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Fri
23
Jun

PEC voters elect Pataki, Klaus

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Randy R. Klaus and Emily Pataki will serve District 3 and District 2, respectively, on the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Board of Directors after election results were announced Saturday, June 17, at the annual PEC meeting in Leander.

 

Voters in Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s District 2 and District 3 elected directors in the 2017 annual election.

District 2 re-elected Emily Pataki to serve as its board director and District 3 elected Randy R. Klaus to serve as its new board director. Klaus replaces former director Kathy Scanlon, who served District 3 for nine years.

Election results were announced during the PEC annual meeting Saturday, June 17, in Leander. This year’s meeting focused on PEC’s commitment to going “beyond the lines,” highlighting the cooperative’s stable financials, low rates, record growth and increasing member satisfaction in 2016.

Fri
23
Jun

The Highlander wins three TPA awards

The Highlander has won three awards in the 2017 Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

The awards were announced during the awards brunch at the Texas Press Leadership Retreat held this year at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

The newspaper won second place in Community Service in Division 4, Semiweeklies, for its coverage and support of a possible bridge crossing at Wirtz Dam and its inclusion in the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) transportation plan for Burnet County. The Highlander ran numerous articles on the proposal, columns in support of a bridge crossing and stories about open houses held in the area regarding the transportation plan.

Fri
23
Jun

City negotiates big reduction in commercial solid waste fees in Marble Falls

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Marble Falls City Council on Tuesday, June 20, approved a five-year extension of the solid waste and recycling contract with Republic Services that included good news for Marble Falls customers, especially those in the commercial category.

“Under the terms negotiated between the city and Republic, once per week residential service will continue at the same cost ($16.52 per month) for two years of this five-year agreement,” said Margie Cardenas, city finance director.. “Future price adjustments of three percent could be petitioned in the final three years of the contract with council approval.”

Recycling services will continue at the $3.30 per month cost, to include a 95-gallon bin pick up every other week, as opposed to the current 18-gallon, once-per-week pick up. Customers will be able to add a second container at no cost.

“Commercial trash pick up is the big news,” said Cardenas.

Fri
23
Jun

City begins Seventh Street rehab

The City of Marble Falls annunced this week that Seventh Street repairs that may inconvenience traffic are about to begin.

The Seventh Street project, to begin Monday, June 26, will involve work from US 281 to Avenue J that should be complete in about 45 days.

“We will take out the old, dilapidate road, replace it and add curbing off Avenue J,” said Chad Smith, Street Department superintendent. “We will try to keep traffic open as much as possible.

“It won't be as large an undertaking as Broadway Street, but there will be times traffic will be blocked.”

Fri
23
Jun

Moser receives Mayborn Community Leadership Award

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Jim Moser, left, accepts the 2017 Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership Award, presented by his father, Charles Moser, at this years Texas Press Association Summer Leadership Retreat. They are the only father and son recipients in the history of the award.

 

 

AUSTIN—Texas Press Association, an organization of more than 400 paid-circulation newspapers, has named Jim Moser the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership. 

The presentation was made at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, New Mexico, during the association’s annual Summer Leadership Retreat on June 17.

Presenting the award was Charles Moser, longtime editor and publisher of the Brenham Banner-Press and a previous recipient of the award presented annually to a publisher or newspaper executive who has displayed outstanding and exemplary leadership to the community. Outgoing TPA President Randy Keck noted that Charles and Jim Moser are the first father and son recipients in the history of the Mayborn award.

The award comes with a $3,000 scholarship to a Texas college or university of Moser’s choice, to be used to further the education of a full-time student journalist.

Fri
23
Jun

Brouhaha brewing over proposed RM 1431 change

Phil Reynolds/The Highlander

Llano County Precinct 2 Commissioner Linda Raschke, left, explains a Texas Department of Transportation plan to change Ranch Road 1431 from a four-lane highway in Llano County to a two-lane road with turn and passing lanes. Precinct 3 Commissioner Mike Sandoval, whose precinct also would be affected by the project, is at right; County Judge Mary Cunningham is seated in the background.

 

 

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

A revolution may be brewing in Llano County over what some residents perceive as an unneeded and unwanted change to Ranch to Market Road 1431 and an attitude bordering on contempt for local officials by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

At issue is a plan to change the ranch road from four lanes to what is known as a “super two” highway – one lane in each direction with intermittent turn lanes and passing lanes where engineers think they’re needed. The approximately 30 miles of Texas 71 between US 281 south of Marble Falls to Texas 16 in Llano is an example of that type of highway.

Fri
16
Jun

9.07-pound largemouth bass caught on Lake LBJ

David McGuffey and his latest catch

 

David McGuffey of Marble Falls is no stranger to catching big fish. He previously caught the lake record bass on Lake Marble Falls and while the largemouth he caught Thursday, June 15, at Wirtz Dam on Lake LBJ is not a record-setter, it still is a pretty nice catch.

McGuffey reeled in a certified 9.07-pound, 26.5-inch-long largemouth bass at 4 p.m. using a five-inch Senko worm for bait.

“He was feeding on shad and I caught him on the first cast on the rip raff (a bank of rock leading to the dam),” McGuffey said.

McGuffey owns a guide service and still holds the Lake Marble Falls for an 11.18-pound largemouth bass he caught in 2010.

Asked if he planned to have the fish mounted, McGuffey replied, “I don't know … I'm still just shaking!”

Thu
15
Jun

Rockie the bison coming to the Falls Museum Saturday

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Tom Hester, PhD, retired University of Texas archaeology professor, installs the bison fossil discovered on Rocky Creek in Burnet County. He and its discoverer, Ryan Murray, will unveil the fossil and present a program about it at Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

The head skeleton and several other large bones from a fossilized bison found on Rocky Creek in Burnet County will be on exhibit at The Falls on the Colorado Museum beginning with a program about it Saturday, June 17.

Ryan Murray discovered the skeleton in 2013 while on a fishing trip along the creek.

According to museum chairwoman Darlene Oostermeyer, research indicates that 700 years ago a mature female bison, most likely weighing from 1,300 -1,800 pounds, ventured down a creek bed in what now is northern Burnet County. There the animal died, apparently from natural causes or because she became bogged in the mud.

The bison was part of a herd that moved down a migration corridor stretching through the Great Plains and into the Edwards Plateau some time between 1308 and 1424 A.D.

Wed
14
Jun

Williams' staffer shot at Congressional baseball practice; Williams injured ankle in chaos of shooting

Congressman Roger Williams

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Hobbling from an injured ankle and on crutches, Congressman Roger Williams, R-Austin, praised Capitol Hill and Alexandria, Virginia, police who took out a lone gunman who fired off more than 60 rounds at Republican members of Congress practicing for tomorrow night's annual Congressional Baseball Game.

Speaking to reporters at Capitol Hill at press conference carried live on his Twitter feed, Williams said the quick actions of police saved not only his life and the life of one of his staffers, legislative correspondent Zachary Barth, who was injured in the shooting, but also the lives of all others present, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was critically injured but expected to recover.

Wed
14
Jun

Llano County Commissioners honor first responders

Editor's Note: There was incorrect information published about the Hill Country 100 Club in 'Commissioners honor responders' story, published in the Tuesday, June 13 edition of The Highlander. Membership is not limited to 100 people and yearly memberships have several levels of sponsorship available for businesses and individuals. The scholarship information was also incorrect. The corrected story follows.

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

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