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Tue
25
Nov

Mission Marble Falls uses all resources possible to serve Highland Lakes needy

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Serving the region’s hungry can be a daunting task, especially in the midst of the holiday season. That’s exactly why organizations like Mission Marble Falls have learned to make use of all resources, much like the folks they help.

Mission Marble Falls is one of many charitable organizations in the Highland Lakes that help the needy. The abundant deer population in the region, especially in Horseshoe Bay, also has led to a boon for people served.

Every year hundreds of deer are trapped and removed from the city in an effort to control its deer herd. The deer are slaughtered and packaged at Trinity Oaks, a 501(c)(3) organization in San Antonio that then distributes the venison burger to other nonprofits in the Austin and San Antonio regions. 

The lunches on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Mission Marble Falls often include venison, as steak and in spaghetti and meatloaf, just to start with.

Tue
25
Nov

Pain patients, practices, affected by DEA law change

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s strengthening of regulations last month for certain narcotic painkillers has made lives difficult for pain patients, practices and pharmacies in the region.

Hydrocodone combination products (HCPs), painkillers that combine the opioid with acetaminophen (such as Vicodin), have been listed as Schedule III controlled substances for more than 40 years, since the 5-tiered drug classification system originated with the 1971 Controlled Substances Act..

On Oct. 6, the classification was stiffened to a more restrictive Schedule II substance, a reaction on the federal level triggered by the rise in addiction and overdose from unlawful use of pharmaceutical drugs.

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) were among the professional organizations that lobbied against the change.

Mon
24
Nov

HSB POA discusses foreclosure on properties, seeks funds from city for lighthouse

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

In the midst of discussions among Horseshoe Bay City Council members about spending as much as $25,000 to combat milfoil along the lake's 17 miles of shoreline, the main property owner’s association there wants the same amount to be allotted toward lighthouse restorations.

“The lighthouse is over 40 years old; it needs help,” said HSBPOA board president Tom D’Arcy after the organization’s meeting Wednesday, Nov. 19. Unlike some council members, D’Arcy views lighthouse restorations as “in the public interest,” echoing the same argument used by some council members at the city’s Oct. 21 meeting to justify possible future expenditures on water weed control.

“We view the lighthouse as iconic: there’s more to it than who it benefits in the community,” D’Arcy added.

Sat
22
Nov

Flash flood warning issued

A flash flood warning is in effect for Burnet, Llano and Blanco counties from 5:30 p.m. Saturday until midnight.
According to the National Weather Service, heavy rainfall is expected through the evening, and "thunderstorm activity is taking aim over areas that have already seen one to three inches in the last 12 to 24 hours... there will be places that likely develop flooding with only one inch downpours."
According to the flash flood warning, creeks and minor streams in the area may develop flooding, which could cause travel hazards after midnight, but the flood risk decreases after midnight.

Sat
22
Nov

One dead in rollover on TX 29

By Alexandria Randolph

One person is dead in a rollover accident that occurred just east of Llano on TX 29 Friday night.
First responders arrived on scene near Midway Guns at about 8:45 p.m. to find two victims; the driver was reportedly injured, and the passenger was ejected from the vehicle and deceased, said Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn.

Another accident reportedly followed the first that evening at about 9 p.m. on TX 29 near the intersection of RR 1431. At least one individual was injured, reports said.

For more on the story, see Tuesday's Highlander and this site for updates.

Fri
21
Nov

The parade is on!

UPDATE

The Christmas Light Up Parade line-up for participants is 5 p.m., and the parade down Main Street begins at 6 p.m.

 

By Alexandria Randolph

After some weather concerns left the Christmas Light Up Parade and Walkway of Lights kick-off hanging in the balance, officials said the parade is on.

Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce officials confirmed Friday at noon that the parade will begin Friday at 5 p.m.

The parade will march up Main Street toward Lakeside Park, where the Walkway of Lights will be lit for the first night of the year.

Previous weather forecasts showed a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms on Friday evening when the parade and Walkway kick-off are due. According to the National Weather Service, Saturday’s forecast shows an 80 percent chance of severe thunderstorms.

Fri
21
Nov

Double murder suspect indicted

Garrett Ballard

by Alexandria Randolph

The suspect of a double homicide in Burnet County on the morning of Aug. 19 was indicted Thursday, Nov. 6 on charge of capital murder of multiple persons.

Garrett James Ballard, 21, was indicted in the 424th Judicial District Court on charge of capital murder of multiple persons in relation to the deaths of Elijah Adam Benson, a 17-year-old Burnet High School student, and Travis Leslie Fox, a 26-year-old Burnet High School graduate, who were shot multiple times at Ballard’s residence in the 5800 block of CR 340 on the morning of Aug. 19. The indictment was filed by District Judge Dan Mills, and was served on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Ballard remains in Burnet County Jail on bond of $50,000, and is defended by a court appointed attorney.

Thu
20
Nov

HSB Council tackles water weeds, special events

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

In addition to swearing in the three victorious councilmen at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Horseshoe Bay City Council tabled a decision on whether to spend as much as $25,000 of city funds on water weed control.

Last month, Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) General Manager Phil Wilson made a one-time offer of up $50,000 toward eradication efforts, an offer that was expected to be matched by regional municipalities affected by the proliferation of Milfoil and Hydrilla.

LCRA extended its deadline for each city’s plan to Jan. 15, which means the council must make a decision at its next meeting Dec. 9.

“We want to request as much of that $50,000 as we can, just like other cities will be doing,” said Mayor Steve Jordan, adding that a major war against milfoil could cost as much as $100,000.

Wed
19
Nov

Jo's Dog Park holiday fundraiser tonight

Jo’s Dog Park will host its first fundraiser for the creation of a Marble Falls dog park this week.

The Paws 4 Claus event will take place at RBar & Grill on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 5-9 p.m., and all two-legged and four-legged friends are welcome to attend.

The restaurant has agreed to donate 10 percent of sales Wednesday night to the dog park cause. The organization’s founder, Megan Klaeger, said the effort has recently been offered a matching donation for every dollar raised up to $7,500, and she hopes to raise some of that money on Wednesday night.

Santa will be visiting to take pictures with pups and all donations will go towards the development of a dog park.

Tue
18
Nov

Walkway of Lights plans Friday opening

The Walkway of Lights will shine for another year in Marble Falls, starting with an opening this Friday, Nov. 21, and continuing through Jan. 1, 2015, at Lakeside Park.

Hours for the walkway will be from 6-10 p.m. each night.

The community's annual “Christmas Light Up Parade,” will serve as a kick-off to the Walkway. It will progress down Main Street and wind its way to Lakeside Park.

As the city's only parade besides the annual Marble Falls Rodeo Parade, it is expected to draw large participation, including some 45-50 clubs, churches, organizations and businesses who light up their entries and don festive outfits to spread holiday cheer to spectators, said Julia Adams, events coordinator at the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce.

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