Blanco County




Gov. Greg Abbott declares wildfire threat

Special to The Highlander

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a proclamation certifying that exceptional drought conditions continue to pose a threat of imminent disaster in several counties including Blanco, Burnet and Llano counties due to persistent drought conditions. …


Undeveloped road causes quandary for Burnet County

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

When a public road is dedicated but never built in a subdivision, who has the right to convey title to the land once the roads have been turned over to the county for maintenance?


Blanco County residents voice quarry concerns

Grant Dean, left, listens as Davy Roberts talks about the potential for a rock quarry and crushing operation to move into land off RM 962 and Smith West Ranch Road (County Road 308) in Round Mountain.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

ROUND MOUNTAIN — Blanco County residents voiced concerns Wednesday evening that a rock quarrying operation may move into the heart of this idyllic, tranquil ranchland west of town.

Denver-based Summit Materials, which sells aggregates, has a subsidiary, Austin Materials, located in Central Texas. According to Davy Roberts, a developer who lives nearby, Summit Materials has made an offer on 350 acres of property owned by the family of the late Donald Edgar Smith.

The land in question is located at the corner of Ranch to Market Road 962 and Smith West Ranch Road (Blanco County Road 308) and includes about one mile of frontage along RM 962 and a half-mile frontage along Smith West Ranch Road. It is part of an overall tract of about 1,340 acres the family owns in northern Blanco County.


Read the TCEQ Response to Comments on Asphalt Inc. in their entirety

As a service to our readers, we have loaded the TCEQ Response to Comments regarding Asphalt Inc.'s air quality permit 148112 on our website in its entirety. This is available for free as an e-edition to our readers. This is the official 58-page TCEQ response to public comments made about the air quality permit for the proposed rock crushing plant to be located south of Marble Falls off US 281.

To read the document, go to and click on "TCEQ Response to Comments Asphalt Inc 148112"







Tree of Angels ceremony honors victims of violent crime Saturday

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The Tree of Angels will be displayed in Marble Falls City Hall again this year following a ceremony to be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Each angel represents a friend or loved one who was a victim of violent crime.





By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Tree of Angels commemorating victims of violent crime in the 33rd and 424th Judicial Districts will again be displayed at Marble Falls City Hall and the local ceremony, forgone last year, will return on Saturday, Dec. 2.

The ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. at the Marble Falls Church of Christ, 711 Broadway Street.


Register now for women's health conference Saturday, March 12

Let's talk...Women 2 Women is a women's health conference taking place Saturday, March 12, and organizers are asking for a call in advance to reserve a sandwich lunch to round out visits to the event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The fun, educational meeting with people who provide services for women throughout this area will include subjects such as heart attack in women, vaccines for adults, incontinence and dealing with abuse and introduce the participants to Use It Or Lose It Exercise, healthy eating habits and how to get the most out of 15-minute meetings with their doctors.

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