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Tue
12
Feb

The Highlander teams up with H-E-B

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Special to The Highlander
H-E-B, Texas' finest grocery store and the first company inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, is teaming up with The Highlander, your hometown newspaper since 1959, to run the retailer's weekly shopping inserts.

Every Tuesday, H-E-B inserts will be found in The Highlander on newsstands and in subscribers' mailboxes, chock full of weekly specials for Market, Seafood, Produce, Household Essentials, Bakery, Deli, Floral, Health and Beauty and more! Look for great H-E-B Meal Deals which will save you time — and money!

Fri
08
Feb

Girl Scout house reopens in Marble Falls

Contributed/Girl Scouts of Central Texas
Flooding in the Highland Lakes in October 2018 made the Girl Scout Huber House hut unusable on Pecan Valley Drive, but thanks to community assistance, the hut is celebrating its reopening this weekend.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

When the Highland Lakes flooded in October, the Marble Falls Girl Scout Huber House was rendered unusable. Thanks to local citizens who stepped up in a time of need, however, the building was renovated and is ready to reopen just three months later.

Fri
08
Feb

Two homes set for demolition for Marble Falls parks expansion

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Two houses on property owned by the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation, along Backbone Creek, are set for demolition to make way for more green space.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls Economic Development Board members approved a contractor to demolish two Backbone Creek-side homes and ultimately transfer the cleared property to the city of Marble Falls for park space, officials said.
The municipal park space plans are pending approval by the Marble Falls City Council.

Fri
08
Feb

LCRA responds to flood management critics

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
LCRA Executive Vice President for Water John Hofmann addressed questions from Marble Falls City Council members Feb. 5 about the entity's response to the October flood event.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A representative from the Lower Colorado River Authority unveiled Feb. 5 how the entity responded to the October flood event and addressed criticism about river management as Lake Marble Falls and LBJ residents continue to recover from the devastation.

Wed
06
Feb

Police ID man who died in RR 2147 head-on collision

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
A Horseshoe Bay man was killed on RR 2147 West Feb. 4 when the Jeep SUV he was driving went into on-coming traffic and struck a Ford pickup, near the Rocky Road intersection, according to the police report.

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

Police identified a man who was killed in a two-vehicle crash on RR 2147 West Feb 4, just off the intersection of Rocky Road.

The accident happened around 12:45 p.m. that afternoon and blocked traffic for about two hours while crews assessed and cleared the scene.

Alvis McClure, 78, of Horseshoe Bay was traveling east in a Jeep SUV, when he left his lane and went into on-coming traffic, Marble Falls police reported.

The SUV collided with a Ford pickup truck driven by David Martin 46, of Marble Falls.

Burnet County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Debbie Bindseil pronounced McClure dead at the scene.

There were no other reports of injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Police ordered an autopsy.

As crews cleared the scene, traffic was blocked, re-routed and/or stalled for about two hours.

Tue
05
Feb

LCRA extends drawdown by three weeks through March 18

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Lakeside property owners and municipalities have an additional three weeks of drawdown of Lakes Marble Falls (Pictured here) and Lake LBJ, as the Lower Colorado River Authority grants a request for more time to clear away debris, dredge and repair structures.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Requests from local city leaders, citing continued flood-damage repair, prompted the Lower Colorado River Authority to extend a drawdown of Lakes Marble Falls and LBJ for three more weeks, officials said.

The initial eight-week drawdown will go through March 18 with both waterways expected to be back to normal operating range by March 22.

Starting Dec. 30, crews began lowering Lake Marble Falls to reach its 7-ft. level today and Lake LBJ to about 4 ft.

“We jointly reached the conclusion that the drawdown should be extended three weeks to allow property owners more time to complete repairs and cleanup,” Marble Falls Mayor John Packer said in an LCRA statement.
Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan added: “The close working relationship we have with LCRA allowed us to be a participant in reaching the decision to continue the lake drawdown period.”

Tue
05
Feb

Buckingham files property tax reform bills

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Fri
01
Feb

Marble Falls Town Hall meeting assesses post-flood response

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls Fire Rescue Chief Russell Sander guided discussion and input from the public during the Town Hall meeting Jan. 29, which addressed response and recovery efforts by the municipality in the wake of the October flood.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

From initial door-to-door response for evacuations to post-flood cleanup provisions for residents, the Town Hall meeting Jan. 29 crafted an assessment of how the community handled the response and recovery process of the October flood event.

Known as an “after-action review,” city officials devised the Town Hall held at the Marble Falls Public Safety Facility (police station and municipal court building) to gather input from citizens to determine what worked well and what could be improved in the aftermath of the flood.

On Oct. 16, flood water from storms in the Junction area produced runoff into the Llano River which eventually slammed into the Highland Lakes which caused temporary evacuations, submerged lakeside homes, deposited debris and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Fri
01
Feb

City eyes house as hazard, Property owner asks for direction

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
During a Town Hall post flood event review Jan. 29, city officials addressed concerns by Marble Falls resident Nancy Dunnam, who lives on Buena Vista Drive, where a number of homes adjacent to Backbone Creek experienced property erosion.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

In the aftermath of the October flood event, Marble Falls resident Nancy Dunnam, who has a home on Buena Vista Drive, believes her family has faced a tough climb towards recovery.

“I can't get any information on how to get back in my home. I have a fence that was literally put around my house, no communication,” she said. “How many of you guys that had this happen to you had a fence put around your home? Anybody? Or is it just Buena Vista.”

Dunnam shared her concerns during the Marble Falls Town Hall meeting on Jan. 29, which assessed and gathered citizen input about response and recovery since the flood event.

Fri
01
Feb

Marble Falls sets new record with hotel revenue

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A new report from the Texas Comptroller's Office shows Marble Falls hotels generated a record $11.7 million in total revenue for 2018 — an increase of about seven percent above the nearly $10.95 million lodgers generated in the community in 2017, a local economic development official said.

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