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Faith Academy selects longtime staff member Amy Cozby as interim head of school

Faith Academy selects longtime staff member Amy Cozby as interim head of school

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Amy Cozby admitted she had to get through a “Moses phase” — referring to the Biblical figure who led the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery but first had to give up life as an Egyptian royal — when officials approached her about the head of school position at […]

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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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Following projected revenue loss, Marble Falls considers lowering Lakeside Pavilion rental rates after 2016 hike

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Parks and Recreation Commission is re-evaluating fees for Lakeside Pavilion after officials project a $22,850 loss in revenues this year. “The feedback is that we’re expensive,” Parks and Recreation Director Robert Moss told the commissioners during its monthly meeting June 4. (more…)

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Chevrolet Buick Marble Falls earned the GM Mark of Excellence Award for both Buick and Chevrolet brands for the staff’s efforts in 2017. It’s the only dealership in Central Texas to receive the awards. This is the second year in a row the Marble Falls dealership has garnered the honors, which is quite impressive considering its only been under its current ownership for about 2½ years. Pictured are President Greg Wessels, office manager Lauren Duran, GM District Manager Robert Owusu, new car sales manager Jason Duran, used car sales manager Damon Farmer, service manager Geoff McElroy, parts manager Rand Bettencourt, and manager Matt Wessels. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Chevrolet Buick Marble Falls wins GM Mark of Excellence awards for second year in a row

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — Just moments after GM District Manager Robert Owusu awarded Chevrolet Buick Marble Falls with the GM Mark of Excellence Award for both Buick and Chevrolet brands on June 6, the management and staff slipped off and went back to what they do best: taking care of customers and the […]

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Lakeside Park beach could be ready by next summer; boat ramp improvements also planned

Lakeside Park beach could be ready by next summer; boat ramp improvements also planned

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — If all goes according to plans recently unveiled at the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, Lakeside Park will have a 400-foot sandy beach as early as next June. The beach would be located between Lake Marble Falls and Lakeside Pavilion. (more…)

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Verizon sends phone fraud alert after scammer targets Marble Falls customers

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS —  As Marble Falls resident Jane Marie Hurst started answering questions from a recent caller claiming to be a Verizon Wireless representative, something just didn’t seem right. Now, Verizon officials are warning customers about such calls. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls accepted the resignation of administrator Joe Rispoli. File photo

Faith Academy of Marble Falls administrator Joe Rispoli resigns by ‘mutual agreement’

STAFF MEMBER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The summer of change continues for Faith Academy of Marble Falls. Joe Rispoli, the private Christian school’s administrator, has stepped down. (more…)

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Pumps at Marble Falls gas station hit again by credit card skimmer thief

Pumps at Marble Falls gas station hit again by credit card skimmer thief

STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Police Department is advising people to pay for gas with cash or inside with a credit or debit card after multiple card skimmers were found on several pumps at a local gas station. (more…)

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No one was injured May 29 after a vehicle collided with a Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department brush truck (pictured here) as it headed down a neighborhood street on the way to a medical call. File photo

Car collides with Marble Falls Area VFD truck on medical call; ‘everyone was fine,’ says chief

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — No injuries were reported after a car crashed into a Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department brush truck May 29 that was traveling though a neighborhood behind emergency crews on their way to a non-emergency medical call, officials said. (more…)

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Authorities have issued warrants for the arrests of two people involved in a police chase and a vehicle rollover into a house May 19 in the 2000 block of U.S. 281 in Marble Falls. Courtesy photo

Arrest warrants issued after police chase ends with car crashing into business

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Police have issued warrants for the arrests of two people who evaded a traffic stop May 19 and crashed into a horse trailer and, eventually, a business under renovation, according to a Marble Falls Police Department media release. (more…)

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A proposed rock crusher and quarry operation south of the Texas 71 and U.S. 281 intersection drew protests from residents. A lawsuit filed by the city of Marble Falls, two property owners, and a residential development challenged the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s permitting process. A recent opinon by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was in favor of TCEQ, but the plaintiffs said they’ll keep pressing legal action. File photo

Mining opponents vow to continue lawsuit after AG opinion favors TCEQ permit process

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — Opponents of a planned rock crushing facility south of Marble Falls vowed May 17 to continue with a lawsuit aimed at halting mining operations, despite the Texas attorney general’s defense of the state’s permitting process. (more…)

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Marble Falls police are looking for the owner of a firearm left behind at an H-E-B checkout line, apparently by a customer. File photo

Marble Falls H-E-B staff find handgun left at register by customer

  EDITOR’S NOTE: This article reflects a clarification May 14 of the license to carry concealed firearms and open carry laws as detailed by state law.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Authorities are looking for the owner of a firearm left in a closed container at an H-E-B checkout lane May 10, […]

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DEA program takes old, unwanted prescription meds off streets

DEA program takes old, unwanted prescription meds off streets

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Authorities on April 28 will target prescription drugs flooding the street market through a national take-back program with drop-off locations in Burnet and Marble Falls. (more…)

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After a contentious battle with environmentally minded protestors, the 519-acre site of a proposed rock crusher just off Texas 71 south of U.S. 281 now dons a 'For Sale' sign. Courtesy photo

Planned rock crusher site ‘for sale’ after fight with anti-mining foes

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Mining industry opponents have turned up the heat with a petition calling for a statewide moratorium on quarry permits as an embattled rock crushing operation put its 518-acre proposed site up for sale. (more…)

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A gas pump at Kwik Chek Exxon convenience store in Marble Falls was closed after a credit card-skimming device was found attached to it. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Credit card skimmer found on gas pump at Marble Falls Exxon station

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Authorities removed a credit card-skimming device found inside a gas pump at a Marble Falls station April 24. Investigators believe the culprit might have had a key to open the equipment without disturbing the seal. (more…)

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Crews transport two women to ER after crash on RR 1431

Crews transport two women to ER after crash on RR 1431

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Two women in their 70s were sent to an emergency room April 17 with non-life-threatening injuries following a two-vehicle crash at the entryway of a roadside park on RR 1431 West, officials said. (more…)

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100-acre brush blaze east of Marble Falls sparks fire danger warning

100-acre brush blaze east of Marble Falls sparks fire danger warning

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY JONESTOWN — A 100-acre brush fire off RR 1431 east of Marble Falls, which resulted in injuries to at least two firefighters, prompted Burnet County officials on April 12 to ask residents not to burn outdoors for the next couple of days due to the fire danger. (more…)

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A Marble Falls parks and recreation commissioner asked city leaders to study how conditions upstream from Johnson Park could impact planned park improvements in the event of a significant flood. Commissioner Steve Hurst pointed out that debris around the Avenue N low-water crossing could impact both flooding at that location as well as downstream in the Johnson Park vicinity. File photo

Marble Falls parks commissioner raises flooding concerns at meeting

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — While city leaders discussed utility work to support proposed park improvements, one Marble Falls parks and recreation commissioner urged they address a potential flooding risk that could wipe out any park upgrades. (more…)

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Teen street racers arrested in Marble Falls, vehicles impounded

Teen street racers arrested in Marble Falls, vehicles impounded

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Officers on routine patrol arrested two suspects April 1 after witnessing pickup trucks “racing down” U.S. 281 in the heart of Marble Falls, according to a police report. (more…)

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The Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department added this Ford F550 brush truck to its fleet thanks to a $100,000 grant from Texas A&M Forest Service’s Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program. The Marble Falls department contributed to the purchase through fundraising efforts and Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 6. The new vehicle replaced a 1997 Ford F350 brush truck. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls Area VFD purchases new brush truck with forest service grant

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department added a nice tool to its firefighting toolbox thanks in part to a cost-share grant from the Texas A&M Forest Service’s Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program. (more…)

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Rabid wildlife reported in Burnet and Marble Falls prompts alert

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A couple of tests on skunks captured in Burnet and Marble Falls have come back positive for rabies, prompting an alert from public safety officials. (more…)

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TCEQ approves Tobyville rock crusher permit, sets deadline to contest

TCEQ approves Tobyville rock crusher permit, sets deadline to contest

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY TOBYVILLE — A mining company recently received permit approval to crush mined rock at one of its existing quarries in Burnet County, pending an April 2 “motion to overturn” deadline. (more…)

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MFISD bus driver recognized with two awards

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls Independent School District board members celebrated one of the district’s bus drivers with two honors during the regular trustees’ meeting March 20. Paula Smith earned the district’s Living the Vision Award as well as the Property Casualty Alliance of Texas Bus Driver of the Year. (more…)

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Marble Falls police discovered March 20 that a suspicious package left the day before at a Marble Falls car wash was an ‘innocent happenstance.’

Marble Falls police: ‘Suspicious package’ actually discarded school project

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Investigators revealed March 20 that a suspicious package that prompted an evacuation and brought a bomb squad to the city was actually a discarded high school project left beside a car wash trash can, according to the Marble Falls Police Department. (more…)

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A report of a suspicious package at a car wash on Mormon Mill Road in Marble Falls prompted police to close a three-block area of the roadway and request a bomb squad. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

UPDATE: No bomb found at Marble Falls car wash; scene cleared and road opened

UPDATE: Marble Falls police are continuing their investigation following a report of a suspicious package after explosives specialists determined a cardboard box wrapped in duct tape was not a bomb. Bomb specialists from the Austin Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety cleared the scene at a Marble Falls car wash on Mormon Mill […]

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