Granite Shoals Texas news

Mon
24
Oct

Granite Shoals votes on road rennovation bonds, 'No Deer Feeding'

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

When early voting begins Monday, Oct. 24, citizens of Granite Shoals will have two local issues on their ballots—issuance of $3 million in funds for major road reconstruction and whether or not to let a “No Deer Feeding” ordinance stand.

Both topics have been the subject of city surveys, forums and long council debate and strong opinions have been voiced on both along the way.

Road bond

The proposal of bond money for improvements to Phillips Ranch Road, Prairie Creek Road and Valley View Lane was based more that endless complaints about potholes and long years of experience in blacktop and patch deteriorating without solid base work.

Tue
18
Oct

15th Christmas Outreach benefit, Saturday

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The 15th annual Granite Shoals Christmas Outreach Barbecue Benefit will be sponsored jointly by the Granite Shoals Police Officers Association (POA) and Granite Shoals Fire Department Auxiliary on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Barbecue will be served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Ryder's Grill & Dance Hall building, 7911 West Ranch to Market Road 1431.

Police Chief Gary Boshears, Officer John Ortis, Assistant Fire Chief Tim Campbell and others will be cooking 20 briskets and 12 cases of sausage to go with all the trimmings and one brisket will be give over as a drawing prize.

Anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy for Christmas Outreach will receive a free desert.

A bake sale will be going on. Any additions to that selection will be welcomed at the Ryder's building after 9 a.m., said Anita Hisey.

This year, Danny Philpott and his band will perform live music.

Wed
12
Oct

Marble Falls, Granite Shoals awarded $275,000 CDBG infrastructure grants

The cities of Marble Falls and Granite Shoals each has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant of $275,000 to fund critical infrastructure improvements, according to an announcement from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).

Marble Falls will make wastewater system improvements and Granite Shoals will make water system improvements.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said $2 million in block grants had been awarded to seven Central Texas communities for infrastructure improvement and $42 million in all across the state. Other area cities receiving grants include Blanco, Florence, Luling, Martindale and Uhland.

Wed
31
Aug

Two injured in Saturday motorcycle crash

by Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers

A man and a child were taken to an Austin area hospital following a motorcycle collision in Kingsland Friday.

Texas DPS Troopers said a man and a five-year-old were both injured after the man's Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a Ford Expedition on Ranch to Market Road 1431 near the County Road 127 intersection on Friday afternoon, Aug. 26, at about 3 p.m.

Trooper Kevin Henneke said the collision occurred when a vehicle slowed in the outside, westbound lane to make a right turn on CR 127 (Caldwell Boulevard), a second vehicle stopped behind it, leading to a chain reaction.

“The driver of the Expedition had to slam on his brakes to avoid colliding with the car ahead of him, and the motorcyclist rear-ended the expedition,” Henneke said.

Wed
31
Aug

Utility scam not reported south of Burnet

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The City of Burnet sent out a fraud alert this week on a telephone scam, one that does not, as yet, seem to have reached out into the county.

Burnet businesses have reported receiving telephone calls, claiming to be from the City of Burnet, telling them that they are past due on their utility bills and that unless they immediately pay the bill in cash their utilities will be terminated. The caller is aggressive and insists that they must make a payment immediately.

The City of Burnet sends out past due notices on the 21st of each month and will not call a citizen demanding payment over the phone.

To check the status of utility accounts, citizens can either go online to www.cityofburnet.com and select “Online Services,” where they log-in using a secure password that they create, or they can call the utility department at 512-756-6093.

Mon
29
Aug

Granite Shoals continues budget debate, observes prayer for first responders

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER

Drawn together by the Granite Shoals Faith Alliance, prayerful Highland Lakes residents close ranks around first responders to bless their work and their families on Saturday, Aug. 20. The morning service was the second annual such event and, planned again for open air it, it was moved inside the Granite Shoals fire hall. But, pastors noted the service was even more meaningful this year, in light of the dangers that have haunted police, fire and emergency service workers. See more photos on The-Highlander Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2bM6GRo

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Granite Shoals City Council last week voted final approval for the ordinance that place a bond issue on the November ballot and reached an accord on budget concessions that will likely result in a tax rate lower than the maximum considered.

On Monday night, Aug. 22, the bond election ordinance specified Nov. 8 ballot language allowing voters to choose “for” or “against” the issuance of $3 million in tax bonds for improvements to Phillips Ranch Road, Prairie Creek Road And Valley View Lane.

The bonds amount would represent about 45 percent of the proposed improvement costs. The city is seeking U.S. Department of Agriculture grant support for the balance of the project. It was not only the prospect of grant support for more than half the cost that convinced the council that the time was right for the project.

Wed
24
Aug

Granite Shoals to vote on street bonds in November, wait on paving today

Expect delays around eight Granite Shoals city streets Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 24-25. The annual paving program, a stopgap of seal-coating is underway. If citizens vote yes to a bond issue in November, main arteries are to be brought to a Ranch to Market Road 1431 standard.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Granite Shoals City Council on Monday, Aug. 15, changed course on a decision and now will give voters a chance in November to approve a $3 million bond issue for the restoration of the most heavily-traveled portions of its three main arteries.

To secure a potential U.S. Department of Agriculture grant for 55 percent of the cost, citizen financial support would be critical and complete restoration of the streets would almost certainly exceed $6 million.

Wed
17
Aug

Boshears confirmed as GSPD chief

GSPD Chief Gary Boshears

By Glynis Crawford Smith

THE HIGHLANDER

Gary Boshears has been named chief of the Granite Shoals Police Department.

City Manager Ken Nickel made the announcement of the appointment during a budget workshop of the Granite Shoals City Council Monday night, Aug. 15. Boshears had been named interim chief to succeed J.P. Wilson in May.

“I have been pleased with Gary's leadership since taking over as interim chief,” said Nickel. “He has a professional management style and a long-range vision for the department.

“I believe these attributes will serve him well on the staff management team. We continue to work with and for the council toward making Granite Shoals the 'City on the Move' we want it to be.”

Tue
02
Aug

Granite Shoals woman charged for assualt

Sarmiento

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH

HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

Thu
21
Jul

Granite Shoals Council enacts rules on deer feeding, police body cam data

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The hotly debated No Deer Feeding Ordinance was passed unanimously by the Granite Shoals City Council Tuesday night, July 12.

The ordinance imposes sanctions on feeding deer that begin with warnings, followed by fines that progress from $50 upward.

“When I started this (work toward a ban on feeding deer), I couldn't even get it on the council agenda, because it is such a difficult subject,” said former City Council Member Slayton Marks.

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