Marble Falls

Wed
06
Nov

Thompson delivers powerful Red Ribbon speech

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Marble Falls native Donald Wayne Thompson shared his tumultuous story of drug addiction and recovery with Burnet High School students at the close of Red Ribbon Week on Friday, Nov. 1, sharing the results of his bad choices and encouraging students to refrain from trying drugs, as he did when he was high school sophomore.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet High School students learned the heartbreaking truths of drug addiction at a special presentation by Marble Falls native Donald Wayne Thompson, who recently gained the strength to overcome a controlling drug addiction, but not before a lifetime of heartache and unhappy twists and turns.

“In early high school I made a decision that would tear my life apart for the next 20-plus years,” Thompson said. “Every dream, hope, aspiration I had that I wanted to be, the things I loved in my life, it tore them away from me when I started my addiction. Family friends, all of it I threw away.”

Raised by a single father, Thompson grew up on small town values and drugs were never a part of his life. He was an A-B student and was involved in football and track, and had aspirations to make it to the professional rodeo scene.

Wed
30
Oct

Visit spooktacular destinations this Halloween!

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Longhorn Cavern is located an 645.2 acres of land dedicated as a state park in 1932. Humans have sheltered in the caves since prehistoric times and legend has it the cavern serves as a hiding place for the treasure of infamous outlaw Sam Bass.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Trick-or-treating and pumpkin-carving are enjoyable Halloween activities, but for extra fun and goosebumps this Halloween, visit these spooky area locations:

Longhorn Cavern State Park, 6211 Park Road 4 S, Burnet

Now a tourist attraction for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts, the historic Longhorn Cavern State Park was once just a deep fissure in the earth formed by millions of years of flowing water. The cavern then became a meeting place for Comanche tribes, and in 1848, the Comanches kidnapped an 18-year-old girl during a raid in the area. Three Texas Rangers came in the dark of night, outnumbered by the large number of Native Americans, and rescued the girl after a harrowing battle.

Wed
23
Oct

Spice up your life!

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin

 

Rob Beall of Hairston Creek Farm in Burnet coaxed customer Gary Wood of Highland Haven with some hot peppers at the Farmers Market at Crownover Feed Store, 1810 Ranch Road 1431 in Marble Falls. The market is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Fri
16
Nov

Sales tax revenue down for Burnet, Bertram

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Sales tax collections in Burnet and Bertram experienced a downward trend this month, though the county's other four cities all reported sales tax growth, and five of six cities in the county have total sales tax distributions above last year's pace.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he is sending cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $817 million in local sales tax allocations for November, 5.4 percent more than in November 2017.

These allocations are based on sales made in September by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in July, August and September by quarterly filers.

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.

Wed
15
Aug

A Shepperd of men: Doctor's legacy remembered

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The memory of Marble Falls resident and well-respected physician Dr. Ivan Shepperd will forever hold a spot in the hearts of the members of the community he impacted for 61 years.

Dr. Shepperd was born in 1927 and raised in Liberty Hill, the youngest of six children. During the early 1940s, Dr. Shepperd attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his future wife, Virginia Wirtz. The two then moved to Galveston, where Shepperd studied at the University of Texas Medical School while the two started growing their family.

Because of the efforts during World War II, individuals were being rushed through medical school as the country saw a need for more medical professionals, but Shepperd completed his schooling and graduated after the end of the war. After he obtained his degree, Dr. Shepperd, Virginia, and their young family moved to Marble Falls and opened his practice in 1948.

Thu
05
Jul

PEC celebrates grand opening of new district office

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Representatives with PEC and Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce cut a ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the new PEC district office in Marble Falls.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials had a proverbial “Chamber of Commerce day” Wednesday, June 27, as they celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Marble Falls district office on US 281.

Patti Zinsmeyer, executive director of Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, welcomed a large crowd to the facility to see up close what she called “a grand addition to Marble Falls and the Hill Country.”

Zinsmeyer also pointed out PEC recently observed its 80th birthday as the cooperative has been serving the Texas Hill Country since 1938. She praised the involvement of PEC in the local community, especially at the Marble Falls Walkway of Lights and Christmas Light Up Parade, both of which are sponsored by the Chamber.

Thu
24
May

Llano police chase ends at CR 122

A Saturday night police pursuit through Marble Falls ended when the suspect vehicle collided into this building near the 2000 block of US 281 after hitting a loaded horse trailer and flipping the vehicle. The suspects were quickly apprehended by police.

By Richard Zowie

Burnet Bulletin

An 18-year-old Llano man sustained injuries of a busted lip after allegedly leading police officers on a high-speed chase that ended at County Road 122 at approximately 12:49 a.m. on May 20.

According to Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn, 18-year-old Andrew Charles Spence Belew allegedly stole a 2011 Chevrolet HHR and begain driving with it.

After his sister called the police but added that she didn't know where he was headed, police officers reportedly spotted him at in Kingsland.

Blackburn said once the officer followed Belew and flipped on his lights, Belew then allegedly led them on a pursuit that reached speeds of 125 mph.

Besides Llano County, police officers from Granite Shoals Police Department and Burnett County Sheriff's Office also participated in the pursuit.

Thu
14
Dec

Sales tax revenue up for Bertram, Marble Falls

The addition of several retail outlets in Marble Falls and an influx of shoppers has helped the county's largest city reach double-digit gains in sales tax revenues for the month of December, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced.

Marble Falls continues to lead Burnet County in sales tax revenue and set yet another record for December as Hegar's office returned $678,388.28 to the city from sales made in October by businesses which report monthly. This represents an increase of a whopping 12.04 percent above the $605,439.02 returned in December 2016.

For the year, sales tax revenues are up 9.17 percent at $8,609,399.62, up from $7,886,178.12 received through this time last year.

A number of new businesses — especially new restaurants which have opened — have helped sales tax revenues climb higher than expected in 2017 in Marble Falls.

Wed
06
Dec

Read the TCEQ Response to Comments on Asphalt Inc. in their entirety

As a service to our readers, we have loaded the TCEQ Response to Comments regarding Asphalt Inc.'s air quality permit 148112 on our website in its entirety. This is available for free as an e-edition to our readers. This is the official 58-page TCEQ response to public comments made about the air quality permit for the proposed rock crushing plant to be located south of Marble Falls off US 281.

To read the document, go to http://bit.ly/2k0PGaV and click on "TCEQ RESPONSE TO COMMENTS ON ASPHALT INC."

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