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The Coldspring facility in Marble Falls. Courtesy photo

With purchase, Coldspring granite producer adding Marble Falls jobs

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls area could see 40 more jobs heading its way after Coldspring purchased Coppell-based Stone Panels Inc. in November. (more…)

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Authorities allege Horseshoe Bay man threatened teen in sexual assault

Authorities allege Horseshoe Bay man threatened teen in sexual assault

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET COUNTY — A Horseshoe Bay man faces a charge he sexually assaulted an underaged female using the threat of violence and revealing to her parents that she attended a party with her friends, according to a Burnet County Sheriff’s Office report. (more…)

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The Burnet Fire Department firefighters push Quint 1, the city’s ladder truck, into the firehouse bay at 2002 U.S. 281 in Burnet during a ceremony Nov. 30. The push-in ceremony was a first for the city. Attendees were from the city of Burnet, the Burnet Economic Development Corp., the Emergency Services District 1, and the Burnet Rotary Club. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

New ladder truck gives big push to Burnet Fire Department

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Game changer. That’s what Burnet Fire Chief Mark Ingram called the Quint 1 ladder truck during a so-called “push-in” ceremony at the fire station Nov. 30. The city purchased the truck in June for $1.1 million. (more…)

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Two dead in back-to-back crashes on Texas 71 near Spicewood

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER SPICEWOOD — Two Marble Falls residents died in back-to-back crashes Nov. 28 on Texas 71 involving two cars as well as a semi-truck attempting to avoid the initial collision, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The wrecks were reported at about 8:20 a.m. near the intersection of Fall Creek Estates […]

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Arizona man claims self-defense after Llano County murder charge

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — An Arizona man faces a murder charge after he told a convenience store worker he shot his “friend,” who was found dead of multiple gunshots wounds in a pasture off a remote Llano County roadway, investigators say. (more…)

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After recent prison release, man gets another 30 years for Inks Lake burglary

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Within four months of getting out of prison in 2015, Joe Canchola burglarized a Burnet County residence. But a jury and a state district judge made sure the 28-year-old won’t get an opportunity to do that again for many years. (more…)

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The Department of Public Safety is scheduled to relocate from the Burnet County north annex in Burnet and south annex (pictured here) in Marble Falls in January and re-open at a consolidated location at 1405 Mormon Mill Road in Marble Falls. File photo

DPS driver’s license offices to consolidate in Marble Falls

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Despite a time of growth in Burnet County, the Texas Department of Public Safety has opted to consolidate two driver’s license offices located in the north and south ends of the county into one facility in Marble Falls. (more…)

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Peek into the future of Marble Falls parks at open house Nov. 29

Peek into the future of Marble Falls parks at open house Nov. 29

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Parkgoers in Marble Falls will soon get a glimpse into the future. Halff Associates was hired in April to create a comprehensive plan for the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department, which included a community survey this summer on changes residents would like to see in the […]

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Officials have proposed a $250,000 to $300,000 EMS station to be staffed by paid paramedics in Spicewood. Courtesy rendering

Proposed Spicewood EMS station would cut response time

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER SPICEWOOD —  A proposed EMS facility in Spicewood that would be built in cooperation with three government entities could cut response time and provide enhanced emergency medical care for residents in the southeastern portion of Burnet County, officials say. (more…)

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Authorities are investigating a ‘suspicious’ fire that destroyed an unoccupied RV on Nov. 14 in Granite Shoals. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Authorities investigate ‘suspicious’ RV fire in Granite Shoals

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Authorities are investigating the “suspicious” circumstances surrounding a fire that destroyed an unoccupied recreational vehicle Nov. 14. Granite Shoals Fire Department crews responded to the blaze, which had engulfed the 300-square-foot RV at about 2:30 a.m. that day in the 1200 block of Kingswood Street. (more…)

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

With voters’ OK on bond, Granite Shoals looks to improve roads

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Granite Shoals voters on Nov. 8 approved a street bond for $3 million to improve the three main arteries of the city — Prairie View, Phillips Ranch Road, and Valley View — but voted against a deer-feeding ban on the Election Day ballot. (more…)

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60-lot, 170-acre subdivision in Marble Falls proposed

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A proposed new subdivision adjacent to Marble Falls High School would not only help remedy a housing shortage in the community but emphasize a low-density footprint with green space and larger lots, officials say. The Mustang Ridge development on 170 acres would feature 60 estate lots and […]

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Crews save three in Marble Falls-area swiftwater rescues

Crews save three in Marble Falls-area swiftwater rescues

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Emergency crews rescued at least three people from vehicles Nov. 7-8 as several inches of rain drenched the Highland Lakes overnight, swelling creeks and low-water crossings to dangerous levels, officials said. (more…)

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Round Rock woman dies in crash outside Horseshoe Bay

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — Texas Department of Public Safety troopers are investigating the cause of a fatal head-on collision on Texas 71 on Nov. 1 in Llano County. The accident was reported around 8:20 p.m. that evening three miles west of Horseshoe Bay, according to the DPS. (more…)

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Former Granite Shoals Police Chief J.P. Wilson.

Granite Shoals takes ex-police chief to court to surrender city records

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Former Granite Shoals Police Chief J.P. Wilson has returned confidential information belonging to the city after a court hearing, but he’s still challenging the city manager’s rating of his “discharge” from employment. Wilson left the Granite Shoals Police Department in May after city leaders placed him on […]

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Granite Shoals hiring part-time firefighters for overnight shifts

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — The city of Granite Shoals is looking to hire three part-time firefighters to augment its department’s nighttime coverage after a July structure fire forced officials to take a serious look at overnight protection. During the city council’s regular Oct. 25 meeting, City Manager Ken Nickel outlined the […]

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Marble Falls man pleads guilty to striking police officer with boat

Marble Falls man pleads guilty to striking police officer with boat

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — An unusual meeting between the victims of a boating accident on Lake Marble Falls and the driver of the craft and his wife led to a resolution to a crime that left a Marble Falls police officer seriously injured in 2015. (more…)

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Faith looks to control playoff destiny starting with Brazos Christian

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Two games remain for the Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team, and head coach Stephen Shipley is preaching that the Flames need to win out to leave no doubt about reaching the playoffs. (more…)

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New Marble Falls police station on track for November groundbreaking

New Marble Falls police station on track for November groundbreaking

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Officials have released a timeline and renderings of a proposed $4.8 million police station and municipal facility with a groundbreaking Nov. 14. Marble Falls City Council members recently approved hiring STR Constructors, based in Liberty Hill, as contractors for the public safety facility. (more…)

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A family enjoy a day of fishing at Johnson Park in Marble Falls. People using Marble Falls parks who responded to an online survey in August ranked a water park, upgrades, more events, and a public beach as some of things they thought would improve the city's parks and recreation system. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Water park, beach, more events top list for Marble Falls parks users

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — No matter where in the Highland Lakes people live, they agree on one thing: They want more from the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation system. That’s according to results from an online survey that Halff Associates presented to the city’s parks advisory committee Oct. 24. (more…)

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Manny Lunoff

Marble Falls High School principal resigns

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — After school Oct. 20, Marble Falls High School principal Manny Lunoff announced to his staff he was resigning effective the next day as the campus principal. “He just stated ‘personal reasons.’ He didn’t go beyond that,” said Marble Falls Independent School District spokesman Bruce Peckover. “And we’re respecting that.” […]

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Issues with the response time by the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department to a recent structure fire on Fir Lane prompted city officials to re-evaluate the contract with the agency. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Cottonwood Shores considers fire service options after mobile home is destroyed

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER COTTONWOOD SHORES — A fire Oct. 17 has sparked concerns about the level of services provided by the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department. Questions surfaced regarding a blaze that destroyed a mobile home at about 8:30 a.m. that day in the 600 block of Fir Lane in Cottonwood Shores. No […]

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Wife of dead pastor gets life for sexual abuse of daughter

Wife of dead pastor gets life for sexual abuse of daughter

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — The Burnet County assistant district attorney who prosecuted Misty Rae Hopkins for sexually abusing her own daughter for 14 years described the acts as “torture” during closing statements Oct. 19 in Hopkins’ trial. (more…)

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Bystanders assist victims after back-to-back Burnet crashes

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — When 27-year-old William Ridgely drove up to the scene of a crash on Texas 29 on Oct. 18, an instinct kicked in, motivating him to help the occupants —  two of whom were children —  until emergency crews arrived. He and his wife, Kaila, had just been rerouted […]

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Burnet County woman charged with shooting husband with shotgun

Burnet County woman charged with shooting husband with shotgun

FROM STAFF REPORTS SILVER CREEK — Burnet County sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting Oct. 16 in the 1900 block of CR 128 at about 7 p.m. after a neighbor reported a woman pointing a gun at a man and then hearing three shots. (more…)

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Three cities receive state money for infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — The cities of Blanco, Granite Shoals and Marble Falls will receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money from the Texas Department of Agricluture towards water and wastewater treatment system upgrades in low-income neighborhoods. For Central Texas, state officials awarded as much as $2 million to […]

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