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Tue
26
Nov

Marble Falls signals annexation deal on Kemper family property

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
John Kemper, second from left, first rejected the city's annexation plans during an October Marble Falls City Council meeting.

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city officials indicated Nov. 19 they may work with property owners, in particular the John Kemper family, to delay and/or modify a plan to potentially annex several acres of land into the city limits.

City staff has proposed annexation of 64 acres of Kemper's property, which includes a two-acre homestead tract, located south of Lake Marble Falls on the eastern portion of the city limits.

Tue
26
Nov

Group labels Burnet, Llano voter website 'not secure'

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A grassroots non-profit organization has labeled the elections websites for Burnet and Llano counties “not secure” in its latest survey of Texas county websites.

Fri
22
Nov

Lighting of the first Marble Falls Community Christmas Tree Nov. 22

Connie Swinney/The Highlander

The city of Marble Falls has erected an approximately 35-foot Christmas tree in Harmony Park at the intersection of Third Street and Main in the downtown historic district. The lighting of the treeat 6 p.m. tonight, Friday, Nov. 22, will coincide with the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of commerce Light-up Parade on Main followed by the opening of the 29th Annual Walkway of Lights in Lakeside Park.

Fri
22
Nov

Tow man dies in FM 1174 motorcycle crash

From staff reports

A Tow man has died in a motorcycle accident on a remote section of the highway in eastern Burnet County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Ray Dean Levacy, 63, the driver of a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was traveling northbound around 1:15 p.m. Nov. 21 on FM 1174, approximately 11 miles north of Bertram.

“[The motorcycle] traveled off the roadway and entered the northbound barrow ditch,” the report stated. [The motorcycle] traveled over an embankment, causing the driver to lose control.”

Fri
22
Nov

Marble Falls ISD to show signs of construction soon

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Residents and parents of Marble Falls Independent School District will soon see tangible evidence of building construction following school board approval of the financing documents for phase two of the $55 million bond projects.

At the Nov. 18 regular school board meeting, the trustees unanimously accepted a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of $21,268,965 for the bulk of building renovations at several districts across MFISD.

Fri
22
Nov

Marble Falls Housing Authority eyes plans to dissolve

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls Housing Authority Executive Director Mark Mayfield (at right) announced Nov. 19 during the regular city council meeting that he would be resigning soon to dedicate time to the Texas Housing Foundation. Also pictured, from left, are Marble Falls councilmen David Rhodes and Craig Magerkurth.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls Housing Authority officials announced the impending dissolution of the entity, as council members approved an agreement Nov. 19 which would allow the Burnet Housing Authority program to oversee the administrative operations for local clients.

Marble Falls Housing Authority Executive Director Mark Mayfield spoke before the Marble Falls City Council with announcements about the potential future of the federally-subsidized housing authorities in Marble Falls and Burnet.

Fri
22
Nov

State construction law limits Marble Falls code

Contributed
HB 2439, which became law in September, hastened the need for cities to align their codes to match the mandate, based strictly on national building standards, while prohibiting construction limits by municipalities based on aesthetics.

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls City Council debated Nov. 19 how to proceed with newly-passed state law which limits a municipality's ability to prohibit construction materials based on aesthetics.

Following passage by state lawmakers and Gov. Greg Abbott's signature during the 86th Texas Legislature, HB 2439 became law in September, prompting cities to scramble to align their codes to match the mandate. State lawmakers based the law on national building standards geared towards health and safety regulation.

Fri
22
Nov

C-47/DC-3 donated to Highland Lakes Squadron

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Special to The Highlander

Karl Ritter, of Brady, generously donated the “Texas Zephyr” to the Commemorative Air Force’s Highland Lakes Squadron based at Kate Craddock Field in Burnet. The Texas Zephyr was manufactured in 1945 by the Douglas Aircraft Company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Ritter, the donor of the airplane, expressed that he wished to see the Texas Zephyr restored to its original glory and believes that the Commemorative Air Force’s Highland Lakes Squadron would be best suited to do just that after spending thousands of hours restoring the Bluebonnet Belle.The Zephyr is currently positioned at the Brady Curtis Airfield in Brady, and will require some mechanical work prior to relocation to Burnet. This will hopefully take place by the summer of next year, just in time for the Bluebonnet Air Show which is scheduled for Sept. 26, 2020. 

Wed
20
Nov

Granite Shoals considers group fees for boat ramps

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The Granite Shoals City Council asked city staff to research details related to adding a “business fee” for profit-based associations utilizing the city's boat launch facilities.

City Manager Jeff Looney presented the option to the council at the Nov. 12 regular meeting to charge fishing tournament associations and other groups a flat fee for large-scale usage.

He said tournament groups profit from their events by using municipal facilities, but the city has to exercise caution to avoid driving interest away. …

Wed
20
Nov

Feral pigs damage Marble Falls residential, school and business lots

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Crews began to repair landscaping damage Nov. 15 caused by feral hogs overnight in the 1000 block of Ridge Point Drive. Authorities blamed wild pigs for rooting up two other areas of town that same night, including the Colt Elementary School campus and businesses, just off Mormon Mill Road.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Feral hogs caused thousands of dollars in damage in one night recently at a local school campus, at least two private businesses and a number of residences, resulting in calls to authorities who contract with a trapper to help cull the herds in the northeast sector of Marble Falls.

The incidents were reported Nov. 15 and were believed to have been caused by a roving band of wild pigs possibly traveling in groups of half a dozen or more.

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