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Fri
28
Jul

Mustangs mighty on the sidelines, too

Marble Falls High School Senior and cheerleader Anna Herrington and sophomore Hunter Gasaway (the guy in the  Max Mustang mascot suit are London bound after becoming Universal Cheerleaders Association All Stars.

Marble Falls High School cheerleader Anna Herrington and mascot Max Mustang (aka Hunter Gasaway) were named All-Americans at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Summer Camp.

Herrington is a senior and Gasaway is a sophomore. Their hard work earned a spot on the Varsity Spirit All-American London Tour for 2018.

The tour is a week in London with the top cheerleaders from around the country performing in the London New Year’s Day Parade.

In a week-long trip they will visit Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the House of Parliament, the British Museum, and Windsor Castle.

Participants take a Disco cruise on the River Thames, dancing the night away and ringing in the New Year with 800 new friends.

Fri
28
Jul

Midnight crash sends motorcyclist to trauma center

No word is yet available on the condition of a motorcyclist airlifted from an accident between Kingsland and Buchanan Dam at 12:44 a.m. this morning, Friday, July 28.

Records of the call that came in to the Llano County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) just shortly indicated the rider was without a helmet.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is in charge of the investigation, but LCSO, Llano Emergency Medical Service and the Buchanan Dam Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call. AirEvac transported the injured man to the trauma center at Baylor Scott & White Hospital – Williamson County in Round Rock.

The scene of the accident was between Twin Liquors, 7317 West Ranch to Market Road 1431 and Pat's Pub at 7018 West RM 1431.

Tue
25
Jul

Burnet County JP3 Peggy Simon not seeking re-election

Peggy Simon

Burnet County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Peggy Shell Simon announced last week she will not be seeking re-election to the position she has held since January 1991.

Simon made the announcement Thursday night at the Lakes Republican Club. At least two candidates have announced they want to succeed Simon – former Marble Falls mayor pro Tem and local real estate broker Jane Marie Hurst, and Jeff Sellers, a volunteer firefighter who also has a background in mediation, emergency management, private investigations and law enforcement.

Efforts to reach Simon, who was out of town at a conference Monday, were unsuccessful, but both Hurst and Sellers expressed their appreciation for the longtime public servant.

Tue
25
Jul

Tubing takes tragic turn at Lake Buchanan as man dies

Juan Antonio Bolaños

 

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

A weekend on the water turned into a tragedy as a man died in the early morning of July 23 after being pulled from the water at Buchanan Dam the day before.

According to Steve Lightfoot of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Juan Antonio Bolaños, a 28-year-old Mexican national, was on a float tube at the dam Saturday evening when he fell off at some point and was unable to swim.

Friends on shore say it was about 15 minutes before they realized he wasn’t there. They then went out and brought him to shore.

Lightfoot said medical personnel responding were able to detect a pulse from Bolaños, who was then transported by helicopter to a hospital.

The Mexican national was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.

Lightfoot said at this time, no further details of Bolaños’ death are known. He added that there is currently no indication of foul play.

Tue
25
Jul

Llano County burn ban remains in effect

 

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

With no discussion, Llano County commissioners voted Monday to extend a county-wide burn ban for another three weeks. The vote was unanimous, 4-0, with Precinct 3 Commissioner Mike Sandoval absent.

The Texas Forest Service lists Llano County with a Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) ranging from 328 to 526 as of Monday, July 24. According to the KBDI definition, a range of 400 to 600 means that “Lower litter and duff layers contribute to fire intensity and will burn actively. Wildfire intensity begins to increase significantly. Larger fuels could burn or smolder for several days.”

County Emergency Management Coordinator Assistant Ron Anderson said he didn’t take his usual poll of county fire chiefs to get their opinions because “half the departments were out fighting fires” over the weekend.

Mon
24
Jul

City of Horseshoe Bay history officially has home: Conrad Fuchs House

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander

One of the oldest structures in Horseshoe Bay, the Conrad Fuchs House, circa 1870, is formally presented to the city Tuesday, July 18. Ron Lynn Mitchel, Horseshoe Bay Resort vice chairman, president and CEO, center, here with Mike Brittain of the Horseshoe Bay Property Owners Association, left, has just placed the deed and the keys to the historic home in the hands of Mayor Steve Jordan, right. See images of the home on Facebook page of The-Highlander.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

One of Horseshoe Bay's oldest structures now belongs to the City of Horseshoe Bay after the Horseshoe Bay Resort handed over the deed and the keys to the historic Fuchs House at Tuesday's regular council meeting.
Ron Lynn Mitchell, vice chairman, president and CEO of Horseshoe Bay Resort, presented the deed to the house — which was built in the 19th century — as well as the 2.76-acre tract of land it sits on to Horseshoe Bay mayor Steve Jordan and Fuchs House Advisory Committee member Mike Widler.

Mon
24
Jul

Scenic City Gold awarded HSB

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Horseshoe Bay is now the only city in either Llano or Burnet counties to hold the prestigious Gold Scenic City certification, it was announced at Tuesday's regular city council meeting.

Assistant city planner Nathalie Kip said the Scenic City Certification Program just this month informed the city of Horseshoe Bay it had been ranked up from Bronze to Gold after the city had submitted its recertification application in March.

“We've been with Scenic Cities program since 2010 and in 2015 were recertified as Bronze,” Kip said. “The way the program works, it is a five-year certification and at the two-year mark, cities have a chance to rank up. That's what we did this year, really highlighting the city's participation in the International Dark-Sky Association and the Mayor's Monarch Pledge.”

Mon
24
Jul

MFISD alters drug test plan

Richard Zowie/The Highlander

Alex Payson, left, accompanied by his wife Kathy, right, follows the procedure presented by Krystal Dunk, Marble Falls ISD superintendent administrative assistant, to be recorded as a member of MFISD Board of Trustees on Monday, July 17.

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

A new trustee took his seat on the Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) Board of Trustees on Monday, July 17, while the trustees voted for a student drug-testing plan that will save the district almost $3,000.

A business office employee also received special recognition at the meeting.

Drug-testing program

The trustees approved using Southwest Consortium as Marble Falls ISD’s drug testing provider for both the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. It was one of two companies that submitted bids.

SWC’s cost of $41,840 is almost $3,000 less than the current provider, Forward Edge, which would’ve cost $44,560.

Marble Falls ISD officials contacted officials at Lake Travis ISD and Dripping Springs ISD and (which were not on Southwest Consortium’s reference list) but still received “glowing references.”

Mon
24
Jul

CASA says goodbye to Harris, hello to new volunteers

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for the Highland Lakes Area will bid farewell to executive director Kristen Harris with a come-as-you-are goodbye party from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

But until her departure, Harris knows just what she will be doing for the organization she has directed for the last three years.

We have another advocate volunteer training class beginning Tuesday, Aug. 1,” said Harris. “Until my last day here, I will be doing all I can to spread the CASA mission.”

Fri
21
Jul

FFA officers, Peckover honored at state convention

 

Four officers of the Marble Falls High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter and Bruce Peckover, the director of career and technology education at the Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) received state FFA Lone Star degrees during the Texas FFA’s 89th state convention, held July 10-14 in Corpus Christi.

FFA students are eligible to earn a Lone Star degree after completing agricultural instruction requirements, recognition at the chapter level, investment goals and community service. The state Lone Star honorary degree, awarded to individuals who work to help advance production agriculture and agribusiness education, is the highest degree of honorary FFA membership which can be bestowed at the state level.

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