Marble Falls Texas news

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.

Fri
16
Feb

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.

Fri
16
Feb

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.

Fri
09
Feb

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.”

Wed
07
Feb

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.

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