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LCRA to recoat bridge on top of Mansfield Dam

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The Lower Colorado River Authority is beginning a months-long project to recoat the bridge at the top of Mansfield Dam.

The preventative maintenance will remove corrosion that has developed since the bridge was last recoated in the 1970s and help ensure the bridge remains in top condition. Traffic was rerouted more than 20 years ago and no longer travels across the bridge.

Over the next few months, parts of the bridge will be covered with scaffolding and tenting to allow crews to capture blasting material and paint. The debris will be vacuumed up and disposed of properly.

The bridge’s main girders will be repainted the same gray the bridge is now, but the color will appear darker because the current coating has weathered since it was applied more than 40 years ago.

“The dam is in excellent condition and continues to serve this region well,” said John Hofmann, LCRA executive vice president for Water. “We are recoating the bridge now, when there is minor amount of corrosion, to protect the dam structure so it can continue to function reliably for generations to come.”

The work will take place on one span of the bridge at a time, starting on the north end and working toward Mansfield Dam Park. Work on each of the bridge’s five spans will take about six weeks per span, and is expected to be complete in June 2018.

During the $1.9 million project, the dam will remain fully operational and capable of responding to floods or water supply needs.

For more information on the project, visit
lcra.org/mansfield.

About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit
lcra.org.

Media contact:
Clara Tuma 512-578-3292
clara.tuma@lcra.org

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Source:: LCRA News Release

      

Round Top-Warrenton VFD to Celebrate Fire Station Completion with Open House

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By Record11

The new Round Top-Warrenton VFD Fire Station is located at 208 N. Live Oak St. in Round Top. An open house to celebrate the completion will be held Oct. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The new Round Top-Warrenton VFD Fire Station is located at 208 N. Live Oak St. in Round Top. An open house to celebrate the completion will be held Oct. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Round Top-Warrenton Volunteer Fire Department is proud to invite the community to their open house on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon to celebrate the completion of their new fire station located at 208 N. Live Oak St. in Round Top. This beautiful new fire station was two years in the making and was a project approved by the aldermen of the town of Round Top.

A community effort, the land was donated to the town by Round Top State Bank and the town constructed the building with the volunteer fire department finishing out the structure. It consists of seven bays for the trucks, a meeting room, office, communications/situation room, supply room and adequate storage.

The Round Top Volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1904 and first served the community with a horse-drawn hand pumper.  Beginning in the 1950’s, the Round Top Volunteer Fire Department also assisted the community of Warrenton and began housing a truck in Warrenton … 

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Source:: Fayette County Record

      

First Week of Food & Fellowship Reveals Flood Victims Still Facing Uncertain Future

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By Record11

At the Food and Fellowship dinner Daniel and Virginia Olenick ponder their future after the flood.

At the Food and Fellowship dinner Daniel and Virginia Olenick ponder their future after the flood.

Flood evacuees Virginia and Daniel Olenick ate lasagne last Thursday evening at the Food and Fellowship event in the VFW Hall. It was hosted by area church volunteers from the Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn and Sts.Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Plum.

The Olenicks were two of approximately 150 victims served that evening. That same number of people were also served on Monday and on Tuesday of last week. The 15 volunteer churches and women’s groups, organized by the La Grange Area Ministerial Alliance, plan to serve hot meals 5-6:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall on the La Grange Fair Grounds as long as there is a significant need for people like the Olenicks, who continue to be affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The Olenick’s 100-year-old home on Colorado Street is severely damaged

Tears came to Virginia’s eyes when she said, “It’s hardest to go through and to sift through everything.”

“Then it all goes into the trash,” added Daniel, who has retired with a medical disability from oil field work.

They lost all their furniture, including a pie safe that had been in the family for 150 years …

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Source:: Fayette County Record

      

Uncertain Future For Coal?

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© 2014 Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.

© 2014 Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.

Vistra Energy announced Friday plans to close two Central Texas coal-fired power plants.

That comes on the heels of their earlier announcement this month that they would close another coal fired power plant.

But the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) said the move has no impact on the Fayette Power Project coal-fire power plant outside La Grange.

“The announcement by Vistra Energy has no bearing on LCRA’s Fayette Power Project. FPP remains an integral component of LCRA’s power generation fleet,” said Bill Lauderback, LCRA executive vice president of Public Affairs:

Despite that comment, such developments in the coal power plant industry could be seen as:

1. a potentially troubling sign for the future of the coal plant here. Or …

2. As one of a dwindling number of coal plants, FPP is now more indispensable than ever to the state’s power grid. 

Friday, Vista announced its upcoming closures of the plants outside Rockdale (Sandow Power Plant) and Big Brown Power Plant (in Fairfield) one week after announcing the closure of another coal plant it owns, the Monticello plant in Mt. Pleasant.

According to the Dallas Morning News, “the Sierra Club said Monticello is the 259th coal plant to close since 2010. That’s nearly half the coal plants in operation seven years ago, according to the environmental group.”

Vistra blames the closures on low electricity prices and competition from power generated by natural gas and renewable sources.

An estimated 650 workers will lose their jobs because of those closures.

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Source:: Fayette County Record

      

Josephine "Josie" Anders

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By Darrell Vyvjala

Funeral services for Josephine “Josie” Anders, age 87, of Schulenburg will be held Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. from the St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg.

Visitation will begin after 5 p.m. Tuesday with the Parish Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg.

Interment will be in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

The family requests donations be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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Source:: Schulenburg Sticker

      

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