Granite Shoals


Rabies alert issued in Granite Shoals

By Glynis Crawford Smith
The Highlander
A dead bat found in Granite Shoals has been confirmed as infected with rabies and residents are being urged to report any others found in the area.
Granite Shoals Animal Control retrieved the dead bat from a local residence on April 5. The bat was submitted for rabies testing to the Department of State Health Services and has been found to be positive for the disease. It was one of four reported this year in Burnet County, TDSHS reported.
“We ask that any person that comes in contact with a bat, dead or alive please contact Granite Shoals Police Department immediately,” said Officer Ginnie Kirkpatrick. “Please remember to not touch any bat for any reason at any time. We also ask that you make sure that your animals stay current on their vaccinations at all times.” 

Highland Lakes cleanups continue

City clean-up events are going on, but they don't include hazardous waste. The 2016 Burnet County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection will be held May 21, accepting liquid paint automotive fluids and batteries. Not allowed will be compact fluorescent bulbs (accepted at Home Depot), agricultural pesticides and chemicals, propane cylinders over 30 pounds, wooden TV/electronics consoles, explosives and the medical/pharmaceutical items allowed at the Burnet Drug Take-Back Day.

Spring cleaning  all over Burnet County and on in to Llano County continues next week with the City of Marble Falls Clean-up and events in Granite Shoals and Kingsland on Saturday, April 30 and specialized Burnet County events for drug disposal April 30 and hazardous waste disposal May 21.
Citywide events were held in Bertram March 2 and  April 2.
Marble Falls
The Marble Falls Clean-up event offers two options.
From April 18-22, bulk items of up to four cubic yards, correctly placed on the city easement by 7 a.m. on scheduled trash days will be picked up curbside.
From Monday-Sunday, April 16-24, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Marble Falls residents also will be able to drop off bulk items at 2000 Colt Circle (next to MFISD Administrative Offices). Tires are not accepted, as are other certain items.

Pay that ticket today: Warrant Roundup begins

The Great Texas Warrant Roundup begins Saturday, March 5. 

Marble Falls and Granite Shoals are among 300 counties, justices of the peace courts, constables and municipalities participating. You could find yourself served with an outstanding warrant from any of them and jailed.


DEA Operation Dream Catcher nets meth ring member in Granite Shoals

Aaron Bravo

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Operatioin Dream Catcher scooped up one of 15 suspects under federal indictment for methamphetamine distribution in Granite Shoals Wednesday.

Aaron Bravo, 39, was arrested in an operation that began about 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. Granite Shoals Chief of Police J.P. Wilson issued an alert for citizens to avoid the 400 block of East Castlelake Drive, where the arrest was made, and the department emphasized in a press release Thursday that residents were in no danger at any time and that the entire department with other local and federal officers were in control of the scene.


Great Texas Warrant Roundup coming

The Great Texas Warrant Roundup begins Saturday, March 5, and the cities of Marble Falls and Granite Shoals both will participate.

The roundup targets defendants with outstanding traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code, and higher charge warrants from participating jurisdictions. But, the focus is to bring them into compliance with court orders and multiple options are available to resolve obligations voluntarily before warrants are served. Because some 300 counties, justices of the peace, constables and municipalities of all sizes are participating, you could find yourself served with an outstanding warrant from any of them.


Two city council races develop

City council election filing closed Friday, Feb. 19, and today, Feb. 23, is the last day to declare a write-in candidacy. So far, only Granite Shoals and Cottonwood Shores in south Burnet County report contested seats on their councils.

For a roundup of candidates filing in those cities, Marble Falls, Meadowlakes and Highland Haven, see today's edition of The Highlander.


LCRA hosts aquatic weed open houses

By Glynis Crawford Smith
Water hyacinths have lovely blossoms, but pose a threat to power plants. Along with Eurasian watermilfoil, they will be discussed by the Lower Colorado River Authority at two local open houses Feb. 24 and March 1.

In response to Lake LBJ property owners complaints about nuisance aquatic plants, the Lower Colorado River Authority has streamlined the permit process for treatment and set two open houses—one in Granite Shoals Feb. 24 and another in Horseshoe Bay on March 1--to inform lakefront residents.

Each event will be held 3-6 p.m., with presentations at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. The open house in Granite Shoals will be held at the Granite Shoals Fire Department, 8410 West Ranch to Market Road 1431. In Horseshoe Bay it will be held at Quail Point Community Center, 107 Twilight Lane. Control measures for Eurasian watermilfoil and water hyacinths will be included.


Soup Supper success

By Glynis Crawford Smith
Bruno Plotz enjoys a hearty bowl of soup at the Granite Shoals Christmas Outreach Soup Supper Thursday, Feb. 11, at Grace United Methodist Church.

Granite Shoals Christmas Outreach served their thank you soup supper Thursday night, Feb. 11.

See more photos in the Tuesday, Feb. 16, edition of The Highlander.


City secretaries train for elections

At Texas Registered Municipal Clerk certification graduation are Kerrville City Secretary Brenda Craig (left) and Granite Shoals City Secretary Elaine Simpson. Marble Falls City Secretary Christina McDonald (not pictured) completed the rigorous re-certification as well.

City secretaries, including Marble Falls City Secretary Christina McDonald, Horseshoe Bay City Secretary Teresa L. Moore and Granite Shoals City Secretary Elaine Simpson stay up to date on election law through regular certification.

For the story, see the Friday, Feb. 19, edition of The Highlander.



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