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Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery

Building up mussels at Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery is growing something new: Texas fatmucket, Texas pimpleback, and Texas smooth pimpleback mussels. Or, it’s trying to. “It’s not as easy as you might think,” project leader Jeff Conway said. “These are not cultivated that much, and we’re still trying to figure out what will work.” […]

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Wastewater leaks into Lake LBJ

Up to 50,000 gallons of wastewater leaked into Lake LBJ from busted KMUD line

A leak in a Kingsland Municipal Utility District line has resulted in up to 50,000 gallons of wastewater flowing into Lake LBJ. Someone spotting bubbles around the waterline near the RR 1431 bridge on July 27 and contacted the Lower Colorado River Authority, which relayed the information to KMUD, according to Anita LaBier, the Kingsland […]

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Burnet puts brakes on proposed food truck park at airport

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The recent popularity of a food truck parked at the Burnet Municipal Airport led city staff to ask City Council if a food vendor park would be a good idea at that location. “We’re asking for the ability to do a trial period to test the waters. We can see what […]

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The Rev. George Perry and family

Realization hits: The Perry family is finally home, sweet home

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Rev. George Perry knows how to swing a hammer and drive in a nail. He did it countless times building dog houses, storage rooms, and other projects. But last fall, as he pulled back his hammer to drive the first nail into what would become his and his family’s home, […]

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Lisa Shaw LaCaze of Spicewood experienced her own crises several years ago with flood, fire, and thievery. While the October 2018 flood missed her home, she was quick to don her gear and get to work in Kingsland helping others. Photo by Jennifer Fierro

PICAYUNE PEOPLE: Volunteer Lisa LaCaze pays it forward

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO A garment bag with a big bow filled volunteer Lisa Shaw LaCaze’s heart with dread. She was cleaning out Kingsland resident Jean Dunson’s closet after the woman’s home was damaged by floodwaters last October. The despairing look on Dunson’s face as LaCaze held up the bag confirmed the volunteer’s biggest fear: […]

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The Harris family couldn’t resist these eyes. Apollo is now part of the family thanks to the monthly ‘Free the Dog’ adoption days at The Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls in partnership with the Highland Lakes SPCA. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

‘Free the Dog:’ Museum and Highland Lakes SPCA partner for monthly adoption days

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Ellen Harris went to The Falls on the Colorado Museum to learn about bees and ended up adopting a dog. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School sophomore swimmer Landry Stewart competed in the 200-yard individual medley at the Class 5A Region V meet Feb. 1-2. Stewart earned a spot in the Class 5A state meet, which is Feb. 15-16 at the University of Texas in Austin. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Early mornings, hard work: Marble Falls swimmers statebound

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO At 5:30 a.m., before most people even get out of bed, Marble Falls High School swimmers Taylor Ashbaugh and Landry Stewart are usually well on their way to Nitro Bee Cave Swim Center for swim practice. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School senior receiver Brock Linder attempted to elude a Leander Glenn tackler during the Mustangs' 20-7 win Oct. 26. Marble Falls ends its season Nov. 9 at home against Bastrop Cedar Creek. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Marble Falls playing for best record since 2007 when it hosts Bastrop Cedar Creek

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Winning three games in a row and finishing the season with an even record are what’s at stake for the Marble Falls High School football team when the Mustangs welcome Bastrop Cedar Creek on Nov. 9 for their last District 13-5A Division II game. (more…)

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William Jackson 'Billy Jack' Jay

Bill ‘Billy Jack’ William Jackson Jay, 84, of Marble Falls died Aug. 5, 2018

William Jackson “Billy Jack” Jay died Aug. 5, 2018, in Marble Falls, Texas, at the age of 84. Bill was born on June 1, 1934, in Athens, Texas. He was the seventh child of the Rev. Clifford Jay and Minnie Bownds Jay. For most of his childhood, his family resided in Lexington, Texas. (more…)

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Art Briles at Big 12 Media Days in 2015. The former Baylor University head football coach will be back on the sidelines as head coach of the Guelfi Firenze American Football International team in Italy. File photo

Ex-Baylor coach, Horseshoe Bay resident Art Briles hired by American football team in Italy

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS HORSESHOE BAY — Former Baylor University head football coach Art Briles is returning to the sidelines. The Guelfi Firenze American Football International team in Italy announced Aug. 2 that the Horseshoe Bay resident will be the head coach for its 2019 season. The name translates to Florence Griffins. (more…)

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Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes Executive Director Bill Drake (left) joins members of the Kiwanis Club of Marble Falls as they celebrate the installation of a specially designed and configured playscape canopy. The Kiwanis donated the bulk of the $13,500 for the structure, which will provide shade during the hottest and brightest times of the day from mid-March through October. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Boys & Girls Club-Marble Falls unit’s newest installment made for the shade

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — As a person drives by the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes-Marble Falls unit, they might notice that the large, blue playscape cover sits just off-center compared to the assortment of playground equipment below it. (more…)

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Ex-Burnet Bulldogs to coach girls basketball, offensive line

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Some familiar faces will grace the sidelines of Burnet High School as coaches next school year. One is simply switching from one locker room to the other, while two others are returning home. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School girls head basketball coach John Berkman gives the Lady Mustangs instructions during a timeout. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Former Mustang John Berkman returns girls team to winning ways

JENNIFER FIERRO and DANIEL CLIFTON • STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The district coaches gave a clear snub to the 2000-01 Marble Falls Mustangs basketball team. They picked the squad to finish fifth in district with no hopes of making the playoffs. (more…)

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New Marble Falls CARTS center opens up transportation opportunities

New Marble Falls CARTS center opens up transportation opportunities

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Since joining the Capital Area Rural Transit System board 24 years ago, Blanco County commissioner Paul Granberg has witnessed the need for the program grow, which made Jan. 13 even more relevant. (more…)

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Lampasas hits defensive wall as Burnet rolls to 42-6 victory

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — The Burnet Bulldogs defense put a solid hit on any Lampasas hopes of getting out of Bulldog Stadium with a few points, let alone a win in the District 13-4A Division I game Oct. 28. The Bulldogs forced one fumble and came up with three interceptions in the 42-6 […]

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Faith Academy football gets 34-6 homecoming victory

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — The Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team ensured alumni and fans enjoyed homecoming with its convincing 34-6 win over East Austin College Prep on Oct. 7. (more…)

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Fire crews doused a blaze that destroyed a home July 13 in Bertram. Courtesy photo

Electrical issue possible cause of Bertram house fire

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — Investigators blame a possible electrical issue for a fire that destroyed a home July 13 in the Sunset Oaks subdivision. (more…)

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New technology at Burnet schools changing the way students learn

New technology at Burnet schools changing the way students learn

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — Phillip Malina’s excitement showed as the bar chart across the interactive white board burst with more than 90 percent of the third-graders getting the answer right on a brief quiz. “All right!” Malina shouted. “That’s outstanding.” (more…)

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Burnet County Jail bookings for the period of Sept. 3-9, 2015

The following people were arrested and booked into the Burnet County Jail during the period of Sept. 3-9, 2015, according to Burnet County sheriff’s logs. City of residence and release information are listed when available. This list does not constitute an official court document, and all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court […]

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Max Jones (left) and Will Slyker of the Burnet Waterdawgs and Marble Falls Tsunami teams are ready to compete in the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Summer Games on July 31-Aug. 1. Courtesy photos

Marble Falls and Burnet youth swimmers compete at Summer Games

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM COLLEGE STATION — Six members of the Marble Falls Tsunami and Burnet Waterdawgs youth swim teams competed at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Summer Games on July 31-Aug. 1. In the girls 9- and 10-year old division, Hannah Chandler was ninth in the 25-yard freestyle and 19th in the 100-yard individual medley. […]

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Granite Shoals Frank Reilly

Granite Shoals picks former mayor for municipal court judge position

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council unanimously approved hiring attorney and former mayor Frank Reilly as the new municipal court judge during its regular meeting June 23. (more…)

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Johnson Park in Marble Falls

LOCALS LOVE US: Johnson Park more than just backdrop for family fun

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — On a sunny Saturday, a handful of couples sat on blankets across Johnson Park to enjoy a Valentine’s Day picnic. The scene is not unusual to Robert Moss, the director of the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department. (more…)

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Bessie Jackson

LOCALS LOVE US: Bessie Jackson gives her all to Marble Falls area

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — When Bessie Jackson learned people voted her the 2015 Locals Love Us favorite volunteer for the Marble Falls area, tears welled up in her eyes. (more…)

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Burnet baseball crushes Gatesville; softball loses 8-6

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF GATESVILLE — The Burnet High School baseball team did to Gatesville what it was unable to do against Brownwood. Find the gap in crushing the Hornets 14-2 on April 8 to improve to 12-8-3 overall and 5-1 in District 8-3A. The Bulldogs lost their first district game 2-1 to Brownwood […]

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Locals Love Us 2014

The Picayune readers vote for favorites in ‘Locals Love Us’

Here’s the 2015 list of winners for The Picayune’s Locals Love Us awards. As readers, this was your opportunity to share with us and everyone else which people, clubs and businesses you love here in the Highland Lakes. The response was overwhelming, and we appreciate each one of you who took the time to vote. […]

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Faith Academy senior forward Joanna Piatek allows the Austin Hill Country defender to fly by as she completes a fast break during the Lady Flames' 58-21 win Jan. 31. Courtesy photo

Faith Academy teams win against Austin Hill Country

Win earns Faith boys chance at district title JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — The Faith Academy boys basketball team held on for a 50-47 win against Austin Hill Country on Jan. 31. Rich Coleman made three free throws and Jonathan Reyes dribbled out the final six seconds to allow the Flames to claim the […]

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