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Granite Mesa Health Center held a ribbon-cutting for its new Dialyze Direct dialysis unit Nov. 27 at 1404 Max Copeland Drive in Marble Falls. Call (830) 693-0022 for more information. Courtesy photo

Business Roundup: New Kingsland Chamber officers, Christmas events, and more

Here’s a quick look at business happenings in the Highland Lakes for the week of Nov. 26: NEWS • Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce recently elected officers and new directors. Officers elected Nov. 6 are President Susan Patten of Valentine Lakeside, Vice President Blake Sieck of Kingsland Insurance, Secretary Melody Yanniell of Prosperity Bank, and […]

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Llano High School seniors signed certificates to celebrate their college, university, or military choices during a ceremony in the campus cafeteria Nov. 28. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Llano High School honors college-bound seniors on signing day

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Llano High School Principal Jenifer Neatherlin refers to her students as dream chasers. On Nov. 28 during a “signing day,” 23 of her seniors took a step toward realizing their dreams when they announced where they will be attending college. (more…)

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Burnet County officials continue reviewing bids for debris removal from this temporary site near Granite Shoals City Hall in the wake of October’s historic flood. With an estimated 15,500 cubic yards of debris, the cost to remove the trash could cost nearly a half-million dollars. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County approves lake debris-removal plan using portion of LCRA donation

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners approved a plan to allocate a $100,000 donation from the Lower Colorado River Authority beginning in January when the lakes are lowered. (more…)

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Star Republican Women chair Marsha Lovelady announced the organization is partnering with the Kingsland Lions Club, represented here by Dave Richison (left) and Jay Ward (right), to raise funds for Kingsland and Llano County flood relief. Courtesy photo

Star Republican Women and Kingsland Lions Club partner in flood relief effort

FROM STAFF REPORTS While much attention has moved away from the historic October flood that damaged more than 900 homes in Llano County and the Kingsland community, the Star Republican Women, in partnership with the Kingsland Lions Club, are launching an effort to help victims rebuild their lives and homes. (more…)

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A fire Nov. 19 displaced two residents of a duplex in the 1600 block of Northwood Drive in Marble Falls. The fire was reported at about 8:35 a.m. When Marble Falls Fire Rescue crews arrived, they evacuated a resident from the adjacent unit. No one was home in the first unit. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Fire damages Marble Falls duplex unit, displaces residents

FROM STAFF REPORTS Two people are without a home after a fire broke out Nov. 19 in a duplex in the 1600 block of Northwood Drive in Marble Falls. (more…)

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Llano County commissioners awarded a debris removal contract to TFR Enterprises Inc. during a special-called meeting Nov. 16. The Leander-based company will soon begin the process of removing debris left from the Oct. 16 flood in neighborhoods like this one on Harris Loop in Kingsland. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano County awards debris-removal contract, votes to accept LCRA’s $100,000 donation

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS More than a month after floodwaters destroyed hundreds of Llano County homes, county commissioners awarded a debris removal contract Nov. 16 to Leander-based TFR Enterprises Inc. (more…)

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Two men lead Burnet County deputies on high-speed chase, crash Mini Cooper at high school

FROM STAFF REPORTS One man is behind bars and another in a Williamson County hospital after leading Burnet County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a high-speed chase Nov. 17. The pursuit ended with the two suspects’ car rolling over on the Burnet High School campus. (more…)

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Cowden Ward Jr. died Nov. 17 along with a World War II veteran when the plane in which they were flying, a P-51D Mustang, crashed in Fredericksburg. The aircraft, shown here on a flight a few years ago, was based out of Burnet. Ward had flown many veterans, particularly World War II veterans, in his plane over the years, often traveling to air shows across the country. The identity of the passenger hadn’t been released yet, and the crash is under investigation. File photo by Daniel Clifton

Plane crash in Fredericksburg kills Burnet pilot, WWII veteran

  CELEBRATION OF LIFE: A celebration of life party in memory of Cowden Ward Jr. will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 1, at the hangar in Burnet at 3202 S. Water St. UPDATE, NOV. 20: The passenger killed in the Nov. 17 crash of the Pecos Bill has been identified as 93-year-old Vincent Losada of […]

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Bertram council votes to extend police chief’s suspension, negotiate separation agreement

FROM STAFF REPORTS Bertram City Council agreed to extend the unpaid suspension of the town’s beleaguered police chief through Dec. 27 and authorized staff to negotiate a separation agreement with him. (more…)

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Flooding on Oct. 16 caused water from Lake Marble Falls to rush over the top of Max Starcke Dam. The Lower Colorado River Authority said that, at the flood’s peak, the amount of water flowing through Lake Marble Falls was about 350,000 cubic-feet per second. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Report outlines LCRA’s response to historic Oct. 16 flooding

  CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this story included incomplete numbers attributed to Kelly Payne. The LCRA recorded a flow of 375,000 cubic-feet per second coming into the Highland Lakes, and 25,000 cfs leaving the lakes, not 375 and 25 as written.  STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS A report on the Lower Colorado River Authority’s flood […]

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Grand Bank of Texas will be acquired by BancorpSouth Bank, based in Tupelo, Mississippi, after a definitive merger agreement was signed Nov. 13. Grand Bank of Texas has two branches in the Highland Lakes: Horseshoe Bay and Marble Falls (pictured). Staff photo by Jared Fields

Grand Bank of Texas signs merger agreement with BancorpSouth

FROM STAFF REPORTS Grand Bank of Texas — with locations in Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay — signed a definitive merger agreement with BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE: BXS), according to a BancorpSouth Bank media release Nov. 13. (more…)

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Marble Falls Area EMS Safe Baby Academy born of necessity

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Sgt. Missy Graeter of the Marble Falls Area EMS sees the need firsthand with the number of emergency calls involving babies. That need is educating people on how to protect infants and toddlers from accidents. (more…)

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Officials moved dirt in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new RR 2900 bridge on Nov. 9 in Kingsland. Pictured are Marc Williams (left), Texas Department of Transportation deputy executive director; Joe Muck, Burnet assistant area engineer; Susan Patten, president of the Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce; Peter Jones; Linda Raschke; Mike Sandoval; Gary Botkin of Capital Excavation; Cathy Kratz, Burnet area engineer; Terry McCoy, Austin District engineer; Martha Tyroch, chief of staff for state Sen. Dawn Buckingham. Courtesy photo by James Oakley

‘Warp speed:’ New RR 2900 bridge a priority for TxDOT

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Of all the projects under the Texas Department of Transportation’s umbrella, replacing the RR 2900 bridge will be the only one going at a 24/7 pace until completion. (more…)

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Steve Hurst resigned from the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Commission on Nov. 6. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls Parks and Rec commissioner resigns over planning and flood concerns

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Steve Hurst resigned from the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Commission on Nov. 6, citing what he sees as the city’s lack of planning for its green spaces and flood mitigation. (more…)

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Jolly Rodgers Paddle Co. received a Community Leverage Grant from the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. during its regular board meeting Nov. 7. The grant is a match with funds received from the Marble Falls Hotel Occupancy Tax committee to purchase a high-definition projector and an inflatable screen to show free movies in city parks and on the water. Staff photo by Jared Fields

With EDC decision, you could be watching movies on the lake

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Free monthly movies in Marble Falls parks could soon be a regular occurrence after the Economic Development Corp. and Hotel Occupancy Tax committee approved funds for an inflatable screen and a high-definition projector. (more…)

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Marble Falls City Council approved a Conditional Use Permit for First Baptist Church of Marble Falls to build a new facility to replace Cornerstone Baptist Church, located at 408 Avenue R. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Marble Falls church closer to new Avenue R mission center after City Council action

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS First Baptist Church of Marble Falls can move forward with a proposed new facility in the 400 block of Avenue R after Marble Falls City Council approved a Conditional Use Permit during its regular meeting Nov. 7. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School graduate and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leonel Manzano (front, right) runs a lap with members of the Marble Falls High School cross-country team after the runners each put on a pair of Hoka One One shoes, which Manzano donated to the team. Courtesy photo

Olympian Leonel Manzano gives Marble Falls runners new shoes and inspiration

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO It wasn’t enough that Marble Falls High School graduate Leonel Manzano made a surprise visit to his alma mater Nov. 6 to run with members of the cross-country teams. (more…)

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The Matt & Doraliza Raglin Splash Pad at Badu Park in Llano was destroyed after the Oct. 16 flood. The Llano Parks Project not only intends to help rebuild the many parks damaged in the flood, it also wants to develop a master parks plan with the city. Photo courtesy of Llano Parks Project

Llano plans Flood Aid concert; group pushes to rebuild parks after Badu facilities destroyed

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Flood recovery efforts were at the forefront of a discussion Nov. 5 during the Llano City Council’s regular meeting. (more…)

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A ceremony Oct. 31 was held to rededicate Live Oak Park, 801 Live Oak in Burnet, as Randy Longoria Park. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet renames park in memory of supervisor Randy Longoria

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Before his death, Randy Longoria dedicated 14 years to the city of Burnet, and those who knew him best wanted to ensure he would be remembered in a fitting way. (more…)

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Granite Shoals closes portion of North Phillips Ranch Road through Nov. 20 for work

FROM STAFF REPORTS Granite Shoals residents and those visiting the community need to take a different route for the next several weeks if their usual one involves North Phillips Ranch Road from RR 1431 to Newcastle Drive. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority lowered Lake LBJ in 2017 so lakeside property owners could remove debris and maintain or repair docks, retaining walls, and other infrastructure. The authority is planning another drawdown of the lake, along with Lake Marble Falls, beginning Dec. 30 so property owners can clean up following historic flooding. File photo

LCRA drawdowns of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls begin Dec. 30

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower lakes LBJ and Marble Falls starting Dec. 30 for about eight weeks to assist lakeside property owners recovering from recent historic flooding along the Colorado and Llano rivers. (more…)

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Marble Falls doctor killed in Texas 71 crash in Lakeway

Marble Falls doctor killed in Texas 71 crash in Lakeway

  NOV. 7 UPDATE: Funeral services for Dr. Michael James Babineaux are being handled by Harrell Funeral Home of Austin. Click HERE for an obituary and service information.   FROM STAFF REPORTS A Baylor Scott & White Specialty Clinic-Marble Falls physician died Oct. 29 after a pickup struck his vehicle on Texas 71 in Lakeway. […]

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Scammer using Locals Love Us in ploy; businesses targeted

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Picayune and KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune Locals Love Us selection process has just begun and at least one person might be trying to scam businesses using the readers’ and listeners’ choice contest as cover. (more…)

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Austin Disaster Relief Network founder and Executive Director Daniel Geraci recently visited with members of area churches at Lake Shores Church in Marble Falls as they help with flood recovery. Between 25 and 30 local congregations are creating Highland Lakes Crisis Network to provide immediate and long-term assistance during disasters, whether one like the recent flood or a house fire. Go to highlandlakescrisisnetwork.com for more information. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

New Highland Lakes Crisis Network training ‘shepherds’ to walk alongside disaster victims

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON In September, a few Highland Lakes clergy attended an Austin Disaster Relief Network workshop to learn how to create a similar network among area churches. The Rev. Jackie English was scheduled to present what he had learned during that eight-hour training session to the Marble Falls Ministerial Alliance on Oct. 23. (more…)

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August sales tax receipts a mixed bag for Marble Falls

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Marble Falls’s October state sales tax allocation increased 3 percent from the prior year’s amount, according to the state comptroller’s office. (more…)

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A city of Marble Falls crew removes debris Oct. 24 along Pecan Drive in the Pecan Valley area of Marble Falls. For several days prior, Allen Davis, known to the Pecan Valley residents as ‘Tractor Guy,’ showed up and removed trash with his own tractor. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Highland Lakes homeowners clean up flood damage and look to somewhat muddy future

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When Marble Falls police officer Aaron Garcia knocked on the Jones’s door Oct. 16 at their home on Pecan Drive to advise them that they needed to evacuate because of rising floodwaters, the Jones thought for a bit about taking their dogs. (more…)

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