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Texas Fire Inspectors clarifies role, changing name due to residents’ confusion

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A private company has vowed to change its name after residents voiced confusion about its role regarding fire safety when soliciting local businesses, officials say. (more…)

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Lacey, a blue Lacy dog owned by George Ortiz, suffered a broken hip and other injuries after a car struck her on Second Street along Westside Park in Marble Falls. Ortiz accepts he’s responsible since she was off her leash at the time, but he’s noticed drivers aren’t quite aware of what’s going on around them in the vicinity of the park. Ortiz is concerned for the safety of the people from the area who walk to the park. There are no crosswalks or even sidewalks on or along Second Street near Westside Park. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

After dog is struck by car, resident raises Westside Park traffic concern

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — It’s part of the regular routine of George Ortiz and his dog, Lacey. Before heading to work in the morning, he puts the leash on her and then walks from his house off Avenue P through a piece of property that comes out on Second Street across from Westside […]

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Erika O'Connor was named the new principal at Colt Elementary School in Marble Falls. Courtesy photo

Educator with longtime Marble Falls connections new Colt principal

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — When Erika O’Connor takes the reins at Colt Elementary School later this year, in many ways, she’ll be returning home. (more…)

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PRESTON HARLOW

Marble Falls student arrested for threats against teacher and high school

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Authorities charged a Marble Falls High School sophomore for allegedly threatening to stab a teacher and burn down the school. (more…)

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Llano teacher charged with improper relationship with student

Llano teacher charged with improper relationship with student

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Llano authorities have charged a 28-year-old Llano High School teacher with having an improper relationship with a student. (more…)

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Heavy equipment and crews prepare a parcel of land in the 1300 block of Max Copeland Drive behind The Home Depot in Marble Falls for the future The Homestead at Mormon Mill, a multi-family complex that could eventually bring 130-150 residential units to the city. This is one of two multi-family complexes on the books for the area. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls adding 350 apartment units, two food courts

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Housing in Marble Falls could be described as “tight.” Especially for people on middle- and low-income budgets. But thanks to two projects in the works, there are 350 more residential units on the horizon. (more…)

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New Mexico police charge two in Marble Falls graduate’s death

New Mexico police charge two in Marble Falls graduate’s death

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR TAOS, New Mexico — Though Naomi Chaney’s apparent death occurred almost 700 miles from the Highland Lakes, its impact wasn’t lost over the distance. (more…)

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Texas Tech officials eye potential nursing program in Marble Falls

Texas Tech officials eye potential nursing program in Marble Falls

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Higher education is within reach for Hill Country residents because of a long-term relationship with Texas Tech University, which manages satellite campuses in Marble Falls, Fredericksburg and Junction, officials say. (more…)

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Granite Shoals Police Chief J.P. Wilson

Granite Shoals names Boshears interim police chief as Wilson leaves

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — After more than 13 years under Chief J.P. Wilson, the Granite Shoals Police Department is going in a different direction as of May 6, according to City Manager Ken Nickel. Nickel said he felt there was a need for a change in leadership but wouldn’t comment further […]

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Commissioners hitting pavement for input on Marble Falls green spaces

Commissioners hitting pavement for input on Marble Falls green spaces

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — With the city of Marble Falls eyeing a possible hotel and conference center amid three key parks, it’s time for residents to give their two cents (and more) on how they envision the future of the green spaces. And the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation commissioners will […]

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An 83-year-old Horseshoe Bay man sustained minor injuries May 4 after his vehicle crashed at about 9:20 a.m. into the Texas Oncology facility, located in the 1100 block of Mission Hills Drive in Marble Falls. The driver told officers he had meant to hit the break but instead pressed on the gas pedal and accelerated. An employee inside the building whose desk was near the window the car crashed into was treated for a minor non-life-threatening injury. Staff photo

Man crashes car into Texas Oncology in Marble Falls

An 83-year-old Horseshoe Bay man sustained minor injuries May 4 after his vehicle crashed at about 9:20 a.m. into the Texas Oncology facility, located in the 1100 block of Mission Hills Drive in Marble Falls. The driver told officers he had meant to hit the brake but instead pressed on the gas pedal and accelerated. An […]

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James Anthony Walker, 34, of Marble Falls was arrested during a traffic stop April 30 and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Horseshoe Bay traffic stop results in cocaine and marijuana arrest

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — What started as a minor traffic violation April 30 on RR 2147 West resulted in the arrest of a drug suspect with a substantial amount of cocaine and marijuana, according to the Horseshoe Bay Police Department. (more…)

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Burnet County quarry expansion protest prompts public meeting

Burnet County quarry expansion protest prompts public meeting

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A proposed quarry expansion and the potential increase in the amount of dust from rock-crushing operations prompted a group of landowners to protest an air quality permit by APAC Texas LLC before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. (more…)

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Granite Shoals Police Chief J.P. Wilson

Granite Shoals police chief on paid administrative leave

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Granite Shoals Police Chief J.P. Wilson is on paid administrative leave, City Manager Ken Nickel said April 29 but declined to say why. “I will not comment on personnel,” he said. “He is still a full-time employee. He is being paid with benefits.” (more…)

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Students receive treatment after YMCA chlorine overexposure

Students receive treatment after YMCA chlorine overexposure

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Emergency workers treated about a dozen Burnet Consolidated Independent School District students at the YMCA facility after a malfunction at the pool released too much chlorine into the water, officials say.  (more…)

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A Dodge pickup crashed into the front doors of Bargain Boutique, located in the 1100 block of RR 1431 in Marble Falls, at about 5:30 p.m. April 26. The woman who was driving told police she thought she had put the vehicle in reverse when the accident happened. No one was injured. Staff photo

No one injured as pickup smashes into boutique

A Dodge pickup crashed into the front doors of Bargain Boutique, located in the 1100 block of RR 1431 in Marble Falls, at about 5:30 p.m. April 26. The woman who was driving told police she thought she had put the vehicle in reverse when the accident happened. No one was injured. Staff photo

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LACY PEARSON JR.

Burnet traffic stop nets federal fugitive

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A man wanted by Burnet and federal authorities is back behind bars after a Burnet County deputy recognized the suspect and his vehicle during a traffic stop April 23. (more…)

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Marble Falls police investigate possible kidnapping; girl is safe

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Police Department is currently investigating allegations of a kidnapping early April 24 on the west side of the city. (more…)

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Dallas Wood

Grand jury indicts Burnet man in drug overdose death

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A Burnet County grand jury has indicted a suspect who allegedly gave a man illegal drugs, leading to his death, officials say. Dallas Wood, 19, of Burnet faces a charge of delivery of a controlled substance causing the death of a person, a third-degree felony. It’s punishable by two to […]

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Elderly man dies in Burnet County house fire April 17

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — An elderly man died April 17 in a house fire. Burnet Fire Department and EMS along with the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residential fire in the 6000 block of Texas 29 at about 11:40 p.m. When units arrived, they found a single-story wood and masonry home […]

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Richard Phillip Spradling and Ronald Mason Reynolds

Two arrested after stray bullet from target practice hits motorist

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Two men face felony charges after a target practice round struck an unsuspecting motorist in the right hip. Burnet County deputies charged Ronald Mason Reynolds, 18, and Richard Phillip Spradling, 18, with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury after an incident April 13 that sent the motorist to Seton Williamson […]

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Officers shoot armed man to death in Llano County traffic stop

Officers shoot armed man to death in Llano County traffic stop

FROM STAFF REPORTS UPDATE: Authorities say Jeffrey Gray Wise robbed two banks in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon confirmed a warrant had been issued for Wise as a suspect in a March 9 robbery. He was also a suspect in an April 6 bank robbery in Lake Charles. LLANO — The Texas Department […]

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Meadowlakes eyes improvements to city services and amenities

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MEADOWLAKES — A bedroom community on Lake Marble Falls might have some big plans for the future, but Meadowlakes city leaders need residents help to find out what steps to take to draft a blueprint for the city. City of Meadowlakes officials have assembled a committee comprised of community members […]

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'Habitual DWI offender' gets 60 years in Burnet County case

‘Habitual DWI offender’ gets 60 years in Burnet County case

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A 53-year-old woman who authorities described as a “habitual DWI offender” is heading to prison after a Burnet County jury on April 5 recommended a punishment of 60 years behind bars. State District Judge Alan Garrett followed up with the jury’s decision and sentenced Luann Penny to the six-decade term. (more…)

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Marble Falls looks to improve parks with possible conference center

Marble Falls looks to improve parks with possible conference center

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — With talk of a coming hotel and conference center between Main Street and Lakeside Park, officials are eyeing what that means for city parks. “It’s right in the heart of our parks system,” said Marble Falls Parks and Recreation director Robert Moss about the possible center. “There’s […]

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A Marble Falls businessman has purchased an 111-year-old home to save it from demolition. His plans include moving it four blocks away to refurbish and keep it as a dwelling for his family. Staff photo by Connie Swinne

Businessman plans to refurbish Marble Falls parsonage with historic roots

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — On the brink of demolition, a local businessman has purchased and expects to breathe new life into an historical home that once served as a parsonage for a church. (more…)

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