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Tue
02
Jun

Spokeswoman: Black Lives Matter intends 'peaceful' protest in Marble Falls

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A series of heated social media exchanges prompted Marble Falls police June 2 to coordinate with organizers of a planned Black Lives Matter (BLM)  protest event in the community, officials said, in an effort to preempt any potential public safety issues.

National BLM organizers have promoted protests aimed at calling attention to the in-custody death of a black man on May 25 in Minnesota.

Tue
02
Jun

Marble Falls High School graduates Class of 2020

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By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

After months of uncertainty surrounding the fate of graduation, Marble Falls Independent School District seniors heard their names called and walked the stage to receive their diplomas.

In-person graduation ceremonies were held for Falls Career High School and Marble Falls High School seniors at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively, on Friday, May 29. …

Tue
02
Jun

Baylor Scott and White Health announces 1,200 layoffs systemwide

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Baylor Scott & White Health announced last week it will lay off approximately 3 percent of its total workforce — about 1,200 employees, including some in the Hill Country Region — due to financial hardship caused by COVID-19.

The largest not-for-profit hospital system in the state also said it plans temporarily to cut the pay of more than 250 executives, modify its physician compensation models and to flex and furlough an undisclosed amount of workers while leaving open positions unfilled to achieve cuts through attrition. …

Tue
02
Jun

Marble Falls EDC hotel and conference center deal takes shape

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In 2017, officials began a rollout of preliminary renderings, site plans and images of the then-proposed hotel and conference center, located adjacent to Lakeside Park on EDC property near the shoreline of Lake Marble Falls.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation (EDC) board members will review a partnership agreement with a company tasked with helping the entity bring a hotel and conference center project to fruition planned near the shoreline of Lake Marble Falls.

The meeting to discuss amending the “memorandum of understanding” (MOU) with the Phoenix Hospitality Group is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, June 3 at Lakeside Pavilion.

Tue
26
May

Marble Falls traffic swept up by turbines

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Local motorists are having to contend with the growing number of 240-foot long wind turbine blades, making their way onto U.S 281 from RR 2147 (seen here on May 19) in Marble Falls traveling north on the highway to expanding wind farms.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The old adage – “Everything is bigger in Texas” – lives up to its phrasing as far as motorists are concerned who attempt to navigate frequent loads of monster wind turbine blades blowing through town in the past few weeks.

In Marble Falls, the 240-foot long blades have made at least half a dozen trips in the month of May around the corner of RR 2147 onto U.S. 281, temporarily halting traffic as trailers negotiate the intersection. …

Tue
26
May

Marble Falls native Amber Westerman releases first single

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Amber Westerman, who grew up in Marble Falls, first picked up a guitar at age 17. Her love of music has taken her from Texas to Iowa to Hawaii and now to Nashville. Listen to her new single "Your Homebody" and read more about her journey at amberwestermanmusic.com.

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Amber Westerman's travels have taken her to Iowa, Hawaii and her current home of Nashville, Tennessee, but the singer-songwriter's roots remain firmly grounded in her Marble Falls upbringing.

Fri
22
May

Marble Falls unveils new Lakeside Park amenities, city pool plan

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
City officials hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony at 4 p.m. today, Friday, May 22, for newly-renovated and newly-created amenities including a lakes swimming area and the manmade sandy beach in Lakeside Park, 200 Buena Vista Dr.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

As the temperatures heat up, Marble Falls city staff have created a program to help youngsters cool off this summer, while adhering to COVID-19 protocols from the state.

“We are planning to have pool hours as far as June and then also July,” City Manager Mike Hodge told city council members May 22. “We will be complying to the governor's order.

“We'll shoot for 25 percent (occupancy),” he added.

Fri
22
May

State releases Marble Falls COVID-19 test site results

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Tue
19
May

Marble Falls gyms get creative with re-opening with re-opening criteria

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls Athletic Club owner Patrick Bonner and certified personal trainer Johnny Henderson planned May 15 how to space clients for fitness activities in anticipation of the re-opening of facilities Monday, May 18.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

From a new name to a new way of doing business upon re-opening, the Verus Strength & Fitness Transformation Lab, has cultivated a plan for eventually coaxing clients back into the facility by keeping them active online.

Recommendations for owners and facility organizers under Gov. Greg Abbot's re-opening allowance starting May 18 for private and public fitness facilities include asking their clients to wear face coverings, utilize good hand hygiene and cough etiquette as well as clean and sanitize equipment and surfaces frequently.

Tue
19
May

Burnet County divvies up funds to nonprofits

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Eleven Highland Lakes nonprofit organizations are splitting $100,000 in funds from the Capitol Area Housing Finance Corporation (CAHFC) after action taken by the Burnet County Commissioners Court last week.

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