Richmond woman dies after jet ski crash on Lake LBJ




From staff reports

A Richmond woman died after Aug. 18 a personal watercraft she was operating crashed into boathouse on Lake LBJ in an area near the Legends Golf Course, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Debra Stribling, 56, was on the vessel around 8 a.m. that morning when the accident happened.

“(The victim) sustained fatal injuries when the personal watercraft she was operating crashed into a bulkhead and a boathouse,” according to the press release.

Stribling was pronounced dead at the scene by a Burnet County justice of the peace. The victim was a retired pharmacist.

The Texas Game Warden STORM boating accident reconstruction team is assisting with the investigation.


Deputies investigating July 4 Lake LBJ drowning




The body of a 38-year-old white male from Austin was recovered Wednesday, July 4, from the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ in Kingsland after the man apparently drowned trying to swim across the lake.

Llano County Sheriff's Chief Deputy John Neff said his department received a 911 call about a missing swimmer at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies responded to the scene and requested assistance from Texas Parks & Wildlife game wardens.


Llano County meth ring busted through law enforcement cooperation



By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

On Monday, May 14, Kingsland resident Shaun Daughtry — fed up with the presence of methamphetamine dealers and users in his neighborhood off Lover's Laner — put up a sign on his property declaring the area to be a “meth-free zone.”


TxDOT agrees to reconsider RM 1431 restriping project


Phil Reynolds/The Highlander

A Llano County crowd nearly fills the 500-capacity sanctuary at Kingsland’s First Baptist Church to hear Texas Department of Transportation engineers justify a reworking of Ranch to Market Road 1431 from a four-lane highway to a two-lane highway with turn and passing lanes. Opposition to the proposal was nearly unanimous.


By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Facing a hostile, but polite, audience that nearly filled the 500-capacity sanctuary at Kingsland’s First Baptist Church Tuesday evening, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) officials agreed to reconsider a proposal to restripe Ranch-to-Market Road 1431 in Llano County.

The project would have made the four-lane highway into a two-lane highway with intermittent passing and turning lanes, a change TxDOT engineers said would improve the safety of the road.


Brouhaha brewing over proposed RM 1431 change

Phil Reynolds/The Highlander

Llano County Precinct 2 Commissioner Linda Raschke, left, explains a Texas Department of Transportation plan to change Ranch Road 1431 from a four-lane highway in Llano County to a two-lane road with turn and passing lanes. Precinct 3 Commissioner Mike Sandoval, whose precinct also would be affected by the project, is at right; County Judge Mary Cunningham is seated in the background.



By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

A revolution may be brewing in Llano County over what some residents perceive as an unneeded and unwanted change to Ranch to Market Road 1431 and an attitude bordering on contempt for local officials by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

At issue is a plan to change the ranch road from four lanes to what is known as a “super two” highway – one lane in each direction with intermittent turn lanes and passing lanes where engineers think they’re needed. The approximately 30 miles of Texas 71 between US 281 south of Marble Falls to Texas 16 in Llano is an example of that type of highway.


Kingsland man dies in car accident

A late night accident Thursday claimed the life of one person just west of Marble Falls.

The accident occurred when two vehicles collided on Texas Highway 71 near the Burnet and Llano county line at 11:28 p.m. Thursday, July 14, about two miles west of the intersection with U.S. Highway 281.

One man, J. Lee Rethaber, of Kingsland, was killed in the accident. It was unknown what factored into the crash.


Highland Lakes cleanups continue

City clean-up events are going on, but they don't include hazardous waste. The 2016 Burnet County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection will be held May 21, accepting liquid paint automotive fluids and batteries. Not allowed will be compact fluorescent bulbs (accepted at Home Depot), agricultural pesticides and chemicals, propane cylinders over 30 pounds, wooden TV/electronics consoles, explosives and the medical/pharmaceutical items allowed at the Burnet Drug Take-Back Day.

Spring cleaning  all over Burnet County and on in to Llano County continues next week with the City of Marble Falls Clean-up and events in Granite Shoals and Kingsland on Saturday, April 30 and specialized Burnet County events for drug disposal April 30 and hazardous waste disposal May 21.
Citywide events were held in Bertram March 2 and  April 2.
Marble Falls
The Marble Falls Clean-up event offers two options.
From April 18-22, bulk items of up to four cubic yards, correctly placed on the city easement by 7 a.m. on scheduled trash days will be picked up curbside.
From Monday-Sunday, April 16-24, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Marble Falls residents also will be able to drop off bulk items at 2000 Colt Circle (next to MFISD Administrative Offices). Tires are not accepted, as are other certain items.
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