochs. Admission is free. For more information contact 512-756-6180.
All Bertram Elementary students celebrated Valentine’s Day in one way or another last Tuesday, Feb. 14. However, Mrs. Shipp’s Third Grade class was downright silly! Not only did they dance around and strike various poses, but they decorated themselves with goodies from their Valentine Bags.
Las Vegas Night is coming again March 4 from the Lake Buchanan/Inks Lake Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Hill Country Hall, 15675 Texas 29 in Buchanan Dam and the chamber says sponsorships still are available. The grand drawing prize will be a Dell laptop computer and participants can take park in a silent auction for cash or a live auction that will begin at 9 p.m. using chips from winnings for the bids. Texas Hold 'em, Black Jack and Craps are the games offered while guests enjoy Spyke's barbecue for $12. Iced tea is free and soft drinks are $1. It is BYOB for something stronger. Entry is free; $20 buys $2,000 in chips and just wearing boots and a hat gets visitors $100 extra in chips. Each $20 buy in comes with a grand prize ticket. Sponsorships include: Gold Sponsor, $150; Table Sponsor, including six reserved seats and meal tickets, $200, and Floor Sponsor, $50.
Craig Farquhar, PhD, of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) will discuss nesting and migrating birds at the March 2 meeting of the Highland Lakes Birding &Wildflower Society (HLBWS) at the Marble Falls Library. The public is invited to the event that will begin with a meet and greet at 9:30 a.m. followed by the society meeting and program at 10 a.m. Should you wish to do a bit of bird watching, a birding walk takes place from 8:30-9:30 a.m., meeting at the parking lot diagonally across the street from the library at 101 Main Street. Farquhar, an avian ecologist who is in charge of TPWD grants, will pay particular attention to the two species the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Reserve (BCNWR) and the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve were formed to protect, the Golden-cheeked Warbler (GCWA) and the Black-capped Vireo (BCVI). Farquhar currently coordinates the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (Section 6, Endangered Species Act) at TPWD.
Pedernales Electric Cooperative now has a new vice president and secretary-treasurer for its Board of Directors after holding elections at Monday's regular board meeting.
District 6 director Paul Graf, who was serving as the cooperative's secretary-treasurer, was elected vice president, while District 7 director Amy Lea SJ Akers was elected to succeed Graf in his position.
The need for the election came about when the board voted last month to remove District 5 director and Burnet County Judge James Oakley of his vice president title and issue him a warning as its response to a complaint filed by District 1 director Cristi Clement regarding a Facebook post Oakley had made last year that brought scrutiny to the PEC.
By Glynis Crawford Smith Highland Lakes Newspapers David Nantz will cap 37 years in the field of adult probation when he is honored with a retirement reception Friday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. in Burnet. The reception will be held at the Sylvester H. Reed Memorial Building, 402 East Jackson Street. Nantz has been director of the 33rd/424th Judicial District Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD) for 14 years, a career he calls “meaningful.” “I got my sociology degree from Lamar University in Beaumont and went to work right out of college for the Board of Pardons and Paroles in Houston,” said Nantz. “After about two years, I went back to my hometown of Beaumont in probation work in July 1979.” As an arm of the 33rd and 424th District Courts for Burnet, Llano, Blanco and San Saba counties, the CSCD operates the District Intermediate Sanction Facility (ISF), is a 54-bed facility with a variety of programs.