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Thu
04
Sep

Madlyn’s marking milestones

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Madlyn’s, a family-operated women’s retail business with stores in Marble Falls and Fredericksburg, celebrated the Fredericksburg shop’s 50th anniversary during the Gillespie County Fair Parade on Friday, Aug. 22.. The shop is owned by David Hoffmann, Madlyn’s son (far left,) his daughters, Becca Clark and Trisha Greenfield (left and right of center,) and Madlyn’s daughter, Brenda Durst (center.) Also pictured are Greenfield’s sons and Madelyn’s great-grandsons, Colton and Siden (front left and right, respectively.)

by Alexandria Randolph

A Marble Falls business and staple of the Hill Country community is celebrating two anniversaries this month.

Madlyn’s, a family-owned women’s clothing retail company with stores in Marble Falls and Fredericksburg, celebrated its 30th and 50th anniversary respectively.

While matriarch and founder Madlyn Hoffmann passed away in 2007, her daughter and granddaughters have carried on the tradition of good service in the women’s fashion industry.

“It’s a third-generation family business,” said Brenda Durst, Hoffmann’s daughter and co-owner of the stores. “It’s been 50 years in the same family.”

Durst said she was in the sixth grade when her mother opened the first store in Fredericksburg.

“All of us girls have grown up in the store,” she said about her sister and her nieces, who now share in part ownership in the company.

Thu
04
Sep

Benefit for Burnet woman injured in ATV accident

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Charlie Campbell, center, poses for a picture with family and friends at the Charlie Campbell Bulls and Barrels Rodeo fundraiser in March.

by Alexandria Randolph

The Second Annual Charlie Dawn Campbell Fundraiser Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Delaware Springs Golf Course in Burnet.

Campbell, mother of two and a resident of Burnet, was seriously injured on the opening day of dove season, Sept. 1, 2013, in an ATV accident on a private Burnet County ranch. She suffers paralysis and now requires continued medical and rehabilitation care.

The tournament for her benefit is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the format is a four-person scramble. Entry fee is $75 per player. Prizes will be awarded for placing teams, closest to the pin and longest drive, and raffle tickets will be sold during the day for prize items. There will be sausage wraps sold on the course and burgers will be served after the tournament for all players.

Thu
04
Sep

Volunteers are Cottonwood Shores’ ‘glue’

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

For small towns like Cottonwood Shores, volunteerism and civic engagement are the glue that holds the community together. The city of less than 1,200 people has a small library run by a volunteer, Sherry Henderson, and financed through donations. Its five parks are also maintained almost entirely by a crew of folks who labor almost every weekend because of a sense of pride in their community.

“We have a magnitude of work that was done by volunteers on the Nature Preserve, P Squared, Aspen and Community [parks] this year,” said Susan Montgomery, of the parks and recreation commission. “Volunteers also maintain the landscaping in front of the police station, which most people entering Cottonwood Shores see.”

Thu
04
Sep

MFISD supports school finance ruling

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Although it was not one of the two-thirds of school districts who sued the state almost three years ago, officials from the Marble Falls Independent School District were “encouraged” by the Aug. 28 decision by District Court Judge John Dietz, who deemed the state’s school finance system “unconstitutional” in his 400-page opinion.

More than 600 school districts (including Burnet Consolidated Independent School District), representing around three-fourths of Texas schoolchildren, were involved in the lawsuit. The school finance battle will probably continue to be slugged out in courtrooms because the case is likely to be appealed to the state supreme court.

“MFISD endorsed and supported [the lawsuit] locally, but with that many school districts already involved, we felt our energy would be better spent locally so we could make a difference here,” said Wade Stanford, assistant superintendent of administrative operations, Thursday.

Thu
04
Sep

Horseshoe Bay plans on plant expansion

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Horseshoe Bay officials are in the design and planning stages of a proposed $4 million expansion of the West Water Treatment Plant that provides Horseshoe Bay West with potable water.

In the next six months, engineers will be finalizing plans and specifications prior to a bidding process.

“Our timeline is to start construction in June 2015 and complete the project by April 2016,” aid Jeff Koska, community services director yesterday, Sept. 4.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the planning stage of the project at a special meeting Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The current, “conventional” system that was built in 2000 is able to process 1 million gallons of water a day, but the growth in population is leading to increased demand. “The majority of houses built have been in that part of Horseshoe Bay,” making it the fastest growing sector of the city, Koska said.

Thu
04
Sep

Cottonwood Shores official lauded by Municipal League

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

The Texas Municipal League (TML) named a Cottonwood Shores city official among its first class of Leadership Fellows at an awards ceremony on Aug. 22.

Sheila Moore, city administrator and city secretary, was among 60 Leadership Fellows all over the state who were given the distinction after completing an intensive leadership training program on enhancing relationship and leadership skills. It was the first leadership conference held by TML, a nonprofit organization that includes many cities, including Cottonwood Shores, among its members.

“To me, personally, being a Leadership Fellow is an accomplishment,” Moore said on Wednesday, Sept. 3. “It benefits the city and me to be a better qualified leader.”

Thu
04
Sep

MFISD balances budget with increased spending planned on security, instruction and plant maintenance

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

The Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees passed a $37 million balanced budget for the 2014-2015 school year at a special meeting on Thursday, Aug. 28. The plan allows for the district to spend more than $686,000 than last school year.

As promised in May during the bond election, property taxes will stay the same as last year: $1.28 per $100 property valuation.

The $37 million of revenues from state, local and federal sources will match the district’s expected expenditures, confirmed Lisa LeMon, MFISD director of business operations on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

 “It’s always ultimately our goal to pass a balanced budget, which we’ve done for at least the past two or three years,” LeMon said. “It should be noted that we seldom reach the full amount budgeted.”

Tue
02
Sep

MFHS Tennis Center rededicated to honor Herrington's

MFISD Superintendent Dr. Robert O'Connor gives Nancy Herrington a framed certificate memorializing the dedication ceremony.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Around 40 people attended the unveiling of the Charlie and Nancy Herrington Tennis Center sign Tuesday afternoon at Marble Falls High School, after the Marble Falls Independent School District board of trustees approved in April the renaming of the center in their honor. The occasion was marked by several of Charlie’s friends and his wife Nancy reminiscing about the lifelong tennis coach and teacher. Charlie died in March at age 69.

Nancy, who was emotional as she spoke and thanked everyone, said her husband would not have been comfortable with “all this attention,” but that he would be honored. “He was a special man and I miss him every day,” she said. Nancy, who was an MFISD teacher along with Charlie, ended with an enthusiastic “Go Get ‘Em, Mustangs!”

For the full story, see Friday's Highlander.

Mon
01
Sep

Dove season prospects looking good

From Staff Reports

The prospects for dove season, which opened yesterday on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 1, are good, according to wildlife biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD.) Both mourning and white-winged dove populations are higher than last year.

In any given year, Texans shoot between 4-5 million mourning doves and Shaun Oldenburger, TPWD dove program leader, said he doesn’t expect that to change during the 2014-15 season.

“Based on rural and urban dove surveys by TPWD, the 2014 estimated breeding mourning dove population is about 26.55 million birds, which is a 5 percent increase over 2013 and nearly 8 percent above the long-term average (2004-2014),” said Oldenburger. “More than 90 percent of all mourning doves occupy rural habitats.”

Mon
01
Sep

Priority Dispatch System okayed

From Staff Reports

The Marble Falls Police Communications Center announced the implementation of the new Medical Priority Dispatch System on Thursday, Aug. 28.

The new system will be in place for units serving Marble Falls, Granite Shoals, Horseshoe Bay and Cottonwood Shores.

The new system enables dispatchers to accurately assess each situation and send the best response possible while safeguarding valuable and limited emergency services resources and increasing safety for both citizens and responders.

One key benefit of the system is that dispatch will now provide a constant stream of crucial and updated information to field responders en route to a call. This information will better prepare responders to give precise assistance when they arrive at the scene.

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