Marble Falls Area VFD


Firefighters storm old H-E-B building


By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Demolition of the old Marble Falls H-E-B Store began Wednesday, March 14, but before it went under the wrecking ball, the landmark store since 1966 provided one more service to its community.

It was stormed Monday by 34 local firefighters in practice drills seldom available anywhere.

“I have been in this business 32 years and have never had an opportunity like this,” said Marble Falls Fire Rescue Chief Russell Sander. “It is not just every day firemen can see a sprinkler system activated in a building over 75,000 square feet, perform forcible entry into locked or damaged roll-up doors or breach cinder block walls on an actual building.”


Hunger never takes a holiday

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Volunteer firefighters are serving three free community meals on Saturday, Dec. 30.

Since the Burnet County Hunger Alliance (BCHA) was formed last year, volunteers have been pleased with progress in bringing together organizations that focus on delivering food to those who need it, with one notable gap—the holidays.

Some food pantry and meal programs are interrupted to allow volunteers time with families and for travel.

A new effort to fill the gap is gaining some traction this year with the help of the volunteer fire departments in Marble Falls, Cottonwood Shores and Spicewood.

“The firefighters have come to the rescue,” said Pam Rogers, one of the BCHA volunteers. “On Dec. 30 they will serve pancake meal at three different locations.”

The Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department was the first to step up, Rogers said.


Tobyville accident leaves truck on country barn

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

A one-car accident landed a pick-up on an equipment shed near the Tobyville Community on Oct. 11.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Lawrence McQuay was at home in the 1900 block of Burnet County Road 124 when he heard a terrific crash outside a little after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.

He opened his front door to see a red Dodge club cab pickup smashed through the roof of his equipment shed.

“It like to scared my little dogs to death,” said McQuay, crossing the county road to view the damage. “The riding mower in there was brand new.”

The lone occupant of the pickup had no apparent serious injury, but was examined by Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service personnel, as the Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department worked to prevent leaking fuel from igniting.


Teen emerges unscathed from RM 1431 ravine

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A Georgetown teen escaped serious injury Monday night, June 20, when his car landed in standing water in a ravine off Ranch to Market Road 1431 east of Marble Falls.

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