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Tue
22
Oct

Vandals damage Packsaddle Mountain battle monument

Connie Swinney/The Highlander

Vandals have knocked down the Packsaddle Mountain Fight historical monument, seen here on Friday, Oct. 18, just off Texas 71 adjacent to CR 309 in Llano County. The 1936 Texas Centennial marker commemorates the last battle between area settlers and Indians in the region on Packsaddle Mountain in 1873. Over the years, criminals have removed the bronze center star wreath in 2015 and spray-painted a racist message on the marker in 2017 which had to be restored by a contractor for the Texas Historical Commission.

Tue
22
Oct

Batla named new Horseshoe Bay fire chief

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Brent Batla was unanimously named the city's next fire chief during the Oct. 15 Horseshoe Bay City Council meeting.

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The new Horseshoe Bay fire chief is no stranger to towns which straddle a county line, and no stranger to Horseshoe Bay, either.

Brent Batla was unanimously named the city's next fire chief during the Oct. 15 Horseshoe Bay City Council meeting.

Tue
22
Oct

Horseshoe Bay and Cottonwood Shores extend wastewater agreement

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Cottonwood Shores will continue to rely on Horseshoe Bay for wastewater treatment services for the foreseeable future under an agreement reached Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Fri
18
Oct

Conditions keep burn bans on in Burnet and Llano counties

By Phil Reynolds/Contributing Writer

The question of a burn ban wasn’t included on Tuesday’s Llano County Commissioners Court meeting agenda, but that makes little difference in the ban itself. The ban remains in effect until either the court changes it, or County Judge Ron Cunningham declares the need for a burn ban over.

That seems unlikely to happen soon . . . .

See the rest of this story on page 2A of the Friday, Oct. 18 issue of The Highlander. Email lew@highlandernews.com

Fri
18
Oct

Los Escondidos fights city of Marble Falls annexation

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Tom Bornschein, a resident of Los Escondidos just outside the Marble Falls city limits, attempted to make a case Oct. 15 against the city council potentially voting in the future to annex his neighborhood.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Landowners who live on Los Escondidos Street stood toe-to-toe Oct. 15 with Marble Falls City Council members to push back on impending plans to annex the neighborhood, which is primarily a strip of land bordering Lake Marble Falls.

Fri
18
Oct

LCRA declines Marble Falls lake desilt request

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
LCRA turned down a request by the city of Marble Falls to dredge Lake Marble Falls, citing reasons. The story is on page 2A in the Friday, Oct. 18 issue of The Highlander.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Lower Colorado River Authority officials denied a request from the city of Marble Falls to desilt Lake Marble Falls, adding the waterway was not created for water supply storage nor lake recreation but for flood control and power generation.

LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson responded in a letter dated Oct 10. to a city council-generated request for dredging on the waterway which runs primarily through the south side of the community.

Fri
18
Oct

Ghost Bike memorializes victim in Granite Shoals

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
A Ghost Bike, which serves as a memorial, was recently erected near the site where retired physician and bicyclist Stephen Tibbitts was struck and killed Oct. 3 by a pickup truck trailer on FM 1431 in Granite Shoals.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

For San Antonio physician and Granite Shoals resident Kim Koster, the Highland Lakes is an ideal place for bicycling.

Fri
18
Oct

Officials and residents recall historic flood event 1 year later

File Photo
The October 2018 flood washed out the 2900 Bridge in Kingsland. TXDOT contractors replaced it within a year.

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

One year after a historic flood event devastated the Highland Lakes area, the community has not forgotten what happened that fateful day — Oct. 16, 2018.

Fri
18
Oct

MFISD principals detail campus improvement plans

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Social and emotional education and academic growth rose to the top of the list of focuses for all principals across Marble Falls Independent School District for the 2019-2020 school year.

The principals presented their individual campus improvement plans to the board of trustees during the regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Tue
15
Oct

Spicewood Area VFD Kaiser brush truck restoration sparks interest

Contributed
Andrew Hunt, Philip Mason, Jason Johnson and Hector Valdez were among Spicewood Area Volunteer Fire Department members who contributed to the completion of a 1967 Kaiser refurbished over the past eight years to make it a fully-functional brush truck.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A vintage 1967 Kaiser Jeep – restored, re-fitted and refurbished as a brush truck – has become the latest accomplishment by Spicewood Area Volunteer Fire Department crews in the their tough task to maintain an effective firefighting unit.

The Jeep – which is the third one for the VFD – was a Texas A&M Forest Service vehicle in which the Spicewood agencies purchased for about $5,000 eight years ago in Hondo.

The history of the vintage vehicle goes back to the Vietnam era.

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