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The Blue Bonnet Cafe turns 90 years old

Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls celebrating 90 years

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Since April 1929, generations of Highland Lakes residents have made family meals at the Blue Bonnet Cafe a tradition. (more…)

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Texas Workforce Commissioner Julian Alvarez (kneeling) signed a $52,500 ‘check’ during a May 3 presentation to Highland Lakes economic leaders in Marble Falls. The commission matched contributions by three area economic development corporations to support educational efforts in several high-demand careers. Joining Alvarez at the ceremony were Pat McDowell (standing, left) of the Llano EDC, Burnet City Manager David Vaughn, Marble Falls EDC Executive Director Christian Fletcher, and Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area CEO Paul Fletcher. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

TWC grant to fund training for high-demand jobs in the area

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Texas Workforce Commissioner Julian Alvarez said the last time he was in Marble Falls, as a high school sports official, he was booed. On May 3, he was cheered. (more…)

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A merger between BancorpSouth Bank and Grand Bank of Texas closed April 1. Two Grand Bank branch locations in the Highland Lakes — Horseshoe Bay and Marble Falls — will become part of BancorpSouth Bank. BancorpSouth currently has branch locations in Kingsland (pictured), Lampasas, Burnet, Marble Falls, and Llano. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Grand Bank of Texas customers to receive details on BancorpSouth conversion

FROM STAFF REPORTS A previously announced merger between BancorpSouth Bank and Grand Bank of Texas closed April 1. (more…)

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Chamber’s new special events coordinator knows the business

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Angie Charnes can’t believe the kindness of people in the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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Seth Zargallows stands in the balcony of The Hideaway at the Uptown, 218 Main St. in Marble Falls. This is Zargallows’s second time to operate the historic downtown venue. The first show is scheduled for March 30. Staff photo by Jared Fields

New rendition of Uptown theater is ‘y’all’s place,’ says owner

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Live music returns March 30 to Marble Falls’s historic Uptown theater on Main Street. (more…)

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Marble Falls sales tax receipts from December set record

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Marble Falls sales tax receipts set a record in December, according to the state comptroller. (more…)

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The empty lot between Chicken Express and Taco Bell on U.S. 281 in Burnet will be the location of Burger King and Captain D’s restaurants. The sale of the property closed Feb. 28. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burger King-Captain D’s combo coming soon to Burnet

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS More fast-food options are coming to Burnet. City Manager David Vaughn said Feb. 28 that Burger King and Captain D’s are coming to 2.6 acres on U.S. 281 after the property sale closed. (more…)

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Signs in the window of Payless ShoeSource, 2713 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls, confirm the store’s closing as part of the company’s plans to shutter all 2,100 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Marble Falls store among 2,100 Payless locations closing

FROM STAFF REPORTS Three words, “SALE! CLOSING STORE,” confirm that Payless ShoeSource in Marble Falls is one of the 2,100 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico that are going out of business. (more…)

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Give ‘High Five’ to ‘mompreneur’ with grant contest vote

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO It’s not easy being a “mompreneur,” a woman actively balancing being a mom and an entrepreneur. Just ask Lerin Lockwood, the founder of Lion Latch. (more…)

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The new Granite Shoals Supermarket will be at the old Ryders Bar and Grill, located at 7911 RR 1431 East. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Granite Shoals Supermarket to offer fresh produce, meat, bakery, deli, and gas

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Tony Hijaz was looking for an opportunity to open a grocery store in “resurgent areas” and found the ideal location in Granite Shoals. (more…)

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The February edition of the new The Picayune Magazine, in mailboxes starting today!

The Picayune Magazine hitting Highland Lakes mailboxes

The first edition of The Picayune Magazine is hitting mailboxes starting today. The full-color February publication came out Wednesday, Feb. 6, for home delivery. If you haven’t seen it yet, go check your mailbox. (more…)

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‘Shorthanded’ employers turn to Llano Job Fair on Feb. 7

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Briley Mitchell, executive director of the Llano Chamber of Commerce, has talked to business owners across the area, and they all have a common problem. (more…)

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The Picayune then and now celebrates the community

The Picayune then and now celebrates the community

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When Lee Alvey and her late husband, Dan Alvey, started The Picayune about 28 years ago, they weren’t out to change the world. They just wanted to help create a closer-knit Highland Lakes community. They envisioned The Picayune, even in its infancy, as a way to connect the community and the people. […]

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101 Fun Things to do in the Highland Lakes magazine is published in the spring/summer and fall/winter. It features listings of places to see, activities to do, and events to attend.

The Picayune, 101 Fun Things to Do in the Highland Lakes committed to community

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON As The Picayune transforms from a weekly printed community newspaper into a full-color monthly magazine, we just wanted to share with our readers and the Highland Lakes community how excited we are about the change and what it looks like going forward. (more…)

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Home prices climbed in 2018, while sales fell from 2017

Home prices climbed in 2018, while sales fell from 2017

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The Highland Lakes housing market slowed slightly in 2018 but saw median prices continue to increase. (more…)

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The Picayune newspaper growing into monthly magazine

The Picayune is growing up — again. In its almost 28 years as the eyes, ears, and voice of the Highland Lakes, The Picayune has evolved with the times. Jan. 30 will be the last edition of The Picayune newspaper to be thrown on your doorstep. Next month, look in your mailbox for The Picayune […]

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October flood impacts Highland Lakes housing market

October flood impacts Highland Lakes housing market

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS November’s local housing report offers the first full month of data to gauge the October flood’s impact on the Highland Lakes housing market. (more…)

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Dan Alvey, 67, owner of DailyTrib.com and The Picayune newspaper, dies Dec. 17

John Daniel Alvey, 67, died Monday, Dec. 17, in St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, due to complications from a fall on his beloved boat, The Alaskan Adventurer. Dan was with his wife of 45 years and both his children when he passed.  (more…)

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Paceline Collision in Marble Falls is one of the company’s nine Texas locations acquired by the Boyd Group.

Boyd Group acquires Paceline Collision Centers, including Marble Falls location

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Boyd Group announced on Dec. 17 the acquisition of Paceline Collision Centers’ nine Texas locations. (more…)

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Marble Falls EDC partners with workforce groups to help fill needed occupations

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. committed $46,900 to future job training in partnership with Workforce Network Inc. and Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area. (more…)

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Waste Management of Texas Inc. acquired Republic Services Inc. as of Dec. 1. Photo courtesy Waste Management of Texas

Waste Management takes over trash duties in several towns

FROM STAFF REPORTS Waste Management of Texas Inc. acquired Republic Services Inc. on Dec. 1, including municipal contracts and the operation of the Burnet County transfer station. (more…)

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Harbor Freight Tools has a permit to remodel the Designers Furniture Market building at 3300 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls. The furniture business is in the final days of a sale before closing. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Tool store will take the place of Marble Falls furniture market

FROM STAFF REPORTS A nationwide tool store will move into the Designers Furniture Market building in Marble Falls. (more…)

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Granite Mesa Health Center held a ribbon-cutting for its new Dialyze Direct dialysis unit Nov. 27 at 1404 Max Copeland Drive in Marble Falls. Call (830) 693-0022 for more information. Courtesy photo

Business Roundup: New Kingsland Chamber officers, Christmas events, and more

Here’s a quick look at business happenings in the Highland Lakes for the week of Nov. 26: NEWS • Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce recently elected officers and new directors. Officers elected Nov. 6 are President Susan Patten of Valentine Lakeside, Vice President Blake Sieck of Kingsland Insurance, Secretary Melody Yanniell of Prosperity Bank, and […]

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October housing report: Flood affects Llano County closed sales; median prices up

October housing report: Flood affects Llano County closed sales; median prices up

FROM STAFF REPORTS The October housing report from the Highland Lakes Association of Realtors shows another increase in median prices for homes sold compared to October 2017. (more…)

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Business Roundup

Shop Small Saturday shines spotlight on local businesses

FROM STAFF REPORTS From Bertram over to Llano, down to Johnson City, and up through Marble Falls to Burnet — with a stop in Kingsland — the Highland Lakes is blessed with a great number and variety of small businesses. (more…)

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Business Roundup

Business Roundup: News in brief from across the Highland Lakes

Here’s a quick look at business happenings in the area for the week of Nov. 12: NEWS • Grand Bank of Texas recently signed a definitive merger agreement with BancorpSouth Bank. Grand Bank has branches in Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay. • Putnam funeral services has expanded into Bertram. Bertram Funeral Home recently opened at […]

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