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The new public restrooms in downtown Marble Falls is now open for use after it was placed at the site Jan. 23. Staff photo by Jared Fields

New downtown Marble Falls public restrooms are open

FROM STAFF REPORTS The new public restroom in downtown Marble Falls is now open for, well, business. (more…)

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Eight students graduated from the Texas Tech University TechTeach program last July from the school’s Marble Falls and Fredericksburg campuses: Tavana Grady (left), Shelcee Clark, Emily Poor, Brittany Hitt, Kaitlan Blankenship, Leah Foster, and Jacqueline Cruz. Four of the graduates landed teaching jobs with Marble Falls Independent School District, one teaches at McCamey ISD, and two others got jobs with Ingram ISD. The TechTeach program helps school districts like MFISD ‘grow their own’ teachers. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls ISD ‘growing’ its own teachers through grant

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON As Marble Falls schools Assistant Superintendent Wes Cunningham sees it, it’s important for a school district to “grow their own” teachers. (more…)

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The Burnet High School girls basketball team received bronze medals from the Class 4A state tournament after the Lady Dawgs lost 49-44 to Sour Lake's Hardin-Jefferson High School on March 1 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Ludecke Photography

Buzzer sounds on Lady Dawgs’ history-making season

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Needing a 3-pointer to send the Class 4A semifinal contest against Sour Lake’s Hardin-Jefferson on March 1 into overtime, the Burnet High School girls basketball team broke its final huddle to step back on the floor with a touch over 30 seconds remaining. (more…)

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The empty lot between Chicken Express and Taco Bell on U.S. 281 in Burnet will be the location of Burger King and Captain D’s restaurants. The sale of the property closed Feb. 28. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burger King-Captain D’s combo coming soon to Burnet

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS More fast-food options are coming to Burnet. City Manager David Vaughn said Feb. 28 that Burger King and Captain D’s are coming to 2.6 acres on U.S. 281 after the property sale closed. (more…)

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A large debris pile in Granite Shoals should be removed beginning next week after Burnet County Commissioners voted March 1 to contract with companies for the debris removal and monitoring. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Disposal of Granite Shoals flood debris pile to begin soon

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS A 15,000-cubic-yard debris pile near Granite Shoals City Hall should begin disappearing next week. (more…)

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Mission Marble Falls recently gave a boost to the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes with a $5,000 donation. Mission Marble Falls was awarded $9,000 during 100 Chicks for Charity event Feb. 1. Organizers with Mission Marble Falls pledged to use part of the funds to support the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lake, which has been without a food program for several months. Pictured are Steve Lackey (front, left) of Mission Marble Falls, Crissy Alderman of 100 Chicks for Charity, Kara Buster of Mission Marble Falls, Victoria Rucker of the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes, Vicki Campbell of 100 Chicks for Charity, Grant Dean of Mission Marble Falls; Brooks Blake (back, left) of Mission Marble Falls, the Rev. George Perry of Mission Marble Falls, Danny Buster of Mission Marble Falls, and Bill Drake of the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Mission Marble Falls pays it forward with donation to Boys and Girls Club food program

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When one nonprofit helps another, it just goes to show the depth of caring found in the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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The Highland Lakes is part of Flash Flood Alley, an area of Central Texas prone to extreme floods such as the one in October 2018. The National Weather Service and the Burnet County Office of Emergency Management are hosting a SkyWarn and FloodAware training program from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Burnet County AgriLife Extension Office, 607 N. Vanderveer in Burnet. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Train to be ‘eyes’ in the field for National Weather Service

FROM STAFF REPORTS With winter eventually giving way to spring and summer, the Highland Lakes could find itself in the crosshairs of Mother Nature’s power when it comes to storms and flooding. (more…)

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Llano library, nonprofit team up to offer family legal aid

FROM STAFF REPORTS For those living well below the national poverty line, getting affordable legal aid in rural parts of Texas can be tough. (more…)

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Phillips Ranch Road near Granite Shoals City Hall. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Granite Shoals to improve drainage on three main roads

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO After saving money on a recent major road project, Granite Shoals city staff proposed improving drainage on the city’s three main arteries. (more…)

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The Burnet Fire Department will add three additional staff members after City Council approved the request Feb. 26. The department had a 15 percent call volume increase in 2018. File photo

With call increase, Burnet Fire Department to hire 3 paramedics

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Three additional paramedics are coming to the Burnet Fire Department to help cover an increase in calls. (more…)

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Lake LBJ has been refilled to its normal operating range as of Feb. 27. As it was lowered nearly 4 feet, a large sandbar was visible from Lookout Mountain in Kingsland. That sandbar is marked by buoys and barely visible from the same location. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Lake LBJ refilled; LCRA addressing safety on the water

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Lake LBJ reached its normal operating range Feb. 27 after being lowered about 4 feet since Jan. 9. (more…)

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The Burnet Economic Development Corp. is purchasing 13.51 acres on U.S. 281 and Houston Clinton Drive. The tract allows for a number of development opportunities for the city. Graphic courtesy Burnet EDC

With Burnet EDC land purchase, area would be open for business

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The city of Burnet opened up development opportunities during the regular City Council meeting Feb. 26. (more…)

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This sport-utility vehicle crashed through a fence and came to rest in the open field of Marble Falls Elementary School just before noon Feb. 27 when no children were outside. The vehicle hit an electrical pole, went through the school’s fence, and stopped just before another fence that separates the field from the parking lot. Staff photo by Jared Fields

SUV crashes into Marble Falls Elementary playground

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS An SUV crashed through a fence and came to rest in the Marble Falls Elementary School play field just before noon Feb. 27 without injuring anyone. (more…)

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The Burnet High School girls basketball team with head coach Rick Gates celebrated winning the Class 4A Region IV championship against Liberty Hill. The 52-36 victory put the Lady Dawgs in the state basketball tournament for the first time in school history. Photo courtesy of Shannon Robison

Burnet fans get in line to witness Lady Dawgs basketball history

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Burnet High School girls basketball team will make history Friday when they play in the Texas University Interscholastic League state championship tournament for the first time. (more…)

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz visited the Highland Lakes after the Oct. 17 flood to view damage done along the Llano and Colorado rivers. Cruz spoke with homeowners and local officials during his visit. Cruz said he was ‘pleased’ with the federal disaster declaration issued Feb. 25. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Trump issues federal disaster declaration for Texas counties impacted by 2018 flooding

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Good news for the 33 Texas counties hit hard by severe storms and flooding last fall as President Donald Trump on Feb. 25 issued a federal disaster declaration. (more…)

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Kingsland man charged with murder in woman’s death

Kingsland man charged with murder in woman’s death

FROM STAFF REPORTS A 26-year-old Kingsland man was arrested Feb. 21 and charged with murder, according to Llano County Jail records. Gary Reese posted a $50,000 bond later that day. (more…)

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The Burnet High School girls basketball team won the Class 4A Region IV tournament by defeating Liberty Hill 52-36 in the final and Beeville Jones 44-31 in a regional semifinal. The Lady Dawgs will play in the Class 4A state tournament for the first time in program history. Courtesy photo

Lady Dawgs in state basketball tournament for first time

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The two best high school girls basketball teams in District 27-4A squared off for the third time with a trip to the Class 4A state tournament on the line. This time, the team sent home packing was dressed in Liberty Hill purple, not Burnet green. (more…)

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Ballerina Jade Gaither of Harmony School of Creative Arts will spend July in the the American Ballet Theatre intensive program on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Photo courtesy of Jenna Petty Photography

With intensive invites, teen ballerinas stay en pointe toward professional dance dreams

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO As ballerinas Jade Gaither and Emma Porterfield politely waited for dance teacher Jane Huber to finish a conversation with a visitor, Emma began light stretching and small dance gestures to warm up. Jade inadvertently pointed her toes outward then stood on them. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School aerospace science students Ivan Sanchez (left), Sebastian Evridge Pope, Tyler Wooten, and Damian Cunningham examine components for a rocket they are designing and building in class. The goal is to construct a rocket that will travel at transonic speed — breaking the sound barrier — but not exceed 13,000 feet. And they have to do it on a budget of $1,000 or less. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls High School’s aerospace program launchpad for future careers

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Marble Falls High School senior Ivan Sanchez has a problem, but it’s not an everyday high school problem. Sanchez and his aerospace science classmates must build a rocket that can hit transonic speed but not break a 13,000-foot ceiling. (more…)

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The first elected officials in the newly formed city of Double Horn took oaths of office during the Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting Feb. 22. Cathy Sereno (left) was elected mayor. Glenn Leisey (alderman), John Osborne (city marshal), and Bob Link (alderman) also took the oath at the Burnet County Courthouse. Photo courtesy of Joe Don Dockery

Elected officials sworn in for new city of Double Horn

FROM STAFF REPORTS Double Horn’s first elected officials took their oaths of office at the Burnet County Courthouse on Feb. 22. Burnet County commissioners certified the Feb. 12 Double Horn special election, which selected a mayor, marshal, and five aldermen. (more…)

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The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting an open house March 5 at Lago Vista Middle School, 8039 Bar K Ranch Road, to gather public input on proposed improvements to RR 1431 from the FM 1174 intersection in Burnet County east to Lago Vista. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Open house for public input on RR 1431 improvements

FROM STAFF REPORTS An open house March 5 in Lago Vista provides anyone who drives RR 1431 east of Smithwick an opportunity to view proposed improvements to the two-lane highway. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff’s Office trainee has nose for crime

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Deputy Kyle Ciolfi said becoming a K9 officer is his second greatest achievement, right after earning his badge. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School sophomore swimmer Landry Stewart swims the butterfly leg of the 200-yard individual medley at the Class 5A state meet. She finished 11th in the event. Photo by Martelle Luedecek/Luedecke Photography

Marble Falls, Burnet finish strong at state swim and dive meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Burnet and Marble Falls high schools made a splash at the Class 5A swimming and diving state meet with three top-11 finishes. The competition was Feb. 15-16 at the University of Texas at Austin. (more…)

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New kegs at Bear King Brewing Co. in Marble Falls are ready to be filled with beer. For now, the beer that goes in those kegs can only be consumed at the brewery. State Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) authored Senate Bill 312, which could alter beer-to-go laws in the state if passed. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Buckingham files brewery beer-to-go bill with tourism in mind

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS State Sen. Dawn Buckingham opened a media conference at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 19 to announce an agreement between two groups that could allow brewers to sell beer to customers for off-premise consumption. (more…)

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Rep. Roger Williams shook hands with constituents after his town hall Feb. 19 at the Burnet County Courthouse. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Williams prefers Congressional action on border security over emergency declaration and wall

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Congressman Roger Williams admitted he was “selfish” when it came to his “hesitancy” in supporting President Donald Trump’s recent national emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border. (more…)

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Burnet sophomore shooting guard Cam Allison splits the Boerne High School defense of freshman point guard Rashawn Galloway and senior forward Hunter Isenhart in an attempt to score during the Bulldogs’ 49-41 loss to the Greyhounds in a bi-district championship Feb. 19. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Burnet girls basketball advances as boys’ season ends

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO One Burnet High School basketball team is moving on as the other squad’s season ends. The Lady Dawgs (29-7 overall, 8-2 District 24-4A) crushed El Campo (32-3, 12-0 District 25-4A) 67-43 during a regional quarterfinal game in Smithville, while the Bulldogs (19-14, 5-5) fell to Boerne High School (24-11, 9-1 District […]

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