LCRA board OKs water plan changes, new downstream reservoir

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — The Lower Colorado River Authority began the process of changing the Water Management Plan in 2012, but on Sept. 17, the board finally approved the amendments, sending the measure to the next level.

Marble Falls breast cancer patient gets ‘hole-in-one’ with sign from above

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — When Patty McAlpin dropped the 500 golf balls from a helicopter Sept. 1, she probably couldn’t have picked a better winner had she tried. But it wasn’t up to her or the other members of Team Treasured Chests.

Destruction Derby smashing things up for Spicewood VFD

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR SPICEWOOD — After 21 years, the Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department and EMS still loves a good smash-up. Of course, we’re talking about the department’s 22nd annual Destruction Derby.

Burnet teens save 5-year-old’s life in store parking lot

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — When 14-year-old Brailey Hall and 16-year-old Hannah Smith and Vanessa Escamilla walked into the hospital room, the first thing they saw was a sleeping child and her grateful mother. “We saw the mom, and tears just came to all of our eyes,” Smith said. ” She just burst out […]

Rocket company to take off in Briggs

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BRIGGS — California-based Firefly Space Systems has purchased 200acres in far north Burnet County to begin constructing small rockets used to transport satellites into space. Officials believe that once Firefly Space Systems establishes its business on the land just off U.S. 183, near the intersection of CR 210, the industry […]

New Faith Academy administrator Joe Rispoli settles in

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — God often unveils his plan at his own pace — not at ours. Just ask Joe Rispoli, the new administrator at Faith Academy of Marble Falls.

Marble Falls council says ‘no’ to $50,000 for landmark signs

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Erecting signs to find civic landmarks such as the pavilion, a boat ramp or Historic Main Street in Marble Falls has raised questions about use of capital improvement funds for tourism-related projects, officials say.

‘Hallelujah Girls’ production full of life and laughs

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — When something works, you try to stick with it as long as you can. For the Hill Country Community Theatre, it means going back to a team of playwrights known for creating fun, frolicking characters with witty and insightful dialogue.

Llano airport attracts sky-high dollars with events and location

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — The Llano Municipal Airport has made quite a name for itself as a destination for events featuring aircraft fly-ins, aerobatic exhibitions, contests, campouts and more.

‘Texas 29’ bald eagles will have to find new home

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR LLANO — As Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wildlife technician Dale Schmidt checked the area along the Llano River where two nesting bald eagles set up home during the winter, he made an upsetting discovery.

LCRA board OKs water plan changes, new downstream reservoir

17 September 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — The Lower Colorado River Authority began the process of changing the Water Management Plan in 2012, but on Sept. 17, the board finally approved the amendments, sending the measure to the next level.

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Cottonwood Shores VFD accepts contract for emergency services

17 September 2014

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — Residents of Cottonwood Shores will have emergency services for another year. The Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department voted unanimously to accept the city’s contract as written during its Sept. 16 board meeting.

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Marble Falls newcomers have vision for church, indoor playground

17 September 2014

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Newcomers to Marble Falls often have a story about how and why they come to call the town home. Many are familiar with the city from previous visits or driving through on a trip before deciding to return for good.

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Marble Falls breast cancer patient gets ‘hole-in-one’ with sign from above

17 September 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — When Patty McAlpin dropped the 500 golf balls from a helicopter Sept. 1, she probably couldn’t have picked a better winner had she tried. But it wasn’t up to her or the other members of Team Treasured Chests.

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Joseph’s Food Pantry fish fry fundraiser to help restock shelves

17 September 2014

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF GRANITE SHOALS — The busiest day for Joseph’s Food Pantry in Granite Shoals is Tuesday. That’s distribution day.

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Burnet County chapter of Mule Deer Foundation holding banquet

17 September 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Though the Highland Lakes deer population doesn’t include mule deer, that doesn’t mean they aren’t highly regarded by area residents, conservationists and hunters.

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Faith Academy’s Sophie McCannon first at cross-country meet

17 September 2014

AUSTIN — Faith Academy of Marble Falls cross-country runner Sophie McCannon placed first, while Abraham Lewis set a school record at the Austin St. Andrew’s meet Sept. 13.

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VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Marble Falls drops district match; Burnet Middle School sweeps Llano

17 September 2014

MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School volleyball team lost a District 25-5A contest to Georgetown High 8-25, 10-25, 13-25 on Sept. 16. Lady Mustangs head coach Julie Downs noted the Lady Eagles leaned on their top players, who did not disappoint. Georgetown junior hitter Caroline Furrer had 13 kills, while junior setter Riane […]

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Lake Marble Falls subdivision, city treading rocky road on extension of waterlines

16 September 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — When the city of Marble Falls annexed the Rocky Road area and Lake Marble Falls subdivision about six years ago to pave the way to annexing the Flat Creek area south of town, the residents didn’t oppose the idea because they thought it would bring additional services and improvements […]

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‘Map Your Way to Burnet’ for plein air competition and exhibit

16 September 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The first “Map Your Way to Burnet” plein air festival and exhibit is turning into a national affair, and one to which everybody is invited — even if you’re not sure what “plein air” means. Plein air basically means painting “in the open air.” In other words, artists will scatter […]

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Destruction Derby smashing things up for Spicewood VFD

16 September 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR SPICEWOOD — After 21 years, the Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department and EMS still loves a good smash-up. Of course, we’re talking about the department’s 22nd annual Destruction Derby.

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Cow Creek 4-H Club is taking aim at its second shooting season

16 September 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — When the Cow Creek 4-H Club held its first trap and skeet practice about a year ago, organizers only wanted to give area youth a place to try out shotgun shooting sports. Sure, the kids could enter competitions, but with most of the newly formed club members […]

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Golden Hook, bragging rights on the line with Kingsland anglers

16 September 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR KINGSLAND — What started seven years ago as a get-away trip for Bob Garst and his wife, Lily, has grown into a tradition for the couple and several other Highland Lakes folks. But it’s also become a bit of a competition when the group fishes the Upper French River and […]

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Burnet teens save 5-year-old’s life in store parking lot

15 September 2014

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — When 14-year-old Brailey Hall and 16-year-old Hannah Smith and Vanessa Escamilla walked into the hospital room, the first thing they saw was a sleeping child and her grateful mother. “We saw the mom, and tears just came to all of our eyes,” Smith said. ” She just burst out […]

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