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Fri
04
Jan

Bertram council signs off on separation agreement with ex police chief

From staff reports

The City of Bertram amended requirements for a reserve police officer position and approved the separatation agreement with former police chief JJ Wilson at their Dec. 18 City Council meeting.

Fri
04
Jan

Marble Falls resident wins gift of sound after two years of hearing loss

Richard Zowie/The Highlander
Dr. Jake Keup, Audiology at Estes Audiology, fits Lucio “Roy” Atkinson, with a pair of Phonak Bolero B hearing aids.

 

 

 

By Richard Zowie
Staff Writer

Lucio “Roy” Atkinson arrived at Estes Audiology on Dec. 26 to receive a belated Christmas gift.

Fri
04
Jan

Marble Falls shoots for economic boost with filmmakers

Contributed
Marble Falls city officials are working to coax more filmmakers to the city for location filming for the economic benefits to the community. Pictured here is a scene from “Shotgun Honey,” a 2016 drama shot, in part, in Marble Falls.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

From the 2016 drama “Shotgun Honey” to the biographical disaster flick “Jon,” Marble Falls city officials want to try to coax more filmmakers to the area for the economic benefits and to potentially cultivate a new industry to the community.

To that end, the city recently earned the designation as a Certified Film Friendly Community (CFFC) by the Texas Film Commission (TFC), a division of the Texas Office of the Governor.

To gain certification, city representatives attended a day-long workshop in 2016 to learn about the production process and best practices for working with the film industry and developed TFC-approved film policy which the city has adapted into an ordinance.

“It's general exposure to Marble Falls as a destination,” Assistant City Manager Caleb Kraenzel said. “Marble Falls is now a very browsable community that pre-production can go into.”

Fri
28
Dec

DPS troopers take aim at New Year's Eve traffic violators

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
DPS troopers, along with other agencies, will be out in force on New Year's Eve on roadways throughout the Highland Lakes including Texas 71, Texas 29, U.S. 281 and FM 1431 to monitor road safety and catch motorists for safety belt violations, speeding, failure to maintain proof of insurance and drunk driving.

 

 

 

 

From Staff Reports

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is warning New Year's Eve revelers to stay sober and following traffic laws or face starting the new year with jail time and fines.

DPS troopers will be out in force on Texas 71, Texas 29, U.S. 281 and FM 1431 throughout the Highland Lakes area Dec. 31 and Jan 1.

The agency is targeting drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other dangerous drivers.

"The holidays are a wonderful time of year, and it's up to each and every Texan to be responsible behind the wheel so that everyone makes it home safely to their family during the holidays," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "Along with other law enforcement partners across the state, DPS will be out in force to identify and remove dangerous drivers from Texas roadways this holiday season."

Fri
28
Dec

City closes park to clear way for upgrades at Lakeside Park, Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls city crews begin site preparation for water line work set to begin along Buena Vista Drive adjacent to Lakeside Park. Lakeside Park is closed but the city will help provide access in working with construction crews to make accommodations for those renting Lakeside Pavilion on the south end of the street.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls officials closed Lakeside Park Dec. 26 as work got underway on a multi-million dollar parks and infrastructure upgrade plan which includes road re-surfacing, parking expansion, lighting and new water and wastewater line installation.

“The park is closed to the public for the duration due to construction and safety,” Assistant City Manager Caleb Kraenzel said. “The city crews are doing the water and sewer on Buena Vista, while the contractors are focused on the waterfront work.”

Fri
28
Dec

Lake drawdown - Dec. 30 to Feb. 2 - to launch lakeside maintenance

Shiloh Ribera/Special to The Highlander
Scott Ross of Boats, Batteries and Slips, began work Dec. 27 at a lakeside residence on Lake LBJ. A number of contractors in the shoreline structure construction and maintenance industry expect to see an uptick in business when the Lower Colorado River Authority lowers lakes LBJ and Marble Falls starting Sunday, Dec. 30. The drawdown is expected to last several weeks to allow for dredging and debris removal as well as accommodate work on retaining wal

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

An upcoming lake drawdown will provide an economic boost for the construction industry, as crews and heavy equipment descend on lakes LBJ and Marble Falls.

The Lower Colorado River Authority is scheduled to lower the waterways for an eight-week period starting Sunday Dec. 30 and ending Saturday, Feb. 23. Lake LBJ will be lowered 4 feet; 1 foot per day for the first four days. The Lake Marble Falls drawdown involves a 7-foot drop in the waterway's normal level; 1 foot per day for the first seven days.

“Your lumber stores, they're going to have sales of people wanting to reinforce or build,” said Scott Ross of Boats, Batteries and Slips. Ross primarily does hydraulic power-pack installations and frequently works along-side other businesses in the lakeside structure construction industry.

Fri
14
Dec

Granite Shoals residential paving liens resurface at council meeting

By Glynis Crawford Smith
Contributor

Although the Granite Shoals City Council made several important decisions Tuesday night (Dec. 11), it was a non-action item on the agenda that piqued as much interest as professional contracts.

Fri
14
Dec

Marble Falls/Lake LBJ chamber executive director resigns

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce will be seeking new leadership following the resignation announcement by the entity's executive director.

On Dec. 10, Patti Zinsemeyer submitted her letter of resignation to the chamber members.

“It is with great sadness and gratitude for her years of service that we announce the resignation of Patti Zinsmeyer,” the announcement read. She has spent her tenure “giving everything she could to make our wonderful spot in the Hill Country a better place.”

Her resignation is effective Dec. 31.

Zinsmeyer worked for the chamber for nearly five years, first as tourism director and then in the top leadership position.

Fri
14
Dec

Burnet County looking at $2.5 million in tax notes

File photo
The Wirtz Dam Road bridge project is moving forward with a $425,000 stipend by Burnet County Commissioners to allow for several upfront payments for planning, surveying and engineering for the crossing.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, Dec. 11, to begin the process of obtaining $2.5 million in 2019 tax anticipation notes to fund a number of projects, including $1.6 million for upgrades to the Burnet County Jail and 9-1-1 dispatching.

Also included is $425,000 that would help the county begin making upfront payments on planning, surveying and engineering for a new Wirtz Dam Road bridge crossing as part of an advanced funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), which commissioners also approved at their regular meeting.

Wed
12
Dec

Proffitts look to restore farm, ranch property

Richard Zowie/The Highlander
On the Proffitt property’s south end is a building that was once one of Burnet County’s old country school houses.

 

 

 

By Richard Zowie
Staff Writer

The descendants of a property that’s been family owned and family farmed for almost 130 years are hoping to return the land to its former glory.

Proffitt Property is a long, narrow strip of land, consisting of approximately 238 acres reaches the Colorado River on its north end and crosses Double Horn Creek on its south end. On the south end, it also has a former community school called Double Horn School House.

Nita Proffitt, who currently lives on the land and is the great-granddaughter of the original owners, is getting help from family members as they work to restore the land.

 

How it was

The land survived the Great Depression of the 1930s, a time when the economy collapsed and when many banks that didn’t close often found themselves foreclosing on farmland.

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