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20
Mar

Publisher's statement on COVID-19 coverage

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Publisher Jeff Shabram

The Highlander newspaper office, 304A Highlander Circle, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or call 830-693-4367 to subscribe, offer a news tip or advertise.

 

 

 

 

By Jeff Shabram
Publisher

As we all continue to deal with the fallout and effects of the threat of coronavirus, we realize that our readers need accurate information.

In light of the announcement of the Burnet County "Stay in Place and Stay Safe" emergency order on March 25, 2020, we will continue our operations as an essential service in the provision of news coverage for the community.

Fri
20
Mar

Crisis network launches volunteers over COVID-19 concerns

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Highland Lakes Crisis Network volunteer Pat Hatch and Operations Team leader Rachel Naumann worked to arrange the entity's headquarters on March 18 at 1007 Broadway Avenue in Marble Falls.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Before noon on March 18, 10 requests came into the Highland Lakes Crisis Network office, 1007 Broadway Ave., from elderly residents asking for help obtaining groceries as the coronavirus scare continues to clear store shelves in the community.

“By coincidence one of the people who we deliver (Meals on Wheels) to called in today needing help grocery shopping,” said Ron Munos, a HLCN volunteer, who works with the Meals program as well. “She's afraid to get out. My wife got her list, and if it's not perishable, we'll pick it up this afternoon because we deliver to her anyway.

Tue
17
Mar

Marble Falls ISD requests travel reporting

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Marble Falls Independent School District is seeking voluntary disclosure of high-risk travel as a way to remain informed about the community during the COVID-19 spread.

The district is asking students and staff who travel out of the state or country or have family members visiting from out of the state or country during spring break to complete a travel form by Sunday, March 22. …

Tue
17
Mar

Sales tax allocations up in GShoals and Cottonwood Shores

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Cottonwood Shores saw an increase of 24.6 percent in March 2020, up from $11,792.04 to $14,693.99. For the year, sales tax revenues are up 13.36 percent from $41,112.84 in 2019 to $46,606.41 through the same point this year.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Sales tax allocations for March for Marble Falls were down slightly, but Granite Shoals and Cottonwood Shores each saw large percentage increases, it was announced last week.

Fri
13
Mar

Granite Shoals seats short-term rental committee

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The city of Granite Shoals convened a group of citizens to ensure any changes to its short-term rental ordinances do not create hardships and inconveniences for the community.

At the Tuesday, March 10 regular meeting, council members appointed five residents to a newly-created short-term rental advisory committee to assess current nuisance ordinances and make recommendations. …

Fri
28
Feb

Granite Shoals debates court ruling on residential short-term rentals

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Some lakeside properties on Lake LBJ in Granite Shoals are second homes that may sit vacant for long periods of time. If the city reworks its short-term rental policy, owners could use the homes for vacationers or travelers. One concern opponents have involves the lack of parking on narrow roads such as the one here on Belaire Street.

 

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Despite the protest of several residents, the city of Granite Shoals could alter their prohibition of short-term rentals of private property after an Austin appellate court ruling.

City Attorney Josh Katz presented an amended version of Chapter 40 – Zoning Ordinance to the city council at the Tuesday, Feb. 25 regular meeting. …

Fri
28
Feb

PEC announces base electricity rate reduction

Special to The Highlander

Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s (PEC) Board of Directors approved a rate reduction that will save PEC members over $6 million a year.

The rate decrease, which goes into effect June 1, reflects a reduction in the cost of power from PEC’s primary suppliers, including the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).

Fri
28
Feb

Burnet County clears obstacles en route to new bridge crossing

Contributed/Burnet County
Burnet County has approved an agreement with TxDOT that will allow the county to get preliminary engineering and environmental studies performed for a proposed Wirtz Dam Road crossing just east of the dam, as conceptualized here.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

It took a total of some 14 months, but Burnet County has cleared two more hurdles on the way to a proposed Wirtz Dam Road bridge crossing that would link Ranch to Market Road 1431 with RM 2147.

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Burnet County commissioners approved the final version of an advanced funding agreement, or AFA, between the county and the Texas Department of Transportation that will allow the county to pay — and be reimbursed for — preliminary engineering and environmental studies for the bridge crossing. …

Tue
25
Feb

Sales tax revenue sets record in Marble Falls

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Sales tax allocations for February for Marble Falls shattered a previous all-time record, topping $900,000 for the first-time ever as the county's largest city continues to experience outstanding economic growth.

Fri
21
Feb

Loose pit bull shot following attack on pedestrian

From staff reports

Granite Shoals police will not file charges against a man who shot and killed a pit bull that was in the midst of attacking a woman on a walk near her home, according to the report.

The incident was reported at 2:52 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the 3900 block of Valley View Lane in the city limits. …

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