Capital murder trial reveals drug-fueled night leading to double-homicide

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — What started as a birthday celebration turned deadly as details of a bad LSD trip, visions of demons, and access to a weapon led to the death of two friends and a capital murder charge for another, according to the first day of testimony Dec. 6 in the […]

Winter weather brings plenty of rainbow trout in Central Texas

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Move over bass (and catfish) because rainbow trout are coming. While the largemouth bass and other warm water species rank as top angler targets most of the year, when the temperatures drop, anglers are often left wondering what to do until spring. (more…)

Arctic cold front headed our way; remember the 4 ‘Ps’

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — After several days of cold and rain, the sun peeked out Dec. 6. But don’t get out the shorts and flip-flops just yet. In fact, you might want to pack them up this week as the first true Arctic cold front of the year hits the Highland Lakes on Wednesday night. […]

Falls Creek skatepark staying put, say city officials

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — After careful thought and many conversations, the skatepark in Falls Creek Park will remain at its current location at 900 Yett St. That was the word from city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department Director Robert Moss during the regular meeting of the Parks and Recreation […]

Granite Shoals police foil suspected ‘mobile forgery operation’

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Authorities arrested two female suspects connected to a check fraud operation after a traffic stop where investigators uncovered counterfeiting devices along with several types of illegal drugs, according to a Granite Shoals Police Department report. (more…)

PEC committee to discuss James Oakley disciplinary action

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — A three-member committee on Dec. 7 could possibly determine disciplinary action for Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 director and board vice president James Oakley regarding a Facebook comment he made in connection with the capture of a man suspected of killing a San Antonio police officer. (more…)

With purchase, Coldspring granite producer adding Marble Falls jobs

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls area could see 40 more jobs heading its way after Coldspring purchased Coppell-based Stone Panels Inc. in November. (more…)

Authorities allege Horseshoe Bay man threatened teen in sexual assault

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET COUNTY — A Horseshoe Bay man faces a charge he sexually assaulted an underaged female using the threat of violence and revealing to her parents that she attended a party with her friends, according to a Burnet County Sheriff’s Office report. (more…)

A&M architecture group shows designs for new Phoenix Center

07 December 2016

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Sarah Garrett and the board and staff of the Phoenix Center of Marble Falls have a big challenge ahead of them. How to decide among eight designs for a proposed new multimillion-dollar facility. And it’s not just one building. The designs include the main campus as well as […]

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Burnet County Jail bookings for the period of Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2016

07 December 2016

The following people were arrested and booked into the Burnet County Jail during the period of Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2016, according to Burnet County sheriff’s logs. City of residence and release information are listed when available. This list does not constitute an official court document, and all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a […]

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Llano County Jail bookings for the period of Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2016

07 December 2016

The following people were arrested and booked into the Llano County Jail during the period of Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2016, according to Llano County sheriff’s logs. City of residence and release information are listed when available. This list does not constitute an official court document, and all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a […]

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The trial of a man accused of murdering two people with the rifle of his father, a Burnet County constable, started this week in State District Judge Allan Garrett’s courtroom at the Burnet County Courthouse Annex in Burnet. Defense attorney Zachary Morris (left), capital murder defendant Garrett Ballard, and Ballard’s mother, Linda Ballard, walk into the courtroom. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Capital murder trial reveals drug-fueled night leading to double-homicide

06 December 2016

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — What started as a birthday celebration turned deadly as details of a bad LSD trip, visions of demons, and access to a weapon led to the death of two friends and a capital murder charge for another, according to the first day of testimony Dec. 6 in the […]

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is stocking the Llano River with rainbow trout this winter.

Winter weather brings plenty of rainbow trout in Central Texas

06 December 2016

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Move over bass (and catfish) because rainbow trout are coming. While the largemouth bass and other warm water species rank as top angler targets most of the year, when the temperatures drop, anglers are often left wondering what to do until spring. (more…)

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Arctic cold front headed our way; remember the 4 ‘Ps'

Arctic cold front headed our way; remember the 4 ‘Ps’

06 December 2016

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — After several days of cold and rain, the sun peeked out Dec. 6. But don’t get out the shorts and flip-flops just yet. In fact, you might want to pack them up this week as the first true Arctic cold front of the year hits the Highland Lakes on Wednesday night. […]

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While Marble Falls officials ‘explored’ the idea of moving the Falls Creek Skatepark from its Yett Street location, which is near the site of a future hotel and conference center, Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department Director Robert Moss said the city never got to the point ‘where we said we were going to demolish the skatepark.’ Staff photo by Jared Fields

Falls Creek skatepark staying put, say city officials

06 December 2016

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — After careful thought and many conversations, the skatepark in Falls Creek Park will remain at its current location at 900 Yett St. That was the word from city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department Director Robert Moss during the regular meeting of the Parks and Recreation […]

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Granite Shoals police foil suspected ‘mobile forgery operation’

05 December 2016

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Authorities arrested two female suspects connected to a check fraud operation after a traffic stop where investigators uncovered counterfeiting devices along with several types of illegal drugs, according to a Granite Shoals Police Department report. (more…)

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