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Fri
08
Jun

LCRA, PEC award Marble Falls $22K grant

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LCRA and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives present a $22,815 grant to Marble Falls Fire Rescue for confined space and water rescue equipment. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left, are: Steve Dyer, LCRA Governmental Affairs representative; Caleb Kraenzel, Marble Falls assistant city manager; Thomas Crane, fire marshal; George Russell, LCRA Board member; Mike Hodge, Marble Falls city manager; Trista Fugate, PEC representative; Lawanda Parnell, PEC
representative; Russell Sander, fire chief; Sam Stacks, captain; Randy Rankin, fire engineer; Gabe Rippy, firefighter; and Ken Schwake, firefighter.

Marble Falls Fire Rescue soon will be able to purchase emergency equipment to extract individuals trapped in confined spaces, thanks to a $22,815 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC). 

Thenew equipment also can be used in swift-water and flood rescues.

Fri
08
Jun

Council hears ideas on wastewater disposal

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Marble Falls Assistant City Manager Caleb Kraenzel tells council about four options for future wastewater service expansions in a workshop on Tuesday evening.

By Alexandria Randolph

The Highlander

Marble Falls officials examined the future of the city’s waste on Tuesday by identifying four options ways the city might eliminate the eliminations.

With the city reaching a high percentage of the existing wastewater system’s capacity, Mayor John Packer called wastewater and what to do with it “probably one of our more serious issues in the next five years.”

Currently, the city has 2,645 wastewater customers, said Assistant City Manager Caleb Kraenzel. Of those, 2,044 are residential and 601 are commercial. The city has 68 miles of wastewater line, some of which is over 100 years old, he said.

“Our current plant is at 76.9 percent capacity as of February 2018,” Kraenzel said. “Texas Commission on Environmental Quality mandates when you hit 75 percent, planning must begin, and at 90 percent, construction must have begun.”

Fri
08
Jun

Council approves wildfire plan

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Marble Falls Mayor John Packer signs a Community Wildfire Protection Plan with members of Marble Falls Fire Rescue and the Texas A&M Forest Service at a council meeting on Tuesday evening.

By Alexandria Randolph

The Highlander

Marble Falls City Council approved a Community Wildfire Protection Plan as well as right-of-way allowances for upcoming highway construction.

In a Tuesday meeting, Marble Falls Fire Chief Russell Sander told council that one of the largest threats to the community identified in a recent hazard study is wildfires.

Tue
05
Jun

'Fly away! Be free!'

Richard Zowie/The Highlander

After receiving their diplomas and switching their tassels from left to right, the Marble Falls High School Class of 2018 send their mortarboards through the air to celebrate their high school graduation on June 1. For more pictures of this event, turn to page 5A of the print version of the June 5 Highlander

Tue
05
Jun

Going to the dogs

Horseshoe Bay Fire Department rescue hearts in Ace Hardware with Puff the dog. Those present are, from left, Engineer Keith Payne, Firefighter Chase Higginbotham, Firefighter Jonathan Lewis (holding Puff), Captain Josh Nail and Lt. Kyle Schmidt.

Tue
05
Jun

Boogie at the Bay returns

The first of four weeks of free concerts will soon arrive in Marble Falls, in the form of Boogie at the Bay 2018.

The events will be at the Horseshoe Bay Property Owners grounds at Quail Point.

Each performance will be on Wednesdays, starting tomorrow, at 6 p.m.

Bring your blanket, beverage and buddies to enjoy the fun,” said Francie Dix, one of the event organizers.

Among those performing will be:

June 6: BRutherz Band. Burrel and Ross Rutherford now live in the Hill Country after growing up in southwestern Kansas. Their music focuses on traditional country. They are releasing a new album this year.

BRutherz are singer/songwriters.

June 13: Courtney Reed Band. Based in Llano, this band combines country with blues and acoustic rock.

June 20: Sonny Wolf Blues Band. This band is based out of Austin.

June 27: Geri Hat Trix.

Tue
05
Jun

Rousch sentenced to life for child sex assaults

A Llano County man convicted on two charges of crimes against children will spend the rest of his life in prison.

A jury in Llano convicted 69-year-old Billy Rousch of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Each charge carried a possible sentence of five to 99 years or life in prison.

It took the jury approximately an hour to reach the decision that Roush should serve life in prison for each of two offenses charged in the Llano indictment.

Judge Evan Stubbs then sentenced Roush to two life sentences which were then “stacked” sentences so they must be served consecutively, plus Rousch was assessed two $10,000 fines.

The minimum time before he could be eligible for parole would be in the year 2077, 59 years from now, when Rousch would be 128.

Assistant District Attorney Stacy Burke and District Attorney Sonny McAfee prosecuted the case. Roush was represented by Austin Shell and Michael Williams, of the Shell and Shell law firm.

Fri
01
Jun

‘Fast and the Furious’ soapbox cars

Richard Zowie/The Highlander

Pushed by Gael Gonzalez, Avrie Wallace in the red car takes on Alysia Knight in the green car (pushed by Payton Dunk). These were among the many races on Manzano Mile May 25 as Colt Elementary School students competed in soapbox car races. For more pictures of this race, go to Page A6.

Fri
01
Jun

Marble Falls officials cite dry weather, order burn ban

A Burn Ban has been issued effective immediately by Fire Marshal Crane for the City of Marble Falls.

According to officials, the Burn Ban will remain in effect until the area receives significant rain.

Accuweather is reporting Marble Falls for most of June and July to be hot and dry, with some showers tentatively predicted for late July.

Drought.gov reports that “abnormal dryness” or “drought” are currently affecting around 59 percent of the Texas state population.

Most of Burnet County is currently classified as being under no drought.

Fri
01
Jun

Marble Falls wins GFOA budget award

Chicago, Illinois—Government Finance Officers Association has announced the City of Marble Falls, Texas, has received GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.

Officials say the award represents “a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.”

These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as:

A policy document;

A financial plan;

An operations guide;

A communications device.

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

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