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Judge rules in favor of city of Double Horn, questions state’s motives behind lawsuit

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Double Horn Mayor Cathy Sereno, as well as many Double Horn residents who filled the 424th District Courtroom on April 3, expressed relief and happiness with Judge Evan Stubbs’s ruling. (more…)

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Llano Mayor Gail Long read a proclamation to make April 1, 2019, Abby Machuga Day in honor of the 14-year-old girl’s ‘courageous and unselfish efforts’ on March 12 to save her siblings from a house fire. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano starts parks plan process; teen recognized as lifesaver

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS April 1 marked Day 1 of a nearly eight-month process to study parks facilities and features within the city of Llano. (more…)

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Double Horn City Council approved a resolution to request the Texas Department of Transportation lower the speed limit on Texas 71 in the city limits from 70 mph to 60 mph and conduct a traffic study. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Double Horn goes about city business as state lawsuit looms

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The Double Horn City Council addressed a number of items March 27 as the young city structures itself. Perhaps the biggest issue looming over the fledgling city, however, was not discussed. (more…)

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Texas Rangers and Burnet Police Department officers at the scene of an early morning police-involved shooting in the 300 block of McNeil Street. Officers responded to a loud music complaint at about 1:40 a.m. March 27. One man was shot and killed by police after he drove his vehicle at the officers, running over one officer’s foot. The Texas Rangers are leading the investigation. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

UPDATE: Burnet police identify officer and deceased in shooting

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARCH 29 UPDATE: The man shot and killed by an officer March 27 in Burnet has been identified as 25-year-old Brandon Michael Jacque of Bertram. (more…)

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Two people and their dog escaped injury during a fire early March 24 in Granite Shoals. The blaze destroyed the home, and the cause remains under investigation. Photo courtesy of Granite Shoals Police Department Facebook page

Dog wakes couple to early morning fire; Granite Shoals home destroyed

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Two people were awakened by their dog early March 24 as their Granite Shoals home was ablaze. (more…)

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Work is on pace for the new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland to open in May. Once built, Llano County commissioners hope the bridge will have a new name in honor of Pat and David Enloe. Staff photo by Jared Fields

2900 bridge on schedule for May opening, possibly with new name

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Construction is on pace for the new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland to open in May, but it could have a new name. (more…)

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The city of Marble Falls’s wastewater treatment plant is operating at 75 percent of capacity. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the city must begin planning and designing for expansion. The city approved a contract for engineering services and has a timetable for future construction to begin in 2021. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Marble Falls council discusses Avenue N bridge, wastewater treatment plant expansion

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The city of Marble Falls is eyeing a possible partnership with the city of Meadowlakes to apply for a federal grant to build a bridge on Avenue N. Marble Falls officials could present the idea of the two entities applying for a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to the City Council […]

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The state of Texas sued the city of Double Horn, claiming the recent incorporation of the city was invalid and failed to comply with statutory requirements. File photo

State of Texas sues Double Horn over recent incorporation

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The future of the newest city in Texas is in doubt. The state of Texas, through Attorney General Ken Paxton, filed a lawsuit against the city of Double Horn on March 1. (more…)

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Texas Green Blast is media blasting the four static aircraft on display at the Burnet Municipal Airport over the next couple weeks as part of the city’s Airport Static Display Restoration Project. The aircraft will be blasted with recycled crushed glass, coated with primer then painted to last for decades. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Vintage Burnet aircraft getting fresh coats of paint in project

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Four static display aircraft at the Burnet Municipal Airport are getting a major makeover in the coming weeks. (more…)

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The remains of Abby and Anna Machuga’s bedroom (left) and a hallway (right) after a fire raged through their home March 12. Courtesy photo

Llano girl springs into action, saving siblings and pets from fire

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The morning of March 12 started just like any other for Llano High School freshman Abby Machuga. She awoke in her Llano home before her three younger siblings and was eating cereal. Her parents, Lisa and Frank Machuga, had left for work. (more…)

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TCEQ warns Cassie water customers about nitrate level; contaminant could harm infants

TCEQ warns Cassie water customers about nitrate level; contaminant could harm infants

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality notified Cassie Water System customers that the water exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level for nitrate. (more…)

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City takes over July 4 fireworks show on Lake Marble Falls

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO While Marble Falls businesswoman Judy Miller won’t admit she probably helped save the annual Marble Falls Fourth of July Fireworks in 2009, she definitely played a big role in resurrecting the celebration. (more…)

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The final obstructions left in the wake of the destruction of the old RM 2900 bridge are being removed from the path of the replacement bridge. Old bridge debris has caused delays in the drilling process. The new bridge is now expected to open to traffic in May. Photo courtesy of Texas Department of Transportation

Obstructions slow 2900 bridge progress; opening moves to May

FROM STAFF REPORTS Obstructions from the collapsed RM 2900 bridge have delayed construction on the new one and pushed the opening to May, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (more…)

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This 1966 Cessna 150 aircraft crashed at the corner of Baker and Hilldale drives in Granite Shoals at noon March 5 due to mechanical issues, according to city officials. All three passengers were uninjured. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Small plane crash lands in Granite Shoals; no injuries

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Three passengers in a small aircraft walked away from a crash landing in Granite Shoals on March 5. (more…)

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An illustration of what a proposed Fairfield Inn and Suites in Marble Falls would look like. The hotel recently renewed its site development permit, which signals work at 801 La Ventana could soon begin.

Permits ‘good sign’ work to begin on Marble Falls hotel, lofts

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Recent site development permits indicate two large developments could soon be underway in Marble Falls.  The permits are for Fairfield Inn & Suites and 99 Main LLC.  (more…)

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Marble Falls Police Chief Mark Whitacre introduced newly promoted captains Trisha Ratliff and Robert Talamantes during the regular City Council meeting March 5. Photo courtesy of city of Marble Falls

Marble Falls recognizes new police captains, beautification efforts, city website changes

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Two newly promoted Marble Falls Police Department captains were recognized during the City Council meeting March 5. (more…)

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The completion date of Phase 1A of Lakeside Park upgrades has been changed to early summer as opposed to late May. This phase includes a beach on the shoreline of the park and a sidewalk. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Slight delay in Lakeside Park work, but beach should be ready by early summer

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The conversion of all overhead utilities to underground along Buena Vista Drive has pushed the Phase 1A completion date of Lakeside Park upgrades, including a new beach area, from late May into early summer. (more…)

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Jackie Lett, 48, of Granite Shoals was given two 15-year sentences in prison after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a teen girl in 2017.

Granite Shoals man guilty in sexual assault of child case

FROM STAFF REPORTS A  Granite Shoals man’s text messages played a big role in his conviction on 17 counts of sexual assault of a child during his February trial. (more…)

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Michael Andrew Horn, 45, of Kingsland was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a January 2018 bar altercation during which he threatened two people with a gun.

Kingsland man gets 20 years in bar fight involving gun

FROM STAFF REPORTS A 45-year-old Kingsland man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Feb. 26 after being found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon related to an altercation during which he threatened two people with a gun. (more…)

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The new public restrooms in downtown Marble Falls is now open for use after it was placed at the site Jan. 23. Staff photo by Jared Fields

New downtown Marble Falls public restrooms are open

FROM STAFF REPORTS The new public restroom in downtown Marble Falls is now open for, well, business. (more…)

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The empty lot between Chicken Express and Taco Bell on U.S. 281 in Burnet will be the location of Burger King and Captain D’s restaurants. The sale of the property closed Feb. 28. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burger King-Captain D’s combo coming soon to Burnet

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS More fast-food options are coming to Burnet. City Manager David Vaughn said Feb. 28 that Burger King and Captain D’s are coming to 2.6 acres on U.S. 281 after the property sale closed. (more…)

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A large debris pile in Granite Shoals should be removed beginning next week after Burnet County Commissioners voted March 1 to contract with companies for the debris removal and monitoring. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Disposal of Granite Shoals flood debris pile to begin soon

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS A 15,000-cubic-yard debris pile near Granite Shoals City Hall should begin disappearing next week. (more…)

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Phillips Ranch Road near Granite Shoals City Hall. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Granite Shoals to improve drainage on three main roads

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO After saving money on a recent major road project, Granite Shoals city staff proposed improving drainage on the city’s three main arteries. (more…)

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The Burnet Fire Department will add three additional staff members after City Council approved the request Feb. 26. The department had a 15 percent call volume increase in 2018. File photo

With call increase, Burnet Fire Department to hire 3 paramedics

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Three additional paramedics are coming to the Burnet Fire Department to help cover an increase in calls. (more…)

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The Burnet Economic Development Corp. is purchasing 13.51 acres on U.S. 281 and Houston Clinton Drive. The tract allows for a number of development opportunities for the city. Graphic courtesy Burnet EDC

With Burnet EDC land purchase, area would be open for business

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The city of Burnet opened up development opportunities during the regular City Council meeting Feb. 26. (more…)

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This sport-utility vehicle crashed through a fence and came to rest in the open field of Marble Falls Elementary School just before noon Feb. 27 when no children were outside. The vehicle hit an electrical pole, went through the school’s fence, and stopped just before another fence that separates the field from the parking lot. Staff photo by Jared Fields

SUV crashes into Marble Falls Elementary playground

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS An SUV crashed through a fence and came to rest in the Marble Falls Elementary School play field just before noon Feb. 27 without injuring anyone. (more…)

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