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Thu
19
Oct

Granite Shoals man dies evading police

Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A driver reportedly evading police in the pre-dawn hours Thursday, Oct. 19, was killed in a crash in the 1300 Block of Prairie Creek Road in Granite Shoals.

He was identified as Cruz Grimaldo Suarez, 18, of Granite Shoals, in a preliminary crash investigation release from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The accident occurred at 3:33 a.m. The Granite Shoals Police Department closed all traffic on the road from Crockett Park to Forest Hills and re-routed school busses.

GSPD Sgt. Chris Decker, department public information officer, said details will not be available until sometime Friday, Oct. 20.

The DPS preliminary report said Suarez was southbound on Prairie Creek Road in a 1998 Chevrolet Pickup when he suddenly swerved left, spun counter clockwise and rolled over in the direction of the passenger side, colliding with a tree.

Wed
18
Oct

HSB takes the 'gold'

The City of Horseshoe Bay was presented with Scenic City Gold certification Thursday, Oct. 5, in Houston at an event held in conjunction with the Texas Municipal League’s annual conference.

Some 150 city officials and business leaders from across the state were on hand to recognize Horseshoe Bay, which was among 13 cities to earn certification for the 2017-2022 period.

The Scenic City Certification Program is a project of Scenic Texas Inc. and its program partners. Texas cities access this diagnostic program for an objective review of existing municipal infrastructure ordinances as they relate to public roadways and public spaces.

Wed
18
Oct

County mulling at-fault drivers reimbursement

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners may consider seeking reimbursement from automobile liability insurance policies of at-fault drivers for expenses they would not have otherwise incurred.

County Judge James Oakley brought up the issue during the Oct. 10 regular commissioners court meeting. Oakley said the issue came to light after a recent double-fatality traffic accident on Texas 29 earlier this month.

Tue
17
Oct

BOPATE event another success

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Citizens from all over Burnet County participated in BOPATE Waste Collection Day on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the county fairgrounds in Burnet.

BOPATE (batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze, tires and electronics) are items not accepted by most community clean up days, but which are considered a threat to the environment, especially county groundwater.

“Overall a great success,” said County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery on Monday. “We have learned from past collection events and were able to greatly reduce the wait times for citizens. We served 188 vehicles, equating to 199 households from all over the county, since some citizens bring items for more than one household.”

Tue
17
Oct

GShoals educates roads scholars on bonds

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Residents of Granite Shoals concentrate on the details of road rennovation that will take place if voters reaffirm approval of $3 million in bonds. The meeting was held Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Granite Shoals fire station.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

In its final official task, the Granite Shoals Road Bond Education Committee convened a town hall meeting Saturday, Oct. 14, to answer community questions about the Nov. 7 bond re-affirmation election.

Voters will be asked if they continue to support the $3 million in road restoration bonds they approved last November and early voting on the issue will begin Monday, Oct. 23.

When the committee was created, its dissolution was specified for the closing of its second town hall meeting. Information amassed by the committee was presented in detail and it is posted in its entirety on the city website, www.graniteshoals.org, in the “Help Center” under the heading “All About the Town Hall Meetings.”

“If I lived out here permanently, I would be voting for this,” said Tom Griebel, one of the non-resident property owners at the meeting.

Tue
17
Oct

Local police officer spins to win on W-HEEL OF FORT_NE

Contributed

David Vaughn always wanted to be on 'Wheel of Fortune' and there he was Friday, Oct. 13, winning at 'The Wheel.' The Horseshoe Bay police officer says the game is much harder in person than it seems watching at home.

 

 

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Some make visits out to Los Angeles, California to try to make it in show business. Others go because they want to visit the Pacific Ocean or go to Disneyland.

David Vaughn, a police officer with the Horseshoe Bay Police Department, went to fulfill a longtime dream of competing on the television game show “Wheel of Fortune.”

“I started watching it when I was about seven,” said Vaughn, who worked as a police officer in Houston prior to moving to the Hill Country. “I’ve always been a fan of the show and liked trying to figure out puzzles. They reminded me of the Hangman kind of games we’d play as kids. People would come over and watch with me and tell me I was good and should try to get on.”

Vaughn spent five years filling out forms online and even submitted an audition tape two years ago.

Fri
13
Oct

Granite Shoals holds final road bond town hall Saturday

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The final Town Hall Meeting for Road Bond Confirmation Education will be held in Granite Shoals from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at the fire hall on Ranch to Market Road 1431.

At the Granite Shoals City Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10, one citizen, Arturo Rubio, made it clear he still wants to know about studies and plans pertaining to the use of the money proposed for the project. That is the purpose of the Saturday meeting being conducted by Granite Shoals Road Bond Education Committee.

In the November General Election, citizens will be asked to reaffirm money already voted for the work.

Fri
13
Oct

Fire Prevention Week continues

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

St. Peter’s Lutheran School student Addison Hohenberger puts into practice the slogan of 2017 Fire Prevention Week: Every Second Counts; Plan 2 Ways Out. Fire Marshal Tommy Crane and Marble Falls Fire Rescue is bringing this 'fire house,' complete with sounding fire alarms and wisps of smoke, to area schools through next week. From inside children can see demonstrations of kitchen fire safety and practice safe exit from a fire, something fire officials urge parents to do twice a year at home.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

This has been Fire Prevention Week in the Highland Lakes and events of the observance will continue into coming days at Marble Falls and Granite Shoals elementary schools.

A proclamation by mayor John Packer at the Tuesday, Oct. 3,  meeting of the Marble Falls City council  drove home the theme: “Every Second Counts, Plan Two Ways Out!”

Fire Chief Russell Sander and Fire Marshal Tommy Crane were on hand for the proclamation.

“We will be in the schools with a Fire Safety House during the week,” said Crane. “Children can practice exiting drills in simulation.”

Fri
13
Oct

Tobyville mining permit meeting set for Oct. 24

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A representative of the Tobyville Community northwest of Marble Falls attended the Marble Falls City Council meeting Tuesday night, Oct. 3, to make it clear that health and economic threats from rock and gravel mining and processing are not limited to the southern borders of the city.

The window of opportunity for comments on an air quality permit application from Collier Materials, Inc. for the Tobyville area is more narrow as for the Asphalt, Inc. permit being considered near Baylor Scott & White Hospital.

A public information and comment meeting on Collier Materials, Inc.'s Proposed New Air Quality Permit No. 146397L001 will be conducted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Holiday Inn Express, 714 Corazone Drive, in Marble Falls. Comments are due by that day.

Fri
13
Oct

CWS adds a 'no' to rock crusher question

The City of Cottonwood Shores budget and tax rate have had final approval and the council is moving on to other business.

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Cottonwood Shores City Council threw their support into opposition to a gravel and concrete crusher operation in South Burnet County but again set aside a contentious debate in a meeting Oct. 5.

The council was in accord Sept. 21 when members approved the proposed property tax rate of $0.5438 per $100 valuation. That will be divided 33.21 cents for maintenance and operation (M&0) and 21.17 cents for the interest and sinking fund (I&S).

Also approved in that meeting was the 2017-2018 budget--$898,728 in general fund expenditures and $837,686 in utility fund expenditures—totaling $1,736,414.

The council has been divided over the need for an ordinance banning the feeding of deer and has looked at program proposed as an alternative that would educate residents on the need. That was set aside Sept. 21 and did not reappear on the agenda of the first meeting in October.

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