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Phoenix Center, Texas A&M College of Architecture partner to design new facility

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

More than 60 Texas A&M University College of Architecture students and faculty members will come to Marble Falls on Monday, Sept. 12, to tour a potential site for a new Phoenix Center facility and to help produce schematic architectural and site master planning concepts for the non-profit organization.

Phoenix Center Executive Director and founder Sarah Garrett said the partnership is being made possible by a $25,000 grant from the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s High-Impact Learning Vertical Interdisciplinary Studio.


Lumbert showing signs of progress after injuries

Contributed/Eric Debris

Scott Lumbert survived this crash of his top fuel hydro drag boat "Spirit of Texas" at LakeFest on Sunday, Aug. 14, and he is still hospitalized at University Medical Center Brackenridge Hospital in Austin.

By Christi Bertelson

Highland Lakes Newspapers


Scott Lumbert is showing signs of progress after injuries sustained during the boat races at LakeFest on Sunday, Aug. 14, according to his wife Lynn.

“Scott is showing progress; it is baby steps and we still have a long road, but we are celebrating each success,” said Lynn via social media.

“Today they did a tracheotomy, hoping to wean him off the ventilator gradually over time. Scott, being the strong man he is, is breathing on his own right off the start.

“I wanted to thank everyone for all their prayers. You all are amazing, Please continue with all the prayers. Because of your prayers and support, I know Scott and I are not facing this journey alone. Thank you.”


Marble Falls park survey offers prize drawing

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

No matter where you are from, the Marble Falls Parks & Recreation Department wants your ideas for their facilities and programs.

An online survey is being conducted to collect the information that will make its way into the process going on to update the city's Park, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan. The document will help Marble Falls set priorities for parks, recreation facilities, trails and open spaces for the next 10 years.

As an incentive for the effort, those who complete the survey by Aug. 31 will be able to enter a drawing for a chance to win two VIP tickets to FiestaJAM 2016 to be held Sept. 23-24 at Lakeside Park and Pavilion or a 16GB Verizon iPhone 5s.

“Anyone who works or shops here or who just enjoys coming to Marble Falls is invited to take the survey,” said Monique Breaux, administrative assistant for Parks & Recreation. “The city takes everyone's views seriously.”


LakeFest honors Fry as competition begins

By Lew K. Cohn

and Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Water will be spraying hard and fast when drag boats zip across Lake Marble Falls this weekend during the 25th annual LakeFest, but it will be hard for pilots not to be reminded the tragic accident that claimed the life of veteran racer Mike Fry last year.

A tribute was held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, to remember Fry and honor his fellow drivers. The festival kicks off in earnest today, Friday, Aug. 12, with qualifying rounds starting at 9 a.m. and continuing into the afternoon.

Competitors and fans alike especially will miss that one entry not in this year's field. Fry, pilot of the Meanstreak II, a Top Alcohol Hydro (TAH) boat, died around 10:30 a.m on Aug. 9, 2015, after his boat disintegrated at the end of a run.


Tax holiday underway

With school supplies and new clothes hitting the shelves, local residents can enjoy the Texas sales tax holiday this weekend, starting Friday, Aug. 5, and extending through Sunday, Aug. 7.
Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 will be exempt from state and local sales and use taxes. The break can save consumers plenty while shopping for back-to-school necessities.
The tax break includes any qualifying items that are purchased not only in stores but also online, or by telephone or by mail.
Specialty athletic equipment and accessories such as jewelry, luggage, computer bags and duffle bags, will not qualify for the sales tax break.
Also excluded are textbooks, computer software and computers.


Touch up before touchdowns

Contributed/Karen Bailey

A lone worker repaints the light poles Friday, Aug. 5, at the Marble Falls Middle School football stadium, using a lift and controlling it from the bucket. Meanwhile, football two-a-day practice for the high school Mustangs starts Monday, Aug. 8.


Gasaway hired as new assistant superintendent for MFISD

Jeff Gasaway

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander


The Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees took no action on naming a new Place 7 trustee on Thursday night, Aug. 4, but wasted no time in hiring a new assistant superintendent.


Jeff Gasaway was hired during a special called meeting to be the new assistant superintendent of administrative operations. He succeeds Wade Stanford, who became the new superintendent at Westwood ISD in Palestine last month.


Gasaway comes to Marble Falls from Waco Midway ISD, where he was principal at Midway High School and worked closely with current Marble Falls ISD Superintendent Dr. Chris Allen, who was a principal, assistant superintendent and interim superintendent at Midway ISD from 2008 to 2012.


Gasaway said he is excited to be taking on a new position in MFISD.



Marble Falls man shot in bed


A Marble Falls man was shot in a home while laying in bed on Thursday night, Marble Falls Police confirmed.

A 27-year-old man was laying in bed in a home in the 400 block of Avenue R at approximately 11:22 p.m. when he was shot twice in the torso, police said.

Witnesses told officers that two masked men entered the house, ran into the bedroom, and shot the victim. The man was then transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center and is reportedly in stable condition.

It is unclear at this time whether the man was a resident of the home.

As of 9 a.m., officers were no longer at the scene. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.


Kingsland man dies in car accident

A late night accident Thursday claimed the life of one person just west of Marble Falls.

The accident occurred when two vehicles collided on Texas Highway 71 near the Burnet and Llano county line at 11:28 p.m. Thursday, July 14, about two miles west of the intersection with U.S. Highway 281.

One man, J. Lee Rethaber, of Kingsland, was killed in the accident. It was unknown what factored into the crash.


Manzano Olympic trial lost in final push

Leo Manzano, a graduate of Marble Falls High School and The University of Texas, leads a run with fans on the Leonel Manzano Hike, Bike & Run Trail at the Granite Shoals 50th Year Bash in April. The silver-medal Olympian was seconds short of qualifying for a third Olympics in final trials Sunday.



Leo Manzano’s bid for his third straight Olympics in the 1,500 meters ended Sunday in Eugene, Oregon.

With 100 meters to go, Manzano went for his patented kick but just as he got shoulder-to-shoulder with Ben Blakenship for third place Manzano was not able to keep up with Blakenship’s extra effort. Manzano finished in fourth place with a time of 3:36.62 in the Olympic Trails.


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