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Tue
12
May

Prom photos wanted!

Lake Country Life will be accepting submissions of reader 2015 Prom photos this week! If you would like to see photos of your child and their special day in the upcoming issue of Lake Country Life, send photos, the school which your child attends, the name of the person who took the photo and the names of everyone in the photo to arandolph@highlandernews.com.

 

Tue
12
May

MFISD seeks community input during superintendent search

Marble Falls Independent School District officials announced an opportunity for the community to offer their input during the search for a new superintendent to replace Dr. Robert O'Connor next school year.

The survey is open until 11:45 p.m. May 21 at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/ZTKH2HQ

The survey gives people a chance to elaborate on the top three qualities for the new superintendent, what areas of expertise the person should have, as well as top priorities or special areas the superintendent should address.

At a special meeting May 4, the MFISD Board of Trustees selected the law firm Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C., partnering with Gary Patterson, educational consultant, to lead the search for the next superintendent, according to a district statement, May 5.

Sat
09
May

Newcomer takes Marble Falls Council seat

by Alexandria Randolph

Newcomer Rachel Austin-Cook seized a seat on Marble Falls council according to cumulative voting totals issued Saturday night.

Austin-Cook competed with two other candidates for Place 4 on council and garnered 63 votes; 58 percent of early votes cast. Coming in second is Sharon Pittard at 38 percent, with 41 votes. Fellow candidate Jennifer McKague received 4 votes, or 4 percent.

Incumbent Place 2 council member Jane Marie Hurst ran unopposed and received 63 votes. Incumbent Place 6 council member Ryan Nash also ran unopposed, and garnered 76 votes.

Mayoral candidate John Packer ran unopposed and also received 76 votes.

Sat
09
May

Brugger wins G’Shoals mayoral seat

by Alexandria Randolph

Carl Brugger won the Granite Shoals mayoral seat with 76 percent, according to unofficial election totals Saturday night.

Brugger has 124 votes total, or 76 percent to Dennis McCoy’s 29 votes, or 24 percent.

In the race for city council, Anita Hisey is running unopposed for Place 1 and received 129 total votes. In the race for Place 3 on council, Eric Tanner came out on top with 116 total votes, or 71 percent, against Michael Lee Steenbergen, who has received 48 votes, or 29 percent.

Todd Holland won Place 5 on council with 70 percent, or 115 votes. Bill Cummings, also running for Place 5, has 49 votes, or 30 percent.

Voters approved Granite Shoals Proposition 1 by 58, with 42 percent against; 96 votes to 69.

Sat
09
May

ESD 6 sales tax wins by majority

by Alexandria Randolph

The Emergency Service District (ESD) 6 sales and use tax was passed by a strong majority Saturday according to unofficial election results.

According to early voting and Election Day totals, the proposition to adopt a two percent sales and use tax for business and service sales in the ESD 6 garnered a strong citizen support; 70 percent of early voters were for the proposition compared to just 30 percent against. Early votes totaled 49 to 21.

Currently, the ESD is working with a budget of $218,160, which is supported by a property tax of .0835 cents per $100 valuation for the 2014-2015 year. ESD commissioners expect the sales tax revenue would provide an additional estimated $54,000 for the ESD each year.

Sat
09
May

Majority of early votes ‘for’ ESD 6 sales tax

by Alexandria Randolph

Unofficial totals Saturday show citizens in favor of sales and use tax for Emergency Service District (ESD) 6.

According to early voting totals, the proposition to adopt a two percent sales and use tax for business and service sales in the ESD 6 garnered a strong citizen support; 69 percent of early voters were for the proposition compared to just 31 percent against. Early votes totaled 22 to 10.

Currently, the ESD is working with a budget of $218,160, which is supported by a property tax of .0835 cents per $100 valuation for the 2014-2015 year. If passed, ESD commissioners expect the added sales tax revenue would provide an estimated $54,000 for the ESD each year.

Sat
09
May

Austin-Cook in lead for Marble Falls Council

by Alexandria Randolph

Unofficial early voting totals Saturday show Rachel Austin-Cook in a narrow lead for the contested Marble Falls council seat.

Austin-Cook garnered 38 votes; 58 percent of early votes cast. Coming in second is Sharon Pittard at 39 percent, with 26 votes. Fellow candidate Jennifer McKague received 2 votes, or 3 percent.

The three are vying for Place 4 on council.

Incumbent Place 2 council member Jane Marie Hurst is running unopposed and received 40 votes. Incumbent Place 6 council member Ryan Nash is also running unopposed, and garnered 46 votes.

Mayoral candidate John Packer is running unopposed and also received 46 votes.

Sat
09
May

Brugger leads in early vote totals

by Alexandria Randolph

Unofficial totals on Saturday night show Carl Brugger in the led for Granite Shoals mayor in early votes.

Brugger has 47 early votes, or 76 percent to Dennis McCoy’s 15 votes, or 24 percent.

In the race for city council, Anita Hisey is running unopposed for Place 1 and received 49 early votes. In the race for Place 3 on council, Eric Tanner is in the lead with 43 early votes, or 69 percent against Michael Lee Steenbergen, who has received 19 votes, or 31 percent.

In the race for Place 5, Todd Holland is in the lead with 71 percent, or 44 votes. Bill Cummings, also running for Place 5, has 19 votes, or 29 percent.

Early voting totals for Granite Shoals Proposition 1 show an even competition, with 57 percent for the proposition, and 43 percent against; 36 votes to 27.

Sat
09
May

To the polls!

Burnet County polls are open today, May 9 for local elections. Polling places are listed below by precinct. To find out in which precinct you reside, see your voter registration card or the Burnet County website. The listing for precinct 3 was improperly reported in Friday's Highlander and appears correct here.

1, 2, 8, 9, 17,

9 and 20 IN (BCISD)  - Burnet County Courthouse 2

5 - Silver Creek Community Center 5

7 – Cassie Community Center

6, 10, 12, 13 – Bertram Library

15, 16 and Williamson County 207 and 310 (for BCISD) – Briggs Schoolhouse/Fire Station

11 and 14 – Lake Victor Community Center

6 – Smithwick Community Center

9 – Highland Haven Community Center

3 and 18 – Granite Shoals Fire Department

4, 19, 20 – Marble Falls South Annex

Llano County 203, 204, 205 (for BCISD) – Lakeshore Library

Wed
06
May

Mobile home blaze under investigation

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander
The remnants of a mobile home fire in Burnet in the 1000 block of CR 340 had to be bulldozed Wednesdays to protect firefighters as they quenched the embers.

by Alexandria Randolph

A structure fire in Burnet in the 1000 block of CR 340 Wednesday afternoon is still under investigation due to structure safety concerns, authorities said. 

The blaze reported at 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 decimated a mobile home and travel trailer, leaving two occupants homeless. Burnet Fire and EMS officials said the structure had to be bulldozed to ensure firefighter safety in fully extinguishing the blaze. 

Authorities said the two occupants, an unidentified man and woman, were both treated on the scene for smoke inhalation but were otherwise unharmed. 

"When the call came in it was fully engulfed," said Lealand Raiford, Burnet EMS Coordinator. "We made it to the scene about 5 minutes after the call came in. When we got here, 75 percent of the house was gone."

By 4:15 p.m., the blaze was under control, but the roof was beginning to collapse. 

For the full story, see Friday's Highlander. 

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