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June Oliver (center), the Democratic nominee for Texas's 25th congressional district, is holding a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at Westside Park Community Hall, 1704 Second St. in Marble Falls. Burnet County Democratic Party Chair Marti Pogue (left) and Marble Falls resident Shirley Schmidt helped plan the town hall. The free event is open to the public. Courtesy photo

Democratic congressional candidate Julie Oliver holding Marble Falls town hall

  CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, Democratic congressional candidate Julie Oliver was incorrectly referred to as June Oliver. We apologize for the error.   FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Congressional candidate Julie Oliver is holding a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Westside Park Community Hall, and […]

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U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (at the head of the table) held a round table discussion Aug. 23 with Marble Falls leaders. Williams, who represents the Texas's 25th congressional district, has made it a priority during his time in office to work on behalf of small businesses and 'Main Street America.' Courtesy photo

Congressman Roger Williams in Marble Falls for business-focused round table

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — U.S. Rep. Roger Williams continued his whirlwind tour of Texas’s 25th congressional district with a stop in Marble Falls on Aug. 23. (more…)

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Marble Falls City Council discussions focus on fees

Marble Falls City Council discussions focus on fees

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls City Council spent much of the Aug. 21 regular meeting discussing fees as members work toward adopting a tax rate and a budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. (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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Llano tax rate and budget move closer to adoption; new alderwoman sworn in

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — At its Aug. 20 regular meeting, Llano City Council moved closer to establishing a tax rate and budget for the upcoming fiscal year. (more…)

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Man from state’s most wanted sex offenders list arrested Aug. 21 in Marble Falls

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The U.S. Marshals Service’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and the Marble Falls Police Department captured a man Aug. 21 who was featured on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list. (more…)

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Llano feeling relief from rain as city moves down to Stage 2 water restrictions

Llano feeling relief from rain as city moves down to Stage 2 water restrictions

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Rains to the west of Llano have sustained streamflow on the Llano River, allowing Llano officials to move down to Stage 2 water restrictions. (more…)

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Woman killed in personal watercraft accident on Lake LBJ

Woman killed in personal watercraft accident on Lake LBJ

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — A 56-year-old Richmond woman died Aug. 17 after a personal watercraft accident on Lake LBJ. (more…)

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U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke talks about his vision for the country during a stop at Quail Point Lodge in Horseshoe Bay on Aug. 16. The El Paso congressman is challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for his seat in the Nov. 6 general election. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Democrat O’Rourke attracts big town hall crowd in Republican Horseshoe Bay

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON HORSESHOE BAY —  As Dana Rushing began planning for Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s town hall Aug. 16 at Quail Point, she thought 100 chairs would be enough, maybe 150. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff’s Office investigators are seeking information regarding the whereabouts of Tina Marie Logan. The 40-year-old woman was last seen on April 4 at approximately 10 a.m. at the 29 Tire and Auto, 5030 Texas 29 in Burnet. She was last known to be driving a 2005 Mazda Tribute (like the one pictured) with Texas license plate number KHZ9232. Call the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office at (512) 756-8080 if you have information regarding Logan’s location. Courtesy photos

Human remains and missing woman’s SUV found in northwest Burnet County

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Investigators discovered human remains in northwest Burnet County as well as the 2005 Mazda Tribute owned by a woman who was last seen in the Burnet area in April. (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 state sales tax allocation increase attributed to new HEB and housing

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls’s state sales tax allocation in June increased again from the previous year. The August payment — based on June receipts — was up 3.94 percent from $807,103.39 in 2017 to $838,941.03 this June. (more…)

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Marble Falls resurfacing mile of city streets; work begins Aug. 20

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Road work beginning Aug. 20 will improve about 1 mile of city streets between Mormon Mill Road and U.S. 281. (more…)

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The Burnet City Council on Aug. 14 voted unanimously to rename Live Oak Park to Randy Longoria Park in honor of the city’s parks supervisor who passed away Aug. 4. Friends and family of Longoria attended the meeting and took a photo to commemorate the honor. Pictured are Debbie Longoria (left), Mary Longoria, Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley, Kim Wilson, Andrew Scott, and Danisa Scott. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet votes to rename park after parks supervisor who passed away Aug. 4

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet City Council voted unanimously to rename Live Oak Park after former parks supervisor Randy Longoria during its meeting Aug. 14. (more…)

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The fate of a waterway dredging operation hangs in the balance as Llano County residents assemble groups to try to defeat a plan for a mining company to remove sand from a portion of Sandy Creek. Courtesy photo

Save Sandy Creek meeting Aug. 16 over ‘sand mine’ concerns

FROM STAFF REPORTS SUNRISE BEACH VILLAGE — Those interested in how a proposed “sand mine” in Sandy Creek will affect the area can attend a public presentation Aug. 16. (more…)

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Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department dedicates new burn room for live training

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON SUNRISE BEACH VILLAGE — Stephen Grove recalled the moment it happened. He was sharing the vision for the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department’s old station house with some folks gathered at Mosca’s restaurant. (more…)

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This photo from Aug. 8 showed how Town Lake in Llano had no overflow, forcing the city to enact Stage 5 water restrictions. After weekend rains, city officials lowered mandatory water restrictions to Stage 3. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

After weekend rains, Llano lowers water restrictions to Stage 3 — for now

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — Although Llano received less than an inch of rain in the past week, city officials on Aug. 14 lowered mandatory water restrictions from Stage 5 to Stage 3. Heavy rains farther west — about 4 inches in parts of Mason County — flowed down the Llano River and into Llano’s […]

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Burnet County Sheriff’s Office investigators are seeking information regarding the whereabouts of Tina Marie Logan. The 40-year-old woman was last seen on April 4 at approximately 10 a.m. at the 29 Tire and Auto, 5030 Texas 29 in Burnet. She was last known to be driving a 2005 Mazda Tribute (like the one pictured) with Texas license plate number KHZ9232. Call the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office at (512) 756-8080 if you have information regarding Logan’s location. Courtesy photos

Burnet County Sheriff’s Office seeks help in finding missing woman last seen at tire shop

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Tina Marie Logan, who was last seen in April at a Burnet tire store. (more…)

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Marble Falls Middle School sixth-grader Nathan Jowers watches a video on his smartphone thanks to the new Wi-Fi service at Westside Park. Jowers connected to the free service Aug. 9 while attending Westside Connection, a festive gathering hosted by the city of Marble Falls’s Community Engagement Initiative. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls now providing free Wi-Fi access at Westside Park

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Eleven-year-old Nathan Jowers didn’t hesitate when answering why he wanted to attend Westside Connection, a fun gathering at Westside Park on Aug. 9. (more…)

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Human skull found in Lake Buchanan; DPS dive team searching water

Human skull found in Lake Buchanan; DPS dive team searching water

FROM STAFF REPORTS BUCHANAN DAM — A Texas Department of Public Safety dive team is searching a portion of Lake Buchanan on Aug. 9 after a human skull was found the previous night. (more…)

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Two bats found in Meadowlakes test positive for rabies

FROM STAFF REPORTS MEADOWLAKES — City officials are urging residents to beware of wild animals acting abnormally and take precautions to protect themselves and their pets after two bats found in Meadowlakes tested positive for rabies. (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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City staff, family, and friends line Texas 29 in Burnet on Aug. 6 to honor Parks Supervisor Randy Longoria, who died Aug. 4. City trucks and law enforcement vehicles escorted Longoria’s body to the city’s maintenance facility one last time before he arrived at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet Parks Supervisor Randy Longoria was always there for the community

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Randy Longoria wanted the people of Burnet to know he had their backs. The parks supervisor’s response to anything asked of him might vary between “I got this,” “No problem,” or “What can I do?” One response no one ever heard: “No.” (more…)

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Marble Falls City Council proposes lower tax rate for second straight year

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — The city of Marble Falls’s tax rate will likely decrease for the second straight year. City Council voted 7-0 during its regular meeting Aug. 7 to set the tax rate at $0.615 per $100 in valuation for the 2018-19 fiscal year and set public hearing dates of Aug. 21 […]

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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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