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Tue
03
Mar

Burning cross won’t deter, church members say

by James Walker

Mon
02
Mar

Authorities attribute jail disturbance to poor weather

Authorities are attributing a disturbance took place at the Burnet County Jail on Monday afternoon to poor weather conditions and limited recreational time for inmates.
On Monday, March 2 at 3:56 p.m., Burnet County dispatch called officers to the jail facility on Houston-Clinton Drive to help jailors handle a disturbance that involved “possibly eight subjects.”
Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith later clarified that the fight occurred in a cell between two inmates, and neither were injured.
“It’s been tough lately because they (inmates) are boxed in there and since the weather has been poor, we can’t let them out for recreation as much,” Smith said.
For more on the story, see Friday's Highlander.

Mon
02
Mar

Rabies in the region on a cyclical rise

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula
Rabies is on the rise in Llano, with eight confirmed cases as of Feb. 19, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Of those cases, seve were skunks along with one fox. The only case of rabies reported in Burnet County was a fox, according to DSHS records.
The rabies virus attacks the central nervous system, causing brain disease. It is always fatal if left untreated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Wild animal behavior and the extended regional drought are likely causes, a wildlife veterinarian said Thursday, Feb. 26.

Mon
02
Mar

Harmony dancers accepted into prestigious ballet academies

Dancing is high on the priorities list for Lili Biglari, 10, (left) and Hannah Foley, 10, (middle) who were accepted into the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Connecticut. Caroline Jamail, 10, (right) was accepted into the Ballet Austin Academy.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula
Saying the word “Bolshoi” to a ballet dancer is likely to make a heart flutter and a mind yearn for something magnificent but almost unattainable. Founded in 1776 and based in Moscow, Bolshoi Ballet is the oldest and most renowned classical ballet company in the world.
Three students from Harmony School of Creative Arts’ Academy of Dance in Marble Falls have been accepted into summer classes at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Connecticut, where they will learn from the best ballet dancers in the world.
The director of Harmony’s Academy of Dance said dancers’ success is attributed to countless hours of practice under the tutelage of master dance teachers Randall Marks and Jane Allen, both accomplished, classically-trained dancers. Marks specializes is Russian ballet.

Fri
27
Feb

Texas Independence Day Flag event planned at Falls on the Colorado Museum

Contributed. Caryl Calsyn, Falls on the Colorado Museum board member, joins Kiwanis John McGrew, Andy Sembera and Tom Butler in getting ready for the Texas Independence Day ceremony at the museum Monday, March 2.

The Kiwanis Club of Marble Falls has donated a U.S. and Texas flag to the Falls on the Colorado Museum for a Texas Independence Day event at the museum Monday, March 2, at 10 a.m.

Representatives from VFW Post 10376 in Marble Falls will present the colors at the ceremony. Members of the Bluebonnet Chorale will sing the National Anthem and other patriotic songs.

Members of the Kiwanis Club will present Darlene Oostermeyer, board president, with a certificate stating the flags flew over the state capitol in Austin.

During the ceremony, the history of both flags will be read.

After the event, guests will be invited to tour the Museum and to enjoy refreshments.

Several Kiwanians assembled the new flags to prepare for the presentation, gathering at the museum a week ahead of time: John McGrew, who is the Flag Router for the club; Tom Butler; past club president; Andy Sembera; and Virginia and Evan Roberts.

Fri
27
Feb

Annual Fish Fry benefits first responders

Marble Falls Area EMS will by hosting its annual Fish Fry at the Bluebonnet Café on Wednesday, March 4 from 4-8 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit EMS, and plates are $8 per person and $3 per child of five years or younger. The café will also accept take-out orders.

Orders may be placed by calling the restaurant at 830-693-2444.

Thu
26
Feb

Highland Haven citizens set to make decisions on city leadership, taxes

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Highland Haven residents are gearing up to make several big decisions at the ballot box May 9. Three positions on the Board of Aldermen are open, those currently held by: Lonnie Ball, Lonnie Brown and Charles Webb. Ball and Brown turned in applications for the election. Webb does not plan to file for candidacy. Another candidate filed his application Thursday, Feb. 26. James Warren built a house in the city last summer, said Highland Haven Mayor Irene Dauphin.

“No other citizens have turned in an application [as of Thursday], so I hope everyone is just waiting until Friday,” she said.

Ball, Brown and Warren will win the seats if no one else files, Dauphin explained.

The deadline to file is today, Friday, Feb 27.

Mon
23
Feb

LCRA targets response to water weeds in Highland Lakes

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has faced considerable pressure from lakeside community leaders and citizens for what some have seen as a lackluster response to treating water milfoil, seen as a nuisance by property owners along lakes Inks, Marble Falls and LBJ.

LCRA representatives announced on Monday, Feb. 16, a plan to simplify the process of seeking permits and approval from LCRA and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD). Both agencies review and approve landowners’ treatment plans for water weeds.

“It’s going to streamline the process for residents wanting to take care of their weeds, giving them a systematic way to do it,” said Bryan Cook, LCRA water quality manager, Wednesday, Feb. 18. “It’s protective of the lake and lets citizens be effective in their treatment.”

Thu
19
Feb

Walmart theft leads to ‘dangerous’ high-speed chase

By Alexandria Randolph

An unidentified man is in custody after a nearly 50-mile, high-speed chase that involved several law enforcement entities and ended in a wreck Thursday morning.

Texas DPS Sgt. Tim Blackburn said the man has been hospitalized and is in police custody after leading law enforcement on a chase Thursday, Feb. 19 at about 9:20 a.m.

Marble Falls Police said the chase began after the suspect stole items from Walmart in Marble Falls, and police issued a watch for the suspect’s vehicle.

“The subject made it to his vehicle and was out on the highway before our officers could respond,” said Marble Falls Police Sgt. Tom Dillard. “Our dispatchers did a good job of relaying the information to Burnet County, and he was spotted nearing Delaware Springs.”

A Texas DPS Trooper traveling on US 281 caught sight of the suspect based on vehicle and license plate description provided to dispatchers by the Walmart Loss Prevention Department.

Thu
19
Feb

Falls on the Colorado Museum, St. Frederick join to celebrate national Black History Month

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Two historical mainstays of Marble Falls will be joining forces to celebrate national “Black History Month,” this Saturday, Feb. 21.

The two 19th century structures might house different people and furniture, but the historical spirit of the places remain strong. Now they are joining to celebrate African-American history and culture.

St. Frederick Baptist Church will get its Texas Historical Marker monument next year and Falls on the Colorado Museum is in the granite stone building that housed the first school in the young city.

The St. Frederick Spiritual Choir, which routinely performs at Granite Mesa (a healthcare and rehabilitation center for seniors in Marble Falls), will sing traditional spirituals at the museum, starting at 2 p.m.

In addition to the “traveling angels” choir performance, the museum will have special displays devoted to black history.

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