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Tue
02
Jun

Spokeswoman: Black Lives Matter intends 'peaceful' protest in Marble Falls

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A series of heated social media exchanges prompted Marble Falls police June 2 to coordinate with organizers of a planned Black Lives Matter (BLM)  protest event in the community, officials said, in an effort to preempt any potential public safety issues.

National BLM organizers have promoted protests aimed at calling attention to the in-custody death of a black man on May 25 in Minnesota.

Tue
02
Jun

Llano hospital facility's future unclear

By Phil Reynolds
Contributing Writer
The Llano County Hospital Authority Board has started looking at options for keeping health care in the
county as well as continuing ambulance service after the end of this year.
The Baylor Scott & White (BSW) health care system now runs the Llano hospital under a contract with the county, and runs the ambulance service under a separate contract; both are due to expire at the end of this year.  …

Tue
02
Jun

Marble Falls High School graduates Class of 2020

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Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

After months of uncertainty surrounding the fate of graduation, Marble Falls Independent School District seniors heard their names called and walked the stage to receive their diplomas.

In-person graduation ceremonies were held for Falls Career High School and Marble Falls High School seniors at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively, on Friday, May 29. …

Tue
02
Jun

Baylor Scott and White Health announces 1,200 layoffs systemwide

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Baylor Scott & White Health announced last week it will lay off approximately 3 percent of its total workforce — about 1,200 employees, including some in the Hill Country Region — due to financial hardship caused by COVID-19.

The largest not-for-profit hospital system in the state also said it plans temporarily to cut the pay of more than 250 executives, modify its physician compensation models and to flex and furlough an undisclosed amount of workers while leaving open positions unfilled to achieve cuts through attrition. …

Tue
02
Jun

Marble Falls EDC hotel and conference center deal takes shape

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Contributed/Marble Falls EDC
In 2017, officials began a rollout of preliminary renderings, site plans and images of the then-proposed hotel and conference center, located adjacent to Lakeside Park on EDC property near the shoreline of Lake Marble Falls.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation (EDC) board members will review a partnership agreement with a company tasked with helping the entity bring a hotel and conference center project to fruition planned near the shoreline of Lake Marble Falls.

The meeting to discuss amending the “memorandum of understanding” (MOU) with the Phoenix Hospitality Group is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, June 3 at Lakeside Pavilion.

Fri
29
May

Burnet County food pantries benefit from CAHFC funds

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Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Joseph's Food Pantry in Granite Shoals is one of the local food pantries that will receive $5,000 from the Capital Area Housing Finance Corporation.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Two more Burnet County area food banks will now receive $5,000 each in money from the Capital Area Housing Finance Corporation (CAHFC) after Burnet County reallocated a donation during their Tuesday, May 26, meeting.

Fri
29
May

First COVID-19-related death reported in Burnet County

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A 57-year-old woman who was a resident of Bertram Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center has become Burnet County's first COVID-19 fatality, County Judge James Oakley announced Thursday, referring to information provided by the Burnet County Health Authority.

Tue
26
May

Marble Falls traffic swept up by turbines

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Local motorists are having to contend with the growing number of 240-foot long wind turbine blades, making their way onto U.S 281 from RR 2147 (seen here on May 19) in Marble Falls traveling north on the highway to expanding wind farms.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The old adage – “Everything is bigger in Texas” – lives up to its phrasing as far as motorists are concerned who attempt to navigate frequent loads of monster wind turbine blades blowing through town in the past few weeks.

In Marble Falls, the 240-foot long blades have made at least half a dozen trips in the month of May around the corner of RR 2147 onto U.S. 281, temporarily halting traffic as trailers negotiate the intersection. …

Tue
26
May

Thunderstorms dump rain and hail in Blanco and Llano counties

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Contributed/Alexandria Randolph

Thunderstorms which swept through the area on the morning of Tuesday, May 26, brought lightning, rain, flash flooding and hail, as pictured here in Round Mountain at the Southwest Center on U.S. 281 in Blanco County. Other reports included pea-sized hail in parts of Kingsland. Coming up for the rest of the week, expect highs in the mid-to-high 80s on Wednesday and Thursday with a 60 percent chance of storms on Wednesday and a 20 percent chance of rain on Thursday and a 10 percent on Friday. Lows will be in the mid to upper 60s through the weekend.

 

Tue
26
May

Marble Falls native Amber Westerman releases first single

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Amber Westerman, who grew up in Marble Falls, first picked up a guitar at age 17. Her love of music has taken her from Texas to Iowa to Hawaii and now to Nashville. Listen to her new single "Your Homebody" and read more about her journey at amberwestermanmusic.com.

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Amber Westerman's travels have taken her to Iowa, Hawaii and her current home of Nashville, Tennessee, but the singer-songwriter's roots remain firmly grounded in her Marble Falls upbringing.

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