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Fake ‘attorney’ tries to extract cash in latest phone call scam, BCSO warns

Fake ‘attorney’ tries to extract cash in latest phone call scam, BCSO warns

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — What if an attorney called and claimed a loved one was in jail and the only way to get them out was to send money over the phone with a pre-paid card? (more…)

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Series of forums presents Llano County GOP candidates to voters

Series of forums presents Llano County GOP candidates to voters

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — A series of community forums and candidate meetings will provide Llano County residents with a chance to get to know who’s running for election in the March 6 Republican primaries. (more…)

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End-of-life planning program Jan. 25 at Marble Falls church

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — On an ordinary Sunday morning in December, Betty Matejowsky’s life changed. She was putting the finishing touches on her outfit for church as her husband, Alan, headed out the front door to start the car. (more…)

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Granite Shoals child bitten by rattlesnake on hike recovering at hospital

Granite Shoals child bitten by rattlesnake on hike recovering at hospital

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — On Jan. 22, three days after surviving a rattlesnake bite, 5-year-old Emily Oehler has started showing signs of a recovery. “This morning, she has a sense of humor,” said her mother, Alicia Oehler. “Her spirit is excellent. She is so strong.” (more…)

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Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a Llano County teenager, a reported runaway, who might have dyed her hair to avoid being found. Courtesy photo

UPDATE: Missing 15-year-old Llano girl found in Kingsland

UPDATE: The Llano County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the missing teen was found Jan. 19 at a residence in Kingsland. The investigation is ongoing, and more information on the circumstances surrounding the incident are pending, officials said.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO  — Llano County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe a 15-year-old girl, considered a […]

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Hill Country 100 Club honors first responders; Roger Staubach speaks

Hill Country 100 Club honors first responders; Roger Staubach speaks

  STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — From moving to a larger venue to inviting a football legend for the keynote speech, the 15th annual Hill Country 100 Club awards banquet has cultivated community support while recognizing the top law enforcement and emergency personnel for their selfless work for the past year. (more…)

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Cigarette, chain sparks could be causes of fires near TX 71, US 281 intersection

Cigarette, chain sparks could be causes of fires near TX 71, US 281 intersection

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Windy conditions combined with dry, dead grass might have helped ignite a string of roadside fires Jan. 18 along Texas 71 west of U.S. 281. Marble Falls Volunteer Fire Department crews snuffed were able to snuff out the blazes prior to them posing a risk to nearby structures, officials […]

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The Marble Falls Independent School District approved a $40 million budget along with a $1.28 ad valorem tax rate. File photo

Marble Falls ISD finalist in H-E-B’s Excellence in Education awards

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — A few extra pairs of eyes will be on the Marble Falls Independent School District on Jan. 23, but it’s a good thing. (more…)

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BCSO active shooter course aims to prevent tragic events

BCSO active shooter course aims to prevent tragic events

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office will take aim at potential active shooter situations with a course focused on how to respond and stay safe during these violent events, which sometimes result in mass casualties. (more…)

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Burnet County road rage case suspect arrested on assault with deadly weapon charges

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — An Illinois man will face five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an alleged November road rage incident on RR 1431, during which the suspect reportedly threatened a family and  exchanged gunfire with an off-duty Austin police officer, officials said. (more…)

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'Excuses have to go,' says new Marble Falls AD on creating successful program

‘Excuses have to go,’ says new Marble Falls AD on creating successful program

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Stability and player development are two things Marble Falls Independent School District athletic director Rick Hoover believes are keys to athletic success. (more…)

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Burnet County ban on commercial landfills to protect water, resources

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County commissioners recently approved an order prohibiting commercial landfill operations in unincorporated parts of the county to protect water and ground resources. (more…)

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PHOTOS: Marble Falls Police Department swears in new officer

PHOTOS: Marble Falls Police Department swears in new officer

Staff photos by Daniel Clifton

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Officials: Be cautious if traveling but don't 'panic' over ice storm warning

Officials: Be cautious if traveling but don’t ‘panic’ over ice storm warning

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Icy winter weather led to a few funny plays on words such as “Arctageddon” and “Snowmageddon.” Some Highland Lakes residents even found humor in their neighbors’ reactions to the Winter Storm Warning issued for the area Jan. 15-17. (more…)

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The new home of Meals on Wheels of Williamson and Burnet Counties at 602 N. Wood St. in Burnet. The Meals on Wheels staff will prepare meals and deliver them from the facility. Staff members hope volunteers will step forward to lead programs that teach a skill such as gardening or art or fun programs such as games. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Meals on Wheels opening new center in Burnet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Meals on Wheels of Williamson and Burnet Counties will celebrate the official grand opening of its new location with a free lunch for attendees and a ribbon cutting. The Burnet center will open at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at 602 North Wood St. At 11 a.m., people can […]

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Llano Police Chief Kevin Ratliff and officers Jared Latta and Aimee Shannon were placed on paid leave Jan. 12 in the midst of an investigation by the district attorney. File photo

Llano police chief, two officers placed on leave; DA investigating

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — The Llano police chief and two officers joined a list of suspensions within the past three months of department staff placed on leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation by the 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, officials said. (more…)

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Burnet County dispatched sand truck crews Jan. 15 to areas where icy roadways could pose a risk to motorists. Courtesy photo

Highland Lakes cities, counties prep for threat of icy conditions

UPDATE: City of Burnet offices closed Jan. 16. UPDATE: Burnet CISD, Marble Falls ISD, Llano ISD, and Faith Academy of Marble Falls cancel classes Jan. 16. UPDATE: As of 4:30 p.m., Burnet County officials opted to close county offices and services on Jan. 16 due to the potential for hazardous travel conditions.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SPICEWOOD —  […]

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Ice, wintry mix expected Jan. 16; all area schools canceled

Ice, wintry mix expected Jan. 16; all area schools canceled

UPDATE: The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District, the Marble Falls Independent School District, the Llano Independent School District, and Faith Academy of Marble Falls have canceled classes Jan. 16.   FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Another round of winter weather strikes the Highland Lakes late Monday, Jan. 15, and this one’s packing such a […]

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Bertram man dies in one-vehicle wreck on Texas 29

Bertram man dies in one-vehicle wreck on Texas 29

FROM STAFF REPORTS GEORGETOWN — A Bertram man died Jan. 12 after the truck he was driving struck a tree just after midnight in Williamson County, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report. (more…)

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Following community outcry and a state air permit issuance, the city of Marble Falls, developers, and private property owners filed a lawsuit in January in an attempt to halt the planned operation of a quarry in southern Burnet County. File photo

Marble Falls plaintiffs in civil lawsuit ask judge to halt planned rock crusher

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — The battle against a mining company heats up after four Marble Falls-area plaintiffs filed a civil lawsuit in January asking for an injunction to halt a planned rock crusher and quarry operation. (more…)

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Wood-carving master Bill Edwards (left) presents former college football coach Dennis Franchione with a 'Hand-Held Cross.' Edwards created the piece and gives one to each speaker of the Men of Faith gathering. Franchione was the guest speaker during the Jan. 9 gathering. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Coach Franchione speaks to Men of Faith about gaining strength after off-field losses

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO HORSESHOE BAY — Being a college football coach, especially with programs such as the University of Alabama and Texas A&M University, can test a man’s faith. But for retired college coach and Horseshoe Bay resident Dennis Franchione, his biggest tests really had nothing to do with the gridiron. (more…)

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Ex-Mustang David Morgan ready for first NFL playoff game as Viking

Ex-Mustang David Morgan ready for first NFL playoff game as Viking

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MINNEAPOLIS — While most Texans were bundled up and staying indoors because of freezing temperatures last week, Marble Falls High School graduate David Morgan saw an opportunity to embrace the cold and a tradition of his new hometown of Minneapolis. (more…)

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Kingsland School holding open enrollment and open house

Kingsland School holding open enrollment and open house

KINGSLAND — Kingsland School/Orenda Charter Schools is holding open enrollment through January for the 2018-19 school year. The public charter school offers kindergarten through the eighth grade and has an enrollment of 151 students. It was founded in 2011. (more…)

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Kingsland Breakfast Club meetings promote local businesses

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO KINGSLAND — The best part of the Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Breakfast Club meetings isn’t that they start at 8 a.m. and include the most important meal of the day. (more…)

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A one-vehicle rollover on RR 1431 in Granite Shoals sent one person to the emergency room Jan. 10 and caused traffic delays. Staff photo by Cade Rice

Rollover on RR 1431 in Granite Shoals sends one to ER

GRANITE SHOALS — A one-vehicle rollover on Jan. 10 in Granite Shoals sent one person to the emergency room and caused traffic delays, according to the Granite Shoals Police Department. The accident was called in at 3:02 p.m. in the 5900 block of RR 1431 between Valley View and Honey Moon Camp on the east side […]

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Some dog owners have raised concerns about larger dogs being aggressive toward smaller ones at Ruff Park, a half-acre, enclosed dog park at Westside Park in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Marble Falls digs into dog park complaints, solutions

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Commission is trying to stay out of the dog house as it addresses concerns of pet owners regarding small dogs vs. big dogs at Ruff Park. (more…)

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