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MFISD cites good management for unchanged tax rate

MFISD cites good management for unchanged tax rate

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Citing great fiscal management during previous years, Marble Falls Independent School District superintendent Chris Allen said the board of trustees adopted a 2015-16 tax rate that is the same as the previous one. And the one before that and the one before that. And, yes, the one before that. […]

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Crews contain 9,300-acre fire in Mason County

Crews contain 9,300-acre fire in Mason County

FROM STAFF REPORTS PONTOTOC — Fire crews on Aug. 29 contained an approximate 9,300-acre brush fire, which led to evacuations and a large-scale containment effort in a remote area of Mason County. “We were able to prevent the loss of any houses. We did lose some hunting cabins, some deer blinds,” Mason County Judge Jerry […]

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Marble Falls’ historic Uptown on Main closes; new investors sought

Marble Falls’ historic Uptown on Main closes; new investors sought

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — The curtain is falling again for an historic theater on Main Street, but its owners hope to find a group of investors to purchase the building or operate the venue for its third act. The Uptown on Main, 218 Main St., recently closed after a nearly two-year […]

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CHARLOTTE ELAIN ARMS and WALKER WAYNE SHAPLAND

Two get 15 years in Burnet ‘water boarding’ case

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Two people involved in torturing two women, one of which died, for more than a year in a Burnet residence pleaded guilty Aug. 27 in State District Judge Evan Stubb’s courtroom. (more…)

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El Jardin Restaurant in Cottonwood Shores

Authorities raid restaurant on RR 2147, seize drugs and cash

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY  — Local, county and federal investigators raided a restaurant Aug. 26, arrested two suspects and seized cash and drugs, police reported. The raid happened at 6 p.m. at El Jardin Restaurant, located in the 4900 block of RR 2147 West, and involved the Horseshoe Bay Police Department, the Burnet County […]

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Drought, human error spark peak of fire season in Highland Lakes

Drought, human error spark peak of fire season in Highland Lakes

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER HIGHLAND LAKES — Dry brush, low humidity and human error have fueled a string of brush fires at the peak of the fire season in Blanco, Burnet and Llano counties, officials say. Fortunately, agencies report no significant damage to property and no loss of life as a result of the […]

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Burnet school district approves higher budget and tax rate

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — Property owners in the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District could see a bump in their school taxes this year after the board of trustees adopted a higher budget and tax rate Aug. 24 for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The board adopted a budget of $32.3 million, a 5.5 percent […]

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Burnet standoff results in aggravated kidnapping charge

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Authorities took a Burnet man into custody Aug. 22 after a day-long standoff at a residence where investigators say the suspect held his estranged girlfriend against her will, according to the Burnet Police Department. (more…)

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Bank VP cautions people over 'lottery' and other scams

Bank VP cautions people over ‘lottery’ and other scams

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — It’s one of the toughest things J. Don McAlpin and his American Bank of Texas staff have to deal with: Someone withdrawing a large amount of cash because they’ve “won” a lottery or a car and must send off money to cover “fees” or “taxes.” “It breaks our […]

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Thieves steal prescription drugs in Atkins Pharmacy break-in

Thieves steal prescription drugs in Atkins Pharmacy break-in

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS —  Authorities are investigating a burglary Aug. 24 during which thieves broke into a pharmacy, ransacked the business and stole a large quantity of prescription narcotics, according to the Marble Falls Police Department. (more…)

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Lightning strike ignites 50-acre blaze outside of Burnet

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A grass fire, sparked by a lightning strike, threatened a home, prompted several evacuations and resulted in airdrops to contain a 50-acre blaze in high wind conditions, officials say. The brush fire was reported about 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19 on a five-acre ranch near RR 2341 on the Texas 29 […]

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Kingsland, Texas, drug bust

Deputies make quick return visit to Kingsland home for theft and drugs

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — Llano County deputies arrested a man at a Dilly Street residence for allegedly stealing an all-terrain vehicle Aug. 12, only to return a few days later to nab two suspects for allegedly dealing drugs from the same home. The Llano County Sheriff’s Office said the two cases are related only […]

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Granite Shoals eyes property tax hike; public hearing Aug. 25

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Citing a cost-of-living increase for employees, bringing up the city’s reserve fund and an increase in stray animal services, Granite Shoals officials are eyeing a property tax hike for the coming year, but not before residents can have a say in the matter. City manager Ken Nickel […]

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Roger Williams in Burnet

At Burnet stop, Rep. Williams pledges to defund Planned Parenthood

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) made it clear Aug. 14 that he’ll do whatever he can to curtail federal funding of Planned Parenthood while voicing his support of organizations such as the Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center. “It’s unbelievable that we have to even talk about this,” Williams said while […]

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