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Tue
31
Mar

Marble Falls EDC earmarks $100,000 to help businesses

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
A message greeted tourists and local residents March 30 to encourage them to continue to patronize businesses, who remain open, but are struggling due to COVID-19 prevention restrictions.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

With the approval of the city council March 26, the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation (EDC) approved assigning the entity's finance committee to coordinate a $100,000 small business loan program for qualified merchants devastated by safety requirements connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDC, which operates on sales tax dollars, will make $88,000 available via an existing emergency fund, supplemented with an additional $12,000 potentially provided through the entity's Community Leverage Funds program.

Tue
31
Mar

Marble Falls merchants adjust to curbside service

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
A small group of staff members, from right, Vanessa Yanez, Robin Arnold and Stacey Temple at the Blue Bonnet Cafe, 211 U.S. 281, collected and delivered curbside meals from the iconic eatery, which downsized and took extra precautions due to disaster orders aimed at curbing COVID-19 infections. Staff are serving the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 830-693-2344 to place an order.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

As soon as Kate Heylman noticed the pop-up canopy in the Blue Bonnet Cafe parking lot on March 27, she did not hesitate to stop and place an order for biscuits and gravy.

“I bought a car in North Dakota two weeks ago and everything happened. I had heard about it (Bluebonnet Cafe), when I was planning my trip to Texas.”

Mon
30
Mar

COVID-19 risks expand in Burnet County

Contributed/Judge James Oakley
Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal took precautions during the livestreamed March 30 special meeting, conducted by commissioners, which placed restrictions on attendance.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The COVID-19 virus has entered into “community spread” in Burnet County and “it's a lot worse than our numbers show,” County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal warned Monday, March 30 during a special called Commissioners Court meeting.

Burnet County officials had announced this past weekend there are now three confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 originating in Burnet County and there are several tests still pending confirmation at this time.

Sun
29
Mar

Community spread of COVID-19 found in Llano County

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Community spread is being called the cause of a third confirmed COVID-19 case in Llano County, Judge Ron Cunningham announced Sunday, March 29.

Local Health Authority Dr. Jack Franklin notified Cunningham and Llano Mayor Gail Lang at 10 a.m. Sunday there had been a third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Llano County and the patient's history “indicates this virus was contracted in a person-to person transmission which was not through household or known contact.”

The announcement moves Llano County into Phase 5 (Person-to-Person Spread in the Community) and Cunningham said the county “will be taking additional steps to contain and mitigate this virus in the most effective means available for Llano County.

Sun
29
Mar

Third COVID-19 case confirmed in Burnet County

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

As of Sunday, March 29, Burnet County now has three confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the county and officials are continuing to expect more positive tests in the next few days, County Judge James Oakley said.

Fri
27
Mar

Horseshoe Bay business offers customers comfort after tragic incident

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Bay Pharmacy, 7407 W. FM 2147, remained open March 25 and offered reassurances to customers that they will continue serving the community in light of a suicide outside their store while the business was closed.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A death, ruled a suicide, outside of a Horseshoe Bay pharmacy, has prompted support from the community for the owner and staff of the local business.

“We are still working with the police to determine what the suspect's motive was to choose our location for his actions,” Bay Pharmacy Owner Jason Pool said. “We have received overwhelming support from the community as this is a difficult time for us.”

Fri
27
Mar

MFISD launches grab-and-go meals during suspension

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls ISD food and nutrition personnel are coordinating breakfast and lunch meal curbside pickup for families, which started March 24, at several sites during the statewide suspension of schools due to restrictions to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Ana Rodriguez expressed gratitude to the food services crew March 25, as she collected three curbside meals for her children March 25 at Marble Falls Middle School.

“This is very hard times right now,” she said. “It's very hard to find groceries for my kids to have healthy meals each day. It's very stressful.” …

Fri
27
Mar

Marble Falls ISD teachers launch virtual classrooms

Contributed/MFISD educator Heather Metzgar
Marble Falls ISD teachers gather in small groups to coordinate online classroom services for participating student, who must remain at home at least through April 3 during measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Although Marble Falls High School students remain at home, chemistry teacher Natalie Allen is cultivating a direct line of communication with her students and their parents – a direct connection online.

“First, all teachers either digitally or personally are at school today working on plans for school to continue virtually,” Natalie Allen said in a mass email to parents on March 25. …

Wed
25
Mar

Burnet County issues “Stay in Place” order over COVID-19

Burnet County officials created a listing graphic of what the 'Stay in Place and Stay Safe' order means for residents' day-to-day activities.

 

 

By Connie Swinney and Lew K. Cohn
The Highlander

Burnet County officials, in cooperation with municipalities and the Burnet County Health Authority, opted March 25 to order “Stay in Place and Stay Safe” guidelines in response to growing concerns about minimizing the number of potential infections of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Tue
24
Mar

Judge: Burnet County will follow governor's lead on COVID-19

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Burnet County Commissioners received an update March 19 during a special called meeting, where an emergency disaster declaration was updated based on a state-issued order. Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal attended and provided an update on COVID-19 protocols at that time.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said Tuesday, March 24, he doesn't believe a “shelter-in-place” order will be necessary for Burnet County following similar orders being issued for Austin and Travis County and the city of Lampasas.

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