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Tue
13
Aug

Marble Falls takes heat from Buena Vista landowner

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city officials announced they will work out a deal with two property owners who accused the municipality of failing to offer “bonafide” offers for their land, as the city continued steps to transition the area near Lake Marble Falls into expanded park space.

Tue
13
Aug

Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue chief resigns

File Photo
Horseshoe Bay City Manager Stan Farmer and Fire Chief Joe Morris, on the left, shared a moment during one of the city's council meetings. After being with the city since 2015, the fire chief announced he will retire to move to South Carolina.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Horseshoe Bay is looking for a new fire chief after Joe Morris announced his retirement from the position Friday, Aug. 9. His last day with the city will be Friday, Aug. 23.

Tue
13
Aug

Llano County Commissioners propose 2019-20 budget, tax rate

By Phil Reynolds
Contributing Writer

Llano County commissioners Monday, Aug. 12, tentatively approved a proposed fiscal year 2020 budget and tax rate while sending an applicant for a tiny home project back for more work and continuing a county-wide burn ban.

Tue
13
Aug

Double Horn residents petition to dissolve city

Contributed/Doublehorntx.org
Officials confirmed that a group of residents from the newly-formed city of Double Horn has gathered enough signatures to ask for a second incorporation election.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A group of Double Horn residents have petitioned for an election to dissolve the incorporation of the newly-formed municipality, alleging “no benefit” to the residents and lack of powers to control mining industry growth nearby.

Tue
13
Aug

Fire danger skyrockets in Burnet and Llano counties

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Fire officials are zeroing in on the possible cause of a fire that destroyed a log cabin-styled home on Aug. 7 in the 200 block of Kingsland Ranch Cove on Lake LBJ - and scorching conditions may have played a factor. The structure was unoccupied. Suspicions included combustible industrial chemicals on rags as well as embers from a barbecue grill.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Two weekend grass fires in Burnet County, including one near Bertram which required Texas Forest Service assistance, have local fire departments reminding residents there is a burn ban in place for a very good reason.

Tue
06
Aug

Flood prompts proposed Marble Falls water rate hike

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

City officials have proposed an 8 percent increase in the water and wastewater rates for residents due to a decrease in post flood water usage connected to aftermath restrictions as well as a reduction in water use tied to smart meters.

Tue
06
Aug

Burnet County budget calls for pay raises

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County commissioners are expected to propose an overall tax rate of 39.99 cents per $100 valuation at a special called meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, in order to support a proposed $29.92 budget for fiscal year 2020.

Fri
02
Aug

McCannon named Faith Academy athletic director

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Coach Steve McCannon and daughter Juliette McCannon at the first annual Faith Academy Relays in March 2019.

 

 

Special to The Highlander

Faith Academy announced that local financial advisor and veteran coach Steve McCannon has been named athletic director.

Fri
02
Aug

Granite Shoals debates necessity of committee liaisons

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Discussion concerning the clarification of the role of Granite Shoals City Council members serving as liaisons to city boards and committees evolved into a broader debate on July 23 about the necessity of the position at all.

Fri
02
Aug

Heat prompts ban on outdoor burning in Burnet and Llano counties

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Due to lack of rain and rising temperatures, conditions are quickly approaching those last seen in August 2018 (Pictured here, just off Texas 71 southwest of Horseshoe Bay). That year a string of wildfires plagued the Llano, Burnet and Blanco county area. Local entities recently enacted bans on outdoor burning to try to snuff some of the increasing fire danger.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Scorching hot temperatures soaring to above 100 degrees and lack of precipitation have sparked local governments to issue bans against outdoor burning.

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