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Thu
15
Jan

'On the Rocks' sets benefit for Horseshoe Bay resident

John Nylander

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

On the Rocks, 4401 Cottonwood Drive in Cottonwood Shores, will host a benefit concert Saturday, Jan. 17, to help one of the restaurant's long-time employees and a veteran battling Stage 4 throat cancer.

Regulars at the restaurant and bar likely already know Horseshoe Bay resident John Nylander, 47. It’s community support that’s kept him in good spirits as he endures 30 hours of chemotherapy and radiation every week, including travel time for cancer treatments in Temple and Round Rock.

The fundraiser will be an all-day affair, with three local bands playing from noon to 6 p.m., an extensive buffet for $20, a silent auction and a prize drawing.

Save the World Brewery in Marble Falls donated two kegs for the event.

The performers volunteering their talents are John Arthur Martinez (12-1 p.m.), Southern rock ‘n’ rollers Redneck Jedi (2-4 p.m.) and blues musician Sonny Wolf (4-6 p.m.).

Tue
13
Jan

San Antonio man charged in kidnapping

Bradley Michael Stanton

By Alexandria Randolph

The recovery of two victims of kidnapping and the arrest of their alleged kidnapper on Saturday, Jan. 10 was due to the work of family friends and Marble Falls Police Officers.

On Saturday, San Antonio man Bradley Michael Stanton, 26, was charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and booked into Burnet County Jail the same day.

The incident leading up to his arrest involved a nighttime call about an unusual scenario, a plea for help over social media, and the quick thinking of the victims’ friend.

“It was a domestic disturbance that went mobile. In moving the victim without their consent, it became a kidnapping,” said Marble Falls Police Capt. Glenn Hanson.

Tue
13
Jan

Spicewood VFD receives grant for new medical service plan

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander

PEC Representative Celeste Mikeska, Spicewood VFD Volunteers Patsy Lester and Donna Wall, LCRA Board Director Lori Berger and LCRA Representative Victoria Miller pose with $18,500 in community development funds allotted to the fire department.

by Alexandria Randolph

The Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department and EMS will be moving forward with a new emergency medical service plan with the help of a Pedernales Electric Cooperative and Lower Colorado River Authority grant.

LCRA and PEC representatives met Spicewood Volunteer Firefighters and EMS at the fire hall Tuesday morning to present a check for $18,500 through a Community Development Partnership Program grant.

The department is replacing two ambulances with an emergency response vehicle more suited to the needs the department’s new EMS service plan.

“We are extremely appreciative of the grant that LCRA is awarding Spicewood emergency responders,” said Patsy Lester, Spicewood EMS director. “We are thankful to finally have a vehicle capable of transporting all our necessary equipment that was made possible by this grant.”

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

Mon
12
Jan

MFHS senior Lacey Naumann wins big at Burnet County Stock Show

By James Walker

A 70-pound fourth grader and his 1,300-pound European crossbreed steer and a Marble Falls senior who showed two grand champions were the stars of the 2015 Burnet County FFA and 4H Livestock show.

Mason Hocker, whose hulking, recalcitrant steer “Johnny Football,” showed a propensity for emulating his famous namesake and freelancing his movements during the judging, was rewarded for his effort when the project animal won “Grand Champion Steer” honors Friday evening, Jan. 9.

Lacey Naumann, whose parents took her to her first Burnet County stock show when she was a month old, followed the steer competition by showing the Grand Champion Heifer Award-winning entry after earlier showing the overall best Angora goat of that show.

Naumann also won the senior showmanship award during the heifer competition and was presented the Outstanding Senior Award along with Burnet High School senior Evan Hoefelmeyer.

Mon
12
Jan

Hazards loom around the corner on Burnet County roads

Emily Hilley-Sierzchula/The Highlander
Vehicles zoom past places where at least three people have died along a dangerous, curvy section of FM 1431, east of the Marble Falls city limits sign. Family members of three people memorialized their loved ones with homemade crosses and flowers, which also serve as a reminder to passing motorists to use caution on that stretch of asphalt.

By Alexandria Randolph

In the name of safety, motorists traveling over some of Burnet County's more dangerous stretches of roadway may soon see some improvements, thanks to the passage of Proposition 1 in November.

Burnet County Commissioners will soon discuss the direct impacts that added funding will have on county road projects.

Kelli Reyna, spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) said the highway department is currently involved with construction of a left-turn lane on RM 2147 through Cottonwood shores to improve safety and “help prevent rear-end and right-angle-turning collisions in this area.”

“Our mission at TxDOT is to ensure our roads are as safe as possible and we constantly work to make improvements to roadways when crashes do occur,” Reyna said.

Thu
08
Jan

Housing forecast dependent on state leadership, oil and water

By Alexandria Randolph

The growth of the local Highland Lakes housing industry for the coming year will be dependent on newly-elected Texas leadership, the fate of the oil boom and the availability of natural resources, but things are looking good, reported national and state home building officials to area builders gathered Wednesday, Jan. 8, for the Hill Country Builders Association's Annual Housing Forecast.

Giving members an overview of statistics and recent factors in the housing industry were National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist Dr. David Crowe and Texas Association of Builders Executive Director Scott Norman.

“There are 184,073 people living in the HCBA (Hill Country Builders Association) area. You have a home ownership rate of 72 percent. That’s high relative to the state and the rest of the country,” Crowe said, and added that since the fallout in 2008, “it’s been an irregular recovery. We’ve gained back that regularity.”

Thu
08
Jan

Villa Dal Lago rebranded

By Alexandria Randolph

The Villa Dal Lago condominium development on RR 2147 will be rebranded for the third time, with a new name and design.

In a meeting Tuesday, Jan. 6, Marble Falls City Council leaders unanimously approved an amendment to the original zoning of the development, allowing new owner WorldMark the Club, a subsidiary of Wyndham Resorts, to redesign the as-of-yet-unfinished complex.

Marble Falls Development Services Director Caleb Kraenzel said the original developer designed the condominium community as Riverscapes, only to rebrand it as Villa Dal Lago before it was foreclosed. Seguine Affordable Housing took possession of the development, before WorldMark The Club became owner.

Thu
08
Jan

Residents pack Cottonwood Shores' first Town Hall

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

More than 50 people packed the Cottonwood Shores library Wednesday evening, Jan. 7, for the police department’s first Town Hall meeting. It was the first time many residents had met Tom Williams, center, the city’s new police chief since November.

Williams said when one takes a job with a new agency, the biggest unknown is the quality of officers who will be under his command. “These are two of the best cops I’ve ever run into,” he said of officers John-Michael Talamantez (left) and Chris Bieze.

They discussed several issues with residents, including the need to have dogs fenced, noise complaints, vandalism, speeding, and officers' response times to emergency calls. Williams also asked for tips to help clear out drug dealers, and added that several have already been “run out of town.” 

Thu
08
Jan

Cold weather heralds stock show season

Lambs await shearing Monday afternoon, Jan. 5, as FFA students get their livestock ready for the Burnet County Livestock Show this weekend.

By James Walker

The Burnet County FFA and 4H Livestock Show annually serves as the no-turning-back start of winter in the Hill Country.

The event, always on the second weekend of January, is actually much more than that and a large number of the county’s kids, from third grade up to high school, are much the better for it.

The 2015 version of the livestock show opened yesterday, Thurdsay, Jan. 8, with weigh-ins, while rounds of juding are scheduled primarily today, Friday, Jan 9, when some 649 animals and projects will be exhibited by some 290 youths of Burnet County.

Planned for tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 10, will be the premium sale during which individuals and businesses alike are encouraged to show up to show their support for the winning youths.

Wed
07
Jan

City dog park approved!

by Alexandria Randolph

In unanimous vote Tuesday night, Dec. 6, Marble Falls City Council approved the creation of a city dog park at Westside Park.

During the meeting, Parks and Recreation Department Director Robert Moss presented statistics on the benefits and liabilities of a dog park, as well as the history of the concept in Marble Falls.

“In 2011 we considered a dog park. There was very little recognized support for them at that time. In 2013 we had a request come from the community to consider a leash free zone in (Johnson) Park,” Moss said.

In August, Megan Klaeger, founder of Jo’s Dog Park, the organization created to support a Marble Falls dog park, approached the city about the issue.

For the full story, see Friday's Highlander.

“She came with the willingness to not only recommend but assist in the development,” Moss said. “She has a plan, budget and funding to do this.”

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