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Horseshoe Bay police officer gives ‘Wheel of Fortune’ game show a spin

Horseshoe Bay police officer gives ‘Wheel of Fortune’ game show a spin

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY HORSESHOE BAY — David Vaughn considers his experience on the iconic game show “Wheel of Fortune” a success in that he represented the Highland Lakes like a champion. (more…)

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A manufacturing company could lay down stakes on 16 acres in the Marble Falls Business and Technology Park in an area where Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. officials cleared the way for new development. File photo

Manufacturing company considering move to Marble Falls

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. officials have taken steps to coax a manufacturing company to the city on several acres in an area of the Marble Falls Business and Technology Park opened for development with a roadway extension. (more…)

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Temperatures to dip overnight with lows in the 50s, winds

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While temperatures could hit a very un-autumn like 92 degrees Monday, Oct. 9, you might want to pull out your jacket as a cool front pushes through the Highland Lakes overnight into Tuesday. (more…)

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The Highland Lakes Clean Air group lined U.S. 281 in southern Burnet County on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 to protest the air quality permit application for a rock crushing operation. The group has invited the public to a second weekend of protests from 9 -5 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 at the intersection of 281 and CR 403. Courtesy photo

Mining influx pits environmental concerns against economic impact

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET COUNTY — A mining industry representative has blasted environmental concerns by opponents of rock crusher permits, citing the economic benefits of aggregate materials tied to infrastructure and jobs. (more…)

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Forgotten backpack or potential threat?

Las Vegas massacre prompts call for Texans to report suspicious activity

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN – In light of the Las Vega attack, law enforcement in the Lone Star State want Texans to pay closer attention to and report suspicious and potentially dangerous activity. (more…)

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Horseshoe Bay event offers shredding service, prescription disposal

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY HORSESHOE BAY — A community-wide event offering residents use of a mobile shredding unit aims to tackle identity theft and cut down on the amount of materials going into landfills, official said. (more…)

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Marble Falls ISD donating buses, supplies to South Texas district hit by Hurricane Harvey

Marble Falls ISD donating buses, supplies to South Texas district hit by Hurricane Harvey

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Two Marble Falls Independent School District buses originally slated for auction are now headed for a South Texas school district hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. (more…)

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As part of a community health partnership, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Marble Falls is offering health informational events to not only unveil available services but also enhance community wellness initiatives. File photo

Scott & White coaxing aging populations, new families to screenings

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — From recovering after shoulder surgery to skin cancer screenings, Baylor Scott & White officials are inviting the public to several community outings for preventative care advice and free medical screenings and to get to know local health care workers. (more…)

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Flu season is here and could be severe; get your shots now

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — The influenza season typically starts in October and peaks from December to February; however, this year, health care workers warn that more severe and widespread infection could emerge if patients fail to take precautions. (more…)

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Republic Services employees sort through recycling. Marble Falls residents can now recycle even more items through an agreement between the city and Republic Services. Photo from Republic Services Facebook page

Marble Falls recycling service expands with bigger bins, more items

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Recycling just got easier in Marble Falls. On Oct. 2, Marble Falls residents started using bigger, 95-gallon recycling bins, but it wasn’t just the size of the bin that expanded thanks to a June agreement between the city and Republic Services, the local waste management provider. An amendment to […]

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative linemen will be sporting a new helmet color during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Other field staff will be donning pink as well. Courtesy photo

Real linemen wear pink: PEC dons color for breast cancer awareness

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative linemen have turned in their traditional white hard hats for the month of October. Don’t worry: They aren’t working the lines sans protective headgear; instead, they’ve traded the white hats for pink ones. (more…)

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The Llano High School football team will be back in its own Llano Stadium, 400 Texas 71 East in Llano, for the Yellow Jackets’ homecoming game against Austin Eastside Memorial at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Llano looks for season’s first home win against Eastside Memorial

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — The Llano High School football team hasn’t been able to enjoy a home win yet in 2017, but the Yellow Jackets hope to change that on homecoming Oct. 6. The Jackets (2-3, 0-0 in District 13-4A Division II) want to give their fans a lot to cheer for when […]

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Cooler, drier weather follows rainy, humid days

Cooler, drier weather follows rainy, humid days

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — After rain soaked the Highland Lakes a couple of days this week, forecasters say residents should expect cooler, drier temperatures in the coming days. (more…)

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Register to vote by Oct. 10 to decide on city elections, state amendments, more

Register to vote by Oct. 10 to decide on city elections, state amendments, more

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY HORSESHOE BAY — During a non-presidential election year, voters go to the polls Nov. 7 to decide on bond issues, some city and school elections, and a few state constitutional amendments. (more…)

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Opponents of a proposed rock crusher facility (pictured here Sept. 30) on U.S. 281 just south of Marble Falls are planning a second weekend of protests Oct. 7-8 at the intersection of 281 and CR 403 to express concerns about what they believe is an air quality issue should the operation move forward. Courtesy photo

Rock crusher opponents, advocates clash on danger of crystalline silica

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — Opponents of two rock crusher permits in Burnet County have raised concerns about air quality connected to a substance called crystalline silica, but industry advocates scoff at their claims, saying the science does not support fears about pollution. (more…)

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You can now text 911, but only if necessary

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Highland Lakes residents can now use text messaging to contact emergency services via 911, but officials caution people not to make it their “go-to” way of contacting a dispatch center. (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

Online map for Marble Falls City Cemetery is ready

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Finding loved ones and historic figures buried at the Marble Falls City Cemetery won’t require walking from plot to plot in the hopes of stumbling upon for whom who you’re looking. (more…)

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Two Burnet County women killed in three-car collision on Texas 29

Two Burnet County women killed in three-car collision on Texas 29

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified the victims of a fatal collision that happened Oct. 2 on an accident-plagued stretch of Texas 29. (more…)

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The Burnet High School culinary arts students are heading back to the second annual High School Food Truck Battle on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Centennial Plaza in Round Rock. The event, sponsored by the Art Institute of Austin, takes part during the Round Rock Chalk Walk. Along with a judged grand prize, the public can vote on the People’s Choice award. Go to roundrockarts.org for more on the competition and bulldogbistro.org for more on the Burnet culinary arts program. Courtesy photo

Burnet culinary arts team looks to repeat as food truck battle champion

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — The Burnet High School culinary arts students know going into the second annual Art Institute of Austin High School Food Truck Battle the other five teams are gunning for them. (more…)

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A group of protesters stand at the entryway of a planned rock crushing facility at the intersection of U.S. 281 and CR 403 intersection this past weekend. They expressed their concerns about a pending Texas Commission on Environmental Quality air-quality permit for Asphalt Inc., which would operate the rock crusher. Photo courtesy of Highland Lakes Clean Air organization

TCEQ unveils public meeting process on rock crusher air quality permits

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — As the potential approval of air quality permits for two planned rock crushing operations looms, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering insight into the public meeting process prior to decisions on the permits. (more…)

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Burn bans lifted as Highland Lakes experiences wet, cooler weather

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Recent wet weather and fall-like conditions prompted Llano County officials to lift a ban on outdoor burning, allowing residents a chance to rid their property of landscaping materials, cut brush, and household garbage. (more…)

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At least two dead in multi-vehicle crash on TX 29 between Burnet and Bertram

At least two dead in multi-vehicle crash on TX 29 between Burnet and Bertram

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — At least two people died Oct. 2 following a crash involving multiple vehicles on Texas 29, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. (more…)

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Marble Falls Fire Rescue officials, including Chief Russell Sander, will contract for a study to determine if factors such as increased call volume and water system capacity would hasten the need for more fire stations in the city limits. File photo

Marble Falls Fire Rescue to study need for more fire stations

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — An increase in service calls and expanding city limits prompted Marble Falls fire officials to contract for a study to determine if more resources, such as additional fire stations, would benefit residents. (more…)

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Burnet collecting brush, junk, tires, and more at three cleanup events

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — As a part of a community-wide cleanup effort, residents have a few options when it comes to cleaning out their garages, storage sheds, and backyards, which might be overflowing with yard waste, brush, hazardous items, or old furniture and some appliances. (more…)

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Collier Materials rock crusher air permit goes to public meeting

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — An upcoming public meeting will address questions about a pending air quality permit for Collier Materials, a longtime quarry company that is seeking to expand its operations in Burnet County to include a rock crushing operation. (more…)

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Burnet County emergency officials prepare for toxic chemical disaster

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — With four major thoroughfares running through Burnet County, the types and amount of toxic, even deadly, materials on the road at any time might send a chill down your spine. While those chemicals make safe and uneventful journeys every day, county officials are planning for the moment one doesn’t. (more…)

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