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Thu
21
Aug

Granite Shoals woman charged with 33 counts credit card abuse

Amanda Hiesler

By Alexandria Randolph

A Granite Shoals woman was arrested on 33 counts of credit card abuse after allegedly stealing an employer’s credit card to make a multitude of purchases.

Amanda Ann Hiesler, 39, was arrested at her home on Monday, Aug. 18, and booked into Burnet County Jail at 6:15 p.m.

She is accused of using the stolen credit card to make purchases between the last week of July and Aug. 10, according to Granite Shoals Capt. Gary Boshears.

 “Over a period of three weeks she used (the card) a total of 33 times here in town,” he said, and added that the items bought were of miscellaneous nature.

“The highest (purchase) was $30,” Boshears said. 

Hiesler had been frequently employed by the people she took from – an elderly couple in Sunrise Beach, Boshears said.

For the full story, see the latest issue of The Highlander.

Thu
21
Aug

Death & Taxes: Marble Falls Council to decide new rates

By Alexandria Randolph

Marble Falls City Council held readings for cemetery fees and tax rates; both of which will face decision in upcoming meetings.

In a meeting Tuesday, Aug. 19, the council held a first reading of a city ordinance that, if approved, would change rates for plots at the Marble Falls City Cemetery.

Parks and Recreation Director Robert Moss relayed to council members that the cemetery board, which is the same as the Parks and Recreation Commission, has been discussing ways to generate revenue over the last few months.

“The board’s recommendation is to raise the plot fee from $600 to $1,200,” Moss said, adding that the board was also considering a requirement that all gravesites be marked.

 “We called around to other cities that had city cemeteries,” he said, and added that the plot fee range was between $400 and $1,500, with Lampasas at the lowest price and Boerne at the highest.

Thu
21
Aug

Conceal or Carry? Residents weigh in

By Alexandria Randolph

After the year anniversary of the Open Carry Texas movement, opinions on the wisdom of open carry and constitutional carry of handguns are still widely dispersed.

Currently, Texas law allows for the open carry of rifles and shotguns, but prevents the open carry of handguns, and the concealed carry of handguns without a license.

Open Carry Texas, a movement originating in Temple, aims to educated the public about their rights to openly carry long-barreled firearms.

C.J. Grisham, a Temple man and active duty US Army Master Sergeant stationed at Fort Hood, is the president and founder of Open Carry Texas. He decided to form the group last year after a personal firearm related incident.

“I was arrested while hiking with my son; legally carrying,” he said.

Thu
21
Aug

ESD 6 proposes lower tax rate for rural Marble Falls

By Alexandria Randolph

The Board of Emergency Services District (ESD) 6 announced Monday that a reduced tax rate has been proposed for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The ad valorem tax rate will affect those living in the district’s area, which roughly encompasses the rural area surrounding Marble Falls, excluding the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

ESD 6 supports the Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department.

The board proposed a rate of .0835 per $100 valuation, amounting to about $83.50 for a $100,000 property. This is slightly less than the rate of .08611 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

ESD 6 Board Treasurer Herb Holloway said that property valuation for the ESD’s taxable area went from $259 million in 2013 to $269 million in 2014.

For the full story, see the next issue of The Highlander

Thu
21
Aug

DeLancey indicted

by Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

A former Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) employee was indicted on six felony charges Aug. 5 in the 424th District Court of Dan Mills.

Deavon DeLancey, 31, of Cottonwood Shores, was arrested by the Burnet County Sheriff’s Department June 5 on charges of aggravated assault of a child and possession of child pornography.

He was indicted by a grand jury on six charges, some of which have more serious penalties than his original two charges. The charges are: three counts of “super aggravated sexual assault on a child,” one count of “indecency with a child through sexual contact,” and two charges of “possession with intent to promote child pornography.”

He has been in the Burnet County Jail on a $1.1 million bond since he was arrested.

Thu
21
Aug

'Coach' retires

by Alexandria Randolph

‘Coach’ Larry Berkman is selling CoachWash, his car cleaning business after ten years.

CoachWash is now Wingman Car Wash, owned by Dustin Wing and John Paige of Wingman Oil Change Center.

“I’ve owned CoachWash since 2004. Wingman wanted to expand their business. They made an offer and I accepted,” Berkman said. “It’s been a great business. We’ve had a lot of good years. It seemed like a good time to move into another arena.”

Berkman co-owned the car wash with Dale Brown and Jeff Bingham.

Berkman, who previously served as a Marble Falls High School coach for 30 years, said he will still be involved with the Marble Falls community including his position on the Marble Falls ISD School Board.

“I’m going to take time off, but I still have something to contribute to the community,” Berkman said. “I’m not ready to go out to pasture yet.”

Berkman said he thinks Wing and Paige will take good care of his business.

Sun
03
Aug

Don't fan the fire

Firefighter Kelly Oestreich of Marble Falls Fire Rescue had to make sure the source of a brush fire was cold before firefighters could leave the scene. A landowner’s burn pile got out of control, scorching 2 acres of his property in Mill Creek Wednesday.

First responders urge caution in the coming dry months after several grass fires – one spanning roughly 50 acres – occurred in the past week. The most recent fire took place in Mill Creek on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. While the fire only consumed two acres, it threatened a structure and was dangerously close to igniting a hillside of dead cedar trees, Marble Falls Area Volunteer firefighters said.

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Sat
02
Aug

Marble Falls bridge closures expected in August

By Alexandria Randolph.

Marble Falls residents may expect short-term bridge closures in August as the US 281 bridge project draws to a close. Texas Department of Transportation Spokesperson Kelli Reyna said there will be nightly lane closures to allow crews to pour the concrete segments until the mid-span is completed. The middle of the span or bridge roadway is scheduled to be completed on Aug. 24.

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Sat
02
Aug

Bikers Against Child Abuse adopt a local child into the club

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula.

Fifty-five bikers from the Bikers Against Child Abuse rode into a Marble Falls park Sunday for a private ceremony in which they adopted a child and supported a grandfather in his mission to rescue his granddaughter from an abusive home. David and his wife were able to legally adopt their granddaughter with the help of BACA, which acted as an intermediary with the state.

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