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Tue
07
Nov

Granite Shoals bonds okayed, Clinesmith and Lambert ahead

With the Burnet County Elections Office, final unofficial election results in, Nov. 7 Election Day voters lifted the totals in support of the $3 million for road improvements in Granite Shoals.
A scant 354 voters cast ballots in the election, but 194 of them, or 54.8 percent, voted for the proposition and 160, or 45.2 percent, against. A no vote would have killed the proposed road rehabilitation project for the three primary, north-south city streets. Approval means that bonds authorized last year can be sold and the project can move forward.
It is believed it is the first time in Texas that a city council asked voters if they were sure of a previous vote.
Of 152 early voters, 53.29 percent had voted against the proposition.

Tue
07
Nov

Early voting report is in

The early voting report from the Burnet County Elections Office, just in did not look promising for supporters of the $3 million for road improvements in Granite Shoals.

Of 152 early voters, it was 47.71 percent to reaffirm the bonds and 53.29 percent against.

In Horseshoe Bay, all 12 who voted for Proposition 1(reauthorization of a local sales and use tax at the rate of one-fourthof one percent to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets) supported it. The candidate count was Reagan Lambert, 11 votes;  Cynthia Clinesmith, 8 votes and Dennis R. Hoover, one vote. When all Burnet and Llano county votes are in, the top two vote getters will take council seats.

Mayor Steve Jordan, unopposed, logged 10 votes.

Tue
07
Nov

THF announces Klaeger as community services lead

Glynis Crawford SmithThe Highlander

Bessie Jackson, left, welcomes former county judge Donna Klaeger on board at the Texas Housing Foundation (THF) Friday, Nov. 3. Jackson is the community resource director of the THF Marble Falls Community Resource Center and Klaeger has been named new senior vice president of community services, coordinating all the THF centers as Community Resource Centers of Texas, Inc. (CRC).

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

If ever a job were custom made for a new employee it is senior vice president of community services at the Texas Housing Foundation (THF).

Former county judge Donna Klaeger, instrumental in creating the THF Community Resource Center in Marble Falls, has been named to the position that will coordinate services in that center, others in Llano and Liberty Hill and one being created in Johnson City.

Mark Mayfield, president and CEO of the Texas Housing Foundation, made the announcement Wednesday, Nov. 1. Known jointly as Community Resource Centers of Texas, Inc. (CRC) their mission is to provide social and public health services to qualified clients supported by area nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

Tue
07
Nov

H-E-B's Deskins receives 'Spirit' award

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

H-E-B Pharmacy Technician Glenna Deskins smile greets customers when they arrive for their annual flu shot at the Marble Falls H-E-B Store. She is being honored with a regional award on Nov. 8.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, Glenna Deskins will be recognized for what customers of the Marble Falls H-E-B knew already.

She is to receive the Spirit of H-E-B Award for the Central Texas Region.

The pharmacy technician is probably best known for her winning smile that greets customers at the annual the vaccination clinics inside the H-E-B Pharmacy. Deskins has been with the local H-E-B store for 19 years, a second career after retiring here with her husband, Darvis, 20 years ago.

“I had worked in the medical field all my life, starting with answering the phone up to office manager with internal medicine, pediatrics and surgery,” Said Deskins. “It wasn't long after we retired before pharmacy seemed like a good fit.”

There is a good reason everyone associates Deskins with flu season.

Sat
04
Nov

DPS officer is dead after traffic stop crash

A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol Trooper died Saturday afternoon in Bell County following a traffic crash and a Temple news source reports a driver at the scene was from Marble Falls.

Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper, 63, was conducting a traffic stop on the south bound shoulder of I-35 in Temple, at approximately 3:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, when his patrol car was struck from behind by a Chevrolet pickup, according to a DPS press release.

Trooper Nipper was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. The crash, which took place in the Temple city limits, is under investigation and no additional details have been available from the DPS.

Fri
03
Nov

Marble Falls rubbing shoulders with Round Mountain

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

As Marble Falls moves along a path to annex new property south of current city limits, it may have to negotiate extraterritorial jurisdiction territory with Round Mountain.

The Marble Falls City Council held public hearings on the annexation of 1,290 acres of land on Oct. 24 and Oct. 30 and it was at that second meeting that considerations about Round Mountain came to the agenda. This Tuesday night, Nov. 7, a second executive session will look at the boundaries of their most southerly neighbor.

Fri
03
Nov

Granite Shoals honors veterans Saturday

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The Veterans Day Celebration in Granite Shoals is best served with sunshine, as it was here in 2014 and as expected this Saturday, Nov. 4. In fair weather or foul, the program honoring those who have served in all branches of the service from all over the Highland Lakes are welcome guests for a program and lunch at the Veterans Park pavilion on south Phillips Ranch Road.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The annual Granite Shoals Veterans Celebration will be held this Saturday, Nov. 4, a week in advance of Veterans Day and just in time for a sunny and cool fall venue.

The 2017 event will be held again at Veterans Park, 1208 South Phillips Ranch Road, with a complimentary lunch veteran military service men and women and their families at the park pavilion.

Tue
31
Oct

Granite Shoals accepts $500,000 TPWD grant

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Abandoned granite processing buildings on the Granite Shoals municipal campus are to have a new life as an open-air, covered sports complex, a centerpiece for Quarry Park. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, that funded the Leo Manzano Hike, Bike & Run Trail in the park with about $100,000, will add this grant for $500,000.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Granite Shoals City Council at its Tuesday night meeting voted unanimously for final acceptance of the $500,000 Texas Parks & Recreation Department (TPWD) grant for a multi-purpose sports center.

Teachers and families in the city had signed the original petition that accompanied the grant application, but it was two youth soccer coaches—Ulisses Solórzano and Irving Salgado-- who came to urge the council toward acceptance Tuesday night.

“More than 60 percent of Marble Falls soccer players are from Granite Shoals (and) 80 percent of varsity players have been from here,” said Solórzano. “But they need training to experience soccer clubs and college showcases, to get college scholarships. We have to drive to Marble Falls for that.”

Outside the meeting Salgado shared video of the drills for young players that could be done in any weather on practice areas planned for the new center.

Tue
31
Oct

Have a safe Halloween night, Highland Lakes

The lighted Jack-o-Lanterns on Ranch to Market Road 2147, between Marble Falls and Cottonwood Shores, are the entries in an annual family Halloween pumpkin carving contest.

The Nickes-Hulsey clan puts out the entries for passersby to enjoy. This photo was shared by Michele Horner who loves the comraderie of the family's participation.

Fri
27
Oct

TCEQ: Knowledge of city's plan wouldn't change permit assessment

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander

Dr. Yasir Cheema questions TCEQ staff about how they can assure his "air compromised" patients at Baylor Scott & White Marble Falls will not have their health impacted by a proposed rock crushing plant 1.6 miles south of the hospital.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality officials told Marble Falls Mayor John Packer Thursday they did not know of proposed housing developments planned for south of Marble Falls when they reviewed an air quality permit application by Asphalt Inc. for a rock crushing plant, but added they would have made no difference.

“I didn't know about the new (Gregg Ranch) housing development or the (Baylor Scott & White) hospital or any of the infrastructure that was there,” said Don Nelon of the TCEQ Air Permits Division. “However, if there would have been a map which identified every existing house, every future house and all new businesses it wouldn't have mattered. If they are outside 440 yards of the rock crusher, there will not be an impact from this plant.”

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