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The Burnet City Council on Aug. 14 voted unanimously to rename Live Oak Park to Randy Longoria Park in honor of the city’s parks supervisor who passed away Aug. 4. Friends and family of Longoria attended the meeting and took a photo to commemorate the honor. Pictured are Debbie Longoria (left), Mary Longoria, Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley, Kim Wilson, Andrew Scott, and Danisa Scott. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet votes to rename park after parks supervisor who passed away Aug. 4

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet City Council voted unanimously to rename Live Oak Park after former parks supervisor Randy Longoria during its meeting Aug. 14. (more…)

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The fate of a waterway dredging operation hangs in the balance as Llano County residents assemble groups to try to defeat a plan for a mining company to remove sand from a portion of Sandy Creek. Courtesy photo

Save Sandy Creek meeting Aug. 16 over ‘sand mine’ concerns

FROM STAFF REPORTS SUNRISE BEACH VILLAGE — Those interested in how a proposed “sand mine” in Sandy Creek will affect the area can attend a public presentation Aug. 16. (more…)

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Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department dedicates new burn room for live training

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON SUNRISE BEACH VILLAGE — Stephen Grove recalled the moment it happened. He was sharing the vision for the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department’s old station house with some folks gathered at Mosca’s restaurant. (more…)

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This photo from Aug. 8 showed how Town Lake in Llano had no overflow, forcing the city to enact Stage 5 water restrictions. After weekend rains, city officials lowered mandatory water restrictions to Stage 3. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

After weekend rains, Llano lowers water restrictions to Stage 3 — for now

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — Although Llano received less than an inch of rain in the past week, city officials on Aug. 14 lowered mandatory water restrictions from Stage 5 to Stage 3. Heavy rains farther west — about 4 inches in parts of Mason County — flowed down the Llano River and into Llano’s […]

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Burnet County Sheriff’s Office investigators are seeking information regarding the whereabouts of Tina Marie Logan. The 40-year-old woman was last seen on April 4 at approximately 10 a.m. at the 29 Tire and Auto, 5030 Texas 29 in Burnet. She was last known to be driving a 2005 Mazda Tribute (like the one pictured) with Texas license plate number KHZ9232. Call the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office at (512) 756-8080 if you have information regarding Logan’s location. Courtesy photos

Burnet County Sheriff’s Office seeks help in finding missing woman last seen at tire shop

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Tina Marie Logan, who was last seen in April at a Burnet tire store. (more…)

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Marble Falls Middle School sixth-grader Nathan Jowers watches a video on his smartphone thanks to the new Wi-Fi service at Westside Park. Jowers connected to the free service Aug. 9 while attending Westside Connection, a festive gathering hosted by the city of Marble Falls’s Community Engagement Initiative. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls now providing free Wi-Fi access at Westside Park

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Eleven-year-old Nathan Jowers didn’t hesitate when answering why he wanted to attend Westside Connection, a fun gathering at Westside Park on Aug. 9. (more…)

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Human skull found in Lake Buchanan; DPS dive team searching water

Human skull found in Lake Buchanan; DPS dive team searching water

FROM STAFF REPORTS BUCHANAN DAM — A Texas Department of Public Safety dive team is searching a portion of Lake Buchanan on Aug. 9 after a human skull was found the previous night. (more…)

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Two bats found in Meadowlakes test positive for rabies

FROM STAFF REPORTS MEADOWLAKES — City officials are urging residents to beware of wild animals acting abnormally and take precautions to protect themselves and their pets after two bats found in Meadowlakes tested positive for rabies. (more…)

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Dennis Maier, who was the mayor of Granite Shoals from 2011-15, passed away Aug. 7. Courtesy photo

Former Granite Shoals Mayor Dennis Maier was a ‘true servant’

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Dennis Maier was such a dedicated servant and leader of the city of Granite Shoals, he would spend hours at the water plant with Assistant City Manager Peggy Smith when the facility wasn’t working. (more…)

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City staff, family, and friends line Texas 29 in Burnet on Aug. 6 to honor Parks Supervisor Randy Longoria, who died Aug. 4. City trucks and law enforcement vehicles escorted Longoria’s body to the city’s maintenance facility one last time before he arrived at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet Parks Supervisor Randy Longoria was always there for the community

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Randy Longoria wanted the people of Burnet to know he had their backs. The parks supervisor’s response to anything asked of him might vary between “I got this,” “No problem,” or “What can I do?” One response no one ever heard: “No.” (more…)

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Marble Falls City Council proposes lower tax rate for second straight year

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — The city of Marble Falls’s tax rate will likely decrease for the second straight year. City Council voted 7-0 during its regular meeting Aug. 7 to set the tax rate at $0.615 per $100 in valuation for the 2018-19 fiscal year and set public hearing dates of Aug. 21 […]

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Granite Shoals City Council members unanimous in choice for city manager

Granite Shoals City Council members unanimous in choice for city manager

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Granite Shoals City Council members unanimously voted during an Aug. 7 special meeting to offer the postion of city manager to Jeffery Looney, the former city administrator of Fairfield. (more…)

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‘Father of Texas 911 System,’ Granite Shoals resident Bill Carter dies at 89

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Growing up in Garland, Austin Stanphill didn’t have the option of dialing 911 in an emergency because that number didn’t exist in the state of Texas. “You heard about 911 in other parts of the country,” said Stanphill, the Granite Shoals fire chief, “but we’d call zero for […]

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Granite Shoals terminates finance director; city manager spot possible meeting topic

Granite Shoals terminates finance director; city manager spot possible meeting topic

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The city of Granite Shoals has made a change in its finance department after letting director of finance Wendy Gholson go last week. “Wendy was terminated Friday (Aug. 3),” Assistant City Manager Peggy Smith said. (more…)

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The city of Llano on Aug. 4 announced Stage 5 water restrictions, the final step in its Drought Contingency Plan. File photo

UPDATE: Llano modifies Stage 5 restrictions to allow sprinkler system use one day per week

  UPDATE: As of Aug. 7, the city of Llano modified its Stage 5 restrictions to allow residents to irrigate with sprinkler systems or hose-end sprinklers once per week on designated watering day from 7-10 p.m. Filling or refilling of any pools and/or hot tubs is allowed in lieu of landscape irrigation. Also, water rate […]

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The National Park Service has temporarily closed the Texas White House, part of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, due to structural and safety issues. Photo by NPS

LBJ park’s Texas White House temporarily shuts its doors due to structural issues

STONEWALL – The National Park Service is temporarily closing the Texas White House and the adjacent pool house until further notice due to health and safety concerns arising from structural issues. Both facilities are part of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. (more…)

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Man wrestles for Burnet County deputy’s gun during mental health transport attempt

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — A Burnet County sheriff’s deputy was able to subdue a suspect who went for the officer’s firearm after striking him. (more…)

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Granite Shoals Police Chief Gary Boshears (right) congratulates the newly promoted Sgt. John Ortis for his advancement. Ortis joined the Granite Shoals Police Department as an officer in 2011. On July 24, Ortis became the department’s latest sergeant. Courtesy photo

Granite Shoals officer, military veteran promoted to sergeant

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — Avery and Ayden Ortis finally got to stick it to their father, John Ortis. It’s not something you often get to do to your dad if he also happens to be a Granite Shoals police officer. (more…)

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More than 100 firefighting personnel, including from out-of-state agencies, have assisted in battling the Park Road 4 fire in Burnet County. Courtesy photo by James Oakley

Park Road 4 fire: Evacuated residents can return home; more than 100 personnel battling blaze

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — The Texas A&M Forest Service announced July 31 that evacuated residents near the Park Road 4 fire will be allowed back into their homes at 5 p.m. (more…)

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Kingsland Water Supply considering mandatory restrictions if drought continues

Kingsland Water Supply considering mandatory restrictions if drought continues

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS KINGSLAND — Kingsland Water Supply Corp. anticipates implementing Stage 2 of its drought management plan “within the next couple of weeks if there is not significant rain in that time period,” according to General Manager Leonard Leinfelder. (more…)

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UPDATE: City of Llano moves to Stage 4 water restrictions

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — As inflows from the Llano River continue to decrease and water temperatures remain warm, city of Llano officials have initiated Stage 4 water restrictions as of July 31. (more…)

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UPDATE: Officials say ATV is cause of Park Road 4 fire, which is 50 percent contained

UPDATE: Officials say ATV is cause of Park Road 4 fire, which is 50 percent contained

BURNET — An all-terrain vehicle has been determined as the cause of the Park Road 4 fire near Inks Lake State Park, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.  (more…)

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Authorities remove boys from Bertram-area residential facility under investigation

Authorities remove boys from Bertram-area residential facility under investigation

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — After a two-week investigation, state and local law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant July 25 at a Bertram-area facility that claimed to be a residential home for troubled boys. (more…)

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Llano residents still using too much water under Stage 3 restrictions; city issues reminder

Llano residents still using too much water under Stage 3 restrictions; city issues reminder

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — City officials are asking Llano residents to double down on their water conservation efforts after entering Stage 3 restrictions in early July. Under Stage 3, daily water usage should be down to 800,000 gallons, but, according to a city of Llano media release, daily usage is at about 1 million […]

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Phase 2 of Granite Shoals street project under budget, leading to other improvements

Phase 2 of Granite Shoals street project under budget, leading to other improvements

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Unexpected extra money could mean better roads feeding onto the three main arteries in the city of Granite Shoals. (more…)

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A wildfire scorched about 15 acres July 23 on RR 1174 near Whitewater Springs. The road was temporarily closed as firefighters contained the blaze. Photo courtesy of David Maple/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wildfire scorches 15 acres off RR 1174 in Burnet County; fourth blaze in recent weeks

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — Despite the heat and fire services taxed from battling other area wildland blazes, crews were able to swiftly snuff a 15-acre blaze July 23 just off RR 1174 near the Whitewater Springs subdivision, officials said. (more…)

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