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Fri
27
Oct

PEC names Parsley new chief executive, promotes Dauterive

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) Board of Directors on Thursday, Oct. 26, selected Julie Parsley to lead the nation’s largest and fastest-growing distribution electric cooperative and advanced Eddie Dauterive to chief of operations.

Parsley is a former partner of Parsley Coffin Renner, a law firm specializing in utility regulations.

Fri
27
Oct

PEC names Parsley new chief executive, promotes Dauterive

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) Board of Directors on Thursday, Oct. 26, selected Julie Parsley to lead the nation’s largest and fastest-growing distribution electric cooperative and advanced Eddie Dauterive to chief of operations.

Parsley is a former partner of Parsley Coffin Renner, a law firm specializing in utility regulations.

Thu
26
Oct

Four arrested in HSB Resort theft scheme

The Horseshoe Bay Police Department has arrested four former Horseshoe Bay Resort employees connected to a theft ring that targeted the Resort Food and Beverage Department.

Police were contacted by resort executives after an internal audit revealed funds began missing from sales receipts in the Yacht Club Restaurant February of 2017. The resulting audit estimated that more than $22,000 was stolen from February -September of 2017.

Tue
24
Oct

City staff development draws statewide attention

Several years of professional development services are making a name for the City of Marble Falls.

“I am just plain proud of what I am seeing with the entire team at the city,” said Mayor John Packer.

Cities from all over the State of Texas have sought information from the city and the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation (EDC) on best management practices, as well as implementing projects and planning.

“In the last month several outside agencies have contacted our Parks and Recreation Department to inquire about our master planning and implementation processes and practices,” said City Manager Mike Hodge. “In recent years, a number of other cities have called about or made onsite visits to discuss building a skate park or disc golf course.”

Tue
24
Oct

HSB forum concludes long-range goals nearly met

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander

Attentive to the Horseshoe Bay Citizens Forum, Oct. 10, are city staff members, from left, finance director Kristen Woolley, fire chief Joe Morris, assistant police chief Garth Davis, development services director Eric Winter and city manager Stan Farmer.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Horseshoe Bay has virtually completed everything on its long-range plan adopted last year with the exception of three things, all of which are currently in progress, Mayor Steve Jordan announced at a citizens' forum Tuesday at Quail Point.

Jordan, the Horseshoe Bay City Council and city staff held this first-ever forum to promote government transparency and open communication with residents.

Mon
23
Oct

Violent altercation ends in death of Marble Falls man

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

An altercation involving large groups of armed people ended in the death of a Marble Falls man early Sunday morning.

The Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) responded to the disturbance in progress at 506 Avenue S, home of the victim, Fermin Rios-Padilla.

“Upon arrival, officers discovered numerous individuals were involved in the disturbance and many had already fled the scene,” said an MFPD press release. “During the altercation, Fermin Rios-Padilla of Marble Falls was run over by a vehicle and several others sustained injuries from weapons such as knives, baseball bats, and pipes.

“Padilla was transported to Baylor Scott & White Hospital of Marble Falls, where he later died as a result of his injuries.”

Another injured person was transported to the hospital by Marble Falls Area EMS, according to an MFPD spokesperson.

Mon
23
Oct

Early voting begins today, Monday, Oct. 23

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County and Llano County residents began going to the polls this week as early voting started for the Nov. 7 general election.

Voters in two municipalities — Horseshoe Bay and Granite Shoals — have municipal elections called in addition to the seven constitutional amendments that will be voted on statewide.

Sun
22
Oct

CARTS Introduces new buses to Rural Transit Fleet

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The Marble Falls City Council gets a look Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the new Country Bus recently deployed by Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS). In the photo, from left, are council member Craig Magerkurth; Christi Murrill, a 16-year-veteran CARTS driver; council member William (Dee) Haddock; mayor pro tem Richard Westerman; mayor John Packer; council members Reed Norman, Dave Rhodes and Megan Klaeger, and Dana Platt, CARTS community services director. The historical train depot building at 801 US 281 became the CARTS depot in January. See schedules and details at www.ridecarts.com/services/country/marble-falls.

CARTS Introduces new buses to Rural Transit Fleet

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A little ceremony at 5:45 p.m., before the Marble Falls City Council meeting tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 17, will recognize the introduction of new busses to the Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS).

CARTS serves 10-county and urban areas, including Burnet County. The new 22-foot Country Bus vehicles have been rolling out to the areas this month.

Colorful high-back red seating, grab bars and a wheel chair life are features to be enjoyed during CARTS passenger trips for up to 35 people a day, and reaching 4,000 from Marble Falls, in the last year. The Country Bus also provides some 3,000 medical transportation trips and 400 more take the Interurban Coach route.

Fri
20
Oct

TCEQ: Rock crushing plant won't harm hospital, patients

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality officials do not believe a rock-crushing plant south of Marble Falls would have an impact on air quality at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, according to a letter sent to state Sen. Dawn Buckingham Thursday.

However, the letter also states the TCEQ “does not operate an air quality monitor in the immediate area of the proposed facility” with the closest particulate monitoring station some 25 miles east of the proposed plant site.

Earlier this month, Buckingham, R-Austin, had sent a list of questions to TCEQ executive director Richard A. Hyde PE about the impact the proposed Asphalt Inc. facility would have on air and water quality and how its permit would be enforced prior to a scheduled 7 p.m. Oct. 26 informational meeting about the permit at Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls.

Fri
20
Oct

Burger King agreement helps city have it their way

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Through a licensing agreement with the City of Marble Falls, Burger King is taking over a refurbishment and future maintenance of the triangle of city land on the southwest corner of the intersection of Farm to Market Road 1431 and US 281.

Before opening its doors the new Burger King will be taking on a good neighbor project through a licensing agreement approved by the Marble Falls City Council Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The project is the rehabilitation of the triangle of city property at the southwest corner of the intersection of Ranch to Market Road 1431 and US 281.

“We have been faced for a number of years with what to do with that corner,” said Robert Moss, director of the Parks & Recreation Department. “When and if we improved it, it woud have taken more maintenance.”

Robes St. Juste of Hill Country Restaurant Services LLC was at the meeting to discuss the proposal and quickly agreed to extend the terms of the agreement to 10 years.

“We want to take care of it for as long as we are here,” he said.

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