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Michael Wright shows his opposition to a planned quarry and rock crusher on 281 acres next to the Double Horn Creek subdivision during a Sept. 8 rally. Wright, who lives in Double Horn Creek, fears the facility would increase the amount of dust and traffic in the area. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Spicewood neighborhood seeks to incorporate in fight against proposed rock crusher

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS DOUBLE HORN — If they get their way, residents near Double Horn Creek might be residents of Burnet County’s newest town. Added to the Burnet County Commissioners Court agenda for Sept. 25 is an item from residents looking to incorporate in order to gain control over a proposed rock quarry near […]

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Forecasted rain in the area Sept. 21-23 could affect weekend events such as the opening of Sweet Berry Farm’s fall season. Staff photo by Jared Fields

With recent rain and more to come, Marble Falls down to Stage 1; events may be affected

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS – Texans know the weather can change quickly. In the matter of weeks, the Highland Lakes has seen severe drought and burn bans then large amounts of rain postponing outdoor events. (more…)

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At a recent tour of the Hill Country Memorial Obstetrics Department, nurses Wynter Doyal (left) and Rene Griffin greeted prospective parents and displayed a ‘baby box’ designed to keep an infant safe while sleeping. Courtesy photo

Business Roundup: News in brief from across the Highland Lakes

Here’s a quick look at business happenings in the area: ANNIVERSARIES • Save the World Brewing Co. is holding a fourth anniversary party from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Tickets are on sale. Six new beers have been added, and there will be food vendors. The brewery has expanded its outdoor seating area and parking. Family-friendly […]

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The Burnet AgriLife Extension building in Burnet was the setting for an information meeting Sept 19 where nearly 100 people came to ask questions to organizers of the Nov. 1-4 UTOPiAfest Down In The Oaks music festival. Burnet County Judge James Oakley addressed the crowd before the meeting began. Staff photo by Jared Fields

UTOPiAfest music festival organizers face discord at public meeting in Burnet

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — About 100 people pelted UTOPiAfest Down In the Oaks organizers with nearly 90 questions about the music festival, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 1-4 on ranchland off CR 200 northeast of Burnet. (more…)

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While Mustang Stadium is typically associated with Marble Falls High School football, the facility actually serves many teams, programs, and events, including the band and commencement ceremonies. After eight years of use, the stadium’s turf and track are showing wear and tear. Marble Falls Independent School District is taking a $55 million bond proposal to voters on Nov. 6 that includes $900,000 for turf and track upgrades. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

New turf at Mustang Stadium part of bond package on ballot; reason is safety, officials say

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Just before the 2018 football season started, Wade Whiteside and his son, Braidon, were looking at photos of Mustang Stadium from a few years ago. (more…)

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A $553,968 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to Marble Falls Fire Rescue will enable the department to add three firefighters. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Marble Falls Fire Rescue can hire 3 firefighters with Department of Homeland Security grant

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — A Department of Homeland Security grant will enable Marble Falls Fire Rescue to add three firefighters to the department, putting an additional crew member on each shift. (more…)

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Granite Shoals City Council passes property tax rate

Granite Shoals City Council passes property tax rate

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — During a special meeting Sept. 18, the Granite Shoals City Council passed an ad-valorem property tax rate for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The new tax rate is 59.6 cents per $100 valuation, up from 56.313 cents for the 2017-18 fiscal year. (more…)

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Marble Falls City Council approved a five-year capital improvement plan during its Sept. 18 regular meeting. The council increased a committee recommendation from $250,000 to $550,000 for upcoming improvements to the 10-acre Park View Park. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Marble Falls City Council settles on tax rate, more than doubles funding for park

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls City Council tackled several budgetary-related items during its regular Sept. 18 meeting, including adopting a 2018-19 tax rate. (more…)

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Minnesota Vikings tight end David Morgan, a 2011 graduate of Marble Falls High School, and his teammates are looking to have a better finish to 2018 than they did in 2017 when they lost in the NFC championship game. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings

New season and big changes for Vikings tight end and former Mustang David Morgan

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Before boarding a Green Bay-bound airplane to take on the Packers, Minnesota Vikings tight end David Morgan was at his team’s practice facility getting ready for the big NFC North showdown Sept. 16. (more…)

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Police: Driver ‘fell asleep’ in head-on collision on RR 2147

Police: Driver ‘fell asleep’ in head-on collision on RR 2147

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — A two-vehicle, head-on collision on RR 2147 at about 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17 sent two people to Austin-area hospitals by non-emergency transport. (more…)

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The remains of the city of Marble Falls tennis court at Lakeside Park. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

City tennis, basketball courts being removed at Lakeside Park as part of upgrades

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The tennis court at Lakeside Park is being removed as part of Phase 1A upgrades to Lakeside Park. (more…)

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This image is from video taken Sept. 9 showing Backbone Creek flowing over the banks at Johnson Park in Marble Falls. Image courtesy of David Greenwell

Local counties included in state of disaster as tropical system threatens; more rain coming

STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for 78 counties — including Burnet, Llano, and Blanco — on Sept. 14 as a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico “poses a threat of imminent disaster including flooding, widespread and severe property damage, and loss of life.” (more…)

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August median house prices rise in the Highland Lakes from 2017

August median house prices rise in the Highland Lakes from 2017

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — August median home prices rose significantly for closed sales in the Highland Lakes, according to the Highland Lakes Association of REALTORS. The median price in Burnet County rose 33.8 percent to $339,500 from August 2017 and 30.5 percent in Llano County to $349,000 for the same period. (more…)

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The corner of Main and Second streets will be one of the first to be improved as part of the upcoming Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) projects. New rails will be installed or replaced from the corner all the way to the alley. The project is expected to begin later this fall. Staff photo by Jared Fields

TIRZ board discusses Marble Falls downtown coordinator opening, upcoming projects

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) board members discussed their upcoming projects and heard the first update on the city’s search to fill its new downtown coordinator position. (more…)

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Business Roundup: News in brief from across the Highland Lakes

Here’s a quick look at business happenings in the area: ANNIVERSARIES • Save the World Brewing Co. is holding a fourth anniversary party from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Tickets are on sale. Six new beers have been added, and there will be food vendors. The brewery has expanded its outdoor seating area and parking. Family-friendly […]

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Burnet County commissioners approve 2018-19 budget, tax rate

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners approved a budget and tax rate for the 2018-19 fiscal year during their regular meeting Sept. 11. (more…)

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Mark Salley, 57, of Leander was indicted on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in an October 2017 vehicle collision that killed two Burnet County women.

Leander man indicted in October 2017 crash that killed two Burnet County women

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — A Leander man faces charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for his involvement in an October 2017 automobile collision that killed two Burnet County women. (more…)

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Burnet City Council discusses health benefits for retired employees working elsewhere

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet City Council members tried balancing benefits promised to retired employees with the costs of those benefits in a workshop and the following regular meeting Sept. 11. (more…)

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Looking west toward the Horseshoe Bay airport from Mountain Dew Road, smoke can be seen Aug. 25 from a 400-acre fire in the city limits. Residents in the area are being advised to evacuate to Quail Point Lodge. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Be prepared for emergency evacuations: Sign up for alerts and create a grab bag

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON HORSESHOE BAY — It was a text message Aug. 25 that jolted Horseshoe Bay resident Dana Rushing from her nap. “You calmly look down at the text, expecting someone to ask if you’re going to the town hall this afternoon,” said Rushing, which was what she was going to do that Saturday. […]

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Llano man files suit against two officers and city; claims excessive force in 2016 arrest

Llano man files suit against two officers and city; claims excessive force in 2016 arrest

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON AUSTIN — A Llano man filed a federal lawsuit Sept. 7 against two former Llano police officers alleging they violated his civil rights and used excessive force during a November 2016 arrest. (more…)

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This sticker on the Marble Falls High School football team’s helmets honors student-athlete Maribel Nikole Enriquez, who died in a car accident in June. She would have been a senior this year. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Marble Falls teams honor student-athlete killed in car crash

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — It didn’t take the Marble Falls High School football program long to decide how the Mustangs would honor Maribel Nikole Enriquez, a classmate who died in a car accident in June. (more…)

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New zoning map and districts coming for Marble Falls property owners; public hearing Oct. 2

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — Almost 2,500 Marble Falls property owners will begin receiving notices this week about an overhaul to the city’s zoning code and map that has been 10 years in the making. (more…)

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Less than a month after a wildfire burned through Inks Lake State Park, this cactus is showing signs of growth in the midst of burned trees and bare earth. Park staff will document the property’s regrowth in the coming months on social media profiles. Staff photo by Jared Fields

New signs of life in charred portions of Inks Lake State Park following July wildfire

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Just over a month after a wildfire at Inks Lake State Park, the public will have a unique opportunity to view what happens to Hill Country terrain as plant life returns to the area. (more…)

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Michael Wright shows his opposition to a planned quarry and rock crusher on 281 acres next to the Double Horn Creek subdivision during a Sept. 8 rally. Wright, who lives in Double Horn Creek, fears the facility would increase the amount of dust and traffic in the area. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Residents rally against planned quarry, rock crusher between Spicewood neighborhoods

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON SPICEWOOD — More than two dozen people braved a potential storm Sept. 8 in an effort to stop a planned quarry and rock crusher being built between the Double Horn Creek and Spicewood Trails subdivisions. (more…)

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Marble Falls ceremony remembers 9/11 and lives lost while honoring first responders

Marble Falls ceremony remembers 9/11 and lives lost while honoring first responders

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — It has been 17 years since terrorists flew two passenger-filled commercial airline jets into the World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon, while a third crashed in a Pennsylvania field. (more…)

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The boat ramp at Inks Lake State Park will be closed until March 2019 as it is repaired. Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Traction issues on Inks Lake boat ramp to be fixed, but it will be closed until March 2019

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS HOOVER’S VALLEY — The steep grade of the boat ramp at Inks Lake State Park causes problems for drivers and pedestrians. For drivers trying to back their boat in or out of the water, gaining traction is nearly impossible. (more…)

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