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Fri
24
Jan

Marble Falls ISD grows CTE course options

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Floral design has become one of the most popular classes offered at Marble Falls High School. After approval by the board, students, such as Landry Stewart (left) and Avery Charlton, have the option to take advanced floral design as an elective starting next school year.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Marble Falls Independent School District added three new classes to its expanding catalog of Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses aimed at preparing students for the workforce or continuing education.

In December and January, the board of trustees approved the addition of a general employability skills class and an advanced floral design class. The courses will be offered to students starting in the 2020-21 school year. …

Fri
24
Jan

Marble Falls trades students donate pet houses to rescue shelter

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Marble Falls High School construction trades students Joscelyn Smith (left) and Chris Whitecotton played a pivotal role in the assembly of eight pet houses that were given to Live Love Animal Rescue for outdoor felines.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Marble Falls High School construction trades students refuse to let a good lesson go to waste.

Projects in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department typically end with a product that shouldn't be thrown away like a posterboard or Powerpoint presentation. So a partnership with Living Love Animal Rescue was the purr-fect way to ensure student-built houses found worthy residents. …

Fri
24
Jan

Flooding irks Marble Falls First United Methodist Church flock

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Officials with Marble Falls First United Methodist Church, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive, told council members Jan. 21 that drainage issues have worsened with increased development. Pictured here is one of the church's lots a day after the meeting.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

First United Methodist Church spokesman Keith Russell explained to Marble Falls City Council members Jan. 21 how his congregants would prefer not to walk on so much water.

“It's a drainage concern. We have a lot of elderly people,” Russell said. “Our parking lot just becomes a flood zone.” …

Tue
21
Jan

"Got Pie" team invites competitors to enter Burnet County Bake-Off

Elizabeth Johnston/Special to The Highlander

Tue
21
Jan

Republican groups unveils 2020 upcoming events

Mary Jane Avery/Special to The Highlander

Republicans are busy planning two upcoming events. Organizers along with the Burnet Chamber of Commerce and Burnet Bulletin will be hosting the 2020 Candidate Forum on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Agrilife Extension at 607 N. Vandeveer in Burnet. They are also completing details for their Chili Cook-Off, Pie Bake-Off and Scholarship Auction to be held at the Burnet Fairgrounds on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pictured, during a recent planning session, are: Karyn Mason, Londa Chandler, Gail Teegarden, Kara Chasteen, Kay Stripling and Darlene Hargett.

Tue
21
Jan

The Highlander earns awards from Texas Press Association

Betty Cohn/Special to The Highlander
Highlander managing editor Lew K. Cohn accepts the first-place plaque for Editorial Writing at the 140th annual Texas Press Association convention and trade show on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Convention Center & Spa in Galveston. The Highlander won four awards overall.

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

The Texas Press Association recognized The Highlander for outstanding achievement in several areas during its annual trade show and convention Jan. 16-18 at the 140th TPA Convention & Trade Show held at Moody Gardens Hotel, Convention Center & Spa in Galveston.

The Highlander won four awards in the 2018-19 TPA Better Newspaper Contest, finishing fifth overall in its circulation classification.

Fri
17
Jan

Marble Falls McD's to close for new building

Connie Swinney/The Highlander

A global fast-food icon's Marble Falls location will temporarily close its doors in January to make way for a new building at the same location. The last day of business at McDonald's, 1605 RR 1431, is Jan. 26. Demolition is scheduled to begin Jan. 30. “That's when the bulldozers show up,” said Teresita Arnold, area supervisor over the Marble Falls and Burnet eateries. “It will be new, bigger and more parking.” The new building is expected to be completed in 100 days.

Fri
17
Jan

TxDOT unveils US 281 road work deadlines

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

As U.S. 281 projects in Burnet and Llano counties continue into the new year, crews are scheduled to launch work in at least two more highly-traveled areas in 2020.

In southern Burnet County, construction crews have continued to remove tons of crushed rock along several miles of U.S. 281 in the southern Marble Falls city limits from the RM 2147 East intersection to an area just short of the Texas 71 intersection. …

Thu
16
Jan

BCSO: Road rage sparked fatal shooting in Spicewood

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Authorities temporarily reduced traffic lanes Jan. 15 in the 10000 block of Hwy 71 in Spicewood, while investigating a road rage incident which ended in a fatal shooting in an adjacent convenience store parking lot.

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

A Spicewood man is dead following an alleged “road rage” incident Jan. 15 in the parking lot of a convenience store, just off Texas 71 in Spicewood, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Office.

A BCSO press release stated that around 2 p.m. 44-year-old Thao Ton suffered at least two gunshot wounds and died at the scene. Investigators stated Ton was involved with 36-year-old Milton Kim of Leander in a “non-collision road rage incident on SH 71 and had mutually pulled into the Spicewood Square Chevron parking lot” where an altercation ensued. …

Fri
10
Jan

HCBA invests in trades training

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In December, Hill Country Builders Association (HCBA), Highland Lakes region, expanded their commitment to the building trades with a $10,000 investment in skills training for adults. Pictured, from left, are: Gail Davalos and Fay Crider of Workforce Network Inc., Matt Fields of Fields Company Builders, Marble Falls and Julie Farmer of Workforce Network, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

By Julie Farmer
Special to The Highlander

Two entities, focused on cultivating new careers in the skilled trades for adults, have joined forces to infuse more funding into the Workforce Network Inc. program.

On Dec. 10, 2019, Hill Country Builders Association, Highland Lakes region (HCBA) expanded their commitment to the building trades with a $10,000 investment in skills training for adults. …

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