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A $553,968 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to Marble Falls Fire Rescue will enable the department to add three firefighters. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Marble Falls Fire Rescue can hire 3 firefighters with Department of Homeland Security grant

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — A Department of Homeland Security grant will enable Marble Falls Fire Rescue to add three firefighters to the department, putting an additional crew member on each shift. (more…)

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Granite Shoals City Council passes property tax rate

Granite Shoals City Council passes property tax rate

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — During a special meeting Sept. 18, the Granite Shoals City Council passed an ad-valorem property tax rate for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The new tax rate is 59.6 cents per $100 valuation, up from 56.313 cents for the 2017-18 fiscal year. (more…)

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Marble Falls City Council approved a five-year capital improvement plan during its Sept. 18 regular meeting. The council increased a committee recommendation from $250,000 to $550,000 for upcoming improvements to the 10-acre Park View Park. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Marble Falls City Council settles on tax rate, more than doubles funding for park

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls City Council tackled several budgetary-related items during its regular Sept. 18 meeting, including adopting a 2018-19 tax rate. (more…)

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New Granite Shoals City Manager Jeffery Looney. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

New Granite Shoals City Manager Jeffery Looney believes in ‘service above self-interest’

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Jeffery Looney, the new Granite Shoals city manager, knows the economic growth of the city depends on addressing the lack of a wastewater system, something that’s gone before voters in the past but was shot down. (more…)

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Officials from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Burnet County, and the Texas Department of Transportation met Sept. 14 at the Burnet County Courthouse for a workshop on CAMPO’s Regional Arterials Plan. The meeting’s discussion focused on identifying new regional roads and recognizing which current small roads might need to be considered arterial. Photo courtesy of James Oakley

CAMPO workshop over Burnet County’s transportation needs

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Officials from Burnet County, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization met Sept. 14 to discuss regional transportation needs that are years, even decades, in the future. (more…)

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Burnet County commissioners approve 2018-19 budget, tax rate

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners approved a budget and tax rate for the 2018-19 fiscal year during their regular meeting Sept. 11. (more…)

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Burnet City Council discusses health benefits for retired employees working elsewhere

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet City Council members tried balancing benefits promised to retired employees with the costs of those benefits in a workshop and the following regular meeting Sept. 11. (more…)

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New zoning map and districts coming for Marble Falls property owners; public hearing Oct. 2

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — Almost 2,500 Marble Falls property owners will begin receiving notices this week about an overhaul to the city’s zoning code and map that has been 10 years in the making. (more…)

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Sen. Ted Cruz in Llano

Cruz hits Republican talking points, throws in basketball and Mars during Llano stop

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke on the theme of winning during his campaign stop early Aug. 31 at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que. Winning with legislation he’s passed and working to win the upcoming general election. But first, he spoke of winning something unusual for most senators: basketball. (more…)

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Sen. Ted Cruz stops for barbecue and campaigning in Llano

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will make a campaign stop in Llano early Aug. 31 for politics and barbecue. (more…)

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The Bluebonnet Belle, a 1944 C-47 Douglas Skytrain, crashed during takeoff July 21 at the Burnet Municipal Airport. While the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, which housed and cared for the plane, knows it was a big loss, members are currently focused on the upcoming Bluebonnet AirSho, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9. Once the air show is over, officials said they’ll begin to plan for the future post-Belle. Photo courtesy of Burnet County Sheriff’s Office photo

About $50,000 in repairs to Burnet runway to be done before Sept. 8 air show

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Runway repairs to the Burnet Municipal Airport are scheduled to be done just before the Bluebonnet AirSho on Sept. 8. (more…)

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Burnet County received the 2017 Gold Star Safety Award from the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool. The county was one of only nine in the entire state to receive the award, given for safety in the workplace and controlling workers’ compensation claims. Pictured are Burnet County Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr. (left), Precinct 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, Larry Boccaccio of Texas Association of Counties, Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County receives workplace safety award; commissioners vote to approve EMS contract

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners accepted an award, kept the burn ban in place, and approved contracts during their regular meeting Aug. 28. (more…)

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Park View Park near Mormon Mill Road is one of many planned projects in the city of Marble Falls’s five-year plan. The Capital Improvement Plan Committee made a recommendation to present more than $68 million in projects over five years for the City Council to consider.

Marble Falls Capital Improvement Plan committee debates park’s cost in $68M projects list

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — With more than $68 million in planned projects over the next five years to recommend to City Council, the Marble Falls Capital Improvement Plan Committee debated just one item Aug. 23. (more…)

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June Oliver (center), the Democratic nominee for Texas's 25th congressional district, is holding a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at Westside Park Community Hall, 1704 Second St. in Marble Falls. Burnet County Democratic Party Chair Marti Pogue (left) and Marble Falls resident Shirley Schmidt helped plan the town hall. The free event is open to the public. Courtesy photo

Democratic congressional candidate Julie Oliver holding Marble Falls town hall

  CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, Democratic congressional candidate Julie Oliver was incorrectly referred to as June Oliver. We apologize for the error.   FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Congressional candidate Julie Oliver is holding a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Westside Park Community Hall, and […]

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U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (at the head of the table) held a round table discussion Aug. 23 with Marble Falls leaders. Williams, who represents the Texas's 25th congressional district, has made it a priority during his time in office to work on behalf of small businesses and 'Main Street America.' Courtesy photo

Congressman Roger Williams in Marble Falls for business-focused round table

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — U.S. Rep. Roger Williams continued his whirlwind tour of Texas’s 25th congressional district with a stop in Marble Falls on Aug. 23. (more…)

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Marble Falls City Council discussions focus on fees

Marble Falls City Council discussions focus on fees

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls City Council spent much of the Aug. 21 regular meeting discussing fees as members work toward adopting a tax rate and a budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. (more…)

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Llano tax rate and budget move closer to adoption; new alderwoman sworn in

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — At its Aug. 20 regular meeting, Llano City Council moved closer to establishing a tax rate and budget for the upcoming fiscal year. (more…)

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Grant creates plumber training program at Central Texas College

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Almost 100 new plumbers will be needed in the Highland Lakes in the next five years, according to a statistic from state labor boards. This is due to new subdivisions, businesses, and other growth. (more…)

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U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke talks about his vision for the country during a stop at Quail Point Lodge in Horseshoe Bay on Aug. 16. The El Paso congressman is challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for his seat in the Nov. 6 general election. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Democrat O’Rourke attracts big town hall crowd in Republican Horseshoe Bay

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON HORSESHOE BAY —  As Dana Rushing began planning for Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s town hall Aug. 16 at Quail Point, she thought 100 chairs would be enough, maybe 150. (more…)

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Burnet County commissioners on Aug. 14 removed an emergency declaration from the county burn ban but left the ban in place. The ban prohibits outdoor burning. The disaster declaration, which prohibited outdoor cooking and welding, was made July 30 in response to the Park Road 4 fire. Courtesy photo by James Oakley

Burnet County burn ban continues; commissioners set proposed tax rate

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners voted during the Aug. 14 regular meeting to remove the emergency declaration from the county burn ban but leave one in place. (more…)

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U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (left) toured the Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s new Marble Falls District Office on Aug. 9 before speaking to PEC staff and board members. Next to him is PEC Director of Regional Operations Nathan Burns. Photo courtesy John Larsen, PEC photographer

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams visits PEC’s new Marble Falls office and briefly talks politics

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — U.S. Rep. Roger Williams stopped by the Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s new Marble Falls District Office on Aug. 9 as the congressman made the rounds in his District 25. (more…)

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The new Marble Falls District Office for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative. It is located at 4302 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls. Staff photo

PEC board to break in new Marble Falls office with meeting

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative Board of Directors will get down to business in the co-op’s new Marble Falls district office for its Aug. 20 meeting. PEC board meetings are usually held in the co-op’s Johnson City headquarters, but members will instead convene in the Marble Falls District Office, 4302 […]

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Granite Shoals City Council members unanimous in choice for city manager

Granite Shoals City Council members unanimous in choice for city manager

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Granite Shoals City Council members unanimously voted during an Aug. 7 special meeting to offer the postion of city manager to Jeffery Looney, the former city administrator of Fairfield. (more…)

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A wildfire forced the evacuation of Inks Lake State Park and nearby homes on CR 114 to Park Road 4 in Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Burnet County disaster declaration, burn ban remain due to wildfires, dry conditions

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County remains under a Declaration of Disaster and outdoor burn ban as hot, dry conditions continue after two major wildfires. (more…)

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Granite Shoals Police Chief Gary Boshears (right) congratulates the newly promoted Sgt. John Ortis for his advancement. Ortis joined the Granite Shoals Police Department as an officer in 2011. On July 24, Ortis became the department’s latest sergeant. Courtesy photo

Granite Shoals officer, military veteran promoted to sergeant

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — Avery and Ayden Ortis finally got to stick it to their father, John Ortis. It’s not something you often get to do to your dad if he also happens to be a Granite Shoals police officer. (more…)

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In 2017, the Burnet Middle School Interact Club brought the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation’s program ‘Start With Hello’ to the campus. The next year, the club added the ‘Say Something.’ Both programs were created to help end school violence by creating an inclusive environment and encouraging students to report harmful behaviors. Burnet Middle School teacher Sara Te, the Interact sponsor, testified before the Texas Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security on July 18 about how those programs have helped her school. File photo

Burnet teacher testifies before Texas Senate committee regarding school violence

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON AUSTIN — When Burnet Middle School teacher and Interact Club sponsor Sara Te set out a little more than two years ago to help students fit in on campus, she never thought it would lead to testifying before a Texas Senate committee. (more…)

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