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Fri
01
Dec

BCSO continues investigation of road rage shooting incident

By Managing Editor Lew Cohn, Sports Editor Richard Zowie and Glynis Crawford Smith

The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Criminal Investigation Division is welcoming information about the Thursday night road rage incident on Ranch to Market Road 1431 in which an Austin Police Department (APD) rescued family and wounded their assailant.

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said the incident appears to have stemmed from a road-rage situation which occurred in the 1200 block of RM 1431 west of RM 1174 and about eight miles east of Marble Falls at around 10 p.m. Thursday.

“At 10:11 PM, the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding shots fired involving an off-duty Austin Police Department officer,” said a press release from Boyd Friday morning.

Fri
01
Dec

Commissioners look to prohibit landfills in county

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners agreed informally Tuesday to establish a committee to draft an ordinance prohibiting solid waste disposal in the county.

The committee will be comprised of Development Services Director Herb Darling, Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr. and County Attorney Eddie Arredondo.

“This order would give us the ability, if a company comes in to purchase a tract of land, to prohibit them from putting in a landfill or put a stop to things if an outside company wants to dispose of hazardous waste in the county,” Darling said.

Tue
28
Nov

MFPD recovers stolen truck

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Early Monday morning, Nov. 27, Patrol Sgt. Barry Greer of the Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) recovered a 2005 Toyota pickup that turned out to be a stolen vehicle.

“The car was driving through a residential neighborhood in Marble Falls,” said Capt. Glenn Hanson. “Sgt. Greer ran the plates and it came back stolen in Williamson County.”

Greer gave pursuit and the car led him into Blanco County. Near Round Mountain on County Road 962, off US 281, the pickup stopped.

“Three occupants got out and ran, but one was apprehended at the scene,” said Hanson. “It continues to be under investigation.”

Mon
27
Nov

Home stretch for Granite Shoals lighting volunteers

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The familiar sight of Granite Shoals Christmas by the Highway is being assembled this week and volunteers are needed. The light-up ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

 

 

 

Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Work to set up the displays of Christmas by the Highway in Granite Shoals began Monday morning, Nov. 27, with a Dec. 1 lighting goal.

“Volunteers are needed for the work again from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday,” said Donna Maier, chairwoman of the Beautification Advisory Group (BAG) that sponsors the annual event. “We can use any and all volunteers to help.”

Light trees were installed Nov. 20 with the help of Pedernales Electric Cooperative and BAG volunteers have been busy checking all lights for other installations this week.

“Our light-up ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1,” Maier added. The Highland Lakes Elementary School choir will sing for us and refreshments, usually cookies, hot chocolate and coffee, will be served.”

Mon
27
Nov

Iron Bridges of Burnet County coming back to commissioners court

Contributed

The North Fork San Gariel Bridge, called the Joppa Bridge, is open to the public, unlike the Russel Fork San Gabriel Bridge, which has been blocked off to public access, accordinto to local historians, who appeared before the Burnet County Commissioners Court Nov. 14. The problem is back on the court's agenda again Tuesday, Nov. 28.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Once a common fixture across the landscape, there are just two historic iron bridges remaining in Burnet County — the North Fork San Gabriel Bridge on County Road 200, commonly known as the Joppa Bridge, and the Russell Fork San Gabriel Bridge on County Road 272.

Mon
27
Nov

MFISD earns highest ranking from TEA

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) had plenty to be proud of when the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released its final 2017 accountability rankings on Nov. 14.

Mon
27
Nov

School district fuel station bid over estimate

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

A school fuel station project is under delay due to a sole bid that wasn’t within budget, and the Marble Falls Independent School District trustees heard of a “STEAM” curriculum that would emphasize the arts, during the school board’s Nov. 13 regular meeting.

The trustees also approved votes for the upcoming Burnet Central Appraisal District board race for 2018-2019.

Marble Falls ISD Transportation Fueling Station update

Work on building a new transportation fueling station facility for the school district has hit a snag.

The $1.7 million project, to be paid for out of the fund balance, would move the existing facility to the corner of Colt Circle and Indian Trail.

Jeff Gasaway, assistant superintendent of administrative operations, reported they received only one bid for the second phase, but the bid was not within the district’s allotted budget.

Wed
22
Nov

City seeks applicants for boards, commissions

COMMISSIONERS WANTED!
The City of Marble Falls on Wednesday, Nov. 22, sent out a call for applicants to boards and commissions.
“The involvement of residents is important to setting the direction of our city’s future,” said Mayor John Packer.
Applications and further information may be obtained at www.marblefallstx.gov or by contacting Christina McDonald, City Secretary at 830-798-7060.

Selection Process

Tue
14
Nov

Office of Special Council closes Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) on Tuesday, Nov. 14, closed a case over allegations of health and safety violations at a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fish hatchery at Inks Lake near Burnet.

Concerns brought forward by a whistleblower, who chose to remain anonymous, generally were substantiated by a Department of the Interior Office of the Inspector General investigation initiated by OSC’s referral.

The case resulted in a department-wide memo reiterating the importance of safety and training when using chemicals and pesticides and a separate asbestos abatement investigation.

Tue
07
Nov

Llano County voting results confirm Clinesmith and Lambert in HSB

Llano County final, unofficial results for Nov. 7 Election Day confirm the decisions of Burnet County voters.
Cynthia Clinesmith and Reagan Lambert won the two Horseshoe Bay City Council seats.
Llano County results were 302 votes, or 42.48 percent, for Clinesmith and 271 votes, 38.12 percent, for Lambert. Hoover received 138 votes, 19.41 percent, of 711 votes cast.
Mayor Steve Jordan, unopposed, received 384 votes.
Also in Horseshoe Bay, Llano County voters said “yes” to the proposition to reauthorize a local sales and use tax at the rate of one-fourth of one percent to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets. The vote was 367 votes, or 83.79 percent, in favor and 71 votes, 16.21 percent, against.
In Burnet County, voters in the  Horseshoe Bay City Council race, gave Cynthia Clinesmith, 15 votes, or 46.88 percent, Reagan Lambert, 14 votes, 43.75 percent, and Dennis R. Hoover, three votes, or 9.38 percent.

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