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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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Granite Shoals shooting sends man to ER; no danger to public, police say

Granite Shoals shooting sends man to ER; no danger to public, police say

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — Police said the public has nothing to worry about regarding a shooting last weekend that authorities are still investigating. The incident was reported at about 7 a.m. April 28 in the 100 block of Oakwood. (more…)

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Granite Shoals fire officials believe a smoke detector saved the life of a man by alerting him to a fire that destroyed a house on Lake LBJ. Courtesy photo

Man survives fire that destroyed Granite Shoals house on Lake LBJ

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — A fire that destroyed a home on Lake LBJ and injured a man might have been an accident, according to a preliminary assessment by fire officials April 17. The blaze happened at about 4 p.m. April 14 at the two-story home in the 500 block of North Shorewood. (more…)

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People must now pay a $50 deposit fee along with a $50 rental fee to use Crockett (pictured here), Blue Briar, and Veterans parks in Granite Shoals for events such as reunions and parties. The deposit fee is refundable as long as the renter cleans up after their event. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Granite Shoals park rental fees go up due to left-behind trash and alcohol rule-breakers

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Those wishing to rent parks in the city of Granite Shoals are going to need to dig deeper into their pockets. Granite Shoals City Council approved raising the deposit fee for the city’s community center, located at 1208 N. Phillips Ranch Road, from $200 to $300 for residents […]

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Bryant Edward Dulin, 45, of Granite Shoals

Granite Shoals man accused by fourth girl in child sex abuse investigation

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET COUNTY —  A fourth alleged child victim has come forward to accuse a Granite Shoals man of sexual abuse, according to a Burnet County Sheriff’s Office report. Bryant Edward Dulin, 45, turned himself into authorities March 27. He was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to jail records. […]

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Granite Shoals picks past interim city manager for current job opening

Granite Shoals picks past interim city manager for current job opening

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council picked an interim city manager, and it’s a familiar face. The council named Marvin Townsend to the post after interviewing him during its regular meeting March 13. (more…)

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