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Sun
22
Jul

Weather funace still on high

  • Hottest Day is expected to be Monday and additional counties could be added to the Excessive Heat Warning.
 

 

The National Weather Service (NWS), continuing its Excessive Heat Warning for the area, says tomorrow will top a week of broiling heat from today's expected high of 107 to a possible 209 tomorrow.

 

 

Their warning:  Prolonged exposure to this excessive heat could lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.

Sat
21
Jul

Bluebonnet Belle crashes; all 14 aboard survive

Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze on the Bluebonnet Belle after the historic aircraft crashed at Kate Craddock Field in Burnet on Saturday, July 21.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

The famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and was an integral part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, crashed Saturday morning at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Fourteen people were aboard the Belle, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 14 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.

Tue
17
Jul

MFAEMS asks GS for increase

In addition to the regular Granite Shoals City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, a town hall meeting will be held for an update on the urban deer project Wednesday night.

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Johnny Campbell, executive director of the Marble Falls Area Emergency Service (MFAEMS) presented a contract proposal to the Granite Shoals City Council during a regular meeting Tuesday, July 10.

Tue
17
Jul

HSB reviewing fiscal year 2019 budget

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Sun
15
Jul

Granite Shoals road project gains elbow room

In addition to its succession of budget sessions and executive session city manager interviews, the City of Granite Shoals has a town hall meeting scheduled for an annual review of the Wildlife Committee Urban Deer Program.

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

When the Granite Shoals City Council last Tuesday night, July 10, it was with options on the table for work, scheduled to begin July 21, on the road bond project.

Thu
12
Jul

Road closures leave area officials feeling sidetracked

Courtesy Austin Western Railroad
The above map shows the short line track operated by Austin Western Railroad, including both the line from Llano to Giddings as well as a branch from Fairland to Marble Falls. Recent rail activity has led to delays and closures of roadways in Burnet County and has had an impact on first responders, local officials said.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Continued closures of Burnet County highways and roads due to railway activity the past several days has left Burnet County officials feeling “sidetracked.”

It has even prompted Burnet County Judge James Oakley to ask Austin Western Railroad officials for a sitdown at the next Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday, July 24, to see what can be done to get the two sides back on the right track.

Meanwhile, Austin Western Railroad officials on Thursday apologized for the delays motorists and first responders experienced and explained what caused them.

Tue
10
Jul

City discusses splash pad use

Phil Reynolds/The Highlander
Cottonwood Shores' splash pad, next door to the community center, awaits activity on a recent Friday afternoon. The city council Thursday agreed to let the pad open five days a week, with any increased water use to be absorbed in the Parks Department budget.

 

 

 

 

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Cottonwood Shores city council members agreed Thursday to let the city’s parks department expand open days for the splash pad by two additional days. The catch is that any additional water use has to be paid for out of the parks and recreation budget.

Tue
10
Jul

Llano County passes resolution opposing plant

Phil Reynolds/The Highlander
Leadoff speaker Fermin Ortiz makes a point in his argument against a rock crushing plant on Sandy Creek. Ortiz spoke during a hearing before Llano County commissioners on a resolution opposing the controversial project. Ortiz especially feared the problems he said would be caused by increased truck traffic.

 

 

 

 

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 50 filled the justice of the peace courtroom at the Llano County Law Enforcement Center Monday, cheering as county commissioners narrowly approved a resolution opposing a rock crushing plant on Sandy Creek.

Tue
10
Jul

2009 Burnet shooting re-enacted

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A 2009 case in which a Burnet County woman allegedly influenced her son to shoot her romantic rival was re-enacted on the Investigation Discovery channel Saturday night.

Fri
06
Jul

MFHS Theatre shines at ITF

Contributed/Jon Clark

Marble Falls High School Theatre Troupe 3701 had its most successful International Thespian Festival (ITF) trip ever as seven students earned superior awards and two were called back to perform in the Main Stage Showcase — a first for MFHS.

 

 

 

 

Marble Falls High School has won its share of acting acclaim under the direction of theatre director Jon Clark, but last month, Troupe 3701 reached new heights at the International Thespian Festival (ITF), held in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Seven MFHS students earned superior ratings at the national level and the duo of Charles McLean and David Cowan became the first team from Marble Falls High School to be called back for a main stage showcase at ITF, held at the University of Nebraska June 25-30.

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