Marble Falls

Fri
06
Oct

TCEQ rock crushing meeting set for Oct. 26; comment deadline extended to Oct. 31

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Public comment deadline for a proposed Air Quality Standard permit for a proposed rock crushing plant south of Marble Falls has been extended by three weeks until Oct. 31, state Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway, said Friday.

Meanwhile, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will hold a 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, informational meeting about the Asphalt Inc. permit application at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista, Marble Falls, Buckingham said.

“To my constituents in Senate District 24 I hear you,” Buckingham said. “Many of you in the Marble Falls and surrounding areas have voiced your concerns and frustrations about a proposed rock crushing permit request and an inability, in some cases, to get your questions answered. That's why I reached out to the regulatory agency involved on your behalf demanding more transparency.

Fri
15
Sep

Stakeholders come together to oppose rock crushing plant

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Baylor Scott & White Hill Country Region president Tim Ols, left, speaks about the impact a proposed rock crushing plant would have on the hospital campus in Marble Falls as state Rep. Terry Wilson, Precinct 4 County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery and Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan listen Friday during a meeting at the BSW Specialty Clinic training room. Stakeholders from a wide spectrum of interests came together in opposition of the proposed Asphalt Inc. rock crushing plant, which has an air quality permit before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Homeowners, ranchers, government officials, hospital leaders and concerned citizens met together Friday at Baylor Scott & White Speciality Clinic with one common goal in mind — opposing the construction of a new rock crushing plant south of Marble Falls.

Asphalt Inc. applied for an air permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to operate a new rock and concrete crushing plant with an entrance 90 feet west of US 281 and approximately 2.6 miles south of the intersection of Texas 71 near Flat Rock Road, which is Burnet County Road 403.

Tue
27
Jun

Marble Falls ISD adopts $41.8 million general fund budget

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor
The Highlander

Marble Falls Independent School District trustees approved a $41.8 million balanced general fund budget for fiscal year 2017-18 during their regular board meeting Monday night after holding a public hearing.

The new budget includes a three percent payroll increase for all staff with additional market adjustments plus an additional $25 per month in health insurance premium benefit for all employees.

The budget assumes a total tax rate of $1.2786, which includes $1.0533 per $100 valuation for maintenance and operations and 22.53 cents for interest and sinking.

Fri
07
Apr

Ground breaks today on new H-E-B store

Marble Falls residents will welcome the next step towards a brand-new, bigger and better H-E-B store today, April 7, with a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will take place at the current store at 1503 Ranch to Market Road 1431 West. City officials and H-E-B leadership will be on hand to break ground and to give information about the new store design, its services and offerings and planned departments.

The new 111,000-square-foot store, which will be located next door and occupy the site of the former Bealls store as well, will offer new products, expanded departments, added services and low prices, H-E-B officials said, as the new store's footprint will be 35,000 square feet larger than the existing store.

The old store will continue operations while the new store is being built, H-E-B Marble Falls Unit Director David Crail said.

Fri
27
Jan

Burnet County sheriff's deputies arrest 17 in drug roundup

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Working in conjunction with other local agencies, Burnet County Sheriff's deputies in the Special Operations Unit have arrested 17 individuals in Burnet and Llano counties as part of a month-long undercover investigation targeting methamphetamine dealers in the two counties that culminated in a raid Thursday at multiple locations.

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said a total of 31 warrants were obtained on the 17 individuals arresed, charging each with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in penalty group 1, more than one gram but less than four grams.

Each charge is a second-degree felony under Texas Penal Code, Chapter 481.112(c), punishable by a prison sentence of two to 20 years and a $10,000 fine.

“This represents a significant impact on the local methamphetamine supply network,” Boyd said.

Wed
25
Jan

OLLI Spring Kickoff Reception Feb. 3

Want to find out more about spring courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Texas Tech University? Come to the OLLI Spring Kickoff Reception and walk the red carpet wth OLLI on Friday, Feb. 3!

The reception will feature hors d'oeuvres and beverages and interested parties can sign up for one of several award-winning OLLI spring courses at the Frank Fickett Educational Center at 806 Steve Hawkins Parkway, Marble Falls.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and the cost is free but an RSVP should be made to 830-990-4948.

OLLI offers unique opportunities for local citizens ages 50 and older who wish to continue their learning experiences. For more information, visit hillcountry.olli.ttu.edu.

Wed
24
Aug

Vietnam vets to be honored Thursday

Veterans of the Vietnam War era will be honored at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Burnet County Veterans Services and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10376.
Congressman Roger Williams will address the program to be held at the VFW Post, 1001 Veterans Drive, in Marble Falls.
The public is invited to honor active duty U.S. military personnel who served between Nov. 1, 1955-May 15, 1975. For more information, contact Bill Worley of Burnet County Veterans Services 830-265-8403 orvetsvc@burnetcountytexas.org.

Mon
15
Aug

Lumbert critically injured after Lakefest accident

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

 

One man is in serious condition at the Austin Trauma Center following a boat accident Sunday during the Lake Fest in Marble Falls.

Scott “Scotty” Lumbert, driver of the top fuel hydro drag boat “Spirit of Texas” was racing in the final rounds against “Nitrochondiac” during Sunday’s event, when his boat crossed the finish line and began to flip, according to video footage The Highlander acquired from sources.

The boat said to be traveling at speeds of 240MPH, looked as though something malfunctioned as it crossed the finish line and began to roll down the Colorado River for several hundred feet before coming to a stop.

“I was there at Sunday’s event, watching from around the starting line,” said Captain Glenn Hanson of the Marble Falls Police Department.

Fri
05
Aug

Interconnectedness proven during weekend

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander

At one point during her Choctaw Casino concert Friday night, there was about six feet of separation between me and Joan Jett. She is still an incredible performer. 

by Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Highland Lakes Newspapers

 

Very few people have not heard of the theory of six degrees of separation — the theory that everyone and everything in the world are connected by six or fewer steps from any other person or thing in the world.

This theory was originally introduced by a Hungarian author, Frigyes Karinthy, in a 1929 short story, “Chains” (Lánczemek) and is used to demonstrate how the world, though incredibly large, can be a small place through our interconnectedness.

Fri
05
Aug

Webb was a giant in Texas newspaper industry

Willis Webb

by Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Highland Lakes Newspapers

 

This year has been a tough one for entertainers. We have lost some great names in the arts, including Prince, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, Patty Duke, Maurice White, Harper Lee, Pat Conroy, Merle Haggard and Muhammed Ali.

This week, we added another name to the list of greats we have lost — our very own columnist, former Texas Press Association president and Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame honoree Willis Newman Webb.

Willis passed away at his residence in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Monday, July 18, at the age of 79. Below this column is the first of the last two columns Willis wrote for us. The other will appear in next week's Highlander.

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