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Thu
19
Apr

Marble Falls City Council learns Children's Day has new partner

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Placing the future care of Children's Day into the hands of the Marble Falls Independent School District and Superintendent Dr. Chris Allen, left, event founder Ely Banuet Rodriguez implores him to “take care of my baby.” She was accompanied to the Marble Falls City Council meeting Tuesday night, April 17 by, continuing right, event finance director Christina Escobar, where mayor pro tem Richard Westerman, right, declared Saturday, April 21, Children's Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Marble Falls City Council meeting Tuesday, April 17, was the scene of a big announcement about the Children's Day Celebration.

Wed
18
Apr

Kingsland man, guilty of Indecency with a Child

A Kingsland man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for Indecency with a Child.

On April 12, Robert Corporon was found guilty of two counts of Indecency with a Child. His punishment was assessed at 12 years on one count, and 15 years on the other.

After presiding over the trial and hearing all the evidence, 424th District Judge Evan Stubbs “stacked” the punishment for sentences to run consecutively. The punishment range for each count was between 2 years to 20 years in prison.

The victim in the case was an eight-year-old girl from Colorado, who was visiting her family at the Corporon residence in Kingsland in the summer of 2016.

According to a summary from District Attorney Sonny McAfee, the girl told her mother had been “putting his hands in her pants” while she was getting ready for bed. The girl’s mother immediately contacted law enforcement and an investigation was conducted.

Sat
14
Apr

Home destroyed in Granite Shoals fire

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

From Briar Park at 518 Shorewood Drive, the Saturday afternoon conflagration that claimed the next home in the 500 block can be seen raging. 'It had been in the family 55 years,' said one of the homeowners said at the scene. "We had just finished the remodel.' Find more scenes from the disaster in a photo album on The Highlander page of Facebook -- http://bit.ly/2JQt213.

This story has been updated For the Tuesday, April 17, edition of The Highlander.

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A newly remodeled lakefront home in Granite Shoals went up in flames fed by high winds that had Lake LBJ covered in whitecaps on Saturday, April 14.

Tue
10
Apr

Highlander to host Granite Shoals candidate forum, city prepares for clean up Saturday

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Granite Shoals drivers saw their first evidence of the $3 million road bond project this weekend when work took place on ranch property owned by James Peril on the east side of Phillips Ranch Road. Tonight, Tuesday, April 10, the city council will discuss a “Roadway Exchange Agreement and Temporary Construction Easement.” The goal of the eventual land swap is softening two curves on the thoroughfare where at least one fatality has taken place.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

The Highlander Candidate Forum, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, will be one item of interest on the Granite Shoals City Council agenda tonight, Tuesday, April 10.

Candidates in the May 5 city council election have been invited to the 10 a.m. forum at Marble Falls Fire Rescue, 8410 West Ranch to Market Road 1431.

Those candidates are Bruce A. Jones and incumbent Shirley King for Place 2, and Terry Scott and Ryan Wolters for Place 4. Will Skinner is uncontested for Place 6.

In the mean time, the council will be urging citizens to be ready Saturday, April 14, for the annual City Wide Clean Up.

The gates will open at the city hall entrance, 2221 North Phillips Ranch Road at 8 a.m. and refuse will be accepted until noon for disposal in Republic Service dumpsters on the municipal complex. A shredder service for important documents will go on only until 11 a.m.

Mon
09
Apr

Marble Falls proclaims Child Abuse Prevention month

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Mayor John Packer, right, proclaims April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month at the Tuesday, April 3, meeting of the Marble Falls City Council. Supporting the effort are, from left, Caroline Ragsdill president of the Burnet Child Welfare Board (BCWF); Cindi Ashford-Fry, development coordinator for the Hill Country Child Advocacy Center, and, also from the BCWF, Marsha Neel, Coleen Gregg and Jan Graves.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The City of Marble Falls recognized April as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month through a formal proclamation by mayor John Packer at the Tuesday, April 3, meeting of the Marble Falls City Council.

Introducing volunteers of the Burnet County Child Welfare Board who were present and Cindi Ashford-Fry, development coordinator of the Hill Country Child Advocacy Center, Packer reaffirmed the city's commitment to their work and that of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for the Highland Lakes and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

“Through a national effort, Marble Falls community members are encouraged to join together to raise awareness for those children fallen victim to abuse and neglect throughout the month of April,” he proclaimed.

Mon
09
Apr

Burnet County revenue on target

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners could be excused for believing County Auditor Karen Hardin has a crystal ball which helps her accurately predict the county's fiscal needs.

Hardin told the Commissioners Court at their March 27 meeting that county general fund revenues should come in at about $31,000 more than what was projected for fiscal year 2018 — a difference of a miniscule 0.15 percent.

“It is very difficult to get that close, though we try to do it every year, and we usually end up within 2 to 3 percent of what we have budgeted,” Hardin said.

Some of the additional revenue is coming from increases in septic tank and flood plain permits being issued as well as increased motor vehicle registration collections.

Hardin said due to Senate Bill 1913, she also budgeted an expected reduction of $330,000 in fines and fees and it appears the numbers will be close to that amount.

Thu
05
Apr

Rabies confirmed around Burnet County

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The weather is warm and flowers are blooming, but heading into the great out of doors warrants caution about snakes and wildlife.

Already this year in Burnet County, two people have been bitten by rattlesnakes and now rabies alerts are being raised.

Meadowlakes was the first city in the area to report positive tests for rabies on skunks in the city limits and reports have followed on animals contained in Marble Falls and Burnet.

In 2018 Burnet County has risen already into the 7-10 rabies case category of the Texas Department of State Health Services (TSHS), including skunks, foxes, a raccoon and even a cat in various parts of the county.

The animal in Marble Falls was captured March 22 in the 800 block of Avenue F and in Burnet one was found on John Hoover Parkway March 27. In Meadowlakes they were found in several locations, including Hidden Falls Golf Course.

Thu
05
Apr

Llano County okays solar proposal

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano County commissioners took what Precinct 4 Commissioer Jerry Don Moss called “an important step” Monday when they endorsed a proposal for New Braunfels Utilities to buy electricity from the Big Dog Solar Project.

The Big Dog project is part of a contract between Llano County and E.ON North America to allow solar electricity generating panels on Llano ISD public school land in Tom Green County. Under the contract, E.ON will have some time to explore the viability of the project, and once that’s finished, will begin building the panels.

Thu
05
Apr

Go Blue on Friday

Savanna Greg/The Highlander

Members of the Burnet County Child Welfare Board are reminding everyone that Friday is Go Blue Day, a day to wear blue in support of April as Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month. They hung shoes in the trees around the Burnet County Courthouse to highlight the number of children in foster care, the vulnerable population they serve in their efforts.

 

April is Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month all across America and the first Friday in April, April 6, is Go BLUE Day when people wear blue ribbons as a sign of awareness and pray for victims of abuse and neglect.

Right here in Burnet County three organizations are on the frontline of work toward one goal.

They are the Burnet County Child Welfare Board (BCCWB), the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center (HCCAC) and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for the Highland Lakes all are involved with protecting our most vulnerable children, those in the foster care system.

“While each has a specific role in that task, they are often misunderstood,” said Caroline Ragsdill, president of the BCCWB. “But each has a special role.”

BCCWB

Thu
05
Apr

Blanco grand jury indicts on indency charges

A Blanco County Grand Jury has indicted a man on six counts of Indencency with a Child by Sexual Contact.

Awaiting arraignment before the 33rd Judicial District Court is Dalton Savanich.

All the offenses listed on a March 7 indictment were alleged to have been committed against a child under the age of 17 during the summers of 2016 and 2017.

Each count is a second degree felony charge that carries a potential sentence of from 2-20 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 or both. A $25,000 bond was set on each.

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