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Tue
06
Nov

Walkway of Lights to end sooner in 2018 but still “magical” after flood-delayed start

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The Walkway of Lights in Lakeside Park in Marble Falls will be on a shortened timeline and end on Dec. 26 due to work set to began on the city's parks improvement plan.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Recent flooding issues have failed to deter plans for the Walkway of Lights, however, a Marble Falls city parks improvement project will place the Christmas lighting display on a shorter timeline, officials said.

A Pedernales Electric Cooperative crew began work Nov. 5 on utility installation of the Lakeside Park lighting trail, hosted by the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce.

“We had to wait for the park to dry out a little bit,” said Chamber Events Coordinator Brandi Payne. “Obviously the park was saturated, and that put us off from getting down here (to start erecting the display). There's a little bit of delay, but we're going to make it work.”

The night-time display – which features sculptures, lighted Christmas trees and photo opportunities with Santa Claus – is scheduled from Nov. 16 to Dec. 26.

Fri
07
Dec

Bertram, police chief reach resignation agreement, payment for wrecked cruiser

By Richard Zowie
Staff Writer

Embattled former City of Bertram police chief J.J. Wilson has agreed to reimburse the city for a $1,000 deductible to acquire a new police cruiser that he's been charged with crashing in October.

Fri
30
Nov

Plummeting fuel prices free up consumer dollars

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Fuel prices have taken a dive the last two months around the country, including several fueling stations in Marble Falls. Since September, the average cost of crude oil has dropped from about $80 to under $60 per barrel.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

When Frank Hosea noticed the fuel sign at the Walmart gas station, he did not hesitate to stop.

“I usually come here for gas because it's always the cheapest. Now it's under $2,” he said. “It's really good. It doesn't cost me $50 to fill it up.”

The Horseshoe Bay resident was among motorists in line Nov. 27 to buy gasoline at the Murphy USA fueling station.

In the past week, Market observers have noticed the same scenarios around the country as fuel prices have dropped a weekly average of a few pennies per gallon to as much as 11 cents less per gallon, depending on the state.

As of Nov. 28, crude oil averaged about $59 per barrel compared to about $80 per barrel three months ago.

According to AAA Texas, the average price per gallon is $2.19 per gallon.

Fri
30
Nov

Grand jury indicts suspended Bertram police chief on abuse of official capacity charge tied to alleged DWI patrol unit crash

By Richard Zowie
Staff Writer

The 33rd/424th Judicial District grand jury has handed down another indictment for suspended Bertram Police Chief James Jay (“JJ”) Wilson.

Mon
19
Nov

City of Marble Falls asks for bids in $3 million parks upgrades launch

City of Marble Falls Map Illustration
Marble Falls city officials have asked for bids on a portion of the first phase of a parks improvement plan. Areas targeted for upgrades and improvement include the Lake Marble Falls Lakeshore Drive boat ramp (Hays Addition boat ramp), Lakeside Park infrastructure and amenities re-locations and upgrades as well as restroom facilities in Johnson Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

In the aftermath of the October flood event, Marble Falls city officials are “moving forward as originally planned” with accepting bids on the $3 million phase 1A component of a multi-faceted parks improvement plan, ranging from a shoreline retaining wall to mitigate flood damage to new amenities such as a planned man-made beach in Lakeside Park.

City officials hosted a mandatory pre-bid conference Nov. 14 at Lakeside Pavilion to share information with engineers, members of the construction industry and infrastructure representatives who could become involved in projects.

“The city is following our original plan for moving forward with several of our Capital Improvement projects this year,” City Manager Mike Hodge said in a statement.

City staff believes the existing plan coincides with needed fixes and future flooding considerations.

Thu
15
Nov

Despite swifter current TXDOT re-opens Slab Road (RR 3404) in Kingsland

Frank Shubert/The Highlander
Commuter and bus routes resumed as usual Nov. 13, as Texas Department of Transportation crews re-opened Ranch Road 3404 to traffic following nearly a month-long closure due to Oct. 16 Llano River flooding.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The Texas Department of Transportation opted to re-open Slab Road (Ranch Road 3404) in Kingsland Nov. 13, despite concerns about whether the river-swollen roadway was safe for vehicle traffic.

Following the Oct. 16 Llano River flooding originating from Junction-area stormwater runoff, officials closed the roadway due to swift water and dangerous conditions. The closure changed Llano Independent School District bus routes and prompted commuters to search for detours.

Slab Road is one of two main thoroughfares in the Kingsland community which takes commuters south to Texas 71. The other roadway, Ranch-to-Market 2900, was closed due to flood waters washing away the bridge, at confluence of the Llano River and Lake LBJ. TXDOT has placed reconstruction of a new RM 2900 bridge on a six-month timeline for completion.

Mon
12
Nov

Kingsland residents concerned about debris pileup in Llano County

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Llano County residents reported post flood trash piles on state right-of-way and in unincorporated areas nearly a month after the Oct. 16 Lake LBJ flood.

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Almost a month after the Llano River flood event, residents continue to drive past several piles of post flood trash on state right-of-way along Ranch to Market Road 1431 and RM 2545, considered main thoroughfares within the community.

Both the Texas Department of Transportation and Llano County Commissioners recently contracted with private entities for trash removal.

Mon
12
Nov

Groundbreaking celebrates Kingsland 2900 bridge construction

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Capital Excavation Company crews continued Sunday afternoon working on the south side of Ranch to Market Road 2900 to undertake what will be a monumental task — building a new 2900 bridge within 150 days.

Fri
09
Nov

Lakes Marble Falls, LBJ to remain closed through mid November; To be lowered Dec. 30

Connie Swinney/The Highlander

Lake Marble Falls (Pictured here) will remain closed at least until Nov. 12, and Lake LBJ until Nov. 16 due to post-flood debris and conditions. LCRA is also scheduled to lower the waterways Dec. 30 for an eight-week period for dredging and maintenance.

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

Debris and unsafe conditions prompted the Lower Colorado River Authority today to extend the closure of Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls for week to 10 days following an assessement of post-flood waterway conditions.

Lake Marble Falls will remain closed until at least Monday, Nov. 12, and Lake LBJ will remain closed until at least Friday, Nov. 16, an LCRA press release stated.

Tue
06
Nov

City request prompted by motorist complaints halts TXDOT work on U.S. 281 near bridge

Cindi Fry/The Highlander
Due to motorist complaints, Texas Department of Transportation halted contractor work Monday, Nov. 5 on sidewalk improvements from the north end of the U.S. 281 Bridge to Broadway Avenue in Marble Falls. They state entity may opt to dispatch a night-time crew.

 

 

 

 

From Staff Reports

Due to motorist complaints, Texas Department of Transportation halted contractor work Nov. 5 on sidewalk improvements from the north end of the U.S. 281 Bridge to Broadway Avenue in Marble Falls.

The work began on Friday, Nov. 2 but was halted that day due to several issues including a vehicle rollover near the south city limits on U.S. 281, traffic congestion possibly connected to weekend travel, a music festival and opening weekend of the rifle season.

As crews started work again in the right-of-way along businesses just north of the bridge, one of the bridge lanes was reduced to a single lane causing backed up traffic as far as the south side of the bridge. TXDOT honored another city request to suspend the construction.

The city of Marble Falls has requested TXDOT consider dispatching night-time crews to do the right-of-way construction work to avoid day-time traffic congestion.

 

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