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Fri
06
Dec

Granite Shoals leaves lake debris disposal to residents

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The city of Granite Shoals rejected consideration for bulk dumpsters and roadside debris pick up for residents during the drawdown of Lake LBJ scheduled for early 2020 due to costly past experiences.

City Manager Jeff Looney made the announcement at the regular council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 following the Lower Colorado River Authority's decision to lower Lake LBJ and Inks Lake for a period of eight weeks – Jan. 2 to Feb. 28, 2020 – upon request by officials and property owners. …

Fri
06
Dec

Marble Falls hires new finance director

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls city officials have announced hiring Baron Sauls as the new finance director, during the Dec. 3 regular meeting.

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A new finance director with an extensive background in civil service has joined the ranks of the city of Marble Falls.

On Dec. 3 during a regular city council meeting, officials announced the hiring of Baron Sauls to oversee the finance department. His official first day is Jan. 7, however, he has already started familiarizing himself with his duties and co-workers. …

Thu
05
Dec

Burnet County seeking engineer for new bridge crossing

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Burnet County is putting out an enhanced request for qualifications (RFQ) for an engineering firm that would perform pre-construction work on a proposed bridge crossing just east of Wirtz Dam.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Later this month, Burnet County will put out an enhanced request for qualifications for the engineering component of the proposed Wirtz Dam Road bridge, which would allow traffic to go from Ranch to Market Road 1431 to RM 2147, County Judge James Oakley said.

Thu
05
Dec

Police arrest Spicewood standoff suspect

From staff reports

What started as an attempt to serve an eviction notice, evolved into a suspect standoff Dec. 5 in Spicewood in Burnet County, authorities said.

Marshall Willard Brown, 43, was eventually apprehended at 3:20 p.m. following an hours long standoff at an empty mobile home. Authorities reported he was a member of the Aryan Circle gang and had been on the run since 2018. 

Tue
26
Nov

Public meeting set for Inks Lake Park input

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The public will have one final chance to give input on the Public Use Plan for the old Highland Lakes Golf Club course at Inks Lake State Park during a 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, public hearing at the Burnet Community Center.

Tue
26
Nov

Marble Falls signals annexation deal on Kemper family property

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
John Kemper, second from left, first rejected the city's annexation plans during an October Marble Falls City Council meeting.

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city officials indicated Nov. 19 they may work with property owners, in particular the John Kemper family, to delay and/or modify a plan to potentially annex several acres of land into the city limits.

City staff has proposed annexation of 64 acres of Kemper's property, which includes a two-acre homestead tract, located south of Lake Marble Falls on the eastern portion of the city limits.

Tue
26
Nov

Group labels Burnet, Llano voter website 'not secure'

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A grassroots non-profit organization has labeled the elections websites for Burnet and Llano counties “not secure” in its latest survey of Texas county websites.

Fri
22
Nov

Lighting of the first Marble Falls Community Christmas Tree Nov. 22

Connie Swinney/The Highlander

The city of Marble Falls has erected an approximately 35-foot Christmas tree in Harmony Park at the intersection of Third Street and Main in the downtown historic district. The lighting of the treeat 6 p.m. tonight, Friday, Nov. 22, will coincide with the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of commerce Light-up Parade on Main followed by the opening of the 29th Annual Walkway of Lights in Lakeside Park.

Fri
22
Nov

Tow man dies in FM 1174 motorcycle crash

From staff reports

A Tow man has died in a motorcycle accident on a remote section of the highway in eastern Burnet County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Ray Dean Levacy, 63, the driver of a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was traveling northbound around 1:15 p.m. Nov. 21 on FM 1174, approximately 11 miles north of Bertram.

“[The motorcycle] traveled off the roadway and entered the northbound barrow ditch,” the report stated. [The motorcycle] traveled over an embankment, causing the driver to lose control.”

Fri
22
Nov

Marble Falls ISD to show signs of construction soon

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Residents and parents of Marble Falls Independent School District will soon see tangible evidence of building construction following school board approval of the financing documents for phase two of the $55 million bond projects.

At the Nov. 18 regular school board meeting, the trustees unanimously accepted a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of $21,268,965 for the bulk of building renovations at several districts across MFISD.

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