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Zone Dubose, along with 100-plus other Marble Falls High School band members and Starlettes, works on her music and marching during a morning practice. The band drills outside from 8:30-11:30 a.m. followed by several hours after lunch inside for sectionals. Then, it’s back outside at about 6 p.m. for another couple of hours of marching practice. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls band marching to a heartbeat this year

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School band’s mantra is “do it for the seniors.” Drum major Jalashawn Ford believes another group of people deserves credit for all the hard work members put in. “I also think it’s ‘do it for the directors’ because their whole lives are dedicated to the […]



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Burnet gas station latest target in card skimmer cases

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Authorities have ramped up their search for suspects in a string of cases involving credit card-skimming devices found in rural communities at a bank ATM and at least two convenience stores. (more…)



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Highland Lakes schools receive passing TEA grades

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Highland Lakes districts and campuses earned passing grades through the Texas Education Agency’s accountability rating system. The TEA released the ratings Aug. 16. The system gauges districts and campuses on four standards: student achievement; student progress; closing performance gaps; and postsecondary readiness. A district or campus can earn either […]



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Bertram’s Texas Pecan Cake Shop wins first in HEB’s Quest for Texas Best contest

Bertram’s Texas Pecan Cake Shop wins first in HEB’s Quest for Texas Best contest

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BERTRAM — The days of baking only a handful of Lorraine’s Original Texas Pecan Cakes at a time might be over for Bridget and Will McCoy after the couple nabbed first place in the 2017 H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best contest. (more…)



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Llano County commissioners approved a proposed budget Aug. 14 that included fully funding the county jail, which faced potential closure of inmate housing operations to help decrease county expenses. Photo from Llano County’s Facebook page

Llano County declines defunding jail in 2017-18 budget

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Llano County commissioners approved a proposed budget Aug. 14 that included continued funding for Llano County Jail operations. This followed an outcry from local law enforcement, who rejected a consideration to house all inmates at the Burnet County Jail, officials said. (more…)



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Time2Eat on Main in Marble Falls will serve cafe-style food during breakfast and lunch. Staff photo by London Gibson

Local flavor on the menu at new Marble Falls Main Street restaurants

STAFF WRITER LONDON GIBSON MARBLE FALLS — While a surge of national food chains has hit Marble Falls, two new local restaurants on Main Street might just stanch the franchise flood, or at least keep a local flavor downtown. (more…)



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It will be easier to find gravesites and available plots at the Marble Falls City Cemetery on South Avenue S once an online mapping system is complete. File photo

Marble Falls City Cemetery online mapping system almost complete

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — People looking for loved ones or historic gravesites at the Marble Falls City Cemetery soon can turn to their smartphone, tablet, or computer to find them thanks to a parks department initiative. (more…)



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Is your child attending Marble Falls ISD? What you need to know

Is your child attending Marble Falls ISD? What you need to know

MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls Independent School District students have a little more time before they head back to class Monday, Aug. 28, but there are a few things parents and students need to do before that first day, so don’t procrastinate. (more…)



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Marble Falls city leaders are considering a proposed parking garage adjacent to a potential hotel/conference center project. The frontage of the four-story, 280-space structure (pictured) would be on Yett Street between Buena Vista Drive and Main Street. Staff photo by Connie Swinney Read more: http://www.dailytrib.com/2017/07/27/4-story-parking-garage-take-spot-next-lakeside-park/#ixzz4op8GeurZMarble Falls city leaders are considering a proposed parking garage adjacent to a potential hotel/conference center project. The frontage of the four-story, 280-space structure (pictured) would be on Yett Street between Buena Vista Drive and Main Street. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Parking garage is part of the bigger picture, Marble Falls leaders say

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — It’s not just for the hotel/conference center. That’s one of the messages that came out of the city of Marble Falls’ Capital Improvement Plan Committee meeting Aug. 3, particularly in regards to a proposed $4.5 million parking garage. (more…)



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City abandons its right-of-way for Lake Marble Falls hotel/conference center project

City abandons its right-of-way for Lake Marble Falls hotel/conference center project

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — City Council members cleared the way for the proposed eastside footprint of a hotel/conference center, which is part of private-public partnership coordinated by the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. (more…)



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Burnet Job Fair on Aug. 31 seeking employers and employees

Burnet Job Fair on Aug. 31 seeking employers and employees

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Helping people find work and employers discover talented staff is at the heart of the third annual Burnet Job Fair. The event, which is hosted by Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area and the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, is 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Burnet Community Center, 401 […]



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Sterling Galban (left) returns for the Burnet Bulldogs 2017 season, which begins with fall training camp Aug. 7. Photo by Glenn Morris/FTMOG.com

Burnet Bulldogs getting to work before sunrise Monday

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — As some reach for the snooze buttons on their alarms at 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, the Burnet Bulldogs will be standing in line, waiting for their football equipment, locker assignments, and other things before taking the field for the first official day of training camp. (more…)



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Northland moves to new Marble Falls location, plans to expand services

Northland moves to new Marble Falls location, plans to expand services

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — One of the largest cable TV, phone, and internet service providers in the Highland Lakes has moved its operations to a more visible location and announced plans to expand its services. (more…)



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Marble Falls City Council approves proposed tax rate with eye on debt

Marble Falls City Council approves proposed tax rate with eye on debt

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — An 8 percent hike in appraised property values prompted the Marble Falls City Council on Aug. 1 to approve a city tax rate lower than the current one and a rate recommended by city staff. The council discussed the 2017-18 budget year item at its regular meeting. (more…)



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Jimmy Richard Lerma (left) was arrested July 30 on a charge of driving while intoxicated after Marble Falls police say he struck and killed Jerrod Bradford Young on U.S. 281 in Marble Falls.

Police: Man arrested on DWI charge after US 281 pedestrian death

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The accused is identified as Jimmy “Richard” Lerma as Burnet County Jail officials have confirmed that he has used the alias Richard in the past.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Authorities arrested a man on suspicion of drunken driving after he struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking […]



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Learn the ABCs of homeschooling at Marble Falls info meeting Aug. 6

Learn the ABCs of homeschooling at Marble Falls info meeting Aug. 6

STAFF WRITER DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — Homeschooling has grown into a viable educational option for families, yet some parents might pause at the idea of being their child’s teacher. Those fears, however, are unwarranted, according to homeschooling parents. (more…)



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Marble Falls mulls $65,000-a-year ‘downtown coordinator’ job

Marble Falls mulls $65,000-a-year ‘downtown coordinator’ job

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — City leaders have proposed a new position, potentially funded with a combination of city, sales, and tourism dollars, that will be involved in coordinating and organizing activities and improvements for downtown Marble Falls business owners and event planners. (more…)



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After shot at NFL, Cyril Lemon returns to Marble Falls High School as coach

After shot at NFL, Cyril Lemon returns to Marble Falls High School as coach

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Welcome home, Cyril Lemon. The 2011 Marble Falls High School graduate and football and track standout is returning to his alma mater as a coach. (more…)



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Cooler Highland Lakes weather should last two weeks — maybe longer

Cooler Highland Lakes weather should last two weeks — maybe longer

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — There’s a saying about Texas weather: If you don’t like it, well, just wait a minute because it will change. After suffering through one of the hottest stretches of summer during the week of July 23 with highs in the triple digits, expect a nicer, “cooler” week, according to […]



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Uptown Sound on Main Street in Marble Falls is partnering with the Brass Hall parent company Elevated Minds Music Group. Staff photo by Jared Fields

CORRECTION: Uptown Sound collaborates with Brass Hall parent company

STAFF WRITER JOANNA KOPP EDITOR’S NOTE: In a previous published article about Uptown Sound, we incorrectly stated the venue had been sold to Elevated Minds Music Group. This was incorrect as Corey and Melissa Whitaker have not sold it and are still the owners. We apologize for this error and any problems it might have […]



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Community support inspires Noon Spoon owner to reopen in wake of burglary

Community support inspires Noon Spoon owner to reopen in wake of burglary

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Noon Spoon Cafe owner Jennifer Cayce credited community support and personal strength for her motivation to reopen two days after a destructive burglary at her eatery. (more…)



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Get your Highland Lakes football season tickets

Get your Highland Lakes football season tickets

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — High school football training camps start Aug. 7, but fans don’t have to wait that long to purchase their season tickets. School personnel at Llano High School and Faith Academy of Marble Falls have already started selling tickets, while Marble Falls and Burnet begin Monday, July 31. (more…)



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Marble Falls city leaders are considering a proposed parking garage adjacent to a potential hotel/conference center project. The frontage of the four-story, 280-space structure (pictured) would be on Yett Street between Buena Vista Drive and Main Street. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

4-story parking garage could take spot next to Lakeside Park

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — City leaders have unveiled plans for a proposed parking garage north of a potential hotel/conference center project on Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. property adjacent to Lake Marble Falls. (more…)



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Granite Shoals moving ahead with re-annexation of Beaver Island and Web Isle

Granite Shoals moving ahead with re-annexation of Beaver Island and Web Isle

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council gave its approval to begin the process of re-annexing Beaver Island and Web Isle during its regular meeting July 25. This follows an agreement between the city and residents of the island and the isle that, after seven years, the two would be […]



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Thieves burglarized the Noon Spoon Cafe, located in the 600 block of Broadway Avenue in Marble Falls, sometime overnight July 25-26, causing damage and forcing the eatery to close its doors for at least a day. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Thieves steal cash, cause damage at Noon Spoon in Marble Falls

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — A popular eatery closed its doors for at least a day after thieves took several hundred dollars and destroyed items in the kitchen area overnight, according to a Marble Falls Police Department report. (more…)



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Save Our Spicewood meeting focuses on traffic issues and costs

Save Our Spicewood meeting focuses on traffic issues and costs

FROM STAFF REPORTS SPICEWOOD — A group of Spicewood residents have formed Save Our Spicewood in an effort to help the area address industrial growth, light pollution, and Texas 71 traffic — to start. (more…)



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