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Fri
29
Jun

PEC holds grand opening for new district office

Pedernales Electric Cooperative employees and directors as well as members of the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of the new PEC district office in Marble Falls on Wednesday, June 27, with a ribbon cutting.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials had a proverbial “Chamber of Commerce day” Wednesday as they celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Marble Falls district office on US 281.

Fri
29
Jun

Alert officer helps nab GS assault suspect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tollison

A Granite Shoals man is being held in the Burnet County Jail in lieu of $40,000 bond on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a family member.

The charge against Justin Cody Tollison, 26, is a first-degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

According to Granite Shoals Police Department, Animal Control Officer Marcus Sosa spotted a silver Pontiac driving on North Forest Drive at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 27. The passenger door of the vehicle was open and a female was laying on the passenger seat. The vehicle drove off with the door still open.

Sosa contacted GSPD Sgt. Thomas Broyles about his observation and attempted to keep sight of the vehice. He witnesses the vehicle stop and a male and female exited the vehicle and appeared to have a verbal altercation. The two subjects got back into the vehicle and drove off as Sosa lost sight of the car.

Fri
29
Jun

Granite Shoals ponders water rate increases

Granite Shoals Mayor Carl J. Brugger presents Granite Shoals Police Officer John Ortis with a special recognition at the June 26 meeting. Ortis recently was selected by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to receive a Law Enforcement Achievement Award for Public Service.

 

 

 

 

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Water rates may increase soon in Granite Shoals in order to take care of the city's water infrastructure, and it's looking like few options are available.

Also at its June 26 city council meeting, Granite Shoals council members agreed to a bid for the first phase of a road project at Arterial Road

 

Fri
29
Jun

'Robin Hood' taking $7.6 million from MFISD

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Marble Falls Independent School District trustees on June 25 approved the 2018-2019 budget, which includes an overall surplus of $1.5 million with a General Fund deficit of $416,000.

Included in the budget is a sizable chunk of money to be paid to Texas' Chapter 41 Recapture, also known as “Robin Hood.” MFISD is considered a “property-rich” district, while they money gets distributed to districts considered “property poor.”

 

2018-2019 Fiscal Year

The General Fund balance is projected to be approximately $12.3 million by the end of the 2017-2018 fiscal year on June 30.

The 2018-2019 fiscal year begins July 1, and the General Fund balance for the end of the year to be around $11.8 million.

Thu
28
Jun

BPD seeking arsonist who torched police car

Contributed/Burnet Police Department

The Burnet Police Department is currently working with the State Fire Marshal's Office on an arson investigation which involves a marked BPD Patrol unit parked at the police department at 105 S. Rhomberg.

According to a press release sent on Wednesday, June 27, “video surveillance shows a slender suspect starting the fire, using what appears to be some type of accelerant,” at around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. The suspect returns to the unit briefly, then leaves the scene. The fire burns for a few seconds before it self-extinguishes, leaving damage to the rear lift-hatch of the vehicle.

BPD Chief Paul Nelson said their K-9 unit collected samples the morning of Thursday, June 28, which will be sent to the state lab on the same date.

BPD is asking residents in the vicinity of the Police Department to review their home surveillance systems before and after 1 a.m. on June 27, to see if footage of the suspect may be acquired.

Tue
26
Jun

Specs in for CWS treatment plant

By Phil Reynolds
The Highlander •

Cottonwood Shores is looking at two purchases to reduce costs in some areas and to help deal with an expanding population.

Tue
26
Jun

PEC elects three new directors

Contributed
New Pedernales Electric Cooperative directors elected Saturday include, from left, Milton Rister (District 1), Paul Graf (District 6) and Amy Lea SJ Akers (District 7).

Voters in Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s districts 1, 6, and 7 elected directors in this year’s annual election. The results were announced at the conclusion of the cooperative’s June 23 annual meeting.

Tue
26
Jun

Shepperd legacy to be honored

The life and legacy of the late Dr. Joe Shepperd will be honored at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, during a special luncheon at the AgriLife Extension building in Burnet.

The event is a continuation of a series called “Citizens of Note,” sponsored by the Burnet County Historical Commission. For the past two years, the BCHC has honored women in a series of “Women of Note” presentations and luncheons. This year, the commission agreed to include men on the list of honorees, changing the name of the project to “Citizens of Note.”

In 1937, Dr. Shepperd helped establish the first hospital in Burnet County, which preceded what is today Seton Highland Lakes Hospital in Burnet. Shepperd's hospital had one bed and a delivery room.

The following year, Shepperd was elected mayor of Burnet, a post he held until 1953. He would late be elected mayor again in the 1960s.

Tue
26
Jun

¡Soy un Mexicano!

Savanna Gregg/The Highlander

Austin-based country music legend Rick Trevino serenades the crowd with his song “I Am a Mexican” towards the conclusion of his show, which was the second concert of the Burnet Concert Series on Saturday, June 23, at Haley Nelson Park. The final concert of the series will be held Aug. 11 when Pat Green comes to Burnet to perform.

Tue
26
Jun

Highlander wins four Texas Press Association Awards

The Highlander claimed four awards in the annual Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest at Saturday's Texas Press Association summer meeting in Montgomery County near Houston.

Managing Editor Lew K. Cohn, office manager Kim Green and staff member Glynis Crawford Smith won second place in news photography for a team entry of five photographs which showed the staff's ability to cover a diverse group of subjects.

Judges praised the variety of The Highlander's submission, which included a Horseshoe Bay fire, last year's Bertram train derailment, a photo from the Marble Falls rodeo, a photo from a fatal accident last year on Ranch to Market Road 1431 and two youngsters protesting Asphalt Inc.'s proposed rock crushing plant.

Cohn won third place in Editorial Writing for editorials about the need for changes to Texas 71 in the wake of several deadly accidents and praise for the fine arts programs at Marble Falls High School and Marble Falls Middle School.

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