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Fri
16
Mar

Meadowlakes withdrawal leaves two local elections

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The City of Meadowlakes has joined the ranks of cities that will not have to hold an election, leaving only Granite Shoals and Bertram with May 5 balloting.

Mike Scott, who had announced he would run against incumbent Mike Barry, withdrawn from the race last week.

Since James Woods had stepped out when Mary Ann Raesener announced her intention to run again, the council make up is settled. Incumbents Reasener, Barry and Jerry Drummond will continue to serve.

Granite Shoals

In Granite Shoals, The Highlander will sponsor a forum for candidates in the two contested races.

The forum will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at the fire hall, 8410 West Ranch to Market Road 1431.

The withdrawal Feb. 22 of Michael Steenbergen from the race for Place 4 on the city council has left Terry Scott and Ryan Wolters to the contest.

Fri
16
Mar

Firefighters storm old H-E-B building

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By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Demolition of the old Marble Falls H-E-B Store began Wednesday, March 14, but before it went under the wrecking ball, the landmark store since 1966 provided one more service to its community.

It was stormed Monday by 34 local firefighters in practice drills seldom available anywhere.

“I have been in this business 32 years and have never had an opportunity like this,” said Marble Falls Fire Rescue Chief Russell Sander. “It is not just every day firemen can see a sprinkler system activated in a building over 75,000 square feet, perform forcible entry into locked or damaged roll-up doors or breach cinder block walls on an actual building.”

Fri
16
Mar

Firefighters create MFHS 'defensible space'

Richard Zowie/The Highlander

No, Dan Kramer of the Marble Falls Area Fire Department isn’t buying a Christmas tree. Instead, he’s worked with other area firefighters March 14 to create a “defensible space” behind the Marble Falls High School Auditorium. Such spaces are designed to reduce the likelihood of a wildfire spreading to areas where the spaces are maintained. This includes the high school and area residences.

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Anyone driving on the road behind the Marble Falls High School Auditorium on March 14 might have mistaken Dan Kramer, of the Marble Falls Area Fire Department, for an eager shopper trying to get ahead for the 2018 Christmas Tree season.

Working with several men with power tools and other devices used for trimming brush and shrubbery, Kramer carried a freshly-cut tall green shrub towards the road.

But instead of strapping it to the top of a vehicle or into a truck bed and taking it home to decorate, Kramer took the shrub to a wood chipper.

Soon, machine reduced the dark green shrub into mulch.

Kramer and the rest of those with him, including members of the Marble Falls Fire and Rescue, were creating a “defensible space” at the high school that will help protect the school from any future wild fires.

Fri
16
Mar

Granite Shoals senior program snowballs

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The idea of a Granite Shoals Senior Citizens Program has been snowballing after Fran Rubin called a meeting that has led to a group of two dozen people interested in Tuesday games and programs at the city community center. Rubin reported progress to the March 13 meeting of the city council.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Anyone interested in joining the Granite Shoals Senior Citizens Program is invited to a meet-and-greet event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20.

It will take place at the Granite Shoals Community Center, 1208 North Phillips Ranch Road.

Seniors age 55 and older are invited to share morning coffee and pastries and bring a brown bag lunch to stay for four hours or drop in any time.

There will be games of your own choosing, door prizes and a chance to weigh in on future weekly events or add to a fledgling lending library.

Although the program is not officially operated by the city, the moving forces behind its organization have been Fran Rubin of the Parks Committee and her husband Richard of the Street and Water Advisory Group.

Fri
16
Mar

Granite Shoals hires Townsend as interim CM

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Marvin Townsend, hired Tuesday night, March 13, by the Granite Shoals City Council to serve as interim city manager, discusses changes in the city since his last service in that post in 2013. At left is a diagram of courts proposed for the new Quarry Park Outdoor Recreation Center, a project he will have to pick up immediately on Monday when he reports for duty.

 

Granite Shoals hires Townsend as interim CM

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Clearly feeling the pressure of impending projects and reassured by previous service, the Granite Shoals City Council on Tuesday, March 13, unanimously voted to hire Marvin Townsend to serve as interim city manager.

The city is about to embark on its $3 million road project and funds should be available next week to begin the three-phase restoration of Phillips Ranch Road, Prairie Creek Road and Valley View Lane. Council approval was given also on Tuesday night to a three-phase approach to converting granite mining buildings into an outdoor sports complex under its $500,000 Texas Parks & Recreation Department (TPWD) grant.

Thu
08
Mar

LPD indictments returned in February

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A Llano County grand jury has issued additional indictments against the Llano with a police chief and a former officer in connection with a May 2, 1027, arrest of a Llano man.

Llano Police Chief Kevin Ratliff and former officer Grant Harden both were charged Monday, Feb. 26 with a count of official oppression by trespass, a count of official oppression by false arrest and a count of tampering with a government document. Both men turned themselves in to the Llano County Jail for booking and since have been released on bond.

Official oppression is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a jail term up up to one year and/or a fine, not to exceed $4,000. Tampering with a government document is a state jail felony, punishable by 180 days-two years in a state jail facility and/or a fine up to $10,000.

Wed
07
Mar

Dollar: LakeFest cancellation a budget matter, only

Photo by Frank Shubert/The Highlander

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

When the announcement came that contract negotiations for LakeFest 2018 had fallen through, speculation was rampant.

The announcements from the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber and the City of Marble Falls were straightforward: “It boiled down to being a business decision.”

That didn't stop people wondering if it boiled down to city parks and recreation construction and related boat ramp changes or the development of the hotel conference center.

For an answer, we turned to Ken Dollar of Meadowlakes, the face of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Races from 2009 until the first of 2018.

“Development never came into the picture,” he said. “I want to get that across.”

“It was a simple thing,” he continued. “Last year the Lucas corporation people decided it was time to take a look and restructure, not just drag boats, but all their motor sports series; and they own several.

Wed
07
Mar

Granite Shoals affirms bond sale

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Granite Shoals City Council will meet in a special session Wednesday, March 7, to make arrangements for administration of the city without city manager Ken Nickel.

Since Nickel resigned verbally during the council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27, no advance preparation had been made signatories or a search process for an interim, or new, city manager. That work will take place Wednesday and until then assistant city manager Peggy Smith will serve as interim CM.

The council did take action last Tuesday on two major projects Nickel has shepherded forward for the city—road improvement bonds and annexation.

The issuance of the $3 million in road bonds was approved by ordinance. The money, approved by voters in November 2016 and again in November 2017, should be available on March 21.

Wed
07
Mar

Chamber honors Whitmans, Taylor

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Raymond and Tammy Whitman of Whitman Insurance and Service Title Company in Marble Falls, left, receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 59th Annual Awards Banquet of the Marble Falls Lake/LBJ Chamber of Commerce on Saturday night, Feb. 24. They are joined by the chamber's executive director Patti Zinsmeyer, right, and their daughter, Kaitlynn Whitman Williams, who had the pleasure of presenting the award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Community leaders let their hair down for the 59th Annual Awards Banquet, themed “Get Down, Turn Around, Go to Town, Brew Scootin' Boogie!”

The event was a sell out and the Cadillac Dance Hall delivered with the music of Eddie Shell and the Not Guilties and their lead singer Bode Barker.

But the casual atmosphere and a banquet of barbecue did not diminish the pride the chamber took in recognizing the contributions of award winners, including Outstanding Citizen Guy Taylor and Lifetime Achievement Award winners Raymond and Tammy Cochran Whitman.

The Excellence in Public Service Award was presented to the Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center of Marble Falls and Kingsland. Clay Cauble was named Innovator of the Year and Jeff Bingham, Ambassador of the Year.

Tue
06
Mar

Stephens, Beierle in runoff for Precinct 2 commissioner; Hurst, Sellers in JP runoff

There will be May 22 runoffs in the two contested races in the Burnet County Republican County primary after final but unofficial results were announced Tuesday night.

In the Precinct 2 Commissioner race, Tom Stephens and Damon Beierle have advanced to a runoff election. Stephens had a plurality of votes with 703, or 45.21 percent, while Beierle had 616 votes, or 39.61 percent. Ryan Rowney received 236 votes, or 15.18 percent.

In the Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace race, Jane Marie Hurst led the votegetters with 401 votes, or 39.74 percent, while Jeff Sellers had 365, or 36.17 percent. Carey Headrick had 243 votes, or 24.08 percent.

There are still 30 provisional ballots and one overseas ballot which has not been received so far, according to Elections Administrator Doug Ferguson.

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