Colorado River advocacy groups squaring off in water fight

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — As drought conditions continue, the battle over water from the Colorado River heats up between advocacy groups fighting to get their messages across to state agencies with the power to halt supplies.

Marble Falls quarterback Brennen Wooten headed to TCU

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF FORT WORTH — Marble Falls High School junior quarterback Brennen Wooten had been sure for several days that Texas Christian University would be his next home. On July 24, he made it official.

Burnet mother gets prison for causing her son’s death

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — A 30-year-old Burnet woman pleaded guilty July 10 to intoxication manslaughter and received a 13-year prison sentence for her actions that led to the death of her 4-year-old son.

Marble Falls teen hopes she has right moves for Disney TV show pilot

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — As Christine Ashbaugh follows along with her dance instructor at a Hill Country Dance and Cheer workshop, she has no illusions that the odds might be stacked against her. Still, the incoming Marble Falls High School freshman hopes that it could happen to her.

Hikes explore Enchanted Rock from all viewpoints

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF FREDERICKSBURG — Ascending to the top of Enchanted Rock is one of the most popular activities in the entire Texas park system. With lower-than-average temperatures so far this summer, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has plenty of hiking options.

Marble Falls theater arts students take their summer break on the stage

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — After the Marble Falls High School theater arts’ one-act play wrapped up last year without advancing out of a tough district competition, the students and teacher took a note from a common sports practice: more touches on the ball.

Diaper drive covers basic need of families in the Highland Lakes

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — It’s one of those overlooked needs, but one that has many parents struggling to keep up. Cathy Lemlyn has seen the problem first hand as the service coordinator for the Bluebonnet Trails Early Childhood Intervention program.

Marble Falls resolution focuses on border crisis, influx of children

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Though the U.S.-Mexico border is several hundred miles away, Marble Falls leaders want nothing to do with the influx of children crossing into the country that’s left some communities bewildered and the federal government reeling over what to do with the 50,000-plus unaccompanied youth.

Burnet school officials talk $26M bond, tax rate

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — Action taken by the Texas Legislature almost four years ago reared its head during a Burnet Consolidated Independent School District discussion on a proposed bond package, teacher pay and campus maintenance.

Leading ladies blaze trails in Burnet, Llano counties

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — A slow-paced rural setting might evoke images of “The Way Texas Used to Be” — as the motto for the city of Llano might suggest — however, recent election outcomes catapulting women into top leadership roles continue to defy that perception.

Faith Academy picks new volleyball coach from staff

23 July 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The Faith Academy volleyball team has a new head coach. It’s Jeanne Jackson, the school’s junior high supervisor, a job she started in January 2014.

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Burnet man dies in motorcycle accident on Park Road 4

22 July 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A 59-year-old Burnet man died July 20 after the motorcycle he was driving crashed on Park Road 4. Texas Department of Public Safety officials said James Chandler was driving his 1997 Kawasaki Vulcan east on Park Road 4 when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve. The motorcycle left the […]

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Marble Falls resolution focuses on border crisis, influx of children

22 July 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Though the U.S.-Mexico border is several hundred miles away, Marble Falls leaders want nothing to do with the influx of children crossing into the country that’s left some communities bewildered and the federal government reeling over what to do with the 50,000-plus unaccompanied youth.

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Burnet school officials talk $26M bond, tax rate

22 July 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — Action taken by the Texas Legislature almost four years ago reared its head during a Burnet Consolidated Independent School District discussion on a proposed bond package, teacher pay and campus maintenance.

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Leading ladies blaze trails in Burnet, Llano counties

22 July 2014

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — A slow-paced rural setting might evoke images of “The Way Texas Used to Be” — as the motto for the city of Llano might suggest — however, recent election outcomes catapulting women into top leadership roles continue to defy that perception.

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Kids cook up kitchen science at Marble Falls library

22 July 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — The mixer, bags of marshmallows, a container of milk and assorted items scattered around Dennis Rose’s table at the front of the room make it clear this isn’t an ordinary trip to the library.

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Highland Lakes youth football teams getting ready for fall

22 July 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — High school football players won’t be the only ones going through fall training in August. Youth football associations across the Highland Lakes are gearing up for the start of their seasons, too. Some are still accepting players for the 2014 season, and at least one has already handed out […]

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Several Marble Falls Tsunami swimmers qualify for state meet

22 July 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF NEW BRAUNFELS — Several Marble Falls Tsunami swimmers have qualified for the state meet of the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation. They finished in the top three of events at the Region 3 meet July 19 while also breaking a handful of meet records in the process.

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Solar-powered cars ‘invade’ Marble Falls during challenge

21 July 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Drivers along U.S. 281 in Burnet County might have noticed something odd July 21. They weren’t spaceships — or boats on wheels.

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Scams promising millions, threatening jail hit Highland Lakes residents

21 July 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — A scam promising the caller $5 million and another one threatening possible jail time without prompt payment are making their rounds across the Highland Lakes. On July 18, a Kingsland-area couple received a phone call about 9:30 a.m. from a person saying they had won $5 million and […]

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Beer by the Bay Music Festival hot ticket in Horseshoe Bay

21 July 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — Beers, bands and bites will comprise the three-day Beer by the Bay Music Festival in Horseshoe Bay on Aug. 1-3. “We’re extremely excited about the Beer By the Bay Music Festival,” said Bryan Woodward, Horseshoe Bay Resort’s chief marketing officer. “We have 10 talented musical acts coming to Horseshoe […]

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Marble Falls softball all-stars gain World Series experience

21 July 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF LUBBOCK — The Marble Falls Youth Baseball-Softball Association’s 12-and-under softball all-stars finished 1-5 at a World Series on July 14-19. Marble Falls’ only win came against Buffalo Valley Blast, 10-6.

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‘Lone Star Lady’ show combines humor with family values

18 July 2014

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF JOHNSON CITY — Rochelle Carnes approaches raising her four boys the same way she approaches life. With humor.

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Art helps Phoenix Center youth work through trauma

18 July 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — When the Phoenix Center youth step into Martha Stafford Fine Art during the “Full Circle: Images of Hope and Healing” art exhibit, they’ll find their works hanging in a unique situation.

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