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The first elected officials in the newly formed city of Double Horn took oaths of office during the Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting Feb. 22. Cathy Sereno (left) was elected mayor. Glenn Leisey (alderman), John Osborne (city marshal), and Bob Link (alderman) also took the oath at the Burnet County Courthouse. Photo courtesy of Joe Don Dockery

Elected officials sworn in for new city of Double Horn

FROM STAFF REPORTS Double Horn’s first elected officials took their oaths of office at the Burnet County Courthouse on Feb. 22. Burnet County commissioners certified the Feb. 12 Double Horn special election, which selected a mayor, marshal, and five aldermen. (more…)

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The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting an open house March 5 at Lago Vista Middle School, 8039 Bar K Ranch Road, to gather public input on proposed improvements to RR 1431 from the FM 1174 intersection in Burnet County east to Lago Vista. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Open house for public input on RR 1431 improvements

FROM STAFF REPORTS An open house March 5 in Lago Vista provides anyone who drives RR 1431 east of Smithwick an opportunity to view proposed improvements to the two-lane highway. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff’s Office trainee has nose for crime

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Deputy Kyle Ciolfi said becoming a K9 officer is his second greatest achievement, right after earning his badge. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School sophomore swimmer Landry Stewart swims the butterfly leg of the 200-yard individual medley at the Class 5A state meet. She finished 11th in the event. Photo by Martelle Luedecek/Luedecke Photography

Marble Falls, Burnet finish strong at state swim and dive meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Burnet and Marble Falls high schools made a splash at the Class 5A swimming and diving state meet with three top-11 finishes. The competition was Feb. 15-16 at the University of Texas at Austin. (more…)

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New kegs at Bear King Brewing Co. in Marble Falls are ready to be filled with beer. For now, the beer that goes in those kegs can only be consumed at the brewery. State Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) authored Senate Bill 312, which could alter beer-to-go laws in the state if passed. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Buckingham files brewery beer-to-go bill with tourism in mind

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS State Sen. Dawn Buckingham opened a media conference at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 19 to announce an agreement between two groups that could allow brewers to sell beer to customers for off-premise consumption. (more…)

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Rep. Roger Williams shook hands with constituents after his town hall Feb. 19 at the Burnet County Courthouse. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Williams prefers Congressional action on border security over emergency declaration and wall

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Congressman Roger Williams admitted he was “selfish” when it came to his “hesitancy” in supporting President Donald Trump’s recent national emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border. (more…)

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Burnet sophomore shooting guard Cam Allison splits the Boerne High School defense of freshman point guard Rashawn Galloway and senior forward Hunter Isenhart in an attempt to score during the Bulldogs’ 49-41 loss to the Greyhounds in a bi-district championship Feb. 19. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Burnet girls basketball advances as boys’ season ends

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO One Burnet High School basketball team is moving on as the other squad’s season ends. The Lady Dawgs (29-7 overall, 8-2 District 24-4A) crushed El Campo (32-3, 12-0 District 25-4A) 67-43 during a regional quarterfinal game in Smithville, while the Bulldogs (19-14, 5-5) fell to Boerne High School (24-11, 9-1 District […]

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Cody Rahe White, 36, of Johnson City was charged in the theft of four rams from a Burnet County ranch last fall.

Johnson City man charged in theft of Burnet County rams

FROM STAFF REPORTS An investigation by a Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s special ranger led to the Feb. 12 arrest of Cody Rahe White, 36, of Johnson City in the theft of four rams from a Burnet County ranch last fall. (more…)

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City and school elections in May are mostly uncontested

City and school elections in May are mostly uncontested

FROM STAFF REPORTS Voters in Burnet and Llano counties will have few decisions to make for municipal and school district races on the May 4 general election ballot. There are no contested races for any of the counties’ three public school districts. Of the eight total spots up for election in the three districts, all […]

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Marble Falls High School junior Cole Schmidt enjoys career and technical education classes such as construction trades and engineering where he can learn by tackling hands-on projects. The junior helped build this table for one of the elementary school campuses, but has also constructed a full-size tack shed that the high school tennis program will likely use for storage. Schmidt is also learning robotics in an engineering class. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Career and technical education building framework for future

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When Marble Falls High School junior Cole Schmidt and his classmates tackle projects for their construction trades class, they aren’t just building something for a grade; they’re building the framework for a well-paid and fulfilling career after high school or college. (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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Burnet High School junior guard Caitlynne Graves fights for the ball with Smithville senior guard Taaylor Beasley during the Lady Dawgs’ 64-48 win in the area round of the Class 4A girls basketball playoffs Feb. 15. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Late baskets, defense key in Lady Dawgs’ area-round victory

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Key baskets and tenacious defense in the final minutes propelled the Burnet High School girls basketball team to a 64-48 victory over Smithville on Feb. 15 in the area round of the playoffs at Round Rock High School. (more…)

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Burnet Bulldogs open basketball playoffs against Boerne

Burnet Bulldogs open basketball playoffs against Boerne

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story had the tipoff for the Feb. 19 game at 7 p.m. It is actually 6 p.m.   STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Two evenly matched teams face off in a battle of wills to begin the Class 4A boys basketball tournament Tuesday, Feb. 19. (more…)

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Kingsland man receives life sentence in meth case

Kingsland man receives life sentence in meth case

FROM STAFF REPORTS A Llano County jury sentenced a Kingsland man to life in prison after convicting him of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver. According to the Llano County District Attorney, the jury could have sentenced 35-year-old Thomas Preston Davis to anywhere from 15 years to life in prison on the conviction. […]

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Chris Cowan was hired four months ago to handle environmental crimes in Burnet County. He's been so busy with cases that the county is seeking funding for a second officer to help him. Courtesy photo

New county environmental crimes officer swamped by cases

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just over four months into the job, Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan already is a victim of his own success. (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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This sandbar appeared on Lake LBJ after the October flood and before the Lower Colorado River Authority lowered the lake for scheduled maintenance and flood debris removal. When the lake is raised to its normal operating range beginning Feb. 24, navigational hazards could remain. The LCRA announced a number of actions Feb. 14 to address public safety on the lake, including marking and removing navigational hazards in the main body of the lake. Staff photo Jared Fields

LCRA is ‘stepping up to the plate’ on Lake LBJ cleanup

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The most significant flood since the dams were built on the Colorado River hit the Highland Lakes in October 2018. In that month alone, inflows of 1.3 million acre-feet of water were measured in the Highland Lakes chain. Lake Travis, when full, holds just more than 1.1 million acre-feet of water. […]

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Quarry Park, located 2221 N. Phillips Ranch Road near City Hall in Granite Shoals, could soon have a public restroom. City Council discussed construction and costs during its regular meeting Feb. 12. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Granite Shoals considering public restroom at Quarry Park

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Granite Shoals City Council reopened talks about placing a public restroom at Quarry Park near City Hall during its regular meeting Feb. 12. Months earlier, former City Manager Ken Nickel began researching costs and options. (more…)

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Marble Falls Area EMS paramedics treat a motorcycle driver after the individual led law enforcement on a chase through Marble Falls before crashing into a Marble Falls police car in front of Chick-fil-A on U.S. 281. Allan Wayne Hawley (right), 53, of Cottonwood Shores was charged with reckless driving and evading arrest. Courtesy photos

Motorcyclist leads law enforcement on winding chase before crashing into patrol car

FROM STAFF REPORTS A motorcycle driver on Feb. 12 took law enforcement on a winding chase through Marble Falls before his escapades came to an end after crashing into a Marble Falls police car in front of Chick-fil-A on U.S. 281. (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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Marble Falls High School senior power forward Trinity Boyd (left), junior point guard Rylie Ulbricht, and senior post Emma Holcomb cover driving lanes to the basket during the 52-37 bi-district loss to Georgetown on Feb. 11. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Lady Mustangs’ battle-tested season ends in bi-district loss

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO As the Marble Falls High School girls basketball team exited the Liberty Hill High School gym Feb. 11, a crowd of fans greeted them with thunderous applause and hugs. (more…)

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PEC opens nomination process for Board of Directors election

PEC opens nomination process for Board of Directors election

FROM STAFF REPORTS Pedernales Electric Cooperative is opening its nomination process for election to its Board of Directors. (more…)

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Candidates need to file now for Granite Shoals city election

Candidates need to file now for Granite Shoals city election

FROM STAFF REPORTS Residents of Granite Shoals interested in serving on the City Council have until Friday, Feb. 15, to submit paperwork to get their name on the ballot. (more…)

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The Llano City Council voted Feb. 4 to direct City Manager Scott Edmonson to negotiate for repairs to be made on the Splash Pad at Badu Park. The structure was destroyed during the October flood. City Council members and Edmonson expressed optimism in having the Splash Pad opened near the end of the school year. Photo courtesy of Llano Parks Project

Llano finds fix to keep water on during system work

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano has found a work-around to keep the city’s residents, businesses, schools, and hospital from losing water pressure during work on the water system. (more…)

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Harmony Park in downtown Marble Falls will include musical instruments that can be played by anyone as they spend time around Main Street. Rendering courtesy of city of Marble Falls

Downtown Marble Falls’s newest music venue: Harmony Park

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Steve Reitz remembers a family trip to Silverton, Colorado, because of one of the city’s downtown features: a musical instrument installation. “From 2 years old to 100, everyone hit (one of those instruments) once or twice,” said Reitz, the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. board president. “It was a real asset […]

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Though small individually, the invasive zebra mussels can amass into colonies that take over a shoreline, clog water intakes, damage lakeside structures, and disrupt the natural environment. The best way to protect the upper Highland Lakes is through preventing the spread of the creature. Authorities say ‘clean, drain, and dry’ your boat every time you take it out of the water. Go to texasinvasives.org for more information. Courtesy photo

Share these tips to keep lakes free of invasive zebra mussels

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Lakes LBJ, Buchanan, Inks, and Marble Falls are zebra mussel-free, and city and county officials want to keep it that. (more…)

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