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Wed
07
Feb

Hill Country 100 Club honors area first responders for 15th year

By Lew K. Cohn

and Frank Shubert

The Highlander

First responders from Burnet, Llano, Blanco and Lampasas counties were honored Thursday, Jan. 18, at the 15th annual Hill Country 100 Club awards banquet and meeting at the Galloway-Hammmond YMCA of the Highland Lakes in Burnet.

Wed
07
Feb

MFISD finalist for Excellence in Education award

Grocery giant H-E-B is recognizing Marble Falls ISD as one of the top school districts in Texas, naming MFISD one of only three Small District Finalists for the prestigious 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education district award.

Winners will be announced at an awards presentation at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Houston on May 6.

Wed
07
Feb

Faith Academy donors again top $300,000

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Hoping the a toss of a coin will keep them all in the game are finalists in the Blinky Ring Heads or Tails Game at the 16th Annual Faith Academy Gala Saturday, Jan. 27, in Horseshoe Bay. They are, Patricia Dunham, Becca Lambert and Megan Nunnally, final winner in the game that raised $7,550 of more than $325,000 donated to the school at the event.

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The 16th Annual Faith Academy Gala was held Saturday, Jan. 27, and supporters again topped $300,000 in donations during the event.

As of Monday, Jan. 29, the total was $325,000 and donations and pledges were continuing to arrive.

Stuart Nunnally, DDS, founder and chairman of the board expressed his gratitude to benefactors who have supported the school from its beginnings in 1998. The gala alone now has contributed contributed some $2.5 million.

“Some of our most successful students have attended Faith Academy on scholarships you provided,” he said. “We have high hopes for a dyslexia program you are helping to fund.”

Wed
07
Feb

Granite Shoals council coffee klatch set Saturday

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Residents of Granite Shoals will have the opportunity to stop in for Coffee with the Council, an event going on from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.

Mayor Pro Tem Jim Davant and city council members Todd Holland and Shirley King will be on hand to answer questions and get to know people at Crazy Gal Restaurant, 8037 Ranch to Market Road 1431.

A lot has been going on people may want to ask about.

A $264,000 contract, finalized at a meeting Monday night, Jan. 29, engages KC Engineering, Inc. to perform engineering services and project management for the $3 million road infrastructure project.

Wed
07
Feb

Work of HCCAC praised in Granite Shoals

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Kelly Forister, executive director of the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center (HCCA), left, is joined by Sgt. Paul Chrane of the Granite Shoals Police Department to discuss the center's work in the interest of children who are victims of violent crime.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

An introduction to Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center (HCCA) was on the Granite Shoals City Council agenda Tuesday night and HCCA Executive Director Kelly Forister received a warm welcome.

HCCA was created in 1992 to resolve inconsistencies inherent in investigations of child abuse and to stop the re-victimization of children being seen in agencies around the country responsible for protecting them. The center, through its Sunshine House in Burnet, provides forensic interviews and exams, trauma-informed counseling, as an interface among agencies and as an education provider for families, communities and law enforcement.

Wed
07
Feb

K.C. Engineering offered GShoals roads contract

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Granite Shoals City Council on Tuesday night (Jan. 9) gave city staff the nod to negotiate a contract with K.C. Engineering, Inc. for development of the specifications for the city's road bond project.

“Three companies responded to the city's request for qualifications,” said Assistant City Manager Peggy Allen Smith. “The staff recommended K.C. Engineering in Marble Falls.

“After we negotiate a contract that is approved by the council, we expect it to take a couple of months to draw up specification of contractor bids. That keeps us on the schedule we have been estimating, with paving work going on between August and October.”

Water notices

Smith, who serves also as utility director, said residents could expect another notice with their water bills for a fourth quarter sample of trihalomethanes (TTHM) that exceeded the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) limit.

Fri
02
Feb

Llano police chief, officers indicted

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

The attorney for Llano Police Chief Kevin Ratliff said Thursday his client has done nothing wrong and is looking forward to his case being “set for trial as soon as the law allows us.”

“Unless there is some evidence out there that I don't know of which convinces me otherwise, I believe my client has done nothing wrong,” said defense attorney Austin Shell. “I believe his presence prevented a situation from getting out of hand and he handled the situation calmly and coolly and his actions prevented a man from being tased.”

Wed
31
Jan

County submits transportation projects to CAMPO

Wirtz Dam Road, improvements, along with US 281, Texas 29, Texas 71 and RM 1431 are among those submitted.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County has submitted their order and now they must sit back and see if local transportation needs are given a slice of the federal funding pie.

Wed
31
Jan

Safety turnouts for RM 1431 on schedule

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Dangers along the 16-mile from Lago Vista to Marble Falls become even more acute in bluebonnet season, drivers taking the scenic route for a leisurely ride are added to local commuters and white-tail deer. Plans for more slow moving traffic turnouts are on schedule.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Ask anywhere in the state of Texas where the next road project needs to be and drivers will tell you it needs to be on the road they travel.

Regular travelers on Ranch to Market Road 1431 should be pleased to learn one of their “most needed” projects is moving to the front of the line—slow moving traffic turnouts.

Check the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Project Tracker and you now will find them scheduled between Lago Vista and Marble Falls as Tier 2 Projects.

The safety measure as been for more than seven years a campaign of Al Schwerman of Lago Vista, a resident who travels frequently between Lago Vista and Marble Falls.

“People are always asking me about it because they know I've been interested, so I was pleased when I called TxDOT recently and they said it was on track for July 2019 and maybe sooner,” said Schwerman.

Wed
31
Jan

HSB agrees to share FM 2147 widening cost

Contributed

Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan, left, presents a plaque at the Jan. 16 city council meeting in appreciation of many years of service to the community to Norm Long, right, accompanied by his wife, Dorothy. Long served as chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission from its inception in 2009 until term limits required him to step down at the end of December. He also is a former member of the Parks Committee and a former member of the Llano County School Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

The Horseshoe Bay City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 16, approved a final funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) regarding improvements to Ranch to Market Road 2147 and bids could b e let as soon as next spring.

The city will contribute $120,000 in matching funds toward the $2 million improvement project to widen the road and include turn lanes from Big Spur to Bay West Boulevard.

Last year, Mayor Steve Jordan announced the city and received notification of a committment from TxDOT to widen the thoroughfare through the heart of Horseshoe Bay to Llano County.

Former Texas House Speaker and current Texas Rep. Tom Craddick of Midland owns a home in Blue Lake Estates and reportedly was instrumental in convincing TxDOT to add the project to the priorities list.

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