News

Tue
08
Oct

Police investigates Marble Falls High School classroom attack

By Connie Swinney and Nathan Hendrix

A male juvenile will face a possible assault charge, following an attack on another student, captured on video and shared on social media, according to Marble Falls police. Marble Falls Independent School District officials also responded with a letter to parents and communities addressing the safety of students in the classroom.

The incident was reported the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 4 at the Marble Falls High School campus, 2101 Mustang Drive.

Fri
04
Oct

TCEQ mulls three mining permits on US 281

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Lhoist North America/Chemical Lime and Oldcastle Materials are two of three mining companies which have recently applied for air quality permits under consideration by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The entryway is located, just north of Marble Falls on US 281 in Burnet County.

 

 

 

 

Knife River, Lhoist, Oldcastle expanding operations on US 281

By Lew K. Cohn and Connie Swinney
The Highlander

Fri
04
Oct

Panel to debate mining impact at forum in Marble Falls

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Residents who are supporters and opponents of the growing mining industry in Burnet County are set to come together during a public forum Monday, Oct. 7 in Marble Falls. Pictured here is a gravel truck on US 281 on Oct. 2 leaving the entryway of the Lhoist mining operation just north of Marble Falls. Concerns among residents include air and water quality as well as congestion and traffic safety.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

An upcoming public forum will feature a debate among group representatives at odds over the impact and proliferation of the mining industry in the Hill Country.

The event – sponsored by the Austin American Statesman (AAS) and KVUE TV Austin – is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7 at the Riverbend Conference Center, 708 1st St. in Marble Falls.

Thu
03
Oct

Bicyclist struck and killed on FM 1431 in Granite Shoals

From staff reports

A 66-year-old Granite Shoals man has died after being struck by a commercial trailer being towed by a pickup on Farm-to-market Road 1431.

The accident happened just after 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 in the 8400 block of the highway, adjacent to Quarry Park in Granite Shoals.

Tue
01
Oct

Llano to dredge into 2025

Contributed/Llano Chamber of Commerce
Llano city officials expressed support for a partnership with a mining operations which is dredging in Town Lake (pictured here) and in Robinson Lake upstream on the Llano River to expand water storage capacity.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A private-public partnership between the city of Llano and a mining company has resulted in the removal of several tons of river sand from two lakes in the community, increasing domestic water storage capacity.

On Sept. 27, Llano officials said they welcomed the continuation of a 10-year dredging contract with Collier Materials through 2025 due to the success of the project, which involves the company mining river sand and paying the city to take it away.

Tue
01
Oct

Granite Shoals citizens dived on no-wake zone

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Lakeside property owners at Crockett Park in Granite Shoals are split on whether the no-wake zone for Clear Cove created by the city with LCRA support actually solves dangerous boating behavior.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The Granite Shoals Police Department is seeking alternative solutions to safety concerns at Clear Cove after some citizens objected to the entire cove remaining a no-wake zone.

At the Sept. 24 regular city council meeting, Granite Shoals Police Chief Gary Boshears presented the department's reasoning for the buoys placed by the Lower Colorado River Authority in June regulating speed on that portion of Lake LBJ after receiving several pages of emails about the decision.

Mon
30
Sep

Double Horn alderman resigns citing conflict of interest

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The city of Double Horn faces more changes in the wake of an alderman resignation, an upcoming vote by the citizens to potentially dissolve the city and a pending appeal by the state attorney general's office, challenging the city's incorporation.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

An alderman for the city of Double Horn has resigned saying remaining on the council would be “a conflict of interest,” in light of his support for dissolving the municipality.

The resignation of Robert “Bob” Link comes after the validation of an election, Nov. 5, for a vote which could determine the fate of the city's incorporation.

“I resigned my position on the Double Horn council because I believe I have a conflict of interest with the council,” Link said.

Mon
30
Sep

Burnet County Historical Commission establish Ina Cooper grant program

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The generosity of the late Ina Cooper will continue to be felt for nearly two decades after her passing after the Burnet County Historical Commission established a grant program with her final bequest to the organization.

Mon
30
Sep

Trash bid flusters Granite Shoals City Council

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

With the current waste services contract expiration looming, Granite Shoals City Council opted to accept a contract offer with a pricing increase from Waste Management due to the lack of alternative options.

Council Member Todd Holland said the city gambled with their request for proposals (RFP) earlier in the year and is now seeing the results of the gamble.

“We have no leverage,” he said. “[Waste Management is] the only one who came back and said 'we'll haul your trash off.' We don't have the upper hand here.”

Mon
30
Sep

Crews put US 281 road work into high gear in Marble Falls

Connie Swinney/The Highlander

A $7.3 million road safety improvement project is under way along US 281 from the 2147 East intersection to the Texas 71 intersection. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the project is adding a continuous left-turn lane and widening shoulders. Officials said the project will take approximately 18 months to complete, starting from the time motorists could see preparations taking shape three months ago in the form of caution barrels and land clearing in the right-of-way.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News