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Plans for Sandy Creek rock crusher stir concerns about traffic and environment

Plans for Sandy Creek rock crusher stir concerns about traffic and environment

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SUNRISE BEACH VILLAGE — Llano County commissioners are trying to sort through the details and potential impact of a planned rock crushing and possible dredging operation on Sandy Creek near Sunrise Beach Village, officials said. (more…)

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Expect a better crop of Texas Hill Country peaches for the 2018 season. File photo

More ‘chill hours’ over the winter mean bigger, better Hill Country peach crop than in 2017

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON STONEWALL — As much as I want to stay away from it, because it’s just so cliche, I can’t resist, so here goes. Things are looking peachy this summer for Hill Country peach growers, especially those in the Stonewall and Fredericksburg area. (more…)

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A thunderstorm dumped as much as 6 inches of rain in the Spicewood area June 3-4, causing flooding and damage from debris and closing at least two roads, including CR 404 at Double Horn Creek. Courtesy photo

Highland Lakes hit with heavy rainfall and flooding overnight; Spicewood sees road closures

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SPICEWOOD — A thunderstorm swept through the Highland Lakes overnight June 3-4, dumping up to 6 inches of rain in some areas, flooding creeks, and closing at least two Burnet County roads. (more…)

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Memorial Day kicks off a week of 100-degree weather, sunny skies

MARBLE FALLS — Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but the Highland Lakes will get an early blast of the season with seven days of 100-degree heat starting Memorial Day. (more…)

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Storm in Burnet County topples power lines, damages property

Storm in Burnet County topples power lines, damages property

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BERTRAM — A brief but severe thunderstorm marked by high winds and hail swept into Burnet County on May 15, causing power outages and property damage. Crews were called out to clear uprooted trees and electrical lines blocking roads. (more…)

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Severe weather with hail and high winds expected May 3-5

Severe weather with hail and high winds expected May 3-5

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Forecasters have predicted stormy days ahead — May 3-5 — as a severe weather system makes its way into the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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Llano County is under a burn ban, which only prohibits aerial fireworks. However, officials worry residents will light permissible fireworks to celebrate San Jacinto Day on April 21, despite the dry conditions and fire danger.

Officials: Before you light fireworks on San Jacinto Day, pay heed to dry conditions

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Since state lawmakers added more days to the calendar for fireworks sales and use, the upcoming San Jacinto Day celebration April 21 has some public safety officials concerned about careless revelers. (more…)

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View flood map revisions at Marble Falls open house

MARBLE FALLS — Floods are a fact of life in the Highland Lakes, but local and federal officials want to ensure the safety of people and property through planning. A big tool in that process are federal flood maps, which are up for revision. (more…)

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On April 13, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties due to drought conditions. Before a brush or wildfire strikes, fire officials urge people to take an assessment of their property and create a ‘defensible space’ around their home and buildings. In March, the Texas A&M Forest Service, Marble Falls Fire Rescue, and Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department created a ‘model’ defensible space at the Marble Falls High School, 2101 Mustang Drive. Go to texasforestservice.tamu.edu or firewise.org for more information on how to protect homes and structures. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Texas governor issues disaster declaration in Burnet County due to drought

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — A combination of high winds and lack of rain prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a disaster declaration for Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties. “These drought conditions pose an imminent threat to public health, property, and the economy,” stated a media release from the governor’s office. He issued the declaration […]

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Officials say fluctuation in temperatures on Lake LBJ are to blame for a temporary bad smell and taste of the tap water in Kingsland.

Kingsland tap water leaves bad taste in residents’ mouths

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY KINGSLAND — Residents have noticed a bad odor and taste in the water flowing from their faucets the past couple of days, so Kingsland Water Supply Corp. officials launched protocols to ensure water quality and remedy the pungent problem. (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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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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Texas A&M Forest Service Wildland Urband Interface specialist Jake Gosschalk clears some underbrush March 14 adjacent to the Marble Falls High School auditorium. The forest service crew, along with Marble Falls Fire Rescue and Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department members, created a 30-foot ‘defensible space’ to limit the fuel available for a wildfire. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

‘Defensible spaces’ can protect homes and businesses from wildfires

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — The chain saws ripped through underbrush and cedars as Marble Falls firefighters and Texas A&M Forest Service crews cleared away a swath of overgrown brush, cedar, and vegetation alongside the Marble Falls High School auditorium. (more…)

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Police say a rain-slicked roadway might have played a factor in a two-vehicle crash Feb. 21 at the intersection of U.S. 281 and RR 1431 in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Rain wreaks havoc on roadways, more wet weather in the forecast

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Crews transported at least one person to the emergency room after two vehicles collided Feb. 21 at the rain-slicked intersection of U.S. 281 and RR 1431, officials said. (more…)

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More than 100 Texas counties have enacted a ban on outdoor burning as the fire danger heats up due to lack of rain and dry conditions. Source: Texas A&M Forest Service

Burnet County enacts burn ban to combat increasing fire danger

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A growing fire danger and dry conditions have prompted counties in the Highland Lakes — most recently Burnet County —  to enact outdoor burn bans. On Jan. 31, Burnet County banned outdoor burning, joining Lampasas, Llano, Mason, Travis, and Williamson counties. (more…)

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A satellite image of Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Texas coast in August 2017 during a year of extreme weather. Is it an anomaly or a sign of things to come? Courtesy photo

Is extreme weather in extended forecast? Meteorologist presents program

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With Hurricane Harvey wreaking havoc on the Texas Gulf Coast followed by Hurricane Irma ravaging Puerto Rico, Florida, and parts of the southeast, 2017 closed as a year of extreme weather events. (more…)

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PHOTOS: Inks Lake drawdown changes landscape

PHOTOS: Inks Lake drawdown changes landscape

  Inks Lake State Park has a new look courtesy of a Lower Colorado River Authority drawdown. The LCRA lowered the lake in early January by about 8 feet to allow for maintenance, debris removal, and repair work for residents and businesses on Inks Lake. The drawdown is only temporary, so Inks Lake State Park […]

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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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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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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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Billowing smoke coming from Balcones Canyonlands's prescribed burn

Billowing smoke coming from Balcones Canyonlands’s prescribed burn

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET COUNTY — Where there’s smoke, there’s fire on RR 1431 East of Marble Falls, but for good reason, officials said. On Jan. 4, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crews launched the 2018 prescribed burn season across 134 acres on the refuge’s Beard Lowlands unit. […]

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Slick patches of ice on area roadways Jan. 2 caused several wrecks, including a rollover on RR 1431 that prompted public safety officials to encourage motorists to take a few precautions as frigid weather continues for the next few days. Courtesy photo

Icy roads cause wrecks, one fatal, and challenge motorists

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Icy roads in the Highland Lakes resulted in several collisions, including one that was fatal, and a word of warning from law enforcement responding to the incidents. (more…)

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Arctic blast hitting Highland Lakes hard this weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Well, it looks like 2018 will usher in sunny skies and highs in the low 80s — if you’re in Honolulu. (more…)

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Frigid weather pushing in as the calendar changes

Frigid weather pushing in as the calendar changes

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — It looks as if 2017 wants to go out with cold and wet weather, but all is not lost for those seeking a bit of sun before 2018 rolls around. (more…)

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