Marble Falls news

Tue
10
Sep

CWShores debates new fire services contract

By Phil Reynolds
Contributing Writer

Cottonwood Shores sent a proposed contract to the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department Thursday, Sept. 5, by the narrowest of margins, with two council members (Gary Parsons and Brigitte Thomas) voting for it, one (Michael Hibdon) voting against it, one (Roger Wayson) abstaining and one (Mayor Pro-tem Cheri Trinidad) absent. Wayson said he abstained because he still didn’t have enough information about the matter.

Tue
10
Sep

Marble Falls High School 2019 Homecoming festivities

Wayne Craig/Clear Memories
Marble Falls High School Starlette junior Lieutenant Alyssa Walden shines brightly during a drill team half-time performance recently. MFHS is celebrating Homecoming 2019 this week with spirited costume days, a parade, crowning of a king and queen and game on Friday night against Navarro.

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

The annual Marble Falls High School Homecoming parade will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12 beginning at 6 p.m on Manzano Mile. The parade will start about halfway between Colt Elementary and the water tower and conclude at the visitors parking lot.

Fri
06
Sep

Marble Falls Mustangs defense sharp against Canyon Lake

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Mustangs defenders are coached to strip the ball, and that's exactly what they did on several occasions against Canyon Lake. On this play, the runner was ruled down by contact. For more photos, more about the Mustang players and details of the game, pick up the Friday, Sept. 6 issue of The Highlander.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

A defensive lapse on a single drive proved to be the difference for the Mustangs in a 7-0 loss against Canyon Lake on Friday, Aug. 31 at Mustang Stadium.

Canyon Lake's opening drive of the second half never saw a second down as they scored the game's only touchdown in four plays. The Hawks strung together three first-down runs, one of which added 15 yards with a facemask penalty, before throwing a 13-yard touchdown to take the lead.

Fri
06
Sep

Toddler dies in crash on rain-slicked roadway in Round Mountain

 

 

From staff reports

A 17-month-old child from Meadowlakes and a Dripping Springs man died Sept. 1 in a two-vehicle collision on US 281, according to the Department of Public Safety report.

The crash happened at 5:20 p.m. that evening within the city limits of Round Mountain.

The report stated that a 2017 Honda CRV (unit 1) – driven by Stephen Neill, 76, of Dripping Springs – was southbound in the left lane.

Fri
06
Sep

Marble Falls area community mourns beloved children's minister

Contributed/FUMCMF
Sara Rains-Hurston (pictured here) was a children's minister at First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls, who helped children with a butterfly release during an Easter service on Sunday, April 21. She died Aug. 29 in a vehicle accident in Jack County. The church congregation will host a celebration of life ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at the church, 1101 Bluebonnet Dr.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The Marble Falls community is mourning the loss of a beloved First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls children's minister, who died in a traffic accident in Jack County last week.

Fri
06
Sep

Commission authorizes Marble Falls 281/1431 intersection improvements

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Contractors for the Texas Department of Transportation recently surveyed the area around the 281/1431 intersection in Marble Falls in preparation of work to be done by the state entity to improve safety.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

One of the most irregular intersections in Burnet County could soon see upgrades, including a new right turn lane and signal improvements, after the Texas Transportation Commission approved a 10-year state transportation plan last week.

Fri
06
Sep

Fire danger spikes during heated summer in the Highland Lakes

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls Area VFD firefighters Ken Schwake (on the left) and Tim Parker conducted post- and pre-incident maintenance Sept. 4 on vehicles and equipment in the wake a wildland blaze which scorched several acres off RR 1431 East of Marble Falls.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls Area VFD firefighters have battled back a number of wildland brush and roadside grass fires in recent weeks, which have taken a toll on equipment and resources, as the fire danger continues to mount during the height of the summer months.

Triple-digit temperatures, lack of rain, low humidity and dry “overgrown fuels” prompted bans on outdoor burning in Burnet, Llano and Blanco counties.

Wed
28
Aug

Marble Falls Mustangs witness potential of slot-T offense

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Marble Falls Mustangs Gabriel Perez (63) and Kaleb Alexander (33) took a breather between plays during the scrimmage Aug. 23 against Liberty Hill.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

Friday's scrimmage in Liberty Hill was a learning experience for the Mustangs football team; the players saw first-hand what a well-oiled Slot-T machine looks like.

“[Liberty Hill has] been doing this for 19 years; we've been doing it for 18 days,” Mustangs Head Coach Brian Herman said. “We have a long way to go, but they helped show us what we needed to see.”

Wed
28
Aug

DA earns Texas Parks and Wildlife award for case diligence

Contributed
Texas Parks and Wildlife has named 33rd/424th Judicial Districts District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee the 2019 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Prosecutor of the Year. He received the honor for his work prosecuting natural and cultural resource violations and environmental crimes in the state. Pictured, from left, are: TP&W Commissioner Reed Morian, McAfee, his wife Jill McAfee, TP&W Colonel Grahame Jones and TP&W Executive Director Carter Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

A local prosecutor has received a top award for his work in high-profile investigations involving Texas Parks and Wildlife.

The state entity recognized District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee by naming him winner of the 2019 TPWD Prosecutor of the Year Award, “for his work prosecuting natural and cultural resource violations and environmental crimes in the state.”

McAfee is the district attorney for the 33rd/424th Judicial District which encompass Blanco, Burnet, Llano and San Saba Counties.

Fri
23
Aug

Area talent shines at fifth Hill Country Community Theatre show

Contributed
The Highlander's Managing Editor Lew K. Cohn and his wife, Betty, were among the local performers at the HCCT 5th Annual Talent Show. See more photos on page 3 of the event on page 3 of the Friday, Aug. 23 issue of The Highlander.

 

 

 

 

By Don Eckelbarger and Janice Cleavinger
Contributing Writers

Have you ever thought about “treading the boards” on stage? That’s an old Broadway phrase often associated with performing theatre before a live audience, and on Aug. 17 and 18, the Hill Country Community Theatre (HCCT) in Cottonwood Shores gave 18 of your friends and neighbors the opportunity to do just that and share their talents.

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