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Granite Shoals child bitten by rattlesnake on hike recovering at hospital

Granite Shoals child bitten by rattlesnake on hike recovering at hospital

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — On Jan. 22, three days after surviving a rattlesnake bite, 5-year-old Emily Oehler has started showing signs of a recovery. “This morning, she has a sense of humor,” said her mother, Alicia Oehler. “Her spirit is excellent. She is so strong.” (more…)

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Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a Llano County teenager, a reported runaway, who might have dyed her hair to avoid being found. Courtesy photo

UPDATE: Missing 15-year-old Llano girl found in Kingsland

UPDATE: The Llano County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the missing teen was found Jan. 19 at a residence in Kingsland. The investigation is ongoing, and more information on the circumstances surrounding the incident are pending, officials said.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO  — Llano County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe a 15-year-old girl, considered a […]

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Cigarette, chain sparks could be causes of fires near TX 71, US 281 intersection

Cigarette, chain sparks could be causes of fires near TX 71, US 281 intersection

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Windy conditions combined with dry, dead grass might have helped ignite a string of roadside fires Jan. 18 along Texas 71 west of U.S. 281. Marble Falls Volunteer Fire Department crews snuffed were able to snuff out the blazes prior to them posing a risk to nearby structures, officials […]

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David L. Meyer, 45, of Rockford, Illinois.

Burnet County road rage case suspect arrested on assault with deadly weapon charges

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — An Illinois man will face five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an alleged November road rage incident on RR 1431, during which the suspect reportedly threatened a family and  exchanged gunfire with an off-duty Austin police officer, officials said. (more…)

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PHOTOS: Marble Falls Police Department swears in new officer

PHOTOS: Marble Falls Police Department swears in new officer

Staff photos by Daniel Clifton

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Officials: Be cautious if traveling but don't 'panic' over ice storm warning

Officials: Be cautious if traveling but don’t ‘panic’ over ice storm warning

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Icy winter weather led to a few funny plays on words such as “Arctageddon” and “Snowmageddon.” Some Highland Lakes residents even found humor in their neighbors’ reactions to the Winter Storm Warning issued for the area Jan. 15-17. (more…)

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Llano Police Chief Kevin Ratliff and officers Jared Latta and Aimee Shannon were placed on paid leave Jan. 12 in the midst of an investigation by the district attorney. File photo

Llano police chief, two officers placed on leave; DA investigating

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — The Llano police chief and two officers joined a list of suspensions within the past three months of department staff placed on leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation by the 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, officials said. (more…)

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Bertram man dies in one-vehicle wreck on Texas 29

Bertram man dies in one-vehicle wreck on Texas 29

FROM STAFF REPORTS GEORGETOWN — A Bertram man died Jan. 12 after the truck he was driving struck a tree just after midnight in Williamson County, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report. (more…)

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Following community outcry and a state air permit issuance, the city of Marble Falls, developers, and private property owners filed a lawsuit in January in an attempt to halt the planned operation of a quarry in southern Burnet County. File photo

Marble Falls plaintiffs in civil lawsuit ask judge to halt planned rock crusher

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — The battle against a mining company heats up after four Marble Falls-area plaintiffs filed a civil lawsuit in January asking for an injunction to halt a planned rock crusher and quarry operation. (more…)

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Kingsland Breakfast Club meetings promote local businesses

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO KINGSLAND — The best part of the Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Breakfast Club meetings isn’t that they start at 8 a.m. and include the most important meal of the day. (more…)

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A one-vehicle rollover on RR 1431 in Granite Shoals sent one person to the emergency room Jan. 10 and caused traffic delays. Staff photo by Cade Rice

Rollover on RR 1431 in Granite Shoals sends one to ER

GRANITE SHOALS — A one-vehicle rollover on Jan. 10 in Granite Shoals sent one person to the emergency room and caused traffic delays, according to the Granite Shoals Police Department. The accident was called in at 3:02 p.m. in the 5900 block of RR 1431 between Valley View and Honey Moon Camp on the east side […]

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Some dog owners have raised concerns about larger dogs being aggressive toward smaller ones at Ruff Park, a half-acre, enclosed dog park at Westside Park in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Marble Falls digs into dog park complaints, solutions

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Commission is trying to stay out of the dog house as it addresses concerns of pet owners regarding small dogs vs. big dogs at Ruff Park. (more…)

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Kingsland home burglary caught on camera; Burnet County man arrested

Kingsland home burglary caught on camera; Burnet County man arrested

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY KINGSLAND — Llano County Sheriff’s Office investigators charged a man accused in connection with a River Oaks Drive residential burglary who they say was caught on a surveillance tape while inside the home. (more…)

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The city of Burnet reports an exploding housing market of single-family homes spurred by infrastructure improvements and private-public partnerships. File photo

Burnet’s thriving housing market attracts middle-class families

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — As the city of Burnet ushers in the new year, officials reported a thriving economy tied to several new or expanding housing projects, which have attracted a growing number of middle- and working-class families. (more…)

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Texas 29 in Bertram reopens following fuel tanker rollover

UPDATE: Officials have reopened Texas 29 just east of Bertram after an early morning fuel tanker rolled over Jan. 5, forcing law enforcement to close it for several hours.   FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — Emergency crews have closed down Texas 29 just east of Bertram due to a fuel tanker truck rollover, according to the […]

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Cause of waterline break at 281 and Broadway not yet determined

Cause of waterline break at 281 and Broadway not yet determined

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls public works crews tackled a waterline break at about 4 a.m. Jan. 4 in temperatures well below the freezing mark. Public Works Director James Kennedy said a call came in during the early morning hours reporting the issue in the 700 block of U.S. 281 on the […]

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Quick-acting staff at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Yacht Club doused a fire in the facility's heating unit Jan. 2. Google Images

Quick-acting Horseshoe Bay Yacht Club staff douse blaze in heating unit

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — Quick thinking and acting on the part of Horseshoe Bay Resort Yacht Club staff might have averted a serious situation after they discovered a fire Jan. 2 in the facility’s heating unit. (more…)

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At least two people escaped injury after a New Year’s Day fire destroyed a ranch house in Kingsland. Courtesy photo

Wood stove used for heat blamed in Kingsland ranch house fire

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY KINGSLAND — A wood stove used for heating possibly sparked a blaze that destroyed a ranch house on New Year’s Day, according to the Kingsland Volunteer Fire Department. (more…)

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The new H-E-B store on RR 1431 in Marble Falls is about seven weeks away from completion. Courtesy photo

New Marble Falls HEB store set to open Feb. 9

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The wait for the grand opening of the new H-E-B store in Marble Falls is almost over. Officials announced the new store, which is 110,000 square feet, will open at 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9.  (more…)

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People who used a debit or credit card to pump gas at a Kingsland 7-11 gas station are advised to contact their financial institution to determine if their accounts have been compromised. Credit card skimmers recently were found at the station’s fuel pumps.

Credit card skimmers found at Kingsland gas pumps

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — Investigators are sending out a warning to motorists after an attendant found several so-called credit card skimmers fastened to fuel pumps at a 7-11 store on RR 1431, according to the Llano County Sheriff’s Office. (more…)

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In April, H-E-B and Marble Falls officials broke ground at the site of the new H-E-B grocery store. The location is adjacent to the current facility, 1503 RR 1431 West in Marble Falls, and will be 111,000 square feet, an increase in size by 35,000 square feet. Officials believe the new store will open in early spring of 2018. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Pedestrian fatalities and new businesses dominate 2017 news

COMPILED FROM STAFF REPORTS From pedestrian fatalities and a street brawl to an extensive grocery store ground-breaking and a sizable municipal airport drug seizure, the top news stories of 2017 were notable in both scope and impact on the lives of residents across the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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A 23,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, located between Burnet and Marble Falls, is expected to be operational by the end of December. Jewell, an Oldcastle company, announced the facility will focus on growing Oldcastle’s concrete and mortar brands. The manufacturing unit will also bring new employment opportunities to the area, according to company officials. Courtesy photo

State-of-the-art manufacturing facility between Burnet, Marble Falls opening soon

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — People driving U.S. 281 between Burnet and Marble Falls might have noticed workers building a new manufacturing facility just on the north side of the railroad tracks between the two communities and wondered what it was. (more…)

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Blaze heavily damages Payne's Bar-B-Q Shak in Burnet

Blaze heavily damages Payne’s Bar-B-Q Shak in Burnet

UPDATE: As of 11 a.m., Burnet police have reopened all four eastbound and westbound lanes on Texas 29 West. FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A structure fire at a Burnet barbecue Dec. 22 temporarily halted traffic on Texas 29 West as fire crews pulled fire hoses across the roadway to help douse the blaze, officials said. […]

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A Johnson City police traffic stop Dec. 20 resulted in three arrests and the seizure of about 108 pounds of marijuana. Courtesy photo

Johnson City traffic stop nets 108 pounds of pot and THC ‘wax’

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY JOHNSON CITY — Three men who were en route from California to Austin face felony possession charges after a Johnson City police officer seized 108 pounds of marijuana and a THC-laden substance known as “wax” during a traffic stop, officials said. (more…)

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Marble Falls assesses legal deadlines in rock crusher battle

Marble Falls assesses legal deadlines in rock crusher battle

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls city officials took a closer look at their potential legal options and voted Dec. 18 to continue seeking possible court intervention in connection with a state-issued air quality permit for a mining company’s rock-crushing facility. (more…)

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The future look of Faith Academy of Marble Falls with a new football stadium, baseball and softball fields, gymnasium, and tennis courts. Courtesy drawing

Faith Academy announces $5.9M ‘athletic complex’ with new football stadium

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — By this time next year, the Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team will have completed its first season in its new stadium. In a Dec. 18 media release, school officials announced a three-phase, $5.9 million expansion that includes a new football stadium, softball and baseball fields, a […]

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