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Tue
23
May

Slight risk for severe thunderstorms headed this way

The risk is slight but the National Weather Service warns new bands of storms are headed across most of South Central Texas, including local and western counties, extending to the Austin and San Antonio metro areas.

Worst of the threats are hail up to golf ball size and straight line wind gusts up to 60 mph and worth noting for travelers.

Tue
23
May

Blanco County mother sentenced to 30 years for failing to protect children

A Blanco woman was sentenced last week to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of injury to a child resulting the death of her 15-month-old daughter.

Jamie Petronella, 24, was found to have failed to seek medical attention for her daughter Sunny Bort, who died May 5, 2016, in a San Antonio hospital from injuries she received at the hands of Petronella's live-in boyfriend, John Cody Lawrence, 24.

On Feb. 3, Lawrence was sentenced to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to capital murder of a child younger than 10 years of age for intentionally causing the toddler's death.

Petronella appeared before 33rd District Judge Allan Garrett on Wednesday, May 17, for her role in the child's death. She was given a plea for a lesser charge after Lawrence accepted sole responsibility for causing the injuries, which he alleged he caused to the child while Petronella was at work.

Tue
23
May

Kingsland man arrested on charge of sexual assault of a child

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A Kingsland man, Billy Joe Roush, was arrested Tuesday, May 16, on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Roush, 68, who was arrested on a warrant out of the 424th District Court, remains in the Llano County Jail on $100,000 bond.

The incident is believed to have occurred during a family vacation during Spring Break in the Big Bend area of West Texas, according to a Llano County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.

Fri
19
May

Klaeger and Rhodes inducted to Marble Falls Council, Haddock also to join

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander

Marble Falls City Secretary Christina McDonald, left, swears in new city council members Megan Klaeger and Dave Rhodes during the council meeting Tuesday, May 16.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Marble Falls City Council members voted 4-2 to appoint William “Dee” Haddock to the Place 4 seat left vacant after the May 6 general election.

Haddock, who has served on the city's Planning & Zoning Commission since 2011, was one of three people who threw their hats into the ring for the position recently held by Rachel Austin-Cook, who did not seek re-election to her Place 4 seat.

Michele Boshears and Jim Coursey also submitted their applications for consideration prior to the May 8 deadline set by the council. No candidates had filed to run for Place 4 in the May 2017 general election, which had been canceled due to lack of opposed candidates. According to Section 3.06 of the City Charter, the City Council must appoint a qualified candidate when there is a vacancy.

Fri
19
May

New members join Meadowlakes City Council

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The Meadowlakes City Council, now including new members David Baker, Bob Brown and Ed O'Hayre are pictured following the Tuesday, May 16, council meeting. They are, from left, Baker, Brown, Mayor Mary Ann Raesener, Jerry Drummond, O'Hayre and Mike Barry.

 

 

Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Three new members of the Meadowlakes City Council took their oaths of office Tuesday, May 16.

They are David Baker, who ran unopposed for Place 2; Ed O'Hayre in Place 4 and Bob Brown in Place 5.

Mayor Mary Ann Raesener recognized the three outgoing council members Alton Fields, Barry Cunningham and Clancy Stephenson.

“A lot of changes have been taking place at the city's Hidden Falls Golf Course and the Meadowlakes Restaurant,” said Raesener. “Both Allan Oppenheim and Susan Ranow turned in resignations on the same day a few weeks ago.

“Our golf pro, Jeremy Grubb, has been managing the golf side for some time, and we learned that he also has extensive restaurant management experience. We are delighted that Jeremy has agreed to become the manager of both golf course and restaurant operations.”

Fri
19
May

Granite Shoals reaffirms 2004 annexation decision

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Granite Shoals City Council on Tuesday, May 9, passed a single resolution, one laying to rest their position on the 2004 annexation of the Green Valley Subdivision.

Ironically, it was a meeting not attended by Roy W. “Smiley” Settlemyre who has appeared before the council regularly over the years to protest the annexation, based on population density.

The council's Resolution 533 included the supporting documentation of ta 2014 review by City Attorney Brad Young. Also included was the decision of the Burnet Central Appraisal District's Appraisal Review Board in response to Settlemyre's claims there that city property taxes were improper.

Young, who was not city attorney at the time of the annexation, listed documentation he had reviewed for an opinion. Records on property in the original Sherwood Shores development and city annexations, back to 1978, were referenced.

Fri
19
May

Burnam indicted for child's death

Burnam

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A Burnet woman has been indicted on a charge of criminally negligent homicide for a 2015 accident which killed her two-year-old son.

Alyssa Burnam, 26, also faces two counts of abandonment or endangerment of a child criminal negligence in connection with the July 26, 2015, single-vehicle rollover on County Road 116 in Hoover Valley.

The accident killed John Xavier (Jax) Meyers, 2, when he was ejected from the Ford F150 extended cab pickup truck Burnam had been driving. He was transported to an area hospital after the crash, but was pronounced dead there an hour after the accident.

Also injured in the accident was Burnam's brother Maddox Heartline, now 12, who had been sitting in the front seat of the truck with Burnam. Heartline was transported to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in serious condition.

Thu
18
May

Keep a weather eye out

The National Weather Service NWS does not forcast the worst of weather threats for Burnet County but strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible today and Friday with concerns shifting to primarily heavy rainfall over the weekend, possibly resulting in flash flooding. 

At least moderate threats fall along and west of the I-35 corridor, the worst of which would be hail up to 2 inches in diameter and straight line wind gusts exceeding 60 mph. Rainfall could add up to from 1-3 inches with isolated 4-5-inch amounts possible from 7 a.m. Saturday-7 a.m. Monday.

 

Fri
12
May

Colt Elementary enjoys run of soapbox cars

Colt Elementary's fourth grade class celebrated the school's annual soapbox derby Friday. The cars down Manzano Mile on Friday morning.

Teacher Judy Large ran the event. One of the fastest cars was Lilly Parker's car.It was complete with a blowup palm tree.

Wed
10
May

Pizza, donuts and fitness: businesses on the way

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Three new businesses on their way here were welcomed on social media Monday, May 8, by the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

They are Donut Crown, Koko FitClub and Little Caesars Pizza.

Donut Crown received remodel permits in April for a summer opening at 316 North US 281 in Lakeview Plaza, according to Scarlet Contreras, city planning technician.

Koko FitClub is proposed for the Bealls complex at 1400 Ranch to Market Road 1431. The application and plans for a tenant finish out have been submitted and are under review by city staff, Contreras said.

The same is true of the Little Caesars franchise proposed for 1304 North US 281 in Highland Quarry Shopping Center.

Donut Crown is a retail bakery that got its start catering to the morning pastry crowd some 16 years ago in Austin.

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