Granite Shoals Texas news

Wed
18
Jan

Granite Shoals deer not as dumb as they look

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Granite Shoals deer continue to happily graze their urban terrain for a heavy nutritious acron crop and the detremental but delictible corn supplied by residents. Does appraently have grown wary of the same 'junk food' offered by archery hunters in a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department-sanctioned urban deer program.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

City deer turn out to be as crafty as they are numerous and not nearly as dumb as they look standing in the middle of traffic, judging by a report presented by the Granite Shoals City Council on Jan. 10.

Overrun by urban deer, the city received permission from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) to conduct a pilot archery program to reduce their numbers. The program with stringent rules for hunters and hunting sites was organized by the Granite Shoals Wildlife Committee and the program began Oct. 4.

“Why is it, after a grand total of 762 hours donated by volunteers, we have just 71 deer removed,” asked Mayor Carl Brugger. “This is a good report and we want to thank the committee, but I am just wondering why the number seems low.”

Tue
03
Jan

Operation Dream Catcher successful

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

As the year 2016 drew to a close, all but one man prosecuted on charges stemming from Operation Dream Catcher had been convicted and sentenced.

The Granite Shoals Police Department last Feb. 24 participated in a mass federal drug trafficking and money laundering bust spanning Burnet and several counties. A local resident was among 15 arrested in the investigation of widespread methamphetamine distribution ring and money laundering scheme with ties all the way to Mexico. Dubbed Operation Dream Catcher, the effort resulted in prosecution of each of them by the U. S. Attorney’s Office.

Aaron Bravo, age 39, of Granite Shoals, on Nov. 22, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison followed by 4 years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth.

Fri
16
Dec

Granite Shoals welcomes new police officer

Gynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

New Granite Shoals Police Officer Leon Ingersoll, left, is introduced to to the Granite Shoals City Council Tuesday night, Dec. 13 by Police Chief Gary Boshears, left.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

One of the first orders of business at Granite Shoals City Council meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13, was the introduction of a new police officer, Leon Ingersoll, by Granite Shoals Police Department Chief Gary Boshears.

“We received applications from several dozen qualified individuals for this position,” said Boshears. “We looked for someone who also were a good fit for the community.

“Officer Ingersoll brings some important training to the department. He served our country as a U.S. Army military policeman and K-9 officer. From there, he went to the State Department, providing security for dignitaries in different areas around the world. He has been a Texas peace officer since 2011. He is a certified mental health peace officer and a certified hostage negotiator.”

Boshears noted that Ingersoll still devotes time to staying in shape and enjoys his time with his family.

Tue
06
Dec

GSPD cracks mobile forgery operation

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A mobile forgery operation and drug contraband were confiscated by the Granite Shoals Police Department (GSPD) Friday, Dec. 2, when officers arrested a Longview woman and her female transient companion.

“We see lots of forgeries and credit card fraud, but this is the first time we have seen a whole mobile operation going on,” said GSPD Chief Gary Boshears.

“The Dollar General store staff called us Thursday night,” said the chief. “The two women had tried to make a purchase with a check the store declined and reported as a possible fraudulent check The two suspects left, but the staff provided a description of them and their vehicle.”

Officers quickly located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on Ranch to Market Road 1431 near the intersection with Farm to Market Road 1980.

Tue
29
Nov

Granite Shoals cancels lighting ceremony Friday, Dec. 2

Contributed/Donna Maier

The lights go up on Granite Shoals Christmas by the Highway Monday, Nov. 22, in preparation for the lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Pedernales Electric Cooperative contractors Josh Burck, up top, and Dakota Smith, below, assisted by volunteers city council member Jim Davant, also at the base of the pole, and former mayor Dennis Maier, right. The city is calling on volunteers every day to help the lights go on Friday.

Predictions of possible rain have the City of Granite Shoals cancelling the lighting ceremony for Christmas by the Highway tonight, Friday, Dec. 2.

A “light brigade” of volunteers assembled and appied finishing touches to its annual light display and set tonight for the ceremony at 6 p.m. That will not take place, according to City Manager Ken Nickel.

Work that began Monday, Nov. 28, went on each day to erect displays on Ranch to Market Road 1431.

“We worked from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. every day until the displays are complete,” said Donna Maier, chairwoman of the Granite Shoals Beautification Advisory Group.

Work went on for some time behind the scene, but the first visible sign went up Monday, Nov. 21, when three Pedernales Electric Cooperative bucket trucks arrived to install the tall light trees that punctuate the ensemble of thousands of lights.

Tue
15
Nov

Feast of Thanksgiving feeds the many

Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The annual Joseph's Pantry Feast of Thanksgiving expects to serve more than 300 families, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

The event will be held at Highland Lakes Elementary School on H.A. Barnett Drive at Ranch to Market Road 1431.

“We will be Serving a hot plate of turkey with side dishes and also distributing a shopping cart of food items to any family that needs help with a holiday dinner,” said Roy Guerrero of Joseph's Pantry. “The cart will include bread, pastries, canned foods, produce items, dairy products, eggs, drinks and other items.”

No application is necessary, Guerrero said. Volunteers will be outside the school cafeteria ready to help load the holiday food.

“We invite everyone to come out and enjoy fellowship and the praise and worship music by Smoking for Jesus Ministries,” Guerrero said. “It is all sponsored by God, Joseph's Food Pantry, local churches and H-E-B.”

Fri
11
Nov

Granite Shoals approve bonds, kills ban on deer feeding

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Granite Shoals Mayor Carl Brugger, left, presents a proclamation of Municipal Court Week to the city's municipal judge Frank Reilly Tuesday night, Nov. 8.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Citizens of Granite Shoals said “yes” Tuesday, Nov. 8, to a $3 million bond issue for major roadway refurbishment but defeated a No Deer Feed Ordinance by a scant seven votes.

The vote of 1,170 citizens was 66.92 percent in favor of the road bond—783, “yes” to 387, “no.”

It is the strong possibility of qualifying for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant in a 45-55 match, boosting the project from a single road to all three north-south arteries in a $6.8 million project.

“I will be meeting with the USDA next week to develop a road map to move forward,” said City Manager Ken Nickel on Wednesday.

Curiously, 11 of the road bond voters took no stand on a deer feeding ban, a question that failed with 583 voting, “no,” to the ordinance and 576, “yes” votes. Although the council had approved the ordinance, a petition to go to the ballot intervened its implementation and it will not go into effect.

Tue
01
Nov

Veterans to be saluted Saturday

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Veterans from every branch of the service and from all up and down the Highland Lakes are invited to the 11th Annual Veterans Day Celebration of the City of Granite Shoals.

Citizens are invited to show their support for area veterans by attending the program that will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Veterans Memorial Park at the south end of Phillips Ranch Road.

The Highland Lakes Honor Guard will conduct the flag ceremony and children from Highland Lakes Elementary School will perform patriotic songs.

“We invite everyone, and especially our veterans, to join us for a free lunch after the brief ceremony,” said Seth Smith, chairman of the Granite Shoals Parks Committee, which sponsors the event.

Fri
28
Oct

Sunday, Monday are fun fests for families

Family fun festivals set for Sunday, Monday

 

Two events are being sponsored by the Highland Lakes religious community this Halloween but the emphasis is not on Halloween; instead on the bywords “free,” “family,” “fun” and “safe.”

Sunday

The first Family Fun Fest of the Granite Shoals Faith Alliance will take place Sunday, Oct. 30, at Veterans Memorial Park, located on the south end of Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals.

An all-city worship service will be held at 11 a.m. at the park pavilion.

From 1-5 p.m. activities for the whole family will be sponsored by the Granite Shoals police and fire departments. In addition to food, music, door prizes and giveaways, activities for children are planned to include a petting zoo, games and contests.

Monday

On Monday night, Oct. 31, the First Assembly of God Church of Marble Falls will hold its FUNFEST from 6-8 p.m.

Fri
28
Oct

Granite Shoals honors Tanner

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Before the Granite Shoals City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 25, a reception honors retiring City Council Member Eric Tanner. Pictured, from left, are Council Member Shirley King, Tanner's wife Penny, Tanner, Mayor Carl Brugger, former Mayor Dennis Maier, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Dillard, new Council Member Jim Davant and Council Member Todd Holland.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Granite Shoals City Council pursued a brief agenda Tuesday night, Oct. 25, punctuated by a reception for Eric Tanner and an executive session regarding former police chief J.P. Wilson.

Wilson left city employ in May and has since been succeeded by Chief Gary Boshears, however his departure apparently has not been without some disagreement.

Wilson is on the December schedule of the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) for a hearing he requested regarding his exit rating. A Petition to Correct The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TECOLE) Separation of Licensee Report (an F-5 report) will be heard.

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