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Fri
06
Nov

Welcome, Hunters! Rifle season to open Saturday in Burnet, Llano counties

Lisa Treiber-Walter/The Highlander–––

Wildlife experts are saying that ample early rains this year will translate into both a blessing and a challenge for hunters when the general rifle season opens Saturday, Nov. 7. As evidenced by deer taken during the archery- and youth-only seasons already underway, deer harvested promise to be of heavier weight with better than average antler sizes. Yet, with the rainfall came ample food supply, meaning the white-tailed bucks being sought in Burnet and Llano counties (like this one at the Sandstone Mountain Ranch in Llano County) will be a little harder to pursue since they won't be as reliant on deer feeders.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula/The Highlander

 

It won’t be a good time to be a Burnet or Llano County white-tailed deer when general rifle season opens tomorrow morning, Saturday, Nov. 7. That's because the annual convergence of hunters is expected to take the field shortly before sunrise, which is at 6:52 a.m. in Burnet and two minutes later in Llano.

 

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) officials are predicting that the season, which will run through Jan. 3, 2016, will be characterized by plentiful game and above-average antler sizes.

 

Fri
06
Nov

Local balloters agree with state in passing amendments

Emily Hilley-Sierzchula/The Highlander –––

Jim and Janet Chapman were just two Horseshoe Bay residents casting ballots on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The seven constitutional amendments proposed by the 84th Texas Legislature sailed through approval by voters statewide as well as here at home on Tuesday, Nov. 3, bringing to 491 the number approved since 1876.

 

Local approval did not come from a large number of registered voters. Turnout was 16.25 percent in Burnet County and 17.66 percent in Llano County. Statewide figures are not made available from the Texas Secretary of State until all votes are canvassed officially.

 

Fri
06
Nov

14th Show & Shine event slated in Marble Falls

Contributed –––
The 14th Annual Show & Shine event on Saturday, Nov. 7, will mix the old with the new. Jim Blair of Spicewood plans to bring his 1996 Corvette dragster to the annual lineup of classic and antique cars on Marble Falls' Main Street between 98 a.m.-3 p.m.

 By Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

 

The 14th Annual Show & Shine classic car show will line Marble Falls' Main Street tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 7, with arrivals beginning around 9 a.m.

 

Up to 100 automobiles in favorite makes and models will reflect the mint condition of every era along the historic boulevard in an event sponsored by the Marble Falls Noon Lions Club.

 

Fri
06
Nov

'Everyday Extraordinary': Vietnam flier receives Flying Cross medal 42 years later

Contributed ––– Before flying their missions in Linebacker II offensive of the Vietnam War in 1972, the crew of Ret. Col. Jim Gabriel of Spicewood (left) and Ret. Mj. Alan Kirby, formerly of Granite Shoals, line up in front of their B52 bomber. They are: (from left) Gabriel, pilot; Walt Wegesser, co-pilot; Kirby, radar-navigator; Bob Gee, electronic warfare officer, and Ray Culver, gunner.

By Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

 

It is easy to forget that everyday people actually may be extraordinary. In fact, students stepping onto their campus for a decade in Marble Falls could not have guessed their bus driver had been the bombardier in one of the most significant sorties of the Vietnam War.

 

Ret. Mj. Alan Kirby, formerly of Granite Shoals, was awarded the U.S. Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross last year, some 42 years after earning it for “heroism or extraordinary achievement in aerial flight,” through a series of coincidences.

 

Fri
06
Nov

Rives announces retirement from Chamber

Bill Rives

By Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

 

Bill Rives, the affable executive director of the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, announced his retirement this week.

 

“My love for the work and those I work with has made the decision to retire a very difficult one,” said Rives in a formal letter of thanks to the chamber membership. “Difficult as it may be, I feel the time is right to announce my retirement from the Chamber effective Feb. 29, 2016."

 

Wed
04
Nov

Flood watch issued, local responders stress safety

by Alexandria Randolph

With a flash flood watch issued this evening, local firefighters remind motorists to “Turn Around, Don't Drown.”

The National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio has issued a flood watch for Burnet, Llano, Travis, Williamson, Blanco and other nearby counties beginning at 9 p.m. tonight and lasting through Friday morning. The statement read that two to four inches of rainfall is expected over Wednesday night, but isolated amounts of up to six inches may be possible in this area.

“The heavy rainfall threat will move into the hill country during the overnight hours into Thursday morning and may possibly move into the Interstate 35 corridor,” meteorologists said. “However, the greater heavy rainfall threat for the I-35 corridor will be on Thursday evening into Friday morning as a cold front moves through the area and ends the heavy rainfall threat.”

Wed
04
Nov

Mixed beverage sales pass in Burnet County

by Alexandria Randolph

Mixed drinks sales will soon be legal in all unincorporated areas of Burnet County following the passage of local option election on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

According to unofficial election results issued by the Burnet County Elections Administration, the alcohol option passed by a landslide with 3,311 votes or 76.3 percent in favor and 1.031 votes, or 23.7 opposed.

This new rule would not change existing alcohol sales ordinances in respective municipalities.

Burnet County Elections Administrator Doug Ferguson said that election results would be official on Tuesday of next week after provisional votes are accounted for, but he doesn't expect the results to change.

“There won't be enough provisional votes that will make a difference to the wins and losses,” he said.

Fri
30
Oct

More rain expected

by Alexandria Randolph

UPDATE: As of 2 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service extended at Flash Flood Warning to 4:45 p.m. for Burnet and Llano counties.

The National Weather Service has suggested that central Texas residents avoid traveling overnight, and remind at flooded roadways to “Turn Around, Don't Drown!”

“We have seen another historic October Flood event materialize across portions of South-Central Texas today,” stated a National Weather Service release. “(The) hardest hit areas with heavy rainfall have been Comal, Hays, Travis and eastern Bastrop Counties.”

Flash Flood Emergencies continue for Onion Creek in Travis County until 4:15 p.m. and the Blanco and San Marcos Rivers near San Marcos until 3:30 p.m. Other Flash Flood Warnings continue throughout the eastern Hill Country and along and east of Interstate 35.

Thu
29
Oct

Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center golf tournament rescheduled

GOLFERS BEWARE! The Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center annual golf tournament, originally slated for Saturday, Oct. 31, has been rescheduled for Nov. 14 because of recent and predicted storms.

Wed
28
Oct

DeLancey pleads guilty to 55 years in child rape case

by Alexandria Randolph

Former Marble Falls ISD employee Deavon Ashley DeLancey has pled guilty on Wednesday, Oct. 28, to 55 years without parole in a child sexual assault case that broke open in June 2014.

DeLancey, a 32-year-old Cottonwood Shores resident and former fire chief for Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department and former member of the Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department, pled guilty to child rape and child pornography charges and will face 55 years imprisonment without parole. He will be 87 years old before he has the chance for release.

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