Marble Falls Texas news

Mon
19
Mar

Austin PD: Suspicious package in MF not bomb

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By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Mormon Mill Road traffic in Marble Falls was blocked Monday due to the report of a suspicious package at the car wash on that street that turned out to be nothing harmful.

The Marble Falls Police Department kept traffic cordoned off for the arrival of a Austin PD bomb disposal unit, which determined the “package” was not a bomb.

Fri
16
Mar

Firefighters create MFHS 'defensible space'

Richard Zowie/The Highlander

No, Dan Kramer of the Marble Falls Area Fire Department isn’t buying a Christmas tree. Instead, he’s worked with other area firefighters March 14 to create a “defensible space” behind the Marble Falls High School Auditorium. Such spaces are designed to reduce the likelihood of a wildfire spreading to areas where the spaces are maintained. This includes the high school and area residences.

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Anyone driving on the road behind the Marble Falls High School Auditorium on March 14 might have mistaken Dan Kramer, of the Marble Falls Area Fire Department, for an eager shopper trying to get ahead for the 2018 Christmas Tree season.

Working with several men with power tools and other devices used for trimming brush and shrubbery, Kramer carried a freshly-cut tall green shrub towards the road.

But instead of strapping it to the top of a vehicle or into a truck bed and taking it home to decorate, Kramer took the shrub to a wood chipper.

Soon, machine reduced the dark green shrub into mulch.

Kramer and the rest of those with him, including members of the Marble Falls Fire and Rescue, were creating a “defensible space” at the high school that will help protect the school from any future wild fires.

Tue
13
Mar

Habitat completes build on latest home

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

By Oct. 11, 2017, Habitat for Humanity volunteers are a hive of activity framing the new home at the corner of Second Street and Avenue M. It was begun in September and completed in February.

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Habitat for Humanity celebrated a ribbon cutting Feb. 18 for the new home of Shana Hyslop and her 12-year-old son, Xander.

“This is our 23rd home,” said Willie Reinders of Habitat for Humanity Highland Lakes. “We have done a home a year for 23 years. We are very proud of that.”

Every homeowner in the program donates at least 150 hours of volunteer time, but Hyslop has gone above and beyond, working on at least three homes, already.

“It is exciting,” said Hyslop. “And, not just for our home. I put in my time long ago, but I expect to keep working in the program.”

“Shanna waited three years to get this house,” said Reinders. “If anybody think it just happens, they're wrong. It takes a lot of patience and sweat equity on someone else's home.”

Fri
09
Mar

Marble Falls Spring Break starts Monday

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Get ready. Get set. Go to Marble Falls Spring Break 2018.

The Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department again will provide the free weekday fun while Marble Falls Independent School District students are on vacation.

It takes place every day from Monday, March 12, through Friday, March 16. all with the help of local sponsors.

Last year, H-E-B became the corporate sponsor through its Community Investment Program. Free lunches are provided for kids every day from restaurants including Chick-fil-A, Subway, Pizza Hut and, of course, H-E-B.

Monique Breaux, this year's coordinator, amassed some statistics from last year's foodies: 300 hot dogs and 200 hamburgers, 520 bags of fruit snacks, 584 bags of chips, 310 bottles of sports drinks and 300 bottles of water.

The event has only grown in popularity over the years.

Wed
07
Mar

Dollar: LakeFest cancellation a budget matter, only

Photo by Frank Shubert/The Highlander

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

When the announcement came that contract negotiations for LakeFest 2018 had fallen through, speculation was rampant.

The announcements from the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber and the City of Marble Falls were straightforward: “It boiled down to being a business decision.”

That didn't stop people wondering if it boiled down to city parks and recreation construction and related boat ramp changes or the development of the hotel conference center.

For an answer, we turned to Ken Dollar of Meadowlakes, the face of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Races from 2009 until the first of 2018.

“Development never came into the picture,” he said. “I want to get that across.”

“It was a simple thing,” he continued. “Last year the Lucas corporation people decided it was time to take a look and restructure, not just drag boats, but all their motor sports series; and they own several.

Wed
07
Mar

Clipping away at childhood cancer

Richard Zowie/The Highlander

Justin Hawkins, a 12-year-old student at Marble Falls Middle School, says goodbye to his thick mane of hair. After someone made a $100 donation, he decided to have his head shaved Saturday at Marble Falls Johnson Park during the fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation, which seeks cures for childhood cancer. Stylist Becky Turner donated her time for the event.

By Richard Zowie

Highlander Sports Editor

Normally, the weekends at Johnson Park bring the sounds of people enjoying Lake Marble Falls, whether it's fishing, boating or swimming.

Things will be different Saturday, March 3 as a “buzz” will be heard as people will get their heads shaved. From noon to 3 p.m. at Johnson Park at 230 South Avenue J, the park will host a St. Baldrick's Event.

Those participating in this event will be making donations and getting their heads shaved to join the fight against childhood cancers and promote funding for childhood cancer research. Since children often lose their hair when getting cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, this head shaving fundraiser is a way fo showing support.

The event's goal is to raise $20,000, and so far, $5,460 has been raised.

Both men and women are expected to participate in this event, along with a certain member of the Highlander news staff.

Wed
07
Mar

Chamber honors Whitmans, Taylor

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Raymond and Tammy Whitman of Whitman Insurance and Service Title Company in Marble Falls, left, receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 59th Annual Awards Banquet of the Marble Falls Lake/LBJ Chamber of Commerce on Saturday night, Feb. 24. They are joined by the chamber's executive director Patti Zinsmeyer, right, and their daughter, Kaitlynn Whitman Williams, who had the pleasure of presenting the award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Community leaders let their hair down for the 59th Annual Awards Banquet, themed “Get Down, Turn Around, Go to Town, Brew Scootin' Boogie!”

The event was a sell out and the Cadillac Dance Hall delivered with the music of Eddie Shell and the Not Guilties and their lead singer Bode Barker.

But the casual atmosphere and a banquet of barbecue did not diminish the pride the chamber took in recognizing the contributions of award winners, including Outstanding Citizen Guy Taylor and Lifetime Achievement Award winners Raymond and Tammy Cochran Whitman.

The Excellence in Public Service Award was presented to the Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center of Marble Falls and Kingsland. Clay Cauble was named Innovator of the Year and Jeff Bingham, Ambassador of the Year.

Wed
07
Mar

Wooten retires on 'high note'

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Wishing Angie Wooten farewell from Estes Audiology are fellow audiologists Katherine Sonnamaker, left, and Jake Keup, right. For 22 years Wooten provided hearing assistance to Highland Lakes residents at 304-B Highlander Circle, formerly Lakeview Hearing Center, and now part of the Hill Country's Estes Audiology group. The retirement party was Feb. 22 at Lakeside Pavilion.

 

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Angie Wooten, a popular audiologist for two decades in the Highland Lakes, retired to an overture of her own making Thursday, Feb. 22.

She invited many of those she had served at Lakeview Hearing Center, now Estes Audiology, at 304-B Highlander Circle and they came to Lakeside Pavilion for food and the music of Double Eagle String Band.

She and her husband, Tim, are part of the six-member ensemble that just finished their second CD, “Monkey on a String.” It will be introduced at release party at Above Mosaic House Concerts on March 10, so guests at the party got a preview of the music that has been a lifetime avocation for Wooten.

“I started practicing audiology in Marble Falls in 1995,” Wooten said. “I cannot leave without saying goodbye and thank you to some very exceptional people, my clients over the years.”

Fri
23
Feb

Black History to be celebrated Saturday

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The Black History exhibit at Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls includes photos, documents, maps and memorabilia from years gone by, as well as records pertaining to St. Frederick Baptist Church,  125 years old this year. A Black History celebration at the church Saturday promises fun and education for the whole Highland Lakes Community.

 

 

 

 

February is Black History Month and the big day of celebration in Marble Falls will be Saturday, Feb. 24.

St. Frederick Baptist Church, the city's 125-year-old congregation founded by African Americans, has assembled an exhibit of memorabilia that will be on display during the free event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

“As always, there will be lots of good food,” said organizer Bessie Jackson. “The whole community is invited, especially the young people.”

The church is located at 301 Avenue N in Marble Falls.

This also is the final week of an exhibit on the history of African Americans and St. Frederick Church at Falls on the Colorado Museum, 2001 Broadway Street.

Mon
19
Feb

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.

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