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Tue
18
Nov

Holidaze to offer family fun, holiday cheer Thursday

Horseshoe Bay Business Alliance's annual Holidaze event is set for Thursday, Nov. 20, and all are welcome to a night of family fun and holiday cheer.

The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. in the parking area of Roseanne Davis Designs and GG Ganache 2 in Horseshoe Bay, and will feature a variety of food, beverages, free hot dogs, prizes and performances by the local dance group, the Wildflowers,  and a disc jockey.

There may be a few other surprise performances at the event, said Business Alliance officials, who added that over 26 businesses will be at the event to meet and greet visitors and hold prize drawings.

Business Alliance officials are looking for greeters to work at the information booth an hour between 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Those interested may call Mike Brittain at 830-220-2468.

Traffic help is also needed. Those interested may call Linda Harrison at 830-598-4200.

Mon
17
Nov

'Science Mill' sneak peek opens eyes

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander

A student shows Charles and Priscilla Goeken of Johnson City how to generate rain in an interactive, topographical exhibit at the Hill Country Science Mill Sneak Peek on Saturday, Nov. 15.

by Alexandria Randolph

The Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City opened its doors Saturday evening, Nov. 15, for a sneak peek of state-of-the-art exhibits that will soon be available to students in the region and from far beyond.

The facility's endeavor begins and focuses on the development of young minds, said Bonnie Baskin, founder. “We talk about the relevancy of science in these kids’ lives – everything they do and play with involves STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” she said. “The workforce in the 21st century is a skilled workforce. If they don’t have backgrounds in STEM, many doors would be closed to them.”

Students who visit the mill can create their own avatar to guide them through each exhibit, select certain exhibits as their favorite, and then access more information about those exhibits from home with a computer with web access, encouraging them to continue the journey of learning.

Mon
17
Nov

'On the beat' Cottonwood Shores welcomes new chief

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Sheila Moore, city administrator and city secretary, swears in the new police chief Tom Williams.

by Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Yesterday, Monday, Nov. 17 was the first day on the job for Cottonwood Shores' new police chief, Tom Williams.

He was hired Tuesday, Nov. 11, by city administration after the city council unanimously approved the city administrator’s recommendation at a special meeting's executive session on Nov. 10.

The city had been on the hunt for a new police chief since Harold Piatt resigned last month.

Williams, a peace officer with 39 years of experience across a plethora of agencies and departments, said his first day was “hectic” because of meetings with Mayor Donald Orr and Sheila Moore (city administrator and city secretary), Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith and police chiefs of surrounding municipalities like Horseshoe Bay and Marble Falls.

For the full story, see Tuesday's Highlander.

Mon
17
Nov

Mountain lions continue to roam HSB golf courses

by Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Horseshoe Bay officials are reminding people in that area of the Highland Lakes to be aware of the presence of one mountain lion (possible more) that roam the city’s golf courses.

At least one deer carcass killed by a mountain lion is found “about once a month for the past few years,” said Horseshoe Bay police chief Bill Lane Monday, Nov. 17.

He said a mountain lion was spotted again about a week ago, but he does not consider the public to be in danger.

“They have plenty of deer to eat,” he said, adding that “they don’t want to see us any more than we want to see them.”

The sightings are often at golf courses, including Apple Rock, Ram Rock and Summit Rock, which “are not that far apart as the crow flies,” he said.

Adult male mountain lions may roam 80-200 square miles, while females have a smaller range, from 20-100 square miles, according to a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department report.

Mon
17
Nov

Condos burn to ground in Spicewood

by Alexandria Randolph

Six Spicewood families were displaced after fire consumed two sets of condos on Hill Loop early Monday morning, Nov. 17.

Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department firefighters battled the blaze from 3 a.m. to noon with the help of Marble Falls Area volunteers and Pedernales Volunteer firefighters, but were unable to save the structures.

“They were totally involved when we got here, and it only took us 13 minutes to get here...They all burned to the ground,” said Patsy Lester, director of Spicewood Volunteer EMS. “They were made out of cedar so they went up (in flames) really quick.”

Lester reported that no one was hurt as firefighters battled below freezing temperatures and high winds while trying to quelch the fire.

For the full story see Tuesday's Highlander.

Mon
17
Nov

Double Horn giving 10 percent to local school

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Double Horn Brewing Company in Marble Falls will donate to St. Peter’s Lutheran School 10 percent of all sales Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Lunch, dinner, drinks and take-out orders are all included in the fundraiser.

Charity Proceeds Day, which has taken place for the past three years, is close to the heart for the co-owner of the brewery: she’s also the school’s director.

“Each year our congregation and families at St. Peter's, along with the regular patrons of Double Horn, have stepped up to provide a profitable day allowing us to earn some extra funds for our school,” said Tracy Knight.

Funds are spent mainly on books, construction paper and paint. “Last year the money we raised went toward the purchase of three new SmartBoards for our classrooms,” she said. 

Mon
17
Nov

New police chief for Cottonwood Shores

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Monday, Nov. 17 was the first day of work for the new Cottonwood Shores police chief, who was hired Tuesday, Nov. 11, by city administration after the city council unanimously approved the city administrator’s recommendation at a special meeting Nov. 10.

The city had been seeking a police chief since Harold Piatt resigned last month.

Police Chief Tom Williams, a peace officer with 39 years of experience across a plethora of agencies, said his first day was “hectic” because of meetings with Mayor Donald Orr and Sheila Moore (city administrator and city secretary), Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith and police chiefs of surrounding municipalities like Horseshoe Bay and Marble Falls.

Williams said he has zero tolerance for drug dealers and domestic abusers.

Thu
13
Nov

Adoption Day to celebrate families and educate potential fosters

by Alexandria Randolph

The Marble Falls Daybreak Rotary Club Adoption Day is approaching once again, and will feature opportunities for area residents to learn about foster parenting.

The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Burnet County Courthouse Annex, 1701 East Polk Street.

Rotarian Eddie Arredondo said this year’s Adoption Day will feature 15 area children legally adopted by new families.

“Last year, we did eight. We feel the more, the merrier. We’re inviting other counties to work with us on this,” he said. “Lampasas County is working with us this year. They don’t have any adoptions from their area, but they understand the importance of it.”

Adoptive families will be able to commemorate the moment with a photo and will be presented with gifts from the organizations involved with the special day.

For more on this story, see Friday's Highlander.

Thu
13
Nov

Community service worker burned

by Alexandria Randolph

Two Burnet County Precinct 4 employees were terminated following an accident that injured an Intermediate Sanction Facility (ISF) volunteer.

Henry Murr, a 20-year-old from Junction, suffered serious burns when a brush fire exploded in his face at about 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Murr said he was ordered by Precinct 4 supervisors to ignite the brush pile with a lighter after others had been soaked it in a mixture of at least 10 gallons of a diesel and gasoline.

Since the 33rd and 424th Judicial District ISF is located in Burnet County, Murr said he and other volunteers were given the opportunity to work with Burnet County precinct maintenance employees in order to fulfill community service penalties tied to misdemeanor charges. In Murr's case, he was working off time connected to a marijuana-related charge out of Kimble County.

Wed
12
Nov

Falls on the Colorado Museum Veterans' Commemoration attracts many

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Old military rivalries were put aside as veterans cheerfully greeted fellow service members with shouts of “Hoo-Rah!” and “Semper Fi!” Tuesday night at the Falls on the Colorado Museum Veterans' Day commemoration.

Board members were not sure how their first attempt at a Veterans' Day commerative event would go.

Parking overflowed across Broadway Street, and organizers like Jane Knapik did not hesitate to call the event a success. The main room was packed wall-to-wall with veterans and family members. Veterans from every branch of service and every war were represented. 

After the VFW color guard presented the nation's flag, Bob Hansen, post commander of VFW post 10376 in Marble Falls, read the names of every veteran in the room. Others spoke about veterans, not present, who are family members or neighbors. Each veteran was thanked individually for their service.

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