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Tue
05
Mar

Baylor Scott & White, Hill Country Memorial hospitals score high

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Baylor Scott & White Marble Falls was awarded five stars in a recent Medicare online rating system.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Two hospitals with connections to Burnet and Llano counties are among the 24 hospitals statewide to have earned the highest quality of care rating possible from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Tue
05
Mar

Crews begin removing flood-related debris pile in Granite Shoals

Burnet County Judge James Oakley/Special to The Highlander
Crews began removing a pile of flood-related debris March 6 located on the grounds of Quarry Park in Granite Shoals. Burnet County contracted with the Austin-based Texas Disposal Systems to do the job for approximately $356,000.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The mountain of 2018 flood debris that has been sitting for four months at a Granite Shoals lot should be gone before spring arrives.

Tue
05
Mar

TXDOT hosts open house on improvements

From staff Reports

The Texas Department of Transportation will host an open house on improvements to Ranch to Market Road 1431 from Ranch to Market Road 1174 to Bar K Ranch Road this Tuesday, March 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lago Vista Middle School Cafeteria, 8039 Bar K Ranch Road, Lago Vista.

The purpose of the open house is to gather public input on the proposed improvements in Burnet and Travis counties. The public is invited to come and go at their convenience and staff will be available to answer questions.

Fri
01
Mar

Burnet County Sheriff's Office commerical vehicle inspection officer targets safer roadways

BCSO Sheriff Calvin Boyd/Special to The Highlander
Burnet County Sheriff's Deputy William Talamantez, a former DPS commercial vehicle enforcement officer, was hired by the county agency to inspect larger commercial vehicles to ensure safety on the roadways.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

In its first fiscal year of operation, the Burnet County Sheriff's Office commercial traffic unit has helped clear the way for safer roadways.

Fri
01
Mar

11-year-old Round Mountain shooter qualifiies for National Olympic Shooting Championship

Contributed/KSra Photography
Eleven-year-old shooter Briley Sralla qualified for the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship in the air rifle event. Sralla, who is from Round Mountain, is the youngest female to qualify.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

Briley Sralla is setting her sights on success after becoming the youngest female shooter to qualify for the 2019 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships earlier this month.

At just 11 years old, Briley of Round Mountain, was selected to participate in the NJOSC in Colorado Springs after her performance at the qualifying event in Fort Worth. Invitations were sent to 607 athletes representing 48 states.

Briley has been using firearms for as long as she can remember, although he just recently started competition.

“When she was five, she asked Santa for a pink .22,” Krissy Sralla, Briley's mother, said. “We knew then she was going to be a shooter.”

Fri
01
Mar

Ropes Challenge Course complete at Phoenix Center future site

Contributed
The ropes challenge course was recently completed at the future site of the Phoenix Center in Horseshoe Bay. The course is designed to provide self-esteem and a sense of achievement for someone trying to overcome a history of trauma or adversity.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

Last month, construction of the ropes challenge course was completed on Phoenix Center’s future site in Horseshoe Bay.

Fri
01
Mar

Bridge crews expand work as Lake LBJ drawdown ends

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Following the refill of Lake LBJ to normal operating levels Feb. 27, the Ranch-to-market 2900 Bridge construction will advance at a quicker pace due to the Texas Department of Transportation contractors ability to utilize additional barges for construction of the span, scheduled to be complete at the end of April.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Contractors with the Texas Department of Transportation have picked up the pace in construction of the Ranch-to-market 2900 Bridge as the Lake LBJ refill was completed on Feb. 27.

The eight-week, 4 ft. drawdown assisted lakeside property owners with construction, maintenance, dredging and repairs in the wake of the October flood event.

“Our barges and cranes need the additional water to operate,” TXDOT's Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy said in a statement.

TXDOT is also partnering with the Lower Colorado River Authority to remove debris and damaged pieces of the bridge, which was swept away in the flood.

Although the lake will be re-opened to boat traffic, recreationists are asked to pay attention to an interim navigation protocol.

Fri
01
Mar

National Weather Service teaches weather spotting with Skywarn

From staff reports

The National Weather Service, Austin/San Antonio forecast office will host a training event to help educate the public on how to decipher and report severe weather events.

Skywarn and FloodAware Seminar will be be presented by NWS and sponsored by the Burnet County Office of Emergency Management.

Topics will include instructions on submitting severe weather reports; how to identify the various weather events as they unfold; the appropriate terminology for specific weather phenomenon; and safety guidelines if caught in the midst of severe weather.

The training program is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office, 607 N. Vanderveer in Burnet. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, go to weather.gov/ewx.

Mon
25
Feb

President Trump declares October floods as national disaster; Public assistance now available

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Work on the RM 2900 Bridge in Kingsland progressed the week of Feb. 18. The structure is being rebuilt after flood water destroyed the bridge in October. The roadway was the site of a press conference by local, state and federal officials in the aftermath of the flood to unveil the announcement they would be pushing for the disaster declaration.

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

On Monday, Feb. 25, President Donald Trump granted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's request for a presidential disaster declaration for 33 Texas counties, including Burnet and Llano counties.

This action provides access to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation grant programs for impacted communities that are recovering and rebuilding following severe weather and flooding this past fall, especially the Oct. 16 Highland Lakes flood.

Fri
22
Feb

MFISD technology lets Spicewood Elementary student with leukemia connect to class

Mary Groth/Special to The Highlander
First-grader Lilly Clark participates in class activities from her hospital bed using her tablet and a live streaming service. The system allows her to interact with her classmates like she is present in class.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

School districts all have circumstances that require creativity and ingenuity to effectively teach their students. In a modern world, technology can be used to assist in those endeavors, and nobody knows that better than Spicewood Elementary gifted and talented teacher Mary Groth.

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