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Granite Shoals sports complex at Quarry Park

Granite Shoals rethinks more tennis courts at sports complex

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Granite Shoals city leaders are re-evaluating the Roddick Youth Tennis Foundation’s plans to build four more tennis courts at Quarry Park. (more…)

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Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting May 14, 2019

Burnet County moves forward on road work and safety projects

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners tackled the details on several road projects during their regular meeting May 14. (more…)

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Work to begin on Texas 29 widening project

Construction to begin May 13 on Texas 29 widening project

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The first of four phases of construction on about 13 miles of Texas 29 between RM 2241 and RR 1431 east of Llano is scheduled to begin Monday, May 13. (more…)

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Llano County commissioners and staff look at a map provided by county surveyor John Ables showing discrepancies between high-water marks from the October 2018 flood and proposed Federal Emergency Management Agency floodplain maps. Commissioners approved a resolution to send to FEMA during the May 6 workshop demanding the federal agency consider all new flood data before beginning the final appeal process. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano County questions accuracy of FEMA flood maps

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Patty Pfister not only has high-water marks from the October 2018 flood on her family land in Castell but also from the historic flood of 1935. (more…)

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Volunteer Brenda Davis (right) helps Jordyn Dilisle put the finishing touches on her pet rock. The youngster was participating in the pet rock contest at the first-ever GraniteFest, which was hosted by the city of Granite Shoals on April 27. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Granite Shoals eyes stretch of Phillips Ranch Road for business

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The city of Granite Shoals is looking for ways to encourage business development along one of its main thoroughfares. (more…)

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Kingsland debris removal

Llano County close to recouping money spent on flood cleanup

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano County is gradually getting closer to recouping some of the nearly $1.1 million it spent since October 2018 on flood debris removal. (more…)

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Burnet County officials anticipate thousands of people will head to Reveille Peak Ranch on May 18-19 for Spartan Race weekend. The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of going over the event’s mass gathering permit. Commissioners are concerned about traffic congestion on RM 2341 as participants wait to get into the facility. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County commissioners address safety concerns near developments, Spartan Race

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just about every big topic within Burnet County — public safety, development, grants, and state politics — was covered during the county commissioners’ regular meeting April 23. Growth, traffic, and development were addressed in multiple items on the agenda, including two subdivision plats. (more…)

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Marble Falls has included a potential new City Hall in its five-year Capital Improvement Plan. During the city’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone board meeting April 17, more details were presented about how a future move might affect downtown. File photo

More revealed about potential new Marble Falls City Hall

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Details of a potential new Marble Falls City Hall emerged April 17 during the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone board meeting. (more…)

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Double Horn, Texas

Judge rules in favor of city of Double Horn, questions state’s motives behind lawsuit

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Double Horn Mayor Cathy Sereno, as well as many Double Horn residents who filled the 424th District Courtroom on April 3, expressed relief and happiness with Judge Evan Stubbs’s ruling. (more…)

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Work is on pace for the new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland to open in May. Once built, Llano County commissioners hope the bridge will have a new name in honor of Pat and David Enloe. Staff photo by Jared Fields

2900 bridge on schedule for May opening, possibly with new name

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Construction is on pace for the new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland to open in May, but it could have a new name. (more…)

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The city of Marble Falls’s wastewater treatment plant is operating at 75 percent of capacity. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the city must begin planning and designing for expansion. The city approved a contract for engineering services and has a timetable for future construction to begin in 2021. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Marble Falls council discusses Avenue N bridge, wastewater treatment plant expansion

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The city of Marble Falls is eyeing a possible partnership with the city of Meadowlakes to apply for a federal grant to build a bridge on Avenue N. Marble Falls officials could present the idea of the two entities applying for a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to the City Council […]

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Small Business Administration closing local flood victim outreach offices

Small Business Administration closing local flood victim outreach offices

FROM STAFF REPORTS U.S. Small Business Administration officials announced they are closing the Disaster Loan Outreach Offices in Burnet and Llano counties. (more…)

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Burnet County Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan was hired Oct. 1 and has been busy ever since working illegal dumping cases and educating county residents about environmental laws. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Educating Burnet County residents on environmental laws big task for new deputy

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Chris Cowan followed his GPS to a location where he needed to investigate an environmental crime. The device took him to the wrong spot, but that didn’t matter. (more…)

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Volunteer Robert Cook helped clean out a home on Lakeshore Drive in Marble Falls in October after historic flooding. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Small Business Administration issues disaster declaration; low-interest loans available

FROM STAFF REPORTS Homeowners, renters, and business owners who suffered losses and damages due to the October 2018 flood now could be eligible for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. (more…)

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The Briggs Volunteer Fire Department is no longer being dispatched for calls. The Emergency Services District No. 8 let its contract expire, and Burnet County suspended its contract with the department. Photo courtesy of Briggs Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page

Burnet County suspends contract with Briggs VFD

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners voted Feb. 26 to suspend its mutual aid contract with the Briggs Volunteer Fire Department. (more…)

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Large debris from the old RM 2900 bridge that collapsed during the October flood is being removed during construction of the new bridge in Kingsland. Photo courtesy of Texas Department of Transportation

Old out, new in: Work on 2900 bridge continues in all weather

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Freezing temperatures won’t affect progress being made on the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (more…)

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A large debris pile in Granite Shoals should be removed beginning next week after Burnet County Commissioners voted March 1 to contract with companies for the debris removal and monitoring. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Disposal of Granite Shoals flood debris pile to begin soon

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS A 15,000-cubic-yard debris pile near Granite Shoals City Hall should begin disappearing next week. (more…)

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Lake LBJ has been refilled to its normal operating range as of Feb. 27. As it was lowered nearly 4 feet, a large sandbar was visible from Lookout Mountain in Kingsland. That sandbar is marked by buoys and barely visible from the same location. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Lake LBJ refilled; LCRA addressing safety on the water

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Lake LBJ reached its normal operating range Feb. 27 after being lowered about 4 feet since Jan. 9. (more…)

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The Burnet Economic Development Corp. is purchasing 13.51 acres on U.S. 281 and Houston Clinton Drive. The tract allows for a number of development opportunities for the city. Graphic courtesy Burnet EDC

With Burnet EDC land purchase, area would be open for business

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The city of Burnet opened up development opportunities during the regular City Council meeting Feb. 26. (more…)

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz visited the Highland Lakes after the Oct. 17 flood to view damage done along the Llano and Colorado rivers. Cruz spoke with homeowners and local officials during his visit. Cruz said he was ‘pleased’ with the federal disaster declaration issued Feb. 25. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Trump issues federal disaster declaration for Texas counties impacted by 2018 flooding

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Good news for the 33 Texas counties hit hard by severe storms and flooding last fall as President Donald Trump on Feb. 25 issued a federal disaster declaration. (more…)

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The first elected officials in the newly formed city of Double Horn took oaths of office during the Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting Feb. 22. Cathy Sereno (left) was elected mayor. Glenn Leisey (alderman), John Osborne (city marshal), and Bob Link (alderman) also took the oath at the Burnet County Courthouse. Photo courtesy of Joe Don Dockery

Elected officials sworn in for new city of Double Horn

FROM STAFF REPORTS Double Horn’s first elected officials took their oaths of office at the Burnet County Courthouse on Feb. 22. Burnet County commissioners certified the Feb. 12 Double Horn special election, which selected a mayor, marshal, and five aldermen. (more…)

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The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting an open house March 5 at Lago Vista Middle School, 8039 Bar K Ranch Road, to gather public input on proposed improvements to RR 1431 from the FM 1174 intersection in Burnet County east to Lago Vista. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Open house for public input on RR 1431 improvements

FROM STAFF REPORTS An open house March 5 in Lago Vista provides anyone who drives RR 1431 east of Smithwick an opportunity to view proposed improvements to the two-lane highway. (more…)

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New kegs at Bear King Brewing Co. in Marble Falls are ready to be filled with beer. For now, the beer that goes in those kegs can only be consumed at the brewery. State Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) authored Senate Bill 312, which could alter beer-to-go laws in the state if passed. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Buckingham files brewery beer-to-go bill with tourism in mind

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS State Sen. Dawn Buckingham opened a media conference at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 19 to announce an agreement between two groups that could allow brewers to sell beer to customers for off-premise consumption. (more…)

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Rep. Roger Williams shook hands with constituents after his town hall Feb. 19 at the Burnet County Courthouse. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Williams prefers Congressional action on border security over emergency declaration and wall

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Congressman Roger Williams admitted he was “selfish” when it came to his “hesitancy” in supporting President Donald Trump’s recent national emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border. (more…)

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City and school elections in May are mostly uncontested

City and school elections in May are mostly uncontested

FROM STAFF REPORTS Voters in Burnet and Llano counties will have few decisions to make for municipal and school district races on the May 4 general election ballot. There are no contested races for any of the counties’ three public school districts. Of the eight total spots up for election in the three districts, all […]

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Chris Cowan was hired four months ago to handle environmental crimes in Burnet County. He's been so busy with cases that the county is seeking funding for a second officer to help him. Courtesy photo

New county environmental crimes officer swamped by cases

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just over four months into the job, Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan already is a victim of his own success. (more…)

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