Marble Falls Texas news

Tue
02
Jan

2017 banner year for Marble Falls

Contributed/Marble Falls EDC

This latest architectural rendering of the downtown hotel/conference center is a view looking up from Lake Marble Falls. In addition to a banner year for economic growth, signs of that continuing into 2018 include a probable late-summer groundbreaking on this project.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Reports have been steady that things have been promising on the economic front in Marble Falls this year and the long-awaited downtown hotel/conference center seems to back on track.

“By just about every economic measurement, Marble Falls had a banner year in 2017,” said Christian Fletcher, executive director of the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation in an end-of-year report posted online this last week.

In addition he said Thursday, Dec. 28, that the city's hotel/conference team has executed a term sheet with the operator.

Fri
29
Dec

H-E-B on schedule for February opening

Shoppers began buzzing in mid-December about a Feb. 9 opening for the new Marble Falls H-E-B and now the company's home office in San Antonio has sent out a timeline that been counting down since groundbreaking for the 111,000 square-foot store in April.

The grocery story is, indeed, set to open Feb. 9, with that month through May devoted to demolition of the old store and continuation of site construction. The old H-E-B fuel station closed mid-summer and a celebration of the conclusion of the entire project will follow completion of a new gas station this coming fall.

H-E-B first opened its doors in Marble Falls on May 1, 1966. The current location opened in 1990. Over the last 20 years, H-E-B has spent nearly $7 million to improve and enhance the store, expanding it to 75,841 square feet on 5.35-acres.

Tue
26
Dec

Faith athletics complex project begins

Contributed

Proposed site plan for Faith Academy's campus expansion to include an athletics complex.

 

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

A financial gift from a benefactor will help Faith Academy begin the first phase of the school’s athletic complex project.

A gift from Ray and Rebeca Britton of Horseshoe Bay will serve as a “cornerstone” lead gift that will fund the first phase of the $5.9 million athletic complex expansion program.

“We are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for Ray and Rebeca sharing their resources and making such a significant investment in Christian education for our community,” said Stuart Nunnally, Faith Academy trustee and board chairman.

Thu
21
Dec

Traveler has a bad start to holidays

Frank Shubert/The Highlander

North and southbound traffic slows to one lane for about 45 minutes Thursday morning, Dec. 21, as Marble Falls police and fire personnel clear a one-car accident on the US 281 bridge. The 2017 Toyota Camry of an unfortunate traveler from San Antonio drifted in to the inside wall of the bridge.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A motorist passing through Marble Falls Thursday morning, Dec. 21, had a bad start to his holiday when he drifted into the wall of the US 281 bridge.

North and southbound traffic was delayed for about 45 minutes while Marble Falls police and fire personnel cleared the wreckage of the 2017 Camry from the inside lane.

“He was driving through Marble Falls from San Antonio to pick up his kids for the holiday,” said Patrol Sgt. Jimmy Cole. “He was tired and just drifted to the left.

“No one hit him from behind and he had just a few minor injuries. That is a reason it is so important to observe that 35 mph speed limit approaching and crossing the bridge.”

“We felt bad for him,” added Cole. “We gave him a lift to rent a car.”

Tue
19
Dec

Rock crusher lawsuit could plow new ground

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

They may be plowing new legal ground, but the City of Marble Falls appears set to make a court challenge to the proposed Asphalt Inc. rock crushing plant south of Texas 71.

Tue
19
Dec

Spoofers 'phish' with thrift store 'bait'

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Everything for Christmas is on special at the Marble Falls Library Thrift Store, but you can't buy it on account. Recent reports of people getting bogus emails asking for PayPal account payments have the store a little worried. Don't be fooled, you will never get a bill in the mail or your email from the thrift store.

 

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

As tempting as it may be to clear up every bill from 2017, don't feel tempted to respond to an email asking you to clear a debt with the Marble Falls Library Thrift Store.

Someone is “spoofing” the local thrift store and using that ID as bait for “phishing,” the term for cyber ne'er-do-wells out to capture your username, passwords and account information or money for their own gain.

Thrift store manager Virginia Cervantez says that twice recently customers have reported received email notices headed: Purchases 2017 that instruct the receiver to remit a Thrift Store balance by PayPal to atlantaprecisionpianotuning.com/Invoices-Overdue/.

Tue
12
Dec

Santa returns & Walkway glows through Jan. 1

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce has dedicated the Walkway of Lights 2017 to volunteers who have provided electrical experience for more than 20 years to the annual display. Pictured here on opening night they are, from left,  Gaylynn and Bradley Sutherland and Terry Evans.

 

 

 

 

The Walkway of Lights in Marble Falls is continuing each night from 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 1 with two million lights organized into 400 sculptures in Lakeside Park on Buena Vista Drive.

The long range forecast is clear for today, Wednesday, Dec. 11, with the possibility of showers not expected again Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec 26-27.

Weather permitting, Santa will be there through Christmas Eve, Dec. 21-24.

Visitors can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa with friends and family if there is a chill in the air and store up photos for Christmas memories.

Visitors do need to remember, because this is an outdoor event, if the ground is wet, the Walkway will be closed as a safety measure. For updates on the Walkway's status, call 844-635-4448. For more information, visit walkwayoflightstx.com.

Admission is always free, but donations are welcome and concessions benefit non-profit organizations.

Fri
08
Dec

Christmas Market on Main: something for everyone

Richard Zowie/The Highlander

Christmas Market on Main is just one more example of how Marble Falls goes all out for for the holidays. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, vendors will fill historic Main Street. Don't miss the Walkway of Lights in the evening. Just as visitors to First Friday Art Walk on Dec. 1 found carolers and Main Street shop specials, everyone finds something to love at Market on Main, including more music. Carolers from Trendz at the Art Walk are, from left, Steve and Shery Taylor, Anna and Karen Gurganus, outside Trendz set the mood with Christmas songs.

The annual Marble Falls Christmas Market on Main Street will be held this Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to the strains of live holiday music up and down the downtown boulevard of vendors.

In addition to crafts and fine art, shoppers will find an array of goods and goodies.

Children will find activities just for them.

Living Love Animal Rescue will sponsor “Santa Paws,” photos of pets with Santa for a $10 donation.

The Highland Lakes Service League will be selling tickets to their “Chow Down” Chuck Wagon Dinner and auction on Jan. 25. A $25 ticket give admission to the scholarship fundraiser at hidden Falls Restaurant in Meadowlakes.

The sunny weather, with highs expected in the 60s will be just right for a visit at the end of the day to the Walkway of Lights.

Fri
08
Dec

MFPD adds new officer, promotes Greer

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

New Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) Ofcr. Michael Tutor is congratulated by his father, Russell Tutor, as MFPD Chief Mark Whitacre looks on. Whitacre gave the father the honor of pinning the new officer's badge in ceremonies at city hall Tuesday, Dec. 5.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A brief Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) ceremony at city hall Tuesday, Dec. 5, began with solemnity.

Chief Mark Whitacre asked for a moment of silence for San Marcos Police Department Officer Kenneth Copeland. The 19-year veteran was shot Monday while serving an arrest warrant. He was 58 years old.

“The event reminds us of the dangers officers face every day...but we are here to serve as the 'Blue Line,'” said Whitacre, referring to the role of law enforcement to stand between the public and those dangers.

Fri
08
Dec

Council authorizes appeal of Asphalt, Inc. decision

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Marble Falls City Council has authorized city staff to file appeals and motions against the issuance of a standard air quality permit to Asphalt Inc. by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TECQ).

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