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Tue
12
Dec

John Burns announces for JP 4

John Burns received the endorsement of outgoing Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant.

 

Local attorney, and Navy veteran, John Burns announced his candidacy for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace at the Salt Lick’s Thurman’s Mansion surrounded by supporters.

“Over the years, through lots of hard word, dedication, and some luck, I’ve been successful in many areas. I’ve reached a point in my life where I have the time and the opportunity to serve the community,” Burns said. “Comparing my qualifications-- experienced attorney, retired military veteran, and medical research scientist-- with the job requirements of a Justice of the Peace (primarily judicial with some inquest duties) I think serving as JP best aligns with my diverse skill set. I will bring a broad range of life experiences to the office of Justice of the Peace.”

Sun
10
Dec

Monday is deadline to file to run

 

Monday, December 11, at 6 p.m. is the deadline for aspiring candidates to file for a place on the ballot for the March 6 primary election. Both the Democratic and Republican parties will hold their primaries on March 6, with a runoff-election if necessary slated for May 22. The deadline for independent candidates to file a declaration of intent is also 6 p.m. Monday.

Among the local offices on the ballot for the primaries are county judge, county commissioners for Precincts 3 and 4, county treasurer, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Place 2, justices of the peace for Precincts 4 and 5, and county court at law 2.

Democrats and Republicans are fielding candidates for the 21st Congressional District, currently held by Lamar Smith, and candidates for other state and federal positions will be on the Democratic and Republican party ballots.

The last day to register to vote in order to cast a ballot in the primary is Feb. 5. Early voting will start Feb. 20.

Sun
10
Dec

Project Connect needs your help this Christmas

Project Connect Advisory Committee Member Trey Powers, Vice President Renee Harper, Secretary Lisa Oliva, and President Steve Curran. CENTURY NEWS PHOTOS BY JOHN PACHECO

 

Steve Curran has one message for you this Christmas, “We need your help.”

Steve Curran is co-founder and President of Project Connect Dripping Springs, a nonprofit that helps coordinate and compliment charitable activities in our community.

“I got the idea from the Dripping Springs Neighbors Facebook page. I would see posts go on there [from people asking for help], and sometimes they would sit there for several days, and then they would get met. And I thought, there’s a very generous community here, and there’s also a lot of needs that we don’t know about. So, I just decided to figure out a way to help those with needs, and those that could help, come together in a more efficient manner. Help cut down on some of the response time,” Curran said. “Then I discovered that Shelly Reeves had been thinking along the same lines, and so we both decided to start Project Connect.”

Thu
07
Dec

Christmas fun on Mercer Street

Little Annie Ruffin visits Santa and shares what she wants for Christmas during Christmas on Mercer Street. Century News Photos by Alyssa Weinstein

 

This past weekend, the community enjoyed the 13th annual Christmas on Mercer Street hosted by the City of Dripping Springs and the Lion’s Club.

Locals walked down Mercer enjoying the booths, food, live music, and shopping the event had to offer with family and friends.

For the younger attendees, Santa and Mrs. Clause were there for a meet-and-greet and Art Garage hosted their arts-and-crafts booth.

Throughout the day, vendors were lined up along Mercer street selling a variety of items including clothing, Christmas decorations, and food. Some of the booths were even local organizations including Dripping Springs High School’s robotics team, Spring Konstant and non-profits like Lizzy’s Animal Hospice, plus Hays Fire Rescue made an appearance as well.

Thu
07
Dec

PEC puts on annual holiday lights display

CENTURY NEWS PHOTO BY SUZANNE PACHECO

In a tradition more than 26 years old, PEC’s headquarters will be illuminated throughout the holiday season as part of the annual Johnson City Lights Spectacular event. More than 1.2 million LED lights will brighten PEC’s corporate campus and surrounding oak trees.

Members and guests are invited to come and enjoy the beautiful light display and help the cooperative spread holiday cheer. PEC’s annual lights display is a free, family-friendly event with ample parking and is located within walking distance to Johnson City’s main Lights Spectacular displays.

Guests are encouraged to share their best photo of PEC’s holiday lights on Facebook or Instagram. If they choose to participate, they’ll be entered in a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card to help brighten the holidays. Complete contest details are available at pec.coop/holiday-lights.

Thu
07
Dec

Helping Hands gets a hand from Oktoberfest Musikfest

Peggy McGinn, Lindy Ore, Jennifer Walker, Randy Ford (Homespun Owner), Lilyanna Ford, Calvin Edwards (Wagoner Tire), and Asher Leford. CENTURY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN PACHECO

 

Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Oktoberfest Musikfest organizers delivered 2,241 pounds of food to the Helping Hands food pantry. The food came form money raised by the Musikfest as well as in-kind donations generated by cover charges, usually in the form of canned food.

“That’s up from 1,114 pounds last year,” Randy Ford said. Ford is the organizer of Oktoberfest Musikfest as well as owner of Homespun Kitchen where the Musikfest was held. “This is the third year we’ve done this, and it just keeps getting bigger every year. We chose to support Dripping Springs Helping Hands because of the good they do and we wanted to support live music in our community as well. This year we also picked up more sponsors and that helped tremendously—like for example Calvin Edwards from Wagoner Tire down the street who is here helping us deliver the food today,” Ford said.

Thu
07
Dec

FORDRIP holds Senior Prom for senior citizens

Table of revelers. Clockwise from left to right: Margarate Stacey, Roger Newman, WegmillerEunice, TommieScarmardo, TomChristie, JoyceScott, CarlCollins, and Karyn Rogers. CENTURY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN PACHECO

 

The new FORDRIP community initiative held a “Senior Prom” for senior citizens in November at the Prospect House. Senior Citizens from area assisted living and senior citizen centers were invited, and treated to a free night of music and dancing as well as food and drink.

Senior citizens were invited to “relive their senior prom.” The FORDRIP invitation stated, “We just want to celebrate our most treasured residents and let them know we love them and we are FOR them.”

FORDRIP organizer Robin Robinson said, “We were re- ally pleased with the turn out for Senior Prom For Drip. Everyone was dancing, laugh- ing and having fun. One guest said this was the first time she had danced in 30 years. Hearing that comment alone made the whole night worth it.”

Thu
07
Dec

Camp Lucy host’s Women’s Club

“The large venue allowed us to have our largest meeting ever. We have 181 members and guests in attendance. Usually we have about 120,” Edwards said. CENTURY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN PACHECO

 

Camp Lucy hosted the November Dripping Springs Women’s Club for a “mini-version” of their “Whim Holiday Design Days,” which will be held in December.

“This is the first event we’ve ever had at Camp Lucy. Camp Lucy has been so generous to sponsor our lunch and give us a version of their ‘Whim Holiday Design Days.’ We’re having a florist, a chef, and there will be recipes and decorating ideas,” Dripping Springs Women’s Club President Becky Edwards said. “All the tables are decorated with all the options Whim Hospitality has in their china and linens. This is a rare opportunity for all our members to get together and see what Whim has to offer. They’re also going to conduct tours after lunch for anyone who wants to see their facility.”

Mon
04
Dec

Officer shot, homes evacuated in El Camino Real neighborhood

A San Marcos Police Officer was shot and killed Monday afternoon while serving a warrant in the Cottonwood Creek subdivision. The officer’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

He and other SMPD officers were serving a warrant in the subdivision when the suspect shot him multiple times. The officer was wearing his protective vest and was transported to Central Texas Medical Center immediately.

Mon
04
Dec

Restrictions while water main is moved

 

Dripping Springs, along with some adjoining Travis County areas, will be under emergency stage 4 water restrictions while a water main on U.S. Hwy 290, just west of Nutty Brown Road, is moved on December 6, 7 and 8.

The Western Travis County Public Utility Agency (WTCPUA) said it will take a 20-inch water main out of service so that it can be moved for the new Belterra Commercial Project.

WTCPUA customers west of Nutty Brown Road will be required to eliminate non-essential water usage between 8 a.m. on Wednesday December 6, and 5 p.m. on Friday December 8. The City of Dripping Springs, Headwaters, Highpointe, Reunion Ranch, Sawyer Ranch, Rimrock, and Hays County Water Control and Improvement Districts (WCID) 1 and 2 are included in the restriction.

WTCPUA said stage 4 restrictions includes the following measures:

- Irrigation of landscaped areas is prohibited.

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