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Thu
08
Jan

Villa Dal Lago rebranded

By Alexandria Randolph

The Villa Dal Lago condominium development on RR 2147 will be rebranded for the third time, with a new name and design.

In a meeting Tuesday, Jan. 6, Marble Falls City Council leaders unanimously approved an amendment to the original zoning of the development, allowing new owner WorldMark the Club, a subsidiary of Wyndham Resorts, to redesign the as-of-yet-unfinished complex.

Marble Falls Development Services Director Caleb Kraenzel said the original developer designed the condominium community as Riverscapes, only to rebrand it as Villa Dal Lago before it was foreclosed. Seguine Affordable Housing took possession of the development, before WorldMark The Club became owner.

Thu
08
Jan

Residents pack Cottonwood Shores' first Town Hall

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

More than 50 people packed the Cottonwood Shores library Wednesday evening, Jan. 7, for the police department’s first Town Hall meeting. It was the first time many residents had met Tom Williams, center, the city’s new police chief since November.

Williams said when one takes a job with a new agency, the biggest unknown is the quality of officers who will be under his command. “These are two of the best cops I’ve ever run into,” he said of officers John-Michael Talamantez (left) and Chris Bieze.

They discussed several issues with residents, including the need to have dogs fenced, noise complaints, vandalism, speeding, and officers' response times to emergency calls. Williams also asked for tips to help clear out drug dealers, and added that several have already been “run out of town.” 

Thu
08
Jan

Cold weather heralds stock show season

Lambs await shearing Monday afternoon, Jan. 5, as FFA students get their livestock ready for the Burnet County Livestock Show this weekend.

By James Walker

The Burnet County FFA and 4H Livestock Show annually serves as the no-turning-back start of winter in the Hill Country.

The event, always on the second weekend of January, is actually much more than that and a large number of the county’s kids, from third grade up to high school, are much the better for it.

The 2015 version of the livestock show opened yesterday, Thurdsay, Jan. 8, with weigh-ins, while rounds of juding are scheduled primarily today, Friday, Jan 9, when some 649 animals and projects will be exhibited by some 290 youths of Burnet County.

Planned for tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 10, will be the premium sale during which individuals and businesses alike are encouraged to show up to show their support for the winning youths.

Wed
07
Jan

City dog park approved!

by Alexandria Randolph

In unanimous vote Tuesday night, Dec. 6, Marble Falls City Council approved the creation of a city dog park at Westside Park.

During the meeting, Parks and Recreation Department Director Robert Moss presented statistics on the benefits and liabilities of a dog park, as well as the history of the concept in Marble Falls.

“In 2011 we considered a dog park. There was very little recognized support for them at that time. In 2013 we had a request come from the community to consider a leash free zone in (Johnson) Park,” Moss said.

In August, Megan Klaeger, founder of Jo’s Dog Park, the organization created to support a Marble Falls dog park, approached the city about the issue.

For the full story, see Friday's Highlander.

“She came with the willingness to not only recommend but assist in the development,” Moss said. “She has a plan, budget and funding to do this.”

Tue
06
Jan

Pilot uninjured in Llano Airport plane wreck

by Alexandria Randolph

The pilot of a four-seat aircraft was uninjured when the plane flipped on its head at the Llano Municipal Airport on Tuesday, Jan. 6, Llano County Sheriffs Department Officials said.

Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn confirmed the accident and said there was “pretty good damage to the plane but none to the pilot.”

The female pilot is currently unidentified.

Blackburn said the aircraft will have to remain in place until representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration arrive at the scene. Texas DPS Troopers are also working the scene.

For an updated story, see next Wednesday's Llano County Journal.

Tue
06
Jan

Granite Shoals man indicted for June child sex crime case

Jose Jorge Camacho Moran

by Alexandria Randolph

A Granite Shoals man was arrested on New Year’s Eve after he was indicted on a child sex crime charge stemming from an incident that reportedly happened back in June.

Jose Jorge Camacho Moran, 45, was indicted on Oct. 7, 2014, in the 424th District Court on charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact, a second-degree felony.

He was arrested on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, to face the court for the charge.

District Court records show the initial incident took place on June 20, 2014.

The indictment stated the victim was younger than 17 years of age.

Tue
06
Jan

Burnet man arrested on felony drug charge during traffic stop

Edmond Desautels

by Alexandria Randolph

A Burnet man was arrested on felony drug charges when Marble Falls Police discovered methamphetamine in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Saturday, Dec. 27.

Edmond Simeon Desautels, 54, of Burnet, was arrested on charge of possession of a controlled substance between four and 200 grams, a second-degree felony.

Marble Falls Police Lt. Steve Eckstein said Desautels was stopped by an officer after he was observed running through a red light around 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of US 281 and RR 1431.

Eckstein said the patrolman noticed a passenger in the vehicle was “behaving with nervousness,” prompting the officer to search the vehicle.

The search turned up drug paraphernalia, which led to Desautels’ arrest.

“When they patted him down more thoroughly, they found methamphetamine in his front pocket,” Eckstein said.

Mon
05
Jan

Parks and Rec officials discuss grants and beautification

by Alexandria Randolph

Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department Officials are one step closer to a historical grant, and progressing with a community beautification project.

In a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 5, Parks and Recreation Department Director Robert Moss relayed to the commission that an application for a Lone Star Legacy historical grant was nearing completion.

Moss showed directors a series of new photos that he had collected of Johnson Park, including softball teams from as early as 1924 and as recently as 2014, and one that showed the bridge into the park prior to the new construction.

Parks and recreation officials are also taking tentative steps toward establishing a Keep Texas Beautiful Marble Falls Chapter by attending a workshop about the organization in San Saba Tuesday, Jan. 13.

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

Fri
02
Jan

CShores Police Dept. to host city’s first Town Hall meeting

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

For the first time in its existence, the Cottonwood Shores Police Department is hosting a Town Hall meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the library (4111 Cottonwood Drive).

“This is going to be a give-and-take thing: I’m going to ask for questions and we’re going to discuss any issues that come to the forefront,” said Cottonwood Shores Police Chief Tom Williams Friday, Jan. 2. “No subject is off limits.”

Williams said he has conducted similar Town Hall meetings at previous agencies, and it is part of his community policing paradigm. “Part of being a community cop is talking with people, giving people an opportunity to get things out of their system—whatever they don’t like, do like, issues they want addressed, what they’re afraid of," Williams said. "We can go forward better as a police department tied to the community.”

Wed
31
Dec

Flu season in full swing, classified as “widespread”

This image from the CDC shows the different features of an influenza virus.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Texas joined 35 other states with a classification of “widespread” influenza outbreak this year, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, which was generated by epidemiologists for flu week 51, which ended Dec. 20.

Fifteen children (including two in Texas) have died from influenza or pneumonia since Oct. 1, reaching the “epidemic threshold” used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When 6.8 percent of pediatric deaths are from these causes, it is classified as an epidemic by the CDC.

“We’re an acute care walk in clinic, and I would say 35-40 percent of patients over the past 7-10 days have had the flu or flu-like symptoms,” said Dr. Chad Gray, MD, medical director of the Baylor Scott & White extended hours clinic in Marble Falls. He added “this is on par with my experiences over the past few flu seasons.”

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