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Granite Shoals Police Officer Christie Carter was awarded the John F. Ortis Community Service Award while Officer Tim Edwards earned the 2018 Granite Shoals Police Department Officer of the Year Award. Courtesy photo

Granite Shoals police officers honored for community service, life-saving actions

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Granite Shoals Police Department honored several of their own Dec. 12 as Chief Gary Boshears presented officers and staff with awards, including Officer of the Year and the John F. Ortis Community Service Award. (more…)

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Due to the small number of workers and increased task of sorting trash from the recyclables, Llano Recycling Oppportunities management decided to end the trailer service. The facility, located at 1209 N. Bessemer Ave. in Llano, will continue to accept recyclable items on site. Courtesy photo

Llano recycling center stops mobile service due to small staff

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Llano Recycling Opportunities is shutting down its trailer service as of Friday, Dec. 14, because the volume of items the center gets exceeds its small staff’s abilities at this point. (more…)

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The Red Door Resale shop, 300 E. Pecan Drive, operated by Friends of the Johnson City Library is selling items at half-off to move inventory before closing at the end of the year. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Johnson City Library resale shop is closing its red door

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Now that the building loan for the Johnson City Library has been paid, the Red Door Resale shop, which supported the library, will close its doors after the holiday season. (more…)

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Patti Zinsmeyer, the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce executive director, is resigning effective Dec. 31. She will then continue as executive director on a part-time basis until the board makes a new hire. Photo courtesy of Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce

Executive director of Marble Falls chamber, CVB resigning

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Patti Zinsmeyer is resigning as executive director of the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau effective Dec. 31. (more…)

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Double Horn subdivision becomes city

Double Horn residents vote to incorporate; now the real business begins

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS After a 75-65 vote Dec. 6, the Double Horn subdivision near Spicewood will now incorporate as a new Type B city in Burnet County. (more…)

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A concept rendering for a sandy beach along Lake Marble Falls at Lakeside Park shows the proposed proximity to Lakeside Pavilion. The Marble Falls City Council on Dec. 4 awarded a contract to Myers Concrete Construction to build the beach as part of Project Phase 1A. Shallow water inside the lake wall will let beachgoers splash in the water inside. The project also will somewhat affect the layout of the Walkway of Lights but is not causing the popular Christmas event to go away. Rendering courtesy of the City of Marble Falls

Chamber: Walkway of Lights is staying at Lakeside Park

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS News of a $3.2 million contract awarded for Marble Falls park improvements quickly sparked words of remorse for the supposed loss of the beloved Walkway of Lights. (more…)

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Harbor Freight Tools has a permit to remodel the Designers Furniture Market building at 3300 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls. The furniture business is in the final days of a sale before closing. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Tool store will take the place of Marble Falls furniture market

FROM STAFF REPORTS A nationwide tool store will move into the Designers Furniture Market building in Marble Falls. (more…)

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Lakeside Park in Marble Falls will transition quickly from the home of Walkway of Lights to a construction zone for a sandy beach along Lake Marble Falls. The Marble Falls City Council awarded a $3.2 million contract during its regular meeting Dec. 4 for Lakeside Park Improvement Project Phase 1A. Staff photo by Jared Fields

City awards $3.2M contract for Lakeside Park, beach work; bid higher than estimate

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Marble Falls City Council awarded a $3.2 million contract to Myers Concrete Construction for Lakeside Park Improvement Project Phase 1A, which includes a sandy beach, during its regular meeting Dec. 4. (more…)

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Llano resident Marc Sewell unrolls a list of 117 differences he found between the retail and commercial zones of the city’s zoning ordinance, last updated in 1998. Sewell opposed the removal of a retail zone from the city ordinance on the Dec. 3 agenda. The City Council tabled two agenda items related to proposed zoning ordinance amendments. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano postpones decision on zoning ordinance amendments

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano City Council voted to table two agenda items related to amending the city’s zoning ordinance during its regular meeting Dec. 3. (more…)

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A live internet video feed shows construction of the RR 2900 bridge in Kingsland. The livestream can be viewed at 325internet.com.

Residents can keep an eye on new RM 2900 bridge construction from home or work

FROM STAFF REPORTS The contractor tasked with rebuilding the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland by April has more than TxDOT eyes on their work. (more…)

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The floor plan of the Johnson City Library showing what will be the Community Education Room and a smaller computer lab. Illustration courtesy of the Johnson City Library

Johnson City Library receives grant for new community room

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Johnson City librarian Maggie Goodman nervously opened a letter from the Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation. She read over the note then broke into her happy dance. (more…)

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Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers and the Llano County Sheriff’s Office are requesting information about a boat and a doghouse purchased at a Buchanan Dam garage sale around October 2006 that could help investigators working to solve the 12-year-old cold case killing of Holly Simmons. Rendering courtesy of Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers

Boat and unique doghouse information could help solve Buchanan Dam cold case death

FROM STAFF REPORTS Twelve years after Holly Simmons was last seen alive, information about a boat and a doghouse purchased at a garage sale in 2006 is being sought. (more…)

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Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals is on track to reopen by Monday, Dec. 3. The city closed the road from RR 1431 to Newcastle Drive on Nov. 5 as crews did a major overhaul of that stretch Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Stretch of Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals should reopen Dec. 3 after major work

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Road construction crews will reopen Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals by Monday, Dec. 3. (more…)

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Marble Falls’s mid-level industry sales tax receipt report from September.

Marble Falls sales tax receipts show big gains for two industry segments

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Marble Falls’s November state sales tax allocation increased 3.88 percent from the prior year’s amount, according to the state comptroller’s office. The growth in November’s allocation — which is based on September receipts — is the ninth month in 2018 the city has received more than the comparable month in 2017. This month’s […]

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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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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 Police Chief James Jay “J.J.” Wilson.

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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The intersection of RR 1431 and Phillips Ranch Road is currently closed to drivers as road work is completed. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Granite Shoals adding safety striping to help with visibility during road work

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Drivers approaching stop signs on the three Granite Shoals main arteries will get a little “help” in where to stop before moving on. (more…)

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Applications available for vacant Marble Falls City Council seat

FROM STAFF REPORTS Applications for a vacant Marble Falls City Council seat are available for residents. The deadline to apply for the Place 6 seat is Dec. 31. (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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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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