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Mon
03
Nov

Cottonwood Shores prepping to pick new police chief

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Cottonwood Shores officials hope to make an offer to one of three final candidates to fill the position of police chief by next week, an administrator said Monday, Nov. 3.

Officer Chris Bieze has been acting as interim chief since former police chief Harold Piatt’s last day on the job at the end of October. Bieze is one of the three finalists.

“We’re not going to go long without a permanent police chief,” said Mayor Donald Orr. “We’re down to the final review process.”

 After whittling down almost 40 applications with Piatt’s help, five candidates were interviewed by phone, followed by in-person interviews of the final three candidates by Orr and Sheila Moore, city administrator and secretary.

“As a courtesy,” the city council, possibly in executive session, will discuss the candidates at its meeting Thursday, Nov. 6. “It’s important for the council to be part of the process, but it’s a staff hire,” Orr said.

Mon
03
Nov

Fundraising begins for MF dog park

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander
Founder Megan Klaeger received more support for the Jo’s Dog Park movement when the Parks and Recreation Commission voted Monday to recommend the creation of a park to city council.

by Alexandria Randolph

Jo’s Dog Park is moving into its fundraising phase with a recommendation by the Parks and Recreation Commission Monday.

The founder of the organization, Megan Klaeger, has scheduled an upcoming fundraiser for the park at RBar & Grill on Nov. 19 from 5 p.m. until closing time.

The fundraising kick-off holiday social will have special guest for dogs and their parents.

“We’re going to have Santa Claus come so you can take pictures with your pup,” she said.

The fundraising phase for the group is beginning with the help of an official recommendation by the Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday. Commissioners voted to recommend Marble Falls City Council approve the creation of a dog park within the city at an existing park site.

For the full story, see Tuesday's Highlander.

Mon
03
Nov

Hill Country could see ‘significant’ mid-week rain

National Weather Service

Staff Reports

Meteorologists are predicting “significant” amounts of rain in the Hill Country and South Central Texas during a rain event from the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 4, into Wednesday afternoon, and possibly even into late-week.

“Widespread and significant rains will develop across the region... significant rain totals are forecast,” according to Bob Rose on the Weather (Oct. 31), the blog of Lower Colorado River Authority meteorologist Bob Rose.

The National Weather Service also predicts heavy rainfall and associated hazards.

“Locally heavy rains of 1-3 inches, with isolated totals of 4-5 inches” are possible, according to Paul Yura, meteorologist with the NWS in Austin and San Antonio region.

Fri
31
Oct

Medical call leads to drug arrests

by Alexandria Randolph

An emergency medical call in late September led officers to seek arrest warrants for a couple on drug charges.

On Oct. 29 and 30, Marble Falls Police Officers arrested Bryan James Brand, 24, and reported girlfriend Savannah Georgia Teare, 19, of Spicewood, respectively on charges of a first degree felony charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.

Marble Falls Sgt. Tom Dillard said officers answered a call in the Vistas Apartments on Mustang Drive for a drug related medical issue. 

“The male subject had apparently overdosed,” he said. “While officers were on scene, the female subject also had medical issues. They were both transported by EMS.”

For the full story, see Tuesday's Highlander.

Fri
31
Oct

Two USDA recalls in recent weeks

Carlton Foods, a New Braunfels, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 25,764 pounds of fresh Boudin products, which were produced with pre-cooked rice that may have experienced temperature abuse and may contain an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The Boudin (sausage-like) products were produced on Aug. 22, through Oct. 17. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S HICKORY SMOKED BOUDIN”
  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S PREMIUM BOUDIN”
  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S ‘HOT’ PREMIUM BOUDIN”
  • 16-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S PREMIUM BOUDIN"
  • 32-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S CAJUN GRILLERS BOUDIN”

 

Thu
30
Oct

Spooky sites abound in Burnet, Llano counties

Contribute/Craig Weaver

This photo taken by a member of the Hill Country Paranormal Investigations team appears to show a uniformed, partially translucent figure in the window of the Old Llano County Red Top Jail. If you look carefully, you can make out a face in the center of the bottom right window pane.

by Alexandria Randolph

When it comes to spooky sites and eerie edifices, the Highland Lakes has its fair share of fun places to visit on Halloween weekend.

One of the most notable is Grand Central Café in Kingsland, recognizable for its part in the film, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

'Chainsaw Massacre' abode

The house was part of the movie set for the 1974 horror flick that has become a cult classic for many.

“The house was originally located in Round Rock. It was moved to Kingsland in 1998 and fully restored. It became a restaurant at that time,” said co-owner Drew Gerencer.

Grand Central Café will be showing excerpts from the movie at the bar on Friday in honor of Halloween.

Haunted 'Red Top'

Another building that may set the chill in one's bones is the supposedly haunted Old Llano County Red Top Jail, which is blanketed in local folklore.

Thu
30
Oct

Archaeology fair promises ‘Mammoth size’ fun

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

The Llano Uplift Archaeology Society is continuing its tradition of hosting a free, educational archaeological fair at the Nightengale Archaeological Center in Kingsland, Saturday, Nov. 1, from 1-5 p.m.

“We had a bunch of people come out last year, and everyone seemed to enjoy it,” said LUAS member Chuck Hixson.

The NAC is at a prehistoric Native American site, around 7,000 years old, which used to sit alongside the Colorado River. Part of the site was flooded by Lake LBJ, Hixson said.

Visitors to the fair will get to cruise through the on-site museum, take guided tours of the site, see how the first inhabitants made fire and processed food, learn how to throw a spear using an atlatl, paint pebbles, see how an ancient Native American drink was made, and folks can even bring artifacts to be identified by experts.

Wed
29
Oct

Drivers uninjured after highway dump truck collision

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander
Marble Falls Fire Rescue, Marble Falls Police and Burnet County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene of a dump truck versus sedan collision at the intersection of US 281 and TX 71 on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 29.

by Alexandria Randolph

Marble Falls Firefighters and police said a young man was ‘lucky’ to have been uninjured in a two-vehicle collision at the US 281, TX 71 intersection Wednesday afternoon.

Marble Falls Firefighters and Police responded to the highway intersection Wednesday, Oct. 29, at about 2 p.m., and found the driver of a red 2004 Pontiac sedan, 20-year-old Jason Pollock of Marble Falls, uninjured after his vehicle struck a dump truck hauling asphalt. Dump truck driver Ruben Silverio, 48, of Austin, was also uninjured.

Marble Falls Fire Rescue Capt. Chris Harrison said Pollock had just driven up the westbound TX 71 exit ramp when he attempted to make a left turn across the highway and struck the truck.

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

Wed
29
Oct

Demand for Helping Center grows; Burnet County 4H Club helps

The Helping Center director joins members of the Burnet County 4H Horse Club, which donated $300 to the charitable organization. In front, from left to right are: Addie Moomaw, 5, Reese Moomaw, 10, Emily Moomaw, Brooke Miller and Macie Mayes. In back, left to right are: Courtney Burrows, Sam Pearce, and Jarrett Haydon.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

The $300 the Burnet County 4H Horse Club donated to the Helping Center in Marble Falls Tuesday was spent before the check was even in the director’s hands.

“I don’t have definite plans for the money yet, but I will probably spend it on rice and cereal tomorrow,” said Sam Pearce, Helping Center director. “Those are our most pressing needs right now, and we’ll get good bang for the buck.”

Needs are mounting as the Hill Country community grows.

The Helping Center helped feed 375 families in June; in September, 597 families used the charity’s services. Pearce said he’s on track to help 625 families by the end of the month.

The organization has far surpassed what it was giving during the 2008 recession, Pearce said.

Because of the continual growth, the charity needs donations of food or funds and volunteer help in the store room or garden.

Tue
28
Oct

G’Shoals employee charged in sex assault

by Alexandria Randolph

A Granite Shoals City employee was arrested after police investigated a report of a sexual relationship with a child.

Juan Carlos Morales, 35, of Marble Falls, was arrested on charge of sexual assault of a child. Morales is employed with the Granite Shoals Streets & Parks Department.

“We received a report from the parents of a 16-year-old that she had been talking with and having a sexual relationship with the suspect,” said Capt. Gary Boshears.

Boshears said police investigated the report and “obtained information that supported the allegations.” He added the offense is believed to have occurred in Granite Shoals, where the victim resides, in early September.

For the full story, see Friday's Highlander.

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