Marble Falls news

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.

Fri
23
Aug

PEC employees donate school supplies in MFISD

Contributed
Several campuses, including Colt Elementary in Marble Falls, received free school supplies before the first day of school due to the generosity of a Pedernales Electric Cooperative first-ever employee-wide collection effort.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) employees teamed up to provide a bright start to the school year for area teachers and students.

Fri
23
Aug

Marble Falls High tiny home construction no small task

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Construction and welding teacher Shawn Reed and his students put a year and a half into the construction of a tiny home. Marble Falls ISD has put the home on the market, and all proceeds from the sale go back into the CTE program.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Marble Falls High School Career and Technology Education program is making their presence known in the tiny home market after the latest completion of a major project.

“There were challenges along the way,” construction and welding teacher Shawn Reed said. “It's like building a house, but it's not. Everything is so small, but you're building it like a house. All the corners and transitions are trickier.”

Tue
20
Aug

Marble Falls Mustangs 'show flashes' in Lampasas scrimmage

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Fullback Gabe Barker is swarmed by teammates and coaches following his long touchdown run on Friday, Aug. 16 at a scrimmage against Lampasas.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

The Mustangs football teams played their first of two scrimmages prior to the start of the 2019 season on Friday in Lampasas against a talented Badgers squad.
All of the highs and lows of an opening scrimmage were on display as the Mustangs scored a pair of touchdowns but also allowed some big plays on defense.
“I was happy we scored; I was really hoping we would,” Head Coach Brian Herman said with a laugh. “We knew we had a challenge (with Lampasas), and it was really good for us to pick this scrimmage up to see a good spread attack.”
The Mustangs scored on their third possession of the scrimmage as the newly-implemented Slot-T offense started to warm up. . . .

Tue
20
Aug

Dove season begins Sept. 1, Here's what you need to know

Contributed/Texas Parks and Wildlife
Dove season begins on Sept. 1 for the central zone which includes Llano and Burnet County. The regular season extends through Nov. 3.

 

 

 

From staff reports

Dove season begins on Sept. 1 for the central zone which includes Llano and Burnet County.

The season extends through Nov. 3, then starts again on Dec. 20 through Jan. 14, 2020. Statewide falconry hunting season is Nov. 16 through Dec. 2.

Legal shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. Bag limits for the central zone are 15 birds daily, no more than two white-tipped daily aggregate and three times daily bag possession limit.

Tue
20
Aug

Press Play: Sugar and spice and everything not so nice

Photo by Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Certainly there's nothing wrong with following up a salad with this delightful dessert, right?

Connie is a staff writer for The Highlander and Burnet Bulletin. She covers Marble Falls city and community news, the police beat and the 33rd/424th Judicial District Courts. You can read more of her columns in both publications. Send her a note at connie@highlandernews.com. To subscribe call 830-693-4367.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney

As a child, I could not understand how anyone could consider eating anything Rare, Raw, Marinated or Spicy.

A young palate might describe those “adult” cooking features as – Bloody, Bloodier, Slimy or Murder-mouth.

As an adult with a more mature palate, I find myself craving such foods, but all too often my tummy has determined the more exotic the meal the more I need to temper food portions.

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