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Wed
20
Nov

LCRA will lower LBJ, Inks in January 2020

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LCRA will allow for an eight-week drawdown period for Lake LBJ and Inks Lake from Jan. 2-Feb. 28, 2020 to allow for shoreline clean up, maintenance and other repairs needed following the October 2018 flood.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

For the past several months, property owners around Lake LBJ and Inks Lake as well as Burnet County officials had been asking the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) for assistance so they could complete repairs to docks, retaining walls and other structures damaged by the October 2018 flood.

Tue
19
Nov

Cottonwood Shores to shut off water Nov. 20 for line repair

UPDATE: As of 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, the boil water notice has been lifted, according to a statement by the city of Cottonwood Shores.

UPDATE: As of 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, crews completed repair of the water main, city officials said. Residents should boil water for the next 24 to 48 hours as the city has water samples sent for testing.

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Wed
13
Nov

Granite Shoals voters pass majority of charter amendments

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The residents of Granite Shoals voted against two of the 29 proposed amendments to the city charter in the Nov. 5 special election.

Citizens rejected Proposition C adding eminent domain language to the charter and Proposition R – which changed the reasons and reporting for independent audits.

The rejection of Proposition C does not remove eminent domain power from the city but keeps the language out of the charter. City Attorney Josh Katz said in an August council meeting the city retains eminent domain powers under state law, but the changes were being suggested to the charter to define and clarify those powers. . . .

Wed
13
Nov

Marble Falls seeking match grants for bridge projects

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Avenue N features one of the flood-prone, low-water crossings in which city staff is seeking grant funding for a bridge project.

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls City Council approved applying for matching grants funding two bridge crossing projects and a crossing emergency warning system to mitigate issues on city streets prone to flooding.

The FEMA grant request –- involving proposed bridges at low-water crossings on Avenue N and Nature Heights – was made Nov. 5 by Marble Falls Fire Rescue Chief Russell Sander during the regular meeting.

Fri
08
Nov

Youth embrace future with Marble Falls Rotary Career Day

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The Rotary Club Career Day/Job Shadowing program Nov. 7 gave Marble Falls High School juniors and Faith Academy students a glimpse at potential careers. Pictured are: Trey Gilpin and Marble Falls Fire Rescue firefighter/EMT Bobby Amik utilizing a spreader used for emergency extrication to demonstrate tool control techniques.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

As Marble Falls Independent School District Superintendent Chris Allen explains, giving students an opportunity for an up-close look at their chosen field – if only for a day – can prove to be an invaluable and potentially life-changing experience.

“These experiences confirm occupational goals for students and inspire continued efforts toward the educational attainment needed for success in those fields,” Allen said. “If the student has an experience which discourages him or her, this allows the student to consider other pursuits earlier in the course of their educational path.” . . .

Fri
08
Nov

Marine Corps veteran takes over USPS reins

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The new Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay postmaster, Steve Lilley, is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who will be presenting other veterans on the staff with lanyards on Veterans Day Nov. 11 for an outward show of support for their service.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

When U.S. Marine Corps veteran Steve Lilley accepted the job as postmaster of the Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay area, he knew it would be a good fit for his family and the community.

“My first full week here, I put in some extra hours, but it's worth it. I can tell this crew – in a smaller office than I came from – they work well together.”

Lilley, 46, started his position with the local U.S. Postal Service on Oct. 28 after serving as postmaster in Belton since 2017. . .

Fri
08
Nov

Double Horn votes to remain a city

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

In the second incorporation vote in a year, city of Double Horn citizens by 53.8 percent voted down a proposition Nov. 5 which would have abolished their city, according to preliminary results from Burnet County elections officials.

The special incorporation election for the city featured one item – proposition A – in which a “vote for” would have reversed a decision by residents in December 2018 to change the subdivision into a city. . . .

Fri
08
Nov

Cynthia Clinesmith elected Horseshoe Bay mayor

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Horseshoe Bay City Councilmember Cynthia Clinesmith was elected the city's third mayor during the Tuesday, Nov. 5, general election, according to complete but uncanvassed returns.

Tue
05
Nov

Here's where you vote in Burnet County for the Nov. 5 election

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Texas voters take to the polls today, Tuesday, Nov. 5, to decide the fate of 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.

Tue
05
Nov

TxDOT, historical commission to fix Packsaddle Mountain fight monument

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Vandals have knocked down the Packsaddle Mountain Fight historical monument just off Texas 71 adjacent to CR 309 in Llano County. The Texas Department of Transportation will work with the Texas Historical Commission to plan repairs.

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: In an email statement Nov. 6, a Llano County Sheriff's Office investigator attributed the damage of the monument to a vehicle traveling eastbound on Texas 71 which left the roadway and crashed into marker and through the adjacent fence.

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The Texas Historic Commission (THC) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will team up to repair a damaged historic monument which commemorates a pivotal battle in the region's settlement by western pioneers, officials announced Nov. 1.

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