Marble Falls news

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01
Feb

Marble Falls sales tax receipts jump again

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Sales tax distributions for Marble Falls for the month of January climbed more than seven percent above last year's total from the same time period, continuing a trend of sales tax growth for the county's largest city.

Wed
30
Jan

District judges appoint Smith new Burnet County auditor

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County has a new county auditor and purchasing agent after 33rd District Judge Allan Garrett and 424th District Judge Evan Stubbs appointed Karin A. Smith to the position, effective Feb. 4.

Wed
30
Jan

Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce selects executive director

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The new executive director for the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce will start his new job today, bringing with him extensive experience in managing hundreds of volunteers for large events, officials said.

Jarrod Metzgar, his wife Heather and their two children had already lived in the Marble Falls community for more than a year and a half when he applied for and earned the job.

“We did have some other great candidates who were local, but not with his experience level,” said Chamber President Taylor Smith.

Metzgar previously worked for 10 years with Extraco Events Center, formerly the Heart 'O Texas Fair Complex, where he served as vice president.

“He's got experience managing large events. They had a large event every year,” Smith said. “He was responsible for managing 450 volunteers.”

Wed
30
Jan

Marble Falls discusses relocating STEAM Academy

Contributed
Marble Falls ISD STEAM Academy students demonstrated one of their projects to their parents and peers at a December open house. The district is looking at moving the academy campus from Spicewood Elementary to Marble Falls Middle School.

 

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The Marble Falls Independent School District school board last week weighed the benefits and drawbacks of relocating the newly-founded STEAM Academy to Marble Falls Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year.

Fri
25
Jan

Hill Country Blenders offering singing Valentines

Contributed
Members of the Hill Country Blenders will perform as a barbershop quartet to deliver Singing Valentines on Thursday, Feb. 14, as a fundraiser.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

A really nice love song is a great way to express love for your best gal or guy. If you are not that confident of your singing voice, the Hill Country Blenders have a deal for you!

Fri
25
Jan

Disabled, elderly Kingsland woman receives gift of hearing due to Estes donation

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Dolores Kasper (center) poses for a photo with Estes Audiology staff (from left) Rayleen Nelson, Dr. Katherine Sonnamaker, Tricia Hastings and Dr. Jacob Keup after receiving her new hearing aids.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

One Hill Country resident is able to hear life with a little more clarity after a generous gift from a local business.

Dolores Kasper, 88, of Kingsland received a free pair of Phonak Bolero B90-SP hearing aids from Estes Audiology on Tuesday, Jan. 22 as part of the company's gift of hearing program.

“These are top-of-the-line,” said Tricia Hastings, patient care coordinator at Estes. “They are strong enough to fit the severity of her hearing loss.”

Kasper is a retired small business owner who now lives alone in Kingsland; she has been a patient with Estes for over five years. She is blind and wheelchair-bound, but still finds joy in life. Throughout the entire appointment with Dr. Katherine Sonnamaker, Kasper told jokes and laughed as if nothing ailed her.

“It's so nice to be able to do this for her,” Sonnamaker said. “Hearing is all she has left to connect with the world.”

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.

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