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01
Mar

National Weather Service teaches weather spotting with Skywarn

From staff reports

The National Weather Service, Austin/San Antonio forecast office will host a training event to help educate the public on how to decipher and report severe weather events.

Skywarn and FloodAware Seminar will be be presented by NWS and sponsored by the Burnet County Office of Emergency Management.

Topics will include instructions on submitting severe weather reports; how to identify the various weather events as they unfold; the appropriate terminology for specific weather phenomenon; and safety guidelines if caught in the midst of severe weather.

The training program is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office, 607 N. Vanderveer in Burnet. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, go to weather.gov/ewx.

Mon
25
Feb

President Trump declares October floods as national disaster; Public assistance now available

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Work on the RM 2900 Bridge in Kingsland progressed the week of Feb. 18. The structure is being rebuilt after flood water destroyed the bridge in October. The roadway was the site of a press conference by local, state and federal officials in the aftermath of the flood to unveil the announcement they would be pushing for the disaster declaration.

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

On Monday, Feb. 25, President Donald Trump granted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's request for a presidential disaster declaration for 33 Texas counties, including Burnet and Llano counties.

This action provides access to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation grant programs for impacted communities that are recovering and rebuilding following severe weather and flooding this past fall, especially the Oct. 16 Highland Lakes flood.

Fri
22
Feb

MFISD technology lets Spicewood Elementary student with leukemia connect to class

Mary Groth/Special to The Highlander
First-grader Lilly Clark participates in class activities from her hospital bed using her tablet and a live streaming service. The system allows her to interact with her classmates like she is present in class.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

School districts all have circumstances that require creativity and ingenuity to effectively teach their students. In a modern world, technology can be used to assist in those endeavors, and nobody knows that better than Spicewood Elementary gifted and talented teacher Mary Groth.

Fri
22
Feb

Marble Falls ISD mulls raising school lunch prices

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The Marble Falls Indepedent School District school board considered increasing school meal prices for the 2019-2020 school year at the monthly school board meeting on Tuesday.

Fri
22
Feb

MFISD bond funds available for use

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The Marble Falls Independent School District and Superintendent Dr. Chris Allen provided an update on the progress of the $55 million bond at the monthly school board meeting on Tuesday.

Fri
22
Feb

LCRA, TXDOT to extract flood-swept debris from Kingsland 2900 Bridge

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Crews worked Feb. 20 to install rebar in anticipation of creating roadway foundation for the RM 2900 Bridge in Kingsland. LCRA and TXDOT officials announced Feb. 21, the entities will partner to remove remaining bridge debris from the waterway.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

Mon
18
Feb

Commissioners contract for debris removal, Mull environmental crimes report

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Burnet County Commissioners on Tuesday, Feb. 12, approved bids for companies to remove, dispose and monitor the process of disposing of large piles of debris, trash and flood-damaged structures collected in the wake of the October 2018 Highland Lakes flood event.

The court chose Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) to remove the piles, stored in a section of Quarry Park, adjacent to Granite Shoals.

“We would like to thank the city of Granite Shoals for being the host of this debris that was collected all along the Highland Lakes,” Burnet County Judge James Oakley said.

On Oct. 16, historic flooding from the Llano River swept down the Colorado River into the Highland Lakes causing massive shoreline flooding in communities including Kingsland, Horseshoe Bay, Granite Shoals and Marble Falls.

Mon
18
Feb

City of Double Horn elects first mayor, aldermen

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Cathy Sereno made history Tuesday, Feb. 12, becoming the first mayor of the newly incorporated City of Double Horn in final but unofficial election results.

Sereno received 85 votes to top a field of nine candidates who ran in a special election held at the Spicewood Community Center to choose a mayor and five aldermen for the city. As the top votegetter, she is automatically elected mayor.

Mon
18
Feb

Bertram City Council approves Leslie Dewayne Kyle as chief of police

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The City of Bertram is looking to heal the wounds of the past and prepare for the future with the hiring of a new police chief.

Mon
18
Feb

LCRA to remove debris from Highland Lakes

Austin M. Berry/Contributed Image
Images of an exposed sandbar, just off Beaver Island near Granite Shoals lakeshore, offered a glance into debris which remains in the waterway, following the October flood in the Highland Lakes. LCRA officials announced Feb. 14 they will take steps to remove some debris which could pose a public safety risk.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

The Lower Colorado River Authority announced several significant actions to further enhance public safety on Lake LBJ following the historic flooding of last October, according to a press release Feb. 14 from the entity.

Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls are currently drawn down to allow property owners an opportunity to clean up debris and repair docks and other property damaged during the flooding.

The refill of Lake LBJ is scheduled to begin on Sunday, Feb. 24 and conclude by the end of the day on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The refill of Lake Marble Falls is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 18 and conclude by the end of the day on Thursday, March 21.

Following the refill of the lake, LCRA crews will:

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