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Planned Park Road 4 work unaffected by recent wildfire; RR 2147 work almost done

Planned Park Road 4 work unaffected by recent wildfire; RR 2147 work almost done

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Days after a wildfire burned 557 acres near Inks Lake State Park in Burnet County, the Texas Department of Transportation announced a $2 million contract to resurface Park Road 4 from U.S. 281 to CR 116. (more…)

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Marble Falls ISD surveying residents regarding facilities plan and possible bond election

Marble Falls ISD surveying residents regarding facilities plan and possible bond election

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls school district officials are asking residents to take an online survey regarding a facilities plan and possible bond election. (more…)

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The Smith West Fire in northern Blanco County and southern Llano County has had a devastating effect on vegetation. Firefighters and emergency workers worked around the clock to get the fire under control. Courtesy photo

Crews make progress in two wildfires but worry weather will worsen conditions

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Fire crews are still fighting two wildfires that have burned about 1,800 acres in Llano and Blanco counties, but they’ve made progress in battling the two separate blazes. (more…)

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Two people killed in overnight crash on US 183 south of Briggs

Two people killed in overnight crash on US 183 south of Briggs

FROM STAFF REPORTS BRIGGS — Two people have died following a three-vehicle collision on U.S. 183 south of Briggs, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report. (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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Phone scammer uses ‘back taxes’ threat to coax cash from victims

Phone scammer uses ‘back taxes’ threat to coax cash from victims

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Investigators sent out a warning to the public to avoid a phone scammer impersonating a Burnet police officer making threats of jail time over alleged “back taxes.” The scam attempts might have become more complex, but the basic premise remains the same. (more…)

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Worst of flu season yet to come; practice prevention to avoid illness

Worst of flu season yet to come; practice prevention to avoid illness

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls Middle School nurse Emily Kelley typically sees 70 students a day with problems ranging from an ankle sprain to a lost tooth. With flu season in full swing, she also might be seeing many students with symptoms of that seasonal ailment. (more…)

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Granite Shoals residents invited to informal Coffee with the Council

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Granite Shoals residents have a chance to ask questions to members of the City Council in an informal setting Saturday, Feb. 3. (more…)

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BCSO active shooter course aims to prevent tragic events

BCSO active shooter course aims to prevent tragic events

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office will take aim at potential active shooter situations with a course focused on how to respond and stay safe during these violent events, which sometimes result in mass casualties. (more…)

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DPS out in force to encourage safe Thanksgiving travels

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY – A key Or to safe holiday travel is knowing what local law enforcement will be looking for on the road and adopting a few good habits before embarking on a trip. (more…)

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Ed Necker of Signs 2 Go puts the finishing touches on the new Burnet County Elections Office on Oct. 26. The office is located at 106 W. Washington St. in Burnet. Courtesy photo

Burnet County Elections Office moves to courthouse square

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY  BURNET — Touting more space and public accessibility, the Burnet County Elections Office will set up shop in Burnet’s downtown square after refurbishment of an older building by the county. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said closing the Special Operations Unit in Marble Falls will save the county about $36,000 a year.

Burnet County Sheriff’s Office closes Special Ops location, keeps staff

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — In a move that will save Burnet County about $36,000 a year, the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office closed its Special Operations Unit (SOU) office, located in Marble Falls. (more…)

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Forgotten backpack or potential threat?

Las Vegas massacre prompts call for Texans to report suspicious activity

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN – In light of the Las Vega attack, law enforcement in the Lone Star State want Texans to pay closer attention to and report suspicious and potentially dangerous activity. (more…)

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Flu season is here and could be severe; get your shots now

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — The influenza season typically starts in October and peaks from December to February; however, this year, health care workers warn that more severe and widespread infection could emerge if patients fail to take precautions. (more…)

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You can now text 911, but only if necessary

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Highland Lakes residents can now use text messaging to contact emergency services via 911, but officials caution people not to make it their “go-to” way of contacting a dispatch center. (more…)

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Burnet County launches radio tower upgrade plan with $1.82M award

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — An aging radio tower system in Burnet County will get a much-needed boost with $1.82 million from Capital Area Planning Council of Governments, officials said. (more…)

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New Texas laws: Swords, balloon hunts, and no more texting and driving

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With the first day of September comes signs of fall and a whole slate of new laws from the Texas Legislature. More than 600 laws went into effect Sept. 1. One will impact how you can use your cellphone while you drive, and another will allow you to openly […]

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Hill Country Memorial earns highest Women’s Choice Awards

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM FREDERICKSBURG — For the fourth consecutive year, Hill Country Memorial has been recognized by Women’s Choice Award as an America’s Best Hospital for Obstetrics and as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience. (more…)

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Fire departments in the Highland Lakes have a pressing need: volunteers

Fire departments in the Highland Lakes have a pressing need: volunteers

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — A pressing need for volunteer firefighters is growing across the country, and the Highland Lakes is no exception. While fire chiefs at the volunteer departments in Marble Falls and Burnet said they have just enough volunteers, the reality is there’s always room for more. (more…)

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Government closures July 3-4

MARBLE FALLS — Since the Fourth of July is a national and state holiday, Highland Lakes residents can expect federal, state, and local offices to be closed on Tuesday, July 4, but there are some offices that will tack on July 3. (more…)

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The area of Lake Buchanan where Joshua Reid died is straddled by 20- to 30-foot bluffs and known for its idyllic views and quaint waterfalls. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Local man dies after jumping from bluff into Lake Buchanan

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO COUNTY — A man’s death after jumping from a bluff into Lake Buchanan has prompted a cautionary note by water safety officials as people descend on the Highland Lakes this Fourth of July weekend. (more…)

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Rep. Williams’ staff member injured in Virginia shooting; gunman is identified

Rep. Williams’ staff member injured in Virginia shooting; gunman is identified

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — A member of Rep. Roger Williams’ staff was among the injured when a gunman opened fire Wednesday morning during a congressional team baseball practice. Williams (R-Austin) was at the practice but wasn’t hurt by the gunfire, according to his office. (more…)

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PEC’s John Hewa resigns as CEO, returning to Virginia

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors and Chief Executive Officer John Hewa officially parted ways May 25. The board called an emergency meeting for 1 p.m. May 25 at the PEC headquarters in Johnson City. Hewa was not present at the meeting. (more…)

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The Texas Department of Public Safety has opened a new office, 1405A Mormon Mill Road in Marble Falls. A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for April 11. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

New driver’s license office opens in Marble Falls with online queuing

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A consolidated driver’s license office has opened with an additional online feature aimed at minimizing wait times for Burnet County residents, according to Texas Department of Public Safety officials. (more…)

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The Burnet County Jail is located at 900 County Lane in Burnet. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Travis County’s ‘sanctuary’ fight with ICE could benefit Burnet County Jail

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — A political battle brewing between the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and federal immigration officials could bring more inmates to the Burnet County Jail, translating into more local funds to house detainees, officials say. (more…)

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