Marble Falls news

Fri
25
Jan

MFISD introduces traffic improvement plans

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The Marble Falls Independent School District school board discussed preliminary plans for extensive paving additions and changes to be made at several campuses throughout the district at the monthly board meeting on Jan. 22.

Thu
24
Jan

Republican leader, Highlander columnist Dorothy Crockett dies

Special to The Highlander/Star Republican Women
Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan declared Nov. 14, 2017 “Dorothy Crockett Day” at the Star Republican Women's special tribute to the long-time Republican, who helped found the Texas Federation of Women as well as SRW. The mayor's declaration was met with a standing ovation by more than 140 who attended the special event.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The name Dorothy Crockett became synonymous with Horseshoe Bay, thanks in large part to her tireless chronicles of the comings and goings of local residents through her weekly “Horseshoe Bay Happenings” column in The Highlander.

Thu
24
Jan

Burnet County chooses vendor for jail system upgrade

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A Waco company will be making upgrades to the Burnet County Jail security system that will have the jail using manual controls for about a week during the installation.

After hearing a quick presentation from Sydaptic Inc., the Burnet County commissioners on Wednesday, Jan. 23, approved contracting with the company for $695,137 to install new hardware and software controls at the jail on Polk Avenue (Texas 29).

Sypdatic did not submit the lowest overall bid, but did submit what officials believed to be the best bid overall. Jail Capt. Matt Kimbler told commissioners a committee which studied bids submitted for the work recommended going with Sydaptic because of the amount of time the system would be down.

Wed
23
Jan

Press Play: Reflecting on the lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

In an era of contentious debate, Connie Swinney recalls how MLK, Jr.'s legacy should inspire everyone to carry out civic responsibilities through non-violent means.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Growing up in west Texas, I was privileged to view the world from a perspective which emphasized exceptionalism, self-sufficiency, hard work and faith.

Tue
22
Jan

Marble Falls Town Hall meeting to probe October flood response

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

From water and infrastructure provisions to public health and safety response, an upcoming Marble Falls Town Hall Meeting will examine the municipality's response and community's recovery in the wake of the October flood event.

The Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for 6 pm. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Marble Falls Public Safety Facility (police station/municipal court building), 606 Avenue N in Marble Falls.

“We'll discuss the incident, the response and the recovery,” Assistant City Manager Caleb Kraenzel said. “How did the city do? What feedback? How we can do better?”

On Oct. 16, flood waters from the Llano River rushed into the Highland Lakes submerging lakeside homes and damaging private property as well as some public roadways and city infrastructure. Along with the city of Marble Falls, community's impacted by flood waters included Cottonwood Shores, Granite Shoals, Horseshoe Bay and Kingsland.

Tue
22
Jan

MFHS cheer team showcases Mustang spirit at UIL competition

Lauren Berkman/Special to The Highlander
Marble Falls High School cheerleaders stayed focused and pumped up behind the scenes Jan. 18 during the UIL Spirit Competition in Fort Worth.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The Marble Falls High School Mustang cheerleaders reached new heights Friday, Jan. 18, with a sixth-place finish in Class 5A Division II at the UIL Spirit Competition in Fort Worth — the program's best finish ever.

Tue
22
Jan

New vehicle and staff fine tune Marble Falls Fire Rescue resources

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls Fire Rescue Firefighters, from left, Andy Sanguiet, Travis Rabb and engineer Randy Rankin, on Jan. 21 prepped the agency's new squad vehicle, which enhanced their ability to handle multiple emergency calls.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

After nearly a week of being in-service Marble Falls Fire Rescue personnel noticed the benefit of the entity's new squad response SUV.

“It's a better use of resources,” Marble Falls Fire Capt. Sam Stacks said. “It's going to improve our customer service.”

Crews placed the response vehicle in service the morning of Jan. 15.

“So far, it's working great,” Marble Falls Fire Engineer Randy Rankin said. “It's putting less wear and tear on the engine.

“It's also much easier to maneuver.”

Along with the new SUV, the department received a $553,968 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

The grant increases the number of firefighters within the agency, adding one to each shift. Each shift will staff five firefighters. The new crew members were sworn in on the same day the vehicle went into service.

Tue
22
Jan

Community answering call for Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Volunteer Barbara King (left) serves up pizza, pretzels and juice to the children at the Boys and Girls Club Highland Lakes in Marble Falls on Friday, Jan. 18.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

In the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes' time of need, the community of Marble Falls stepped up to the plate and put food on it, but there is work that still needs to be done.

Fri
18
Jan

Public can sound off on Burnet County flood debris grant

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The pile of flood debris, just off Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals could be closer to being hauled off. Burnet County will likely apply for a block grant to help pay for debris removal. The debris pile is the result of the October flood event.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County commissioners will hold a public hearing at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, about applying for a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant for removal of October 2018 flood debris.

Commissioners voted Tuesday, Jan. 15, to contract with Langford Community Management Services, a Leander-based firm, to administer and provide project-related management services for the county's grant application. Langford has provided grant administration services to a number of local entities, including several block grants for the City of Marble Falls.

The Jan. 22 public hearing will allow citizens the opportunity to discuss all aspects of the Texas Community Development Block Grant program, which is part of the Texas Department of Agriculture. Discussion topics include citizen participation, past CDBG fund use, eligible CDBG activities and amount of funding available.

Fri
18
Jan

Recommendation on Marble Falls boat ramp fees launch council debate

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The city of Marble Falls boat ramp area on Lakeshore Drive in the so-called Hays Addition on Lake Marble Falls is undergoing several thousands of dollars in upgrades and improvements, including expanded parking and ramp improvements. At the request of some council members, city officials are researching the expense and possible gain of invoking boat ramp fees.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

City officials debated the possible merits Jan. 15 of passing proposed fees for the public using two city-maintained boat launch locations to access Lake Marble Falls.

Within the city limits, boaters can access Lake Marble Falls using a ramp on Lakeshore Drive in the Hays Addition and a boat ramp in Johnson Park on Backbone Creek.

The city, opting to expand the two existing ramps, has closed a third ramp in Lakeside Park, to help clear the way for a planned hotel/conference center on Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation property adjacent to the park at Buena Vista Drive and Yett Street.

Councilman Dave Rhodes said the city's parks improvements efforts which are underway and the potential for “user wear and tear” of the amenities prompted him to request consideration of fees.

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