Granite Shoals Texas news

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01
May

Granite Shoals Council considers camping ordinance, water report

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Higihlander

The Granite Shoals main water tower on Bluebriar Drive is the most visible aspect of a system that serves the entire city. At the April 25 meeting of the city council, citizens heard a report of the latest Texas Commission on Environmental Quality review of the city water system.

 

 

Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Despite approving only one action, the Granite Shoals City Council met almost until 11 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, as discussion wore on about topics such as camping regulations and the most recent water report from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Approved after a public hearing was the request for a replat of five lots into one lot on on the corner of Baker and Briar Way Drives in the Mystic Castle section of the Sherwood Shores Subdivision.

Greg Mayes of Cuplin and Associates represented Weldon Davis, owner of the property where a manufactured home is to be located in the Manufactured Housing-1 (MH-1) zoning district, with no variances requested.

Tue
18
Apr

Badger charged with sex offenses in Granite Shoals

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

In an investigation still ongoing in Granite Shoals, Dustin Allen Badger, 27, is facing first degree felony charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and Sex Abuse of a Child Continuous of a victim younger than 14.

Badger was arrested on the first charge April 12, while victim outcry interviews were still underway at the Hill Country Child Advocacy Center. The Granite Shoals Police Department (GSPD) requested cooperation from the press to delay coverage as the investigation continued.

Arrest on the second charge took place Monday night, April 17, and Tuesday the GSPD issued an official press release on the investigation of the young man with no prior assaultive or sex offenses on his record and, in Burnet County, only one previous arrest for driving with an invalid license.

Fri
14
Apr

Annual Granite Shoals egg hunt will be April 15

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Officer Bunny is inviting children to his annual Granite Shoals Police Officers Association Easter egg hunt on April 15. The hunt takes under five minutes, but Officer Bunny will stay for family photos and barbecue sandwiches will be on sale afterward.

The Annual Granite Shoals Easter Egg Hunt is set for Saturday, April 15, at Veterans Memorial Park at the south end of Phillips Ranch Road.

The hunt is sponsored by the Granite Shoals Police Officers Association (GSPOA) and Officer Bunny, an Easter addition to the force, will arrive before the scramble for 20,000 eggs begins at 10:30 a.m.

“Families will want to arrive at the park pavilion little ahead of time,” said Police Chief Gary Boshears. “We will have one area especially for children age five and younger.”

There will be some refreshments and the GSPOA will be selling chopped barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, and drinks after the hunt. Proceeds from the associations fundraisers are contributed to community non-profit efforts and defray the costs of equipment and training for the police department.

Fri
24
Mar

Granite Shoals making million dollar 'lemonade'

The long-abandoned stone processing building in Granite Shoals Quarry Park is to be repurposed as a multi-purpose sports complex, thanks to a new Texas Parks & Wildlife grant. Find more views of the project on The Highlander page of Facebook.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

After years of planning, it appears the City of Granite Shoals has its chance to complete the conversion of former granite mine buildings to an indoor sports complex and community meeting space in the heart of Quarry Park.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) board on Thursday, May 23, awarded the city a $500,000 grant for a multi-purpose sports facility. Combined with the value of the land and buildings, about $450,000 and a grant administration cost the total would be $1 million.

Wed
22
Mar

Crazy Gals host Granite Shoals Saturday

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Between wildlife and streets, fences and fees, issues have been wide ranging in the City of Granite Shoals this year and the city council is reaching out to the citizenry who have been unable to follow the action at council meetings.

Coffee with Council” is an event being sponsored by the city at Crazy Gals Restaurant on Saturday, March 25. The popular restaurant at the corner of Ranch to Market Road 1431 and Phillips Ranch Road is opening its doors and coffee pots to the informal klatch from 9-11 a.m.

Wed
22
Mar

Granite Shoals hears PEC on solar project

At the March 14 meeting of the Granite Shoals City Council are, from left Cristi Clement, a member of the board of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC); Jim Spaulding, director of PEC Project Development Energy Services, and Michael Steenbergen, the citizen promoting a solar initiative in the city.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Granite Shoals became the first city in the entire Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) service area to hear a presentation on the current status of the co-op's new solar farm initiative when Jim Spaulding, director of Project Development Energy Services, attended a meeting of the city council Tuesday night, March 14.

The PEC is partnering with the City of Johnson City to construct two, one-megawatt (MW) solar facilities as part of a cooperative-wide solar power generation project,” said Spaulding. “Solar has become very cost competitive and could to be at or below what you pay now.”

Tue
14
Mar

Granite Shoals 'senior' citizen marks 100 years

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Evelyn Turner prepares to blow out the candle marking her 100th birthday. She and her son, James L. “Lynn” Turner, left, were guests of honor at a surprise party at Anne's Hair Country March 7. Glimpse more scenes from the day on The Highlander's Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

When Evelyn Turner blew out the candle on her 100th birthday cupcake March 7, it wasn't the first birthday ceremony she had performed in Granite Shoals.

Considered the city's elder citizen at 99 last year, she blew out the candles at the Granite Shoals 50th Birthday Bash on April 23.

This time it was performed at a surprise party. Anne Williams, who holds court with the popular resident at regular appointments at Anne's Hair Country staged the party for friends, family and admirers. Far from frail, she was bubbling right along with guests about having everyone together.

When Granite Shoals Mayor Carl Brugger arrived, it was with a proclamation in hand, declaring March 7 as Evelyn Lee Turner Day in the city.

Fri
24
Feb

Granite Shoals 'in a pickle'

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

At a special meeting of the Granite Shoals City Council Monday, Feb. 20, members delve into options for major street repair with less than half the funding.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Granite Shoals City Council Member Anita Hisey summed up the situation in a special called meeting Monday night, Feb. 20: “We're in a pickel.”

The meeting was called after the council heard the report Feb. 14 that major U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding of a project to rennovate the city's three main traffic arteries is a virtual impossibility.

Lengthy pre-application consults with a USDA representative indicated the city was qualified for a 55-45 match. On the strength of those talks, the city council proposed a $6.8 million, three-road project with $3 million in city bond money as a match. The citizens voted “yes” in November.

Fri
17
Feb

Investigation leads to indecency charges

Garcia

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A Granite Shoals man, arrested on four counts of Indeciency with a Child, remained in the Burnet County Jail Thursday evening, Feb. 16.

No bond had been set for Leonides Garcia, 56, who was booked into the jail Wednesday.

The Granite Shoals Police Department issued a brief statement that the action followed communication with the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center (HCCAC) “due to an interview that was being conducted with several juveniles.”

“Allegations that came out of the interview determined that a family member had inappropriate contact with the juveniles on several occasions, two to three years prior,” said the statement from Patrol Sgt. Chris Decker. “The outcry had just been made recently.”

Mon
30
Jan

Granite Shoals Council on the fence over fencing

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Granite Shoals City Council on Tuesday night, Jan. 24, launched into its sixth lengthy discussion of fencing in the city and the issue is far from over.

Long Planning & Zoning Commission study aside, the item has drawn citizens to meetings every time it has been on the council agenda. And, their interest did not wane Tuesday, when they sat out the discussion to 10:30 p.m., four of them addressing the council.

Only one consensus has emerged: the existing ordinance will change. At issue are utility easements, non-conforming existing fences, materials, heights, incline construction and safety. Interior fencing for pools, gardens and dog runs is such a fractious item the council has agreed to pull it from the main ordinance.

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