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Fri
15
Sep

Stakeholders come together to oppose rock crushing plant

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Baylor Scott & White Hill Country Region president Tim Ols, left, speaks about the impact a proposed rock crushing plant would have on the hospital campus in Marble Falls as state Rep. Terry Wilson, Precinct 4 County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery and Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan listen Friday during a meeting at the BSW Specialty Clinic training room. Stakeholders from a wide spectrum of interests came together in opposition of the proposed Asphalt Inc. rock crushing plant, which has an air quality permit before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Homeowners, ranchers, government officials, hospital leaders and concerned citizens met together Friday at Baylor Scott & White Speciality Clinic with one common goal in mind — opposing the construction of a new rock crushing plant south of Marble Falls.

Asphalt Inc. applied for an air permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to operate a new rock and concrete crushing plant with an entrance 90 feet west of US 281 and approximately 2.6 miles south of the intersection of Texas 71 near Flat Rock Road, which is Burnet County Road 403.

Tue
12
Sep

Driver indicted in July 4th pedestrian death

A Cottonwood Shores man accused of striking and killing a pedestrian with his truck at Lakeside Park after the Fourth of July fireworks has been indicted on second-degree charges of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle as well as manslaughter and accident involving death.

Thomas Joseph Pfeifer Jr., 33, was indicted by a Burnet County grand jury on Wednesday, Sept. 5, and was taken into custody on Sunday, Sept. 10. He is set to be arraigned before Judge Allan Garrett at 9 a.m. Oct. 27. Pfeifer has hired local defense attorney Eddie Shell to represent him.

Tue
12
Sep

Granite Shoals finalizes tax rate, budget

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

The Granite Shoals City Council was unanimous in approval of the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 tax rate and budget in a brief meeting on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Finance Director Wendy Gholsen led council members through requisite vote to ratify the increase the new tax rate represents before moving on to the ordinance to adopt it.

The new rate approved is $0.56313 per $100 valuation, divided into a maintenance and operation fund (M&O) rate of $0.34828 per $100 and interest and sinking fund (I&S) of $0.21485 per $100. The rate last year was $0.54720 per $100 valuation.

Tue
12
Sep

MFISD students remember Harvey isn't over for victims

Contributed

Staff of the Bay City Independent School District (BCISD) keep up students' spirits following flood. High and dry in the Hill Country, Marble Falls High School has adopted those Matagorda County schools to help with recovery.

The Marble Falls High School Student Council and National Honor Society students have adopted families attending schools in Bay City Independent School District (ISD), following news that many of Bay City ISD’s families lost their homes following a mandatory evacuation order during the Harvey flooding and devastation this week.

Tue
12
Sep

DPS: If you see something, say something

In a counterpoint to remembrance observances yesterday, Sept. 11, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw issued a statement regarding vigilance to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

“On this day 16 years ago, terrorists launched cowardly attacks against our nation on Sept. 11, 2001. Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives as a result of the attack, including valiant first responders. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten. The families and friends of those who lost loved ones remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Tue
12
Sep

Rememberances of 9/11 echo across Highland Lakes

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Texas House Dist. 20 Rep. Terry Wilson reminds guests at the annual 9/11 Day of Remembrance that remembering the fallen does not mean a never-ending mourning but, rather, building a better future on their memory.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Ceremonies were solemn for First Responder Recognition Day Monday, Sept. 11, when Highland Lakes residents took time to remember those who fell while responding to the attack on the World Trade Center and their fellows who continue today to respond to emergencies.

At the Sandy Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, a bell cast from remains of the Twin Towers was toned at 9:46 a.m.

The bell was donated by a supporter of the SHVFD whose cousin, a New York firefighter, lost is life in the towers' collapse.

"As first responders, our volunteers want to recognize the many sacrifices made by emergency personnel and so many others on this tragic day," said Douglas Hindelang of the department.

Sun
10
Sep

PEC op center 65 percent complete

Contributed/PEC

An aerial view of the new $17 million PEC Northwest Operations Center in Marble Falls shows work completed since the groundbreaking in March 2016.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Construction on the Pedernales Electric Cooperative's new Northwest Operations Center in Marble Falls is about 65 percent complete, and barring any major delays, should be ready to move in by late January, PEC officials said Thursday.

Sun
10
Sep

Traveling exhibits helps locals 'Remember Our Fallen'

Frank Shubert, Publisher/Highland Lakes Newspapers

Marble Falls first responders escort the 'Remember Our Fallen' exhibit to Lakeside Pavilion where it will be on display throughout the day of of events recognizing the 16th Anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York. The dedication of a First Responders Park at 10 a.m. in Meadolakes begins the day, followed by the 'Day of Rememberance' ceremonies at noon, also at Lakeside Pavilion. The program to honor all Burnet County's finest is hosted by Marble Falls Rotarians and exhibit sponsors Clements-Wilcox Funeral home and the Texas Funeral Directors Association. Hours are 1-5 p.m.Sunday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County residents are invited to “Remember Our Fallen” at a traveling exhibit on display at Lakeside Pavilion through Monday, Sept. 11.

The Texas-specific version of the “Remember Our Fallen” memorial, created by non-profit Patriotic Productions in conjunction with Bellevue University, is being brought to Marble Falls by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home and the Texas Funeral Directors Association.

The exhibit arrived in town Thursday, Sept. 7, with an escort from local first responders from the intersection of US 281 and Texas 71 south of town to Lakeside Pavilion. It will open  for viewing through the local recognitions of the 16th  anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.

Fri
08
Sep

Burnet County property values climb

As cities finalize new tax rates, the Burnet Central Appraisal District (CAD) is already begun 2018 field work.

However, Chief Appraiser Stan Hemphill is bringing city councils up to date on the work of the CAD and, when he spoke Tuesday, Sept. 5, to the Marble Falls City Council, he confirmed what anyone driving down city streets and county roads can see.

“A lot of building has been going on in the county,” said Hemphill, whose office regularly receives notice of building permits from cities and the county. “New construction for 2017 has been $150 million county-wide.

“There are a lot of new subdivisions (and) Marble Falls has already exceeded the ownership changes it had last year. Mustang Ridge in Marble Falls, for example, is mostly sold out and most of the lots have changed hands.”

Fri
08
Sep

$41 million budget approved in Marble Falls

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

In a series of unanimous votes, the Marble Falls City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 5, approved ordinances adopting the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 tax rate and budget and amendments to the Master Fee Schedule and the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation budget.

The total tax rate of of .6340 or 63.4 cents per $100 valuation, is comprised of .3982 for the Interest and Sinking Fund (I&S) and .2358 for maintenance and operation (M&O). The total is 1.43 cents per $100 valuation lower than the previous year and the percentage devoted to maintenance and operation, slightly greater.

“This $41 million budget has been a five month process for the staff,” said Finance Manager Margie Cardenas. “And it represents your work at the July 2013 workshop.

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