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Wed
17
Oct

Marble Falls issues boil water notice in wake of flooding

Frank Shubert/The Highlander

Frank Shubert/The Highlander
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the City of Marble Falls Pictured here is an image of a home captured Oct. 16 in the wake of Llano River flood waters which swept into the Highland Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney •
Staff Writer •

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has ordered the city of Marble Falls to alert all residents today (Oct. 17) to boil water for consumption, following flooding of several neighborhoods due to stormwater runoff making its way into the Highland Lakes from the Llano River in the last 24 hours.

The Marble Falls Police Department Emergency Operations Center (EOC) issued the alert, “Due to conditions which indicate that the potability of the drinking water supply has been compromised as a result of recent flooding.”

Tue
16
Oct

Area shelters welcome displaced residents in wake of Highland Lakes flood

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Flood waters from the Llano River overflowed in the Kingsland area, including roadways such as RR 1431 in Llano County. Emergency first responders helped residents find higher ground and temporary quarters in area emergency shelters.

 

 

 

 

Editor's Note: As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 the Marble Falls Middle School shelter has reached capacity. Marble Falls First Baptist Church, 901 La Ventana Dr., has been established as a new shelter location.

Compiled by Savanna Gregg •
Staff Writer •

As flood waters continue to plague areas of Burnet and Llano counties Oct. 16, residents – and their pets – were evacuated from their homes to area shelters.

Flood waters in the Llano River ushered in by thunderstorms in a 24-hour period have wreaked havoc in the Highland Lakes.

Area emergency first responders have assisted residents in communities including Meadowlakes and Marble Falls as well as Llano and Kingsland in getting to higher ground.

For those who do not have alternative accommodations, officials have established temporary shelters until the flood waters subside.

Tue
16
Oct

Kingsland roadways flooded, RR 2900 River Bridge collapses in Llano County

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The RR 2900 Bridge in Kingsland collapsed Oct. 16 cutting off a critical roadway artery for residents and emergency first responders. The roadway is over an area where the Llano River feeds into Lake LBJ.

 

 

 

 

Wed
10
Oct

Quarry opponents to ask for statewide halt to mining permits; TCEQ hosting meeting Oct. 11 to gather public input

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Grant Dean (on the left) of the Texas Environmental Protection Coalition helped rally protesters against a planned quarry operation by Spicewood Crushed Stone in September at the entryway of Double Horn subdivision in Spicewood. His group is attending a TCEQ public meeting on that air quality permit application at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls.

 

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney •
Staff Writer •

Grant Dean has a message for the state of Texas and a New York-based company looking to launch a mining operation on 280 acres between two subdivisions in Spicewood in Burnet County.

“This is not just our backyard,” Dean said. “This is everybody's backyard.”

Dean, the co-founder of the Texas Environmental Protection Coalition, has rallied support from several cities in Texas with similar battles before them – rock crusher/quarry operations setting up stakes next to residential neighborhoods.

The latest proposal involves a pending air quality permit by Spicewood Crushed Stone, a company owned by Dalrymple Companies, based in New York.

If approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the company would operate on 280 acres, in the 5500 block of Texas 71, between Double Horn Estates (100 home lots) and the fledgling Spicewood Trails.

Wed
10
Oct

Llano River flood water surge in Kingsland, LCRA opens flood gates in the Highland Lakes

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Kingsland residents Ben Salazar and Dianna Hardesty checked out flooding at the Kingsland Slab Tuesday (Oct. 9) as rushing flood waters in the Llano River made their way from the Junction area through the Highland Lakes. Authorities reported no swiftwater rescues or injuries in Llano or Burnet counties.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney •
Staff Writer •

As the surge of the Llano River subsided, Highland Lakes residents and property owners reported minimal damage Oct. 9 and 10 to lakeside structures as well as some rising water along shorelines inching onto property.

Murky floodwaters from the Llano River from the Junction area crested in Kingsland after midnight just 24 hours earlier, eventually making its way through lakes LBJ and Marble Falls – to be captured in Lake Travis, just west of Austin.

On Oct. 10, the Lower Colorado River Authority reported floodgate operations on Wirtz and Starcke dams to pass floodwaters downstream.

Wed
10
Oct

First responders sport pink badges for breast cancer awareness

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Marble Falls Police officers are proud to sport pink badges
Pictured, from left, are: Marble Falls Police Officer Diego Villareal, Officer Moriah Esquivel, Officer Andrew Howe and Sgt. Aaron Garcia.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney •
Staff Writer •

It typically prompts a double take. However, that's the point – to get those who notice to “think pink” for breast cancer awareness.

Marble Falls police officers are donning bright pink badges and patches in the place of the traditional ones for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

“We participated with the fire department last year with the Pink Out (event),” Marble Falls Police Capt. Glenn Hanson said. “We decided we would show our support for the cause.

“To that end, we ordered the pink badges and patches,” he added.

From family to co-workers, the lives of millions of women are impacted each year by the diagnosis.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that 108 new cases per 100,000 women are diagnosed each year.

Mon
08
Oct

Floodwaters to prompt gate operations at Max Starcke and Wirtz dams

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Several flood gates of Max Starcke Dam (pictured above in April 2016) are slated to be opened — along with gates at Wirtz Dam — to pass floodwaters rushing in from Junction into the Llano River through to Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls. While Lake Marble Falls is expected to be kept at a constant level, the pass through is expected to create fast-moving currents and residents are advised to use caution.

 

 

 

 

 

From staff reports •

The Lower Colorado River Authority was expected to open flood gates at Wirtz and Starcke Dams Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 10, due to a large inflow of water from flooding along the Llano River which will pass through Lake Marble Falls.

City of Marble Falls issued an alert Monday afternoon to remind residents that while Lake Marble Falls' level is expected to remian within its normal operating range as a constant-level lake, fast moving currents could carry away unsecured boats and other aquatic items. Residents were being asked to monitor weather conditions for the next several days as conditions could change.

Wed
03
Oct

Bertram police chief faces felony perjury and oppression charges after Burnet County Grand Jury indictment

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Chief James Jay (“JJ”) Wilson faces several indictment charges, alleging official oppression, aggravated perjury and misuse of official information.

 

 

 

Editor's Note: Bertram Police Chief JJ Wilson offered comments in response to the indictments against him in the Friday, Oct. 5 issue of The Highlander. In that same issue, 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney Wiley ("Sonny") McAfee also offered a statement from the DA's office.

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The 424th Judicial District Grand Jury indicted Bertram Police Chief James Jay (“JJ”) Wilson Oct. 2 on charges of felony aggravated perjury, felony misuse of official information and misdemeanor official oppression, court documents stated.

The charges stemmed from three incident allegations in Burnet County in connection with a dispute over hay ownership, the release of criminal background information and a sworn statement in a drug-related arrest, according to the grand jury indictments.

Mon
20
Aug

Richmond woman dies after jet ski crash on Lake LBJ

 

 

 

From staff reports

A Richmond woman died after Aug. 18 a personal watercraft she was operating crashed into boathouse on Lake LBJ in an area near the Legends Golf Course, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Debra Stribling, 56, was on the vessel around 8 a.m. that morning when the accident happened.

“(The victim) sustained fatal injuries when the personal watercraft she was operating crashed into a bulkhead and a boathouse,” according to the press release.

Stribling was pronounced dead at the scene by a Burnet County justice of the peace. The victim was a retired pharmacist.

The Texas Game Warden STORM boating accident reconstruction team is assisting with the investigation.

Wed
12
Oct

Have coffee with the mayor Friday

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

At Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, Sept. 30, Marble Falls Mayor John Packer, right, diagram proposed Lakeside Park improvements with, from left, MFPD Officer Aaron Garcia, Fred Becker and Jim “Jimbo” Clark. Three more of the 7 a.m. Friday events for one-on-one conversations are scheduled Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. 'I hope people will come,” said Clark. 'You get answers to your own questions and learn things you needed to know and hadn't even thought about.'

Oct. 14 and

 

The public is invited again to "have a cup of coffee" with Marble Falls Mayor John Packer at Numinous Coffee Roasters, 714 Ranch to Market Road 1431 in Marble Falls from 7-8 a.m. today, Friday, Oct. 14.

The informal, come-and-go event series does not require an RSVP, just a healthy curiosity about what is going on in the city.

The invitation reads: "come share your thoughts and ideas about your community and hear about some of the new projects in the city."

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet one-on-one with our residents and learn about the issues that are important to them,” said Packer.

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