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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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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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Puffy’s burglarized; one suspect reportedly points gun at officers during car chase

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — Two men suspected of burglarizing a Cottonwood Shores business took law enforcement on an early morning chase Aug. 17 with one suspect allegedly pointing a gun at officers before police finally stopped the two. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores fire chief resigns; board appoints interim

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — The fire chief for the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department tendered his resignation, and board members appointed a new chief, officials said. Travis Hockensmith resigned after accepting a full-time job and announcing plans to enter the master’s degree program at the University of Texas in San Antonio. (more…)

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Funding for public input, surveys and meetings has breathed new life into a proposed bridge project connecting RR 1431 West of Marble Falls to RR 2147 west in Horseshoe Bay. Courtesy photo

Bridge across river to Horseshoe Bay would bypass Marble Falls

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER AUSTIN— A proposal for an $18.3 million bridge connecting an area west of Marble Falls to Horseshoe Bay gained steam as a state agency approved funding for public outreach and surveys for the project, officials said. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores man gets 55 years for sexual assault of a 4-year-old

Cottonwood Shores man gets 55 years for sexual assault of a 4-year-old

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — A 32-year-old Cottonwood Shores man will spend the next 55 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of super aggravated sexual assault of a child and related charges in State District Judge Allan Garrett’s courtroom Oct. 28. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores fire service contract lapses; deal in works

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER COTTONWOOD SHORES — A contract bid between the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department and the city has lapsed, prompting extended negotiations and a potential “performance-based” agreement tied to the agency’s training and staff, officials say. The deadline to renew the annual contract ended Sept. 30; however, the volunteer agency’s board […]

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RR 2147 in Cottonwood Shores

Expect delays as TxDOT crews reduce RR 2147 traffic to one lane

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER COTTONWOOD SHORES — Taking a trip along RR 2147 West will take motorists a bit longer as road crews reduce traffic to one lane, alternating traffic flow to work on a turn-lane project, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (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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Cottonwood Shores halts police chief application process

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER COTTONWOOD SHORES — Officials say they will consider promoting the current acting Cottonwood Shores police chief to the lead law officer position for the community and forego an applicant search. Lt. Chris Bieze has served as acting chief since the council put former Chief Tom Williams on administrative leave in […]

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Small plane crash shuts down Texas 71 west of U.S. 281

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO COUNTY — A single-engine plane crash closed down traffic in both directions on Texas 71 for several hours between U.S. 281 and FM 2147 about 2 p.m. May 28. (more…)

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Boaters enjoy Lake LBJ on a holiday weekend. Photo courtesy of Keith Bedard/Down to Earth Aerial Photography

Residents brace for Memorial Day weekend boaters, possible storms

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS —  As the recent rains feed area lake levels, officials anticipate a busy Memorial Day weekend May 22-25 and warn about the potential for severe weather. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores police chief under investigation regarding domestic disturbance

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — Cottonwood Shores officials will consider accepting the police chief’s resignation during a meeting April 16 after he was allegedly involved in a domestic disturbance in March. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores police chief on leave pending investigation

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — City officials have placed Cottonwood Shores Police Chief Tom Williams on administrative leave with pay pending an undisclosed investigation, according to Mayor Donald Orr. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department first responders took part in a training exercise Feb. 17 with Air Evac Lifeteam at the department’s helipad.  Volunteers learned how to set up a landing zone for the helicopter and what would be expected from them when Air Evac is called to a scene. The department holds regular training sessions every month and is taking steps to increase its membership. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Cottonwood Shores VFD works on training, rapport with city

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — At least three Tuesdays a month, Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department first responders gather at the station for in-house training. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores boat ramp on Lake Marble Falls officially opens

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — City officials gathered under sunny skies Jan. 27 on Lake Marble Falls to officially open the Cottonwood Shores Public Boat Ramp. (more…)

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HIGHLAND LAKES NEWS BYTES: Pig starts fire; boat ramp unveiled

FROM STAFF REPORTS These DailyTrib.com stories and more are coming up Monday, Jan. 26, on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune: (more…)

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HIGHLAND LAKES NEWS BYTES: Rain, downtown upkeep, falling fuel prices

COMPILED BY CONNIE SWINNEY In Highland Lakes headlines, recent rains spark interest on a drought update, two police agencies take aim at crime in their neighborhoods and two cities provide updates on revitalization projects connected to historic districts. These DailyTrib.com stories and more are coming up Friday, Jan. 23, on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune. […]

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Cottonwood Shores police chief wants to hear ‘good, bad, ugly’

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — New Cottonwood Shores Police Chief Tom Williams wants to introduce himself to the community during a town hall meeting Jan. 7. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores names police chief; new hire from Brownwood

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — The city of Cottonwood Shores has found its new police chief. Tom Williams, previously a police officer in Brownwood, accepted the city’s offer to be its next police chief. He will start Nov. 17. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores has police chief candidate, hiring process

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — The Cottonwood Shores City Council came to an agreement with city staff on the hiring process for a new police chief during a special meeting Nov. 10. The council voted in executive session to approve city administrator and city secretary Sheila Moore’s recommendation of a candidate and not […]

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Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department elects new chief

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — The Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department recently elected Travis Hockensmith as fire chief during a special meeting. Former chief Heather Hyslop will remain a member of the department as a firefighter. She also remains a member of the Houston Fire Department. Hyslop was named as the department’s fire chief […]

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Cottonwood Shores police chief resigns; list of candidates down to seven

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — After more than two years, Cottonwood Shores Police Chief Harold Piatt has resigned to focus more on his private security business. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores celebrating town with new festival Oct. 18

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR COTTONWOOD SHORES — OK, the date of the first ever Cottonwood Rocks festival is still a week or two away, but sometimes you just want to shout about something new and cool. At least that’s how Mary Ann Plumlee and her husband, Bill, feel about this event. (more…)

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Outdoor market and bazaar a possibility in Cottonwood Shores

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — An outdoor market might soon sprout up off FM 2147 on the western end of the city. Tentatively set to debut Oct. 28, the Castlerock Market and Art Bazaar could make Cottonwood Shores a new destination for vendors and shoppers. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores VFD accepts contract for emergency services

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — Residents of Cottonwood Shores will have emergency services for another year. The Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department voted unanimously to accept the city’s contract as written during its Sept. 16 board meeting. (more…)

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