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Ishiah Carson

MMA fighter from Marble Falls in amateur championship

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Ishiah “The Hill Country Strangler” Carson is living up to his nickname in the mixed martial arts world. The 24-year-old, a 2013 Marble Falls High School graduate, is training to fight in the amateur championship against 21-year-old Anthony Sutterfield. Both fighters are 2-0 in the featherweight division. The bout is set […]

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BCISD info meetings set on proposed $33.1M bond

BCISD info meetings set on proposed $33.1M bond

As the election on a proposed $33.1 million bond nears, Burnet Consolidated Independent School District officials are hosting information meetings for voters. The upcoming sessions are: • Tuesday, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room, 208 E. Brier in Burnet • Friday, October 4, during Coffee with the Superintendent at 8 […]

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TPWD Seeks Public Comment on Trot Line Rules

TPWD seeks public comment on proposed trot line rules

From Staff Reports Texas Parks and Wildlife Department commissioners are asking for public comment on proposed changes to the regulations on trot lines and other “passive” fishing gear. Changes include adding requirements and specification for floats and reducing the valid period for gear tags to reduce the negative impacts of abandoned gear in Texas public […]

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Burnet, Marble Falls Cross Country McNeil Results

Burnet and Marble Falls cross country compete at McNeil

The Marble Falls and Burnet high school cross country teams competed at the Round Rock McNeil Invitational at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock September 28. Old Settler’s Park also will be the site of the state meet Saturday, November 9. Marble Falls had two runners compete in the gold divisions, which pits the state’s […]

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The Helping Center of Marble Falls

Pitch in to pack pantries’ shelves with protein sources

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Sam Pearce has a quiet, confident faith. No matter how bare the shelves get at The Helping Center of Marble Falls Area, he believes God will provide. “It’s been a tough summer, but we’ll get through,” he said as he looked at the food pantry’s storage area. Several empty spots on the […]

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Nonprofit leadership group

Nonprofit leaders can help each other through new group

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The world of nonprofits can be hard to navigate for directors, board members, and other leaders. It’s something Amber McHose, executive director of Harmony School of Creative Arts, sees firsthand in her role. “It can seem a little crazy with all the different nonprofits and everything going on,” she said. “When you […]

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Sculptor Dan Pogue

Sculptor: Public art displays feasts for eyes, economies

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Dan Pogue has sculpted intricate, beautiful pieces of art, including a towering 16-foot archangel, but his latest project is almost amusing to him. “You know, I’ve never done a hippo before,” he said in his gallery and studio located east of Marble Falls. “I’ve done a lot of things, but this is […]

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Banned Books Week

Marble Falls library highlights harm of banning books

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON What do “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the Bible, and the “Captain Underpants” book series have in common? People have tried to ban them. “It still happens today,” said Misty Smith, the children’s librarian at the Marble Falls Public Library. “We’re not talking about the Middle Ages; we’re talking […]

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Slight property tax rate increase approved for Granite Shoals

Slight property tax rate increase approved for Granite Shoals

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Granite Shoals property owners will see a slight increase in their property tax rate as the City Council approved a rate of 59.922 cents per $100 valuation. The council adopted the rate during its September 10 meeting. It’s up from the previous rate of 59.6 cents per $100 valuation. A property […]

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Local CASA seeking Hispanic and bilingual volunteers

Local CASA seeking Hispanic and bilingual volunteers

Being in foster care is challenging enough for a child, but it’s even more difficult for youths who are placed in a home with no connection to their culture. To help those children, CASA for the Highland Lakes Area is seeking more Hispanic and bilingual volunteers. Court Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers from the community […]

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Magic the Gathering

Magic the Gathering enthusiasts build decks and friendships

STAFF WRITER SUZANNE FREEMAN Two of them are Marines. One’s a former truck driver. Another manages a cement company. They all play Magic the Gathering on a regular basis at Hood’s Games ’N Things in Marble Falls and were on hand for a recent pre-release party and game night. Magic the Gathering is the grandfather […]

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Night Mares roller derby

Marble Falls Night Mares roller derby team a ‘wheel’ family

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The Marble Falls Night Mares wear their bruises as well-earned badges. A Highland Lakes-based flat track roller derby team, the Night Mares consider themselves family, despite their training to push, pull, and slam into each other as they practice their rather aggressive sport at the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland […]

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PEC director resigns following conflict of interest probe

Seven days after the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Board of Directors began looking into conflict of interest disclosures for District 4 Director Jim Powers, he turned in his resignation. “The PEC Board of Directors addressed conflict of interest certifications and disclosures with Mr. Powers at its regular meeting on September 13. Mr. Powers submitted his resignation […]

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Texas Tech Coding Academy

Texas Tech-Highland Lakes offering Coding Academy

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Texas Tech University-Highland Lakes and Austin Coding Academy announced a partnership September 18 to create the Texas Tech Coding Academy. The academy welcomes its first cohort at TTU-Highland Lakes in October. Coding is creating a set of instructions or rules that are used to write software for computers, apps, and websites. […]

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The Helping Center garden

Donations sought for Marble Falls community garden’s move

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON After eight years next to The Helping Center of Marble Falls, the community garden is pulling up roots and could use a little help itself. “The Helping Center is going to be part of the new community resource center, so they’ll be moving,” said Suzy Rowley of the Highland Lakes Master Gardener […]

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Fort Croghan

Fort Croghan Plaza of Honor to be dedicated to Burnet County history advocates

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Carol Anne Goble loved history, particularly that of Burnet County and Fort Croghan, and she was an ardent advocate of both. When she died earlier this year, the Burnet County Heritage Society wanted to memorialize her. Enter, the Plaza of Honor, which will be installed at the Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum […]

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Watch DOGS at Spicewood Elementary

Spicewood school seeks father figures to be Watch D.O.G.S

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Sometimes, the best way to get dads, father figures, or men in general to volunteer is to give them a clear way to do it. That’s one of the great things about Watch D.O.G.S. “You just have to sign up and show up,” said Chris Putnam, a Watch D.O.G.S. coordinator for Spicewood […]

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Marble Falls gives streets ‘no through truck traffic’ designation

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON As Marble Falls seeks a more pedestrian-friendly downtown and residents raise concerns about heavy truck traffic on two residential roads, the City Council designated parts of the city as “no through truck traffic.” The council approved the designation for Avenues G and F between 12th Street and RR 1431 on the east […]

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Marble Falls' property tax rate shrinks as economy grows

Marble Falls’ property tax rate shrinks as economy grows

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The city of Marble Falls chipped off more from its property tax rate, something it has managed to do each of the past couple years. “I’m pretty excited about the tax rate and the city’s overall economic strength,” City Manager Mike Hodge said. “When I got here about four years ago, the […]

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Marble Falls Police Department holding town hall meeting

The Marble Falls Police Department is in the process of drafting its five-year strategic plan and looking for the public’s assistance. The department is holding a town hall meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, September 19, at the public safety facility, 606 Avenue N in Marble Falls. Department officials will discuss the strategic plan and gather […]

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Dominoes at Trailblazer Grille

The games people play improve logic and lives; join them

STAFF WRITER SUZANNE FREEMAN It’s easy to get in the game in the Highland Lakes, whether you want to play bridge, mah jongg, dominoes, or another. Even if you’ve never played, the people who gather regularly to match their skills and meet new friends are happy to welcome and teach any and all newcomers. If […]

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Marble Falls and Burnet cross country runners grab gold

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Marble Falls and Burnet high school cross country teams turned in solid performances at two different meets September 14. Marble Falls competed at the Cedar Park Invitational, where junior Bailey Goggans won the girls’ Division I race in 18 minutes 26 seconds, a new personal record. The state’s reigning two-time […]

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Operation BBC Relief

Marble Falls businessman joins ‘food first responders’

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON After Hurricane Dorian released its grip on The Bahamas earlier this month and the vast destruction became evident, Numinous Coffee Roasters owner Alex Payson wanted to do more than just offer “thoughts and prayers.” “Thoughts and prayers are a great start, but what can you do after that,” asked Payson rhetorically. On […]

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Burnet homecoming court

Burnet shows true colors during homecoming week

It’s homecoming week for Burnet High School. While the campus is the epicenter of activities, the Burnet community also shows its true colors: kelly green and white. That Bulldog pride has only grown since September 1885, when the Burnet school district was formed. The annual homecoming parade is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 19, on the […]

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Burnet drug bust

Burnet police seize THC-infused vape cartridges and pot

The Burnet Police Department arrested a “suspected” drug dealer September 14 after they found marijuana and THC-infused vape cartridges in his vehicle and home. Burnet police charged 22-year-old Antulio Vela with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a state jail felony. The arrest happened shortly after Vela left his […]

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'Bulldogs United' documentary

‘Bulldogs United’ tells uplifting story after devastating moment

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The image of Everman High School defensive back Corey Fulbright lying motionless on the Alamodome turf has stayed with fans who attended the Burnet-Everman state championship game in November 2002. During Everman’s 35-14 win over Burnet in the Class 3A Division I final, Fulbright made a hit that damaged his spinal […]

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