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Fri
18
Oct

Los Escondidos fights city of Marble Falls annexation

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Tom Bornschein, a resident of Los Escondidos just outside the Marble Falls city limits, attempted to make a case Oct. 15 against the city council potentially voting in the future to annex his neighborhood.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Landowners who live on Los Escondidos Street stood toe-to-toe Oct. 15 with Marble Falls City Council members to push back on impending plans to annex the neighborhood, which is primarily a strip of land bordering Lake Marble Falls.

Fri
18
Oct

LCRA declines Marble Falls lake desilt request

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
LCRA turned down a request by the city of Marble Falls to dredge Lake Marble Falls, citing reasons. The story is on page 2A in the Friday, Oct. 18 issue of The Highlander.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Lower Colorado River Authority officials denied a request from the city of Marble Falls to desilt Lake Marble Falls, adding the waterway was not created for water supply storage nor lake recreation but for flood control and power generation.

LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson responded in a letter dated Oct 10. to a city council-generated request for dredging on the waterway which runs primarily through the south side of the community.

Fri
18
Oct

Ghost Bike memorializes victim in Granite Shoals

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
A Ghost Bike, which serves as a memorial, was recently erected near the site where retired physician and bicyclist Stephen Tibbitts was struck and killed Oct. 3 by a pickup truck trailer on FM 1431 in Granite Shoals.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

For San Antonio physician and Granite Shoals resident Kim Koster, the Highland Lakes is an ideal place for bicycling.

Fri
18
Oct

Officials and residents recall historic flood event 1 year later

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The October 2018 flood washed out the 2900 Bridge in Kingsland. TXDOT contractors replaced it within a year.

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

One year after a historic flood event devastated the Highland Lakes area, the community has not forgotten what happened that fateful day — Oct. 16, 2018.

Fri
18
Oct

MFISD principals detail campus improvement plans

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Social and emotional education and academic growth rose to the top of the list of focuses for all principals across Marble Falls Independent School District for the 2019-2020 school year.

The principals presented their individual campus improvement plans to the board of trustees during the regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Tue
15
Oct

Spicewood Area VFD Kaiser brush truck restoration sparks interest

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Andrew Hunt, Philip Mason, Jason Johnson and Hector Valdez were among Spicewood Area Volunteer Fire Department members who contributed to the completion of a 1967 Kaiser refurbished over the past eight years to make it a fully-functional brush truck.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A vintage 1967 Kaiser Jeep – restored, re-fitted and refurbished as a brush truck – has become the latest accomplishment by Spicewood Area Volunteer Fire Department crews in the their tough task to maintain an effective firefighting unit.

The Jeep – which is the third one for the VFD – was a Texas A&M Forest Service vehicle in which the Spicewood agencies purchased for about $5,000 eight years ago in Hondo.

The history of the vintage vehicle goes back to the Vietnam era.

Tue
15
Oct

Burnet County sales tax revenues continue climb

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Sales tax revenue for the city of Marble Falls continued to climb in October as all six taxing municipalities in Burnet County reported growth compared to last year, with four cities (Marble Falls, Burnet, Granite Shoals and Bertram) reporting double digit percentage gains.

Tue
15
Oct

Texas constitutional amendment voting starts Monday

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Early voting for the Nov. 5 constitutional amendment election in both Burnet and Llano counties begins Monday, Oct. 21, and continues through Friday, Nov. 1.

Burnet County

Tue
08
Oct

Horseshoe Bay mayoral condidates tout qualifications at forum

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Moderator Doug Sanders, left, stands ready to ask a question as Horseshoe Bay mayoral candidates Reagan Lambert and Cynthia Clinesmith address voters at a candidate forum Thursday, Oct. 3, at them Horseshoe Bay Resort Yacht Club Ballroom.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A full house of more than 300 people listened intently as the Horseshoe Bay mayoral Cynthia Clinesmith and Reagan Lambert laid out their cases to be elected Thursday at the Horseshoe Bay Yacht Club Ballroom.

Tue
08
Oct

TxDOT tightens rules for highway traffic impact assessments

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
TxDOT will require more stringent requirements for determining traffic impact by commercial businesses (such as the US 281 mining operation entryway pictured here) and residential development located off state highways including US 281 and Texas 71 in Burnet County.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

To keep pace with growth and safety needs, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will require more rigorous assessment of how commercial and private development traffic patterns will impact the roadways.

Within the last decade more than half a dozen aggregate mining-related businesses have developed along the Texas 71 corridor in Burnet County. Along with commercial ventures, a number of private residential developments are carving out their places in amongst mining locations.

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