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Tue
11
Feb

City denies special events permit for Marble Falls Adult Soapbox derby

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
The Marble Falls community will say goodbye to the Adult Soapbox Classic in 2020 due to failed compromise between planners and city staff on duration of the event and street closure requirements.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city officials denied a special events permit application Feb. 7 based on traffic plan and timeline disagreements for the Adult Soapbox Classic, while planners were in the midst of organizing the 11th annual event scheduled in April.

The denial was given to event organizer Shannon Heep from Marble Falls Police Chief Mark Whitacre in the form of a letter, which included a “right to appeal” process. …

Fri
07
Feb

Marble Falls sales tax revenue growth shrinks in January

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The south end of Burnet County (Marble Falls, Granite Shoals, Cottonwood Shores and Horseshoe Bay) saw smaller sales tax revenue growth in January as spending appears to have returned to the level it was prior to the October 2018 flood.

Fri
07
Feb

Boaters tow scorched vessel off Lake Marble Falls

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Three days after the boat fire incident, a crew used heavy equipment to tow the vessel up a non-public use ramp and off the grounds of the park.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A crew, on behalf of a boat owner, towed a vessel Feb. 5 from the shoreline of Lake Marble Falls, after a weekend mishap on the waterway near the waterside of a restaurant, officials said.

The incident occurred during the day Feb. 2 adjacent to Lakeside Park.

“The boat caught fire and sank behind Chili's over the weekend,” Marble Falls Police Capt. Trisha Ratliff said. “Marble Falls Fire Rescue extinguished the fire. …

Tue
04
Feb

Counties join forces to explore broadband expansion

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Burnet County Judge James Oakley, left, and Connected Texas representative Tom Stephenson discuss the region's broadband internet access.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Recognizing a need exists for affordable and reliable high-speed broadband internet, officials from Burnet, Llano and Blanco counties came together Friday, Jan. 31, to launch a cooperative plan of action to connect their underserved communities.

Tue
04
Feb

Burnet County hosts simulated disaster drill

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
A tabletop exercise by first responders on Wednesday, Feb. 5 will involve fires, spills and evacuation procedures. The drills are expected to assist with disaster scenarios including those that would force evacuation like a plane crash pictured here in 2018 in Burnet.

 

 

 

 

Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Radio traffic in Burnet County will sound more active than normal Wednesday, Feb. 5, as first responders take part in an all-day regional emergency exercise.

First responders will gather from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Texas AgriLife Extension Office, 607 N. Vandeveer, Burnet, for the Firestarter 2020 exercise, which is being sponsored by the Capital Area Council of Government (CAPCOG) and Burnet County Emergency Management, where they will take part in scenarios designed to test their emergency response capabilities. …

Tue
04
Feb

New Marble Falls McDonald's to don vintage architecture

Contributed/Marble Falls EDC
The new Marble Falls McDonald's will have modern amenities, a larger parking area and dining space, but will conjure nostalgia with its new look. Crews demolished the old structure, 1605 RR 1431,on Jan. 30. The new one is scheduled to be completed in the spring.

Find more news updates like this in the Tuesday, Feb. 4 issue of The Highlander, the newspaper of record for the Highland Lakes. To offer a comment or news tip, email connie@highlandernews.com. To subscribe to the newspaper, call 830-693-4367 or click here to subscribe to our e-Edition online.

Fri
31
Jan

Candidates broach Llano County Jail deaths at forum

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Death at the Llano County Jail was one hot-button question tossed at the sheriff's candidates at a primary forum in Horseshoe Bay on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Fri
31
Jan

Granite Shoals hikes trash rates by 8 percent

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Granite Shoals residents will see an 8.3 percent increase in their garbage collection bill starting on Feb. 1 due to a new contract and fee structure with Waste Management.

To coincide with increased costs to the city, the city council approved changes on Jan. 28 to the city code to increase monthly charges from $20.33 to $22.03 per household. …

Fri
31
Jan

Burnet County deputies take aim at illegal dumping

File photo
Burnet County Sheriff's Office Environmental Crimes deputies target egregious violators who fail to comply after multiple warnings to clean up their property.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County's two deputy sheriffs dedicated to investigation of environmental crimes told commissioners Tuesday they are looking for residents to clean up their acts — not clean out their pocketbooks.

“What we want from the public is compliance,” said BCSO environmental deputy Paul Kowalik. “That's our goal. …

Kowalik and fellow environmental deputy Jason Jewett appeared before the commissioners at their regular meeting to give an update on the department. …

Fri
31
Jan

Putters and Gutters Fun Center plans Marble Falls location

Contributed
From bowling and skating venues to live music and an arcade feature, the Lampasas-based Putters and Gutters Fun Center has plans to open a Marble Falls location.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Business representatives of the Lampasas-based Putters and Gutters Fun Center have confirmed plans for a Marble Falls location to include a 20-lane bowling alley, miniature golf course, skating rink, arcade, eatery and live music venue, officials said.

“Marble Falls has needed and wanted children's activities for a very long time,” said Business Development Coordinator Midge Dockery of the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation. …

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