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Fri
20
Mar

Two Lampasas robbery suspects caught in traffic stop

Burnet County deputies arrested two suspects of a Lampasas robbery on Thursday evening, March 19.
Casey Cummings, a 26-year-old female from Cedar Park and Leamon Cummings, a 33-year-old male from Cedar Park, were taken into custody by a Burnet County Sheriff’s Deputy during a traffic stop on FM 963 near Olive Branch Road at approximately 6:11 p.m., authorities said.
According to the Lampasas Police Department, a had robbery occurred at the Verizon store in Lampasas and a white KIA Sorrento, occupied by a white female and a black male, fled the scene with an unknown destination or direction of travel.
For more on the story, see Tuesday's Highlander or Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.

Thu
19
Mar

Spring Equinox celebration to be held tomorrow night

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Thu
19
Mar

HSB City Council formalizes two new advisory committees

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Wed
18
Mar

Two pharmacies encroached Tuesday night

Emily Hilley-Sierzchula/The Highlander
Jay Bauman, Horseshoe Bay Police Department investigator, peers through the broken window at Bay Pharmacy Wednesday morning.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula and Alexandria Randolph

In what could be related incidents, at least two pharmacies were broken into Tuesday night, March 17.
Kingsland Pharmacy along RR 1431 in Kingsland and Bay Pharmacy along RR 2147 in Horseshoe Bay were both encroached.

Fri
13
Mar

Roping a Top 10 spot

by Alexandria Randolph

Three Marble Falls High School students roped a spot in the top 10-ranked teams and will be going to the state competition in June in team roping.
Tyler Horn, Ryan Becker and Tyler Ryan live within three miles of each other in the Fairland area, and spend roughly 15 hours a week practicing team roping along with Clayton Coon, a student from Liberty Hill. The four young men have achieved a high enough ranking in the Texas High School Rodeo Association in team roping this year, and will be competing at the state competition in Abilene from June 5-10.
“We practice year-round,” said Bryan. “Only the top 10 teams from each region get to go.”
Each year, the Texas High School Rodeo Association hosts a 12-rodeo series during the school year, particularly in the fall and spring season.
Bryan, a senior, ropes with partner Ryan Becker, junior, while senior Horn is partnered with Coon, who attends Liberty Hill High School.

Fri
13
Mar

Wreck victim 'lucky' in big rig crash Tuesday

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander

A driver of an SUV involved in a two-car collision with an 18-wheeler at the intersection of TX 71 and US 281 on Tuesday afternoon, March 10, said she considers herself blessed and lucky to have been uninjured.

by Alexandria Randolph

A driver of an SUV involved in a two-car wreck with an 18-wheeler said she considers herself blessed and lucky to have been uninjured.
Marble Falls Police officers said the crash occurred at the intersection of TX 71 and US 281 on Tuesday afternoon, March 10, at roughly 4:30 p.m.
Blanco resident and Marble Falls businesswoman Beverly Gibbins said she knew she was about to have a collision when she saw the 18-wheeler ahead of her tilted to its side while driving down the circular off-ramp from the westbound lane of TX 71 to the southbound lane of US 281 at what police described as an excessive speed.
Gibbins, who was in the southbound, inside lane of US 281, tried to avoid colliding with the back of the trailer.
“I could see this huge 18 wheeler coming around the turn-about. I did my best to dodge it,” she said.

For the full story, see Friday's Highlander.

Fri
13
Mar

Llano man sentenced to 15 years in burglary case

by Alexandria Randolph

A Llano man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on burglary charges Wednesday, March 11 in the 424th Judicial District Court.
A Llano County jury found Johnathan Lee Fehr, 28, guilty of burglary of a habitation and sentenced Fehr to 15 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The jury also imposed a $7,500 fine on Fehr for a burglary that took place Oct. 7, 2013. Judge Evan Stubbs presided over the trial, which concluded late Wednesday.
According to a release from the District Attorney’s Office, evidence at trial showed that a Llano County residence had been burglarized while the owner was at work. Upon discovery of the crime, the victim notified the Llano County Sheriff’s Department, and the subsequent investigation led to Fehr’s arrest.
“Fehr was developed as a suspect after a check stolen from the victim’s home was cashed by Fehr’s girlfriend at a local bank,” the release stated.

Thu
12
Mar

MFHS Health Sciences uses bond money to revamp lab

Marble Falls High School seniors Jared Edwards and Ebonie Walker practice taking the blood pressure of one of the mannequins in the Health Sciences Lab on Tuesday, March 10.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula
Night time cleaning staff members are wary when entering the health sciences lab at Marble Falls High School. It’s understandable because the mannequins used to teach health science topics have an undeniable creep factor, endlessly staring with wide but vacant eyes. There are stories about wheelchairs rolling across the floor on their own (a notion a student quickly dismissed with, “gravity.”)
No matter the rumors surrounding the room, students agreed it would be an excellent place to decorate for Halloween. Otherwise, it's a good place to learn about anatomy and science the rest of the year.
The health sciences lab has been revamped, thanks to the $6.5 million bond voters approved in May, 2014.

Thu
12
Mar

LCRA water weed open houses attract concerned residents

At each of its two open houses, LCRA water quality manager Bryan Cook gave a series of 15 minute presentations about water weeds in the Highland Lakes and why herbicides are the best options for controlling the exotic species.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Tue
10
Mar

G'Shoals Police investigate assault

by Alexandria Randolph

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