The good and bad news about falling fuel prices in Texas

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Plummeting fuel prices have consumers cheering for unleaded gasoline at less than $2 per gallon while oil and gas producers begin to cut staff, scrap new projects and slash expenses to stay afloat, officials say.

Book a singing Valentine by the Hill Country Blenders

With Valentine’s Day just around the bend, it’s time to make your reservation for a Singing Valentine by the Hill Country Blenders. Last year, the quartet of Bernie Sachs (left), Norm Homburg, Chuck Meyers and Steve Taylor sang at Twisted Hair Salon and Studio in Marble Falls. Singing quartets will serenade your sweethearts Feb. 13-14 […]

TxDOT to replace 40-year-old bridge, add traffic light in Spicewood

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF SPICEWOOD — Growth and safety issues prompted Texas Department of Transportation officials to launch a bridge replacement project and the installation of a traffic light on a busy stretch of Texas 71 between Austin and Marble Falls.

Restrictions put on Burnet County murder suspect out on bond

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — Ronald J. Wilson believes the 33rd/424th Judicial District Court failed to provide his family a sense of security regarding a man accused of killing his brother, 26-year-old Travis Fox, after the suspect was released from jail without restrictions for about a month.

Marble Falls theater students receive state, national recognition

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Students in the Marble Falls High School theater department have earned statewide and national recognition and will showcase their skills in the coming months.

Polo, fiddles, electric typewriters give peek into Llano County past

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR LLANO — Jo Ann McDougall grew up in Llano County, where her father spent his entire career working for the Moss Ranch. Whenever she or a sibling became ill, usually right after a visit to the doctor, her mom would shepherd the children to the pharmacy in Llano.

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time — with two new choices

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — If you’ve been craving the legendary Thin Mints or Samoas, the wait ends Jan. 21 as the annual Girl Scout Cookie sales crank up and roll on through Feb. 28.

It’s a new edition of school libraries in the digital age

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — As Cory Clausen winds his way though the Llano High School library, he passes shelves of books and a rack of magazines and cuts through a smaller room before ending up in a supply room. He’s here to do library work — just not book work.

Economic forecast rosy, housing market lags for Highland Lakes

CONNIE SWINNEY• PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Development plans and incentives as well as fuel prices prompted a recent uptick in building permits; however, lack of housing in the wake of a soon-to-be-opened regional hospital could drive away income from Burnet and Llano counties should cities fail to coax residential projects to the area, officials […]

As 2015 starts, Highland Lakes falls toward all-time drought declaration

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Despite a moderate amount of rainfall in 2014, the two storage reservoirs of the Highland Lakes chain didn’t experience much of an increase in water levels. In fact, as of Jan. 14, lakes Buchanan and Travis held 34 percent of their normal storage amounts.

Polo, fiddles, electric typewriters give peek into Llano County past

21 January 2015

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR LLANO — Jo Ann McDougall grew up in Llano County, where her father spent his entire career working for the Moss Ranch. Whenever she or a sibling became ill, usually right after a visit to the doctor, her mom would shepherd the children to the pharmacy in Llano.

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It’s Girl Scout Cookie time — with two new choices

20 January 2015

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — If you’ve been craving the legendary Thin Mints or Samoas, the wait ends Jan. 21 as the annual Girl Scout Cookie sales crank up and roll on through Feb. 28.

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Marble Falls students send out SOS to help teens say ‘no’ to drugs

20 January 2015

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The difference between a night of fun with friends and a tragedy might be as simple as having the courage and the tools to avoid drugs and alcohol.

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It’s a new edition of school libraries in the digital age

19 January 2015

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — As Cory Clausen winds his way though the Llano High School library, he passes shelves of books and a rack of magazines and cuts through a smaller room before ending up in a supply room. He’s here to do library work — just not book work.

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Spring teams to get recognition at Meet the Mustangs on Jan. 22

19 January 2015

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Sports fans have a lot of fun at Meet the Mustangs in August, so the Marble Falls Athletic Booster Club decided to sponsor a second one for this school year. But this time, athletes participating in spring sports will be introduced.

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Hill Country Community Theatre seeks musicians for ‘Zombies’

19 January 2015

COTTONWOOD SHORES — The Hill Country Community Theatre is seeking a percussionist and an accordion player to perform in the musical comedy “Zombies from the Beyond.” Both are volunteer positions.

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Economic forecast rosy, housing market lags for Highland Lakes

16 January 2015

CONNIE SWINNEY• PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Development plans and incentives as well as fuel prices prompted a recent uptick in building permits; however, lack of housing in the wake of a soon-to-be-opened regional hospital could drive away income from Burnet and Llano counties should cities fail to coax residential projects to the area, officials […]

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Biker Pickles sweet deal for Kingsland’s Wally McKinnon

16 January 2015

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE STAFF KINGSLAND — As Wally McKinnon and his Willow Mist Store crew — Kim McKinnon and Celeste Wright — made their rounds at various festivals and the Burnet Farmers’ Market, they felt they needed something that really hit it off with customers.

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Cold weather, hot chili perfect combo for Llano Project Graduation fundraiser

16 January 2015

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — Few hot-and-cold combinations are more appealing than chili and winter. And the Llano High School Project Graduation committee is selling the meaty dish with all the fixings from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 18 at Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Wright St. The cost is $6 for dine-in […]

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Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department

Spicewood VFD purchasing new first-responder vehicle with grant

15 January 2015

FROM STAFF REPORT SPICEWOOD — A combined grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Pedernales Electric Cooperative is paving the way for the Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department and EMS to buy a new first-responder vehicle.

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Christian Women’s Job Corps prepares students for careers with skills and hope

15 January 2015

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — One of the best ways to know if a program works is by looking at the impact it had on previous attendees’ lives. And when it comes to the Christian Women’s Job Corps, graduates sing the praises of the training and the other benefits the Burnet-based program provides.

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Get healthy, fresh start to 2015 with ‘Naturally Clean Home’ program

15 January 2015

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF BUCHANAN DAM — As with every new year, people are looking for a fresh, clean start. To help, Linda Wallen is offering a program to get your home clean — naturally.

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Acquire a bit of ‘Vulture Culture’ at Blanco State Park

15 January 2015

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BLANCO — When Kate Boysen drives to her job as a park interpreter at Blanco State Park, she marvels at the work of nature’s clean-up crew. “The Hill Country would look quite a bit different without them,” Boysen remarked. “They do a tremendous job, but one I don’t think we […]

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As 2015 starts, Highland Lakes falls toward all-time drought declaration

14 January 2015

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Despite a moderate amount of rainfall in 2014, the two storage reservoirs of the Highland Lakes chain didn’t experience much of an increase in water levels. In fact, as of Jan. 14, lakes Buchanan and Travis held 34 percent of their normal storage amounts.

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