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Fri
06
Sep

Judicial conduct board admonishes and orders ethics training for Horseshoe Bay JP

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct ordered a justice of the peace in Horseshoe Bay to take ethics training, after upholding a public admonishment Aug. 7 for her dealings with a woman she accused of having a relationship with the judge's estranged husband.

The state commission concluded that Llano County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Beatrice “Bebe” Rocha “lent the prestige of her judicial office to advance her own private interests by invoking her judicial position during a telephone conversation . . .”

Fri
06
Sep

Toddler dies in crash on rain-slicked roadway in Round Mountain

 

 

From staff reports

A 17-month-old child from Meadowlakes and a Dripping Springs man died Sept. 1 in a two-vehicle collision on US 281, according to the Department of Public Safety report.

The crash happened at 5:20 p.m. that evening within the city limits of Round Mountain.

The report stated that a 2017 Honda CRV (unit 1) – driven by Stephen Neill, 76, of Dripping Springs – was southbound in the left lane.

Fri
06
Sep

Marble Falls area community mourns beloved children's minister

Contributed/FUMCMF
Sara Rains-Hurston (pictured here) was a children's minister at First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls, who helped children with a butterfly release during an Easter service on Sunday, April 21. She died Aug. 29 in a vehicle accident in Jack County. The church congregation will host a celebration of life ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at the church, 1101 Bluebonnet Dr.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The Marble Falls community is mourning the loss of a beloved First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls children's minister, who died in a traffic accident in Jack County last week.

Fri
06
Sep

Commission authorizes Marble Falls 281/1431 intersection improvements

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Contractors for the Texas Department of Transportation recently surveyed the area around the 281/1431 intersection in Marble Falls in preparation of work to be done by the state entity to improve safety.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

One of the most irregular intersections in Burnet County could soon see upgrades, including a new right turn lane and signal improvements, after the Texas Transportation Commission approved a 10-year state transportation plan last week.

Fri
06
Sep

Fire danger spikes during heated summer in the Highland Lakes

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls Area VFD firefighters Ken Schwake (on the left) and Tim Parker conducted post- and pre-incident maintenance Sept. 4 on vehicles and equipment in the wake a wildland blaze which scorched several acres off RR 1431 East of Marble Falls.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls Area VFD firefighters have battled back a number of wildland brush and roadside grass fires in recent weeks, which have taken a toll on equipment and resources, as the fire danger continues to mount during the height of the summer months.

Triple-digit temperatures, lack of rain, low humidity and dry “overgrown fuels” prompted bans on outdoor burning in Burnet, Llano and Blanco counties.

Wed
28
Aug

Horseshoe Bay candidates file for city council election

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Two veteran Horseshoe Bay City Council members will face off against each other to become the next mayor during the Nov. 5 election.

Fri
23
Aug

Crews launch Inks Lake State Park boat launch improvements

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Workers poured concrete Aug. 19 as part of the resurfacing of the Inks Lake State Park boat ramp. The venue will also feature a new dock.

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A boat launch area upgrade is underway at Inks Lake State Park which will include a new dock and a resurfaced boat ramp, officials said.

Fri
23
Aug

Granite Shoals illegal dumping investigation nets suspect

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Granite Shoals police and fire crews doused a blaze Aug. 21 on several lots in an unoccupied property at the intersections of Elm Creek Drive, Mockingbird Street and Hummingbird Drive. Authorities confirmed that the properties are connected to an illegal dumping investigation which netted an arrest three days earlier.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Burnet County authorities have arrested a suspect in an illegal dumping investigation tied to several properties in a Prairie Creek Drive neighborhood, including one on Elm Creek Drive, where a blaze threatened homes three days after the man was taken into custody in the Brazos Valley.

Levi Dakota Baay, 19, of Bernard will face a state jail felony charge of illegal dumping (less than 1,000 pounds and/or 200 cubic feet). He was booked into the Robertson County Jail on Aug. 18. Baay was released on Aug. 20 after posting a $10,000 bond, according to jail records.

Fri
23
Aug

City of Meadowlakes makes deal with POA for services

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

After a contentious year of negotiations, the City of Meadowlakes and the Meadowlakes Property Owners Association (MPOA) finally reached an agreement on a three-year service contract which will call for the MPOA to pay the city nearly $320,000.

Meadowlakes provides contractual customer service, accounting, payroll, recordkeeping and maintenance operations to the MPOA. The city's last contract with MPOA had called for the city to receive $96,913 per year ($8,076 per month) for three years, from October 2016 to September 2019.

Fri
23
Aug

Double Horn launches 2nd incorporation election vote

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The city of Double Horn has approved a second election which, depending on the vote, could overturn the municipality's incorporation status which first passed in December 2018.

Petition co-coordinator Glen Zoerner made the announcement in a written statement, following an Aug. 19 response deadline for the city for an election “to call the question of abolishing the city's corporate existence.” The incorporation vote is scheduled for Nov. 5.

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