Marble Falls news

Tue
05
Feb

Buckingham files property tax reform bills

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Fri
01
Feb

Marble Falls Town Hall meeting assesses post-flood response

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls Fire Rescue Chief Russell Sander guided discussion and input from the public during the Town Hall meeting Jan. 29, which addressed response and recovery efforts by the municipality in the wake of the October flood.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

From initial door-to-door response for evacuations to post-flood cleanup provisions for residents, the Town Hall meeting Jan. 29 crafted an assessment of how the community handled the response and recovery process of the October flood event.

Known as an “after-action review,” city officials devised the Town Hall held at the Marble Falls Public Safety Facility (police station and municipal court building) to gather input from citizens to determine what worked well and what could be improved in the aftermath of the flood.

On Oct. 16, flood water from storms in the Junction area produced runoff into the Llano River which eventually slammed into the Highland Lakes which caused temporary evacuations, submerged lakeside homes, deposited debris and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Fri
01
Feb

City eyes house as hazard, Property owner asks for direction

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
During a Town Hall post flood event review Jan. 29, city officials addressed concerns by Marble Falls resident Nancy Dunnam, who lives on Buena Vista Drive, where a number of homes adjacent to Backbone Creek experienced property erosion.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

In the aftermath of the October flood event, Marble Falls resident Nancy Dunnam, who has a home on Buena Vista Drive, believes her family has faced a tough climb towards recovery.

“I can't get any information on how to get back in my home. I have a fence that was literally put around my house, no communication,” she said. “How many of you guys that had this happen to you had a fence put around your home? Anybody? Or is it just Buena Vista.”

Dunnam shared her concerns during the Marble Falls Town Hall meeting on Jan. 29, which assessed and gathered citizen input about response and recovery since the flood event.

Fri
01
Feb

Marble Falls sets new record with hotel revenue

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A new report from the Texas Comptroller's Office shows Marble Falls hotels generated a record $11.7 million in total revenue for 2018 — an increase of about seven percent above the nearly $10.95 million lodgers generated in the community in 2017, a local economic development official said.

Fri
01
Feb

Marble Falls sales tax receipts jump again

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Sales tax distributions for Marble Falls for the month of January climbed more than seven percent above last year's total from the same time period, continuing a trend of sales tax growth for the county's largest city.

Wed
30
Jan

District judges appoint Smith new Burnet County auditor

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County has a new county auditor and purchasing agent after 33rd District Judge Allan Garrett and 424th District Judge Evan Stubbs appointed Karin A. Smith to the position, effective Feb. 4.

Wed
30
Jan

Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce selects executive director

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The new executive director for the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce will start his new job today, bringing with him extensive experience in managing hundreds of volunteers for large events, officials said.

Jarrod Metzgar, his wife Heather and their two children had already lived in the Marble Falls community for more than a year and a half when he applied for and earned the job.

“We did have some other great candidates who were local, but not with his experience level,” said Chamber President Taylor Smith.

Metzgar previously worked for 10 years with Extraco Events Center, formerly the Heart 'O Texas Fair Complex, where he served as vice president.

“He's got experience managing large events. They had a large event every year,” Smith said. “He was responsible for managing 450 volunteers.”

Wed
30
Jan

Marble Falls discusses relocating STEAM Academy

Contributed
Marble Falls ISD STEAM Academy students demonstrated one of their projects to their parents and peers at a December open house. The district is looking at moving the academy campus from Spicewood Elementary to Marble Falls Middle School.

 

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The Marble Falls Independent School District school board last week weighed the benefits and drawbacks of relocating the newly-founded STEAM Academy to Marble Falls Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year.

Fri
25
Jan

Hill Country Blenders offering singing Valentines

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Members of the Hill Country Blenders will perform as a barbershop quartet to deliver Singing Valentines on Thursday, Feb. 14, as a fundraiser.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

A really nice love song is a great way to express love for your best gal or guy. If you are not that confident of your singing voice, the Hill Country Blenders have a deal for you!

Fri
25
Jan

Disabled, elderly Kingsland woman receives gift of hearing due to Estes donation

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Dolores Kasper (center) poses for a photo with Estes Audiology staff (from left) Rayleen Nelson, Dr. Katherine Sonnamaker, Tricia Hastings and Dr. Jacob Keup after receiving her new hearing aids.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

One Hill Country resident is able to hear life with a little more clarity after a generous gift from a local business.

Dolores Kasper, 88, of Kingsland received a free pair of Phonak Bolero B90-SP hearing aids from Estes Audiology on Tuesday, Jan. 22 as part of the company's gift of hearing program.

“These are top-of-the-line,” said Tricia Hastings, patient care coordinator at Estes. “They are strong enough to fit the severity of her hearing loss.”

Kasper is a retired small business owner who now lives alone in Kingsland; she has been a patient with Estes for over five years. She is blind and wheelchair-bound, but still finds joy in life. Throughout the entire appointment with Dr. Katherine Sonnamaker, Kasper told jokes and laughed as if nothing ailed her.

“It's so nice to be able to do this for her,” Sonnamaker said. “Hearing is all she has left to connect with the world.”

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