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Fri
23
Oct

Man sentenced to 10 years for aggravated assault

by Alexandria Randolph

Fri
23
Oct

Weekend events rescheduled due to rain

Several weekend events have been rescheduled due to heavy rainfall forecasted over Saturday and Sunday.

Hidden Falls Adventure Park officials said this weekend's Off-road Zomboree will be rescheduled due to forcasted heavy rainfall, as well as the Crazy "R' Ride and Rope planned for Saturday morning at the Burnet Fairgrounds and Rodeo Arena. 

The Off-road Zomboree fundraiser was initially scheduled for Oct. 23-25, but will be rescheduled near to the Thanksgiving weekend, officials said. The off-roading, rock crawling and camping extravaganza will benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Highland Lakes. 

For more information about the rescheduling or the event, contact Hidden Falls Adventure Park at 830-798-9820. 

The Crazy "R" Ride and Rope for Ethan Rogers will be rescheduled with a date to be decided. For more information on the event, contact Todd at 512-525-5550. 

Fri
23
Oct

Flash flood watch issued for Highland Lakes

by Alexandria Randolph

UPDATE: Burnet County officials have confirmed the burn ban has been lifted as of Friday, Oct. 23. 

 

With storms looming on the horizon, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Burnet, Llano and surrounding counties this weekend.

The statement, issued Thursday at 12:02 p.m., said a combination of “deep, low level moisture” from the gulf mixing with moisture from the Pacific and a surface cold front “will bring heavy rainfall to south central Texas.”

“Heavy rain will begin tonight (Thursday) and will continue through Sunday morning,” the statement read.

Wed
14
Oct

Fire claims home on S FM 1174

by Alexandria Randolph

A house fire near Oatmeal left one family homeless and on the search for two missing dogs.

Authorities said the cause of a fire in the 6200 block of Farm to Market 1174 south has yet to be determined.

The fire, which consumed the home on Wednesday morning, was subdued by 11:30 a.m. At that time family members were still searching for an English Bulldog and Chihuahua that had gone missing.

Firefighters said no one was injured, and homeowners were away at the time of the fire.

“We were in Austin for a meeting,” said homeowner Bubba Ferguson. “If we were here, we might have been able to stop it – maybe not.”  

Fri
09
Oct

Spicewood Airport lands music festivities

The Spicewood Music Fly-In, a music festival held at the Spicewood Airport, will take place Oct. 10 from noon to 8 p.m.

The live music event will include appearances by David Grissom, Joel Guzman & Los Aztex, Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Stars, Cold Steel Revolver, and several other performers.

Proceeds from the $25 admission price will benefit the Spicewood Pilot's Association, a nonprofit organization focused on preserving the Spicewood Airport, as well as the Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department.

Tickets can be purchased at www.spicewoodmusicflyin.com. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the show. Pets allowed on leashes only. Coolers are permitted with drinks only, as food vendors will be on hand.

Wed
23
Sep

Smithwick man shoots alleged trespasser

by Alexandria Randolph

Burnet County authorities said an investigation is underway after a Smithwick man shot an alleged trespasser at a residence on CR 346 overnight Tuesday.

Burnet County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Joe Canady said at about midnight on Tuesday night, a homeowner on CR 346 arrived at his residence to see a strange vehicle parked near his barn.

“There was a confrontation between the trespasser and the homeowner,” Canady said, and at some point the homeowner produced a handgun. 

For the full story, see Friday's Highlander.

Wed
09
Sep

Annual 9/11 Rememberance Ceremony to honor first responders

The 14th annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, which both marks the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and honors first responders in the region, will be held at noon, Friday, Sept. 11, at Lakeside Park in Marble Falls.

Each year the Marble Falls Rotary Club, with the support of the mayor and city council of Marble Falls, recognizes the attack with a moment of silence for reflection, prayer and thought for families and rescue workers involved in the 9/11 tragedy. Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10376 in Marble Falls will present the nation’s colors, followed by a proclamation by Marble Falls Mayor John Packer and a performance by Marble Falls Middle School students.

Regional fire, police and emergency medical services organizations nominate individuals for the Patriot Awards, special recognitions for their service to the community. A special award also will be given to honor a distinguished police officer.

Wed
02
Sep

Kingsland man pleads guilty to murder of step-son

A Kingsland man was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to the death of his 19-month-old step-son.

Michael Grogg, 27, is not the biological father of the boy, but was on the birth certificate of Paydin Grogg, said a District Attorney’s Office statement released Tuesday.

Paydin Grogg died on July 28, 2013 after the decision was made to remove him from life support. He had been admitted to the hospital three days prior with “severe brain injury and swelling, likely caused by a combination of blunt force trauma and shaking,” the release stated.

Michael Grogg was arrested Aug. 2, 2013.

He was sentenced by 424th District Court Judge Evan Stubbs.

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

Fri
28
Aug

Burnet man and woman get 60 years total in "water-boarding" case

Charlotte Elaine Arms

by Alexandria Randolph

A Burnet man and woman both plead guilty to a sentence of 30 years apiece in an aggravated assault trial after a woman was found dead in their home on north Pierce Street in January 2014.

District Attorney Sonny McAfee said Charlotte Elaine Arms, 46, pled guilty to sexual assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and Walker Wayne Shapland, 24, pled guilty to two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon at their plea deadline two weeks before the case would have gone to trial.

“They received 15 years concurrently for each charge,” McAfee said. “The maximum was 20 years for both charges.”

Thu
27
Aug

HSBPD searches for missing 8-year-old girl

by Alexandria Randolph

Horseshoe Bay Police are searching for an 8-year-old reported missing after her mother reportedly skipped bail.

Margo Murdock was reported missing on Aug. 18 by her grandmother and legal guardian, Sandy Hayes of Horseshoe Bay.

Hayes reported that Margo was last seen around 6 p.m. on the previous night, leaving overnight for Austin with her mother, Sonja Rai Murdock, 28.

“Hayes, who is also the mother of Sonja Murdock, told investigators that Margo should have been returned at 9 a.m.,” a Horseshoe Bay Police release said.  

Murdock was indicted on aggravated robbery charges in September 2013, and more recently, a probation revocation warrant was issued for her arrest.

“She must have violated probation,” Wardlow said, adding that police couldn’t say whether the woman had fled the area with her daughter.

For more on the story, see the upcoming issue of The Highlander.

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