Kevin Naumann


Road closures leave area officials feeling sidetracked

Courtesy Austin Western Railroad
The above map shows the short line track operated by Austin Western Railroad, including both the line from Llano to Giddings as well as a branch from Fairland to Marble Falls. Recent rail activity has led to delays and closures of roadways in Burnet County and has had an impact on first responders, local officials said.






By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Continued closures of Burnet County highways and roads due to railway activity the past several days has left Burnet County officials feeling “sidetracked.”

It has even prompted Burnet County Judge James Oakley to ask Austin Western Railroad officials for a sitdown at the next Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday, July 24, to see what can be done to get the two sides back on the right track.

Meanwhile, Austin Western Railroad officials on Thursday apologized for the delays motorists and first responders experienced and explained what caused them.


Edwards resigns MFISD board, district-wide pre-K approved

From staff reports

The Marble Falls ISD Board of Trustees accepted President Rick Edwards’ resignation Tuesday night at their regular meeting and reorganized the board’s slate of officers.

Trustees also agreed to accept nominations for Edwards’ open position and to appoint his replacement at the next board meeting.

The person appointed would then serve out the remainder of Edwards’ term until May 2018.

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