Burnet County


Traffic congestion on US 281 needs to be addressed


The Highlander

Managing Editor

I listened with interest to the presentation last week on the City of Marble Falls' comprehensive plan, which has been updated through the work of Halff Associates along with the City Council, Economic Development Committee and a Comprehensive Plan Action Committee (CPAC).

One of the more interesting topics which came up as Robert Halff presented the plan was traffic and transportation through Marble Falls, especially on the U.S. Highway 281 corridor. I was especially encouraged when I heard discussion about the possible development of alternate routes to US 281.


Sunday weather alert issued

A National Weather Service Flash Flood Watch continues for most of South Central Texas from 10 a.m. Sunday to 10 a.m. Tuesday.
All of South Central Texas is included, with the heaviest rainfall expected primarily along and east of U.S. 281 and along and north of Interstate 10. This still includes both the San Antonio and Austin metro areas.
Over the next 48 hours and widespread, 3-6 inches of rain are expected over most of South Central Texas with isolated amounts of 8-12 inches mainly east of U.S. 281 and north of Interstate 10. 
Flash floods and river flooding remain the primary concern. Rising levels on rivers, creeks, and streams and increasing soil moisture levels will continue to increase this threat over the 48 hour period ending Tuesday morning.

Latest weather alert reported

This map accompanied the National Weather Service alert issued Saturday, April 16.

The National Weather Service on Saturday, April 16, issued the alert for a slow-moving storm system with the threat of locally heavy rainfall across South Central Texas Sunday afternoon through Tuesday morning.
All of South Central Texas, with the heaviest rainfall expected primarily along and east of a Fredericksburg to Pearsall line, including both the San Antonio and Austin metro areas.
Rainfall with 48-hour hour totals during that time span in a widespread could be 3-6 inches with isolated 7-10 inch totals possible for areas east-northeast of a Fredericksburg to Pearsall line. Lesser amounts of 1-3 inches are expected elsewhere.
Flashflood and river flooding are the primary concern. Although it will be secondary to the heavy rainfall and flash flooding threat, isolated damaging winds and isolated brief tornadoes will be possible. The threat for large hail is low.

Matching helps leverage donations to Phoenix Center

By Lew K. Cohn

The Highlander

Managing Editor


Residents of Burnet County who contribute to The Phoenix Center during its current capital campaign could see their gift leveraged into an even larger amount, thanks to two separate matching pledges by supporters of the Marble Falls-based center.

Marble Falls resident Robert Ruff has pledged to match, dollar for dollar, donations made to the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization through Jan. 10, 2017, up to a maximum amount matched of $300,000. This includes contributions received through charitable organizations.


Rabies alert issued in Granite Shoals

By Glynis Crawford Smith
The Highlander
A dead bat found in Granite Shoals has been confirmed as infected with rabies and residents are being urged to report any others found in the area.
Granite Shoals Animal Control retrieved the dead bat from a local residence on April 5. The bat was submitted for rabies testing to the Department of State Health Services and has been found to be positive for the disease. It was one of four reported this year in Burnet County, TDSHS reported.
“We ask that any person that comes in contact with a bat, dead or alive please contact Granite Shoals Police Department immediately,” said Officer Ginnie Kirkpatrick. “Please remember to not touch any bat for any reason at any time. We also ask that you make sure that your animals stay current on their vaccinations at all times.” 

Take Wildlife Hunter Safety course Saturday at Inks Lake State Park

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Hunter Safety Course will be offered at Inks Lake State Park on Saturday April 16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Any one born after Sept. 2, 1971, who is older than age 9 and wants to hunt alone in Texas, is required to complete the course.

Hunter Safety is not required to buy a hunting license, but it is required for an individual to hunt alone. Without the course, the young hunter must be accompanied within earshot by a person who is at least 17, who is licensed to hunt in Texas and who has passed hunter education or is exempt (born before Sept. 2, 1971).


Monarchs and more spring nature programs set

A male Monarch butterfly pauses to dine on spring phlox. Migration and habitat preservation will be topics of at least three upcoming area programs.

Area wildlife and gardening organizations are lining up spring programs and high on the list of topics is the Monarch butterfly.
On April 10 from 2-5 p.m., Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge (FBCNWR), a Feed the Monarchs program will be presented by Sondra Fox. Her free family program will provide hand-on instruction for planing a butterfly garden, making a wildflower seed ball to plant and a hike to search for Monarch eggs, butterflies and caterpillars in fields of native milkweed and to plant seeds in the new butterfly meadow at the refuge.
Balcones Canyonlands is a national wildlife refuge east of Marble Falls at 24518 Ranch to Market Road 1431. For more information call 512-339.9432.

Cohn named Highland Lakes Newspapers managing editor

Lew Cohn, left, is welcomed as the new managing editor by Frank Shubert, publisher of Highland Lakes Newspapers.

Highland Lakes Publishing, LP publisher, Frank Shubert, announced this week that Lew K. Cohn would take the reigns as managing editor of the Marble Falls Highlander and the Burnet Bulletin.

Cohn, 45, is an award-winning former editor and publisher of several newspapers in Texas with more than 23 years experience in community journalism.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Lew as the managing editor of our publications in the Highland Lakes,” said Shubert. “These communities, which we are privileged to serve, will benefit greatly from Lew’s comprehensive experience as a journalist and director of our editorial and digital products.”


County job rebound ahead of state's

Here's how Burnet County fell in the lineup of an eight-county region of adjoining counties in a chart from the Texas Workforce Commission statistics online at www.texasworkforce.org..



Burnet County's job market is healthier than it was a year ago, according to a Texas Workforce Commission report that shows the local unemployment rate dropping from 4.0 percent in January 2015 to an improved 3.5 percent for the same month this year.


Celebrate Easter beginning today

Photo by Frank Shubert/The Highlander
'Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.'
~John 1:29
Easter services and hunts for Easter eggs one of the earliest Christian celebrations of Eastertide are found in the list here.

Easter events are here and we have compiled a list of some happenings in the area still to come in the way of Easter services and hunts for Easter eggs, one of the earliest Christian celebrations of Eastertide:



Easter Egg Hunts



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