Cottonwood Shores


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.


Real culprit caught on set of 'Murder Weapon'

Contributed/Laura Gisi

Rocky Raccoon behind bars at the HCCT. The felonious critter was caught in the act of making a mess in the theatre.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

It was a mystery that bedeviled the cast of the newest Hill Country Community Theatre play, “Murder Weapon.”

What was in the theatre building in Cottonwood Shores that was leaving behind a mess, including overturned coffee cups and tossed trash, as evidence of its existence? Could it be a poltergeist or perhaps something far more sinister?

As it turns out, the culprit was caught after a trap was laid nearly as craftily as the one set for the suspect in the late Brian Clemens' suspenseful thriller, set to debut at the theatre on April 20.
The cast held a character workshop Thursday, March 30, before a cage trap was set out on the stage. At 7:45 a.m., play director Laura Gisi came into the theatre and found the culprit, Rocky Raccoon, wearing his “mask” and finally where he belonged – behind bars.


Playwright critiques, acts with cast of 'Don't Hug Me'

Playwright Phil Olson, center, and the cast and crew of the Hill Country Community Theatre's production of "Don't Hug Me."

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

The laughter and chuckling coming from a seat in the middle of the auditorium was easy to notice on Labor Day evening. Coming from any other audience member would be encouraging enough for the cast of Hill Country Community Theatre's latest offering, the musical comedy “Don't Hug Me.”

That the laughter belonged the man who wrote the book and lyrics to the musical, playwright Phil Olson, seemed to make rehearsal even more electric for the cast and crew.


Cottonwood to honor Naumann Thursday

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander



Citizens may want to make a special effort to attend the meeting of the Cottonwood Shores City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.

The council will be honoring the 2016 Cottonwood Shores Outstanding Citizen, Carlos Naumann.

Naumann was chosen from among four nominees at the July 21 council meeting.


Ceiling collapses at Julie's Cocina

A patron looks at the damage done when the ceiling collapsed at Julie's Cocina in Cottonwood Shores just after 8 p.m. tonight. It is believed that a series of storms may have caused the roof to leak and weaken. The restaurant was shut down for the night for safety precautions.


Boshears, Satsky, Trinidad, Dillard, Morren winners in local elections; Granite Shoals approves sales tax propositions

May 7 election results are in, but the Texas Party Primary Run-off election is May 24. Early voting takes place May 16-20 and you can visit to schedule a text reminder and learn more. Visit to review sample ballots, polling place information and more.

By Lew K. Cohn

The Highlander

Managing Editor

Granite Shoals Police Chief Gary Boshears was elected to Place 1 of the Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees, while Tony Satsky and Cheryl Mott Trinidad won seats on the Cottonwood Shores City Council in today's school board and municipal elections.


LCRA, PEC award grant to Cottonwood Shores for patrol vehicle

The City of Cottonwood Shores will soon have a new police patrol vehicle thanks to a $19,100 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative.

The new patrol vehicle will help the city schedule officers and improve response time to emergency calls.


Early voting starts Monday for city, school elections

Early voting for the May 7 city and school elections begins Monday, April 25 in Burnet and Llano counties. Several different local leadership positions are up for grabs on the ballot.

Voters will decide which of three candidates will get the Place 1 spot on the Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) Board of Trustees. 


CDPP grants giving civic support




Small ceremonies for the presentation of a grants are about to make a big difference in Marble Falls, Granite Shoals, Cottonwood Shores and Llano.


'Dial M for Murder' continues run

By Glynis Crawford Smith
The villainous Captain Lesgate (played by Guy Gober) attacks Margot Wendice (played by Alexandria Randolph) in 'Dial M for Murder.'

The Hill Country Community Theater production of the classic thriller “Dial M for Murder” through March 6.
Frederick Knott’s story of dark betrayal is performed by a cast of seven under the direction of Mike Rademaekers and assistant Holden Fox. Actors include Glen Bird as Tony Wendice, Alexandria Randolph as Margot Wendice, Patrick Lescarbeau as her enamoured defender Max Halliday, Guy Gober as the assassin Captain Lesgate, Randy Hilmer as Chief Inspector Hubbard and Corey Bogue as Officer Thompson.
Performances areThursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:15 p.m.
Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children and students. For reservations call 830-798-8944, visit online at or noon-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the theater box office, 4003 West Ranch to Market Road 2147, Cottonwood Shores.


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