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Tue
19
Dec

Rock crusher lawsuit could plow new ground

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

They may be plowing new legal ground, but the City of Marble Falls appears set to make a court challenge to the proposed Asphalt Inc. rock crushing plant south of Texas 71.

Tue
19
Dec

Spoofers 'phish' with thrift store 'bait'

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Everything for Christmas is on special at the Marble Falls Library Thrift Store, but you can't buy it on account. Recent reports of people getting bogus emails asking for PayPal account payments have the store a little worried. Don't be fooled, you will never get a bill in the mail or your email from the thrift store.

 

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

As tempting as it may be to clear up every bill from 2017, don't feel tempted to respond to an email asking you to clear a debt with the Marble Falls Library Thrift Store.

Someone is “spoofing” the local thrift store and using that ID as bait for “phishing,” the term for cyber ne'er-do-wells out to capture your username, passwords and account information or money for their own gain.

Thrift store manager Virginia Cervantez says that twice recently customers have reported received email notices headed: Purchases 2017 that instruct the receiver to remit a Thrift Store balance by PayPal to atlantaprecisionpianotuning.com/Invoices-Overdue/.

Tue
19
Dec

Spicewood EMS station goes operational

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Drawing the first day on call at the new Spicewood Station for the Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service (MFAEMS) are emergency medicial technician Alex Dunavant, left, and paramedic Travis Gray talking with Johnny Bindseil, a member of the Burnet County Emergency Service District 9. As they turned on the lights Monday, Dec. 18, at the new station next to Spicewood Elementary School, 1005 Texas Spur 191, MFAEMS executive director Johnny Campbell and operations director Kevin Naumann, not pictured, were on the road to pick up the new ambulance assigned there. ESD 9 will hold an official open house celebration on Feb. 10.

 

 

 

As of Monday, Dec. 18, the new Burnet County Emergency Service District (ESD) No. 9 Emergency Medical Service (EMS) station in Spicewood is operational — bringing a community effort to reality.

The station is located on Spur 191, adjacent to the Spicewood Elementary School, and will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service (EMS).

Once the station is online, average paramedic response time for the Burnet County-Spicewood region will be reduced from 22 minutes to less than 10 minutes; a difference that could mean life or death for patients in need of assistance.

Tue
19
Dec

Granite Shoals fund balance victory in sight

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Victory in a years-long effort to establish a comfortable general fund balance seems to be in sight for the City of Granite Shoals.

City Manager Ken Nickel told the city council Tuesday night, Dec. 12, that he would have to wait for an official pronouncement from the upcoming audit, but the city's own summary of Fiscal Year 2016-2017 is promising.

Between the increase in revenue and less money expended we are $243,456, net, to the good,” he said. “Added to current reserves, I believe we will hit the 90-day reserve of normal or best practices.

It is nice to have the balance, but we have to remember, one major expense could knock it out.”

Tue
19
Dec

Oldcastle announces new facility

Contributed

An aerial photo shows the new Jewell Manufacturing plant on the east side of US 281, not far from the intersection with Farm to Market Road 1855 (8147 South US 281). The Oldcastle company expects to be operational this month. See more images on Facebook page for The Highlander.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Jewell, an Oldcastle Company, has announced it expects its a new state-of-art, 23,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Burnet County to be operational by the end of December 2017.

The multi-million dollar plant is located on the east side of US 281, not far from the intersection with Farm to Market Road 1855, about six miles north of Marble Falls and seven miles south of Burnet. The 15-acre tract will include an on-site quarry for raw materials.

This new plant will service Central Texas, including the Austin and San Antonio markets, according to a company press release Wednesday, Dec. 13. A grand opening is planned for late February or some time in March.

Tue
19
Dec

Watch those holiday newspaper deadlines

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year from Your Hometown Newspaper.

 

 

The Highlander notes publishing deadlines and office closures for the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays.

Deadlines are as follows for the Highlander:

* Tuesday, Dec. 19, at noon — Classifieds and News deadline for Dec. 22 edition

* Tuesday, Dec. 19, at noon – Classifieds and News deadline for Dec. 26 edition

* Tuesday, Dec. 26, at noon — Classifieds and News deadline for Dec. 29 edition

* Tuesday, Dec. 26, at noon — Classifieds and News deadline for Jan. 2 edition.

* Tuesday, Jan. 2, at noon — Classifieds and News deadline for Jan. 5 edition.

The Highlander office will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, for Christmas. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26. The office will again be closed Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, for New Year's Day and the office will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Thu
14
Dec

Heart of Texas Orchestra tunes up for Best Christmas Pageant Ever at FBC

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The Heart of Texas Orchestra performs Dec. 3 at First Baptist Church-Marble Falls (FBC-MF). The full orchestra of musicians from all around the Highland Lakes have been performing their Christmas Concert at events in the area and will bring their music back to FBC-MF during performances of 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical' on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15-16. A review of the pageant is included in this story and scenes from the production can be found on the Facebook page for The Highlander.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlandere

The Hill Country is alive with musicians from country western strummers to jazz and swing bands, but that also includes orchestral musicians looking to add more to their ranks.

The Heart of Texas Orchestra has expanded from 15 people rehearsing in the home of Graham and Mary Jane Avery in Burnet to a full group of instrumentalists.

They play for all sorts of events, including spring and fall concerts, including the Johnson Park Concert in Marble Falls. Right now, they are performing their Christmas Concert at events all across the Highland Lakes.

Thu
14
Dec

Two races emerge for Burnet County GOP primary

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Two positions on the March 6 Burnet County Republican Primary ballot will be contested, county chairwoman Donna Holland Wilcox announced Monday after the candidate filing period ended.

There was no word yet Tuesday morning on whether any Democratic candidates had filed for Burnet County office, but prior to the weekend, there had been no such filings. If that remains the case, the March 6 primary will become a de facto election for county offices.

Three candidates filed for the Precinct 2 Commissioner position currently held by Russell Graeter, who announced he would not seek re-election. Filing to run as Republicans are, in alphabetical order, Damon Beierle, Ryan Rowney and Tom Stephens.

Thu
14
Dec

GOP incumbents face March challengers

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

On the Republican side of the March 6 primary ballot, some of Texas' most powerful officeholders will find themselves with an opponent — and in some cases, several opponents.

Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Houston is seeking re-election to his position, which he first was elected to in 2012. Cruz has two GOP challengers who have filed to run against him: Geraldine Sam of LaMarque and Mary Miller of Austin.

In statewide races, Gov. Greg Abbott of Austin will seek a second term as the state's top executive and has a challenger in Larry Scott “Secede” Kilgore of Irving.

Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick of Houston is likewise seeking re-election, but has drawn a primary opponent in Rockwall businessman and civic leader Scott Milder, who officially filed Thursday.

Tue
12
Dec

Llano PD officer indicted

LPD officer indicted

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

Llano Police Department (LPD) Ofcr. Grant Harden has been indicted by a Llano County Grand Jury on six various counts related to video evidence of a June traffic stop.

Harden had been banned from the dispatch and administrative areas of the Llano County Law Enforcement Center since around that time and was further blocked from entering the jail recently. Sheriff Bill Blackburn said that was because of “not being professional while in the jail area.”

The indictments, recorded Tuesday, Dec. 5 include two third-degree felony charges of tampering or fabricating physical evidence; one count of a state jail felony of tampering with a governmental record and three counts of a Class A felony, official oppression.

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