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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.

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

Contributed
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.

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