Marble Falls news

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22
Jan

Marble Falls Town Hall meeting to probe October flood response

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

From water and infrastructure provisions to public health and safety response, an upcoming Marble Falls Town Hall Meeting will examine the municipality's response and community's recovery in the wake of the October flood event.

The Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for 6 pm. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Marble Falls Public Safety Facility (police station/municipal court building), 606 Avenue N in Marble Falls.

“We'll discuss the incident, the response and the recovery,” Assistant City Manager Caleb Kraenzel said. “How did the city do? What feedback? How we can do better?”

On Oct. 16, flood waters from the Llano River rushed into the Highland Lakes submerging lakeside homes and damaging private property as well as some public roadways and city infrastructure. Along with the city of Marble Falls, community's impacted by flood waters included Cottonwood Shores, Granite Shoals, Horseshoe Bay and Kingsland.

Tue
22
Jan

MFHS cheer team showcases Mustang spirit at UIL competition

Lauren Berkman/Special to The Highlander
Marble Falls High School cheerleaders stayed focused and pumped up behind the scenes Jan. 18 during the UIL Spirit Competition in Fort Worth.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The Marble Falls High School Mustang cheerleaders reached new heights Friday, Jan. 18, with a sixth-place finish in Class 5A Division II at the UIL Spirit Competition in Fort Worth — the program's best finish ever.

Tue
22
Jan

New vehicle and staff fine tune Marble Falls Fire Rescue resources

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls Fire Rescue Firefighters, from left, Andy Sanguiet, Travis Rabb and engineer Randy Rankin, on Jan. 21 prepped the agency's new squad vehicle, which enhanced their ability to handle multiple emergency calls.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

After nearly a week of being in-service Marble Falls Fire Rescue personnel noticed the benefit of the entity's new squad response SUV.

“It's a better use of resources,” Marble Falls Fire Capt. Sam Stacks said. “It's going to improve our customer service.”

Crews placed the response vehicle in service the morning of Jan. 15.

“So far, it's working great,” Marble Falls Fire Engineer Randy Rankin said. “It's putting less wear and tear on the engine.

“It's also much easier to maneuver.”

Along with the new SUV, the department received a $553,968 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

The grant increases the number of firefighters within the agency, adding one to each shift. Each shift will staff five firefighters. The new crew members were sworn in on the same day the vehicle went into service.

Tue
22
Jan

Community answering call for Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Volunteer Barbara King (left) serves up pizza, pretzels and juice to the children at the Boys and Girls Club Highland Lakes in Marble Falls on Friday, Jan. 18.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

In the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes' time of need, the community of Marble Falls stepped up to the plate and put food on it, but there is work that still needs to be done.

Fri
18
Jan

Public can sound off on Burnet County flood debris grant

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The pile of flood debris, just off Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals could be closer to being hauled off. Burnet County will likely apply for a block grant to help pay for debris removal. The debris pile is the result of the October flood event.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County commissioners will hold a public hearing at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, about applying for a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant for removal of October 2018 flood debris.

Commissioners voted Tuesday, Jan. 15, to contract with Langford Community Management Services, a Leander-based firm, to administer and provide project-related management services for the county's grant application. Langford has provided grant administration services to a number of local entities, including several block grants for the City of Marble Falls.

The Jan. 22 public hearing will allow citizens the opportunity to discuss all aspects of the Texas Community Development Block Grant program, which is part of the Texas Department of Agriculture. Discussion topics include citizen participation, past CDBG fund use, eligible CDBG activities and amount of funding available.

Fri
18
Jan

Recommendation on Marble Falls boat ramp fees launch council debate

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The city of Marble Falls boat ramp area on Lakeshore Drive in the so-called Hays Addition on Lake Marble Falls is undergoing several thousands of dollars in upgrades and improvements, including expanded parking and ramp improvements. At the request of some council members, city officials are researching the expense and possible gain of invoking boat ramp fees.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

City officials debated the possible merits Jan. 15 of passing proposed fees for the public using two city-maintained boat launch locations to access Lake Marble Falls.

Within the city limits, boaters can access Lake Marble Falls using a ramp on Lakeshore Drive in the Hays Addition and a boat ramp in Johnson Park on Backbone Creek.

The city, opting to expand the two existing ramps, has closed a third ramp in Lakeside Park, to help clear the way for a planned hotel/conference center on Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation property adjacent to the park at Buena Vista Drive and Yett Street.

Councilman Dave Rhodes said the city's parks improvements efforts which are underway and the potential for “user wear and tear” of the amenities prompted him to request consideration of fees.

Tue
15
Jan

MFHS choir director Bryce Gage appearance on Deal Or No Deal airs Wednesday Jan. 16

CNBC/Jon Daly
Marble Falls High School choir director Bryce Gage, left, looks unphased as “Deal or No Deal” host Howie Mandel discusses his options from the banker during an episode of the CNBC hit show, which will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

One thing is for certain: no one watching Wednesday's upcoming 8 p.m. episode of the hit CNBC game show “Deal or No Deal” will forget Marble Falls High School choir teacher Bryce Gage anytime soon.

Wed
09
Jan

Flooding, fire, newly-created city topped headlines in The Highlander for 2018.

File Photo
A wildfire and an historic flood event which washed a way the FM 2900 bridge in Kingsland were among the top 2018 stories in the Marble Falls area. Flooding throughout Burnet and Llano counties in October 2018 submerged several homes including the one pictured here in Channel Oaks, off FM 2147.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Flooding, fire and the loss of the beloved Bluebonnet Belle topped headlines in The Highlander for 2018.

Historic flood event

Fri
04
Jan

Marble Falls schools adds STEAM to the learning process

STEAM Academy students from Marble Falls ISD fuse science, technology, engineering, math and the arts to make learning fun and applicable to the real world.

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander
Marble Falls ISD has introduced STEAM Academy for the 2018/19 school year. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

The first program consists of approximately 75 6th-grade students, with the program coordinated out of Spicewood Elementary School. 

Each year school officials plan to add another grade of students until the program includes 8th grade students.  The goal of the STEAM Academy is "to offer integrated learning of the core academics through the lens of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math." 

Coordinators believe that learning should be engaging and cross-curricular while focusing on real-world learning opportunities. 

The daily schedule will offer combined academic classes, art, music theater, pe, technology, Project Lead the Way, as well as a specific PBL (problem based learning) class. 

Fri
22
Sep

City to replace Via Viejo storage tank

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Via Viejo ground storage tank in Marble Falls

 

The city of Marble Falls voted to fund a new way to deal with an “old way” of doing things.

At their Tuesday, Sept. 19, City Council meeting, the Marble Falls City Council awarded a bid to Tank Builders to replace the Via Viejo ground storage tank. “Via viejo” translates from Spanish to “old way” in English.

The existing 500,000-gallon tank at Via Viejo was built in the early 1960s and now has exceeded its designed lifespan. The new tank will have a 600,000-gallon capacity and is projected to keep up with the city's future growth. The project, which includes new piping and electrical work, is estimated at $800,000 and will be funded by previously issued bond proceeds.

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