Roddick Foundation tennis facility takes center court in Granite Shoals

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF GRANITE SHOALS — As a singles match was being played on one court and mixed doubles on the other, Granite Shoals City Manager Ken Nickel outlined his vision for the community’s parks and recreation areas.

Dear Santa: Local children share Christmas letters to the jolly ol’ elf

Every year, children sit down and make out their Christmas lists for Santa Claus. Many of us still remember pouring over “wish books” and catalogs as we made up our list. Things might have changed a bit with the Internet, but kids still love writing their letters to Santa. Here’s a collection of Letters to […]

Hunters ring in holidays with late Texas dove season

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — If you’re a dove hunter and stashed your shotgun away a few months ago, you might want to get it back out. Starting Dec. 19, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is opening the second season for these darting birds.

US 281 bridge construction winds down as FM 2147 work to begin

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The finishing touches are being put on the U.S. 281 bridge in Marble Falls. Kelli Reyna, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation, said most of the remaining work will be completed over the next month.

Outgoing Burnet, Llano county judges reflect on service

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — Two county judges who preside on commissioner’s and county court-at-law benches reflected on the successes of their tenures as they prepare to turn over the reigns to their replacements Jan. 1.

Police capture federal prison escapee in Burnet

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — An escapee from a Bastrop minimum security federal prison is back in custody after Burnet police located the man in a residence in the 1600 block of West Buchanan Drive (Texas 29) about 11 p.m. Dec. 15. Several agencies assisted in a standoff, but police were able to take Jimmy […]

Christmas stocking of rainbow trout perfect gift for Llano River anglers

FROM STAFF REPORTS CASTELL — The rainbows are getting stocked in the river with care in hopes that anglers will soon be there. Well, it’s not exactly how the “Night Before Christmas” goes, but for folks looking for a little fishing this Christmas season, it sounds perfect. On Dec. 17, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department […]

Burnet capital murder suspect released on $500,000 bond

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — County records show 21-year-old Garrett James Ballard, who faces a capital murder of multiple persons charge for allegedly gunning down two of his friends, was released from the Burnet County Jail on Dec. 8 on a $500,000 surety bond.

Krav Maga protects Israeli soldiers and now Highland Lakes residents

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Ryan Hardy believes every female 12 and older should learn something: how to defend themselves. And he and his wife, Shari, are bringing that message and mission to the Highland Lakes starting Dec. 13 at the Marble Falls Athletic Club in the form of Krav Maga. While on […]

Highland Lakes communities celebrate Christmas with displays, more

MARBLE FALLS — Communities across the Highland Lakes are celebrating Christmas with lights displays, parades and more. Here are some holiday happenings to get you in the spirit. Click on links to read more about the events.

Highland Lakes residents deliver for KBEY 103.9 FM-Picayune toy drive

17 December 2014

Highland Lakes residents opened their hearts Dec. 17 during the annual KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune-The Picayune Toy Drive. The drive took place at two sites this year: Lee Hoffpauir Chevrolet and Buick in Marble Falls and the Burnet KBEY studio on the courthouse square. Toys and money donations were collected and will go toward […]

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Kingsland’s Mission U-Too offers physical, spiritual sustenance

17 December 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR KINGSLAND — The story resonates with the purpose of Mission U-Too: feeding the physical and spiritual needs of the people. Yet, to the mission’s David Taussig, the story of one Kingsland man who came to the program for help stands out.

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Spicewood library’s Christmas list includes books, new building

17 December 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR SPICEWOOD — When Jim Lamar considered what would be on the Spicewood Community Library’s Christmas list, he admitted most of the things the facility needed, it already has.

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Noon Spoon Cafe in Marble Falls now serving dinner

17 December 2014

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — After more than six years, Jennifer Cayce’s spoon isn’t just for noon. Cayce has extended the hours of the Noon Spoon Cafe to dinner five nights a week.

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Outgoing Burnet, Llano county judges reflect on service

16 December 2014

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — Two county judges who preside on commissioner’s and county court-at-law benches reflected on the successes of their tenures as they prepare to turn over the reigns to their replacements Jan. 1.

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Faith Academy reassigns head football coach to junior high

16 December 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy head football coach Russ Roberts confirmed his reassignment as the junior high football coach as of Dec. 16. Roberts served as the varsity head football coach for five seasons before being moved to his new position.

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Police capture federal prison escapee in Burnet

16 December 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — An escapee from a Bastrop minimum security federal prison is back in custody after Burnet police located the man in a residence in the 1600 block of West Buchanan Drive (Texas 29) about 11 p.m. Dec. 15. Several agencies assisted in a standoff, but police were able to take Jimmy […]

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Drivers top wish list for Burnet County VetRides program

16 December 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — When asked what was at the top of the Burnet County VetRides program’s Christmas wish list, manager Sophie McCoy answered immediately. “Right now, I think our number one wish would be more drivers,” she said.

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New Horizons seeks helping hands to boost Llano residents

16 December 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — When citizens in the city of Llano are down on their luck, they turn to an organization that is able to help.

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Student-anglers finish 1-2-3 at Lake Marble Falls tourney

16 December 2014

MARBLE FALLS — Nineteen anglers participated in the Christmas tournament at Lake Marble Falls conducted by the local high school fishing club Dec. 13. Every two-person team had one fish. The tournament had a three-fish limit, which was a big challenge for the anglers, club sponsor Craig Orton said.

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Horseshoe Bay police charge former housekeeper in burglary cases

15 December 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — Authorities have recovered about $15,000 worth of reported stolen merchandise and arrested a Granite Shoals woman after an investigation into a rash of burglaries, according to the Horseshoe Bay Police Department.

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Marble Falls to put donated land to use at ‘Greens’ soccer fields

15 December 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department is examining how to best use an acre of donated land to benefit The Greens soccer fields at Avenue K. The Marble Falls Housing Authority made the donation, said Parks and Recreation Director Robert Moss.

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Highland Lakes Christmas Caddy is hole-in-one for area families

15 December 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE STAFF MEADOWLAKES — When the local schools approached Jeff Wilson with the idea of supporting 29 families through the annual Highland Lakes Christmas Caddy golf tournament, he caught his breath for a moment. After all, Wilson and other tournament organizers had set a goal of raising enough money to directly help 25 […]

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Boys & Girls Clubs put together kid-approved holiday wish list

15 December 2014

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Highland Lakes provides a safe place to play, learn and eat for more than 200 Burnet County kids every day. “If we keep them engaged, keep them coming back, then the likelihood they will be involved in a criminal act or tempted […]

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