Marble Falls Texas news

Fri
23
Jun

City begins Seventh Street rehab

The City of Marble Falls annunced this week that Seventh Street repairs that may inconvenience traffic are about to begin.

The Seventh Street project, to begin Monday, June 26, will involve work from US 281 to Avenue J that should be complete in about 45 days.

“We will take out the old, dilapidate road, replace it and add curbing off Avenue J,” said Chad Smith, Street Department superintendent. “We will try to keep traffic open as much as possible.

“It won't be as large an undertaking as Broadway Street, but there will be times traffic will be blocked.”

Fri
09
Jun

Marble Falls Council bucks ATMOS rate review system

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Marble Falls City Council took a stand of sorts against rising natural gas prices for some 1,325 citizens who are customers of ATMOS.

The city is a member of the ATMOS Texas Municipalities (ATM), a group of municipalities served by the ATMOS Energy Corporation, Mid-Tex Division. The ATM had retained legal counsel and consultants to review the latest proposed rate increases by the natural gas service company.

ATMOS was seeking a $57.4 million increase that equated to a base-rate increase of about 8.35 percent. The company settled for a $48 million hike, or a base-rate increase of about seven percent.

“Most of the cities involved have approved the increase,” said City Manager Mike Hodge. “It went into effect June 1.”

So far, however, the Marble Falls council declines approval, if only to make a point.

Wed
07
Jun

Streets getting somewhere in Marble Falls

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Drivers navigate new traffic delineators as they exit Mormon Mill Road in Marble Falls. New roadside and roadway signage and diversions from two-way entry to Walgreens are designed to reduce errors in entering US 281 or Mission Hills Drive. Read about the solutions for one of the worst of the city's traffic snarls in the Tuesday, June 6, edition of The Highlander.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Ask any travelers that frequent the uphill climb east along Broadway Street or the interchange of Mormon Mill Road and Mission Hills Drive at US 281 in Marble Falls and they will tell you a lot has been going on this spring.

The first has the biggest budget impact and the second the biggest effect on traffic and safety.

Broadway Street

The big project is a complete overhaul of Broadway—a $470,000 Capital Improvement Project begun in May—to bring one of the city's oldest residential streets into the 21st Century.

“We held several public meetings with all the people that live along Broadway, informing they of what was happening,” said City Engineer Eric Belaj. “Basically we are allowing local traffic in off-construction hours and blocking through traffic during working hours.”

Tue
06
Jun

Singing zoologist, first Marble Falls summer reading program

The first special program Marble Falls Public Library Summer Reading Club will be Thursday, June 8, when Lucas Miller, the singing zoologist makes a visit to the library at 101 Main Street.

A favorite at schools and libraries, Miller has performed in many venues, including the Austin City Limits Music Festival and two seasons of the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpiece Artist Tour. He earned a BA Degree in zoology at Miami University before beginning his career as an author and recording musician.

Miller will be singing his silly songs with serious science woven into laughter and learning at 3 p.m.

Registration for the club began Wednesday, May 31, at the library.

Fri
02
Jun

Harmony spring recital brings a range of dances on stage

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

In rehearsal for an advanced tap number, 'Sing, Sing, Sing,' are senior members of the Harmony Academy of Dance are, from left, on the back row, Emma Porterfield, Sloan Francis, Jade Gaither, Amber Hibler, Marie Kirtman, Rachel Allee, and on the front, Matthew Kirtman, Abby Dillard, Amy Foley and Grace Abbey.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Harmony School of Creative Arts Spring Dance Recital will presented in three performances, entitled “Time Flies,” this weekend at Hill Country Community Theater in Cottonwood Shores.

The presentations will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 4.

The recital will include dancers from all age groups and experience levels, demonstrating their skill and artistry choreographed to delight the young and young at heart.

“Our dance faculty have been working diligently to ensure students are ready to perform,” said Kenneth Jordan, executive director of the non-profit school that serves the Highland Lakes area from its studio in Marble Falls. “This year's recital promises to be memorable as we welcome so many young dancers and bid fare well to our graduates.”

Thu
01
Jun

First Friday Art Walks begins June 2 on Marble Falls Main Street

A door prize at Marta Stafford Fine Art, entitled 'Spirit Rattle,' is the kind of discovery visitors on an evening stroll through Marble Falls Main Street shops and galleries will find at First Friday Art Walk.

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Marble Falls will see its first-ever art walk Friday, June 2. The First Friday Art Walk will take place on historic Main Street from 5-8 p.m. to continue through September.

The idea is an opportunity to take an evening stroll through galleries to enjoy their hospitality and refreshments, but in Marble Falls it seems most of downtown was ready to join in.

“Most of the shops in Old Oak Square will be open and other up and down Main Street will be open late,” said Debbie Heatley, who opened Galleries on Pecan Creek in the square in November and now has 28 area artists on exhibit.

Across the way at 318 Main Street, Highland Lakes Art Guild Gallery will be open to exhibit the works of its members.

A mainstay of art, not only from Texas but from all over the country, is Marta Stafford Fine Art at 200 Main Street.

Tue
30
May

Father seeks missing son

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

The father of a man missing since September 2015 told The Highlander his only wish is to find out what has happened to his son.

We just want our son home,” said John Johnson Sr. “We just want our son home. It's hard (to go through this), but we want him home. Whatever we have to do to do that, we are willing to walk through that.

We don't know where else to turn now except the media. Maybe someone will know something. Someone is bound to know something. It is just a matter of coming into contact with them.”

Tue
30
May

MFHS Class of 2017 graduates

See our albumn on Facebook for scenes from the ceremony: http://bit.ly/2rB6JGQ

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Marble Falls High School Class of 2017 graduated Saturday, May 2017, entering to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance onto Mustang Stadium, filled for the first time on both sides of the field.

Not only was a capacity crowd there to cheer them on, but viewers at home were welcomed to the commencement via live-stream telecast.

Valedictorian Madelyn Maples addressed the crowd as well as Salutatorian Meikala Hester.

National Honor Society (NHS) President Wolf Williams welcomed family and friends assembled for the occasion and NHS Vice PresidentStefanie King introduced guests on the podium, located for the first time on the north end of the field of Mustang Stadium. Prayers were offered up by NHS Secretary Megan Offutt and NHS Treasurer Abigail Weber.

Fri
26
May

Falls Career graduation tonight, MFHS graduation Saturday night

Falls Career High School will holds its graduation ceremony tonight, Friday, May 26, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church,901 La Ventana Drive, Marble Falls.
Marble Falls High School commencement for the class of 2017 is scheduled, rain or shine, for Saturday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m.
To make the event accessible to as many Mustang fans as possible, attendees are invited to sit in both the visitor and home stands in Mustang Stadium.
“With attendance to the commencement ceremony out-growing available home side only seating, the graduation stage this year will be located on the north end of the football
field facing toward the field house,” said assistant superintendent of operations Jeff Gasaway.
“This stage alignment will allow attendees in both the home and visitors’ stands to see the festivities and their graduates as they cross the stage.”

Fri
26
May

Faith student nominated for FSTL Congress

Travis Melton, an 11th grade student at Faith Academy of Marble Falls, has been selected to serve as a delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders (FSTL) in Lowell, Mass. June 29-July 1.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate, and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan, and resources to help them reach their goal.

Melton was nominated byJohn C. Mather, PhD, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and Science and Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, to represent Texas based on his academic achievement, leadership potential, and passion for science and technology.

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