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Llano City Council has open spot after resignation of alderwoman

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Llano City Council has a vacancy after the resignation of one of its members, and the city is taking applications for the position. (more…)

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UPDATE: Blanco County wildfire spreads across 775 acres

UPDATE: Blanco County wildfire spreads across 775 acres

UPDATE: As of 4 p.m. July 18, the wildfire had expanded and scorched approximately 775 acres, according to fire officials on the scene. The advancing blaze has prompted crews to launch a series of water drops on the scene.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY ROUND MOUNTAIN — Texas A&M Forest Service crews descended on a […]

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An Austin man faces charges after authorities on July 12 seized a cocktail of drugs from his car, including illicit psilocybin, also known as hallucinogenic mushrooms, during a traffic stop in Lampasas. Courtesy photo

Lampasas authorities seize hallucinogenic mushrooms, other drugs during traffic stop

FROM STAFF REPORTS LAMPASAS — Police on July 12 seized a combination of illicit drugs, including hallucinogenic mushrooms, and charged an Austin man following a traffic stop, authorities said. (more…)

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Texas Tech University head football coach Kliff Kingsbury (right) shared his thoughts on Burnet High School graduate Sterling Galban, who is now a Red Raider, during Big 12 Media Days in Frisco on July 16. Staff photos by Jennifer Fierro

BIG 12 MEDIA DAYS: Texas Tech’s Kingsbury discusses Burnet’s Sterling Galban, sidelined due to injury

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO FRISCO — A torn ACL will sideline Texas Tech University freshman receiver Sterling Galban for the entire 2018 football season, according to Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury. (more…)

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Burnet school district plan would lower property tax rate, raise $600,000 with voter OK

Burnet school district plan would lower property tax rate, raise $600,000 with voter OK

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — With the state of Texas eyeing as much as $2.7 million of Burnet Consolidated Independent School District’s local tax money over the next two years, district officials are asking voters to approve a move that would not only lower the school property tax rate but also create $600,000 the so-called […]

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Llano musician David Holden, known on stage as ‘Divad Nedloh,’ died July 13 in an overnight vehicle accident just outside of Fredericksburg. Facebook photo

Llano musician dies on Texas 16 driving back from Kerrville gig

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY FREDERICKSBURG — A Hill Country musician died July 13 in a car accident as he drove home to Llano after a music performance, officials said. (more…)

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It’s only gonna get hotter as the week goes by; NWS issues hazardous outlook warning

It’s only gonna get hotter as the week goes by; NWS issues hazardous outlook warning

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — As summer rolls along, it’s bringing possible 100-plus-degree temperatures through the remainder of this week and into the next. The coolest day — if you can call 98 degrees cool — for the next several weeks will likely be Monday, July 16. After that, temperatures steadily climb into the triple […]

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Blanco police officers seized 45 grams of meth and several gift cards and credit cards believed to be stolen. Photo courtesy of Blanco Police Department

Blanco police seize stolen credit cards and meth in traffic stop

FROM STAFF REPORTS BLANCO — A man and woman believed to be from the Los Angeles area are behind bars at Blanco County Jail after investigators seized 45 grams of methamphetamine and several stolen credit cards during a traffic stop, according to the Blanco Police Department. (more…)

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CORRECTION: Granite Shoals road work July 19; expect delays

CORRECTION: Granite Shoals road work July 19; expect delays

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the initial article, it was stated that this project was tied to the $3 million bond, but it is not. The city is simply seal coating these roads, which is funded through the regular street budget.   FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — Residents can expect delays on certain roads beginning 8 […]

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Motorists along Burnet County roads, including 120, 121 (pictured here), and 123 and U.S. 281 north of Marble Falls have reported wait times of 30 minutes to an hour the first and second week of July as rail line crews stopped aggregate hauling train cars to make additional connections. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Recent long wait times at railroad tracks an ‘anomaly,’ says company, as EMS blocked during Burnet County heart attack call

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET COUNTY — Ten minutes after her 911 call on July 10, a lone first responder arrived at the home of Mojo Cornelius’s ailing 79-year-old mother. “A paramedic came up in a personal vehicle and told us they were having trouble getting the ambulance there,” Cornelius said. “The train was blocking […]

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BCSO deputy stops to help woman in overheated SUV then arrests her on drug charge

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — Authorities arrested a Kingsland woman July 11 on a drug charge after a Burnet County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to help the motorist with an overheating vehicle, according to a report. (more…)

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Volunteer-run Beto O’Rourke office opens in Burnet as rep challenges Ted Cruz for Senate

Volunteer-run Beto O’Rourke office opens in Burnet as rep challenges Ted Cruz for Senate

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Local supporters of Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will have a local office from which to work as the Burnet County Beto for Texas Grassroots headquarters holds its grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, on the Burnet County Courthouse square. (more…)

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Granite Shoals town hall on likes, dislikes, and insights regarding deer management program

Granite Shoals town hall on likes, dislikes, and insights regarding deer management program

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Residents who have questions about or insights into the Urban Deer Management program are invited to voice them during an upcoming town hall meeting. (more…)

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An environmental group critical of a planned Sandy Creek dredging operation has offered development recommendations to government leaders and private companies in charge of decisions about granting permits. Photo courtesy of Collier Materials

Environmental group offers ‘good neighbor’ suggestions for mining operations

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SUNRISE BEACH VILLAGE — Environmental groups and government entities have drafted resolutions and proposed stricter oversight on the burgeoning mining industry as planned dredging operations await word about permits from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. (more…)

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LEFT: Martin Joey Eng. RIGHT: Authorities have charged a man with making a terroristic threat after entering a Catholic church in Blanco and threatening to kill the parishioners because of their religious affiliation. Google photo

Blanco police: Man threatened to ‘kill Catholics’ at church

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BLANCO — A man wanted for threatening to “kill Catholics” turned himself in to authorities July 9 after police released a photo of the suspect captured on a cellphone by a parishioner during the suspect’s tirade at the church, according to the Blanco Police Department. (more…)

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Marble Falls police administrator Ted Young retires after nearly 24 years with agency

Marble Falls police administrator Ted Young retires after nearly 24 years with agency

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS —Prior to Deputy Chief Ted Young’s retirement, the Marble Falls Police Department administration scrambled to make sure all his duties would be covered when the longtime peace officer departed. (more…)

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Preparations are underway to move the city of Llano into Stage 3 water restrictions due to dwindling in-flows on the Llano River. Courtesy photo

UPDATE: Llano enacts Stage 3 water restrictions July 10

UPDATE: As of July 10, the city of Llano has moved to Stage 3 water restrictions, triggering a series of requirements for residents as detailed in the municipality’s updated Drought Contingency Plan.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — From limits on duration of landscape irrigation to prohibition of “non-essential” water usage, Llano residents could […]

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Granite Shoals interviews top candidates for city manager

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council took its first step toward hiring a permanent city manager July 5 by interviewing three of the top four candidates during an executive session. (more…)

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Car blaze on RR 2900 in Llano County sends fireball into sky; no one injured

Car blaze on RR 2900 in Llano County sends fireball into sky; no one injured

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — Firefighters doused a car fire July 3, which sparked a roadside blaze and temporarily delayed traffic on RR 2900 in Llano County. (more…)

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UPDATE: Man who died in swim attempt across Lake LBJ is ID'd

UPDATE: Man who died in swim attempt across Lake LBJ is ID’d

UPDATE: On July 9, the Llano County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Colla Ross, 38, of Austin.   FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — An overnight swim outing involving four people turned deadly on July 4 in an area of Lake LBJ adjacent to the 2900 bridge where the community fireworks show takes place, authorities […]

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Two people killed in overnight crash on US 183 south of Briggs

Two people killed in overnight crash on US 183 south of Briggs

FROM STAFF REPORTS BRIGGS — Two people have died following a three-vehicle collision on U.S. 183 south of Briggs, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report. (more…)

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Peace officers pay respects to longtime Burnet County constable with escort home; Ballard died July 2

Peace officers pay respects to longtime Burnet County constable with escort home; Ballard died July 2

  UPDATE: Jimmy Ballard’s memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at First Baptist Church, 901 La Ventana Drive in Marble Falls. Visitation will begin an hour earlier. After the service, he will be laid to rest at Pleasant Valley Cemetery east of Marble Falls in Burnet County.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE […]

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Diminishing flows into the Llano River due to lack of rain have prompted concerns about the city’s water source for domestic use. On June 29, the dam on Town Lake in the heart of Llano appeared to be reaching a critical flow level. Courtesy Photo

Dwindling river flows prompt Llano restriction warning, alternative water source plans

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — As water flows decrease in the Llano River, city officials and a private company have launched plans in anticipation of more stringent domestic use restrictions and the need for alternative water sources for a nearby sand plant operation. The city of Llano, which is currently at stage 2 water […]

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UPDATE: Burnet County joins other counties as well as Marble Falls in imposing burn ban

UPDATE: Burnet County joins other counties as well as Marble Falls in imposing burn ban

  UPDATE: As of noon July 2, Burnet County joined the list of counties imposing a ban on outdoor burning, officials said.   FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — As the summer dry spell and heat linger, several area counties and municipalities have imposed burn bans. The city of Marble Falls is under a burn […]

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Video captures suspect setting fire to Burnet patrol vehicle

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet police are seeking information regarding an individual who set one of the department’s marked patrol cars on fire while it was parked at the police department around 1 a.m. June 27, according to a press release. (more…)

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Horseshoe Bay amends livestock ban, clearing way for emotional support animal Doug the Rooster

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY Correction: In the original article, “Doug the Rooster” was referred to as a “service animal.” The therapeutically prescribed description of his role is “emotional support animal” (ESA) utilized for the benefit of an individual under a doctor’s care for emotional or psychological conditions. We regret the error. HORSESHOE BAY — The […]

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