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Tue
11
Sep

Flash flooding sweeps through Backbone Creek in Marble Falls

Phil Reynolds/The Highlander

Torrential rain and thunderstorms sent runoff down Backbone Creek, resulting in flash flooding in Johnson Park in Marble Falls.

 

 

 

From staff reports •

Storm runoff caused a scare among some Pecan Valley and Meadowlakes residents Sept.8 and 9, as motorists were temporarily blocked from leaving their neighborhoods to avoid a flooded low-water crossing on Avenue N and a rain-swollen Backbone Creek crossing in Johnson Park in Marble Falls.

Residents reported the rise of the creek starting Saturday and subsiding throughout the day until another round of of storms swept through the area on Sunday.

“Avenue N on Saturday and Sunday was closed for some time because of water over the road,” Marble Falls Fire Rescue Chief Russell Sander said. “Johnson Park did have water over the bridge on Sunday.

Everything was temporary,” he added.

From more than 5 inches of rain in Marble Falls to nearly 4 inches in Spicewood were reported due to torrential thunderstorms and steady rain.

Tue
11
Sep

Johnson fundraiser returns for finale

The live auction, always a fun part of the Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraisers, gets underway at the September 2015 celebration. This year's Grand Finale fundraiser will take place this Saturday, Sept 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Hidden River Ranch, 10715 S. Hwy 281, Lampasas.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

The Highlander

Thu
06
Sep

Johnson City traffic stop nets illegal drug stash, stolen gun

Contributed
A traffic stop in Johnson City resulted in the arrest of the occupants and seizure of several different kinds of illicit drugs.

 

 

From staff reports •

On Sept. 4, Johnson City Police Department stopped a vehicle coming through town loaded with a variety of drugs and a stolen firearm.

With the assistance of the Blanco County Sheriff's Office, investigators detected an “odor of marijuana” and then conducted a search on the vehicle.

Seized were: nine pounds of marijuana; two pounds of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) wax; and more than two and a half pounds of liquid THC as well as illicit hashish and Ecstacy.

Authorities charged the occupants with several first and second degree felony charges and a state jail felony charge of possession of a stolen firearm.

Suspects remain in the Blanco County Jail.

Thu
06
Sep

Rotary club to hold annual 9/11 remembrance

The Marble Falls Rotary Club will hold its 17th annual 9/11 Day of Remembrance Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Marble Falls Lakeside Pavilion.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks carried out against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, which saw the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, damage to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the crash of Flight 93 in rural Pennsylvania.

Each year the Marble Falls Rotary Club, with support of the Marble Falls mayor and city council, holds a ceremony on the anniversary of the attacks for personal reflection, prayer and thought in remembrance of the victims’ families and rescue workers involved in the 9/11 tragedies, and to honor, remember and reunite with area first responders.

Thu
06
Sep

Burnet County burn ban lifted

 

 

 

From staff reports

The Burnet County burn ban has been lifted as of Thursday, Sept. 6, Burnet County Judge James Oakley said.

Soaking rains fell throughout Burnet County this week, with some areas reporting up to three inches of precipitation within a 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Thursday. The rain caused the county's Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) average to drop 32 points from 523 to 491, with a high of 703 (just north of Burnet) and a low of 320 (near Marble Falls).

The KBDI is used to determine forest fire potential. The drought index is based on daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture (assumed to have a maximum storage capacity of eight inches) and is expressed in hundredths of an inch of soil moisture depletion.

Sat
25
Aug

Horseshoe Bay brush fire near airport contained, residents return home

Lew Cohn/The Highlander
Fire crews eventually contained a wildfire Aug. 25 after it burned nearly 500 acres in an area of Llano County adjacent to the Horseshoe Bay Airport.

 

 

 

UPDATE: Fire agencies reported the brush fire 90 percent contained. As of 10 p.m. Aug. 25, evacuated residents returned home. No reports of property damage or injuries, according to the Llano County Office of Emergency Management.

From staff reports •

A piece of mulching equipment operating on the right-of-way on Texas 71 just inside Llano County near the Burnet County line caused a brush fire Saturday, Aug. 25, which threatened the Horseshoe Bay Airport and prompted officials to notify HSB residents of the need to evacuate for safety.

Officials were not sure exactly how many acres were burned Saturday afternoon. Residents living east and north of the airport were advised to evacuate to Quail Point Lodge, which is owned by the Horseshoe Bay Property Owners Association.

A helicopter could be seen dropping water on the fire and firefighters from multiple agencies responded to the blaze, which occurred after noon Saturday.

Fri
24
Aug

MFISD lowers tax rate by penny

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Kindergarten students Mason Alaniz, left, and Isabella Rangel are ready to start the first day of school at Marble Falls Elementary on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Both students are in Mrs. Reed's class.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Fri
24
Aug

MFISD board calls for bond election

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
With their mother holding their hand, Marble Falls Elementary School students Anhelika Haught, 8, left, and Daniella Haught, 5, right, cross the parking lot Wednesday, Aug. 22, on the first day of school for students at Marble Falls ISD.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Marble Falls Independent School District voters will have one more thing to decide on the Nov. 6 general election ballot — a $55 million bond issue to make necessary improvements to campus facilities.

MFISD trustees voted unanimously at Monday night's regular meeting to call for the bond election after receiving a recommendation from a citizen-led committee last month.

“This bond issue would touch every campus in the district and we would be able to address these needs with bond funds without increasing our tax rate,” MFISD superintendent Dr. Chris Allen said. “In fact, we could reduce the tax rate and still be able to pass this bond. If reduced, this would be the second time the district has reduced the I&S (interest and sinking) tax rate in three years.

Fri
10
Aug

City unveils proposed $6.35 million bond

Contributed/City of Marble Falls rendering
Marble Falls officials took steps Aug. 7 to notify the public of the planned issuance of $6.35 million in bond debt to fund, in part, the first phase of a large-scale parks improvement project.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
The Highlander

With an eye on utilizing various entities to pay off the debt, Marble Falls city officials moved closer Aug. 7 to issuing a proposed $6.35 million bond issue to fund a portion of the first phase of a multi-faceted parks improvement project as well as downtown area improvements and utility upgrades.

Fri
10
Aug

County 'ratifies' emergency order

Contributed
Scorched brush remains in the aftermath of a string of wildfires in July and August in Burnet County, including an area pictured here off Hoover's Valley Road.

 

 

 

UPDATE: As of Aug. 14, Burnet County Commissioners rescinded the disaster declaration but approved keeping a less restrictive burn ban in place.

By Connie Swinney
The Highlander

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