Marble Falls Texas news


Chamber banquet a sell out

Eddie Shell and the Not Guilties, house band for Cadillac Dance Hall will be rolling out the dance music Saturday night for those lucky enough to score tickets to the 59th Annual Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.

Tickets to 59th Annual Awards Banquet sold out for the call from the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce to the “Get Down, Turn Around, Go to Town, Brew Scootin' Boogie!” celebration Saturday night.

So, count yourself lucky if you're on list to revel in another successful year with the supporters of Highland Lakes businesses and recognition of Outstanding Citizen, Lifetime Achievement, Community Service and Ambassador and Innovator of the Year.

It is a casual approach this year and guests got on board to dress business casual or country western for the music of Eddie Shell and the Not Guilties. The band promises the best in new and old country, blues and rock ‘n roll.

Doors open for the event at 5:30 p.m. at Cadillac Dance Hall, 1375 Farm to Market Road 1855, Marble Falls. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and dancing begins at 8:30 p.m.


LakeFest 2018 not to be

Scenes like this one of check for LakeFest 2017 in at Marble Falls Johnson Park will not be repeated this year.



The Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce received notice last week that Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series would be proposing substantial contractual changes for the 2018 LakeFest event.

For that reason, Lucas Oil will not be sanctioning drag boat races on Lake Marble Falls in 2018.

During the negotiations that followed, Lucas Oil and the Chamber were unable to reach an agreement.

“We were aware of the process Lucas Oil began last year with regards to restructuring their drag boat series, but we were hopeful we would be able to continue this long-standing relationship and keep LakeFest a viable option for Lucas. It boiled down to being a business decision,” said Patti Zinsmeyer, Executive Director.


Marble Falls High quiet after threat arrests

Two juveniles are in custody charged with terroristic threat in connection with an incident at Marble Falls High School (MFHS) today, Feb. 16, that illustrates the ready response of local schools and law inforcement.

The matter was handled so quickly and quietly that most staff and students were unaware it had happened. And, in a letter to parents issued later in the day, MFHS Principal Damon S. Adams said, "We are confident that there is no threat to our students or our school."

Shortly after 9 a.m., a report about the issue was made to Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) Officer Tim McIntyre, the school resource officer. The school administration was notified and MFPD detectives responded to assist in the investigation that revealed a second student was involved.


New Marble Falls H-E-B doors are open

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander

Marble Falls H-E-B store director Rudy Gill, center, is joined by his son, Grant, and a number of H-E-B partners and city dignitaries, including Marble Falls Mayor John Packer and Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan, in cutting the ribbon Thursday, Feb. 8, at the new 110,000-square-foot store on Ranch-to-Market Road 1431. The store officially opened at 6 a.m. today, Friday, Feb. 9.






Today, Friday, Feb. 9, H-E-B opens its doors to a new, world-class Marble Falls store.

Welcome to your new H-E-B,” store director Rudy Gill said Thursday at a sneak preview of the new 111,000-square-foot facility, located adjacent to its old store at 1503 RM 1431 West in Marble Falls.

I am extremely proud to serve this Marble Falls community and I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you better,” Gill said. “Over the past few months, we have spent a lot of time putting together a great team to run this store. It is truly an honor for us to get to serve you. If there is anything we can do to make your experience better, we hope you will let us know.”


Locl poet, writer Caryl Calsyn recognized

By Jane Knapik

Special to the Highlander

Marble Falls writer Caryl Calsyn recently was honored as the “Featured Writer” in WestWard Quarterly, the Magazine of Family Reading.The magazine is published in Hamilton, Illinois. The magazine included a biographical sketch and photograph of Calsyn, as well as six of her poems.


Safety turnouts for RM 1431 on schedule

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Dangers along the 16-mile from Lago Vista to Marble Falls become even more acute in bluebonnet season, drivers taking the scenic route for a leisurely ride are added to local commuters and white-tail deer. Plans for more slow moving traffic turnouts are on schedule.





By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Ask anywhere in the state of Texas where the next road project needs to be and drivers will tell you it needs to be on the road they travel.

Regular travelers on Ranch to Market Road 1431 should be pleased to learn one of their “most needed” projects is moving to the front of the line—slow moving traffic turnouts.

Check the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Project Tracker and you now will find them scheduled between Lago Vista and Marble Falls as Tier 2 Projects.

The safety measure as been for more than seven years a campaign of Al Schwerman of Lago Vista, a resident who travels frequently between Lago Vista and Marble Falls.

“People are always asking me about it because they know I've been interested, so I was pleased when I called TxDOT recently and they said it was on track for July 2019 and maybe sooner,” said Schwerman.


2017 banner year for Marble Falls

Contributed/Marble Falls EDC

This latest architectural rendering of the downtown hotel/conference center is a view looking up from Lake Marble Falls. In addition to a banner year for economic growth, signs of that continuing into 2018 include a probable late-summer groundbreaking on this project.





By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Reports have been steady that things have been promising on the economic front in Marble Falls this year and the long-awaited downtown hotel/conference center seems to back on track.

“By just about every economic measurement, Marble Falls had a banner year in 2017,” said Christian Fletcher, executive director of the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation in an end-of-year report posted online this last week.

In addition he said Thursday, Dec. 28, that the city's hotel/conference team has executed a term sheet with the operator.


H-E-B on schedule for February opening

Shoppers began buzzing in mid-December about a Feb. 9 opening for the new Marble Falls H-E-B and now the company's home office in San Antonio has sent out a timeline that been counting down since groundbreaking for the 111,000 square-foot store in April.

The grocery story is, indeed, set to open Feb. 9, with that month through May devoted to demolition of the old store and continuation of site construction. The old H-E-B fuel station closed mid-summer and a celebration of the conclusion of the entire project will follow completion of a new gas station this coming fall.

H-E-B first opened its doors in Marble Falls on May 1, 1966. The current location opened in 1990. Over the last 20 years, H-E-B has spent nearly $7 million to improve and enhance the store, expanding it to 75,841 square feet on 5.35-acres.


Faith athletics complex project begins


Proposed site plan for Faith Academy's campus expansion to include an athletics complex.


By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

A financial gift from a benefactor will help Faith Academy begin the first phase of the school’s athletic complex project.

A gift from Ray and Rebeca Britton of Horseshoe Bay will serve as a “cornerstone” lead gift that will fund the first phase of the $5.9 million athletic complex expansion program.

“We are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for Ray and Rebeca sharing their resources and making such a significant investment in Christian education for our community,” said Stuart Nunnally, Faith Academy trustee and board chairman.


Traveler has a bad start to holidays

Frank Shubert/The Highlander

North and southbound traffic slows to one lane for about 45 minutes Thursday morning, Dec. 21, as Marble Falls police and fire personnel clear a one-car accident on the US 281 bridge. The 2017 Toyota Camry of an unfortunate traveler from San Antonio drifted in to the inside wall of the bridge.





By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A motorist passing through Marble Falls Thursday morning, Dec. 21, had a bad start to his holiday when he drifted into the wall of the US 281 bridge.

North and southbound traffic was delayed for about 45 minutes while Marble Falls police and fire personnel cleared the wreckage of the 2017 Camry from the inside lane.

“He was driving through Marble Falls from San Antonio to pick up his kids for the holiday,” said Patrol Sgt. Jimmy Cole. “He was tired and just drifted to the left.

“No one hit him from behind and he had just a few minor injuries. That is a reason it is so important to observe that 35 mph speed limit approaching and crossing the bridge.”

“We felt bad for him,” added Cole. “We gave him a lift to rent a car.”


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