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Fri
31
Jan

Missing boater found in Lake Travis

Contributed/LCRA
The body of a Buda man, reported as a missing boater, was found in the water in Lake Travis near the Grelle Recreation Area (pictured here) in Burnet County.

 

 

 

From staff reports

Texas Parks and Wildlife has identified a missing boater found in Lake Travis Jan. 29 near the Grelle Recreation area.

Dispatchers notified game wardens around 11 a.m. of the report and launched a 24-hour search for the person identified as 53-year-old Tommy Eady of Buda.

The search effort included “multiple boats, side-scan sonar and an unmanned aircraft system, along with a K9 unit.

Tue
28
Jan

Air Evac teaches life-saving skills in Marble Falls

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Burnet County Pct. 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery practiced Jan. 27 the proper method to apply a tourniquet to roads and bridges worker George Tennison during "Stop the Bleeding" instruction at the Marble Falls courthouse annex.

 

 

 

 

Burnet County learns field ER techniques

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

For Pct. 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery something as simple as learning to properly use a tourniquet could be the difference between life and death.

“They're simple to use,” Dockery said. “You can tell they're very effective.”

Mon
27
Jan

Horseshoe Bay will replace FD breathing apparatuses

Contributed/Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue
The community's fire agency participates in periodic training with self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) gear. The agency will soon be able to do so with brand new gear funded by the city.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The city of Horseshoe Bay will purchase new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) for Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue for $107,000 to take care of a critical equipment need in response to a request made earlier this month by Fire Chief Brent Batla.

Batla said the new air bottles and air packs will be paid for using money taken from the capital budget for a new fire rescue boat. The majority of SCBA within the department will be reaching their mandated end-of-life between this fiscal year and next, Batla said. …

Mon
27
Jan

Merchants debate Marble Falls soapbox classic event

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
The 2019 Marble Falls Adult Soapbox Classic featured dozens of entries and thrilled crowds downtown of people during the Arbor Day weekend last year. Organizers say the event attracts tourists and dollars to the economy, but detractors believe some downtown businesses pay too high a price due to street closures and blocked entrances.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Two business owners expressed concerns at Marble Falls City Council Jan. 21 about the annual Adult Soapbox Classic, which they say obstructs potential customer foot traffic and at times forces them to close up shop due to street closures.

The owners of a consignment store and confectioneries shop – both located on Main Street – appeared before the council prior to the body's vote on agenda items approving hotel/motel occupancy tax (HOT) funding for entities including $10,000 in for the derby event. …

Fri
24
Jan

Industry lauds The Highlander with 4 awards

 

 

From staff reports

The Texas Press Association recognized The Highlander for outstanding achievement in several areas during its annual trade show and convention Jan. 16-18 at the 140th TPA Convention & Trade Show held at Moody Gardens Hotel, Convention Center & Spa in Galveston.

Fri
24
Jan

Fire at Briggs rocket site prompts evacuation

Special to The Highlander/Firefly Aerospace
Firefly Aerospace, which has a facility in Burnet County, posted this company photo in 2018 of a “first-stage engine hot fire” which is part of some of the company's routine testing projects.

 

 

 

From staff reports

A test rocket engine fire at the Firefly Aeronautics facility in Briggs resulted in temporary evacuations and closure Jan. 22 of a stretch of a state highway and several Burnet County roads, officials reported.

Initially, Burnet County Sheriff's Office reported just before 6:30 a.m. a “possible explosion” had occurred at the facility. The report led to an evacuation of residents and businesses within one mile radius of the site and shutdown of U.S. 183. Roads were re-opened about three hours later. …

Fri
24
Jan

Horseshoe Bay will save $421K by refunding bonds

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A move by the Horseshoe Bay City Council to issue and sell general obligation refunding bonds will save the city more than $400,000 in interest for the remaining life of the bonds, the city's financial advisor said at Tuesday's regular meeting.

Council members agreed to refund $5.83 million in combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation issued in 2011 and replace them with $5.405 million in general obligation refunding bonds when the original bonds hit their callable date on Feb. 15. …

Fri
24
Jan

Flood impacts Marble Falls preliminary financial summary

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A preliminary financial summary of the city of Marble Falls revealed that the municipality is still feeling the repurcussions of the October 2018 flood, which caused millions of dollars in damage to private and public property including infrastructure.

On Jan. 21, the Marble Falls City Council heard a report from Finance Director Baron Sauls on the 2018-19 preliminary financial summary.

The budget totaled $11,445,187 with a beginning fund balance as of October 2018 of $1,796,701. …

Fri
24
Jan

Marble Falls ISD grows CTE course options

Contributed/MFISD
Floral design has become one of the most popular classes offered at Marble Falls High School. After approval by the board, students, such as Landry Stewart (left) and Avery Charlton, have the option to take advanced floral design as an elective starting next school year.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Marble Falls Independent School District added three new classes to its expanding catalog of Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses aimed at preparing students for the workforce or continuing education.

In December and January, the board of trustees approved the addition of a general employability skills class and an advanced floral design class. The courses will be offered to students starting in the 2020-21 school year. …

Fri
24
Jan

Flooding irks Marble Falls First United Methodist Church flock

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Officials with Marble Falls First United Methodist Church, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive, told council members Jan. 21 that drainage issues have worsened with increased development. Pictured here is one of the church's lots a day after the meeting.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

First United Methodist Church spokesman Keith Russell explained to Marble Falls City Council members Jan. 21 how his congregants would prefer not to walk on so much water.

“It's a drainage concern. We have a lot of elderly people,” Russell said. “Our parking lot just becomes a flood zone.” …

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