Marble Falls news

Fri
08
Nov

Burnet County veteran recounts near-death flight experience

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Burnet County resident Ray Bronk has several old photographs of his time in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1972 when he served as a fighter pilot and flight instructor.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

A brush with death would make most people reconsider their path in life, but a midair jet fighter collision during a training exercise could not dissuade Burnet County veteran Ray Bronk from continuing to pilot aircraft for his country.

Ray joined the United States Air Force in 1952 and aced his aptitude tests. The career advisor listed aircraft pilot as one of his potential jobs.

Fri
08
Nov

Youth embrace future with Marble Falls Rotary Career Day

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The Rotary Club Career Day/Job Shadowing program Nov. 7 gave Marble Falls High School juniors and Faith Academy students a glimpse at potential careers. Pictured are: Trey Gilpin and Marble Falls Fire Rescue firefighter/EMT Bobby Amik utilizing a spreader used for emergency extrication to demonstrate tool control techniques.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

As Marble Falls Independent School District Superintendent Chris Allen explains, giving students an opportunity for an up-close look at their chosen field – if only for a day – can prove to be an invaluable and potentially life-changing experience.

“These experiences confirm occupational goals for students and inspire continued efforts toward the educational attainment needed for success in those fields,” Allen said. “If the student has an experience which discourages him or her, this allows the student to consider other pursuits earlier in the course of their educational path.” . . .

Fri
08
Nov

Marine Corps veteran takes over USPS reins

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The new Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay postmaster, Steve Lilley, is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who will be presenting other veterans on the staff with lanyards on Veterans Day Nov. 11 for an outward show of support for their service.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

When U.S. Marine Corps veteran Steve Lilley accepted the job as postmaster of the Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay area, he knew it would be a good fit for his family and the community.

“My first full week here, I put in some extra hours, but it's worth it. I can tell this crew – in a smaller office than I came from – they work well together.”

Lilley, 46, started his position with the local U.S. Postal Service on Oct. 28 after serving as postmaster in Belton since 2017. . .

Tue
05
Nov

Opinion: Important things to know about Prop 4

By State Rep. Terry Wilson (District 20)

In the light of the upcoming constitutional amendments election, our office has received a few questions from people wanting to understand more about Proposition 4. There has been a lot of information, misinformation and questions floating around about what Prop 4 accomplishes and how it would be implemented. I’d like to share our answers with you to help give a clearer picture of the reasoning behind the amendment, and help you to make a more informed decision at the ballot box

Q: Does this actually ban a State Income Tax? Isn’t it already banned?

Fri
01
Nov

Mustangs to honor seniors on Friday, Nov. 1

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
The coaching staff including Head Coach Brian Herman celebrate a crucial special teams tackle in the Mustangs' victory over Bastrop on Oct. 18 at Mustang Stadium. The Mustangs look to recreate the magic of that game against the district-leading Weiss Wolves on Friday.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

The Marble Falls Mustangs return to Mustang Stadium tonight for their final home game of the season against the Pflugerville Weiss Wolves.

The Mustangs (1-7, 1-4) seniors will be suiting up for the final time as high school football players and will be honored with the Senior Walk at the game.

Weiss (7-1, 5-0) enters the match with an undefeated district record and a chance to clinch the District 13-5A regular season title. Brenham and Glenn are tied for second place and face each other this week. . . .

Fri
01
Nov

Burnet County rescinds burn ban

UPDATE: As of 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, the city of Marble Falls has lifted its ban on outdoor burning.

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Following the return of precipitation and cooler temperatures over the course of several days, Burnet County Judge James Oakley rescinded the county's ban on outdoor burning Wednesday, Oct. 30 . . . .

Fri
01
Nov

Appeals court rules against city of Double Horn in state AG lawsuit

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
As city of Double Horn citizens prepare to vote in the Nov. 5 election on whether to remain incorporated, the Texas Court of Appeals, Third District released an opinion Oct. 30 that allows the state AG's office to proceed with a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the municipality.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The Texas Third District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) on Oct. 30 in the entity's effort to advance trial proceedings seeking to dissolve the city of Double Horn on allegations the municipality formed unlawfully in an effort to halt a quarry operation.

Tue
29
Oct

LCRA - So what is the problem?

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
LCRA Executive Vice President of Water John Hofmann addressed the Marble Falls City Council in February about the entity's operations during the October 2018 flood. Council members quizzed Hofmann about debris and sediment deposits left in the flood's wake.

 

 

 

 

By William D. (Dee) Haddock
Marble Falls City Council Member

As I begin this letter, I want to make clear that I am writing this as an individual member of the Marble Falls City Council, and I am not speaking for the Council as a whole.

Tue
29
Oct

Marble Falls water customers can track use

Special to the Highlander

Marble Falls city officials have launched an online water utility portal to arm customers with ways to detect and prevent water loss due to leaks or untracked usage and to promote conservation.

The WaterSmart platform available on the city's website is described as “a cloud-based, customer self-service and engagement platform.”

“(The platform is) proven to reduce costs, improve operational efficiency, and increase customer satisfaction by more than 25 percent,” stated City Manager Mike Hodge in a press release. . .

Wed
23
Oct

Water Matters! CTWC Worried about Future Water Supply

Contributed/LCRA
During extreme drought situations such as the case in 2012, the Lower Colorado River Authority can limit the amount of water flows downstream to so-called "interruptible" customers such as the rice farmers in Matagorda Bay on the Texas coast.

 

 

 

 

By Jo Karr Tedder
Contributing Writer
Central Texas Water Coalition

Even though we’ve had soup weather, there will be no water alphabet soup column until next month due to questions about the proposed Water Management Plan (WMP). Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has scheduled a Hearing on the proposed WMP for October 24, 2019 at 7:00pm at TCEQ Headquarters, 12100 Park 35 Circle Building E, Room 201S, Austin, Texas 78753. Comments can be sent to the clerk at this address. In the first informal part of the hearing, you may ask questions, but if you want your questions to be part of the official record, you may submit oral or written questions and/or concerns in the second part of the hearing.

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