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SpaceX launch

Mystery lights in sky most likely SpaceX-launched satellites

A number of Highland Lakes residents reported seeing a line of small objects in the night sky November 12, raising a few eyebrows. One man described the objects — more than 20 — in the western sky moving in the same direction. He spotted the objects at about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Others took to social […]

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With water bond passed, Granite Shoals looks at financing

With water bond passed, Granite Shoals looks at financing

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO After Granite Shoals residents approved a $7 million water bond in the November 5 election, city leaders are taking the next steps to improve the municipality’s water facility, water tower, and water lines. The city’s bond counselors, Robert Traylor of RBC Financial and Richard Donahue of McCall, Parkhurts and Horton, outlined […]

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Ross Bjork

A&M AD discusses paying athletes at sports club meeting

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO To pay college athletes or not? And, if so, which ones and how much? Texas A&M University Athletics Director Ross Bjork discussed that issue and its impact during his visit to the Rudy Davalos Horseshoe Bay Sports Club on November 8. The topic has gained national momentum after the NCAA’s top […]

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The Deer

Marble Falls graduate bares soul in The Deer, performing at UtopiaFest in Burnet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO A self-described shy girl from Marble Falls is in the midst of promoting her band’s fourth album, which includes a stop at this year’s UtopiaFest. Grace Rowland, a 2002 graduate of Marble Falls High School, is the lead singer for Austin-based The Deer, which has been in existence since 2013. The […]

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The Science Mill

Night of 5s event benefits nonprofit Science Mill

The sounds of the blues, bossa nova, Latin, and jazz will mingle throughout the Science Mill as the hands-on STEAM facility in Johnson City celebrates five years of operation November 16. The Science Mill is holding its fifth annual benefit, Night of 5s, starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. It promises to be an elegant, fun-filled […]

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Remember When

REMEMBER WHEN: Sisters recall early Marble Falls

SENIOR WRITER SUZANNE FREEMAN Editor’s note: This issue of The Picayune Magazine takes a look at Highland Lakes history, including sit-down interviews with people who “Remember When.” A new feature in the magazine, “Remember When” will appear regularly along with other stories that explore the roots of our community. The series begins with two women […]

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Groups seek donations for community Thanksgiving meals

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Joseph’s Food Pantry founder Roy Guerrero knows how much his organization’s free Feast of Thanksgiving meal is to the community. In fact, while shopping at a local department store recently, an employee asked him if it was happening this year. He told her yes. “She said, ‘Good, good. We go every […]

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Arctic front bringing freezing temperatures and rain

The Highland Lakes reached the mid-60s around noon Monday before a strong Arctic cold front pushed in, dropping temperatures by about 20 degrees. The same front has left the North blanketed in snow. As the front moves through, the National Weather Service is forecasting a 40 percent chance of rain and high winds. A wind […]

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VetRide Burnet County

Army couple spends retirement in service to other veterans

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON After Lori and Mike Greco spent their careers in the U.S. Army, retirement in the Highland Lakes could only mean one thing: relaxation, right? “We’re just not like that,” Lori said with a laugh. Mike nodded in agreement, adding, “We like to serve, just help.” The Burnet couple spent the better part […]

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Help feed Texans through Hunters for the Hungry program

Hunters make a tremendous difference in wildlife conservation through licensing fees, sporting goods taxes, the support of conservation organizations, and good wildlife management practices. But they also make a difference in people’s lives by helping feed thousands of Texans struggling with food insecurity. By donating field-dressed deer to Hunters for the Hungry-participating meat processors, hunters […]

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Lake Marble Falls fishing

Life in These Highland Lakes: Why local anglers are hooked

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Marble Falls residents Greg Mills and Lee Beurshausen stay ready for their favorite out-of-office message: Gone fishin’. Mills keeps a rod and reel and other necessities in one corner of his office at PEC Manufacturing, set to go. The owner of Marble Falls Spa and Pool, Beuershausen makes sure his boat […]

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Walkway of Lights

New layout and pathway at Marble Falls Walkway of Lights

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Jarrod Metzgar didn’t mince words when asked if Walkway of Lights would be ready for its scheduled opening Friday, November 22. “That’s not a question whatsoever,” said the executive director of the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce. “We’ll be up and running.” The opening of this year’s Walkway of Lights […]

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UNINTERRUPTED SERVICE: Marine pilot Curtis Raetz now a paramedic at 65

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON It’s hard to decide what to admire most about Curtis Raetz: the fact he flew some of the coolest U.S. Marine Corps helicopters ever or that, at the age of retirement, he went back to school to become a professional paramedic. The truth is there’s a lot to admire about the Spicewood […]

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Genealogy

History sleuths branch out in research of family trees

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON A new tool for digging into family roots, the internet has helped genealogy enthusiasts grow new branches on their family trees. However, libraries, road trips, and good old-fashioned sleuthing still play a big role. “We’re like detectives,” said JoAnn Myers of the Burnet County Genealogical Society. “We find a piece of information, […]

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Clinesmith is Horseshoe Bay mayor; Rives, Hosea on council

Horseshoe Bay voters elected a new mayor and two new council members November 5. In the mayoral race, Cynthia Clinesmith defeated Reagan Lambert 1,031-555. Clinesmith currently sits on the City Council, but her term expires this year. Lambert is also on the council, and his term also expires this year. Clinesmith and Lambert running for […]

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Granite Shoals voters say ‘yes’ to $7M water bond proposal

Granite Shoals residents gave the go-ahead for water utility improvements after approving a bond proposal November 5. The proposal allows the city to issue up to $7 million in bonds for the improvements. The measure passed 277-183. The city will use the funds to move the current water intake to a deeper part of Lake […]

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Michelle Hinojosa

UNINTERRUPTED SERVICE: Marble Falls teacher a 20-year Army National Guard officer

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Melissa Hinojosa was 17 years old when she joined the Texas Army National Guard in 1997 — not much older than many of the students she now teaches in her Marble Falls High School biology classes while still serving as a lieutenant colonel. The two worlds might seem quite different, but Hinojosa […]

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Double Horn, Texas

Voters: Double Horn to remain city amid state’s lawsuit

Double Horn remains a city after voters defeated an initiative to end the young municipality. On the November 5 ballot, Double Horn voters were asked if they wanted abolish the city. The measure was defeated 85 votes to 73. “I’m pleased with the results,” Mayor Cathy Sereno stated in a media release. “It’s now time […]

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BCISD bond fails; needs don’t go away, superintendent says

Burnet Consolidated Independent School District voters turned down a $33.1 million bond proposal in the November 5 election. It failed 1,443 votes to 1,291. BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett released a statement regarding the election, thanking those who developed the bond proposal and acknowledging the challenge of it passing due to “the large number of voters […]

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Enchanted Rock

ROCKY HISTORIES: Enchanted Rock stands stone still

More than 1.1 billion years ago, two different magma chambers were emplaced at nearly the same time and depth in Central Texas. Through a number of geologic processes loosely termed the Llano Uplift, they were exposed at the surface and are now known as Granite Mountain in Marble Falls and Enchanted Rock between Llano and […]

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Granite Mountain

ROCKY HISTORIES: Granite Mountain chipping away

  More than 1.1 billion years ago, two different magma chambers were emplaced at nearly the same time and depth in Central Texas. Through a number of geologic processes loosely termed the Llano Uplift, they were exposed at the surface and are now known as Granite Mountain in Marble Falls and Enchanted Rock between Llano […]

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Hudson Bennett

Injury keeps Burnet’s Hudson Bennett from state meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Burnet High School freshman Hudson Bennett will not be running at the Class 4A state cross country meet November 8 because of an injury. In a statement, head coach Roy Kiser said Bennett suffered a mild avulsion fracture — when the hamstring tears away from the hip bone — during his win […]

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Steve Lilley new postmaster in Marble Falls

Steve Lilley new postmaster at Marble Falls Post Office

  SENIOR WRITER SUZANNE FREEMAN A new postmaster has arrived at the Marble Falls Post Office. Steve Lilley, who took over October 28, will soon be moving to the area with his family from Salado, where he served as postmaster of the Belton Post Office. “I’m happy to be here,” Lilley said. “I have always […]

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Kingsland American Legion

VETERANS DAY 2019: This is your American Legion

SENIOR WRITER SUZANNE FREEMAN Once a vibrant part of the community, American Legion Post #437 in Kingsland recently came close to permanently shutting down. The hall that held popular weekly dances and bingo games got a new lease on life when the LEGION Act became law in June. “We are now open to all our […]

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Marble Falls VFW 10376

VETERANS DAY 2019: Salute to Marble Falls VFW Post 10376

SENIOR WRITER SUZANNE FREEMAN Activity at the already busy VFW post in Marble Falls cranks up several notches during the holiday season. Along with serving two free holiday meals to veterans and their families, VFW Post #10376 also distributes bright red poppies in honor of Veterans Day, November 11, which this year lands on a […]

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Buddy Poppies

Where to find Buddy Poppies to support veterans services

SENIOR WRITER SUZANNE FREEMAN Separating bundles of Buddy Poppies recently at VFW Post #10376 in Marble Falls, Alan W. Martin III recalled time spent at the VA Hospital in Temple making the bright red, paper flowers. “It was a lot of long, solitary busy work,” said the disabled veteran from Marble Falls, “but it earned […]

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