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Fri
04
May

Polls open 7 a.m. Saturday in Granite Shoals

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Fri
04
May

Blanco County residents voice quarry concerns

Grant Dean, left, listens as Davy Roberts talks about the potential for a rock quarry and crushing operation to move into land off RM 962 and Smith West Ranch Road (County Road 308) in Round Mountain.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

ROUND MOUNTAIN — Blanco County residents voiced concerns Wednesday evening that a rock quarrying operation may move into the heart of this idyllic, tranquil ranchland west of town.

Denver-based Summit Materials, which sells aggregates, has a subsidiary, Austin Materials, located in Central Texas. According to Davy Roberts, a developer who lives nearby, Summit Materials has made an offer on 350 acres of property owned by the family of the late Donald Edgar Smith.

The land in question is located at the corner of Ranch to Market Road 962 and Smith West Ranch Road (Blanco County Road 308) and includes about one mile of frontage along RM 962 and a half-mile frontage along Smith West Ranch Road. It is part of an overall tract of about 1,340 acres the family owns in northern Blanco County.

Wed
25
Apr

Early voting underway in local elections

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Early voting in the Saturday, May 5, local elections has begun in Burnet and Llano counties and eligible voters will have extended hours to cast their early ballot both this week and next.

Wed
25
Apr

Granite Shoals candidate voices heard

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Voters are welcomed to the Granite Shoals City Council Candidate Forum hosted at the fire hall Saturday, April 21, by The Highlander. At the front of the room are, from left, Place 2 candidates incumbent Shirley King and challenger Bruce Jones; Frank Shubert, publisher of The Highlander, and Place 4 candidates Ryan Wolters and Terry Scott.

 

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

About 40 citizens made a misty morning foray to the Granite Shoals fire hall Saturday, April 21, for the city council candidate forum sponsored by The Highlander.

Bruce Jones and incumbent Shirley King are seeking Place 2 on the council. Terry Scott and Ryan Wolters are candidates for Place 4. Will Skinner is uncontested for Place 6 and could not attend the event Saturday.

Thu
19
Apr

Saturday set for Granite Shoals election event

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Granite Shoals will have the opportunity to meet their candidates at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, in a forum sponsored by The Highlander at the fire hall, 8410 West Ranch to Market Road 1431.

Two races are up for grabs whether voters attend early voting, April 23-May 1, or return to the fire hall as their one central polling place for the May 5 General Election.

Thu
19
Apr

Marble Falls City Council learns Children's Day has new partner

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Placing the future care of Children's Day into the hands of the Marble Falls Independent School District and Superintendent Dr. Chris Allen, left, event founder Ely Banuet Rodriguez implores him to “take care of my baby.” She was accompanied to the Marble Falls City Council meeting Tuesday night, April 17 by, continuing right, event finance director Christina Escobar, where mayor pro tem Richard Westerman, right, declared Saturday, April 21, Children's Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Marble Falls City Council meeting Tuesday, April 17, was the scene of a big announcement about the Children's Day Celebration.

Wed
18
Apr

Kingsland man, guilty of Indecency with a Child

A Kingsland man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for Indecency with a Child.

On April 12, Robert Corporon was found guilty of two counts of Indecency with a Child. His punishment was assessed at 12 years on one count, and 15 years on the other.

After presiding over the trial and hearing all the evidence, 424th District Judge Evan Stubbs “stacked” the punishment for sentences to run consecutively. The punishment range for each count was between 2 years to 20 years in prison.

The victim in the case was an eight-year-old girl from Colorado, who was visiting her family at the Corporon residence in Kingsland in the summer of 2016.

According to a summary from District Attorney Sonny McAfee, the girl told her mother had been “putting his hands in her pants” while she was getting ready for bed. The girl’s mother immediately contacted law enforcement and an investigation was conducted.

Sat
14
Apr

Home destroyed in Granite Shoals fire

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

From Briar Park at 518 Shorewood Drive, the Saturday afternoon conflagration that claimed the next home in the 500 block can be seen raging. 'It had been in the family 55 years,' said one of the homeowners said at the scene. "We had just finished the remodel.' Find more scenes from the disaster in a photo album on The Highlander page of Facebook -- http://bit.ly/2JQt213.

This story has been updated For the Tuesday, April 17, edition of The Highlander.

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A newly remodeled lakefront home in Granite Shoals went up in flames fed by high winds that had Lake LBJ covered in whitecaps on Saturday, April 14.

Tue
10
Apr

Highlander to host Granite Shoals candidate forum, city prepares for clean up Saturday

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Granite Shoals drivers saw their first evidence of the $3 million road bond project this weekend when work took place on ranch property owned by James Peril on the east side of Phillips Ranch Road. Tonight, Tuesday, April 10, the city council will discuss a “Roadway Exchange Agreement and Temporary Construction Easement.” The goal of the eventual land swap is softening two curves on the thoroughfare where at least one fatality has taken place.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

The Highlander Candidate Forum, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, will be one item of interest on the Granite Shoals City Council agenda tonight, Tuesday, April 10.

Candidates in the May 5 city council election have been invited to the 10 a.m. forum at Marble Falls Fire Rescue, 8410 West Ranch to Market Road 1431.

Those candidates are Bruce A. Jones and incumbent Shirley King for Place 2, and Terry Scott and Ryan Wolters for Place 4. Will Skinner is uncontested for Place 6.

In the mean time, the council will be urging citizens to be ready Saturday, April 14, for the annual City Wide Clean Up.

The gates will open at the city hall entrance, 2221 North Phillips Ranch Road at 8 a.m. and refuse will be accepted until noon for disposal in Republic Service dumpsters on the municipal complex. A shredder service for important documents will go on only until 11 a.m.

Mon
09
Apr

Marble Falls proclaims Child Abuse Prevention month

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Mayor John Packer, right, proclaims April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month at the Tuesday, April 3, meeting of the Marble Falls City Council. Supporting the effort are, from left, Caroline Ragsdill president of the Burnet Child Welfare Board (BCWF); Cindi Ashford-Fry, development coordinator for the Hill Country Child Advocacy Center, and, also from the BCWF, Marsha Neel, Coleen Gregg and Jan Graves.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The City of Marble Falls recognized April as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month through a formal proclamation by mayor John Packer at the Tuesday, April 3, meeting of the Marble Falls City Council.

Introducing volunteers of the Burnet County Child Welfare Board who were present and Cindi Ashford-Fry, development coordinator of the Hill Country Child Advocacy Center, Packer reaffirmed the city's commitment to their work and that of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for the Highland Lakes and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

“Through a national effort, Marble Falls community members are encouraged to join together to raise awareness for those children fallen victim to abuse and neglect throughout the month of April,” he proclaimed.

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