Marble Falls news

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.

Tue
20
Aug

MFISD facility upgrades greet teachers and pupils

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Crews worked on the finishing touches of the new bus loop at Highland Lakes Elementary School on Monday, Aug. 19. MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen said the bus loop will be ready for the first day of school. Similar loops at Marble Falls Middle and High Schools will be ready for use before Thanksgiving break.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

While the students were out for summer vacation, Marble Falls Independent School District was putting some of the money from last year's $55 million bond to work.

MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen said although there is plenty of work left to be done across the district, the administration is happy with the progress made prior to the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Fri
16
Aug

U.S. 281 crash raises traffic light concerns

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
According to the police report, the driver of a vehicle – facing a red blinking traffic light – pulled onto U.S. 281 from Resource Parkway Aug. 13 and collided with a northbound vehicle.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A recent two-vehicle crash on U.S. 281 sparked reaction from commuters concerned about the status of a blinking light at the intersection of the highway and Resource Parkway.

The incident happened around 2:15 p.m. Aug. 13 in the intersection of the four-lane highway. The location on the east side of the roadway is the entryway/exit to the Marble Falls Business and Technology Park. Pedernales Electric Cooperative is located on the westside of the highway.

Tue
13
Aug

Marble Falls takes heat from Buena Vista landowner

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city officials announced they will work out a deal with two property owners who accused the municipality of failing to offer “bonafide” offers for their land, as the city continued steps to transition the area near Lake Marble Falls into expanded park space.

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