Workday for new Habitat for Humanity home slated Saturday

Volunteers work on the last Habitat for Humanity home in January. Now, the organization is gearing up for the next home in Marble Falls.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Less than two months after completion of its last home in Marble Falls, the Highland Lakes chapter of Habitat for Humanity is gearing up for the next one.

Saturday, April 11 is the first workday for the third of a cluster of four homes on Avenue M in Marble Falls. It will be the 18th Habitat for Humanity home in the region.

Work is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., but folks are welcome to volunteer for as long as they like, said Trish Moncus, Habitat for Humanity board secretary, Tuesday, April 7.

“The first stage is framing the house and usually the day we get our biggest turnout of volunteers,” Moncus said. It is usually a mix of first-time volunteers and Habitat veterans.

Maintaining that volunteer momentum is “a challenge,” Moncus said. “We try to hit a sweet spot with the number of volunteers where everyone is busy.”

The initial rush of workers fits with the homebuilding strategy.


Woman charged in Deer Springs murder

by Alexandria Randolph

A woman was charged with murder after another was found deceased in a travel trailer on Friday, April 3.

On Friday at approximately 7 a.m., the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office received a request to check the welfare of Pamela Ross, 63, in the Deer Springs area west of Burnet. According to a Burnet County Sheriff’s Office release, Ross was found strangled on the floor of her fifth wheel trailer when deputies arrived.

Rhonda Carrell, 39, has been charged in Ross’ murder.

Deputies responded to the Inks Lake RV Park and attempted to make contact with Ross.

“When no contact was made, deputies were able to look through a window and observed a white female (laying) on the floor,” the release stated.  

Burnet Fire Department and EMS were called to the scene. Firefighters assisted with entry into the travel trailer, and assessed Ross and advised she was deceased.


Lampasas HS soccer team uninjured in wreck

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander
The Lampasas High School soccer team avoided injury in a three vehicle wreck on Thursday evening. Two occupants of a Dodge truck were transported with non-life threatening injuries.

by Alexandria Randolph

Two teens were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and the Lampasas High School soccer team was uninjured following a three-vehicle accident involving a school bus on Thursday afternoon.

At 5:12 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to an accident at the railroad crossing on US 281 just north of Marble Falls city limits, where three-vehicle accident was reported with one vehicle in a rollover.

Burnet Volunteer Fire Department Spokesperson Daniel Dilworth said the accident occurred when a Lampasas ISD school bus carrying 28 high school soccer players was making a required stop in front of the railroad tracks while traveling southbound on the highway.

Dilworth said a blue Dodge Ram 1500 struck the back of the bus, and a black Ford Escape swerved to avoid the collision, rolling off the roadway to the right and flipping several times, coming to rest right side up.

For the full story, see Tuesday's Highlander.


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MFPD seek help in Walmart thefts

Marble Falls Police are seeking help identifying two women who are suspects in three separate theft incidents at Walmart on US 281 in Marble Falls.

The first two thefts occurred in the first week of March, in which a female suspect stole between $500 and $600 from the store by fraudulent means, police stated in a social media post.

The third theft occurred on the morning of March 18, in which the suspect stole drove a maroon passenger car, possibly a Ford Escort, from the scene.

Photos of the suspects are available on the Marble Falls Police Department Facebook page.

Those with information regarding the identity of these suspects may contact the Marble Falls Police Department at 830-693-3611, or may submit the information anonymously via the "Submit a Tip" button on the Facebook page.


Granite Shoals man arrested on child sex charge

Richard Davis

By Alexandria Randolph

A Granite Shoals man was arrested on child sex charges after an outcry was made by a minor.

Richard Edward Davis III, 34, was arrested Friday, March 27 on charge of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony, after Granite Shoals Police said an outcry was made by a minor.

“The incident occurred here in Granite Shoals,” said Granite Shoals Public Information Officer Chris Decker. “It happened over a period of time last year.”

Decker said the warrant service that arrived to arrest Davis had a difficult time getting him to leave his residence on Phillip Ranch Road, and Granite Shoals Police Officers were called in for assistance.

Davis left his residence and was arrested without incident. He was booked in Burnet County Jail on Saturday, March 28 and was released the same day on bond of $5,000.

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


“Skeletal remains” found by utility worker

by Alexandria Randolph

Burnet County Sheriff’s Deputies are awaiting confirmation of cause of death of skeletal remains found west of Burnet on Tuesday morning.

The remains were located by a utility contractor while checking power lines off FM 3509, west of Burnet. Burnet County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the remains on Tuesday morning, March 31, at 11 a.m.

“Deputies confirmed that the remains were that of a human. Due to the level of decomposition to the body, it appears the remains have been there for an extended period of time,” stated a release from the Burnet County Sheriff’s Department.

Justice of the Peace Calvin Boyd pronounced the remains as deceased. The remains are being transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  

The cause of death is unknown, the release said, and the sheriff’s department is awaiting autopsy results.

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


Bikes, Breakfast and Bullets fundraiser roaring into town

Emily Hilley-Sierzchula/The Highlander
Although riding motorcycles is a big part of the Bikes, Breakfast and Bullets (BBB) event, anyone is welcome, regardless of owning a bike.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

The fourth annual Bikes, Breakfast and Bullets (BBB) event, which benefits the Christian Motorcyclists’ Association (CMA), is roaring into the region Saturday, March 28. The festivities start with a motorcycle ride from Kingsland to a café in Burnet for breakfast. After breakfast, riders continue to Copperhead Creek Shooting Club outside Marble Falls for the main event.

“It’s grown bigger and bigger each year,” said Michael White, CMA chapter vice president, Chariots of the Hills. “We outgrew the private shooting range where it was held for three years.”

White emphasized attendees need not have a motorcycle, or be a CMA member: All are welcome.

“You can attend any portion of the event you like, whether it’s breakfast, going on a motorcycle ride or shooting at the range,” he said, adding that folks should be able to legally own a firearm to participate at the range.


Castlerock Market & Art Bazaar scheduled to open Saturday


By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

The Castlerock Market & Art Bazaar in Cottonwood Shores is set to open Saturday, March 28, with an eclectic array of vendors.

“We’re expecting a great crowd because the traffic count [along RR 2147] is 10,000 cars a day,” said organizer Mark Love. He started the market last year to meet a demand for goods made by hand with care.

At least 10 vendors have committed to the market, with more showing interest, Love said. Scheduled to set up shop are: Scentsory, Infinite Creations, Pure Holistic Nutrition, Unique Impressions Custom Jewelry, Foxglove Botanicals, Crafty Treasures, Beth’s Infinite Crafts, Kevin’s Homemade Birdhouses and Jerry Wringer Scrap Art.


St. Paul to host its first rummage sale this weekend, Kinkade painting to be sold

Members of Women Working in Communion and Spirit (WWICS) at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bay are hard at work tyhis week getting the Finn Center ready for a benefit rummage sale. Glenda Varga, Althea Rowan, Claudia Haydon, Lynette Morrison and Leslie McCallick make their way through boxes of donated items Monday, March 23.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Members of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bay are getting ready for their first rummage sale fundraiser this weekend, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, March 27-28.

“People have been bringing in boxes of everything,” said Althea Rowan, Women Working in Communion and Spirit (WICS) member. “Opening each box is a surprise—we have no clue what’s in each one, so it’s been like Christmas.”

Volunteers make sure to open every little box or can because many contain jewelry or other small treasures. Items range in price from 25 cents to a few hundred dollars.

A larger “treasure” to be sold is an original, signed painting by Thomas Kinkade, a painter known as “the Painter of Light.” The painting, worth up to $1,000, was donated anonymously.


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