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Thu
29
Jan

HSB POA discusses board candidates, finances, golf tourney

Prices on crypts and niches at the Horseshoe Bay Mausoleum were raised by the Horseshoe Bay Property Owners' Association when it met Jan 21.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Meeting on Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, the Horseshoe Bay Property Owners’ Association (HSB POA) discussed finances, named three candidates for two spots coming open on the seven-member board, elaborated on Horseshoe Bay Lighthouse restoration fund-raising efforts and raised prices on crypts and niches at its mausoleum.

Finances

Treasurer Reagan Lambert questioned a shortfall in the amount budgeted for maintenance and supplies at Quail Point Lodge. More than $6,000 is being spent, which is almost twice as much as budgeted ($3,458,) he said.

Thu
29
Jan

CShores boat ramp ready for Highland Lakes boaters

Residents have already been using the boat ramp area. A Cottonwood Shores resident visits the dock near the ramp Tuesday, Jan. 27, to check his trotline.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Perfect boating weather marked the opening of Cottonwood Shores’ public boat ramp, giving Highland Lakes boaters another place to launch their vessels along Lake Marble Falls.

City leadership held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on a sunny Tuesday, Jan. 27, to celebrate the opening of the boat ramp.

The boat ramp project cost more than $189,000, $142,127 of federal funds, plus a 25 percent contribution from the city ($47,390).

The boat ramp was part of a Texas Parks & Wildlife grant the city obtained 2 years ago, said Mayor Donald Orr. The boat ramp project went on the backburner for more than a year while the city finished up other park projects, he said. “This is the last of our park grant; the other projects had to be finished by last summer, and this one has to be finished by the end of the month,” Orr said.

Mon
26
Jan

Ripple concussion suit arguments aired in federal court in Austin

Blake Ripple and his mom, Lori, were in U.S. District Court in Austin Friday, Jan. 23, as their lawyer and MFISD’s lawyer made oral arguments in front of a federal judge.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

In a case that could have implications beyond the state of Texas, lawyers for both sides in the Blake Ripple v. Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) concussion lawsuit made oral arguments in front of a federal judge Friday, Jan. 23, at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin.

Arguments will resume in late February or early March. The judge deciding the outcome of the case said it would take at least another month afterward for him to reach a decision.

“Somebody isn’t going to be happy with my decision, but that’s the way it is,” said Senior U.S. District Judge Daniel Ezra from the bench.

“I don’t have my mind made up in this case,” he said, adding that even though he has a full caseload, he will “take time to carefully review the arguments” of both sides.

Mon
26
Jan

MFAVFD holds fundraiser; shares benefits with first responder

by Alexandria Randolph

Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department is granting a portion of donations from an upcoming fundraiser to a local family.

Pizza Hut at 1000 US 281 in Marble Falls will be donating 20 percent of sales, including dine-in, carry-out and delivery orders on Thursday, Jan. 29 to Marble Falls Area VFD. Customers must have a fundraiser flyer to have their sale counted in the donation, and must spend a minimum of $10.

Marble Falls Capt. George Tennison said the department will be donating a portion of proceeds to the family of Robert Randle, a Granite Shoals Firefighter and Marble Falls Area EMS Paramedic whose brother Bryan Randle, 24, was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Austin on Jan. 19.

Fri
23
Jan

Murder suspect given bond restrictions

by Alexandria Randolph

The suspect of a double homicide that took place last fall was given new restrictions for his release on bond.

Following an indictment on Nov. 6 on charge of capital murder of multiple persons, Garrett James Ballard was released from Burnet County Jail on Dec. 8 on bond of $500,000.

The new restrictions imposed require him to report in person on a weekly basis to the 33rd, 424th Judicial District Community Supervision and Corrections Department, submit to weekly drug and alcohol testing at his expense, maintain or actively seek gainful employment, submit to GPS electronic monitoring, maintain a 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. curfew at his residence and remain in  Burnet County, in addition to many other prohibitions.

For the full story, see Tuesday’s Highlander.

Fri
23
Jan

MFISD Assistant Superintendent leaves district

Marble Falls ISD Assistant Superintendent Allen Roberts will be leaving to take a job in Alvin ISD come early February.

Marble Falls ISD officials said Friday that Alvin ISD had approved the hiring of Roberts in a Tuesday Board of Trustee meeting to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. Roberts has served Marble Falls ISD for nine years in several positions, including Principal of Marble Falls Middle School and Marble Falls High School, and in the most recent six years as Assistant Superintendent of Support Services.

“We are always proud when one of our staff members advances their careers,” said Superintendent, Dr. Robert O’Connor, “but Allen’s positive attitude and leadership will be missed.”

Thu
22
Jan

Burnet County farmer uses contemporary business plan

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander

Hairston Creek Farm in Burnet County produces boxes of food each week for roughly 50 client families.

by Alexandria Randolph

A local farmer has succeeded with a business plan that is quickly gaining national popularity.

Gary Rowland of Hairston Creek Farm participates in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA,) a program that connects locally grown produce with consumers. Currently, there are CSA farms in Austin, Bertram and Dripping Springs.

Rowland and his wife began the program in 2000 after one of their farmers' market customers said she had heard of a similar farming situation in Colorado.

“We attended a conference in New York and visited with folks actively engaged in CSAs up there,” Rowland said.

Rowland now has about 50 regular client families who receive fresh, USDA certified organic vegetables raised on his farm.

“It’s similar to a subscription to a newspaper or magazine,” Rowland said.

Thu
22
Jan

Horseshoe Bay PD initiative leads to second felony arrest

by Alexandria Randolph

Horseshoe Bay Police arrest a second man on felony drug charges as a result of an enhanced patrol initiative.

During a traffic stop on Monday, Jan. 19, Kingsland resident Jonathan Johnson, 36, was arrested on charge of felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Horseshoe Bay Police officer stopped Johnson for a minor traffic violation and found him to be in possession of a “controlled substance along with several drug smoking devices,” said Assistant Chief Rocky Wardlow in a press release.

For the full story, see Friday's Highlander.

Thu
22
Jan

HSB council adds committees, discusses city financial issues

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Sporting new iPads, Horseshoe Bay City Council members added two new committees and discussed city finances at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Committees

City council members asked for residents to consider applying for participation in one of the two “advisory, single-purpose” committees added at the meeting. A Long Range Planning Committee, which was first suggested by former councilman Tom Schmersahl, was established to formulate a vision of the city’s future.

The council also added an Information and Communication Committee to help promote the city to realtors, builders and prospective residents. 

The deadline to submit an application to participate is Feb. 10. Applications are available at the city website (www.horseshoe-bay-tx.gov) or at City Hall.

Two council members will serve as liaisons between the committees and the council.

Thu
22
Jan

Homelessness mars the Highland Lakes

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Every Saturday – rain or shine – a van pulls into a wooded area behind Home Depot in Marble Falls and a horn honks. People from a city in the cedar make their way to Reverend George Perry’s van, where he or other volunteers offer them food.

Many people have no idea they’re there...or in the baseball dugouts across from the Helping Center on Broadway, between mattresses at the mattress store, in cars, or, most commonly, on the couches, floors and spare rooms of family and friends.

Although statistics from the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) show the prevalence of homelessness on the decline both nationally, as well as in Texas, Perry doesn’t see the problem getting better in the Highland Lakes.

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