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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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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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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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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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Beaver Island residents had to evacuate Oct. 16 due to rising water. File photo

Officials: Preparation saves Granite Shoals from severe damage; water safe to drink

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Granite Shoals City Manager Jeff Looney and Assistant City Manager Peggy Smith drove through their city Oct. 17 to see the damage done from floodwaters and rain Oct. 16. The two said they hardly saw any. (more…)

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Granite Shoals raises water rates, approves bigger contract with animal shelter

Granite Shoals raises water rates, approves bigger contract with animal shelter

UPDATE: This article as of Oct. 1 reflects the increase to the city’s water tier rates as well as minimum monthly rate. STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Granite Shoals residents will be paying a little more for their water beginning Oct. 1. (more…)

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Granite Shoals City Council passes property tax rate

Granite Shoals City Council passes property tax rate

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — During a special meeting Sept. 18, the Granite Shoals City Council passed an ad-valorem property tax rate for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The new tax rate is 59.6 cents per $100 valuation, up from 56.313 cents for the 2017-18 fiscal year. (more…)

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New Granite Shoals City Manager Jeffery Looney. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

New Granite Shoals City Manager Jeffery Looney believes in ‘service above self-interest’

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Jeffery Looney, the new Granite Shoals city manager, knows the economic growth of the city depends on addressing the lack of a wastewater system, something that’s gone before voters in the past but was shot down. (more…)

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Granite Shoals OKs hire of city manager and votes on 'not to exceed' tax rate

Granite Shoals OKs hire of city manager and votes on ‘not to exceed’ tax rate

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Granite Shoals City Council approved the hire of a new city manager and voted on a “not to exceed” tax rate during recent meetings. (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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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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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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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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CORRECTION: Granite Shoals road work July 19; expect delays

CORRECTION: Granite Shoals road work July 19; expect delays

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the initial article, it was stated that this project was tied to the $3 million bond, but it is not. The city is simply seal coating these roads, which is funded through the regular street budget.   FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — Residents can expect delays on certain roads beginning 8 […]

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BCSO deputy stops to help woman in overheated SUV then arrests her on drug charge

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — Authorities arrested a Kingsland woman July 11 on a drug charge after a Burnet County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to help the motorist with an overheating vehicle, according to a report. (more…)

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Granite Shoals town hall on likes, dislikes, and insights regarding deer management program

Granite Shoals town hall on likes, dislikes, and insights regarding deer management program

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Residents who have questions about or insights into the Urban Deer Management program are invited to voice them during an upcoming town hall meeting. (more…)

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Granite Shoals interviews top candidates for city manager

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council took its first step toward hiring a permanent city manager July 5 by interviewing three of the top four candidates during an executive session. (more…)

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Granite Shoals man accused of pushing woman out of car

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — A driver, suspected of domestic violence, will face an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge after he allegedly pushed a female out of a vehicle and dragged her along a neighborhood street, according to a Granite Shoals police report. (more…)

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Bryant Edward Dulin, 46, of Granite Shoals was found guilty June 18 on several charges of child sexual abuse.

UPDATE: Granite Shoals Man gets 225 years in prison in child sexual abuse case

  UPDATE: At 2:30 p.m. June 19, a Burnet County jury recommended Bryant Dulin get 20 years for the indecency charge; 60 years on each count of aggravated sexual assault of a child; 50 years for continuous sexual abuse; and 35 years for the super aggravated charge. State District Judge Evan Stubbs then “stacked” several […]

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Bryant Edward Dulin

Child sexual assault trial of Granite Shoals man underway; Bryant Dulin accused of molesting four girls

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Opening statements got underway June 12 in State District Judge Evan Stubbs’s courtroom in the trial of a Granite Shoals man accused of molesting four girls, some of whom alleged repeated sexually inappropriate behavior dating back 15 years. (more…)

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Maribel Nikole Enriquez (left), 17, of Granite Shoals was killed in a collision on Texas 71 in Travis County on June 9. A passenger in the car she was driving, Jose Angel Ornelas, 31, of Marble Falls, was 'critically injured' and transported to an Austin hospital.

Three killed, including Marble Falls High School student, in two-vehicle crash on Texas 71

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BEE CAVE — An outpouring of community support has followed the death of a 17-year-old Marble Falls High School student killed in a two-vehicle crash on a rain-slicked Texas 71 on June 9 in Travis County. (more…)

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Marble Falls man gets 12 years in indecency with a child case involving 11-year-old girl

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A Marble Falls man told the mother of an 11-year-old girl he was only trying to wake her for school when he touched the child inappropriately, but the mother, law enforcement, and now a Burnet County jury didn’t buy his explanation. (more…)

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A fire on June 5 destroyed an RV used as a dwelling on Little Elm Road in Granite Shoals. The cause is undetermined pending an investigation. Courtesy photo

Fire chief investigates blaze that destroyed RV in Granite Shoals

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — Investigators are trying to determine what ignited a blaze June 5 in an unoccupied RV. A renter had moved out days prior to the incident. (more…)

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Joshua Patrick 'J.P.' Wilson

Ex-Granite Shoals chief charged with perjury surrenders to authorities

FROM STAFF REPORTS BEEVILLE — A former Granite Shoals police chief turned himself into the Bee County Jail on May 9 in response to a Burnet County grand jury indictment alleging he lied under oath about recordings and documents he took from the agency after he parted ways with the city, according to court and […]

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