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Boaters safe after craft burns on Lake LBJ

Contributed/HSB Fire Rescue

Occupants of a recreational boat that caught fire on Lake LBJ Friday afternoon, June 9, escaped without injury. Most of the fire departments in the area responded to assist the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department, but the craft burned to the water line and sank.

Occupants of a boat that caught fire on Lake LBJ Friday afternoon, June 9, escaped without injury but their craft was a total loss.

The first call about the fire came in to the Horseshoe Bay Police Department about 3 p.m. Friday and most of the fire departments in the area responded with mutual aid to the fire that was within the call area of the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department.

“The occupants of the boat we're not able to extinguish the fast moving fire on board,” said a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) spokesperson. “They had to put on lifejackets and jump out of the boat to safety.”

“The occupants of the boat were transported by a bystander to the Lake LBJ Marina where Cottonwood VFD and Marble Falls Area EMS evaluated them for injuries,” said Fire Chief Joe Morris of Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue.


Living Love animal shelter inspires new song, holds HSB benefit concert, tennis and putting challenge

Coley McCabe and Thom Shepherd  will include their new song, "Forever Home" in a concert to benefit Living Love Animal Rescue in Horseshoe Bay Saturday, June 17.



By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The premier live performance of a new song by Thom Shepherd and Coley McCabe will take place in Horseshoe Bay on Saturday, June 17, for a good reason.

It was inspired by Living Love Animal Shelter here in Burnet County and June 17 is the date of the Forever Home Challenge, a benefit for the shelter at Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Morning activities from 9 a.m.-noon will include the Living Love Tennis Challenge and the Putting4Paws Whitewater Putting Challenge. Then, from 6-9 p.m., a concert and fajita party will take place at the Horseshoe Bay Yacht Club.

Music will start at 7 p.m., featuring Shepherd and McCabe and concluding with the performance of their new single release, “Forever Home.”


Former Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes dead at 79

Mark Goodson/The Highlander

Spike Dykes is seen here in 2013 in Horseshoe Bay, his retirement-adopted hometown. The illustrious Texas Tech football coach died Monday, April 10, of an apparant heart attack.

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

Spike Dykes, the legendary Texas Tech University coach who was known for the one-liners, died early Monday of an apparent heart attack. He was 79.

It’s a huge loss,’’ said Susan Bellard, a friend and wife of coach Emory Bellard. “This was going to be the last tournament.’’

Dykes, who has lived the Horseshoe Bay for almost two decades, had teamed with Bellard to start the Kids Care-A-Van Classic.

The annual golf tournament and tailgate party raises money to provide heath care for needy kids in the Highland Lakes.


St. Paul's WWICS Holds winter luncheon

In the brilliant Moegi green that signifies health and harmony, KK Rice's kimono completes the Asian theme of her table for the 'Soup's On' luncheon Jan. 24 at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bay.

More than 80 Highland Lakes area women gathered Tuesday, Jan. 24, for "Soup's On," the annual soup pot luck luncheon and business meeting of the St. Paul Catholic Church Women Working in Communion and Spirit (WWWICS).

The Finn Family Life Center of the Horseshoe Bay Parish was a colorful scene, with the settings for each table for eight provided by individual WWICS members. In addition to table settings, attendees enjoyed 16 different soups and a variety of breads and desserts provided by WWICS members.

Co-chairwomen of the event were Carolyn Richmond and Jo Doherty. Pan Wenzel and Diane Snyder are president and vice president of the organization, respectively.

WWICS is a parish service and social organization. More information is available by calling the office of Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church., 830-598-8342.


HSB will honor Ranger Guffey on Jan. 21

Texas Ranger Stanley Keith Guffey

            1946 ~ 1987

On Jan. 21 at 2 p.m., the Texas Ranger Association Foundation (TRAF), in conjunction with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the City of Horseshoe Bay are holding a ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary since the death of Texas Ranger Stan Guffey who was killed in the line of duty while rescuing a two-year-old kidnapping victim in Horseshoe Bay.


Mitchell receives Texas State alumni award

Ron Lynn Mitchell

Ron Lynn Mitchell, vice chairman, president and CEO of Horseshoe Bay Resort, has been awarded the Texas State University Distinguished Alumni Award.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the most prestigious honor bestowed by Texas State University and the Texas State University Alumni Association. The award recognizes graduates who have achieved prominence and distinction in their chosen business, profession or life work on a national or international level.

The first Distinguished Alumni Award was presented in 1959 to Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson later served as the 36th president of the United States.

Mitchell, an Austin native, is embarking on his 42nd year of involvement in the development of Horseshoe Bay Resort. He has been a leader in the company overseeing its vision, growth and development almost since its conception.


Statler 'brother' jailed for hammer assault

Kevin Eugene Statler

By Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers

A Horseshoe Bay man was arrested on felony charge this week after authorities said he took a swing at his brother with a hammer.

Kevin Eugene Statler, 48, was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 8 on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, both third-degree felonies.

Horseshoe Bay Police Chief Rocky Wardlow said the incident began as a domestic dispute.

“Two brothers got in an argument, and one was swinging at the other one with a hammer,” Wardlow said. “He had a felony conviction within the last five years and had a shot gun and rifle in the house. That's where the unlawful possession charge came from.”

Statler was booked in Burnet County Jail at 6:13 p.m. on Tuesday and remains there on bond of $35,000.

Statler has a history of assault charges, including assault against a public servant, in Burnet County.


Wirtz Dam bridge draws questions

Glynis Smith/The Highlander


Horseshoe Bay City Councilwoman Cynthia Clinesmith asks about increased traffic seeking a route to Texas 71 should a bridge be constructed below Wirtz Dam between Ranch to Market Roads 1431 and 2147. She and Mayor Steve Jordan, seated next to her, attended the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) open house at Quail Point Wednesday, Oct. 26.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The idea of a bridge across the Colorado River below Wirtz Dam met serious questions Wednesday, Oct. 26, at an open house hosted by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) in Horseshoe Bay.

More than 50 area residents came to hear a presentation by Burnet County Judge James Oakley, who sits on the CAMPO board, and to share their own opinions on the proposed project.

Cottonwood Shores City Council Member Roger Wayson had one of the longest list of doubts to express.

County Road 426 would connect Wirtz Dam Road with Ranch to Market Road 2147 if the bridge were constructed.

“It would come right past our nature preserve,” said Wayson. “It would be destructive to our eco-system...Traffic would go from 50 a day to thousands a day.”

“It would divert traffic from the commercial area we are trying to develop,” he also claimed.


CAMPO open house welcomes public Wednesday

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Booths like this one at Marble Falls National Night Out on Oct. 4 are one means the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) has been gathering public input on the proposed project to add a new crossing to the Colorado River. Public meetings, like the ones set for Wednesday in Horseshoe Bay and Nov. 3 in Marble Falls, are another.

A new bridge across the Colorado River below Wirtz Dam will be the topic of a public open house Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The meeting will be held from 4-7 p.m. at Quail Point Community Center, 107 Twilight Lane, in Horseshoe Bay.

It is one in a series of outreach programs being conducted by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) to gather public opinion about the proposed project.

Another is scheduled for the same time period on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Lakeside Pavilion at 307 Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls.

After an initial meeting with civic leaders, CAMPO began to concentrate on the general public last month, attending

Everyone in the Highland Lakes area also is invited to take a survey to add to data on the project. Copies of the survey will be available at the public meetings and online at


TTU lifelong learning kicks off for fall

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), will hold its kick-off event for the fall semester classes on Friday, Sept. 9.

The Texas Tech University (TTU) program offers opportunities for local citizens 50 years of age and older who have a common interest in continuing their learning experiences and intellectual stimulation in an organization of like-minded people who value the joy of learning.

The OLLI kick-off event will be held in coordination with the first class of the semester entitled, “Pop Music of the 1950s.” The instructor Larry Hess, a professional musician, will teach a class about the rhythm and blues and early rock and roll of the 1950’s. A toe-tapping time is guaranteed. Poodle skirts and duck tails are optional.

The event is free of charge and set to take place from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 9 at Quail Point Community Center, located at 107 Twilight Lane, (off Red Sails) in Horseshoe Bay..


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