Walkway of Lights to end sooner in 2018 but still “magical” after flood-delayed start

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The Walkway of Lights in Lakeside Park in Marble Falls will be on a shortened timeline and end on Dec. 26 due to work set to began on the city's parks improvement plan.




By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Recent flooding issues have failed to deter plans for the Walkway of Lights, however, a Marble Falls city parks improvement project will place the Christmas lighting display on a shorter timeline, officials said.

A Pedernales Electric Cooperative crew began work Nov. 5 on utility installation of the Lakeside Park lighting trail, hosted by the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce.

“We had to wait for the park to dry out a little bit,” said Chamber Events Coordinator Brandi Payne. “Obviously the park was saturated, and that put us off from getting down here (to start erecting the display). There's a little bit of delay, but we're going to make it work.”

The night-time display – which features sculptures, lighted Christmas trees and photo opportunities with Santa Claus – is scheduled from Nov. 16 to Dec. 26.


Wayward tortoise visits newspaper, seeking home

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
A sulcata tortoise found his way to the newspaper parking lot Wednesday, Oct. 2. The tortoise was turned over to Marble Falls Police Department's animal control officer until its owner can be located. Call animal control at 830-693-3611 to offer information.





By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Sulcata tortoises are not indigenous to the Highland Lakes — they are more common to the southern Sahara desert and the savannas of Africa. However, someone forgot to tell that to one beautiful specimen who paid a visit to The Highlander office Wednesday, Oct. 2.


Marble Falls Area EMS to hold fish fry fundraiser at Blue Bonnet Cafe

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Marble Falls Area EMS will hold their annual fall fish fry fundraiser at the Blue Bonnet Cafe from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. Plates are $10 per person for adults or $5 for children 5 and under. For takeout orders call 830-693-2444. Pictured here are the Walls of Spicewood with Marble Falls Area EMS Operations Director Kevin Naumann during a past event.


Texas Tech, Austin Coding Academy join forces

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The Texas Tech Coding Academy is a part-time web development program that prepares students for careers as web developers and software engineers. The local campus has teamed up with an Austin-based firm to launch the curriculum in the Highland Lakes.




Special to The Highlander

A new joint venture which will begin next month at Texas Tech University at Highland Lakes in Marble Falls could help increase the number of graduates earning higher pay in a technical job field.

Texas Tech University and Austin Coding Academy announced Wednesday, Sept. 18, a new partnership to launch the Texas Tech Coding Academy, a part-time web development program that prepares students for careers as web developers and software engineers.


Marble Falls Music Festival to feature top Texas Country artists

Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce
Area residents and visitors will have the opportunity to listen to Alan's music as he joins John Arthur Martinez, Pauline Reese, Kyle Park, and Shinyribs at the Marble Falls Music Festival this Saturday, Sept. 21, participating as part of the local talent setting the stage for the night's headliners.





Savanna Gregg
Staff Writer

Raised in the Hill Country by a pair of musical parents, artist Brandon Alan grew up with exposure to a variety of genres and styles of music. He soon blazed his own trail, and began picking the guitar around the age of 11.


Marble Falls High School hosts homecoming activities

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander

Jett Huffman and Brooklyn Chavez were crowned Homecoming King and Queen on Friday night during halftime of the football game at Mustang Stadium.

See more photos from the MFHS Homecoming, including the parade on Page 12 of the Tuesday, Sept.17 issue of The Highlander. To offer a comment or news tip, email nathan@highlandernews.com. To subscribe to the newspaper, call 830-693-4367 or click here to subscribe to our E-edition online.


Marble Falls Fire Rescue tours town for cancer awareness

Connie Swinney/The Highlander


MF Fire Rescue hosts Pink Out contests, music and festivities Sept. 12

Contributed/Marble Falls Fire Rescue


Special to The Highlander

Marble Falls Fire Rescue is asking the community to help fight for funds, education and awareness for those in the community who have been affected by all forms of cancer.

This year all proceeds will benefit Fighting for Gold, a local non-profit organization within our community that helps family's that have a child who has cancer.

This year's event will feature a Mr./Ms Pink Out 2019 competition, the best Pinked Out business contest and live music by the Queen of Texas Country Music Pauline Reese.


Horseshoe Bay Business Alliance Community Coffee attracts interest

Photos by Donald Eckelbarger & Janice Cleavinger
Contributing Writers

A view of some of the HSBBA members and guests who listened to the three Pastry Sponsors talk about their businesses.




By Donald Eckelbarger and Janice Cleavinger
Special to The Highlander

The Horseshoe Bay Business Alliance (HSBBA) held its Aug. 27 Community Coffee at Arrowhead Bank in Horseshoe Bay, attracting another large gathering of business leaders and residents.

Bittersweet Cakes and Catering provided the morning treats, which included an assortment of mini muffins and a delicious egg, sausage and cheese casserole that really tempted guests to have second helpings.


DA earns Texas Parks and Wildlife award for case diligence

Texas Parks and Wildlife has named 33rd/424th Judicial Districts District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee the 2019 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Prosecutor of the Year. He received the honor for his work prosecuting natural and cultural resource violations and environmental crimes in the state. Pictured, from left, are: TP&W Commissioner Reed Morian, McAfee, his wife Jill McAfee, TP&W Colonel Grahame Jones and TP&W Executive Director Carter Smith.






From staff reports

A local prosecutor has received a top award for his work in high-profile investigations involving Texas Parks and Wildlife.

The state entity recognized District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee by naming him winner of the 2019 TPWD Prosecutor of the Year Award, “for his work prosecuting natural and cultural resource violations and environmental crimes in the state.”

McAfee is the district attorney for the 33rd/424th Judicial District which encompass Blanco, Burnet, Llano and San Saba Counties.


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