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Tue
04
Aug

Highland Lakes to reach fiery temperatures over the weekend

 

by Alexandria Randolph

The National Weather Service Austin–San Antonio has issued a special weather statement warning central Texans to watch for extreme heat this week.

A hazardous weather outlook issued early Tuesday morning, Aug. 4, stated that heat index values could rise between 100 and 107 degrees on Wednesday, continuing to rise between 105 and 110 through the week and weekend.

The special weather statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 4 said that increasing humidities with afternoon temperatures in the upper 90s to lower 100s has caused an increase in heat that will last through the weekend for Burnet, Llano and surrounding counties.

“The highest threat day for heat advisories is Saturday,” the warning stated. “Humidities will decrease Sunday into early next week bringing lower heat index values.”

Forecasts predict a high of 98 degrees on Wednesday, 99 degrees on Thursday, 100 degrees on Friday, and 101 on Saturday.

Mon
13
Jul

Children’s emotional artwork to be displayed at art gallery

Just one work of art at the exhibition is “Hope” (Acrylic on wood). The artist, Sara, writes this statement about the piece: “There are bumps, bruises and scratches but the tree kept growing. There is a period of dark and then there is light surrounding it within the tree’s rings. The dark is different on each wood slice. There is hope because even though it went through all this, it still kept growing.”

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Art is at its core an outlet for emotions, positive and negative, big and small, and everything in between. Artistic expression can also be a therapeutic method encouraging emotional growth in children, helping them heal from abuse and trauma.

All artwork featured in “Flow: Images of Growth and Movement” was created by children served by the Phoenix Center in Marble Falls, and will be displayed in an exhibition at Marta Stafford Fine Art Gallery on Main Street.

The Phoenix Center provides free or low-cost therapy services for Hill Country children and art therapy has been used since the center was founded in 2007.

“Art and music are part of the human experience, so we’re naturally drawn to expression in these ways,” said Sarah R. Garrett, founder and executive director of the Phoenix Center and Camp Phoenix.

Mon
06
Jul

Marble Falls officer injured in boat wreck

by Alexandria Randolph

UPDATE: Marble Falls Police have confirmed the injured officer is Capt. Ted Young. 

A boat wreck on Lake Marble Falls Saturday sent a Marble Falls Police Officer to an area hospital.

Authorities confirmed Monday that a Marble Falls Police Officer sustained serious injuries after a civilian boat and the Marble Falls Police patrol boat collided on Lake Marble Falls shortly after the annual July 4th firework show on Saturday night. Another man was taken into custody during the incident.

Sat
04
Jul

Kingsland woman found dead; ruled 'suspicious'

Burnet County authorities are investigating a suspicious death that occurred on Thursday evening in Scenic Hills RV Park.

According to a Burnet County press release, at approximately 8:45 p.m. on the evening of July 2, Burnet County Sheriff's Deputies received a report of an unresponsive female in the RV park, located near Kingsland. EMS personnel responded to the scene with deputies.

A 48-year-old woman identified as Taitia Luke was found dead.

“Due to the timeline of events, the death is being considered suspicious in nature, pending autopsy results,” said Chief Deputy Joey Canady in the release.

Mon
29
Jun

Buchanan Dam woman dead in rollover accident

Texas DPS Troopers are still investigating a rollover wreck in eastern Llano County that led to the death of a Buchanan Dam woman Thursday.

Deserae Beth Becknell, 31, was pronounced dead by Llano County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Linda Ballard a little after midnight on the morning of Thursday, June 25.

Texas DPS Trooper Joey Van Gundy said Becknell ran off the road and was ejected from her 2004 BMW, a four-door model, at about 12:10 a.m.  

For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal and Friday's Highlander. 

Sat
20
Jun

Clement defeats Axford; Oakley elected PEC board president

 

Cristi Clement narrowly defeated Mark Axford in the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Board of Directors District 1 race and  Burnet County Judge James Oakley was elected  president of the  co-op’s board Saturday.

Clement, of Meadowlakes, who has been on the PEC board since 2010, got 11,500 votes to 11,228 for Axford, who lives in Hoover Valley, to win a third two-year term.

In the other directors races, Paul Graf of Spring Branch defeated incumbent Larry Landaker of Wimberley  and Max Hosford of Fisher to win the District 6 position and Amy S. J. Akers defeated Jeff Barton and Douglas Kadjar for the open District 7 position.

After the results of the board  of directors  races were announced  Saturday at the PEC annual meeting in Cedar Park, the new board members elected Oakley president, Emily Pataki of Cedar Park vice president and Graf secretarfy-treasurer.

Thu
18
Jun

Horseshoe Bay goes to Stage II drought conservation measures

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

 

Thanks to a prolonged rain bomb throughout the month of May, the Horseshoe Bay city council voted unanimously, Tuesday, June 16, to reduce restrictions on its customer’s water use by going from Stage III to Stage II in its drought contingency plan, until Sept. 30.

Residents may now water their lawns twice a week under Stage II; under Stage III it was once a week.

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) lifted its 2013 restrictions on outdoor watering for firm water customers, although voluntary water conservation measures are encouraged, explained Jeff Koska, community services director. The trigger for LCRA lifting restrictions was reaching 1.1 million acre-feet of combined storage in Lakes Travis and Buchanan.

“We’ll need 1.4 million acre-feet [in Lakes Travis and Buchanan] before all restrictions are lifted,” Koska said.

Tue
16
Jun

Central Texas braces for flooding brought on by “Bill”

By Alexandria Randolph

As south Texas is ravaged by Tropical Storm Bill, Central Texas residents brace for more rainfall and possible flooding.

The National Weather Service flash flood watch was issued for Burnet, Llano, Blanco, Williamson, Travis and surrounding counties effective until midday Thursday. The watch stated the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill, which made landfall near Matagorda Bay Tuesday morning, will move northwest across south central Texas Tuesday afternoon, generating “bands of showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall today (Tuesday) through Thursday morning” across the I-35 corridor.

Tue
16
Jun

MFISD completes campus principal hires

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Going into the summer, Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) officials were searching for three principals, along with multiple senior positions in central administration, including superintendent.

The district will be holding a special meeting Tuesday, June 16, and Wednesday, June 17, to interview 6 candidates for MFISD superintendent. Dr. Robert O’Connor announced in April his intention to become the next superintendent at Sharyland ISD in South Texas.

“The Board plans to have second round of interviews Monday,” June 22, said MFISD spokesman Bruce Peckover. 

Every MFISD campus officially has a principal since the last slot was filled at the district’s Board of Trustees meeting Monday, June 15. Roger Barr will be the next Marble Falls Middle School principal

Barr was assistant principal at Prosper High School, according to the Prosper ISD website. Prosper is near Dallas.

Fri
12
Jun

More rain on the way

by Alexandria Randolph

After a week of sunshine, Highland Lakes residents can prepare for more light rains over the weekend.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the low 90s on Saturday and Sunday, with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday night and a 30 percent chance on Sunday. The likelihood of storms rises to 40 percent on Monday, which will be mostly cloudy.

Lower Colorado River Authority meteorologist Bob Rose wrote in his weather blog that “the weather pattern does look to change beginning Friday as a weak, non-tropical area of low pressure over the central Gulf of Mexico tracks west, pushing tropical moisture into southeast Texas.”

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