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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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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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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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Granite Shoals council appoints Jim Davant to vacant seat

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council unanimously approved appointing Jim Davant to fill Eric Tanner’s unexpired Place 3 seat during the Oct. 11 meeting. Tanner stepped down earlier this year to advocate for the passage of a $3 million road-improvement bond for the city. (more…)

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Elderly woman dies after two-vehicle wreck in Granite Shoals

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — A woman in her 80s died Oct. 7 after a collision on RR 1431 adjacent to the entryway of Highland Lakes Elementary School, authorities say. The collision happened at about 2:30 p.m. at the intersection 1431 and H.A. Barnett Drive. (more…)

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Four apply for vacant Granite Shoals City Council seat

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Four people applied for the vacant Granite Shoals City Council seat left open after Eric Tanner resigned Sept. 17. They are Jim Davant and Arturo Rubio, both of the city’s Street and Water Advisory Committee; Will Skinner of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee; and Terry Scott […]

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Team flexes hunting bows for Granite Shoals deer-control pilot program

Team flexes hunting bows for Granite Shoals deer-control pilot program

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — After a rigorous series of written and field tests, Granite Shoals City Councilman Mark Morren has added “deer harvest team specialist” to his repertoire of skills, which have included everything from utility designer to wildlife management guide. (more…)

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WILLIAM EDWARD FLEMMER

Video catches suspect stealing from Granite Shoals food pantry

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Joseph’s Food Pantry founder Roy Guerrero offered prayers as well as a message of hope after hearing Granite Shoals police tracked down a suspect accused of burglarizing his facility. (more…)

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Granite Shoals approves tax increase and sets budget

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council approved a tax increase of 2.65 cents and set the budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year during a special meeting Sept. 16. The overall tax rate is 54.72 cents per $100 valuation, which supports a budget of $6,784,677. (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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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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Gary Boshears

Granite Shoals names Boshears police chief; deer petition on ballot

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — After three months as the interim Granite Shoals police chief, Gary Boshears can put that behind him. At least, the “interim” part. (more…)

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Granite Shoals group submits petition against deer-feeding ban

Granite Shoals group submits petition against deer-feeding ban

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals Citizens Advisory Group submitted its petition calling for a referendum of the No Deer Feeding Ordinance to the city council during the Aug. 9 meeting. (more…)

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The Granite Shoals Citizens’ Advisory Group is collecting signatures on a petition calling for a referendum by voters on the deer-feeding ban in Granite Shoals.

Group petitioning against deer-feeding ban in Granite Shoals

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — A Granite Shoals group wants residents to have the final say in whether they can feed deer after the city council recently adopted a “no deer feeding” ordinance. (more…)

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The Granite Shoals City Council on July 12 passed an ordinance banning the feeding of deer within city limits. After Sept. 12, residents will receive fines for feeding the animal.

Granite Shoals bans feeding deer within city limits; fines start Sept. 12

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Granite Shoals residents are no longer allowed to feed deer after the city council adopted an ordinance prohibiting such activity during its meeting July 12. (more…)

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Granite Shoals OKs pay raise for city manager, home exemption

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council approved a two-year contract extension and a 6 percent pay raise for City Manager Ken Nickel on June 28 to bump up his salary to $101,500 a year. The increase was the result of an annual review. (more…)

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A town hall meeting from 9-11 a.m. June 18 will address the Granite Shoals Deer Management pilot program, which would allow hunters chosen by the city to bowhunt deer within the city limits.

Town hall meeting to cover planned bowhunting of deer in Granite Shoals

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — A town hall meeting to address deer overpopulation in Granite Shoals is June 18. On the agenda is the Granite Shoals Deer Management pilot program, which would allow bowhunters chosen by the city to hunt deer within the city limits. (more…)

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Marble Falls unveils plans for city growth and development

Marble Falls unveils plans for city growth and development

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — City leaders have launched steps to implement a blueprint for growth and development in Marble Falls with a hotel and conference center project just off Main Street at the core of the plans. (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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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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Cases of counterfeiting turn victims into unwitting suspects

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — Authorities have arrested a suspect and turned over a number of cases to federal investigators as they unravel a possible counterfeit money operation spanning several cities across the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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

Granite Shoals eyes $5M for road improvements

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — Roads and the city airport dominated the Granite Shoals City Council’s regular meeting March 8. The council authorized City Manager Ken Nickel to spend up to $5 million on Phillips Ranch Road and Prairie Creek Road for improvements, right-of-way purchases, relocation of utilities and water line utility […]

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Authorities to visit homes, workplaces for Great Texas Warrant Roundup

MARBLE FALLS — Authorities are dispatching area law enforcement to homes and even places of work starting March 5 to track down those with outstanding warrants during the 2016 Great Texas Warrant Roundup.

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Granite Shoals man among 15 indicted on federal drug charges

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — A federal grand jury indicted a Granite Shoals man along with 14 other people from across Texas for his alleged role in participating in a methamphetamine distribution scheme. Aaron Bravo, 39, faces between five and 40 years in federal prison if convicted of the charge. Authorities arrested Bravo on […]

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