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Wed
06
Mar

Landowners work to “heal” Sandy Creek after flood

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Hill Country Alliance, Save Sandy Creek members and several other volunteers planted grasses, sedges and trees March 2 along Sandy Creek, just off Texas 71 to mitigate future flood issues.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

An effort to restore Sandy Creek has taken root in Llano County.

About 25 landowners, conservationists and other volunteers attended the Sandy Creek Riparian Restoration Field Day March 2 on private property (County Road 316) adjacent to Sandy Creek to assess land and put so-called revegetation efforts into practice.

“People like myself and other professionals, we really didn't think about rivers. They were just part of the landscape,” said Steve Nelle, a Natural Resource Conservation Service retiree. “We didn't know anything about how to manage them or take care of them.”

Sponsored by Hill Country Alliance, the Bender family welcomed the volunteers to their property to tour the creek shoreline, plant black willow cuttings and sedges as well as broadcast native seed and transplant muhly grasses.

Wed
06
Mar

Pilot, passenger walk away from Granite Shoals plane crash

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Two men, who were on their way to Llano, survived an emergency landing into an empty lot in Granite Shoals. The incident happened about 1:15 Wednesday, March 6 at the intersection of Hilldale and Baker Street, a few blocks from the community's air strip. Police reported the Granite Shoals men in the single-engine aircraft said shortly after take off they heard what seemed to be engine problems. The refused treatment at the scene. Other than the aircraft, there was no damage to nearby property. The FAA will conduct an investigation.

Tue
05
Mar

Baylor Scott & White, Hill Country Memorial hospitals score high

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Baylor Scott & White Marble Falls was awarded five stars in a recent Medicare online rating system.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Two hospitals with connections to Burnet and Llano counties are among the 24 hospitals statewide to have earned the highest quality of care rating possible from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Tue
05
Mar

Crews begin removing flood-related debris pile in Granite Shoals

Burnet County Judge James Oakley/Special to The Highlander
Crews began removing a pile of flood-related debris March 6 located on the grounds of Quarry Park in Granite Shoals. Burnet County contracted with the Austin-based Texas Disposal Systems to do the job for approximately $356,000.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The mountain of 2018 flood debris that has been sitting for four months at a Granite Shoals lot should be gone before spring arrives.

Tue
05
Mar

TXDOT hosts open house on improvements

From staff Reports

The Texas Department of Transportation will host an open house on improvements to Ranch to Market Road 1431 from Ranch to Market Road 1174 to Bar K Ranch Road this Tuesday, March 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lago Vista Middle School Cafeteria, 8039 Bar K Ranch Road, Lago Vista.

The purpose of the open house is to gather public input on the proposed improvements in Burnet and Travis counties. The public is invited to come and go at their convenience and staff will be available to answer questions.

Fri
01
Mar

Burnet County Sheriff's Office commerical vehicle inspection officer targets safer roadways

BCSO Sheriff Calvin Boyd/Special to The Highlander
Burnet County Sheriff's Deputy William Talamantez, a former DPS commercial vehicle enforcement officer, was hired by the county agency to inspect larger commercial vehicles to ensure safety on the roadways.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

In its first fiscal year of operation, the Burnet County Sheriff's Office commercial traffic unit has helped clear the way for safer roadways.

Fri
01
Mar

11-year-old Round Mountain shooter qualifiies for National Olympic Shooting Championship

Contributed/KSra Photography
Eleven-year-old shooter Briley Sralla qualified for the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship in the air rifle event. Sralla, who is from Round Mountain, is the youngest female to qualify.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

Briley Sralla is setting her sights on success after becoming the youngest female shooter to qualify for the 2019 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships earlier this month.

At just 11 years old, Briley of Round Mountain, was selected to participate in the NJOSC in Colorado Springs after her performance at the qualifying event in Fort Worth. Invitations were sent to 607 athletes representing 48 states.

Briley has been using firearms for as long as she can remember, although he just recently started competition.

“When she was five, she asked Santa for a pink .22,” Krissy Sralla, Briley's mother, said. “We knew then she was going to be a shooter.”

Fri
01
Mar

Ropes Challenge Course complete at Phoenix Center future site

Contributed
The ropes challenge course was recently completed at the future site of the Phoenix Center in Horseshoe Bay. The course is designed to provide self-esteem and a sense of achievement for someone trying to overcome a history of trauma or adversity.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

Last month, construction of the ropes challenge course was completed on Phoenix Center’s future site in Horseshoe Bay.

Fri
01
Mar

Bridge crews expand work as Lake LBJ drawdown ends

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Following the refill of Lake LBJ to normal operating levels Feb. 27, the Ranch-to-market 2900 Bridge construction will advance at a quicker pace due to the Texas Department of Transportation contractors ability to utilize additional barges for construction of the span, scheduled to be complete at the end of April.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Contractors with the Texas Department of Transportation have picked up the pace in construction of the Ranch-to-market 2900 Bridge as the Lake LBJ refill was completed on Feb. 27.

The eight-week, 4 ft. drawdown assisted lakeside property owners with construction, maintenance, dredging and repairs in the wake of the October flood event.

“Our barges and cranes need the additional water to operate,” TXDOT's Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy said in a statement.

TXDOT is also partnering with the Lower Colorado River Authority to remove debris and damaged pieces of the bridge, which was swept away in the flood.

Although the lake will be re-opened to boat traffic, recreationists are asked to pay attention to an interim navigation protocol.

Fri
01
Mar

National Weather Service teaches weather spotting with Skywarn

From staff reports

The National Weather Service, Austin/San Antonio forecast office will host a training event to help educate the public on how to decipher and report severe weather events.

Skywarn and FloodAware Seminar will be be presented by NWS and sponsored by the Burnet County Office of Emergency Management.

Topics will include instructions on submitting severe weather reports; how to identify the various weather events as they unfold; the appropriate terminology for specific weather phenomenon; and safety guidelines if caught in the midst of severe weather.

The training program is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office, 607 N. Vanderveer in Burnet. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, go to weather.gov/ewx.

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