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The Cottonwood Shores Police Department is set to launch a canine unit — the catalyst for the resignations of two council member — sometime in 2018. Staff Photo by Connie Swinney 

Cottonwood Shores drug dog policy on hold after mayor, council dispute

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY  COTTONWOOD SHORES — A drug interdiction program using drug-sniffing dogs will remain on hold for several months until the controversy quells over a dispute about the program, which pitted two former Cottonwood Shores City Council members against the mayor. (more…)

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Two Cottonwood Shores councilmen resign after spat with mayor

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY COTTONWOOD SHORES — Two members have resigned from the Cottonwood Shores City Council after  “contentious” regular meetings and disagreement on the draft of a police department drug dog policy, officials said. (more…)

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Marble Falls Mayor John Packer has joined the fight against Asphalt Inc.’s proposed rock crushing operation just south of the city limits. The city has set two public hearings Ot. 24 and 30 to start the process of annexing a good portion of the land. File photo

Mayors take stand against Burnet County rock crusher permit

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY COTTONWOOD SHORES — The mayors of Cottonwood Shores and Marble Falls have jumped into the fray against plans for a rock crushing facility just off the southwest corner of the intersection of U.S. 281 and Texas 71 in Burnet County. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores City Administrator Sheila Moore (left) recently swore in the newly selected police Chief Johnny Liendo, whose first day with the city was July 11. Courtesy photo

Cottonwood Shores hires new police chief from officer reserve pool

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY COTTONWOOD SHORES —  City officials have hired a new police chief with administrative experience who worked as a reserve office for several months before rising to the top of the selection list. (more…)

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Officials do not suspect foul play in a boat fire June 9 during which four occupants escaped into the water on Lake LBJ in Burnet County. Authorities towed the vessel to shore, where fire crews doused the blaze before the boat sunk to the bottom. Courtesy photo

Four escape boat fire on Lake LBJ in Cottonwood Shores

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — Authorities are investigating the cause of a boat fire on Lake LBJ near a marina where at least four occupants dove into the water and escaped the blaze with non-life-threatening injuries. (more…)

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Splash pad event to gather input on Cottonwood Shores parks

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON COTTONWOOD SHORES — With summer creeping up, Cottonwood Shores parks committee members are looking for input on how to improve the city’s parks. They’re hoping hot dogs and a splash pad will entice people out Saturday, May 27, for fun as well as to share their suggestions. (more…)

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Issues with the response time by the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department to a recent structure fire on Fir Lane prompted city officials to re-evaluate the contract with the agency. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Cottonwood Shores considers fire service options after mobile home is destroyed

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER COTTONWOOD SHORES — A fire Oct. 17 has sparked concerns about the level of services provided by the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department. Questions surfaced regarding a blaze that destroyed a mobile home at about 8:30 a.m. that day in the 600 block of Fir Lane in Cottonwood Shores. No […]

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Burnet County Judge James Oakley discusses a proposed bridge that would cross the Colorado River below Wirtz Dam joining Wirtz Dam Road (about 3 miles west of Marble Falls) with a spur off RR 2147 between Cottonwood Shores and Horseshoe Bay. Oakley, who first proposed the idea more than a decade ago as a Burnet County commissioner, said the span would help alleviate traffic congestion in and around Marble Falls. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Officials discuss bridge below Wirtz Dam as solution to 281 traffic

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — When Burnet County Judge James Oakley was first elected to the Burnet County Commissioners Court in 1998 as Precinct 4 commissioner, he began advocating for an improved bridge below Wirtz Dam as a way to alleviate traffic congestion on U.S. 281 and through Marble Falls. (more…)

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Puffy’s burglarized; one suspect reportedly points gun at officers during car chase

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — Two men suspected of burglarizing a Cottonwood Shores business took law enforcement on an early morning chase Aug. 17 with one suspect allegedly pointing a gun at officers before police finally stopped the two. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores man gets 55 years for sexual assault of a 4-year-old

Cottonwood Shores man gets 55 years for sexual assault of a 4-year-old

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — A 32-year-old Cottonwood Shores man will spend the next 55 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of super aggravated sexual assault of a child and related charges in State District Judge Allan Garrett’s courtroom Oct. 28. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores halts police chief application process

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER COTTONWOOD SHORES — Officials say they will consider promoting the current acting Cottonwood Shores police chief to the lead law officer position for the community and forego an applicant search. Lt. Chris Bieze has served as acting chief since the council put former Chief Tom Williams on administrative leave in […]

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Cottonwood Shores boat ramp on Lake Marble Falls officially opens

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — City officials gathered under sunny skies Jan. 27 on Lake Marble Falls to officially open the Cottonwood Shores Public Boat Ramp. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores names police chief; new hire from Brownwood

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — The city of Cottonwood Shores has found its new police chief. Tom Williams, previously a police officer in Brownwood, accepted the city’s offer to be its next police chief. He will start Nov. 17. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores has police chief candidate, hiring process

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — The Cottonwood Shores City Council came to an agreement with city staff on the hiring process for a new police chief during a special meeting Nov. 10. The council voted in executive session to approve city administrator and city secretary Sheila Moore’s recommendation of a candidate and not […]

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Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department elects new chief

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — The Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department recently elected Travis Hockensmith as fire chief during a special meeting. Former chief Heather Hyslop will remain a member of the department as a firefighter. She also remains a member of the Houston Fire Department. Hyslop was named as the department’s fire chief […]

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Cottonwood Shores police chief resigns; list of candidates down to seven

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — After more than two years, Cottonwood Shores Police Chief Harold Piatt has resigned to focus more on his private security business. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores celebrating town with new festival Oct. 18

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR COTTONWOOD SHORES — OK, the date of the first ever Cottonwood Rocks festival is still a week or two away, but sometimes you just want to shout about something new and cool. At least that’s how Mary Ann Plumlee and her husband, Bill, feel about this event. (more…)

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Outdoor market and bazaar a possibility in Cottonwood Shores

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — An outdoor market might soon sprout up off FM 2147 on the western end of the city. Tentatively set to debut Oct. 28, the Castlerock Market and Art Bazaar could make Cottonwood Shores a new destination for vendors and shoppers. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores VFD accepts contract for emergency services

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — Residents of Cottonwood Shores will have emergency services for another year. The Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department voted unanimously to accept the city’s contract as written during its Sept. 16 board meeting. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores fire service negotiations with city break down

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — City officials say they might seek fire services from an outside agency should the volunteer fire department reject a proposed fire service contract on Sept. 18 during a regular council meeting. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores VFD votes to change charter to resolve issue with city council

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — The Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department membership voted July 8 to change its dissolution clause in its charter as requested by the city council. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores council wants VFD to change its charter — or else

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — The Cottonwood Shores city council wants the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department to change its charter or possibly lose the city’s contract for fire protection services. “The council has come to the conclusion we needed them to revise their dissolution clause,” Mayor Donald Orr said. The council asked the […]

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Marble Falls ISD tightens security in wake of child porn case

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls Independent School District officials have tightened security policies and launched facility monitoring procedures in the wake of a child pornography investigation involving a former technology department employee accused of collecting images of students in private areas at two campuses. (more…)

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Marble Falls ISD employee, ex-fire chief arrested in child porn case

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — A former Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department chief and Marble Falls school employee is the target of a Texas Attorney General’s Office and Texas Rangers investigation regarding possible inappropriate photos taken on school property. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores council rescinds no-confidence vote on volunteer fire department

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — City Council members reasserted their support for the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department during their regular meeting June 5, rescinding their previous vote of no confidence. The council on May 15 passed a vote of no confidence with the department. During this fiscal year, the city pays $33,000 […]

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Ex-Cottonwood Shores mayor indicted in alleged library theft in 2013

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — A Burnet County grand jury indicted a former Cottonwood Shores mayor and another woman earlier in May for allegedly making off with between $5,000 and $10,000 in equipment and supplies from the Cottonwood Shores Library in May 2013. (more…)

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