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Horseshoe Bay raises utility and tax rates, OKs $4M in bonds

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER HORSESHOE BAY — With an eye on a water plant expansion project and keeping utility rates down, Horseshoe Bay city leaders have raised the tax rate a penny while approving an almost $15 million budget. (more…)

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Suspected Atkins Pharmacy burglar caught due to parking lot chat

Suspected Atkins Pharmacy burglar caught due to parking lot chat

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS —  When Kevin Atkins of Atkins Pharmacy, 701 Third St., decided to work a little longer on a remodel at his business after hours Sept. 6, he had no idea he would have a conversation with the man who would be accused of burglarizing his store a day […]

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The Career Assets job-training program, in cooperation with Central Texas College, recently graduated several students in the culinary arts, and officials have proposed expanding its resources to include training for plumbers and electricians. File photo

Job-training program seeks to include industrial trades with EDC assistance

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A job-training program offering free tuition has proposed expanding to include trades such as plumbing and electrical with potential seed money from the state and the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp., officials said. (more…)

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Spicewood family’s conservation efforts restore ranch’s productivity

Spicewood family’s conservation efforts restore ranch’s productivity

MELISSA BLAIR • SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM SPICEWOOD — Becky Sultemeier and her husband, Shelby, run a Red Brangus cattle operation on their 1,100-acre property that straddles the Travis-Blanco county line near Spicewood. The property has been in the family since the 1930s and originally belonged to Becky’s grandparents, Coke and Helen Hollingsworth, and father, Archie Hollingsworth. […]

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Marble Falls man faces charges after children receive tattoos

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — A 24-year-old man faces misdemeanor charges for allegedly giving juveniles, one as young as 10, tattoos out of a Marble Falls residence. (more…)

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Eric Tanner

Granite Shoals councilman resigns to advocate for $3M road bond

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Council member Eric Tanner is stepping down because he feels he can better serve the city as an advocate for a proposed $3 million road bond. (more…)

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Marble Falls Fire Rescue fire marshal Johnny Caraway

Marble Falls launches search for new fire marshal

MARBLE FALLS — Johnny Caraway has resigned from his post as Marble Falls fire marshal, effective Sept. 12, city officials confirmed.

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Marble Falls Mayor John Packer

Mayor meetings take aim at social media ‘rumors,’ transparency questions

FROM STAFF REPORTS  MARBLE FALLS — A series of meetings with Mayor John Packer will take on a relaxed tone with the aim of answering questions about policies and projects supported and developing in the city of Marble Falls, officials say. The first Coffee with the Mayor gathering is 7-8 a.m. Sept. 16 at Numinous […]

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Concept plans for a potential new conference center and hotel along Lake Marble Falls. Courtesy illustrations

Hotel developer signs Marble Falls EDC contract tied to jobs and profits

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Developers of a hotel conference center project have agreed in a contract to create several dozen jobs and pay a portion of profits to the city on land adjacent to Lake Marble Falls, officials say. (more…)

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Burnet County Judge James Oakley discusses a proposed bridge that would cross the Colorado River below Wirtz Dam joining Wirtz Dam Road (about 3 miles west of Marble Falls) with a spur off RR 2147 between Cottonwood Shores and Horseshoe Bay. Oakley, who first proposed the idea more than a decade ago as a Burnet County commissioner, said the span would help alleviate traffic congestion in and around Marble Falls. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Officials discuss bridge below Wirtz Dam as solution to 281 traffic

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — When Burnet County Judge James Oakley was first elected to the Burnet County Commissioners Court in 1998 as Precinct 4 commissioner, he began advocating for an improved bridge below Wirtz Dam as a way to alleviate traffic congestion on U.S. 281 and through Marble Falls. (more…)

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Once flooded out and dried up, Smithwick is regrowing

Once flooded out and dried up, Smithwick is regrowing

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR SMITHWICK — Rick Davis only wanted to fix up the old Smithwick Market building on RR 1431 so he could rent it out. “You know, maybe a store or a motorcycle shop? I don’t know,” he said. “But that’s all I wanted to do — lease it out.” (more…)

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The city of Granite Shoals purchased this 1999 Spartan fire engine from the Travis County ESD No. 5 for $50,000. Courtesy photo

Granite Shoals purchases fire engine for $50,000

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — In an effort to better serve, the city of Granite Shoals purchased a fire response vehicle, which arrived Sept. 6. (more…)

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Burglars cut through roof of Marble Falls pharmacy

MARBLE FALLS — A suspect or suspects cut through a rooftop at Atkins Pharmacy but may have been scared off by the alarm before they could get away with any loot, according to a Marble Falls police report.

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Game wardens investigating wakeboarder’s death on Lake LBJ

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — A 19-year-old man died while wakeboarding on Lake LBJ on Sept. 3, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials. (more…)

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Mother and child die in 4-vehicle collision north of Burnet

BURNET — A mother and child have died after a four-vehicle collision Sept. 3  on U.S. 281 north of the Burnet city limits, according to a report by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The collision about five miles north of Burnet was reported to dispatch sometime about 9:30 a.m. (more…)

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Marble Falls police charge man with sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl

Marble Falls police charge man with sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — In August, Marble Falls police arrested Larry Dean Watson and charged him with indecency with a child. But after additional investigations, police added sexual assault of a child and two indecency with a child by sexual contact charges against the man. (more…)

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Collision with SUV in Kingsland injures motorcyclist, child rider

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — Texas Department of Public Safety investigators believe a motorcycle driver might have failed to his control speed, resulting in a two-vehicle collision near Lookout Mountain that hospitalized the man and a child rider, according to the report. The collision happened at about 2 p.m. Aug. 26 on RR 1431 at […]

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Buchanan Dam man charged in sexual assault of child, attack on adult

Buchanan Dam man charged in sexual assault of child, attack on adult

FROM STAFF REPORTS BUCHANAN DAM — Llano County authorities are investigating a Buchanan Dam man on charges he assaulted an adult using a knife and sexually assaulted a child at the same residence in mid-July, according to the report. (more…)

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The Marble Falls Independent School District approved a $40 million budget along with a $1.28 ad valorem tax rate. File photo

Marble Falls ISD adopts tax rate, $40M budget

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Independent School District board of trustees approved an approximately $40 million budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year and the tax rate to support it during an Aug. 29 meeting. (more…)

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Kevin Virdell was appointed to the Place 7 seat on the Marble Falls Independent School District board of trustees. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls ISD appoints former student to school board vacancy

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Independent School District trustees tapped a 1997 Marble Falls High School graduate to fill the vacant school board seat. (more…)

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Marble Falls leaders recently released a state-of-the-city report featuring the city's financial health, projects and business prospects. The report stated a Chick-fil-A, proposed in the 2100 block of U.S. 281, is expected to break ground in the early part of 2017, while Burger King officials are considering the southwest corner (pictured) of U.S. 281 and RR 1431. Staff photo

Marble Falls unveils timing of Chick-fil-A, Burger King and more projects

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — An annual state-of-the-city report has revealed business prospects for Marble Falls as well as its financial health, future and ongoing projects in the community, according to the document. (more…)

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Burnet officers, DPS nab serial theft and drug suspect after pursuit

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A serial car thief and burglary suspect remains behind bars after several agencies tracked him down using social media and road spikes after a cross-county pursuit, according to the Burnet Police Department. (more…)

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Thieves take pickup in broad daylight at Hoover Valley Country Store

Thieves take pickup in broad daylight at Hoover Valley Country Store

FROM STAFF REPORTS HOOVER’S VALLEY — Burnet County authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating two men wanted in connection with a stolen red 2003 Ford F150 pickup. (more…)

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Social media helps track Blanco County sex assault suspect to San Antonio

Social media helps track Blanco County sex assault suspect to San Antonio

FROM STAFF REPORTS SAN ANTONIO — Authorities arrested a Blanco County kidnapping and sexual assault suspect Aug. 18 using social media to coax him to surrender in Bexar County, officials say. (more…)

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A Jeep Cherokee remained wedged in a cedar tree Aug. 18, a day after two men rescued a woman swept about 100 yards from a flooded low-water crossing. Courtesy photo

Heavy rain leads to swiftwater rescues in Tobyville and Marble Falls

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER TOBYVILLE — Emergency crews and good samaritans rescued motorists Aug. 17 in two incidents as swift water from torrential rain the past several days overtook a number of low-water crossings across the area, officials say. (more…)

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Officials with a rock-crushing facility and quarry operation have resubmitted an application for expansion, raising the ire of nearby residents who expressed concerns about water and air quality. File photo

Marble Falls quarry again seeks to expand, raising environmental concerns

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A rock quarry has rekindled its efforts to expand in two areas in Burnet County while opponents say they have yet to give up the fight to protect air and water quality. (more…)

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