Granite Shoals Texas news

Tue
18
Jul

Brown appointed Baptist World Alliance general secretary

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Family is important to former Burnet Countian Elijah Brown, recently appointed to the post of general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance. He and his wife Amy have three children, from left, daughters Keziah and Sahara, and oldest son Hudson.

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

In his childhood, Elijah Brown lived in Buchanan Dam and Granite Shoals before attending Marble Falls schools. When his father became pastor of First Baptist Church in Bertram, Brown finished his high school education at Burnet High School, where he graduated in 1999.

It was a joy to grow up in this area,” said Brown, who currently serves in Washington D.C. as the executive vice president of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, which focuses on international religious freedom.

On July 7, the Baptist World Alliance’s general council at a meeting in Bangkok elected him to serve as the next general secretary.

Mon
17
Jul

Become a city volunteer or honor your favorite

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The Annual Outstanding Citizen Award is presented in 2016 by city council member Stephen Sherry, left, to an ever-cheerful Carlos Naumann. Wednesday deadline for the next CWS Citizen of the Year Award, to be presented Aug. 3.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Volunteers are a big focus in cities this summer.

In Cottonwood Shores and Granite Shoals nominations are sought for outstanding citizens and cities are about to appoint new members to committees, boards, commissions and advisory groups.

Wednesday, July 19, is the deadline for nominations for the Outstanding Citizen of the Year in Cottonwood Shores to be presented at the Aug. 3 meeting of the city council. Carlos Naumann was honored last year for continued efforts to keep the city beautiful.

Nominations for 2017, with an explanation of why the citizen is being nominated, are to be submitted to City Administrator Sheila Moore at city hall, 3808 Cottonwood Drive, or by email, city.admin@cottonwoodshores.org. For more information, call Moore at 830-693-3830.

Fri
14
Jul

Granite Shoals plans block parties to 'Know Your Neighbor'

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Alan Williams, owner of the Marble Falls Chick-fil-A franchise, descirbes the Know Your Neighbor program for the Granite Shoals City Council Tuesday, July 11. Jim Hendee, not pictured, manager of Lowe's was also present to add a Turquoise Table feature to the program being backed by Granite Shoals Faith Alliance. Viewed on screens in council chambers was a video about Know Your Neighbor as it began in Westlake and Rollingwood neighborhoods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A presentation by the Granite Shoals Faith Alliance and discussion of a new social media initiative aimed at drawing neighborhoods together captured the interest of the Granite Shoals City Council Tuesday, July 11.

“We at the Alliance have been working for the past two years to bring our city together,” said Ray Keesler of Abundant Heart Ministries. “This is a way to bring neighbors together block by block.

“We were delighted when Alan Williams of Chick-fil-A came along and offered a simple, fun way with the Know Your Neighbor program.”

Alliance members Jackie English of Christ Redeemer Church and Mike Mitchell of Granite Fellowship Church were also at the meeting where they made it clear they were supporting the new program, not an a church program, but as willing workers to bring the program together.

Fri
14
Jul

All is well after Camp Champions fire call

All is well at Camp Champions in Highland Haven, following a fire in counselor housing on the campus.

About 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, staff housed in an area apart from campers put in a call to Granite Shoals Fire Rescue, housed in a station just two miles from the camp. Within a half hour the fire was contained by units from Granite Shoals, Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) and Hoover Valley VFD.

One staff member required two stitches for a cut finger but, otherwise, there were no injuries, according to Susie Baskin, camp co-owner.

"Personal items were lost, but things can be replaced," said Baskin. "We were extremely blessed."

"The fire was apart from campers," said Baskin. "We notified parents immediately, but the campers heading home from this session still don't know it happened," said Baskin. "Later in the day Tuesday, everyone was back and work."

Wed
05
Jul

Urban Deer Town Hall reviews archer program

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Deer along Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals seldom look both ways before crossing. Auto accidents, garden and landscape demolition, stockyard waste conditions and health of the animals are at issue all over the Highland Lakes and Hill Country. See photos from the event and 'Like' us on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2uLp41C

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Almost every small community in the Highland Lakes is struggling with an invasion of deer and Granite Shoals residents gathered Saturday, June 27, to hear about the their city's effort—the only archer program certified in the state by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD).

About 65 citizens came to the Town Hall Meeting on Urban Deer, where the city's Wildlife Advisory Committee (WAC) reported on the first year of the pilot program. The committee had been formed in March 2014 on the recommendation of TPWD experts on urban deer who had urged two essential elements in reducing urban deer—community education and a “no deer feeding” ordinance.

If this meeting was any indication, the education effort has begun work.

Tue
13
Jun

Granite Shoals man jailed on 16 counts of alleged sexual assault

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By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A Granite Shoals man was arrested Monday, June 12, on 16 counts of Sexual Assault of a Child, all alleged to have been committed against a single victim.

Offenses cited in the arrest of Jackie Lee Lett, 47, are alleged to have taken place from January through May this year.

Earlier this week, officers from the Granite Shoals Police Department (GSPD) received notice from the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) regarding the allegations of sexual assault that occurred at a residence in the city, according to a statement released by GSPD Chief Gary Boshears.

“With the assistance of DFPS and the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center, investigators gained sufficient evidence to seek arrest warrants against the suspect,” said Boshears. “Upon review of the evidence, City of Granite Shoals Municipal Court Judge Frank Reilly issued arrest warrants.”

Fri
02
Jun

MFISD lets kids eat free, serves gown-ups bargains

Free meals for children and students are being served in school cafeterias and from food and book busses again this summer by the Child Nutrition Services of the Marble Falls Independent School District.

“Cafeterias at Marble Falls High School (MFHS) and Marble Falls Elementary School (MFES) are open to the public for meals that are free for ages one-18,” said Elizabeth Almazan of Child Nutrition Services. “Adults can eat a breakfast for $2 and lunch for $3.50.”

The MFHS cafeteria, 2101 Mustang Drive, will be open through June 30, with breakfast from 7:15-7:45 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m.-noon.

The MFES cafeteria, 1909 Broadway Street, will be open, except for July 4, through July 28, with breakfast from 7:15-7:45 a.m. and lunch from 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Busses with free food and books to enjoy this summer will stop at two locations for lunch (no breakfast) through July 29, except for July 4.

Wed
31
May

Granite Shoals Airport name for Bob Sylvester

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Granite Shoals City Council on Tuesday, May 23, resolved to name the city airport after its longtime manager, the late Robert T. “Bob” Sylvester.

Now to be known as Granite Shoals Bob Sylvester Airpark, the municipal field, bounded by Forest Hills, Mystic, Green Forest and Sherwood Forest drives, is to be formally changed to a Federal Aeronautics Administration (FAA) public designation.

“That will allow pilots to land without city manager permission,” said City Manager Ken Nickel. “Pilots will be able to turn on the lights for night landings, as well as using it in the daytime.”

Fri
19
May

Granite Shoals reaffirms 2004 annexation decision

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Granite Shoals City Council on Tuesday, May 9, passed a single resolution, one laying to rest their position on the 2004 annexation of the Green Valley Subdivision.

Ironically, it was a meeting not attended by Roy W. “Smiley” Settlemyre who has appeared before the council regularly over the years to protest the annexation, based on population density.

The council's Resolution 533 included the supporting documentation of ta 2014 review by City Attorney Brad Young. Also included was the decision of the Burnet Central Appraisal District's Appraisal Review Board in response to Settlemyre's claims there that city property taxes were improper.

Young, who was not city attorney at the time of the annexation, listed documentation he had reviewed for an opinion. Records on property in the original Sherwood Shores development and city annexations, back to 1978, were referenced.

Thu
04
May

No house to come home to

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Alene Williams surveys remains of her Granite Shoals home. She was away when fire broke out and returned Wednesday to find she had lost everything in home of 30 years.

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

When Anna Alene Williams returned home Wednesday, May 3, after a night away, there was no home to return to.

Her house at 2601 Kings Circle Drive in Granite Shoals had been gutted.

“Everything I own burned, all my papers, even my ID cards,” she said Thursday, surveying the ruins of her house and outbuildings. “I’ve lived here 30 years and it’s all gone.

“I got help with two nights in a motel, but tomorrow I am out with no place to go,” she said.

Williams has children in and around Burnet County, but she says none have room for her and her little Chihuahua dog.

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