Pedernales Electric Cooperative is awarding 50 scholarships of $1,000 each to local high school seniors looking to extend their education. Each scholarship may be used for expenses at any accredited post-secondary institution, including technical schools, trade schools, junior colleges and universities.

Graduating high school seniors whose parents or guardians are PEC members may apply. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by Feb. 28, and are available from high school counselors, at any PEC office or online at

Judges selected by PEC’s Scholarship Committee review completed applications and base their selection of award recipients on financial need, prior academic performance and standardized test results. The judges also consider each applicant’s motivation, character, ability and potential.

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative Scholarship Fund is financed with contributions from the PEC board of directors, employees and unclaimed capital such as membership fees.

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Library hosts mystery workshop

Do you enjoy mysteries?   Then mark your calendars for Jan. 30 at 11:30 a.m. for the Marble Falls Public Library’s “mystery” potluck lunch. Bring a mystery dish to share with other mystery lovers. Drinks, plates and plasticware will be donated by the Friends of the Libray.

Following lunch, Jeanette Larson will present a program on the mystery genre. Larson will explore the various types of mysteries and offer suggestions for personal reading. Once the type of mystery is determined, authors will be revealed.

Larson will also include resources and links for addtional information. 

She received her masters in library science from the University of Southern California. She has worked in several libraries during her career.

She was chosen Outstanding New Librarian in 1987 and Librarian of the Year in 1998 by the Texas Library Association. 

In her current role as an independent consultant and trainer, Larson is an adviser for the Julie Andrews Collection and is a member of the editorial advisory boards for National Geographic Publishing and Scholastic Library Publishing.
Larson is the author of “Bringing Mysteries Alive for Children and Young Adults, 2004.” 
For more information, call Betsy Engelbrecht, assistant director of the library, 101 Main Street, at (830) 693-3023.

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LCRA to distribute 15,000 treees

Community and school groups in 20 counties around the region will get nearly 15,000 free trees for winter-spring planting through the Lower Colorado River Authority’s Clean ’n’ Green public education and forestation program.

Working with local communities, customers and schools, LCRA plans to distribute native and adaptive trees in 30 communities in the 21 counties in its service area from January to April. The counties include Bandera, Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, DeWitt, Caldwell, Colorado, Coryell, Fayette, Gillespie, Kerr, Lee, Mason, Matagorda, McCulloch, Mills, Travis, Waller, Wharton and Washington.

About 1,500 trees are in 1-gallon or 5-gallon containers for adoption by students or for community improvement projects. The remaining trees are seedlings earmarked for various community services and revegetation projects.

Through the tree distribution, LCRA will emphasize land conservation and plant diversity to students, said Mike Christy, LCRA program manager. LCRA will continue to use the program to help educate adults about planting the right tree in the right place, especially around power lines where it makes sense to plant slow and low-growing trees. In addition, LCRA will promote water conservation through water-wise plant choices. 

LCRA has distributed more than 50,000 native and adaptive trees in 60 Central and South-Central Texas counties since it established Clean ’n’ Green in 2001. 

The program operates year-round, with trees distributed for spring and fall planting. Forestation has been part of LCRA's mission since its creation by the Legislature in 1934 and part of LCRA’s stewardship role.  

LCRA is a nonprofit conservation and reclamation district that provides energy, water and community services that help improve the quality of life for Texans. LCRA operates on revenues from the sale of electricity, water and other services it provides. It cannot levy taxes and receives no tax money.

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PEC to award scholarships to seniors
PEC to award scholarship to seniors

Library hosts mystery workshop

LCRA to distribute 15,000 trees

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