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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. 



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.


FCBT ranked Best Bank to Work for in Texas


With construction still underway outside, the offices of FirstCapital Bank of Texas are open for business. Part of a bank rated the Best Bank in Texas to work for are, from left, Cody Petty, Market President Scott Streit, Tami Randolph, Linda Harrison, Calib Williamson and Heather Franklin, not pictured.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander


FirstCapital Bank of Texas (FCBT) has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2016 by American Banker, ranking fourth in the United States and first in Texas.

Locally, FCB has operated a mortgage office a little over a year, but the finishing touches are being added to the outside drive-in kiosk of its office at 9891 Farm to Market Road 2147 in Horseshoe Bay, and it already is a full-service bank. Its staff of seven agrees with the ranking of Best Bank to work for by American Banker Magazine.

“It fits well with our mission statement,” said local Market President Scott Streit. “That's something we believe in. The triangle in our logo is the whole meaning. At the top is our customers and the points at the bottom are our communities and our employees.


Highland Lakes about to 'Boom'

From Marble Falls upriver to Kingsland fireworks will light the sky on the 4th of July. You can see them going out on the town or just out on the porch.

By Alexandria Randolph/Highland Lakes Newspapers
For those going out on the town on Independence Day weekend, there are a number of local celebrations to visit for July 4th activities, some that take place day-of, and some that stretch across several days of fun, family festivities.
Going on all Independence Day weekend is the annual Kingsland Aqua Boom from Friday, July 1 to Monday, July 4. The festivities kickoff with the Friday Night Steak Cook-off at 7 p.m. On Saturday morning, the Flights of Fancy remote control plane air show and golf tournament both begin at 9 a.m. At 11 a.m., the BBQ Championship Cook-Off begins. The first annual Aqua Boom Music Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., including performances by Clayton Jones, Brooks Crossing, William Michael Morgan, and others.

Miss Aqua Boom Crowned, 4th of July fireworks ahead on the Highland Lakes

A joyful Kelsie Tackett of Marble Falls is crowned Miss Aqua Boom 2016 at the pageant held at Kingsland Community Center Saturday, June 25.

By Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers


For those going out on the town on Independence Day weekend, there are a number of local celebrations to visit for July 4th activities.


All Low Water Crossings are Closed in Horseshoe Bay


UPDATE: As of 2 p.m. Thursday, the low water crossings closed in Marble Falls are as follows;

- 1400 block of Nature Heights Drive, between US 281 and Commerce Street


Gallery plans art instruction for young and old

Abstract artist M. Allison Sacra will offer a demonstration Thursday, May 19, and a full-day workshop May 24, both sponsored by Highland Art Guild & Gallery in Marble Falls. Instruction for budding artists is planned in June.

Workshops for young and old are on the upcoming calendar of the Highland Arts Guild & Gallery.
To be offered at their gallery at 318 Main Street, Marble Falls, are: an abstract painting workshop on Tuesday, May 24; the Summer Art Adventure for ages 11-14 years, June 6-10 (registration deadline May 30), and Summer Art Camp for ages 8-12, June 20-24 (registration deadline June 3).
Artist M. Allison Sacra will give a free abstract painting demonstration at Highland Arts Gallery in Marble Falls from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 19, to be followed by her workshop May 24.
Sacra, who is soon to open her own Olio Art Gallery in Horseshoe Bay, is offering the one-day workshop in abstract landscapes for $90.
“I paint in many styles with varying subjects,” said Sacra. “I deem my style as abstract realism. They are fun and splashy, conveying a freeing attitude enticing the viewer to feel the same.

Family mourns gruesome slaying of former beauty queen

Naomi Chaney when she was in the Marine Corps

By Lew K. Cohn

The Highlander

Managing Editor


Friends and family are mourning the death of a former Miss Aqua Boom who was gruesomely killed in New Mexico earlier this year – apparently on her birthday.

Two men were arrested last week for their part in the slaying of 36-year-old Naomi Ruth Chaney. New Mexico State Police are still searching for the body of Chaney, a former Horseshoe Bay resident and graduate of Marble Falls High School.


Former NASA astronaut puts Lake LBJ home up for sale

The Horseshoe Bay home of former NASA astronaut Capt. James Lovell is up for sale. The home is located along Lake LBJ on the Lighthouse Drive peninsula. Stained glass windows in the home honor Capt. Lovell’s Apollo 13 and other NASA missions.


The Highlander Managing Editor

Former NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain James Lovell and his wife Marilyn, who have been a part of the Burnet County and Llano County community for more than 25 years, have listed their 4,895-square-foot lake home in Horseshoe Bay for sale as of April 6.

Horseshoe Bay continues to seek solutions to internet demand

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

A long-standing demand for reliable, speedy internet service in Horseshoe Bay is appearing in early results of the Long Range Planning Committee’s survey of property owners.

“We have a week left for people to respond to the survey, but we’re seeing a strong response about internet in the city: high-speed internet is the number one priority,” said Steve Jordan, Horseshoe Bay mayor, on April 7. “Because we don’t have a lot of options available to larger communities, we’re making the best of what we have.”

The lack of high-speed fiber optic internet across the entire 15 square miles of Horseshoe Bay remains a “complex and costly challenge,” said Stan Farmer, Horseshoe Bay city manager, in January.

The combination of lack of density and large area makes it an implausible proposition for either private investment or as a city project.


First Earth Day Expo in Horseshoe Bay aims to inform, save the planet

Emily Hilley-Sierzchula/The Highlander. Cleaning up the town is a tradition in Horseshoe Bay, whether picking up trash along the roads or trimming weeds in the parks. Last year, HSB POA director Dick Lambert lent a hand at Fox Hollow Springs Park.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

The Horseshoe Bay Business Alliance (HSBBA) and Horseshoe Bay Property Owners’ Association (HSB POA) are teaming up on the first Earth Day Expo in the city. The deadline is Friday, April 1, for businesses to show their interest in conservation by registering for a free table at the event.

The Earth Day Expo, which is free and open to the public, will be Friday, April 22 at HSB POA headquarters at Quail Point (107 Twilight, Horseshoe Bay), from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


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