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Workers prepare the sign at the new Bealls store, 1400 RR 1431 in Marble Falls, which is scheduled for a grand opening April 6. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

New Bealls in Marble Falls on schedule to open April 6

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A new Bealls store, scheduled to open April 6, will debut in its new location with a number of additional amenities and more space for merchandise, officials said. (more…)

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The future home of the Granite Shoals Multipurpose Sports Facility. The building is located next to the Roddick Tennis Center in Granite Shoals. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Texas Parks and Wildlife grant to fund Granite Shoals sports facility

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF REPORTER AUSTIN — The city of Granite Shoals received an unexpected lunchtime treat March 23. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, through its point system, awarded the city $500,000 to build a multipurpose sports facility on Phillips Ranch Road next to the Roddick Tennis Center, which houses full-length covered tennis courts […]

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New Groceries to Go delivers to homebound; volunteers needed

New Groceries to Go delivers to homebound; volunteers needed

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — It’s not easy for Mike Jack to be hundreds of miles away from his 90-year-old mother. What eases his worry for her is he knows there are people who check on her at least every other day to make sure she has food, her prescriptions, and other […]

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Marble Falls ISD board president Rick Edwards resigns

Marble Falls ISD board president Rick Edwards resigns

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Rick Edwards, president of the Marble Falls Independent School District board of trustees, submitted his resignation to the full board during the regular March 21 meeting. Edwards stepped down because of family reasons, MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen said. (more…)

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Marble Falls police believe massage parlor hid prostitution ring

Marble Falls police believe massage parlor hid prostitution ring

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Police have collected evidence to uncover what they believe to be a prostitution operation potentially involving more than the two people first arrested and suspected of being in the country illegally, according to investigators. (more…)

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Authorities arrest pilot with 230 pounds of pot in Llano airport stop

Authorities arrest pilot with 230 pounds of pot in Llano airport stop

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Federal authorities arrested an Austin man March 20 after he landed a plane carrying 230 pounds of hydroponic marijuana at the Llano Municipal Airport, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. (more…)

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Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Granite Shoals looks at another funding source for street repairs

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Despite learning that $50,000 is the most the U.S. Department of Agriculture could award the city of Granite Shoals for major street repairs instead of the $3.6 million the city was originally told, city leaders haven’t thrown in the towel on those projects. (more…)

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Planners of the Tuscan Village Horseshoe Bay development, modeled after a neighboring community in Lakeway (pictured), have launched a 300-unit community comprised of villas, townhouses, and golf course estates within Summit Rock, located just off RR 2147 West and Texas 71. Photo courtesy of tuscanvillage.com

Village for 55 and older planned for Summit Rock in Horseshoe Bay

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER HORSESHOE BAY — Lakeway-based developer Legend Communities has launched an age-restricted community project within the footprint of the fledgling Horseshoe Bay golf course development Summit Rock. (more…)

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The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission suspended the alcohol license at Mr. B's Sports Bar, 207 Main St. in Marble Falls, from April 4-24 due to an investigation into a fatal accident on Sept. 21, 2014. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

TABC suspends Marble Falls bar’s license due to fatal wreck in 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — A Marble Falls bar will have to close its operations for 20 days in April after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission suspended its alcohol license due to an investigation into a 2014 car accident that left a Granite Shoals woman dead. (more…)

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The Marble Falls Police Public Safety Facility is on schedule to be open sometime in September 2017. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Marble Falls police department draft plans for move to new facility

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — As a new public safety facility takes shape, Marble Falls police officials begin steps aimed at a seamless move into the new building in about six months. (more…)

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Granite Shoals man arrested for violating protective order in child sexual assault case

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls police arrested a Granite Shoals man March 13 after he allegedly violated a protective order filed against him following an aggravated sexual assault of a child investigation. (more…)

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FirstCapital Bank of Texas president and American Bank Association chairman-elect Ken Burgess (left) of Horseshoe Bay and Midland joined other ABA officials Laurie Stewart, Jeff Szyperski, Luanne Cundiff, Dorothy Savarese, Rob Nichols, Leslie Andersen, Tim Zimmerman, Rebeca Romero, and Scott Heittkamp with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office following a meeting March 9. The president invited ABA officials and community bank representatives to the meeting so he could hear their concerns and challenges. Courtesy photo

Horseshoe Bay banker meets with Trump in relief effort for small banks

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR WASHINGTON, D.C. — When Ken Burgess, chairman of FirstCapital Bank of Texas, and other community bankers voiced their concerns with President Donald Trump during a White House meeting, the Horseshoe Bay resident liked what he heard in the president’s response. (more…)

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PEC makes deal for pilot solar farm in Johnson City

PEC makes deal for pilot solar farm in Johnson City

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative has struck a deal with a private energy developer and Johnson City officials to build a 14-acre solar farm to offset utility cost during peak times of the year, officials said. (more…)

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Chick-Fil-A is expected to be open by summer this year at 2105 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls. Photo by Karla Held

Marble Falls sees spike in health and food businesses

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — As the healthcare industry takes shape in Marble Falls, economic development officials reported an influx in related and ancillary businesses, including specialty clinics, fast-food eateries, and housing developments. (more…)

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Marble Falls EDC lays groundwork for Dallas-based sawmill company

Marble Falls EDC lays groundwork for Dallas-based sawmill company

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A wholesale lumber business is set to cut a new pathway in the Marble Falls Business and Technology Park as economic development officials launch plans to extend infrastructure into a new corner of the property. (more…)

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The Marble Falls High School football team blocked a field goal attempt by Austin Crockett during the first half of the Mustangs’ 44-21 win on Sept. 9. Photos by Diana Cox

Class 5A split in district a big score for Marble Falls football

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Years of conversations, polls, and, finally, a ballot have resulted in a big school-small school split of Class 5A football for district play starting in the fall of 2018. As one of the smaller 5A schools, this is good news for Marble Falls and its football team. […]

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Children’s Day Celebration organizers need help to make sure the 2017 event happens. Ely Banuet Rodriguez said the organization is short about $17,000 for the April 15 celebration. Call Banuet at (512) 755-3504 for more information. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Annual Children’s Day Celebration in Marble Falls lacks needed funds

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — One of the most kid-friendly events in the Highland Lakes needs help. Organizers of the Children’s Day Celebration, which is Saturday, April 15, at Johnson Park, is short about $17,000 to put on this year’s event. (more…)

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Vandals strike Packsaddle Mountain historical marker, state highway signs

Vandals strike Packsaddle Mountain historical marker, state highway signs

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR LLANO — After someone painted the words, “White history celebrates genocide” on a Texas historical marker commemorating the last battle in Llano County between settlers and Native Americans, state officials are seeking donations to restore the marker. Llano County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Glen Williams said that highway workers found the graffiti […]

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Vandals caused about $10,000 in damage to a newly renovated space at the old Burnet Elementary School that is about to be utilized by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Burnet CISD to foot bill for vandalism damage at old elementary school

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Burnet school district officials have paid for several thousands of dollars of cleanup and repairs due to vandalism on an unoccupied school campus and have taken steps to re-coup the cost through the judicial system. (more…)

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Upgrades to Inks Lake, Longhorn Cavern state parks on the horizon

Upgrades to Inks Lake, Longhorn Cavern state parks on the horizon

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is gathering public input on proposed upgrades and added amenities such as more trails and day-use areas at Burnet County’s Inks Lake State Park and Longhorn Cavern State Park. (more…)

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In a deal with Marble Falls, Meadowlakes will use treated wastewater from the neighboring city to irrigate its Hidden Falls Golf Course. File photo

Meadowlakes makes deal with Marble Falls to irrigate golf course

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MEADOWLAKES — Meadowlakes is collaborating with Marble Falls to use treated wastewater to irrigate its golf course, officials say. On Feb. 21, Marble Falls City Council approved the deal with the city of Meadowlakes for a 10-year contract that would supplement the gated community’s current system of irrigating the Meadowlakes-owned […]

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Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Without matching grant, Granite Shoals voters to reconsider $3M roads bond

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — In November 2016, Granite Shoals voters approved issuing $3 million in bonds for road improvements with an eye toward a $3.6 million matching grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (more…)

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Burnet County property bidders soon will be able to go online to purchase tax-delinquent property rather than travel to the Burnet County Courthouse in Burnet. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Appraisal district to launch online bidding for tax-delinquent Burnet County properties

CONNIE SWINNEY •  STAFF WRITER BURNET — Property buyers will soon have the option of participating in an online bidding war for tax-delinquent properties now that Burnet County officials approved policies that would move the process from the courthouse steps to a bidder’s desktop. (more…)

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One recommendation in the Marble Falls parks system master plan was renaming all the downtown parks, including Lakeside and Falls Creek, as Johnson Park. File photo

Marble Falls parks master plan sent to city council for vote

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — During a special meeting of the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Commission on Feb. 20, commissioners approved recommending to the city council that it adopt the comprehensive parks and recreation master plan. (more…)

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A truck driver was injured Feb. 23 after the vehicle he was driving toppled onto its side at a convenience store in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Scrap truck rolls over in Marble Falls store parking lot

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — A truck driver en route to a recycling center is being treated for injuries Feb. 23 after the truck tractor-trailer he was driving rolled over in a convenience store parking lot at the intersection of Avenue Q and RR 1431. (more…)

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The Marble Falls Police Department will become the first agency in Burnet County to utilize a combination body/vehicle camera system for patrol officers. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls police to use integrated body camera/mobile system

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Police Department will purchase a state-of-the-art, integrated body and vehicle camera system to enhance evidence collection and keep officers “honest” on the scene. (more…)

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