Horseshoe Bay

Fri
02
Aug

Heat prompts ban on outdoor burning in Burnet and Llano counties

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Due to lack of rain and rising temperatures, conditions are quickly approaching those last seen in August 2018 (Pictured here, just off Texas 71 southwest of Horseshoe Bay). That year a string of wildfires plagued the Llano, Burnet and Blanco county area. Local entities recently enacted bans on outdoor burning to try to snuff some of the increasing fire danger.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Scorching hot temperatures soaring to above 100 degrees and lack of precipitation have sparked local governments to issue bans against outdoor burning.

Fri
12
Jul

Granite Shoals drafting boat launch fee ordinance

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Boaters wanting to access Lake LBJ from Granite Shoals public boat ramps may face fees in the future if the council approves a new policy.

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The City of Granite Shoals is considering the implementation of a boat launching fee, assessed to both residents and visitors, to counter rising costs of ramp maintenance.

Tue
25
Jun

Oakley, Powers re-elected to PEC board

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
District 5 PEC director James Oakley, left, and District 4 director Jim Powers were re-elected Saturday, June 22, to their respective posts during the annual PEC meeting at Horseshoe Bay Resort.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Judge James Oakley won re-election by a very slim 55-vote margin to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors at Saturday's annual meeting, held at Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Tue
18
Jun

Texas Bass Couples love Lake LBJ and Lake Buchanan June 15 tournament

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Texas Bass Couples Southeast Region held the final regional tournament of their 2019 season on Saturday, June 15 on Lake LBJ. The next to the last tournament was held on Lake Buchanan. Members of the group said they enjoy their time in the Highland Lakes' fishing destination.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

Members of the Texas Bass Couples Southeast Region completed the final regional tournament of the season on Saturday, June 15 at Lake LBJ.

Fri
22
Mar

Llano County official mounts billboard battle

From staff reports

Llano County Pct. 1 Commissioner Peter Jones will host a town hall meeting to gauge support for an effort to ban billboards on a scenic stretch of Texas 71 as well as provide updates for the FM 2900 Bridge construction and the status of the Sandy Creek planned dredging operation.

Mon
18
Feb

LCRA to remove debris from Highland Lakes

Austin M. Berry/Contributed Image
Images of an exposed sandbar, just off Beaver Island near Granite Shoals lakeshore, offered a glance into debris which remains in the waterway, following the October flood in the Highland Lakes. LCRA officials announced Feb. 14 they will take steps to remove some debris which could pose a public safety risk.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

The Lower Colorado River Authority announced several significant actions to further enhance public safety on Lake LBJ following the historic flooding of last October, according to a press release Feb. 14 from the entity.

Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls are currently drawn down to allow property owners an opportunity to clean up debris and repair docks and other property damaged during the flooding.

The refill of Lake LBJ is scheduled to begin on Sunday, Feb. 24 and conclude by the end of the day on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The refill of Lake Marble Falls is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 18 and conclude by the end of the day on Thursday, March 21.

Following the refill of the lake, LCRA crews will:

Fri
15
Feb

Two injured in HSB aircraft crash

Contributed by a reader

This Van's RV-8 photo crashed into utility pole in Horseshoe Bay Friday, Feb. 15. The pilot and a passenger were taken to a South Austin hospital for treatment of injuries they sustained.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Two men are being treated in South Austin hospital after their single-engine experimental fixed wing aircraft crashed into a utility pole in Horseshoe Bay, police said Friday, Feb. 15.

At about 4:04 p.m. Friday, the Horseshoe Bay Fire Department and Horseshoe Bay Police Department were notified of a plane crash in the 6800 block of Ranch-to-Market Road 2147, Horseshoe Bay Police Chief Rocky Wardlow said.

Upon arrival, police and fire personnel found a Van's RV-8 homebuilt plane had crashed into a utility pole on the south side of the highway. The aircraft was occupied by two men — a pilot later identified as Charles Scott, 75, of Lakeway, and a passenger later identified as Stanley Graham, 73, of Austin, Wardlow said.

Thu
07
Feb

Lake LBJ drawdown schedule goes back to Feb. 24 re-fill, citing lake business needs

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The Lower Colorado River Authority announced Feb. 7 an amended schedule for the current drawdown of Lake LBJ (Pictured here in Kingsland). To assist with the recovery of lake-related business, the drawdown will go back to the Feb. 24 re-fill date. Lake Marble Falls will remain on a March 18 re-fill schedule.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

In consultation with the Llano and Burnet county judges, the mayors of Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls and other incorporated towns on lakes LBJ and Marble Falls, the Lower Colorado River Authority announced Feb. 7 an amended schedule for the current drawdown of Lake LBJ, a Lower Colorado River Authority press release stated.

The refill of Lake LBJ now is scheduled to begin Feb. 24. The refill of Lake Marble Falls continues to be scheduled to begin March 18.

“The revised schedule for refilling Lake LBJ will allow our communities and businesses to restore operations, which will better serve our citizens and visitors to our communities,” Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham said in the LCRA press release. Communities on Lake LBJ include Kingsland, Granite Shoals, Highland Haven, Horseshoe Bay and Sunrise Beach.

Wed
06
Feb

Police ID man who died in RR 2147 head-on collision

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
A Horseshoe Bay man was killed on RR 2147 West Feb. 4 when the Jeep SUV he was driving went into on-coming traffic and struck a Ford pickup, near the Rocky Road intersection, according to the police report.

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

Police identified a man who was killed in a two-vehicle crash on RR 2147 West Feb 4, just off the intersection of Rocky Road.

The accident happened around 12:45 p.m. that afternoon and blocked traffic for about two hours while crews assessed and cleared the scene.

Alvis McClure, 78, of Horseshoe Bay was traveling east in a Jeep SUV, when he left his lane and went into on-coming traffic, Marble Falls police reported.

The SUV collided with a Ford pickup truck driven by David Martin 46, of Marble Falls.

Burnet County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Debbie Bindseil pronounced McClure dead at the scene.

There were no other reports of injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Police ordered an autopsy.

As crews cleared the scene, traffic was blocked, re-routed and/or stalled for about two hours.

Tue
05
Feb

Deceased priests among those accused of sexual abuse in Horseshoe Bay, Lampasas

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Two deceased former Hill Country priests are among 22 individuals whose names appeared on a list released Thursday, Jan. 31, by the Diocese of Austin of clergy who have been “credibly accused of committing sexual abuse against a minor.”

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