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Fri
10
Jan

Marble Falls mayor unveils 2020 goals and beyond

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Continued water plant upgrades (in the foreground), including an existing clarifier and two new intake pumps, are on tap for 2020 in Marble Falls as well.

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city leaders have refined drafted goals for 2020 and beyond with an emphasis on infrastructure, flood recovery and continued recreation upgrades and improvement, officials said.

“Every year city council and staff convene to conduct strategic planning for the upcoming year,” Mayor John Packer said. “This year, the priorities focused on ensuring quality service to the community through improved infrastructure, better streets and a great park system.” …

Fri
10
Jan

City of Marble Falls declines annexation of Los Escondidos

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city officials have tabled a proposal to proceed with folding Los Escondidos subdivision into the city limits in light of state law prohibiting involuntary annexation and the smattering of development agreements among 38 lots.

“The council does agree it would be unfair for us to only access a portion of the lots. To have them come in and pay taxes and not have the others pay,” said City Manager Mike Hodge …

Wed
08
Jan

Report unveils details in Marble Falls Walmart pedestrian collision

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Walmart employees assisted clearing the scene Dec. 24 after the victim was sent to the hospital.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls police utilized surveillance video and witness accounts to piece together an incident where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot.

The incident occurred at 9:28 a.m. Dec. 24 at the store, located in the 2700 block of U.S. 281 in Marble Falls.

Victoria Leigh Bailey, 34, was the pedestrian struck by a 2015 Chevrolet pickup driven by 82-year-old Mark Eldon Fox of Marble Falls, according to the Marble Falls Police Department report. …

Fri
03
Jan

Marble Falls police seeking armed robbery suspect

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Authorities are looking for a suspect who robbed the LBJ Food Mart in the 400 block of U.S. 281 in Marble Falls this morning, Jan. 3, around 7:45 a.m. The suspect, believed to be either an Hispanic or Asian male, was wearing a mask, brandished a firearm, took cash and punched the clerk in the face, according to police. The suspect then fled the store on foot north on U.S. 281 and headed west on Sixth Street. To offer a tip, call 830-693-3611.

Thu
26
Dec

Marble Falls police seek suspect in store bomb hoax

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls police closed the Walmart parking lot after receiving a report of a “non-specific” bomb threat the morning of Dec. 26 in a recorded phone message. The scare ended about two-and-a-half hours later with no device found following a sweep of the building.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls police are looking for a possible suspect who left a message on a store phone which resulted in the evacuation of Walmart the day after Christmas.

Officials confirmed that the message may have been left the evening before but was discovered the morning of Dec. 26 by a staff member.

“The threat was extremely vague and not specific to any part of the store or person,” Marble Falls Police Sgt. Barry Greer said. “The building was evacuated out of an abundance of caution. …

Mon
23
Dec

Law enforcement mourns Burnet PD K-9 handler's death

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Burnet Police Officer Jose Meza, who served as the K9 handler for the agency, died Dec. 20 of a heart attack, according to the preliminary autopsy report. He was just 30 years old with a wife and toddler child. Hundreds of members of law enforcement from local agencies as well as across the state attended Meza's services at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Marble Falls. Agencies conducted a funeral escort to Post Mountain Cemetery with full law enforcement honors near Burnet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Hundreds of peace officers and emergency personnel from around the state descended on Marble Falls two days before Christmas to honor a Burnet PD K9 handler who died after suffering an apparent heart attack, just a week short of his year anniversary with the agency.

A funeral mass for Burnet PD K9 Officer Jose Humberto Meza was conducted at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Dec. 23, followed by a procession to Post Mountain Cemetery where graveside services were conducted with full law enforcement honors. …

Tue
17
Dec

Marble Falls crisis center worker dies after car crash

Contributed
The collision, which resulted in a fatality, occurred in 8300 block of Highway 190 and involved multiple vehicles. Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the cause.

 

 

 

From staff reports

A Lampasas woman, who works at a Marble Falls women's shelter, has succumbed to her injuries Dec. 13 and died following a vehicle crash in Lampasas County.

Caety Edwards, a vehicle occupant, suffered “significant injuries” including a punctured lung, broken bones and internal damage, a family source stated. Prior to the incident, she had worked for the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center. …

Fri
13
Dec

Lake Marble Falls infested with zebra mussels

Contributed/Texas Parks and Wildlife
TP&W added Lake Marble Falls to the statewide list of lakes infected with zebra mussels, an invasive species. Pictured here is a view from the east bank of the waterway, adjacent to U.S. 281.

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has added Lake Marble Falls and Granger Lake to the statewide list of lakes infested with invasive zebra mussels after discovering established, reproducing populations in the lakes this fall.

Tue
10
Dec

Avenue E neighborhood blasts traffic in Marble Falls residential area

File photo
Avenue E residents expressed concern about speeding and public safety due to FM 1431 traffic (pictured here) detouring through their street in Marble Falls.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city officials vowed to address growing traffic concerns by a neighborhood fed up with speed and cut-through vehicles off FM 1431 and U.S. 281 into a historic district.

During the Dec. 3 regular meeting, several residents attended who live east of U.S. 281 in the Avenue E area of the city. …

Tue
10
Dec

Marble Falls approves $4.405M bond debt refinance

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls City Council approved refinancing of $4.405 million in debt at a lower interest rate as well as contracting with state-mandated bond counsel for legal purposes in handling bond investments.

The council voted unanimously to authorize the refunding and re-investment of a 2010 series of certificates of obligation (C.O.) following a presentation by financial advisors for the municipality, during the Dec. 3 regular council meeting. …

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