Burnet County Commissioners tracking Senate Bill 2 progress

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State lawmakers are considering a bill which would limit the amount of revenue local governments like cities, counties, school districts and special districts can raise before having to seek voter approval.




By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County commissioners say they are tracking two particular pieces of legislation with a great deal of interest, especially Senate Bill 2, which was placed on the Senate calendar for a second reading Thursday.


Marble Falls HS swimmers among top 10 in state

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Marble Falls High School sophomore Landry Stewart dives in during the 500 freestyle event at the UIL state finals Feb. 16 in Austin.




By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

In their first year of official competition, two Marble Falls swimmers placed in the top-10 in the state finals in Austin on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Sophomore Landry Stewart and freshman Taylor Ashbaugh competed with the best Texas offers in three events – Stewart in the 200-yard individual medley and the 500-yard freestyle, and Ashbaugh in the 100-yard breaststroke. In all three events, the Mustangs swimmers finished in the top-10.

“We're extremely proud of these girls,” head coach John Berkman said. “It takes a lot of individual commitment and dedication to the sport.”

Stewart finished in ninth-place in the 200 IM on Saturday with a time of two minutes, 11.47 seconds. The Saturday time was an improvement over her 13th place qualifying time on Friday of 2:13.18. She said she wanted to improve her turns on Saturday.


Costas decries 'click-bait' culture of modern media

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Bob Costas speaks to UT students and faculty while giving the ninth annual Frank Deford Lecture in Sports Journalism at Moody College of Communications.





By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Few journalists have credentials as impressive as NBC sportscasting legend Bob Costas, so when the 66-year-old New York native speaks about the current state of news media and sports — as he did Monday at the University of Texas at Austin — people listen.

Costas was at the Moody College of Communications' Belo Center for New Media to give the ninth annual Frank Deford Lecture in Sports Journalism to a capacity crowd of students, staff and the public. I was privileged to have the opportunity not only to attend the lecture, but to ask Costas a question of my own and to speak with him briefly afterwards.

Costas — the only person to have ever won Emmys in news, sports and entertainment — told UT students and staff that he was “impressed by the facilities, by the faculty members I've met and by the students I've met” during his visit to the Forty Acres.

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