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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.


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.”


Disaster preparedness starts by identifying risks

Pat Williams Moore is unique in the disaster recovery and business/service resumption industry. She has been a pioneer since 1982 helping to drive the disaster recovery industry beyond the emergency response phase, and data-center-information technology recovery side into the organization-wide/enterprise-wide full recovery and continuity of operations strategic planning and implementation for businesses, institutions and communities. Moore is a Certified Disaster Recovery Professional and a Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute, and FEMA's National Business Person of the Year.

Editor's Note: The following is the first in an ongoing series of columns covering disaster preparedness and disaster recovery topics from Pat Moore, one of the country's leading disaster recovery educators who lives in Marble Falls.

By Pat Moore

Reprinted with permission


Job fair offers employment opportunities

The Burnet Job Fair will take Thursday, Aug. 31, from 4-6 p.m. at the Burnet Community Center, 401 East Jackson Street.

The event is designed to help job seekers locate good jobs, change careers or explore employment options, and to showcase Burnet to employers as a good location to live and work.

Attendees looking for a new job, a better job, or even a new career will have the opportunity to visit with more than 25 participating companies, many of which offer on-the-job training or paid training. Some companies have said they plan to hire on the spot.


The vote not taken

Over the last eight months, I have received more communication from the district about the Speaker of the House than any other topic. Some think he should be replaced; some think he is the only one with any sense. Spending the 140 days of the regular session immersed in the culture and process of the legislature has given me a slightly different perspective on the issue than I had going in, one I feel deserves sharing.

The problem with singling out one member of the legislature, one leadership team, or one Speaker of the House as being the problem is that it assumes that the problem lies with the person and not with the power itself.


Texas battens down as Harvey gathers speed

A National Weather Service map illustrates possible rainfall totals during the Hurricane Harvey event. So far, the chance for Friday night rain has continued to be listed at 30 percent for Burnet County, which can be seen in orange and yellow bands of 1-3 inches, far from the devastation faced by southern neighbors. Nonetheless, the warning is to stay vigilant in case the storm stalls or changes course.

Rather than planning one more pre-school trip to the Gulf Coast, Highland Lakes residents were tracking path of Hurricane Harvey.

The storm was elevated from Tropical Depression status Thursday, Aug. 24, expected to make landfall late Friday in between Corpus Cristi and Matagorda Bay as a Category 3 storm, with winds exceeding 110 mph, according to the National Weather Service (NWS)--the firs of that kind since Hurricane Ike in October of 2005.

It prompted the first Storm Surge Warning ever issued officially by the National Weather Service—one in effect along the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to High Island. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from south of Port Mansfield Texas to the Mouth of the Rio Grande.


Llano County residents upset by jail study, possible 'depopulation'

This story appeared in the Tuesday, Aug. 6, edition of The Highlander. It prompted a letter to the editor on Thursday, Aug. 10, also found here on HighlanderNews.com and to be included in the Friday, Aug. 11, print edition of The Highlander.

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano County commissioners got an earful Monday from county residents who want to keep the county jail open.

Commissioners held a budget workshop but part of that involved a study by Precinct One Commissioner Peter Jones on the feasibility of turning Llano County Jail prisoners over to Burnet County under a contract yet to be written.

Jones emphasized that he hasn’t finished the study. But he said preliminary numbers indicate that the county could save some $170,000 a year by sending inmates to the reginal jail in Burnet.


Texas Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 11-13

Burnet County shoppers can save money on a number of items, including school supplies and school clothes priced below $100, during the annual sales tax holiday, scheduled for this Friday through Saturday, Aug. 11-13, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said.

State law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, which will save shoppers around eight to 8.25 percent ($8 ro $8.25) for every $100 they spend during the weekend.


Burnet County cities stay strong in sales tax growth

Burnet County continues to see strong gains in sales tax rebates, as almost every city has experienced an increase of more than eight percent above last year's rebate revenue, with one exception.

Marble Falls, Burnet, Granite Shoals, Cottonwood Shores and Horseshoe Bay all have seen a significant jump in sales tax allocations as the percentage exceeds that for cities in the state, as Texas cities received $439.8 million in July 2017, or eight percent more revenue than in July 2016, and are up 3.2 percent overall for the year.

Those allocations are based on sales made in May by businesses that report tax monthly, according to Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.


Chi Omega alumnae form Highland Lakes group


Highland Lakes Chi Omega Alumnae met at the home of Jean Anderson in Horseshoe Bay for a lovely dinner and business meeting. Front row are Jeanne Ann Thompson, Cyrilla Ivey, Cathy Heffington, Deb McClintock and Betty Cruikshank. Back row are Judy Bailey, Ann Cissel, Nancy Primeaux, Linda Beth Cain, Billie Gunther, Wanda Kaufmann, Jean Anderson, Donia Bath and Priscilla Caldwell.

Chi Omega Fraternity alumnae in Blanco, Burnet, and Llano counties recently formed a new alumnae group, Highland Lakes Chi Omega Alumnae that meets next tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 3.

The new group will be meeting together on a regular basis for fun and friendship. Their most recent event was held at the home of Jean Anderson in Horseshoe Bay, where everyone enjoyed a wonderful dinner and the lovely view of Lake LBJ from her spacious deck.

Other events have included a pizza dinner and wine tasting at Flat Creek Enoteca in Marble Falls and an organizational luncheon at Francesco's in Marble Falls. The next Chi Omega Alumnae meeting will take place Thursday, Aug. 3, at 5:30 p.m.

If you are a Chi Omega Fraternity alumna living in the area and interested in joining the group, please contact highlandlakeschio@gmail.com. Be sure to include your contact information, address and initiating chapter.


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