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Tue
26
May

Officials thankful to dodge major storm damage

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Officials in Horseshoe Bay and Cottonwood Shores expressed relief at dodging damage from the same storm system that moved through the region Monday, May 25, flooding downtown Austin and cities downstream of the Highland Lakes. Monday afternoon, broadcast news channels from Austin were advising people in Horseshoe Bay and Marble Falls to take cover from a tornado.

However, Horseshoe Bay only experienced a few instances of trees blown across two roadways because of a “straight-line wind,” said Rocky Wardlow, Horseshoe Bay assistant police chief. “We received the same information regarding a tornado, however none of our officers ever saw or reported a funnel cloud.”

Mon
25
May

Officials: TAKE SHELTER

by Alexandria Randolph

UPDATE:

1:50 p.m. Officials are suggesting residents DO NOT CROSS any low water crossings and take shelter immediately.

1:30 p.m. a tornado warning has been issued for the Highland Lakes area. Sightings of funnel touchdowns have been reported in the Spicewood and Buchanan Dam area.

 

With heavy rainfalls continuing, flash flooding is still a concern in the Highland Lakes and across the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning to continue until 2:15 p.m. Monday afternoon, May 25, as well as a tornado watch until 4 p.m.

Sat
23
May

Tornado warning in effect

by Alexandria Randolph

UPDATE: A tornado watch and flash flood warning has been issued for Burnet and Llano counties in effect until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Local dispatch reported a tornado touch down in Johnson City at 8:22 p.m.

High water crossing closures in Marble Falls are as follows: Avenue N, Lakeshore Drive, Avenue L and Broadway near Childress Park.

 

A flash flood warning has been issued for the entire south Central Texas area through Sunday at 7 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, Burnet, Llano, Blanco, Williamson and Travis counties are all under a flash flood watch until Sunday night.

Fri
22
May

Horseshoe Bay council discusses Texan Mart fate

A judge in the Horseshoe Bay Municipal Court will decide in July whether the Texan Mart will be demolished, repaired or removed.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

A convenience store and gas station in Horseshoe Bay has been deemed “substandard” because of at least 27 violations found during several building and fire inspections, according to discussions at the council meeting, Tuesday, May 19.

The Texan Mart, along the north side of FM 2147, has been a fixture in the city since the late 1970s or early 1980s, but now “it does not live up to the present standards” in Horseshoe Bay, said Eric Winter, development services manager.

After some discussion, the city council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution authorizing the city prosecutor, Eddie Arredondo, to petition the municipal court judge to issue an “order for repair/demolition/removal for the building,” according to the city’s petition.

Thu
21
May

City says goodbye to Russell

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander

Marble Falls City Manager Mike Hodge presents outgoing Mayor George Russell with an award to recognize his service along with a memorial gavel on Tuesday in honor of his six years as mayor.

by Alexandria Randolph

Marble Falls City said goodbye to a well-loved public servant on Tuesday with the end of the final term of mayor George Russell.

Russell served as city mayor almost six years, as well as six years as city manager before that, and guided the city through several major developments in the city such as the replacement of the decades-old Marble Falls US 281 bridge, the growth of the Scott & White Regional Medical Center and the annexation of land south of the city to facilitate the hospital development.

Thu
21
May

“Ruff” times behind dog park advocates

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander

Parks and Recreation Commissioners reviewed 63 submissions for the name of the new Marble Falls dog park on Wednesday, and finally decided to recommend the name “Ruff Park.”

by Alexandria Randolph

A Parks and Recreation workshop was a step toward victory for supporters of the Marble Falls dog park.

The workshop was held Wednesday afternoon among Parks and Recreation Board Commissioners in an effort to decide on a recommended name for the new dog park in Westside Park. Commissioners voted unanimously to recommend the park be named “Ruff Park” in recognition of an anonymous donor.

Parks and Recreation Department Director Robert Moss reported he had received 65 total submissions for the name of the park.

Thu
21
May

Three charged in kidnapping for ransom case

James Graves

by Alexandria Randolph

A report of kidnapping from a man hiding inside Walmart led Marble Falls Police to arrest a family of three on charges of aggravated kidnapping for ransom.

On Monday night between 9:30-10 p.m., Marble Falls Police got a call from a 26-year-old man who stated he was at Walmart and had been held against his will.

“He told officers that there was a vehicle outside with 'bad people with guns,'” said Marble Falls Police Sgt. Tom Dillard. “When officers arrived, they found exactly what he described.”

Thu
21
May

Two MFISD elementary schools welcome principals

Marble Falls Independent School District officials approved the hire of principals at Spicewood Elementary and Highland Lakes Elementary at the board of trustees meeting Monday, May 18.

The district is seeking a principal for Marble Falls Middle School after the retirement of Brett Koch after this school year.

Bethany Birdwell was promoted from assistant principal to principal at Highland Lakes Elementary. Michael Pittard, current Highland Lakes Elementary principal, will retire after this school year.

Susan Cox will be the new principal at Spicewood Elementary, replacing Leslie Baty who will be taking a position in central administration next school year.

The new principals were recommended to the board following an extensive selection process that included community and staff input. A selection committee was established for each campus to help with the screening of applicants prior to their selection as final candidates for board recommendation.

Tue
19
May

Huey O.’s gets ready for grand re-opening

Shannon and Huey Sherrill take a break from renovating their restaurant in Cottonwood Shores.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Huey O. Sherrill has made a name for himself, developing a following of loyal customers at Huey O.’s in the LBJ Food Mart in the familiar yellow gas station in Marble Falls. “We outgrew the LBJ Food Mart in about six months,” Sherrill said. Huey O.’s opened in October, 2013.

Now, Huey and his wife, Shannon, are giving their new Cottonwood Shores location a facelift ahead of an “ambitious” opening day slated for the Memorial Day holiday this coming Monday, May 25.

Seating will be available for around 50 people – a far cry from the two-booth spot he had in the old place.

Folks would sit almost intimately close to enjoy their burgers and fries. “I would say to people, ‘I’m sorry we don’t have space,’ and folks would say the food was worth it,” Sherrill said.

Wed
13
May

Tornado watch in effect

by Alexandria Randolph

A tornado watch is in effect for Burnet, Blanco, Travis and surrounding counties as of 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, May 13.

The watch is effective until 5 p.m.

A weather advisory has also been issued for southeastern Llano and central Burnet counties. Until 11:15 a.m.

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