Features

Tue
06
Nov

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.

Fri
08
Nov

Burnet County veteran recounts near-death flight experience

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Burnet County resident Ray Bronk has several old photographs of his time in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1972 when he served as a fighter pilot and flight instructor.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

A brush with death would make most people reconsider their path in life, but a midair jet fighter collision during a training exercise could not dissuade Burnet County veteran Ray Bronk from continuing to pilot aircraft for his country.

Ray joined the United States Air Force in 1952 and aced his aptitude tests. The career advisor listed aircraft pilot as one of his potential jobs.

Tue
22
Oct

Marble Falls Mustangs gave Max-imum effort with tribute to Brother Max Copeland

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
The Marble Falls football team honored the number one Mustang fan, Bro. Max Copeland, at the Friday Oct. 18 game versus Bastrop by wearing red socks in honor of the late pastor. The Mustangs are undefeated on Max Copeland Night. See the story of the Mustangs' first win of the season in the Tuesday, Oct. 22 issue of The Highlander, your high school sports authority for the Highland Lakes.

Fri
18
Oct

Horseshoe Bay renames RM 2147 for outgoing Mayor Steve Jordan

 

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander

Horseshoe Bay Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Gary, left, congratulates Mayor Steve Jordan after the city council voted unanimously Oct. 15 to name Ranch to Market Road 2147 from Ferguson Road to Texas 71 after Jordan, who championed the widening of the roadway during his tuenure in office. The council also appointed a new fire chief, Brent Batla. For these stories,see the Tuesday, Oct. 22 edition of The Highlander.

Tue
15
Oct

Marble Falls ISD preschoolers put on show for Hispanic Heritage Month

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander

Marble Falls Independent School District Pre-K students joined together to celebrate Mexican culture on Oct. 10 with a performance of “De Colores” while dressed in traditional garbs. Also, first graders performed a Guatemalan dance to “Yo Le Canto A Guatemala” at the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration which was held at Marble Falls Middle School. See the photo in the Tuesday, Oct. 15 issue of The Highlander.

Fri
04
Oct

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.

Mon
30
Sep

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

File Photo
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.

Tue
24
Sep

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.

Fri
20
Sep

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.

Tue
17
Sep

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.

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