News

Tue
16
Jun

MFISD completes campus principal hires

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Going into the summer, Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) officials were searching for three principals, along with multiple senior positions in central administration, including superintendent.

The district will be holding a special meeting Tuesday, June 16, and Wednesday, June 17, to interview 6 candidates for MFISD superintendent. Dr. Robert O’Connor announced in April his intention to become the next superintendent at Sharyland ISD in South Texas.

“The Board plans to have second round of interviews Monday,” June 22, said MFISD spokesman Bruce Peckover. 

Every MFISD campus officially has a principal since the last slot was filled at the district’s Board of Trustees meeting Monday, June 15. Roger Barr will be the next Marble Falls Middle School principal

Barr was assistant principal at Prosper High School, according to the Prosper ISD website. Prosper is near Dallas.

Fri
12
Jun

More rain on the way

by Alexandria Randolph

After a week of sunshine, Highland Lakes residents can prepare for more light rains over the weekend.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the low 90s on Saturday and Sunday, with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday night and a 30 percent chance on Sunday. The likelihood of storms rises to 40 percent on Monday, which will be mostly cloudy.

Lower Colorado River Authority meteorologist Bob Rose wrote in his weather blog that “the weather pattern does look to change beginning Friday as a weak, non-tropical area of low pressure over the central Gulf of Mexico tracks west, pushing tropical moisture into southeast Texas.”

Wed
03
Jun

Senator representing Burnet, Llano Counties not seeking re-election

Much of Central Texas will be electing a new state senator as Sen. Troy Fraser, R, representing Burnet and Llano counties, announced Tuesday, June 2, he will not be seeking re-election.

Fraser has represented the 17 counties of District 24 since 1996. He served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives from 1988-1992.

Local Republicans have reacted to the news. 

“He’s been a great representative for Burnet County, especially what he’s done to protect our water situation,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley. “He’s dedicated to Texas-- it’s in his heart. He’s served humbly and responsibly.”

Fraser is chairman of the Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee.

Oakley mentioned Fraser’s work in authoring and passing Texas’ voter identification law, SB 14, which Fraser considers “his greatest accomplishment,” according to his June 2 letter to colleagues and friends.

Mon
01
Jun

Hoffpauir sells Marble Falls dealership

by Alexandria Randolph

The owner of a car dealership local to Marble Falls for over a decade has announced he's selling – and starting a new venture. 

Lee Hoffpauir of Hoffpauir Chevrolet Buick Incorporated said he will be selling his Marble Falls dealership to an experienced automotive sales manager after a successful 15-year run.  

Hoffpauir has owned the dealership since 2000 when he purchased it with his sister, Sue Hardin, and bought her portion in 2005. He has owned several car dealerships in central Texas for 50 years.

“I wasn't looking to sell, but someone approached me and asked how much I would be willing to sell it for. We made a deal that was suitable for both of us,” Hoffpauir said. “He's got a good car background.”

For more on the story, see Tuesday's Highlander.

Mon
01
Jun

MFISD waits for TEA word on missing STAAR tests

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

The search continues for almost 300 English II End of Course (EOC) STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) tests, taken primarily by Marble Falls High School sophomores April 1, according to a Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) statement May 28.  

“[Pearson] is continuing to work with UPS to locate” the missing tests, said Texas Education Agency (TEA) spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson, Monday, June 1, adding that TEA is working with Pearson to determine if sufficient answers were marked to allow scoring by hand. “This process will take 1-2 weeks, and the district will be informed of the results of this activity upon completion.”

Pearson is the testing company responsible for designing, distributing, tabulating and reporting STAAR test results.

Fri
29
May

"Prince of Marble Falls" laid to rest

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander

First Baptist Church Pastor Ross Chandler honored "Brother Max" Copeland for his strength and grace at a memorial service Friday afternoon, May 29.

by Alexandria Randolph

"Brother Max" Copeland was remembered and honored by friends, family and community members at First Baptist Church on Friday afternoon, May 29 with song and praise. 

Hundreds were in attendance to remember the mentor, former pastor, and life-long lover of persons. The interior of the First Baptist Church chapel and many guests at the memorial sported bright red, Copeland's favorite color. 

First Baptist Church Pastor Ross Chandler referenced 2 Samuel 3 in description of Copeland. 

Thu
28
May

Plane crash on TX 71 leads to minor injuries for one, traffic diverted

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander

The pilot of a small aircraft walked away from an emergency landing on TX 71 that left his aircraft in shambles.

A small plane crashed on TX 71 after attempting an emergency landing on the highway after take-off from Horseshoe Bay airport, officials said Thursday afternoon, May 28. 

"The plane was occupied by a single pilot carrying no passengers. The pilot survived and was able to exit before the aircraft caught fire," said Rocky Wardlow, assistant Horseshoe Bay police chief, in a statement. 

Traffic is being diverted for the next few hours because TX 71 is closed between FM 2147 and U.S. 281, "pending the arrival of FAA investigators," he said.

Eastbound TX 71 traffic is being rerouted to FM 2147 through Horseshoe Bay.

Westbound TX 71 traffic is being redirected to U.S. 281 to FM 2147 or to use U.S. 281 to FM 962.

Thu
28
May

Community says farewell to Brother Max

Mark Goodson/The Highlander
'Brother Max' Copeland passed away on Monday, May 25, at the age of 87.

by Alexandria Randolph

The community of Marble Falls lost a long-loved man of God on Monday, May 25.

Max Collier Copeland, or as most knew him, “Brother Max.” Copeland, 85, died at his home in Marble Falls, the community to which he had devoted the majority of his life.

Copeland came to Marble Falls from the community of Briggs in 1958 to serve as pastor for the First Baptist Church of Marble Falls.

Thu
28
May

Three car collision caused by roadside brush fire

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander
A Llano man was transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge Tuesday evening, May 26, with serious injuries after a three-car collision on US 281.

by Alexandria Randolph

A brush fire along US 281 led to a three-car collision and serious injury of a Llano man on Tuesday evening, May 26.

Marble Falls Police said that three vehicles were involved in the crash that occurred on Tuesday at 5:34 p.m. when the driver of a black Ford Equinox glanced westward to look at a small brush fire on the side of US 281 and rear-ended a silver Hyundai Elantra.

“The Ford and the Hyundai were traveling northbound in the inside lane, and the Hyundai was traveling ahead of the Ford,” said Marble Falls Officer Tina Harvey.

Thu
28
May

Meteorologists: Texas drought over; LCRA expert: Not in Highland Lakes

by Alexandria Randolph

National Weather Service meteorologists have confirmed the state has received the drought-busting rain event many have been praying for, for years, and yet local officials say the drought is not over for the Highland Lakes region.

Texas overall

National Weather Service meteorologist Kurt VanSpeybroeck said drought conditions have been minimized across the state, and the five years of drought is all but over.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News