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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..


Horseshoe Bay Resort changes management

Ownership of the AAA Four Diamond Horseshoe Bay Resort, the Jaffe Group, has entered into a management agreement with Crescent Hotels & Resorts that will lead to a multi-million dollar expansion.
Crescent, based in Fairfax, Virginia, is a nationally recognized operator of hotels and resorts with properties throughout Unites States and Canada. The announcement of the Aug. 3 agreement concludes a two-year exhaustive search by ownership of the resort for an operator who showed the talent and experience required to run Horseshoe Bay Resort.
“We are thrilled to have Crescent Hotels & Resorts at Horseshoe Bay Resort,” said M.D. Jaffe, Jr., chairman of Horseshoe Bay Resort. “We believe that Crescent is the correct choice for Horseshoe Bay Resort and we look forward to what they will do here with their vast knowledge and expertise in the hotel and resort industry.”


Candidate filing opens Monday, July 25, in HSB

By Phil Reynolds
The Highlander
Horseshoe Bay city officials say residents who want to run for places coming open on the city council can pick up election packets now at city hall.
The terms of council members Craig Haydon, David Pope and Jerry Gray will expire this year. The council at its meeting Tuesday, July 19 set Nov. 8 as the date when voters will fill those places. That’s the same date as the upcoming presidential election.
While election packets are available now, the first day for filing is Monday, July 25. Filing closes on Monday, Aug. 22.
If only three people file for the three council seats, no election will be needed and the three candidates can be declared elected. If more than three candidates file, the three highest vote-getters in the election will fill the seats.


Burn bans are in effect

A Texas Forest Service publication that outlines protection against wildfire is available at Marble Falls Fire Rescue.

County burn bans instituted

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander



Wreck claims one on Texas 71

Long skid marks on the grassy should of Texas 71 lead to the burned remains of the Suzuki auto involved in a multi-vehicle crash Sunday, July 10, that claimed the life of Roland Edwin Greaves, 87.

A Sunday afternoon, July 10, multi-vehicle accident in Horseshoe Bay claimed the life of one man, the Texas Department of Public Safety is reporting.

The accident took place at about 3:38 p.m. Sunday on Texas 71 near Ranch to Market Road 2147 in Llano County.

A 2011 Lincoln SUV driven by Jason McCombs was traveling eastbound on Texas 71 when it crossed into the westbound lanes and collided with a 2005 Suzuki, driven by Perry Greaves, near Summit Rock.


Horseshoe Bay reviews urban deer control

Joe Morris, chief of the Horseshoe Bay Fire Department, left, and Valerie Black, assistant chief, right, recognize Capt. Bradley Casey, center, on his graduation from the National Fire Academy. Morris told the June 21 meeting of the Horseshoe Bay City Council that the academy provides leadership training to senior fire officials.

By Phil Reynolds
The Highlander
Horseshoe Bay will continue handling its white-tailed deer overpopulation the way it has been, since a study group appointed to look at the matter couldn’t come up with a better alternative.
City council members heard on June 21 that the study group, chaired by City Manager Stan Farmer, met four times beginning in February, to examine ways to reduce the number of deer in the city. The group included Ravelle Kundinger, John Davis and Rick Prekup, though Mayor Steve Jordan also met with them, as did Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. representatives Dale Schmidt and Kevin Schwausch, Lower Colorado River Authority wildlife managers Bill Bergquist and Brandon Smith, veterinarian Dr. Garret Craig, and deer trapper James Bonds, who has the deer removal contract with the city.


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