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Fri
17
Feb

Motorcycle fatality reported Wednesday night

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A motorcyclist, Daniel Eletes, 19, of Marble Falls died on the scene of an accident that occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday night, Feb. 15, east of Marble Falls on Ranch to Market Road 1431 near Faith Academy.

Department of Public Safety Sgt. Robbie Barrera confirmed the identity of the victim late Thursday and shared brief details filed by by troopers from the scene.

“A 2006 Suzuki MC, driven by Elites, was traveling eastbound on RM 1431 when the accident occurred,” she reported. “A 2008 Toyota Tundra, driven by Lorri Phelps Buckner, 47, was attempting to turn westbound on RM 1431.

Barrera said Buckner stated that she saw headlights at the top of the hill but thought she had time to successfully complete the turn.

Mon
13
Feb

Marble Falls council opens door to downtown apartment development

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Buck Dubray of Texas General Contractors assures the Marble Falls City Council that the development of The Lofts at 99 Main can easily comply with the Downtown Master Plan.

Bond interest rates a finance boon

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

If the mind's eye is still adjusting to a hotel-conference center next to Lakeside Park in Marble Falls, blink again and add a 100-unit apartment complex with ground floor retail stores.

The Marble Falls City Council on Tuesday, Jan 7, approved a zoning change to allow just that. Buck Dubray of Texas General Contractors, which is proposing The Lofts at 99 Main, was present with site plans and architectural concepts to answer questions about the project.

Main Street District (MSD) zoning will be changed to Planned Development District (PPD) with an MSD base zone for 1.99 undeveloped acres, known as Lot 1-B, Block 332, of the Marble Falls Original Township subdivision, municipally addressed as 99 Main Street. That is the long-vacant hillside southeast of the Marble Falls Public Library.

Fri
10
Feb

TWC construction training begins

Marble Falls is growing, and that growth is good for business here, with new construction popping up all around town. But for some businesses, that growth can be a challenge.

Recognizing the challenge of too few licensed workers in the construction trades, in 2016 the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) included plumbers and electricians, along with other construction jobs, among those eligible for $1 million in training funds throughout the state. The funds were available to regional workforce boards, provided those funds were matched by local economic development organizations. The training they can provide will begin this month.

Tue
07
Feb

Main Street site of Saturday emergency calls

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander

Marble Falls police, fire and rescue and Marble Falls Area EMS respond to a call at the Uptown Marble Saturday night, Jan.3. First responders attempted to save the life of local dentist James Fred Graham Jr. at the Main Street theater and then answered the call for a man injured seriously in a fall on the stairs of R-Bar & Grill next door on Third Street.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Emergency lights filled downtown Marble Falls Saturday night when back-to-back calls were answered on Main Street.

Attempts to revive James Fred Graham Jr. were unsuccessful at Uptown Theatre despite immediate response on the scene, while the victim of a fall down stairs adjoining the R Bar and Grill is still hospitalized in Austin.

Fri
03
Feb

CAMPO reports on Wirtz Dam bridge study

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

On Wednesday the final report of the Wirtz Dam study by the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) was released online, with tabulations of those 18 community meetings, 848 completed surveys and 812 comments.

“It was a positive, strong response,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley, a member of the board of directors of CAMPO. “We had a first reading of the report last month and it will come back to the Transportation Policy Board on Feb. 13.

Fri
03
Feb

Identity theft evidence spans multiple states

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Two people arrested with documents that point to identity theft in Texas and states beyond remained in Burnet County Jail Thursday, Feb. 2.

The Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) have been investigating more than two weeks a case in which Shayne Thomas Negri, 27, of Burnet and Stella Marie Hernandez, 37, of Kingsland were arrested Friday, Jan. 27.

“The management of Hill Country Express contacted us Jan. 13, after people left without paying,” said MFPD Detective Sgt. Trisha Ratliff. “When they went to clean out the room they found what appeared to be drug paraphernalia and wanted it removed safely.

“We did locate paraphernalia along with information identifying multiple victims of identity theft such as ID and credit cards, other forms of ID, personal mail and any number of different documents. They ranged to multiple states.”

Fri
03
Feb

Smile! You're on crime scene camera

Security camera footage led to quick identification of the suspect in an attempted burglary in Marble Falls Friday, Feb. 17.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

When the owner of a local business filed the report of an attempted burglary, he brought his own video of the crime and that led a quick identification of the perpetrator.

“The suspect knows we have identified him and talked with him,” said Detective Sgt. Trisha Ratliff of the Marble Falls Police Department on Thursday, Feb. 2. “We are having a serious discussion with him about whether he will turn himself in or be arrested.”

“It was an attempted burglary of a van, but due to the damage to the vehicle, the higher class charge will be criminal mischief,” the detective said.

Damage estimates now exceed $2,500.

“It happened Friday night (Jan. 27), but I didn't notice it until Sunday (Jan. 29),” said Shawn Wagner, owner of Economy Plumbing Services on Commerce Street in Marble Falls. “We caught him on two different cameras.”

Wed
01
Feb

Tax-Aide begins IRS filing help in Burnet County

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program will begin its season helping with Income Tax returns tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 2.

Free preparation and electronic filing will be offered in Marble Falls at the Boys & Girls Club, 1701 Broadway Street, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 2-April 13. The exception will be March 14 and 16.

In Burnet, assistance will be offered 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 6-April 10 at the Hill Country Community Foundation Building, 402 East Jackson Street. The one exception will be Feb. 27 when the service will be open at the Herman Brown Free Library, 100 East Washington Street.

The local program was developed to provide free tax preparation to help anyone over 50 who could no afford help with their Income Tax Return. In practice, the program is open to all ages and backgrounds who need assistance.

Fri
27
Jan

All safe in precautionary MFISD evacuation

As a safety precaution, due to a gas line rupture near the Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) central offices, the Head Start program at the central offices, and Falls Career High School, students are being moved to alternative locations while the City of Marble Falls fixes the gas line.

All students and staff are safe at the 1800 Colt Drive facility and busses next door will run on their regular schedule.

Falls Career High School students were moved by bus to the Marble Falls Middle School gym today, Jan. 27, at 12:20 p.m. The Falls staff are with the students.

Once the repairs are made to the gas line, students will be brought back to their cars at Falls and they will be released under the normal schedule. For information about the students from Falls at the middle school, call MFMS at 830-693-4439.

Tue
24
Jan

Marble Falls man dies in RM 1431 crash Friday

An early morning accident on Friday, Jan. 20, claimed the life of a Marble Falls resident.

Brian Michael Young, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which took place on Farm-to-Market Road 1431 near the intersection with FM 1174 in Williamson County at about 7:43 a.m. Friday.

Young was driving a 2015 Nissan Versa and was headed eastbound, about seven miles west of Lago Vista, when it appears his vehicle went into the opposite lane, striking a trailer being pulled by a 2013 Ford F-250 traveling westbound.

A piece of rebar from the trailer dislodged and went into Young's vehicle, fatally injuring him. No information was available immediately on the name of the driver of the Ford F-250 or that driver's condition.

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