Granite Shoals news

Fri
14
Oct

Davant named to Granite Shoals City Council, Nations to Rinehart Award

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Granite Shoals City Secretary Elaine Simpson, right, administers the oath of office to Jim Davant, selected to fulfill the unexpired term of Eric Tanner in Place 3 on the Council. That seat was incorrectly identified as Place 6 in the Oct. 14 edition of The Highlander.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

James D. “Jim” Davant has succeeded Eric Tanner on Place 3 of the Granite Shoals City Council and former council member Merilyn Nations has been chosen for the 2017 John Rinehart Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Davant was one of four candidates who interviewed in open session of the Council on Oct. 10, to the pleasure of the council, before their choice was made by ballot.

“If we hadn't settled on a procedure, I might recommend we throw a dart at a list,” said Mayor Pro Tem Tom Dillard, referring to the interviews with Davant, Will Skinner, Arturo Rubio and Terry G. Scott.

Fri
14
Oct

Officer's act of kindness leads to burglary suspect's arrest

Xavier Haynes

By Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers

A Granite Shoals man suspected in an aggravated burglary in Louisiana was taken into custody by a Marble Falls Police officer during an act of kindness this week.

Xavier Tyler Haynes, 18, was arrested on Monday, Oct. 10, after a police officer spotted him walking down the road.

“He was walking in a traffic lane down (Ranch to Market Road) 1431,” said Marble Falls Police Capt. Glen Hanson, when the young man was spotted by Marble Falls Police.

“The officer offered to give him a ride, and asked him where he was going. He said he was on his way to Granite Shoals,” Hanson said.

During the trip, the officer checked Haynes' identification and dispatch reported the young man was wanted by the State of Louisiana on felony charge of aggravated burglary.

According to the Burnet County Jail database the charge was issued following an incident in that state on May 22.

Fri
14
Oct

Granite Shoals clean up offers shredding Saturday

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

Granite Shoals residents will find a special feature at the Fall Citywide Clean Up Saturday, Oct. 15.

“We will have a Shred Mobile unit to shred old documents for free,” said City Manager Ken Nickel.

“Shredding documents and even old mail can help fight identity theft,” explained City Secretary Elaine Simpson. “Please remove any binders, notebooks or large fasteners from the material you wish to have shredded.”

The clean up event will take place from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, but the shredding will close down at 11 a.m.

Citywide clean up is conducted twice a year in Granite Shoals through a monthly utility fee and a grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Fri
14
Oct

Granite Shoals honors Alyssa Flores as Make-A-Wish recipient takes spotlight

Contributed

Singer/actress Selena Gomez welcomes Alyssa Flores of Granite Shoals to her June concert in Austin. Meeting the star was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Friends for Wishes in honor of Alyssa's fight against leukemia.

Glynis Crawford Smith

The HIghlander

One of Granite Shoals youngest citizens was honored as “a champion in fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)” by the Granite Shoals City Council Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Seven-year-old Alyssa Flores accepted the fanfare with the poise of any celebrity. After all, she already had spent an evening with Selena Gomez.

Alyssa is the first local child to have been granted a dream come true by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That wish was to meet the actress and singer, whose hits include “Love You Like A Love Song” and “Come and Get It.”

“She was going to choose a swim with dolphins,” said Kathrin Brewer, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Austin. “But they were driving past the Long Center in Austin and saw that Selena Gomez was playing. She said she absolutely wanted that more than anything.”

Tue
13
Sep

Wirtz Dam Bridge: CAMPO consults public

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER

County officials fill Marble Falls City Council chambers Friday, Sept. 9, to learn about the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) project to gather public input on the possibility of a bridge below Wirtz Dam to connect Ranch to Market Roads 1431 and 2147. On the wall at the back of the room a projected land use map that is part of the Marble Falls Comprehensive Plan already already marks the bridge site.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The possibility of a Colorado River bridge below Wirtz Dam clearly is gathering a head of steam and John Q. Citizen is about to weigh in on the project.

In a meeting conducted by the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Friday, Sept. 9, in Marble Falls City Council chambers, Burnet County governmental leaders and first responders were enthusiastic. Now, CAMPO is beginning a campaign to inform the public and gather opinions from residents, owners of property and businesses and from lake users.

A bridge below Wirtz Dam to connect north-south traffic between Ranch to Market Roads (RM) 1431 and 2147 has been a long-held priority of County Judge James Oakley.

Fri
12
Aug

Granite Shoals considers small tax rate increase

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Granite Shoals City Council on Tuesday night, Aug. 9, heard a review of a staff proposed budget and agreed to publish a tax rate they would not exceed: $0.5572 per $100 valuation.

That rate represents a sliver of an increase over the 2015 rate of $0.5207, just about three and a half cents per $100 valuation. But it falls below the rollback rate but above the effective rate, bringing in this year's ad valorem tax revenue to $2.4 million.

The hard decisions on a staff proposed budget of $6.76 million will be on the table at a budget workshop Monday, Aug. 15.

Development slowed in Granite Shoals last year over the previous six percent hike in property valuation. The 2.9 percent increase in valuation would add only $56,000 to revenue if the full 55.72 cents per $100 were instituted.

Tue
12
Jul

Manzano Olympic trial lost in final push

MARK GOODSON/THE HIGHLANDER SPORTS EDITOR
Leo Manzano, a graduate of Marble Falls High School and The University of Texas, leads a run with fans on the Leonel Manzano Hike, Bike & Run Trail at the Granite Shoals 50th Year Bash in April. The silver-medal Olympian was seconds short of qualifying for a third Olympics in final trials Sunday.

BY MARK GOODSON

HIGHLANDER SPORTS EDITOR

Leo Manzano’s bid for his third straight Olympics in the 1,500 meters ended Sunday in Eugene, Oregon.

With 100 meters to go, Manzano went for his patented kick but just as he got shoulder-to-shoulder with Ben Blakenship for third place Manzano was not able to keep up with Blakenship’s extra effort. Manzano finished in fourth place with a time of 3:36.62 in the Olympic Trails.

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