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Marble Falls High School assistant football coach Matt Priem and his Team Japan offense. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls coach Ryan Priem learned much from Team Japan experience

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER ARLINGTON — Football bridges cultures. So does Texas barbecue, but more on that later. Marble Falls High School assistant football coach Ryan Priem, a volunteer with USA Football, learned both of these things as Team Japan’s offensive coordinator during the International Bowl at AT&T Stadium on Jan. 16-17. The event […]

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Lake LBJ drawdown changes Horseshoe Bay scenery

Lake LBJ drawdown changes Horseshoe Bay scenery

HORSESHOE BAY — Images from Lake LBJ show the effects of the Lower Colorado River Authority’s drawdown in recent weeks. Lake LBJ has been lowered about 4 feet to allow customers and lakeside property owners the chance to perform maintenance work. The LCRA does not anticipate needing to operate floodgates, but it has continued to […]

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Thief cuts locks, steals mail at Kingsland post office

Thief cuts locks, steals mail at Kingsland post office

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND —  Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects accused of damaging property and breaking into two collection boxes at the U.S. Post Office in Kingsland, officials say. (more…)

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Burnet County Extension Agent Linda Wells (center) along with Burnet County Judge James Oakley (right) share how the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service building, which includes a full, commercial kitchen, will benefit the entire community. Burnet County is leasing a portion of the old Burnet Elementary School to use as the Burnet County AgriLife Extension Office. Photo by Daniel Clifton

Old school gets new life with Burnet County AgriLife

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — After many years crammed into a corner of the Burnet County Courthouse north annex, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Linda Wells was all smiles as she walked through the service’s new digs. (more…)

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The Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors voted Jan. 17 to remove director James Oakley's vice president status and issue him a warning over a November Facebook post that some perceived as racist. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Oakley not happy with PEC punishment, calls it political move

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — Though two directors wanted James Oakley removed from the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board over a controversial Facebook post made Nov. 21, 2016, the board went with a recommendation from a PEC complaint committee to strip him of his vice president seat and issue him a warning. (more…)

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Kingsland residents push back against registered sex offenders

Kingsland residents push back against registered sex offenders

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER KINGSLAND — Residents of a Kingsland neighborhood say they are organizing efforts to protect children as they report an influx of registered sex offenders moving into the unincorporated community. (more…)

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New Marble Falls CARTS center opens up transportation opportunities

New Marble Falls CARTS center opens up transportation opportunities

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Since joining the Capital Area Rural Transit System board 24 years ago, Blanco County commissioner Paul Granberg has witnessed the need for the program grow, which made Jan. 13 even more relevant. (more…)

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Horseshoe Bay remembers Texas Ranger who helped save girl's life

Horseshoe Bay remembers Texas Ranger who helped save girl’s life

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — Three decades ago, Texas Rangers Stanley Keith Guffey and John Aycock volunteered to hide in the back of a Lincoln Town Car provided by law enforcement to a kidnapper who had already killed a woman. (more…)

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Burnet County Judge James Oakley (center) joins the Friends of the Herman Brown Free Library board and staff and others Jan. 9 for the groundbreaking of the library's expansion project. The addition, which includes a former attorney's office adjacent to the library, will add approximately 33 percent more useable space to the facility. The Friends group is covering the cost of the renovation and project. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Renovation opens Burnet library for lounge area, more internet access, genealogy center

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — The Herman Brown Free Library director Betsy Engelbrecht accepts that library staff and patrons might have to endure some inconveniences the next several months, but what’s waiting for them on the other side of that has her smiling. (more…)

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The Federal Correctional Facility in Bastrop, where Larry Dewayne Hill is currently serving his sentence. Photo from BOP.gov.

Convicted drug dealer seeks new life in Granite Shoals after commuted sentence

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BASTROP — Convicted drug dealer Larry Dwayne Hill said he has a plan to live a different life when he gets out of federal prison. Hill is among more than two dozen people in Central Texas who were either pardoned or had their sentences commuted by outgoing President Barack Obama. […]

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PEC directors file suit over change in bylaws, elections

PEC directors file suit over change in bylaws, elections

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials say changes to how members elect directors was within the purview of the board’s powers, but a lawsuit contends the co-op violated its bylaws as well as state law by enacting a new election system. (more…)

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Llano County roads competing with big city highways for state funding

Llano County roads competing with big city highways for state funding

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Growth is spurring an increase in traffic in the Highland Lakes; however, state officials might put the brakes on additional funding for rural roadway upgrades as more populated areas compete for those dollars. (more…)

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Volunteers with the cooperation of private business and state and county officials have launched a community gateway project at the intersection of Texas 71 and U.S. 281 to introduce motorists to the Marble Falls area. Pictured are (back row from left) Mills Services crew members Lane Webb, Paulino Espinosa, Bradlee Mills, Dylan Linderman, and Curtis Cunningham; (middle row from left) Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd, volunteer Shannon Heep, organizer Soc Gonzalez, Burnet County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, and Texas Department of Transportation maintenance supervisor Stephen Schmidt; and volunteer Isaac Pittenger (holding sign). Courtesy photo

Highway intersection beautification in Marble Falls honors Lady Bird’s legacy

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Even amid the holiday bustle, volunteers from county and state offices as well as a private business “turned dirt” to plant the seeds for a community gateway beautification project at the busy intersection of Texas 71 and U.S. 281. (more…)

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Kirk Daniel Hullum, 32, and Sterling James Teall, 26, are suspects in a Bertram-area home burglary, according to the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office. Courtesy photos

BCSO: Bertram burglary suspects barricade themselves in bathroom

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BERTRAM — Two Austin men are in custody and each charged with a felony after authorities say they broke into a Bertram-area home on New Year’s Day and barricaded themselves in a bathroom when Burnet County deputies arrived. (more…)

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Alli Hawkins (left), Tailor Milum, and Logan Juarez enjoy a game of table soccer before beginning the process of getting the new teen center operational. The center is part of the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes-Burnet unit and will open Wednesday, Jan. 4. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet teens at Boys & Girls Club now have a place of their own

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — While standing in a room at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, something came over Bill Drake. “I had an epiphany at the Epiphany church,” joked the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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Newly elected state Sen. Dawn Buckingham, District 24, will be sworn in Jan. 10. The Lakeway-based eye surgeon takes over a seat that outgoing Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) has held since 1997. Buckingham, also a Republican, said she plans to focus on the same issues on which she campaigned: smaller government, border security, and education. Courtesy photo

Newly elected state Sen. Buckingham keeps her focus on the issues

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Some politicians might adjust their stance on the issues once the ballots are tallied and they’re headed for Austin, but Dawn Buckingham isn’t one of these. “I’m going to work on the same issues I campaigned on,” she said. “Nothing has changed.” (more…)

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PEC recycling program breathes new life into old Christmas trees

PEC recycling program breathes new life into old Christmas trees

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — Now that the dust has settled from opening gifts, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your natural Christmas tree. One option involves the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Tree Recycling Program. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority will begin the drawdown of Lake LBJ (shown) and Lake Austin on Jan. 2 for dock repairs and maintenance. Photo by Keith Bedard of Down to Earth Aerial Photography

LCRA lakes drawdown begins Jan. 2 for dock repairs, maintenance

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN – The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower lakes Austin and LBJ for six weeks beginning Jan. 2. The drawdowns will give lakeside property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls, and other shoreline property. The lake lowerings also aid in curbing the growth of nuisance aquatic vegetation […]

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Top 10 most-viewed Highland Lakes stories of 2016

Top 10 most-viewed Highland Lakes stories of 2016

We’ve seen a wide range of stories in the Highland Lakes in 2016. New businesses and developments were a popular topic this year. With that, transportation issues also were addressed. Stories about crime and law enforcement are always widely read, too. We took a look back at stories posted to DailyTrib.com this year and ranked […]

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Site of construction for Chick-fil-A in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Karla Held

Construction sign means Chick-fil-A closer to opening

Drivers along U.S. 281 in Marble Falls may notice a new sign announcing the construction of a new Chick-fil-A restaurant.

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Community outcry prompts speed reduction proposal on US 290

Community outcry prompts speed reduction proposal on US 290

FROM STAFF REPORTS STONEWALL –  A leisurely trip to Fredericksburg just might become a little safer if a Texas Department of Transportation speed reduction proposal gains approval, officials say. Following a traffic study, TxDOT staff concluded that a reduction in the speed limit from 70 mph to 60 mph along U.S. 290 between Fredericksburg and […]

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Authorities, resident offer tips to avoid social media-savvy thieves

Authorities, resident offer tips to avoid social media-savvy thieves

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET COUNTY — When Burnet resident Angela Smith goes out of town, she takes a couple of extra precautions in cyberspace as well as her home space to keep thieves off her Christmas list. “I don’t share every move for the public. I would (post) usually only on special occasions,” […]

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Burnet County Sheriff-elect Calvin Boyd is joined by his leadership staff, which includes some familiar faces at the sheriff's office as well as some new ones. Boyd takes office Jan. 1. Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith is retiring. Pictured are Burnet County Sheriff's Office Capt. Ricky Bindseil (patrol division captain), Chris Jett (administration captain), Boyd, Mike Cummings (chief deputy), and BCSO Capt. Dwight Hardin (criminal investigations division). Not pictured is BCSO Capt. Matt Kimbler (Burnet County Jail captain). Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

New faces and bigger presence at Burnet County Sheriff’s Office

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — When Jan. 1 rolls around, people might notice some new faces at the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office as well as some familiar ones. Plus, people might also see a few more patrol cars on the road. “People have been asking a lot of questions about the direction of the […]

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The University Interscholastic League will require all member schools share data on concussions suffered during competitions starting in the 2017-18 school year. Marble Falls Independent School District has been voluntarily turning in that date for some time, say MFISD officials. Photo by Diana Cox

Marble Falls has head start on UIL concussion data-sharing requirement

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — While all Texas schools in the University Interscholastic League will be required to share concussion data starting in the 2017-18 academic year, Marble Falls school district leaders have already moved to the head of the class on the subject. (more…)

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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

Designer hallucinogenic drug at center of Ballard murder case

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET —A designer drug at the center of a capital murder case has prompted a warning from drug enforcement officials in Burnet County. Results of a Texas Department of Public Safety crime lab described in the Dec. 12 conviction of capital murder suspect Garrett Ballard showed the drug used by […]

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Granite Shoals man faces child sex assault charge, criticizes investigation

Granite Shoals man faces child sex assault charge, criticizes investigation

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — A young child’s description of an inappropriate sleeping arrangement prompted authorities to charge a Granite Shoals man with aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to arrest documents. However, the suspect, 44-year-old Bryant Edward Dulin, claimed the allegation against him is false and criticized “the process they […]

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