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Burnet County considers joining Texas lawsuit over opioids crisis

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County commissioners could join a lawsuit with more than two dozen other Texas counties to recoup the cost from pharmaceutical companies they believe have fueled opioids abuse and placed a financial burden on entities and resources combating the crisis. (more…)

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Marble Falls Library Thrift Store officials say they’ve had a couple of customers report getting emails supposedly from the thrift store regarding unpaid accounts. However, the thrift store doesn’t use accounts for any of its sales and hasn’t sent out these emails. If someone receives such an email, thrift store officials urge them not to click on the link in it and definitely don’t pay any money. Call the store at (830) 693-5120 if you received such an email or if you have questions about a Marble Falls Library Thrift Store email. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Overdue account scam hits Marble Falls Library Thrift Store mailing list

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — The email comes across as the Marble Falls Library Thrift Store just trying to clear up a customer’s overdue account. The message asks the customer to click on the link and settle up via PayPal. (more…)

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MFHS students travel to post-Harvey town with donations

MFHS students travel to post-Harvey town with donations

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls High School teacher Kimberlee McLeod felt a desire to do more than watch as Hurricane Harvey hit Bay City in late August of this year. “I lived on the Gulf Coast for a couple of years,” she said. “I have friends there. I wanted to do […]

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Emergency Services District No. 9 will soon have a new 24-hour facility just off Spur 191 adjacent to Spicewood Elementary School. Courtesy photo

New Spicewood emergency facility could cut life-saving response times in half, officials say

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SPICEWOOD — With the opening Dec. 18 of a 24-hour emergency medical station, staffed by Marble Falls Area EMS crews, the Spicewood community could see advanced life support response cut in half, officials say. (more…)

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Don’t be the Grinch’s next victim; protect yourself against Christmas thieves

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — ‘Tis the season for thieves, so the Marble Falls Police Department has a gift of tips to keep you from becoming a victim during the Christmas shopping crunch. (more…)

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Company pens deal with Llano County for solar power research

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO COUNTY — An agreement between the Llano County Commissioners Court and an international solar development company could result in considerable dividends for the Llano Independent School District, officials said. (more…)

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Marble Falls to request appeal against Asphalt Inc. air quality permit

Marble Falls to request appeal against Asphalt Inc. air quality permit

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Despite a state agency granting an air quality permit for a planned rock crushing operation, Marble Falls officials have vowed to oppose and potentially stall the pace of the industry within the city limits. (more…)

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DPS issues winter weather travel alert for motorists

FROM STAFF REPORTS  AUSTIN — As colder weather descends on the Highland Lakes, residents need to take a few precautions at home and on the road to stay safe and avoid hazardous conditions, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. (more…)

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DPS creates scale diagram of alleged Burnet County road rage incident

DPS creates scale diagram of alleged Burnet County road rage incident

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SMITHWICK — To assist the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office in an investigation, the Texas Department of Public Safety created a “scale diagram” Dec. 5 of the scene of an alleged road rage incident in which the armed suspect was shot by an off-duty police officer. (more…)

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Marble Falls city leaders announced Dec. 5 they will expand two existing boat ramps instead of building a new one in another area of Lake Marble Falls. File photo

Marble Falls opts to expand two boat ramps as a third one closes

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — City officials have chosen to expand two existing boat ramp access points instead of building a new one in light of the eventual closure of the Lakeside Park ramp due to redevelopment on Lake Marble Falls. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School will continue playing football in Class 5A Division I next season but won't know in what district until the UIL announces them Feb. 6. Photo by Martelle Luedecke

Highland Lakes schools remain in same UIL classes; districts announced in February 2018

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — There were no big surprises for local high schools Dec. 6 when the University Interscholastic League released the classification cutoff numbers. Those numbers will be used in the upcoming realignment. On Feb. 6, the UIL will announce the district in which public high schools will compete for the […]

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Two Highland Lakes men graduate from police academy

Two Highland Lakes men graduate from police academy

FROM STAFF REPORTS KILLEEN — Two Highland Lakes men are ready to serve the community as law enforcement officers after successfully completing police academy. Michael Tutor and David Walenta graduated Dec. 2 from the Central Texas College Police Academy in Killeen. (more…)

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One of the holes of the new back nine of the city of Marble Falls’s disc golf course at Westside Park. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

You can now play a full 18 holes on Westside Park disc golf course

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Disc golf enthusiasts can now enjoy a full 18-hole course at Westside Park as city staff and volunteers installed an additional nine baskets. The course previously consisted of nine holes with golfers having to play two rounds to turn it into a full 18. (more…)

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In light of a granted air quality permit for a mining operation in Burnet County, opponents say they will continue their fight due to concerns about the impact on air and water quality associated with the industry. File photo

TCEQ grants air quality permit to besieged Burnet County quarry operation

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN —  The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has given approval for a rock crusher operation to put down stakes in southern Burnet County despite hundreds of complaints from area landowners, municipalities, hospital representatives, and residents of Blanco, Burnet, and Llano counties. (more…)

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Colder weather is here — there’s even a chance of snow

Colder weather is here — there’s even a chance of snow

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — A cold front that came in Tuesday, Dec. 5, has blown away the 80-degree weather from the weekend, ushering in much cooler temperatures and a touch of rain. (more…)

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Llano officer's Facebook posting of song lyrics leads to courthouse evacuation

Llano officer’s Facebook posting of song lyrics leads to courthouse evacuation

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Investigators are sorting through how a Llano police officer’s Facebook posting of a popular song’s lyrics led to a voluntary evacuation of at least one department at the Llano County Courthouse on the eve of Thanksgiving. (more…)

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PEC program: No need to install costly equipment to take advantage of solar power

PEC program: No need to install costly equipment to take advantage of solar power

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY JOHNSON CITY — As many as 350 Pedernales Electric Cooperative members could have their utilities powered, in part, by solar energy as the cooperative prepares to offer a solar rate to applicants who opt into the program in December. (more…)

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Johnson City police chief opts for voluntary leave, retirement after battle with mayor

Johnson City police chief opts for voluntary leave, retirement after battle with mayor

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY JOHNSON CITY — An embattled police chief opted Nov. 27 to take “voluntary leave,” accept a severance package, and retire in June 2018 following a contested public hearing about his suspension by the mayor. (more…)

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Llano football legend, former NFL player Ken Gray dies at 81

Llano football legend, former NFL player Ken Gray dies at 81

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — The man who set the standard for Llano High School offensive linemen died Nov. 25. Kenneth Don Gray, a 1954 graduate of the high school, went on to play professionally for the Chicago and St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Oilers from 1958-1970. He was inducted into the Texas […]

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The Marble Falls High School Thespian Troupe participated in the 2017 Texas Thespian Festival in Grapevine, where 11 of the 28 students qualified for an international competition in June 2018. The three-person set design team also finished second overall. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls High School thespians qualify for international competition

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — After a big display of their skills during the Texas Thespian Festival, 11 Marble Falls High School students are heading to the international festival. (more…)

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Llano High School was one of three Llano Independent School District campuses locked down after a possible 'armed threat' report came into to law enforcement. It turned out to be a false alarm. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Man securing firearms in vehicle triggers Llano school lockdown

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — A man securing firearms in a vehicle Nov. 27 launched temporary lockdown protocols at three Llano Independent School District campuses, officials said. The so-called “soft lockdown” or “lockout” was implemented around 9:15 a.m. and lifted about 15 minutes later, according to LISD Superintendent Mac Edwards. (more…)

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The live oaks and water make for a great location for the future, state-of-the-art Phoenix Center, which will include a mental health facility, an equine therapy center, therapeutic camp facilities, and a ropes course. Center officials announced they have acquired approximately 77 acres west of the Texas 71 and U.S. 281 intersection for the facilities. Courtesy photo

Phoenix Center of Marble Falls purchases 77 acres for state-of-the-art facility

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM MARBLE FALLS — Two years ago, the Phoenix Center launched a five-year capital campaign to create a new, state-of-the-art trauma facility. Officials recently took a big step in that direction with the acquisition of 77 acres for the project. (more…)

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John W. Hoover Parkway dedicated to Burnet businessman instrumental in hospital, other projects

John W. Hoover Parkway dedicated to Burnet businessman instrumental in hospital, other projects

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — Several hundred people turned out Nov. 21 to witness the official naming of a Burnet roadway, but it wasn’t just any name. (more…)

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Marble Falls man cleared of intoxication manslaughter, sentenced on probation violation

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A Burnet County grand jury cleared a Marble Falls man of an intoxication manslaughter charge, but the defendant still faces a prison sentence for violating his probation due to alcohol detected in his system at the time of the incident, officials say. (more…)

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Inks Dam hatchery tightens safety regulations after investigation

Inks Dam hatchery tightens safety regulations after investigation

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery staff will follow a stricter set of operations guidelines following an investigation that confirmed improper exposure and procedures connected to pesticide and disinfectant use as well as asbestos abatement. (more…)

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Johnson Park Veterans Memorial coming together as flags, monuments installed

Johnson Park Veterans Memorial coming together as flags, monuments installed

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — Things are taking shape at the Johnson Park Veterans Memorial as crews installed stone monuments and service branch flags, but officials say there’s still work to be done. (more…)

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