Horseshoe Bay

Tue
18
Sep

Two sent to ER after fiery head-on crash on FM 2147

Contributed
A pickup truck caught fire following a head-on collision Monday, Sept. 17 on FM 2147 West at the Rocky Road intersection, sending two people by ambulance to Austin-area ER's.

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer •

Investigators believe the driver of a pickup truck may have fallen asleep at the wheel resulting in a head-on collision on FM 2147 West at the Rocky Road intersection in Marble Falls.

According to the police report, the accident happened just after 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 on the roadway less than a mile from the U.S. 281 bridge intersection.

Caleb Taylor, 27, of College Station was driving a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck, traveling north towards U.S. 281, according to the Marble Falls police report.

Katherine Eaton, 53, of Horseshoe Bay was driving a 2017 Cadillac SUV, traveling south towards Horseshoe Bay.

“The driver of the pickup truck fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the double yellow line,” Marble Falls Police Capt. Glenn Hanson said. “It knocked the Cadillac off the road and down the (westside) embankment into a growth of trees.”

Thu
06
Sep

Burnet County burn ban lifted

 

 

 

From staff reports

The Burnet County burn ban has been lifted as of Thursday, Sept. 6, Burnet County Judge James Oakley said.

Soaking rains fell throughout Burnet County this week, with some areas reporting up to three inches of precipitation within a 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Thursday. The rain caused the county's Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) average to drop 32 points from 523 to 491, with a high of 703 (just north of Burnet) and a low of 320 (near Marble Falls).

The KBDI is used to determine forest fire potential. The drought index is based on daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture (assumed to have a maximum storage capacity of eight inches) and is expressed in hundredths of an inch of soil moisture depletion.

Wed
29
Aug

Fire agencies assess Horseshoe Bay wildfire battle

Contributed/Kelly McDuffie
A more than 300-acre runaway brush fire adjacent to the Horseshoe Bay airport Aug. 25 prompted helicopter water bucket drops to contain the blaze.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor •

Llano and Burnet County officials breathed a collective sigh of relief the afternoon of Aug. 26 after a weekend brush fire which threatened nearly 150 Horseshoe Bay residences was declared fully contained.

“It was a tremendous effort starting with the initial response from both Horseshoe Bay and Marble Falls fire departments and we could not have contained this fire without the help of all of our mutual aid partners who assisted,” said Horseshoe Bay fire chief Joe Morris.

“This fire burned right up to airport hangars full of multimillion dollar jets and burned right up to homes in several areas. It is amazing how much was done within a short amount of time and we were fortunate that no homes and no lives were lost.”

Sat
25
Aug

Horseshoe Bay brush fire near airport contained, residents return home

Lew Cohn/The Highlander
Fire crews eventually contained a wildfire Aug. 25 after it burned nearly 500 acres in an area of Llano County adjacent to the Horseshoe Bay Airport.

 

 

 

UPDATE: Fire agencies reported the brush fire 90 percent contained. As of 10 p.m. Aug. 25, evacuated residents returned home. No reports of property damage or injuries, according to the Llano County Office of Emergency Management.

From staff reports •

A piece of mulching equipment operating on the right-of-way on Texas 71 just inside Llano County near the Burnet County line caused a brush fire Saturday, Aug. 25, which threatened the Horseshoe Bay Airport and prompted officials to notify HSB residents of the need to evacuate for safety.

Officials were not sure exactly how many acres were burned Saturday afternoon. Residents living east and north of the airport were advised to evacuate to Quail Point Lodge, which is owned by the Horseshoe Bay Property Owners Association.

A helicopter could be seen dropping water on the fire and firefighters from multiple agencies responded to the blaze, which occurred after noon Saturday.

Sat
25
Aug

Brush fire forces evacuation near Horseshoe Bay Airport

Lew Cohn/The Highlander
A brush fire which got out of control in Horseshoe Bay around 2:45 p.m. Aug. 25 adjacent to the airport resulted in recommended evacuations for nearby residents.

 

 

 

From Staff Reports •
Surrounding agencies are battling a brush fire which ignited mid afternoon Aug. 25 in an area adjacent to Horseshoe Bay airport.
The bulk of the blaze is on the north side of Texas 71 and moving northwest towards the airport.
"(The) fire started from a spark from a land clearing machine," Burnet County Judge James Oakley stated. "This is just how dry the fuel is and then with just a little wind, things can easily get out of control."
Fire officials have requested evacuations of residents in the path of the wildfire as a precautionary measure.
Burnet County Sheriff's Office dispatchers are receiving reports of billowing smoke seen for several miles and falling ash as far north as Hoover Valley.

 

 
Tue
17
Jul

HSB reviewing fiscal year 2019 budget

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Fri
04
May

New organization bringing culture to HSB

john Arthur martinez performs with a band at the 2016 FiestaJAM on Lake Marble Falls. martinez will be the inaugural headline act for the Horseshoe Bay Cultural Enrichment Society on May 12 at Quail Point.

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Mon
07
Aug

Burnet County cities stay strong in sales tax growth

Burnet County continues to see strong gains in sales tax rebates, as almost every city has experienced an increase of more than eight percent above last year's rebate revenue, with one exception.

Marble Falls, Burnet, Granite Shoals, Cottonwood Shores and Horseshoe Bay all have seen a significant jump in sales tax allocations as the percentage exceeds that for cities in the state, as Texas cities received $439.8 million in July 2017, or eight percent more revenue than in July 2016, and are up 3.2 percent overall for the year.

Those allocations are based on sales made in May by businesses that report tax monthly, according to Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

Thu
30
Mar

House fire under investigation in Horseshoe Bay

An unoccupied house under renovation caught fire Thursday evening in Horseshoe Bay West.
Horseshoe Bay Fire Chief Joe Morris said his department received a call at approximately 5 p.m. Thursday of a fire at  211 Wenmohs Place. The fire apparently started in the attic of the home, which was being renovated and was fortunately unoccupied.
Firefighters from Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls, Granite Shoals and Cottonwood Shores battled the blaze. Several firefighters entered the home to attack the fire and when debris started falling from the ceiling, Morris evacuated the house. One responder had to receive aid from EMS, but quickly recovered and went back to the fire again.
They were able to contain the fire but crews were still on scene as of 9 p.m. Thursday. Pedernales Electric Cooperative was able to cut power to the building to assist.
The blaze is still under investigation.

Mon
21
Nov

Horseshoe Bay man arrested in teen rape case

Nicholas Bryant Foster

UPDATE: A correction was made to the date of the alleged assault based on information given to a Highland Lakes Newspaper reporter by the family of the victim. Readers are asked to keep in mind that what is presented here is not all of the information. See Friday's The Highlander for more details on the case. 

 

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH

A 21-year-old Horseshoe Bay man was arrested on charge of sexual assault of a child after he allegedly raped a teenage girl by coercion.

Nicholas Bryant Foster was arrested on Nov. 11 on the second-degree felony charge after a teenage girl under 17 years of age made an outcry to her mother, naming Foster as the offender.

According to an arrest affidavit released by the Burnet County Sheriff's Office, deputies were contacted by the victim's mother about the sexual assault of her daughter on Oct. 23. Family of the victim clarified Monday that the assault occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 22.

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