News

Fri
29
Aug

“Bolts from the Blue": Lightning strikes dangerous in summer

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Sports teams at Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) are prepared for lightning strikes, especially “bolts from the blue” that strike miles ahead of a thunderstorm. Three children were injured Aug. 26 by lightning that struck their soccer field in the Bee Cave area, three miles ahead of the thunderstorm.

The Marble Falls High School soccer team coach, like all coaches at the school, makes sure his players are safe.

Rick Hoover, MFHS head soccer coach, said the district has an electronic system that sends him a text message if lightning strikes within 20 miles, and alerts him again to clear the field if it strikes within 10 miles. “We then have to be lightning-free for 30 minutes before we go out again.” Hoover said. All MFISD coaches have the same system.

Fri
29
Aug

‘Cultivating minds’: Texas Tech offering online courses in viticulture, enology

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Now that it’s harvest time at the multitude of Hill Country wineries and vineyards, some folks might wonder what it takes to be involved in the growing Texas wine industry. As it turns out, training is available here through Texas Tech University’s Worldwide eLearning programs at the Highland Lakes campus in Marble Falls.

“The wine industry is not just another agricultural product: There’s a big multiplier effect because of its connection with the hospitality industry,” said Dr. Edward Hellman, TTU professor of viticulture. “Wineries and vineyards are a good fit for the Hill Country because it’s already a tourist destination, and then you add the wine industry, which adds to the income of restaurants and hotels.”

Almost 1.5 million tourists visited Texas wineries in 2011, a 66 percent increase from 2005, according to the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA.)

Thu
28
Aug

Crushing the opposition

Alexandria Randolph/Staff
Texas Lieutenant Governor candidate Dan Patrick addresses members of five area conservative groups at the Kingsland Community Center on Tuesday evening, Aug. 26.

by Alexandria Randolph

Texas Lieutenant Governor candidate Dan Patrick visited a united audience of conservatives on Tuesday evening, Aug. 26, to share his desire to “crush” the opposition in the coming election.

Speaking at the Kingsland Community Center, Sen. Patrick addressed the unprecedented gathering of five area conservative groups, including members from Star Republican Women, Llano Tea Party, Llano County Republican Party, Llano County Republican Club and Highland Lakes Republican Women.

In addition, Senator Troy Fraser (who introduced Patrick,) Burnet County Judge Elect James Oakley, Llano County Justice of the Peace-Elect (Precinct 1) Bebe Piatt and representatives of Gillespie County were also in attendance.

“This is the first time in our county history we’ve jointly hosted something together,” said Bill Hussey, founder and president-elect of the Llano Tea Party. “The intent is to unite for victory.”

Thu
28
Aug

Tire-iron wielding man arrested after ‘spree’

Murl Lamb

by Alexandria Randolph

A Burnet man was arrested Thursday, Aug. 21, by Marble Falls Police after an alleged 24-hour crime spree across two counties.

Murl Shane Lamb, 40, faces Llano County charges of aggravated robbery, Marble Falls charges of robbery and Burnet County charges of parole violation.

Marble Falls Capt. Glenn Hanson said officers first came into contact with Lamb last week when he was found unconscious with a crow bar in his hand outside of Sana Vida on RR 1431 at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, Aug. 20.

“He had knocked a window in and done some damage,” Hanson said. “He went to the hospital complaining of chest pain.”

Later, police connected him with damages found on two other buildings in town that had taken place over night.

For the full story, see Friday's Highlander.

Thu
28
Aug

Horseshoe Bay city council holds tax rate hearing, confronts water issues

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

The Horseshoe Bay City Council faced a long meeting agenda Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 26, tackling items that included new street signs, water weeds, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain study and property taxes.

No citizens spoke out during the first of two mandated public hearings about the city’s proposed property tax rate of $.25 per $100 valuation – the same rate as was in effect this last year.

Another public hearing is set for 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2, to give citizens a second chance to air any concerns or opinions.

The city is expected to adopt the proposed budget at its regular meeting at 3 p.m. on Sept. 16.

The proposed budget is available for public review on the city’s website.

The city will start out the next fiscal year with around $3.7 million as its projected general fund balance at the end of September, said Stan Farmer, city manager.

Tue
26
Aug

Police: Man hurls knife at officers during pursuit

Stanley Bernard Abney

by Alexandria Randolph

A 44-year-old Marble Falls man led police on a wild foot chase across US 281 that ended in the use of a Taser.

Police said Stanley Bernard Abney was caught in the act of stealing a truck and then ran across the highway during morning traffic, tossed a knife at officers and was finally subdued by a Taser at 8 a.m. Monday morning.

Abney was arrested on charges of public intoxication, aggravated assault against a public servant, evading arrest with previous convictions, criminal mischief and failure to identify/fugitive from justice and booked into the Burnet County Jail at 8:23 a.m. Monday. He remains in jail as of Tuesday morning, and bond has not yet been set.

Marble Falls Capt. Glenn Hanson said officers were called to the 2000 block of US 281, where a suspect was reportedly attempting to break into a truck that had been left for sale in the Lakeside Pawn & Jewelry parking lot.

Mon
25
Aug

One dead in airplane wreck

Contributed by Travis County ESD 1
Starflight dumps a bucket of water onto a 30-acre blaze that began when a plane crashed near Singleton Bend Road on Saturday morning.

by Alexandria Randolph

One man died and 30 acres of brush burned after a plane went down just east of the Burnet County line on Saturday morning.

Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department came to the aid of North Lake Travis Rescue (Travis County ESD 1) to fight a 12-hour brush fire in Travis County along Singleton Bend Road that was caused when a single-engine, two-seater aircraft crashed in the vicinity. 

Travis County ESD 1 Chief Donnie Norman said first responders got the call on Saturday morning and did not initially realize that it was a plane crash.

“We were called on a smoke investigation at 9:30 a.m. We found one to three acres of brush burning,” Norman said, and added there was little means to access the fire and it grew to roughly five acres.

“We called for Starflight and they did water drops – we couldn’t figure out what the fuel source was,” he said.

Mon
25
Aug

Family loses possessions in MF home fire Friday

Contributed by Marble Falls Fire Rescue
First responders battled blaze at 1603 Johnson Street Friday night, Aug. 22.

by Alexandria Randolph

An electrical shortage is being blamed for a blaze that turned a Marble Falls residence at 1603 Johnson Street into a “total loss,” leaving a local family without most of their possessions Friday night, Aug. 22.

“It looks like it was some type of electrical short behind the house,” said Marble Falls Fire Chief Johnny Caraway. “It went up so quick we were unable to keep up with it.”

He and emergency personnel with Marble Falls Fire Rescue arrived on the scene at 10:30 p.m. and engaged in a three-hour struggle to get the fire under control.

Caraway said the five occupants in the house made it out safely, and said they saw the fire start near the electrical panels.

The blaze caught a propane tank resting in the lawn and quickly erupted, starting a half-acre grass fire.

For the full story, see Tuesday's Highlander.

Mon
25
Aug

Semi flips during off-ramp move

Alexandria Randolph/Staff

Marble Falls Fire Rescue redirects fluid leaking from a fuel line of a toppled 18-wheeler into a bucket. The truck turned over on Friday afternoon after hitting an off-ramp at high speed.

by Alexandria Randolph

An 18-wheeler truck filled with petrol toppled to its side Friday afternoon, Aug. 22, while attempting to exit US 281 via the TX 71 westbound off-ramp.

Marble Falls Police Department officers said the driver, Kevin Pickens, 73, of Louisiana, was transported to Seton Highland Lakes with minor injuries after the 18-wheeler he was driving overturned onto its side in the accident around 2:30 p.m.

The truck is registered to Linden Bulk Transportation of Linden, New Jersey.

 “The driver was exiting US 281 and took the exit too fast and rolled it (the truck),” said Marble Falls Police Sgt. Barry Greer. “A witness said he never hit the brake.”

For more on the story, see Tuesday's Highlander.

Mon
25
Aug

Order of HSB candidates' names on November ballot determined

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Three of the four candidates for three open seats on the Horseshoe Bay city council attended the drawing for the order of names on the ballot in November.

From left to right are: Councilman Craig Haydon (third); Councilman David Pope (second); and challenger Donald Beeman (first). The other candidate, Planning and Zoning Commissioner Jerry Gray, was absent. For good luck, Pope and Beeman had their wives draw for them, and it seems to have worked.

 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News