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BCSO: Road rage sparked fatal shooting in Spicewood

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Authorities temporarily reduced traffic lanes Jan. 15 in the 10000 block of Hwy 71 in Spicewood, while investigating a road rage incident which ended in a fatal shooting in an adjacent convenience store parking lot.





From staff reports

A Spicewood man is dead following an alleged “road rage” incident Jan. 15 in the parking lot of a convenience store, just off Texas 71 in Spicewood, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Office.

A BCSO press release stated that around 2 p.m. 44-year-old Thao Ton suffered at least two gunshot wounds and died at the scene. Investigators stated Ton was involved with 36-year-old Milton Kim of Leander in a “non-collision road rage incident on SH 71 and had mutually pulled into the Spicewood Square Chevron parking lot” where an altercation ensued. …


Police arrest Spicewood standoff suspect

From staff reports

What started as an attempt to serve an eviction notice, evolved into a suspect standoff Dec. 5 in Spicewood in Burnet County, authorities said.

Marshall Willard Brown, 43, was eventually apprehended at 3:20 p.m. following an hours long standoff at an empty mobile home. Authorities reported he was a member of the Aryan Circle gang and had been on the run since 2018. 


Jeff Shabram named publisher of The Highlander and Burnet Bulletin

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Jeff Shabram took over the reins for the Highlander and Bulletin staff on Nov. 4, as the new publisher and editor of the publications based in Marble Falls and Burnet, Texas.




Special to the Highlander

Highland Lakes Publishing welcomed Jeff Shabram to their family of media publications in November as the new publisher and editor of The Highlander and Burnet Bulletin as well as a growing number of print publications and digital platforms.

Prior to settling in the Highland Lakes, Shabram was the publisher of the Hearst-owned Midland Reporter-Telegram and oversaw Hearst's west Texas media publications as president and group publisher from 2015 to present. Shabram took over the reins for the Highlander and Bulletin staff on Nov. 4.


Appeals court rules against city of Double Horn in state AG lawsuit

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
As city of Double Horn citizens prepare to vote in the Nov. 5 election on whether to remain incorporated, the Texas Court of Appeals, Third District released an opinion Oct. 30 that allows the state AG's office to proceed with a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the municipality.





By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The Texas Third District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) on Oct. 30 in the entity's effort to advance trial proceedings seeking to dissolve the city of Double Horn on allegations the municipality formed unlawfully in an effort to halt a quarry operation.


Spicewood Area VFD Kaiser brush truck restoration sparks interest

Andrew Hunt, Philip Mason, Jason Johnson and Hector Valdez were among Spicewood Area Volunteer Fire Department members who contributed to the completion of a 1967 Kaiser refurbished over the past eight years to make it a fully-functional brush truck.





By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A vintage 1967 Kaiser Jeep – restored, re-fitted and refurbished as a brush truck – has become the latest accomplishment by Spicewood Area Volunteer Fire Department crews in the their tough task to maintain an effective firefighting unit.

The Jeep – which is the third one for the VFD – was a Texas A&M Forest Service vehicle in which the Spicewood agencies purchased for about $5,000 eight years ago in Hondo.

The history of the vintage vehicle goes back to the Vietnam era.


Marble Falls High School 2019 Homecoming festivities

Wayne Craig/Clear Memories
Marble Falls High School Starlette junior Lieutenant Alyssa Walden shines brightly during a drill team half-time performance recently. MFHS is celebrating Homecoming 2019 this week with spirited costume days, a parade, crowning of a king and queen and game on Friday night against Navarro.





From staff reports

The annual Marble Falls High School Homecoming parade will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12 beginning at 6 p.m on Manzano Mile. The parade will start about halfway between Colt Elementary and the water tower and conclude at the visitors parking lot.


Double Horn launches 2nd incorporation election vote

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The city of Double Horn has approved a second election which, depending on the vote, could overturn the municipality's incorporation status which first passed in December 2018.

Petition co-coordinator Glen Zoerner made the announcement in a written statement, following an Aug. 19 response deadline for the city for an election “to call the question of abolishing the city's corporate existence.” The incorporation vote is scheduled for Nov. 5.


Voting starts Friday, May 24 in PEC district 5 race

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 director candidates offered their views on single-member districts, renewable energy, board member conduct and electric reliability during last month's PEC candidate forum.


Marble Falls officials testify before state lawmakers about mining regulation

Burnet County Judge James Oakley/Special to The Highlander
Marble Falls Mayor John Packer (left) and City Manager Mike Hodge spoke before the Texas House Energy Resources Committee about the infiltration of the mining industry and its economic impact, near the city and in the Burnet County area.





By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
Burnet County officials offered insight April 8 into the pitfalls of the growing number of mining operations among fledgling residential developments, as state lawmakers in Austin considered potential bills which would further regulate and tighten oversight on the industry.

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