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Wed
19
Feb

Contested races on tap for MFISD, Granite Shoals and Meadowlakes

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Contested races will be on the ballot for Marble Falls ISD and in the cities of Granite Shoals and Meadowlakes after the candidate filing period for the May 2 election concluded Friday, Feb. 14.

Wed
19
Feb

Mission Outreach to host Black History Month event

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Mission Outreach representative Bessie Jackson accepted a welcomed Black History Month proclamation by Marble Falls Mayor John Packer on Feb. 18 during a regular city council meeting. Jackson invited the public to the Mission Outreach Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 22 at St. Frederick Baptist Church, featuring soul food, music and descendants' speeches.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Well-documented, celebrated and steeped in rich culture, the history of black residents in Marble Falls will unfold during the upcoming Mission Outreach 2020 Black History Month event, hosted at St. Frederick Baptist Church.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the church, 301 Avenue N. in Marble Falls.

Since 1986, organizers have worked to make the event a reminder for long-time residents and to introduce the history to newcomers and younger generations. …

Thu
13
Feb

Burnet and Llano counties announce early voting sites

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Early voting gets underway Feb. 18 and continues through Feb. 25 in the primaries for Burnet and Llano counties. Locations are listed here, and you can find sample ballots in the Friday, Feb. 14 issue of The Highlander.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Early voting for the Tuesday, March 3, Republican and Democratic primaries in Burnet and Llano counties begins Tuesday, Feb. 18, and continues through Friday, Feb. 28.

Burnet County

Wed
12
Feb

TCEQ approves Buchanan, Travis water management plan

Special to The Highlander

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has approved an updated Water Management Plan that governs how the Lower Colorado River Authority manages lakes Buchanan and Travis.

Tue
11
Feb

Wall, Haddock discuss commissioner qualifications at forum

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Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
A Marble Falls City Councilman is running against Incumbent Pct. 3 County Commissioner Billy Wall. During the forum, Haddock said he is “not running against Billy. I'm running for a job.”

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Republican primary voters are being asked to choose between experience or change to determine who should be the Burnet County Precinct 3 commissioner — incumbent Billy Wall or challenger William “Dee” Haddock.

Tue
11
Feb

City denies special events permit for Marble Falls Adult Soapbox derby

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Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
The Marble Falls community will say goodbye to the Adult Soapbox Classic in 2020 due to failed compromise between planners and city staff on duration of the event and street closure requirements.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city officials denied a special events permit application Feb. 7 based on traffic plan and timeline disagreements for the Adult Soapbox Classic, while planners were in the midst of organizing the 11th annual event scheduled in April.

The denial was given to event organizer Shannon Heep from Marble Falls Police Chief Mark Whitacre in the form of a letter, which included a “right to appeal” process. …

Fri
07
Feb

Marble Falls sales tax revenue growth shrinks in January

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The south end of Burnet County (Marble Falls, Granite Shoals, Cottonwood Shores and Horseshoe Bay) saw smaller sales tax revenue growth in January as spending appears to have returned to the level it was prior to the October 2018 flood.

Fri
07
Feb

Boaters tow scorched vessel off Lake Marble Falls

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Three days after the boat fire incident, a crew used heavy equipment to tow the vessel up a non-public use ramp and off the grounds of the park.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A crew, on behalf of a boat owner, towed a vessel Feb. 5 from the shoreline of Lake Marble Falls, after a weekend mishap on the waterway near the waterside of a restaurant, officials said.

The incident occurred during the day Feb. 2 adjacent to Lakeside Park.

“The boat caught fire and sank behind Chili's over the weekend,” Marble Falls Police Capt. Trisha Ratliff said. “Marble Falls Fire Rescue extinguished the fire. …

Tue
04
Feb

Counties join forces to explore broadband expansion

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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

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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. …

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