PEC decision on James Oakley delayed another day

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 director James Oakley will have to wait at least another day to learn his fate for a controversial comment he made on his Facebook page. A committee assigned to recommend a possible punishment couldn’t reach a decision during a meeting Dec. 7. (more…)

Cops: Man takes offense at ‘black truck’ reference, assaults Bertram firefighter

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BERTRAM — Additional charges could be filed against a man accused of injuring a Bertram firefighter who tried to intervene during a confrontation sparked by a reference to a “black truck” the suspect believed was a racial slur, police officials said. (more…)

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…)

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…)

Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 director and board vice president James Oakley addresses people during a special PEC board meeting Nov. 30 in regard to his Facebook post of ‘Time for a tree and a rope’ under a photo of an African-American man charged with the murder of a San Antonio police officer. Oakley apologized for the post and said his intent wasn’t racist but a reaction to the officer’s senseless murder. The board formed a committee of three directors to investigate an official complaint against Oakley. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

PEC decision on James Oakley delayed another day

07 December 2016

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 director James Oakley will have to wait at least another day to learn his fate for a controversial comment he made on his Facebook page. A committee assigned to recommend a possible punishment couldn’t reach a decision during a meeting Dec. 7. (more…)

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Cops: Man takes offense at ‘black truck’ reference, assaults Bertram firefighter

Cops: Man takes offense at ‘black truck’ reference, assaults Bertram firefighter

07 December 2016

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BERTRAM — Additional charges could be filed against a man accused of injuring a Bertram firefighter who tried to intervene during a confrontation sparked by a reference to a “black truck” the suspect believed was a racial slur, police officials said. (more…)

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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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