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Granite Country athletes playing at the old Marble Falls Junior High field on RR 1431, the present-day location of Marble Falls Elementary School. Courtesy photo 

Laying the foundation for Granite Country Youth Soccer

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO One of the oldest youth soccer organizations in Central Texas, based in the Highland Lakes, was started in the late 1970s by two kids who just wanted to play. (more…)

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With ongoing construction at Lakeside Park in Marble Falls expected to last into August, the city has decided not to open the pool at Lakeside Park this summer. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Due to construction, Marble Falls pool closed this summer

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The city pool at Lakeside Park in Marble Falls will be closed for the summer. Ongoing construction at the park and on Buena Vista Drive forced city officials to make a decision regarding the pool with its June 1 opening just a month away. (more…)

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Steve Jordan (right), a board member of the newly renamed Rudy Davalos Horseshoe Bay Sports Club, presented a portrait of Davalos to the former athletic director and his wife, Gail, during the organization’s end-of-year banquet at Horseshoe Bay Resort on April 18. The club, once just called the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club, now includes Davalos’s name as he spearheaded its creation 10 years ago. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

New Horseshoe Bay Sports Club name in honor of Rudy Davalos

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Steve Jordan said the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club board of directors only had to think about it for a second before renaming the organization the Rudy Davalos Horseshoe Bay Sports Club. (more…)

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A service for Marble Falls Police Officer Andrew E. Howe is 11 a.m. Thursday, May 2, at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls. Howe died April 26 in a motorcycle accident. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls officer remembered for leadership, sense of humor

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When Andrew Howe joined the Marble Falls Police Department in July 2017, it didn’t take long for the veteran officer to prove himself. (more…)

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Marble Falls track

Marble Falls and Llano track athletes advance to state meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Three Highland Lakes track-and-field athletes punched their tickets to the University Interscholastic League state meet at their respective regional competitions April 27. (more…)

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The Faith Academy of Marble Falls middle school robotics students are preparing for the 2019 Global Conference on Educational Robotics, where they’ll compete on the world stage in the Botball tournament. The event draws teams from across the United States and as far away as China and Qatar. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Programmed to win: Faith Academy students in world Botball competition

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The Faith Academy of Marble Falls robotics team swept the Texas Region Botball Tournament, winning first place and earning a trip to the Global Conference on Educational Robotics, where they’ll take on the world. (more…)

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Weather

FORECAST: Expect warm, wet weather for the next two weeks

FROM STAFF REPORTS Except for a possible reprieve Sunday, May 5, the forecast calls for a very wet two weeks. (more…)

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Midwestern State University quarterback Layton Rabb, a 2014 Llano High School graduate, accepted invitations to rookie minicamps for the San Franciso 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams. Rabb completed his eligibility at MSU in 2018 and has been training for a professional football career the past several months. Photo courtesy of Midwestern State University

Ex-Llano QB Layton Rabb gets calls from 49ers and Rams

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Former Llano Yellow Jackets quarterback Layton Rabb is taking the next step toward his career goal: earning a spot on an NFL roster. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School theater students and teachers celebrate after a successful one-act play season. The troupe performed ‘The Storm in the Barn’ at the UIL one-act play 5A state meet April 24 at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center. Though they didn’t win, the Marble Falls program was only one of eight 5A schools to earn a spot in the state contest. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls theater students have best performance at state

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON While the Marble Falls High School one-act play troupe didn’t win the state competition at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center on April 24, actors hit a goal they and their directors had set. (more…)

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Retired dentist Joey Piatek turned his passion for history of the Alamo into a volunteer position as docent at the historic mission in San Antonio. Piatek shares his knowledge and passion with a bit of his unique humor to engage visitors with history. Photo courtesy Dee Anna Piatek

Dentist-turned-Alamo docent Joey Piatek trades root canals for Texas roots

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS When this guitar-pickin’ Marble Falls dentist survived prostate cancer and decided to retire, he went to the Alamo. Joey Piatek now volunteers as a part-time docent at the San Antonio mission, adding happiness, satisfaction, and fun to his life. (more…)

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The city of Marble Falls was recognized as a Silver Star Affiliate by Keep Texas Beautiful for community projects near Westside Park. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Marble Falls now Silver Star affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful

FROM STAFF REPORTS The city’s efforts to support the Westside community in the previous year elevated Marble Falls to a Silver Star affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful. (more…)

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Kingsland debris removal

Llano County close to recouping money spent on flood cleanup

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano County is gradually getting closer to recouping some of the nearly $1.1 million it spent since October 2018 on flood debris removal. (more…)

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Marble Falls Fire Rescue is holding its first-ever Citizens Fire Academy in June. The academy is limited to the first 20 people who apply. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Marble Falls Fire Rescue holding Citizens Fire Academy

FROM STAFF REPORTS Wear the gear, operate the apparatus, and use the equipment Marble Falls Fire Rescue firefighters use as one of the first participants in the Citizens Fire Academy. (more…)

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Burnet County officials anticipate thousands of people will head to Reveille Peak Ranch on May 18-19 for Spartan Race weekend. The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of going over the event’s mass gathering permit. Commissioners are concerned about traffic congestion on RM 2341 as participants wait to get into the facility. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County commissioners address safety concerns near developments, Spartan Race

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just about every big topic within Burnet County — public safety, development, grants, and state politics — was covered during the county commissioners’ regular meeting April 23. Growth, traffic, and development were addressed in multiple items on the agenda, including two subdivision plats. (more…)

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Operation K9 service dog

Rescue dogs-turned-service animals rock-solid presence in veterans’ lives

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Service dogs rescue people. In the case of veteran Bobby Galyon, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and his service dog, Rocky, the rescuing goes both ways. A Belgian Malinois, Rocky had been abused as a puppy. He was kept in a garage until he became part of Operation K9, which […]

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The YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond in Burnet is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to build a teen center at the facility. The YMCA projects the cost to be about $430,000 and has already raised approximately $240,000. Through donations and fundraisers as well as Casino Night on June 15, officials hope to have enough money to break ground later this year. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

YMCA of the Highland Lakes raising money for teen center

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond has half the money it needs to begin construction on a teen center, and officials are making a push to bring in the rest. (more…)

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Former Burnet Police Sgt. Russell Butler was booked into the Llano County Jail after a Burnet County grand jury indicted him April 23 on one count of murder and three counts of aggravated assault by a public servant in the shooting death of 25-year-old Brandon Michael Jacque. Courtesy photo

Ex-Burnet police officer indicted on murder charge in shooting

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON A former Burnet police officer is now facing a first-degree murder charge after he shot and killed a man in the early hours on March 27. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School junior Kenadee Stewart is one of 10 students selected by Pedernales Electric Cooperative to participate in this year’s summer Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The program gives students a closer look at how the federal government works. Photo courtesy of Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Marble Falls junior picked for Washington leadership trip

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Pam Parkman, executive director of the Marble Falls Education Foundation, knew the ideal Marble Falls High School student to enter in the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Youth Tour competition: junior Kenadee Stewart. (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

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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UPDATE: Two men killed in plane crash from Kingsland

UPDATE: Two men killed in plane crash from Kingsland

UPDATED APRIL 24: The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified the two victims in the Easter Sunday plane crash in Kingsland as 69-year-old William Lee Glenn and 66-year-old John Timothy Sharp. Both men are from Kingsland. PREVIOUS REPORTING FROM STAFF REPORTS A single-engine planed crashed April 21 at a Kingsland-area airport, killing two people […]

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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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