Marble Falls


U.S. Marshals seek Marble Falls felon

Thomas Richard (T.R.) Sims


The U.S. Marshals are hunting a Marble Falls man previously convicted on drug trafficking charges.

Thomas Richard Sims, 35, is wanted for violating the terms of his release following several years in prison on distribution and possession charges. A warrant was issued for his arrest on Saturday, July 26.

Supervisory Deputy Hector Gomez of the U.S. Marshals Western District of Texas said Sims went missing just before he was scheduled to check in to a substance abuse treatment program.  His probation officer purchased him a ticket to the program on July 8, but Sims never showed up.

Sims is expected to be hiding in Burnet County or the greater Austin area.

“His network isn’t there anymore, but we figure he’ll be in Marble Falls or the Burnet County area, or here in Austin,” Gomez said. “We figure if we get his name and photo out, it will shake the trees up a little bit.”


Double Horn Reunion to be held Saturday

Residents of the Rockvale Community gather for an early record of what continues today as an annual Double Horn – Rockvale Reunion. This year it takes place Saturday, July 30, at the Marble Falls Church of Christ.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander


The annual Double Horn – Rockvale Reunion will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Church of Christ, 711 Broadway Street in Marble Falls.

The two communities that grew up southeast of Marble Falls in the 1850's first thrived and then diminished over the decades, but a sense of community brings about 100 residents and friends, old and new, together each year.


Miss Aqua Boom Crowned, 4th of July fireworks ahead on the Highland Lakes

A joyful Kelsie Tackett of Marble Falls is crowned Miss Aqua Boom 2016 at the pageant held at Kingsland Community Center Saturday, June 25.

By Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers


For those going out on the town on Independence Day weekend, there are a number of local celebrations to visit for July 4th activities.


Corvette designer, intrepid driver team up for Soapbox Derby glory

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

No one seemed to notice a lone 73-year-old lady who waited quietly in the room full of men signing up for races in the 2016 Marble Falls Adult Soap Box Derby.

“Hello, I'm Alice Gardiner and I'll be racing against you in the derby,” she said, finally.

The others seemed unimpressed and, after a few courteous greetings, returned to conversations. That is, until her next words: “Hey guys, the builder of my soap box is sitting over there and he was the original engineer who developed the Corvette.”


Plats being developed for Gregg Ranch community at 281/71 intersection

Gregg Ranch, which will be located near the intersection of US 281 and Texas 71, will be the largest master planned development in Marble Falls with 700 homes on more than 240 acres when completed.

By Lew K. Cohn

The Highlander

Managing Editor


H-E-B to build new, larger Marble Falls store

A new Marble Falls H-E-B store will have more space and more offerings and will be located just west of the existing store.

It's official — a new, larger H-E-B store is coming to Marble Falls and will offer even more value for shoppers in the area.

The current Marble Falls store location at 1503 Ranch to Market Road 1431 West will also be the site of a new H-E-B store on the same property. The existing store will continue operations while the new store is being built, said H-E-B Marble Falls Unit Director David Crail.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to give our customers what they need – a larger variety of products and more shopping space,” Crail said.


Lightning crashes across the sky

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander

Lightning crashes across the sky in downtown Marble Falls on Saturday, May 28.


Severe weather alert issued

Forecasts still hold out hopes for improvements for Saturday night, May 28, and the Memorial Day weekend. See more from the National Weather Service on Facebook: The-Highlander.

Gusty southerly winds are adding moisture and, while afternoon and evening thunderstorms are possible today, Wednesday, May 24, the threat is predicted to escalate and the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued severe weather alerts.

“The broad trough of low pressure over the western US is forecast to slowly shift to east Thursday through Friday, said Bob Rose, chief meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority. “As the trough approaches northwestern Texas, it's expected to cause the widespread development of rain showers and thunderstorms across the Hill Country and Central Texas.”


Flash Flood Watch Issued for all of South Central Texas on Thursday (1 AM until 10 PM)

Area of Concern:

All of South Central Texas for flash flooding and subsequent river flooding, with a slight risk for severe storms and isolated tornadoes primarily in the Coastal Plains. See attached graphics.

Threats & Impacts:

Tornadoes:  A few tornadoes in the Coastal Plains possible, low risk elsewhere

Winds:  Up to 60 mph


Texas Tech partnership has benefitted Burnet County


The Highlander

Managing Editor


Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan's recent visit to Marble Falls has revealed just how important the Highland Lakes campus is to the university system. Friday, May 6 was the first time the chancellor had visited the campus at the Frank Fickett Educational Center and he noted that the regional site is definitely “an asset in the Texas Tech System.”


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