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Tue
04
Feb

Counties join forces to explore broadband expansion

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Burnet County Judge James Oakley, left, and Connected Texas representative Tom Stephenson discuss the region's broadband internet access.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Recognizing a need exists for affordable and reliable high-speed broadband internet, officials from Burnet, Llano and Blanco counties came together Friday, Jan. 31, to launch a cooperative plan of action to connect their underserved communities.

Tue
04
Feb

Burnet County hosts simulated disaster drill

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
A tabletop exercise by first responders on Wednesday, Feb. 5 will involve fires, spills and evacuation procedures. The drills are expected to assist with disaster scenarios including those that would force evacuation like a plane crash pictured here in 2018 in Burnet.

 

 

 

 

Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Radio traffic in Burnet County will sound more active than normal Wednesday, Feb. 5, as first responders take part in an all-day regional emergency exercise.

First responders will gather from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Texas AgriLife Extension Office, 607 N. Vandeveer, Burnet, for the Firestarter 2020 exercise, which is being sponsored by the Capital Area Council of Government (CAPCOG) and Burnet County Emergency Management, where they will take part in scenarios designed to test their emergency response capabilities. …

Tue
04
Feb

New Marble Falls McDonald's to don vintage architecture

Contributed/Marble Falls EDC
The new Marble Falls McDonald's will have modern amenities, a larger parking area and dining space, but will conjure nostalgia with its new look. Crews demolished the old structure, 1605 RR 1431,on Jan. 30. The new one is scheduled to be completed in the spring.

Find more news updates like this in the Tuesday, Feb. 4 issue of The Highlander, the newspaper of record for the Highland Lakes. To offer a comment or news tip, email connie@highlandernews.com. To subscribe to the newspaper, call 830-693-4367 or click here to subscribe to our e-Edition online.

Tue
04
Feb

New district, new rivals for Marble Falls Mustangs

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
The Marble Falls football team will play six different district opponents from 2020 to 2022, including five Austin schools.

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

The Marble Falls High School sports teams will face several new opponents in 2020-22 after the UIL realigned districts on Monday, Feb. 3.

The Mustangs football team moved to 5A Division 2 Region 4 District 14 with six teams not on their district schedule last season.

Liberty Hill joins Marble Falls after a bump up to 5A. The two teams will play five Austin teams – Crockett, McCallum, Northeast, Travis and Navarro. …

Fri
31
Jan

Putters and Gutters Fun Center plans Marble Falls location

Contributed
From bowling and skating venues to live music and an arcade feature, the Lampasas-based Putters and Gutters Fun Center has plans to open a Marble Falls location.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Business representatives of the Lampasas-based Putters and Gutters Fun Center have confirmed plans for a Marble Falls location to include a 20-lane bowling alley, miniature golf course, skating rink, arcade, eatery and live music venue, officials said.

“Marble Falls has needed and wanted children's activities for a very long time,” said Business Development Coordinator Midge Dockery of the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation. …

Tue
28
Jan

Air Evac teaches life-saving skills in Marble Falls

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Burnet County Pct. 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery practiced Jan. 27 the proper method to apply a tourniquet to roads and bridges worker George Tennison during "Stop the Bleeding" instruction at the Marble Falls courthouse annex.

 

 

 

 

Burnet County learns field ER techniques

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

For Pct. 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery something as simple as learning to properly use a tourniquet could be the difference between life and death.

“They're simple to use,” Dockery said. “You can tell they're very effective.”

Mon
27
Jan

Merchants debate Marble Falls soapbox classic event

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
The 2019 Marble Falls Adult Soapbox Classic featured dozens of entries and thrilled crowds downtown of people during the Arbor Day weekend last year. Organizers say the event attracts tourists and dollars to the economy, but detractors believe some downtown businesses pay too high a price due to street closures and blocked entrances.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Two business owners expressed concerns at Marble Falls City Council Jan. 21 about the annual Adult Soapbox Classic, which they say obstructs potential customer foot traffic and at times forces them to close up shop due to street closures.

The owners of a consignment store and confectioneries shop – both located on Main Street – appeared before the council prior to the body's vote on agenda items approving hotel/motel occupancy tax (HOT) funding for entities including $10,000 in for the derby event. …

Fri
24
Jan

Industry lauds The Highlander with 4 awards

 

 

From staff reports

The Texas Press Association recognized The Highlander for outstanding achievement in several areas during its annual trade show and convention Jan. 16-18 at the 140th TPA Convention & Trade Show held at Moody Gardens Hotel, Convention Center & Spa in Galveston.

Fri
24
Jan

Flood impacts Marble Falls preliminary financial summary

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A preliminary financial summary of the city of Marble Falls revealed that the municipality is still feeling the repurcussions of the October 2018 flood, which caused millions of dollars in damage to private and public property including infrastructure.

On Jan. 21, the Marble Falls City Council heard a report from Finance Director Baron Sauls on the 2018-19 preliminary financial summary.

The budget totaled $11,445,187 with a beginning fund balance as of October 2018 of $1,796,701. …

Fri
24
Jan

Marble Falls ISD grows CTE course options

Contributed/MFISD
Floral design has become one of the most popular classes offered at Marble Falls High School. After approval by the board, students, such as Landry Stewart (left) and Avery Charlton, have the option to take advanced floral design as an elective starting next school year.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Marble Falls Independent School District added three new classes to its expanding catalog of Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses aimed at preparing students for the workforce or continuing education.

In December and January, the board of trustees approved the addition of a general employability skills class and an advanced floral design class. The courses will be offered to students starting in the 2020-21 school year. …

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