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Llano eyes plan to fix streets after $4.7 million bond passage

Llano eyes plan to fix streets after $4.7 million bond passage

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Voters have paved the way for millions of dollars of upgrades to roadways across the city of Llano, and now officials are drafting plans to launch work as soon as this fall. (more…)

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PEC’s John Hewa resigns as CEO, returning to Virginia

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors and Chief Executive Officer John Hewa officially parted ways May 25. The board called an emergency meeting for 1 p.m. May 25 at the PEC headquarters in Johnson City. Hewa was not present at the meeting. (more…)

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The Marble Falls High School defensive backs stretch minutes before the start of the Black and White game May 23. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Defense shines in Marble Falls football’s Black and White game

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Defense set the tone early and often during the Marble Falls High School football team’s Black and White game May 23 to end spring practices. (more…)

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The Llano Police Department says 29-year-old Robert Sutton (left) of Llano was shot and killed during the attempted burglary of Stonewall’s Pizza, Wings & Things in Llano. A second suspect, Jonathan Tuma, 19, of Tow, was arrested and charged with burglary. Courtesy photos

Police: Llano man shot and killed in attempted burglary of pizza eatery

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Investigators are sifting through clues after one of two suspects was shot and killed during an attempted burglary, according to the Llano Police Department. (more…)

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Seminar to help civilians stay safe in mass casualty situations

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Knowing what to do to be an active participant in your own rescue is the focus of a free seminar Wednesday, May 31. “Civilian Response to an Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incidents” is 1-4 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 607 N. Vandeveer in Burnet. Advanced registration is […]

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Splash pad event to gather input on Cottonwood Shores parks

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON COTTONWOOD SHORES — With summer creeping up, Cottonwood Shores parks committee members are looking for input on how to improve the city’s parks. They’re hoping hot dogs and a splash pad will entice people out Saturday, May 27, for fun as well as to share their suggestions. (more…)

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Vandalized Packsaddle Mountain marker in Llano County restored

Vandalized Packsaddle Mountain marker in Llano County restored

EDITED DANIEL CLIFTON LLANO — Rancher James Stotts watched as Robert Marshall tapped a new star into a metal wreath on an 1936 Texas Centennial marker commemorating the last recorded battle between Native Americans and settlers in what is now Llano County. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority representatives presented a $24,000 grant to help the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department purchase a system to refill air tanks. The department’s old system was damaged after thieves broke into the facility in January. Pictured are Lt. Wade Williamson (left), department secretary Amanda Lehmann, LCRA board member Lori A. Berger, firefighter Tim Gardner, Capt. Mike Butler, Chief Mark Hutson, Assistant Chief Chad Mitchell, LCRA board member Raymond A. ‘Ray’ Gill Jr., and LCRA Governmental and Regional Affairs representative Steve Dyer. Courtesy photo

LCRA grant to help replace damaged Buchanan VFD equipment

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BUCHANAN DAM – The Lower Colorado River Authority awarded the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department, which was recently struck by vandals and thieves, thousands of dollars in grant funding to replace life-saving equipment. (more…)

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The artificial turf at Bulldog Field on the Burnet High School campus. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet CISD looks to recoup $105,000 after football turf reinstalled

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Burnet school district officials were probably expecting to get more than two years from the synthetic turf installed at Bulldog Field in 2015, but that didn’t happen and it’s now set the district back $150,000. (more…)

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Blanco woman receives 30 years in 2016 death of toddler

FROM STAFF REPORTS BLANCO — A 24-year-old woman pleaded guilty in State District Judge Allan Garrett’s courtroom May 17 for her role in the 2016 death of her daughter. The judged sentenced Jamie Petronella to 30 years in prison for her guilty plea to injury to a child for failing to seek medical attention for […]

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Burnet High School senior Steven Gallardo (seated, center) signs his letter of intent to play baseball for East Texas Baptist University surrounded by his mother, Tina, and father, Robert, along with Burnet High School athletics director Kurt Jones (standing, left), head baseball coach Todd Doucet, and offensive coordinator Jerod Rye. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet’s Steven Gallardo changes course with East Texas Baptist signing

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Burnet High School senior Steven Gallardo could have played college football. After all, he was having conversations with East Texas Baptist University football coaches when the Bulldog changed course and called the baseball coaching staff. (more…)

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Concerns after crashes prompt safety measures near Faith Academy

Concerns after crashes prompt safety measures near Faith Academy

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY  MARBLE FALLS — A stretch of RR 1431 east just became a little safer after residents raised concerns after several collisions and close calls at and near the entryway of Faith Academy of Marble Falls. (more…)

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The biggest question mark for the Marble Falls High School football team is the starting lineup in the trenches. Coaches hope to get more answers during the spring game at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Mustang Stadium. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls spring football game is a time to answer questions

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School football team hopes to answer some questions May 23 about the 2017 squad when spring drills end with the purple and gold game. (more…)

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A water main break on May 19 at the H-E-B construction site resulted in temporary disconnected water service in a section of Marble Falls Middle School and the existing H-E-B as well as lowered water pressure in a portion of the Northwood subdivision. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

H-E-B, school water temporarily shut off after construction breaks line

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Crews have repaired a broken waterline May 19 that resulted in water disconnection for a section of Marble Falls Middle School and lowered water pressure in the Northwood subdivision for several hours, officials reported. (more…)

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New Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes-Marble Falls unit director Victoria Rucker plays soccer with a couple of the members. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

New director of Boys & Girls Club-Marble Falls unit has big plans

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — When Crystal Hilburn decided she needed a career change, the nine-year unit director of Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes-Marble Falls had one concern. (more…)

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Tony Nandin Jr. (left) uses a hammer to remove one of the bars on the wooden playscape in Johnson Park as his dad, Tony Sr., watches. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Old playscape removed from Marble Falls’ Johnson Park

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The wooden playscape that’s been in Johnson Park for about three decades was being deconstructed May 19 by Tony Nandin and his son, Tony Nandin Jr., to be transported to its new home in Brady. (more…)

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PEC election early and online voting is May 18-June 9

PEC election early and online voting is May 18-June 9

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY  JOHNSON CITY — For the first time, Pedernales Electric Cooperative will allow members to select candidates for Districts 2 and 3 using the single-member district method for the upcoming 2017 election. (more…)

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Marble Falls City Council selects William Haddock to fill Place 4

Marble Falls City Council selects William Haddock to fill Place 4

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — City Council members have selected a candidate with Marble Falls Planning and Zoning Commission experience to fill the Place 4 seat. William D. “Dee” Haddock was among three Marble Falls residents who applied to fill the slot, which did not draw any candidates for the May 6 election. […]

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Sandy Hook Promise founder and managing director Nichole Hockley (front row, center) and Sandy Hook Promise national field director Paula Fynboh (behind and to the left of Hockley) returned to Burnet Middle School on May 17 to award the campus $2,500 as the Start With Hello grand prize winner. They are joined by the Burnet Middle School Interact Club, which helped bring Start With Hello to the campus and kept it going. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet Middle School receives Start With Hello grand prize

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — While the $2,500 check and national recognition were nice, Burnet Middle School eighth-grader Ileanna Villalobos wasn’t entranced by either. The Interact Club president knows the biggest reward of the Start With Hello program is how it transformed students across the campus. (more…)

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Burnet woman faces homicide charges in toddler vehicle death

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A Burnet woman faces three indictments on charges of criminally negligent homicide and two counts of abandoning/endangering a child (criminal negligence) in connection with a 2015 one-vehicle rollover that killed a 2-year-old boy and injured a second child passenger. (more…)

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A truck carrying bags of fertilizer rolled over May 15, delaying traffic for about three hours. Courtesy photo

Truck carrying fertilizer load rolls over on Texas 29 outside Bertram

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BERTRAM — A truck tractor-trailer loaded with pallets of fertilizer delayed traffic for several hours May 15 after the vehicle rolled over, dumped its contents, and blocked three lanes of Texas 29 on the Burnet/Williamson County line, authorities reported. (more…)

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Residents invited to comment at Granite Shoals budget retreat

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — City of Granite Shoals officials are preparing for the annual budget retreat, but they’re adding a new element to this year’s agenda. (more…)

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Llano High School junior Ray Dixon took home a bronze medal in the shot put at the Class 4A state track-and-field meet May 12-13 in Austin. Courtesy photo by Martelle Luedecke

Burnet and Llano athletes medal at state track meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO AUSTIN — Three Highland Lakes athletes representing District 19-4A brought home medals from the Class 4A state track-and-field meet May 12-13. (more…)

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Real Madrid youth soccer team wins state championship

Real Madrid youth soccer team wins state championship

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO SAN ANTONIO — Granite Country Youth Soccer Association has another state championship. Real Madrid, a boys soccer team comprised of players 12 and under, won three games at the state tournament May 6-7 to claim the title and finish the spring with a 15-0-0 record. (more…)

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New projects under construction, driving a thriving Marble Falls economy, include the Homestead Apartments, 1301 Max Copeland Drive in Marble Falls. Photo courtesy of Marble Falls EDC

New construction, sales tax growth drive spike in Marble Falls values

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY  MARBLE FALLS — City leaders are taking steps to keep pace with infrastructure needs and skyrocketing property values as economic development officials report booming business permits and sales tax figures, according to a 2017 mid-year economic snapshot of Marble Falls. (more…)

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A $58,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority to the cities of Marble Falls and Meadowlakes will help irrigate the Hidden Falls Golf Course in Meadowlakes as well as give Marble Falls a place to dispense its effluent water. File photo

With LCRA grant, Meadowlakes can use Marble Falls effluent on golf course

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Meadowlakes and Marble Falls teamed up to land a grant that will help both municipalities address effluent water needs, but from different angles. (more…)

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