Highland Lakes


Burnet County goes high-tech in buying and bidding

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Two measures passed without much fanfare at Tuesday's Burnet County Commissioners Court could help bring greater efficiency to the county auditor's office.


Boil water notice issued for Marble Falls

Frank Shubert/The Highlander
Several homes along Lakeshore Drive in Marble Falls were submerged Oct. 16 at the height of flooding from the Llano River which made its way into the Highland Lakes.





By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has ordered the city of Marble Falls to alert all residents today (Oct. 17) to boil water for consumption, following flooding of several neighborhoods due to stormwater runoff making its way into the Highland Lakes from the Llano River in the last 24 hours.

The Marble Falls Police Department Emergency Operations Center (EOC) issued the alert, “Due to conditions which indicate that the potability of the drinking water supply has been compromised as a result of recent flooding.”


Harvey refugees harbor in Highland Lakes

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

At a lunch provided by First Baptist Church – Burnet, Swanna Lofton, center, explains resources her congregation has been assembling for refugees such as the family of Glenna Roberts, with whom she is seated. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the Rockport family seated with them are, from left, Skyla, Kimberlynn and Ray Jr. Jasso and Baille Phillips. Mid-day has been set as a meeting time with local churches and organizations delivering help to storm victims at Inks Lake State Park.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Estimates have more than 30,000 Texans seeking emergency shelter as the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey continues, but many are safe and dry in the Texas Hill Country.

Mission Marble Falls at St. Frederick Church geared up for a lunch Tuesday, Aug. 29, to welcome people fleeing the storm.

Ann Sherman and Ron Farmer had traveled from Port Aransas.

“When they said Harvey would come as a Category 1, we were going to stay,” said Sherman. “Then they said Category 3 or maybe 4.

“Ron said we are going. We grabbed our cat, our records, our pictures and we got out in 45 minutes.”

A few people stayed behind and the couple said the news was disheartening.

“The roof is gone and the ceiling is on the floor,” he said.

Two groups of people from Sweeney who had never met were lunching in the St. Frederick dining room.


Hot tamales! Heat advisory issued for Highland Lakes

Courtesy of National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio


Highland Lakes residents should keep their cool - a heat advisory was issued for the Highland Lakes area on Tuesday, and more hot weather is expected this week.

The National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio issued a heat advisory for Llano, Burnet, Williamson, Travis, and other Hill Country counties on Tuesday morning, July 5.

The advisory states temperatures will range from 98 to 105 degrees with heat indices of 108 to 112, especially between the hours of noon and 7 p.m.


Texas Tech partnership has benefitted Burnet County


The Highlander

Managing Editor


Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan's recent visit to Marble Falls has revealed just how important the Highland Lakes campus is to the university system. Friday, May 6 was the first time the chancellor had visited the campus at the Frank Fickett Educational Center and he noted that the regional site is definitely “an asset in the Texas Tech System.”


Granite Shoals 50th Bash underway

At the Granite Shoals 50th Year Bash, runners began signing in at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 23, and took to the Leo Manazano Hike Bike and Run Trail with its Olympic silver medalist namesake at 9 a.m. By mid-day an estimated 2,000 visitors were coming and going among exhibits, games and musical performances.

The Highland Lakes Elementary School (HLES) Choir performed at opening ceremonies that ended with a 10 a.m. release of hundreds of ballons in the city's signature green and blue colors. Art of HLES student art created the appearance of stained glass in city hall windows.


Celebrate Easter beginning today

Photo by Frank Shubert/The Highlander
'Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.'
~John 1:29
Easter services and hunts for Easter eggs one of the earliest Christian celebrations of Eastertide are found in the list here.

Easter events are here and we have compiled a list of some happenings in the area still to come in the way of Easter services and hunts for Easter eggs, one of the earliest Christian celebrations of Eastertide:



Easter Egg Hunts



The Highland Lakes gets ready for Easter services and festivities

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander. "Officer Bunny" will again officiate at Granite Shoals' Easter Egg Hunt on March 26 at 10 a.m. He and the Granite Shoals Police Officers Association contribute 20,000 eggs for hunting at Veterans' Memorial Park, 1208 South Phillips Ranch Road.

Easter is just around the corner and so readers don't have to hunt any specifics but can instead concentrate on hunting eggs, we have compiled a list of several happenings in the area:


Easter Egg Hunts



Register now for women's health conference Saturday, March 12

Let's talk...Women 2 Women is a women's health conference taking place Saturday, March 12, and organizers are asking for a call in advance to reserve a sandwich lunch to round out visits to the event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The fun, educational meeting with people who provide services for women throughout this area will include subjects such as heart attack in women, vaccines for adults, incontinence and dealing with abuse and introduce the participants to Use It Or Lose It Exercise, healthy eating habits and how to get the most out of 15-minute meetings with their doctors.


Bluebonnet Chorale to sing for soup supper on Feb. 11

The Bluebonnet Chorale of The Highland Lakes will perform at the annual Christmas Outreach Soup Supper to be held Thursday, Feb. 11 at Grace United Methodist Church, 4007 Valley View Lane in Granite Shoals.

The performance, under the direction of Mary Williams, will begin in the sanctuary at 5:30 p.m. and the supper will follow immediately in the fellowship hall.

The supper of chicken tortilla and minestrone soups with cornbread is a thank you for support of Granite Shoals Christmas Outreach, a program that has grown over the years to provide families in need throughout the entire Highland Lakes area. However, donations are frequently offered and always accepted, since each year, Christmas is coming again.

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