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Fri
30
Jan

Fire and EMS get doggy breath

by Alexandria Randolph

With help from an Austin based company, Marble Falls Fire Rescue and Marble Falls Area EMS will now have the equipment that makes it possible to give the doggy breath of life to endangered pets.

Sponsored by Invisible Fence, Marble Falls Fire Rescue will be participating in Project Breathe, an effort to provide pet friendly equipment kits to first response organizations.

“To most people, pets are like their children,” said Marble Falls Firefighter Ken Schwake “Our business is life safety. It doesn’t matter if it’s human life or animal life.”

Specially designed reusable pet resuscitation masks in three separate sizes were donated by Invisible Fence and will now be available on one fire engine and six EMS vehicles.

“These masks will be available in all of southern Burnet County,” Schwake said, and added that smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death for both pets and people during a fire.

Thu
29
Jan

Local law enforcement sense support in national controversy

by Alexandria Randolph

In the calm and collected environment of Marble Falls Police Chief Mark Whitacre’s office, the concept of shootings and officer involved deaths seems a distant possibility, but the three trained officers in the room remind that it’s a possibility officers face every day.

According to an Federal Bureau of Investigation news release issued Nov. 2014, 27 officers were killed feloniously in the line of duty in 2013. Out of those, at least nine attempted to defend themselves and failed.

“It’s an almost daily thing,” said Marble Falls Police Capt. Glenn Hanson, and added that while formerly employed at another police department, he and his partner used to make a routine out of asking, “Are you alright with the Lord today?”

Thu
29
Jan

Dollar convicted for burglary, two thefts

Dollar

by Alexandria Randolph and James Walker

A Meadowlakes man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to two counts of theft of property and one count of burglary of a building.

Jeffrey Dollar, 36, was sentenced to five years on the charge of Theft of Property Greater Than $20,000 and Less Than $100,000 and an additional two years in prison on the burglary charge.

The burglary and the theft occurred Feb. 19 and 20, 2014. Dollar’s arrest followed a four-hour pursuit by Burnet County Sheriff's Deputies that traversed a large portion of eastern Burnet County just days after posting bond on another charge.

The 33rd Judicial District Judge Allan Garrett ordered the sentences to be served concurrently.

Dollar, who was arrested last year, gets credit for 337 days spent in the Burnet County Jail.

For the full story, see Friday's Highlander.

Thu
29
Jan

Boat wreck puts one woman in critical condition

by Alexandria Randolph

One was injured and another under investigation after a boat wreck in Kingsland, Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 28.

According to reports by dispatch officers, a boat accident occurred at roughly 2:50 p.m. in the 500 block of Crestwood near the intersection of Wildflower.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Capt. Cody Hatfield said a speedboat carrying a couple in their early to mid 40s collided with a private dock on an arm of the Colorado River on the Llano County side along Crestwood Drive.

Hatfield said the crash is still under investigation and officials “haven’t come to a final conclusion” on why the boat wrecked.

For the full story, see Friday's Highlander.

Thu
29
Jan

Drum Café inspires togetherness in students through music

Drum Café performers Alseny Sylla, left, and A.J. Flores lead students with African drums Wednesday, Jan. 28. Flores played a dun-dun while Sylla played a djembe.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

When the fifth-graders from all four Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) elementary campuses were handed their goatskin-clad djembe drums, no one had to tell them to start pummeling away: the Marble Falls Middle School gym immediately filled with music and smiles.

Members of the Drum Café, an organization that uses interactive drumming to increase cooperation and togetherness, visited 10 campuses across MFISD and Burnet Consolidated School District in just three days.

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, it was MFMS’ turn.

The Drum Café, which has South African roots, spends about two-thirds of its energy bringing its interactive drumming program to companies (including Fortune 500 companies), church and civic groups to encourage team-building among groups.

Around one-third of their time is spent in schools around the nation.

Thu
29
Jan

Paulist Fathers president visits Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan chatted with Father Eric Andrews, Paulist Fathers president, and Councilman Craig Haydon, Tuesday evening, Jan. 27.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Members of St. Paul the Apostle Chapel in Horseshoe Bay welcomed the president of the Paulist Fathers, a Roman Catholic society of missionary priests, Tuesday evening, Jan. 27 at the Finn Family Life Center.

Father Eric Andrews, C.S.P. spoke to members of the congregation and visited with representatives of Horseshoe Bay leadership, including Mayor Steve Jordan, Councilman Craig Haydon, and City Manager Stan Farmer.

Andrews, who is newly-elected as president of the society, said he has been visiting Texas churches around the Austin area, including preaching to University of Texas students.

Andrews has an eclectic biography, including working with Jim Henson and the Muppets for three years prior to entering the priesthood and visiting with the Dalai Lama last October.

His work with the Muppets seemed to segue into the priesthood.

Thu
29
Jan

HSB POA discusses board candidates, finances, golf tourney

Prices on crypts and niches at the Horseshoe Bay Mausoleum were raised by the Horseshoe Bay Property Owners' Association when it met Jan 21.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Meeting on Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, the Horseshoe Bay Property Owners’ Association (HSB POA) discussed finances, named three candidates for two spots coming open on the seven-member board, elaborated on Horseshoe Bay Lighthouse restoration fund-raising efforts and raised prices on crypts and niches at its mausoleum.

Finances

Treasurer Reagan Lambert questioned a shortfall in the amount budgeted for maintenance and supplies at Quail Point Lodge. More than $6,000 is being spent, which is almost twice as much as budgeted ($3,458,) he said.

Thu
29
Jan

CShores boat ramp ready for Highland Lakes boaters

Residents have already been using the boat ramp area. A Cottonwood Shores resident visits the dock near the ramp Tuesday, Jan. 27, to check his trotline.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Perfect boating weather marked the opening of Cottonwood Shores’ public boat ramp, giving Highland Lakes boaters another place to launch their vessels along Lake Marble Falls.

City leadership held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on a sunny Tuesday, Jan. 27, to celebrate the opening of the boat ramp.

The boat ramp project cost more than $189,000, $142,127 of federal funds, plus a 25 percent contribution from the city ($47,390).

The boat ramp was part of a Texas Parks & Wildlife grant the city obtained 2 years ago, said Mayor Donald Orr. The boat ramp project went on the backburner for more than a year while the city finished up other park projects, he said. “This is the last of our park grant; the other projects had to be finished by last summer, and this one has to be finished by the end of the month,” Orr said.

Mon
26
Jan

Ripple concussion suit arguments aired in federal court in Austin

Blake Ripple and his mom, Lori, were in U.S. District Court in Austin Friday, Jan. 23, as their lawyer and MFISD’s lawyer made oral arguments in front of a federal judge.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

In a case that could have implications beyond the state of Texas, lawyers for both sides in the Blake Ripple v. Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) concussion lawsuit made oral arguments in front of a federal judge Friday, Jan. 23, at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin.

Arguments will resume in late February or early March. The judge deciding the outcome of the case said it would take at least another month afterward for him to reach a decision.

“Somebody isn’t going to be happy with my decision, but that’s the way it is,” said Senior U.S. District Judge Daniel Ezra from the bench.

“I don’t have my mind made up in this case,” he said, adding that even though he has a full caseload, he will “take time to carefully review the arguments” of both sides.

Mon
26
Jan

MFAVFD holds fundraiser; shares benefits with first responder

by Alexandria Randolph

Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department is granting a portion of donations from an upcoming fundraiser to a local family.

Pizza Hut at 1000 US 281 in Marble Falls will be donating 20 percent of sales, including dine-in, carry-out and delivery orders on Thursday, Jan. 29 to Marble Falls Area VFD. Customers must have a fundraiser flyer to have their sale counted in the donation, and must spend a minimum of $10.

Marble Falls Capt. George Tennison said the department will be donating a portion of proceeds to the family of Robert Randle, a Granite Shoals Firefighter and Marble Falls Area EMS Paramedic whose brother Bryan Randle, 24, was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Austin on Jan. 19.

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