Llano Crawfish Open mixes Cajun fare, Texas tunes April 25-26

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Sometimes, you just have to buckle down and take a bite. At least that’s the best way to get over the idea of eating a mudbug, more commonly called a crawfish. Yeah, that little red freshwater crustacean returns as the center of attention April 25-26 during the 25th annual Llano […]

Marble Falls ends Ralph Hendricks’ tenure as city manager

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls City Council voted April 22 to end its contract with City Manager Ralph Hendricks and officially let him go. “It was a tough decision,” Mayor George Russell said. “As a council member, you have a compassionate heart, but you also have your fiduciary responsibilities, […]

Classics, hot rods and more at Bluebonnet Car Show on April 26

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — Nothing against them, but you probably won’t find any Toyota Priuses during the Lake Area Rods & Classics Bluebonnet Car Show on April 26. It’s not that the Prius isn’t a good car, but, let’s face it, the little engine just doesn’t fit next to the roar of […]

John D. Bennett was tinkerer, inventor and storyteller

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — While John D. Bennett fancied himself an inventor (he did hold 65 patents), the Marble Falls man definitely enjoyed spinning a yarn or two. And that only served as a warmup.

Burnet High School’s top chefs take second at state

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — The right ingredients are as important in food as the meal itself. So look no further for the perfect culinary team recipe than that of Burnet High School students Yesi Suarez, Hayli Porter and Robyn Hall.

HCCT’s ‘Drop Dead!’ will bring audiences to life with laughter

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — What happens when a group of washed-up actors try to revive their careers in a play by director Victor Le Pewe? Well, it could be their final act as the rehearsals start and the body count climbs. Welcome to “Drop Dead!

Marble Falls girls track squad takes area meet title

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — The Marble Falls High School girls track-and-field team continued its winning streak at the District 25 and 26-4A area meet April 16. The Lady Mustangs captured the title with 129 points. Second-place finisher Leander scored 84, while Leander Vandegrift had 78 and Leander Rouse finished with 69.

Spicewood’s Katy Kirby finds her voice on paper and stage

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF DRIFTWOOD — Katy Kirby isn’t sure how she wound up playing the main stage of this year’s Old Settler’s Music Festival. Maybe her mother, Lisa Kirby, suggested it. “I didn’t have anything else to do that weekend,” Katy recalled.

Preschool’s garden project teaches love for God’s creation

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Even though they might be separated in age by “a few” years, Bluebonnet Methodist Preschool student Paisley Powell and Highland Lakes Master Gardener Carolyn Kennedy shared something in common for a few minutes: dirty hands.

Marble Falls grad Isaiah Vidal now a Spartan pro

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — For almost two years, Marble Falls High School graduate Isaiah Vidal pushed his body through some of the most extreme races imaginable — several with the moniker “Death Race.”

Ex-Cottonwood Shores official charged with theft from city

23 April 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The former Cottonwood Shores administrator is accused of stealing a laundry list of items from the municipality prior to her resignation in June 2013. On April 8, Burnet County Grand Jury indicted Janet Kay Taylor-Carusi, 56, on theft of property charges between $1,500 and $20,000 for allegedly stealing a list […]

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Llano Crawfish Open mixes Cajun fare, Texas tunes April 25-26

23 April 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Sometimes, you just have to buckle down and take a bite. At least that’s the best way to get over the idea of eating a mudbug, more commonly called a crawfish. Yeah, that little red freshwater crustacean returns as the center of attention April 25-26 during the 25th annual Llano […]

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Relive family road trips with Hills & Lakes adventure

23 April 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR  MARBLE FALLS — When my dad would load us up in the old family station wagon for a Sunday drive, we would start by pulling out a series of maps. Then, with my mom riding shotgun and my brother Jeff and I strapped securely into the back seat (so we […]

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Hill Country Blenders putting on spring show

23 April 2014

Oscar Hammerstein II said it first: “The hills are alive with the sound of music.” But here’s the local version: The Hill Country Sings. That’s the theme of the Hill Country Blenders annual Spring Show on April 25-26 at First Baptist Church, 501 12th St. in Marble Falls. Performances are 7 p.m. both nights. The […]

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Llano baseball falls to Liberty Hill but takes second place

23 April 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF LIBERTY HILL — The fight for the District 8-3A baseball championship lived up to the billing. But, in the end, Liberty Hill took advantage of one Llano mistake to claim the title with a 4-3 victory in eight innings April 22.

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Burnet baseball loses to Brownwood, finishes third

23 April 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BROWNWOOD — The Burnet High School baseball team lost 9-8 to Brownwood in eight innings April 22 to end its regular season. That means the Bulldogs (13-11-3 overall, 6-4 district) are third in District 8-3A, and Llano is the runner-up after a 4-3 loss to Liberty Hill in eight innings […]

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Marble Falls ends Ralph Hendricks’ tenure as city manager

22 April 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls City Council voted April 22 to end its contract with City Manager Ralph Hendricks and officially let him go. “It was a tough decision,” Mayor George Russell said. “As a council member, you have a compassionate heart, but you also have your fiduciary responsibilities, […]

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Bertram city secretary Evan Milliorn takes Burnet position

22 April 2014

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF BERTRAM — Bertram city secretary Evan Milliorn is returning home. After about 3½ years, Milliorn is resigning from his job in Bertram to become assistant director of administrative services for the city of Burnet. His final day in Bertram is May 8.

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Marble Falls tennis complex named in honor of Charlie and Nancy Herrington

22 April 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The presentations took longer than the vote. The Marble Falls Independent School District board of trustees took less than 10 seconds to unanimously approve renaming the tennis facility at the high school the Charlie and Nancy Herrington Tennis Center during its regular board meeting April 21. The […]

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Classics, hot rods and more at Bluebonnet Car Show on April 26

22 April 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — Nothing against them, but you probably won’t find any Toyota Priuses during the Lake Area Rods & Classics Bluebonnet Car Show on April 26. It’s not that the Prius isn’t a good car, but, let’s face it, the little engine just doesn’t fit next to the roar of […]

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John D. Bennett was tinkerer, inventor and storyteller

22 April 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — While John D. Bennett fancied himself an inventor (he did hold 65 patents), the Marble Falls man definitely enjoyed spinning a yarn or two. And that only served as a warmup.

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HITS Triathlon series returns to Marble Falls on April 25-27

22 April 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The HITS Triathlon series hits the road and Lake Marble Falls on April 25-27, but only two days — Saturday and Sunday — are scheduled for racing. The HITS Triathlon holds events across the country as participants earn points in the overall standings or just compete in one event. […]

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Marble Falls ISD offering physicals for athletes in grades 7-12 on April 26

22 April 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Members of the Marble Falls Independent School District athletic department are trying to accomplish many things in a four-hour span. In a joint effort to raise money for the department, athletes going into the seventh through 12th grades can take a physical April 26 for $20 at […]

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Teen dead after rollover off rural road in Tobeyville

21 April 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS TOBEYVILLE — A 19-year-old man died following an Easter evening one-vehicle rollover just north of FM 1980 about four miles northwest of Marble Falls, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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