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Tue
17
Jul

MFAEMS asks GS for increase

In addition to the regular Granite Shoals City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, a town hall meeting will be held for an update on the urban deer project Wednesday night.

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Johnny Campbell, executive director of the Marble Falls Area Emergency Service (MFAEMS) presented a contract proposal to the Granite Shoals City Council during a regular meeting Tuesday, July 10.

Tue
17
Jul

HSB reviewing fiscal year 2019 budget

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Sun
15
Jul

Granite Shoals road project gains elbow room

In addition to its succession of budget sessions and executive session city manager interviews, the City of Granite Shoals has a town hall meeting scheduled for an annual review of the Wildlife Committee Urban Deer Program.

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

When the Granite Shoals City Council last Tuesday night, July 10, it was with options on the table for work, scheduled to begin July 21, on the road bond project.

Thu
12
Jul

Road closures leave area officials feeling sidetracked

Courtesy Austin Western Railroad
The above map shows the short line track operated by Austin Western Railroad, including both the line from Llano to Giddings as well as a branch from Fairland to Marble Falls. Recent rail activity has led to delays and closures of roadways in Burnet County and has had an impact on first responders, local officials said.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Continued closures of Burnet County highways and roads due to railway activity the past several days has left Burnet County officials feeling “sidetracked.”

It has even prompted Burnet County Judge James Oakley to ask Austin Western Railroad officials for a sitdown at the next Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday, July 24, to see what can be done to get the two sides back on the right track.

Meanwhile, Austin Western Railroad officials on Thursday apologized for the delays motorists and first responders experienced and explained what caused them.

Tue
10
Jul

City discusses splash pad use

Phil Reynolds/The Highlander
Cottonwood Shores' splash pad, next door to the community center, awaits activity on a recent Friday afternoon. The city council Thursday agreed to let the pad open five days a week, with any increased water use to be absorbed in the Parks Department budget.

 

 

 

 

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Cottonwood Shores city council members agreed Thursday to let the city’s parks department expand open days for the splash pad by two additional days. The catch is that any additional water use has to be paid for out of the parks and recreation budget.

Tue
10
Jul

Llano County passes resolution opposing plant

Phil Reynolds/The Highlander
Leadoff speaker Fermin Ortiz makes a point in his argument against a rock crushing plant on Sandy Creek. Ortiz spoke during a hearing before Llano County commissioners on a resolution opposing the controversial project. Ortiz especially feared the problems he said would be caused by increased truck traffic.

 

 

 

 

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 50 filled the justice of the peace courtroom at the Llano County Law Enforcement Center Monday, cheering as county commissioners narrowly approved a resolution opposing a rock crushing plant on Sandy Creek.

Tue
10
Jul

2009 Burnet shooting re-enacted

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A 2009 case in which a Burnet County woman allegedly influenced her son to shoot her romantic rival was re-enacted on the Investigation Discovery channel Saturday night.

Fri
06
Jul

MFHS Theatre shines at ITF

Contributed/Jon Clark

Marble Falls High School Theatre Troupe 3701 had its most successful International Thespian Festival (ITF) trip ever as seven students earned superior awards and two were called back to perform in the Main Stage Showcase — a first for MFHS.

 

 

 

 

Marble Falls High School has won its share of acting acclaim under the direction of theatre director Jon Clark, but last month, Troupe 3701 reached new heights at the International Thespian Festival (ITF), held in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Seven MFHS students earned superior ratings at the national level and the duo of Charles McLean and David Cowan became the first team from Marble Falls High School to be called back for a main stage showcase at ITF, held at the University of Nebraska June 25-30.

Thu
05
Jul

Deputies investigating July 4 Lake LBJ drowning

 

 

 

The body of a 38-year-old white male from Austin was recovered Wednesday, July 4, from the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ in Kingsland after the man apparently drowned trying to swim across the lake.

Llano County Sheriff's Chief Deputy John Neff said his department received a 911 call about a missing swimmer at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies responded to the scene and requested assistance from Texas Parks & Wildlife game wardens.

Tue
03
Jul

County budget increase to be offset by new construction

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A preliminary 2018-19 Burnet County general fund budget would see an increase of just under $1.6 million in expenditures, but those expenses would be offset by taxes and revenues generated by new construction within Burnet County, County Auditor Karen Hardin said.

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