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Fri
24
Aug

MFISD board calls for bond election

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
With their mother holding their hand, Marble Falls Elementary School students Anhelika Haught, 8, left, and Daniella Haught, 5, right, cross the parking lot Wednesday, Aug. 22, on the first day of school for students at Marble Falls ISD.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Marble Falls Independent School District voters will have one more thing to decide on the Nov. 6 general election ballot — a $55 million bond issue to make necessary improvements to campus facilities.

MFISD trustees voted unanimously at Monday night's regular meeting to call for the bond election after receiving a recommendation from a citizen-led committee last month.

“This bond issue would touch every campus in the district and we would be able to address these needs with bond funds without increasing our tax rate,” MFISD superintendent Dr. Chris Allen said. “In fact, we could reduce the tax rate and still be able to pass this bond. If reduced, this would be the second time the district has reduced the I&S (interest and sinking) tax rate in three years.

Fri
10
Aug

City unveils proposed $6.35 million bond

Contributed/City of Marble Falls rendering
Marble Falls officials took steps Aug. 7 to notify the public of the planned issuance of $6.35 million in bond debt to fund, in part, the first phase of a large-scale parks improvement project.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
The Highlander

With an eye on utilizing various entities to pay off the debt, Marble Falls city officials moved closer Aug. 7 to issuing a proposed $6.35 million bond issue to fund a portion of the first phase of a multi-faceted parks improvement project as well as downtown area improvements and utility upgrades.

Fri
10
Aug

County 'ratifies' emergency order

Contributed
Scorched brush remains in the aftermath of a string of wildfires in July and August in Burnet County, including an area pictured here off Hoover's Valley Road.

 

 

 

UPDATE: As of Aug. 14, Burnet County Commissioners rescinded the disaster declaration but approved keeping a less restrictive burn ban in place.

By Connie Swinney
The Highlander

Fri
10
Aug

Rain temporarily douses fire danger disaster declaration

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Scattered rain showers throughout Burnet County overnight Aug. 9 and 10 relieved some concerns about a rising fire danger, just days after officials extended the terms of a Declaration of Disaster and restrictive burn ban order.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
The Highlander

Fri
10
Aug

Human skull found in Lake Buchanan

Contributed/LCRA
Llano County authorities are trying to identify a human skull found Aug. 8 by a jet skiier on the shoreline of Lake Buchanan.

 

 

 

 

Authorities have sent a human skull found in the receding Lake Buchanan shoreline Aug. 8 for forensic testing to determine identity and age of the bones, according to the Llano County Sheriff's Office.

The human skull was found by an individual on a personal watercraft that evening as the recreationist was attempting to dock the watercraft on the shoreline in an area of Poppy's Point on the west side of the lake just of Ranch Road 261 in Llano County.

On Aug. 9 the following day, the Department of Public Safety dive team members spent about three hours searching for other bones but found none, Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn said.

Tue
07
Aug

CWS lowers tax rate after valuation jump

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

The City of Cottonwood Shores has kept the same property tax rate, 54.38 cents per $100 of property valuation, for three years. Now a 14 percent leap in overall valuation is forcing city council members to lower the tax rate to keep from facing the possibility of a rollback tax election.

Tue
07
Aug

Schiffman donation funds SBVFD's new 'live-burn' facility

Phil Reynolds/The Highlander
Sunrise Beach volunteer firefighters prepare to put out a blaze in the department's new "live-burn" room during a demonstration at the room's dedication. The room was made possible by a donation by a former fire chief, Sy Schiffman.

 

 

 

 

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Sy Schiffman leaned on his crooked cane in the driveway of the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department’s new training building and squinted in the sun and mumbled something about they just said that’s what they needed.

Tue
31
Jul

Bertram boys' home has long history of dubious activity

By Alexandria Randolph

HLN Correspondent

After criminal investigations resulted in the raid of a ministerial boys’ home last week, details emerging about the ministry and those who run it are only leading to more questions.

The Joshua Home in the 2500 block of Farm to Market Road 243 is under investigation by local and state authorities over allegations of “abuse, neglect, labor violations, fraud, licensing violations and human trafficking,” stated a Burnet County Sheriff’s Department release on Wednesday.

Sheriff Michael Hall of McDonald County, Missouri, gave Burnet County Sheriff’s Office a heads up when he heard the facility had relocated to the area.

“He called a few weeks before (we executed the warrant) and talked to our investigators,” said Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd.

Hall could not be reached for comment as of press time.

Tue
31
Jul

Evacuees returning to homes after fire

Contributed/Burnet County ESD Commissioner Clayton Smith
A lone individual with a water hose is doing his best to help fight the County Road 116/Park Road 4 fire as flames rise on a nearby ridge. Some 557 acres have burned and the fire is 60 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

The Highlander

Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) officials were hopeful residents evacuated from Park Road 4 and County Road 116 (Hoover Valley Road) due to fire would be allowed to return to their homes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 31.

More than 50 local personnel from 17 different departments have responded to a blaze which consumed 557 acres, forced evacuations of residents from 150 homes and closed the two major roads as well as Inks Lake State Park.

Fortunately, no one has been killed or injured and no homes have been reported damaged from the grass fire, which began at about 2:52 p.m. Sunday, July 29, along County Road 116, better known as Hoover Valley Road, near Park Road 4, close to Inks Lake State Park, and quickly escalated to yet another raging wildfire for Burnet County.

Mon
30
Jul

Judge declares disaster, bans all outdoor burning

On Monday, July 30, Burnet County Judge James Oakley signed an emergency disaster declaration and order banning all outdoor burning in the county.

Previous exemptions for welding, cutting, grinding, outdoor cooking using wood or charcoal and burning of prickly pear for livestock consumption have now been removed.

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