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Tue
31
Mar

Marble Falls EDC earmarks $100,000 to help businesses

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
A message greeted tourists and local residents March 30 to encourage them to continue to patronize businesses, who remain open, but are struggling due to COVID-19 prevention restrictions.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

With the approval of the city council March 26, the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation (EDC) approved assigning the entity's finance committee to coordinate a $100,000 small business loan program for qualified merchants devastated by safety requirements connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDC, which operates on sales tax dollars, will make $88,000 available via an existing emergency fund, supplemented with an additional $12,000 potentially provided through the entity's Community Leverage Funds program.

Tue
31
Mar

Marble Falls merchants adjust to curbside service

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
A small group of staff members, from right, Vanessa Yanez, Robin Arnold and Stacey Temple at the Blue Bonnet Cafe, 211 U.S. 281, collected and delivered curbside meals from the iconic eatery, which downsized and took extra precautions due to disaster orders aimed at curbing COVID-19 infections. Staff are serving the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 830-693-2344 to place an order.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

As soon as Kate Heylman noticed the pop-up canopy in the Blue Bonnet Cafe parking lot on March 27, she did not hesitate to stop and place an order for biscuits and gravy.

“I bought a car in North Dakota two weeks ago and everything happened. I had heard about it (Bluebonnet Cafe), when I was planning my trip to Texas.”

Mon
30
Mar

COVID-19 risks expand in Burnet County

Contributed/Judge James Oakley
Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal took precautions during the livestreamed March 30 special meeting, conducted by commissioners, which placed restrictions on attendance.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The COVID-19 virus has entered into “community spread” in Burnet County and “it's a lot worse than our numbers show,” County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal warned Monday, March 30 during a special called Commissioners Court meeting.

Burnet County officials had announced this past weekend there are now three confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 originating in Burnet County and there are several tests still pending confirmation at this time.

Fri
27
Mar

Marble Falls ISD to continue community support

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Marble Falls Independent School District officials detailed the continuation of closure procedures, including compensation of teachers, at the regular board meeting on Tuesday, March 25.

The district and all campuses will remain closed through at least next week in accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order to limit gatherings of individuals due to the spread of COVID-19.

During the suspension, however, all district staff members – including teachers, custodians and transportation workers – will be paid. …

Fri
27
Mar

MFISD launches grab-and-go meals during suspension

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls ISD food and nutrition personnel are coordinating breakfast and lunch meal curbside pickup for families, which started March 24, at several sites during the statewide suspension of schools due to restrictions to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Ana Rodriguez expressed gratitude to the food services crew March 25, as she collected three curbside meals for her children March 25 at Marble Falls Middle School.

“This is very hard times right now,” she said. “It's very hard to find groceries for my kids to have healthy meals each day. It's very stressful.” …

Fri
27
Mar

Marble Falls ISD teachers launch virtual classrooms

Contributed/MFISD educator Heather Metzgar
Marble Falls ISD teachers gather in small groups to coordinate online classroom services for participating student, who must remain at home at least through April 3 during measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Although Marble Falls High School students remain at home, chemistry teacher Natalie Allen is cultivating a direct line of communication with her students and their parents – a direct connection online.

“First, all teachers either digitally or personally are at school today working on plans for school to continue virtually,” Natalie Allen said in a mass email to parents on March 25. …

Fri
27
Mar

Community Resource Centers continue resources and aid

Contributed
Marble Falls-office Site Director Jeanne Emerson, back, and Community Resource Centers of Texas Executive Director Donna Klaeger continue to work to assist and protect vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

 

 

Donna Klaeger, Executive Director
Community Resources of Texas, Inc.
Special to The Highlander

The Community Resource Centers, Inc. understands that our community is changing rapidly. Trying to find the right help in a time of need can be very complicated and stressful. The Covid19 Virus has arrived in our area, and we are striving to keep information flowing to our clients, as well as our community partners. We are continuing business as usual and we will direct clients to the very best resource available to them.

Wed
25
Mar

Burnet County issues “Stay in Place” order over COVID-19

Burnet County officials created a listing graphic of what the 'Stay in Place and Stay Safe' order means for residents' day-to-day activities.

 

 

By Connie Swinney and Lew K. Cohn
The Highlander

Burnet County officials, in cooperation with municipalities and the Burnet County Health Authority, opted March 25 to order “Stay in Place and Stay Safe” guidelines in response to growing concerns about minimizing the number of potential infections of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Tue
24
Mar

Judge: Burnet County will follow governor's lead on COVID-19

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Burnet County Commissioners received an update March 19 during a special called meeting, where an emergency disaster declaration was updated based on a state-issued order. Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal attended and provided an update on COVID-19 protocols at that time.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said Tuesday, March 24, he doesn't believe a “shelter-in-place” order will be necessary for Burnet County following similar orders being issued for Austin and Travis County and the city of Lampasas.

Tue
24
Mar

Marble Falls families adapt to COVID-19 isolation

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Jade Klaus and Eric Walker, both of Marble Falls, made a Redbox selection over the weekend as the community began adapting to more stringent calls for “social distancing” as a measure to reduce possible coronavirus infections.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

With the suspension of schools and job furloughs, local families have found ways to reconnect with one another, continue essential tasks and still offer support for their loved ones.

Jade Klaus and Eric Walker explained how they bought groceries March 20, stopped at Walgreens for a few health necessities and then purchased a Red Box movie outside the pharmacy.

“This gives us an opportunity to rent movies and hang out at the house with kids,” Klaus said of Walker and their boys ages four and 12. …

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