Marble Falls


Llano police chase ends at CR 122

A Saturday night police pursuit through Marble Falls ended when the suspect vehicle collided into this building near the 2000 block of US 281 after hitting a loaded horse trailer and flipping the vehicle. The suspects were quickly apprehended by police.

By Richard Zowie

Burnet Bulletin

An 18-year-old Llano man sustained injuries of a busted lip after allegedly leading police officers on a high-speed chase that ended at County Road 122 at approximately 12:49 a.m. on May 20.

According to Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn, 18-year-old Andrew Charles Spence Belew allegedly stole a 2011 Chevrolet HHR and begain driving with it.

After his sister called the police but added that she didn't know where he was headed, police officers reportedly spotted him at in Kingsland.

Blackburn said once the officer followed Belew and flipped on his lights, Belew then allegedly led them on a pursuit that reached speeds of 125 mph.

Besides Llano County, police officers from Granite Shoals Police Department and Burnett County Sheriff's Office also participated in the pursuit.


Sales tax revenue up for Bertram, Marble Falls

The addition of several retail outlets in Marble Falls and an influx of shoppers has helped the county's largest city reach double-digit gains in sales tax revenues for the month of December, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced.

Marble Falls continues to lead Burnet County in sales tax revenue and set yet another record for December as Hegar's office returned $678,388.28 to the city from sales made in October by businesses which report monthly. This represents an increase of a whopping 12.04 percent above the $605,439.02 returned in December 2016.

For the year, sales tax revenues are up 9.17 percent at $8,609,399.62, up from $7,886,178.12 received through this time last year.

A number of new businesses — especially new restaurants which have opened — have helped sales tax revenues climb higher than expected in 2017 in Marble Falls.


Read the TCEQ Response to Comments on Asphalt Inc. in their entirety

As a service to our readers, we have loaded the TCEQ Response to Comments regarding Asphalt Inc.'s air quality permit 148112 on our website in its entirety. This is available for free as an e-edition to our readers. This is the official 58-page TCEQ response to public comments made about the air quality permit for the proposed rock crushing plant to be located south of Marble Falls off US 281.

To read the document, go to and click on "TCEQ RESPONSE TO COMMENTS ON ASPHALT INC."


Memorial 5K raises funds for Camp Agape

Camp Agape is for children grieving the loss of a loved one. A 5K memorial run is scheduled for Sept. 23 at 8 a.m. at Johnson Park in Marble Falls to raise awareness about next year’s camp.

The 2018 camp is scheduled for July 16-19 at Camp Buckner Retreat Center outside of Burnet. The memorial run fundraiser will allow children between the ages of 7-12 to attend Camp Agape at no cost to their families.

“Everyone who joins the 5K memorial run can be assured of their profound impact on a child’s life,” said Christen McVaney, the camp’s executive director. “Participation in the race will make it possible for precious children to attend Camp Agape where they no longer feel alone in their grief, giving them true hope for their future.”


Herbert injured in Marble Falls Rodeo

Contributed/Pauline Reese-Herbert

Bill Herbert of Marble Falls lands on his head and neck in a fall from a bucking bronc Saturday, July 15, at the 2017 Marble Falls Pro Rodeo. Family and friends are rallying to help with the expense of surgery to take place Tuesday, July 25, and recovery.



During the Saddle Bronc Riding  Saturday, July 15, at the Marble Falls Rodeo, contestant Bill Herbert suffered severe injuries when he flipped off the bucking horse, landing on his head.

Upon landing, Herbert’s neck twisted and was shoved forward causing his neck to break at the C3 and C4 vertebras, said a go fund me account set up in Herbert’s name by Rachel Biagini.

Herbert also sustained a torn and occluded artery going to the right side of his brain from the fall, said his wife Pauline Reese-Herbert.

“He actually got up and walked away from the fall,” said Reese.

Reese, reaching out to all family and friends took to Facebook on Sunday, July 16, informed them Herbert was transported by ambulance to the Temple Trauma Center, where doctors stated that he would more than likely have to go through surgeries in order to fuse the two vertebras together.


Burnet County Sheriff's deputies arrest 17 in drug roundup

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Working in conjunction with other local agencies, Burnet County Sheriff's deputies in the Special Operations Unit have arrested 17 individuals in Burnet and Llano counties as part of a month-long undercover investigation targeting methamphetamine dealers in the two counties that culminated in a raid Thursday at multiple locations.

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said a total of 31 warrants were obtained on the 17 individuals arresed, charging each with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in penalty group 1, more than one gram but less than four grams.

Each charge is a second-degree felony under Texas Penal Code, Chapter 481.112(c), punishable by a prison sentence of two to 20 years and a $10,000 fine.

“This represents a significant impact on the local methamphetamine supply network,” Boyd said.


Dust Dawgs earn some hardware



Both the high school and middle school cross country teams recently competed at races hosted by Marble Falls. Each group did very well in their respective categories with the varsity girls earning a team gold and the eighth-grade boys earning an overall bronze.

The cross country season is moving right along with only one more tune-up meet before district. All teams will be in action this Thursday, Oct. 6 at Lampasas. Followed by the district meet for both middle school and high school on Saturday, Oct. 15 also in Lampasas.


Marble Falls Results-


Middle School

Seventh-grade girls: Maria Leon, 22, 14:18. Other Burnet runners included Ashlyn Calhoun and Zaida Freeman.


Eighth-grade girls: Gracyn Bennett, 20, 13:45; Esmerelda Carreon, 63; Halee Muccigrossi, 64; Makenna Gilmore, 72; Helena Rojas, 107; and Madison Carapepe, 125.



Battle for Burnet County still simmers the blood



Call it an old flame I cannot put out, but going into last week the rivalry between Burnet and Marble Falls simmered in my blood.

Ever since I can remember, the battle for Burnet County has been buzzing between our two towns for centuries.

Now, no one who came into the Burnet County area after the mid 1990s will understand how bad this rivalry has been.

Anyone reading this that showed up after that, is probably thinking “this lady is crazy,” “we have not played Marble Falls in a million years except for the scrimmage games,” and the rivalry isn’t that bad.

However, anyone like myself who grew up a predominate part of their life in this area knows how much bad blood has been between Burnet and Marble Falls.


Flash flood watch issued twice this week, more rainfall to come



A month of drought-like weather in the Hill Country ended with a boom as a tropical disturbance from the Gulf moved its way over Burnet county and dumped a large amount of rain on the area over the weekend.

The tropical disturbance, which was also responsible for heavy flooding in parts of Louisiana, collided with a stalled cold front in the Hill Country, leading to heavy downpours late Sunday and early Monday as well as several periods of rain Friday and Saturday.

Friday marked the first significant rainfall in Burnet County since early July and helped temperatures drop more than 20 degrees below normal for this time of year, making the weather the most temperate it has been since May.


Boater Injured in LakeFest wreck



One man is in serious condition at University Medical Center Brackenridge Hospital in Austin following a boat accident Sunday during the LakeFest in Marble Falls.

Scott “Scotty” Lumbert, driver of the Top Fuel Hydro drag boat “Spirit of Texas,” was racing in the final rounds against “Nitrochondiac” during Sunday’s event when his boat crossed the finish line and began to flip, according to video footage The Highland Lakes Newspapers acquired from sources.

The boat, said to be traveling at speeds of 240 mph, looked as though something malfunctioned as it crossed the finish line and began to roll down Lake Marble Falls

(Colorado River) for several hundred feet before coming to a stop.


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