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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.

Fri
08
Sep

New patrol vehicles arrive at MFPD

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Sgt. Jimmy Cole, left, and Marble Falls Police Chief Mark N. Whitacre admire one of the new 2017 Ford Explorer Interceptor police vehicles that have been added to the Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD). They allow quick access to equipment compared to previously popular Crown Victoria sedans. Get a closer look on The-Highlander Facebook Page http://bit.ly/1MZW51U

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Before the city council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 5, one of the new patrol vehicles that had arrived at the Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) was capturing the attention of those arriving.

The City of Marble Falls Police Department has taken delivery of four new Ford Explorer Police Interceptors.

The Interceptors, the law enforcement model of an Explorer, replaced older Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor sedans that had logged more than 100,000 miles each. They were purchased through the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) buy board at a substantial discount.

Fri
08
Sep

Identity of stolen car fatality learned

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

With next of kin notified, the identity of the driver who died in the Aug. 31, four-car crash in Marble Falls has been released.

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) has released the identity of the driver who died in the Aug. 31, four-car crash in the 1900 Block of Ranch to Market Road 1431.

Capt. Tom Dillard, who was part of the team investigating the rush hour accident, said Alonso Castaneda Vazquez Jr., 39, of Colorado City was the driver of the 2017 Honda Civic stolen in June in Dallas.

“He rear-ended a truck and, we assume, he didn't want to stay on the scene in a stolen car and did a U-turn into oncoming traffic,” explained Capt. Glenn Hanson, MFPD public information officer.

Fri
01
Sep

Crushing plant plans to be Beautification Project neighbor

Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

According to a notice published in The Highlander Friday, Sept. 1, the southernmost edge of the City of Marble Falls is to be the site of a new rock and concrete crushing plant.

Asphalt, Inc., the company against which the Spicewood Community was unsuccessful in its attempts to block a hot mix plant, has applied for an air permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Citizens have just 30 days to submit comments in the process.

The notice comes just as Central Texas-Gateway to the Hill Country Beautification Project has set Saturday, Sept. 9 as the seeding of the intersection of US 281 and Texas 71. Members of that non-profit organization have been working closely with the new Gregg Ranch development.

Both of them are expressing concern already.

Fri
01
Sep

Victim unidentified in four-car crash Thursday

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Three of four vehicles involved in the fatality crash on Ranch to Market Road 1431 Thursday afternoon remain on the roadway, here, as masses of rush-hour commuters and last-minute gas buyers are turned to alternate routes. The driver of a stolen vehicle turned into oncoming traffic in an attempt to flee the scene of a smaller, rear-end accident.That driver died and someone from each car was injured.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The driver of a car stolen in Dallas died in a four-car crash he caused at 4:39 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, on Ranch to Market Road 1431 in Marble Falls.

Clearing a four-car crash on the major east-west thoroughfare at rush hour led to 15-45-minute traffic jams on every alternate route—all exacerbated by lines of cars at fuel stops responding to rumors of a gas shortage Thursday.

“The 2017 four-door sedan was stolen in June,” said Capt. Glenn Hanson of the Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD). “He rear-ended a truck and, we assume, he didn't want to stay on the scene and did a U-turn into oncoming traffic.

“Four vehicles were involved and someone was injured in each vehicle. One seriously-injured woman was transported to Dell-Seton Hospital, I understand.”

Thu
31
Aug

Officials urge careful choices in hurricane relief

Contributed

Marble Falls Fire Rescue and Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue personnel are depoloyed to Kingwood near Houston Tuesday, Aug. 29. Officials warn well-meaning citizens to take care in rushing to aid storm victims. Coordinated efforts and training mean safety for responders and help where help is needed most.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

While local residents work diligently to do what they can for victims of Hurricane Harvey, officials recommend caution and offer some sound advice.

That includes thinking down the road to arrival.

“After so many calls to offer help, official statements have been issued from Burnet County Judge James Oakley and Marble Falls Mayor John Packer about being effective,” said Burnet County Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Barho. “After Hurricane Katrina, two truckloads of donations had to be thrown away. They were not cleaned or sorted by size and for boys or girls, men or women and they didn't have a clear destination.”

Thu
31
Aug

Type O blood in critical short supply

One blood bank is reaching into the Hill Country will an appeal for Type O blood.

We Are Blood, a provider of blood to Central Texas hospitals, is currently experiencing a critical shortage of O Negative and O Positive blood. With school starting, Labor Day weekend fast approaching, and the potential for severe weather in the area, the critical need for O Negative and Positive blood is anticipated to continue through the next two weeks.

Eligible donors — even those who do not know their blood type — are encouraged to take part in mobile drives or visit one of the three We Are Blood locations:

* AUSTIN NORTH: 4300 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

* ROUND ROCK: 2132 North Mays, Ste. 900, Round Rock.

* AUSTIN SOUTH: 3100 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin.

Tue
29
Aug

Harvey reminds SFJ of Katrina

Contributed

Members of the Smoking for Jesus Ministry celebrate the 12th Anniversary of their exodus from Hurricane Katrina-striken New Orleans. Their prayers went out to Hurricane Harvey victims at the service Sunday, Aug. 20.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

As Hurricane Harvey made landfall between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor Friday, Aug. 25, it was almost 12 years to the day that a whole congregation began its exodus from New Orleans, La. to find a home at last in Burnet County.

“We know what they are facing and we dedicated a portion of the service yesterday to prayer for them,” Claudette Monnet, who shares pastoral duties with her husband Willie L. Monnet, Sr., at Smoking for Jesus Ministry. “We will continue to pray for them.

“We have been checking on people we know and waiting to hear if anyone needs us.”

That is the measure county emergency personnel have been taking.

Mon
28
Aug

HSB hearings on tax rate begin Tuesday, Aug. 29

The City of Horseshoe Bay will hold a first hearing on a proposed tax rate Tuesday, Aug. 29. The second is set for Sept. 5 and adoption is expected at Sept. 18 meeting that will include a hearing on the 2017-2018 budget.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

The City of Horseshoe Bay will hold the first of two public hearings on a proposed 2017 tax rate this Tuesday, Aug. 29, during their regular City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers, 1 Community Drive, Horseshoe Bay.

The Horseshoe Bay City Council is proposing the same tax rate for 2017 as it had in 2016 at 26 cents per $100 valuation. This includes a maintenance and operations (M&O) rate of 22 cents per $100 valuation and an interest and sinking (I&S or debt service) rate of 4 cents per $100 valuation.

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