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Tue
05
Nov

Kingsland chamber unveils upgrades including ramp pay station

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The Kingsland Community Park is undergoing renovations and upgrades – including a new automated payment device for boat launches – in the wake of the October 2018 flooding which destroyed and damaged shoreline structures, commercial and residential properties.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Several new features – including a retaining wall, boat slips, a new boat ramp and pay station – are taking shape as work continues at the formerly flood-ravaged Kingsland Community Park, officials said.

The Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, the park's trustee, is overseeing the work being done at the venue at 710 Williams St. on the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ. The park provides the sole public waterway access point for the lake in Kingsland and also features an open-air pavilion and community room.

Fri
01
Nov

Voters head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5 for municipal elections

File photo
Voters will go to the polls on Nov. 5 to decide the fate of proposed Texas Constitutional amendments. Locally, voters in Horseshoe Bay will pick city council members, and Granite Shoals voters have a water system upgrades bond issue and charter amendments on the ballot.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Fri
01
Nov

Texas Rangers launch Llano County Jail death probe

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A Sunrise Beach man's death while incarcerated in the Llano County Jail Oct. 29 has prompted an investigation by the Texas Rangers.

Benjamin Braden Hoffman, 41, was “found unresponsive” around 12:29 p.m. while in the observation area of the facility, 2001 Texas 16, officials said.

The probe, considered protocol for in-custody deaths, will examine clues including cause and circumstances surrounding his death. . . .

Fri
01
Nov

Burnet County rescinds burn ban

UPDATE: As of 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, the city of Marble Falls has lifted its ban on outdoor burning.

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Following the return of precipitation and cooler temperatures over the course of several days, Burnet County Judge James Oakley rescinded the county's ban on outdoor burning Wednesday, Oct. 30 . . . .

Fri
01
Nov

Appeals court rules against city of Double Horn in state AG lawsuit

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
As city of Double Horn citizens prepare to vote in the Nov. 5 election on whether to remain incorporated, the Texas Court of Appeals, Third District released an opinion Oct. 30 that allows the state AG's office to proceed with a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the municipality.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The Texas Third District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) on Oct. 30 in the entity's effort to advance trial proceedings seeking to dissolve the city of Double Horn on allegations the municipality formed unlawfully in an effort to halt a quarry operation.

Tue
29
Oct

Marble Falls water customers can track use

Special to the Highlander

Marble Falls city officials have launched an online water utility portal to arm customers with ways to detect and prevent water loss due to leaks or untracked usage and to promote conservation.

The WaterSmart platform available on the city's website is described as “a cloud-based, customer self-service and engagement platform.”

“(The platform is) proven to reduce costs, improve operational efficiency, and increase customer satisfaction by more than 25 percent,” stated City Manager Mike Hodge in a press release. . .

Tue
29
Oct

BOPATE collection day posts record intake

Contributed/Burnet County Judge James Oakley
Burnet County Commissioners hosted a BOPATE collections event at the county's new recycling center, where they collected a record amount of latex paint products and tires as well as a good portion of used oil products and lead-acid batteries.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Burnet County officials deemed successful a re-use and recycling collection event at a new location due to a wealth of volunteer help and a record intake of old tires and latex paint.

The BOPATE event was held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Burnet County Recycle/Re-use Facility, 2411 FM 963, just outside Burnet. BOPATE stands for batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze, tires and electronics.

Tue
29
Oct

Cottonwood Shores adopts solid waste contract

By Phil Reynolds
Contributing Writer

By 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the lights were out in the Cottonwood Shores Civic Center and city council members had gone home.

It took only 20 minutes for the second of two public hearings on the annexation of some 2,000 feet of Ranch Road 2147 and the adoption of an ordinance naming Republic Services the city’s solid waste contractor.

Not only did no one speak on either topic; no one attended the special called council meeting except city officials and a reporter . . . .

Tue
22
Oct

Horseshoe Bay officials decry new construction law's impact

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Horseshoe Bay city officials and Property Owners Association representatives expressed frustration with a new state law they say removes the city's authority to set more stringent community building standards.

Tue
22
Oct

Marble Falls Walkway of Lights fate coming into focus

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber Executive Director Jarrod Metzgar (left) and electrician Terry Evans worked on planning the installation of Walkway of Lights Oct. 18 in Lakeside Park.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

In 26 years, volunteer and electrician Terry Evans has seen several versions of Walkway of Lights in Lakeside Park on Lake Marble Falls.

“It's changed quite a bit,” said Evans, who has witnessed everything from lighted sculptures washed away in a flood to the display's transition from incandescent to LED lighting.

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