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The Marble Falls High School theater troupe takes their production of ’The Storm in the Barn’ to the 5A state UIL one-act play contest Wednesday, April 24, at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center, 5800 McNeil Drive in Austin. The students made it through four rounds to earn a spot in the state event, a first for the school. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls theater arts students take one-act play to state

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Two out of three ain’t bad. In fact, for Marble Falls High School theater-arts students, two out of three is all they needed to make history. (more…)

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists conducted fish surveys during a multi-day sampling trip on the South Llano and Llano rivers. The study was done with the Llano River Watershed Alliance in March to see how fish populations were recovering from the October 2018 flood. Photo courtesy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

State parks department sees life rebuilding in Llano River

FROM STAFF REPORTS Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are more optimistic about fish populations in the Llano River after a recent multi-day sampling trip with the Llano River Watershed Alliance. (more…)

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Weather

Severe thunderstorms coming before sunny weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS Make sure to have your raincoat and umbrella handy this afternoon and especially Wednesday throughout the day. (more…)

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LakeFest is returning to Lake Marble Falls in 2020 after a two-year break. The Southern Drag Boat Association, the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, and the city of Marble Falls made the announcement April 22. File photo

LakeFest drag boat races returning to Marble Falls in 2020

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS After a two-year hiatus, LakeFest will return to Lake Marble Falls in 2020. (more…)

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Early voting underway for city and school district elections

Early voting underway for city and school district elections

FROM STAFF REPORTS Early voting is underway for the city and school general election May 4. It started April 22 and runs through April 30. (more…)

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Two killed in single-engine plane crash at Kingsland airport

Two killed in single-engine plane crash at Kingsland airport

FROM STAFF REPORTS A single-engine planed crashed April 21 at a Kingsland-area airport, killing two people on board, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. (more…)

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An aerial photo of Sandy Creek between Sandy Harbor and Sunrise Beach Village show how much sand has taken over the riverbed. Residents cut channels on the edges of the riverbed so they can get their boats and other watercraft to deeper water. At one time, the water in this area was about 15 feet deep, Sandy Harbor residents say, and people would waterski and sail boats on it. Courtesy photo

Sandy Harbor sand pile a mountainous problem

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Sandy Harbor residents Soc Gonzalez and Keith Woody stood on the historic bank and looked out at Sandy Creek. The problem was a pile of sand was all there was to look at. (more…)

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arble Falls High School sophomore runner Bailey Goggans led the pack to the finish line of the 800 meters during the District 17 and 18-5A area track meet championship in a time of 2:08.34. She is the state’s No. 1 800-meter high school runner. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls track athletes grab 3 golds, silver at area meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Marble Falls High School track-and-field team earned three gold medals and a silver at the District 17 and 18-5A area meet April 17-18. (more…)

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Llano High School students Gauge Mills (left) and Elda Favela go over the steps when working with a patient. The school's health sciences program lets students explore a variety of health careers as well as study health-related topics. Ten of the 14 students gave up their Spring Break in March to complete the second week of the Certified Nursing Assistant course. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Llano High School health sciences program shot in the arm for students

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When most of their classmates were enjoying the freedom of Spring Break, 10 Llano High School health sciences program students were spending several hours a day at Kingsland Hills Care Center and opening doors to a future career. (more…)

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Marble Falls has included a potential new City Hall in its five-year Capital Improvement Plan. During the city’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone board meeting April 17, more details were presented about how a future move might affect downtown. File photo

More revealed about potential new Marble Falls City Hall

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Details of a potential new Marble Falls City Hall emerged April 17 during the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone board meeting. (more…)

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Jimena Ibanez Martinez (right), the executive director of A Good Start, explains the role the nonprofit organization hopes to play in the Highland Lakes. The program gives young adults, ages 19-29, a place to find resources, mentoring, and support to help them advance their educational and career goals. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

A Good Start nonprofit helps young adults needing direction

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON It seemed incomprehensible to Jimena Ibanez Martinez that young adults with so much potential would settle for low-wage jobs and little prospect of improving the quality of their lives. Yet, she saw it several times across the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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Highland Lakes Masters swimmers Craig Magerkurth (left), Thom Fairleigh, and Jim Cole sport a collection of medals they won at the 30th annual Texas Senior Games in San Antonio on April 6. Magerkurth and Cole qualified for the National Senior Games, which are June 14-25 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Local Masters swimmers qualify for National Senior Games

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Three Highland Lakes Masters swimmers are golden after their performances at the Texas Senior Games in San Antonio on April 6. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd (left) stands with Deputy Mike Sorenson, who was awarded Officer of the Year in the department earlier this year by the Hill Country 100 Club. Sorenson is one of two Burnet County Crisis Intervention Team officers who, in the past year, saved the county $55,000 by working with people in mental health crises to divert them out of the criminal justice system and into getting needed help. Photo courtesy Burnet County Sheriff’s Office

Burnet County’s crisis intervention officers saving money, and potentially, lives

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Two Burnet County crisis intervention officers saved the county about $55,000 in a year with jail diversions for people in mental health crises, thanks to a partnership with Bluebonnet Trails Community Services. (more…)

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Burnet’s Jaxson Denton (left) and Cameron Guenter-Long finished sixth in the 4x200-meter relay in 1:33.16 at the District 27 and 28 area track meet April 15 at Liberty Hill High School. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Burnet and Llano track athletes advance to regional meet

FROM STAFF REPORTS It’s on to Kingsville and the regional meet for a batch of Llano and Burnet track-and-field athletes after they took care of business at the District 27 and 28 area meet. (more…)

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Weather

Front could bring hail, strong winds, and possible tornadoes

FROM STAFF REPORTS A severe thunderstorm that could include large, damaging hail appears to have the Highland Lakes in its path. (more…)

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Brian Herman

New MFHS football coach had stints in Lockhart, Liberty Hill

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Seconds after the Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the hire of Brian Herman as the new head football coach and boys athletic coordinator April 15, Herman, his wife, Nicole, and their children, Faith, Isabella, and Brody, walked up to the podium. (more…)

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The Falls on the Colorado Museum is located at 2001 Broadway in Marble Falls in an old schoolhouse. It holds permanent exhibits on local history and hosts traveling displays and programs. Courtesy photo

Falls on the Colorado Museum seeking new members

The Falls on the Colorado Museum is holding its membership drive for 2019. The Marble Falls facility is celebrating its 20th year, thanks in large part to the support of current and past members, according to a museum media release. (more…)

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The Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls Class 3A state champion tennis team includes juniors Karson Cain (left), Christian Glosson, Allison Stallard, Christian Wilcox, Bailey Freeman, and Nikki Salinas. Courtesy photo

Faith Academy girls’ tennis team continues state dominance

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Faith Academy Lady Flames tennis team earned another state championship April 10-11 in Waco. (more…)

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 Director James Oakley and District 4 Director Jim Powers have both drawn challengers in the upcoming PEC board elections. Photos courtesy of PEC

PEC ballot set; James Oakley draws three challengers

FROM STAFF REPORTS Candidates for the Pedernales Elective Cooperative Board of Directors are set with the two incumbents drawing challengers. The PEC board approved the ballot for the 2019 election during its April meeting. The election is for districts 4 and 5 directors. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff's Office communications supervisor Sarah Wilcox loves that she and dispatchers help people through rough times in their lives. Whether handling a 9-1-1 call or entering stolen property information into a database for law enforcement, Wilcox and the other dispatchers provide the community with critical services. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County 9-1-1 dispatcher Sarah Wilcox makes connections and a difference

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Their voices are lifelines for people whose worlds are crashing down around them. They are the emergency dispatchers answering 9-1-1 calls. (more…)

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His Hands Summer clothing drive

His Hands summer clothing drive aiming to help over 60 students

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Donna Shaw still remembers how she felt as an 18-year-old woman walking into church wearing new clothes. She no longer felt out of place. (more…)

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Marble Falls distance runner Bryer Atkinson (front, left) is keeping stride with running buddy Laine Nelikian, youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls. Right behind the two are Bailey Goggans and Alex Castelan. The four are in the midst of running 200 meters.

Youth pastor returns to track with former coach to help next generation of MFHS runners

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Long before Laine Melikian became the youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls, he was a member of the cross country and track and field teams at Georgetown High School looking for ways to get better. At that time, his high school coach suggested his distance runners should train […]

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Granite Shoals/Bob Sylvester Airport

Granite Shoals selects construction company for Phase 1 of $500,000 sports complex

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The city of Granite Shoals took another step toward creating its multipurpose sports complex. City Manager Jeff Looney told council members during their regular meeting April 9 that the city has contracted H.D. Irvin Steel Construction to refurbish the inside of the metal building that currently houses two regulation-sized tennis courts. […]

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Granite Shoals man charged with attempted capital murder of peace officer

FROM STAFF REPORTS A Granite Shoals police officer knocked on the door of a travel trailer at 9:13 a.m. April 10 after responding to a shots fired call then stepped to the side of the door to watch it. Moments later, a suspect inside fired a shot in the area where the officer had been […]

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K9 Ron sworn in by burnet county sheriff calvin boyd

New K9 deputy sworn in at Burnet County Sheriff’s Office

FROM STAFF REPORTS Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd swore in K9 Ron on April 8. Deputy Kyle Ciolfi is K9 Ron’s handler, and they are assigned to the patrol division. (more…)

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The Harris family couldn’t resist these eyes. Apollo is now part of the family thanks to the monthly ‘Free the Dog’ adoption days at The Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls in partnership with the Highland Lakes SPCA. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

‘Free the Dog:’ Museum and Highland Lakes SPCA partner for monthly adoption days

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Ellen Harris went to The Falls on the Colorado Museum to learn about bees and ended up adopting a dog. (more…)

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