Marble Falls Texas news

Thu
19
Apr

Children's Day comes Saturday, rain or shine

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

April showers have never dampened the Marble Falls Children's Day Celebration from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, will be no exception.

“Just wear a jacket if it's cool and bring a poncho or umbrella in case it rains a little,” said Ely Banuet Rodriguez, founder and president. “We've seen it before and all the games and food and fun will go on in Johnson Park anyway on Saturday.

“If it showers, don't scurry away. Just stay. The sun will come out.”

Thu
05
Apr

Rabies confirmed around Burnet County

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The weather is warm and flowers are blooming, but heading into the great out of doors warrants caution about snakes and wildlife.

Already this year in Burnet County, two people have been bitten by rattlesnakes and now rabies alerts are being raised.

Meadowlakes was the first city in the area to report positive tests for rabies on skunks in the city limits and reports have followed on animals contained in Marble Falls and Burnet.

In 2018 Burnet County has risen already into the 7-10 rabies case category of the Texas Department of State Health Services (TSHS), including skunks, foxes, a raccoon and even a cat in various parts of the county.

The animal in Marble Falls was captured March 22 in the 800 block of Avenue F and in Burnet one was found on John Hoover Parkway March 27. In Meadowlakes they were found in several locations, including Hidden Falls Golf Course.

Wed
28
Mar

Children's Day: one-of-a-kind celebration

“Children's Day comes straight out of the heart of Texas,” said Ely Banuet Rodriguez, founder and president of the full day of free entertainment, fun and food for children from pre-kindergartenage-middle school held each spring in Marble Falls.

The 18th annual Children's Day on April 21, again will fill Johnson Park, the city's Lone Star Legacy Park at 230 Ave J, with the joyful sound of children having safe and free family fun from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

That doesn't happen without support and sponsors to assist more than 400 volunteers with the event are welcome. Likewise, community organizations, schools, churches, businesses and individuals are welcomed into the fold to provide the fun-filled day.

Fri
23
Mar

TCEQ grants Collier Materials permit

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Nearly five months after an informational hearing held in Marble Falls, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has given final approval to an air quality permit for a Collier Materials Inc. 300-ton enclosed rock crusher in Tobyville.

Fri
23
Mar

Marble Falls gets sound audit, looks to south fire station, Gregg Ranch, re-zoning

April 17 has been set for a hearing on the Gregg Ranch Public Improvement District (PID) to finance phase one of the project that will add some $20,000 in infrastructure and amenities to the southern city development.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Marble Falls City Council got reassurance of the city's financial health in a report Tuesday, March 20, from the auditing company Pattillo, Brown and Hill.

“Marble Falls has receive an unqualified opinion,” said Angela Verduzco, C.P.A. in her report on the review of financial operations in the year that ended Sept. 30, 2017. “That is the highest pinion that can be rendered.”

Notably, she reminded the council the city had ended the fiscal year with an additional $146,000 in its fund balance. She praised finance director Margie Cardenas and city staff for superior accounting practices and efficient help with questions and expressed confidence that any minor adjustments would be easily done.

The audit will be submitted to the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for

Fri
23
Mar

New US 281 stop light operational

The traffic light at US 281 and Farm to Market Road 1855 north of Marble Falls is now fully operational, controlling stop and go traffic at the intersection.

The intersection is located right next to the Pottery Ranch at 6000 US 281. where employees say they had become accustomed to being just a little on edge, anticipating the next screech of tires.

“We are all just very happy to see this,” said Scott Kilpatrick, owner of the popular stop for locals and tourists. “Traffic moves by really fast on US 281. It has been a dangerous intersection.”

Passersby may have noticed the light, installed in February, as it began flashing this month. That is because the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) wants motorists to become aware of a new light, according to Diann Hodges of TxDOT's Austin District.

A full signal at FM 1855 and a flashing beacon scheduled for the intersection at Park Road 4 are being funded through the TxDOT safety program, Hodges said.

Tue
20
Mar

Snakebite victim stable

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Another snakebite victim was reported in the Highland Lakes area Sunday, March 18.

The call for aid for a woman on Happy Hollow Road in the Fairland area who had been bitten on the foot came in to the Burnet County Sheriff's Department at 12:42 p.m.

The Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service (MFAEMS) could confirm only that the female patient was transported directly to Baylor Scott & White Marble Falls, where treatment was begun. She was transferred to Baylor Scott & White Temple for continued care.

“At the time of our transport to Temple, the patient was in stable condition,” said Kevin Naumann, MFAEMS operations director.

Tue
20
Mar

MFPD closing in on burglar

Contributed/MFPD

Video images of a suspect in a string of auto burglaries last week provided no clear shots of the face of the alleged perpetrator. It primarily was police work that has identified the alleged perpetrator this time.

Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A suspect has been identified in six car burglaries that took place in Marble Falls from March 14-15.

Surveillance camera footage captured an image of the burglar, but the image was as much use in tracking down the suspected perpetrator as working leads in the case, according to Sgt. Investigator Barry Greer.

“We hope to have arrest warrants sworn out today,” he said just before the department reported in force to Mormon Mill Road where a suspicious package had been found Monday, March 19.

Then, Tuesday, MFPD Capt. Glenn Hanson confirmed at least one warrant had been issued and apprehension of the suspect is in progress.

“The burglaries happened in five or six different areas of town,” said Greer. “In every case, the vehicles were unlocked.”

Tue
20
Mar

Pursuits land two in county jail

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A pair of separate pursuits involving the Marble Falls Police Department this past weekend landed two individuals in the Burnet County Jail on assorted charges.

Mon
19
Mar

Austin PD: Package not a bomb

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

UPDATE: In addition to finding the package not a threat, the investigation determined it was not left with malicious intent, only the remains of a school egg drop project left in the cleaning of an automobile.

An investigation continues by the Marble Falls Police Department into a suspicious package found at the car wash in the 1600 block of Mormon Mill Road about 11:45 a.m. Monday.

The package was cleared by explosive ordinance technicians from the Austin Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety, who were transported quickly to the scene via APD helicopter.

“It was determined this was not an explosive, but it still is a suspicious package to be left where it was,” said Criminal Investigations Capt. Glenn Hanson. “We don't know if it was placed there intentionally to cause a reaction by law enforcement or if it is something innocent.

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