Horseshoe Bay Beacon
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August 12, 2010 Issue
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Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
Cottonwood Shores utility crews accidentally ruptured an eight inch pressurized raw sewer line on Tuesday afternoon around 3 p.m. while installing a grinder pump and sewer tap near FM 2147. Utility crews repaired the break but not before some of the effluent flowed onto the land near the break and possibly made its way overland into Lake LBJ. Cottonwood Shores City Administrator Karrie Cummings said that while workers were excavating the broken sewer line, they broke an adjacent water ...
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
As of Wednesday morning, five people had picked up information packets regarding running for one of the three seats on the Horseshoe Bay City Council up for election this fall. Four of those individuals have returned completed paperwork to place their names on the November 2, 2010 General Election Ballot. Along with incumbents Jim Babcock and Jeff Robinson, Cynthia Clinesmith and Fred Owen have filed for a place on the ballot.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
The colorful paint dotting roadsides along Western Bit in Horseshoe Bay proper are indicators of two upcoming capital improvement projects. Jeff Koska, Director of Community Services for the City of Horseshoe Bay, said the first utility project to replace improperly laid sewer lines is slated to begin in late August. Koska explained that no established sewer service was available along Western Bit when homes were first built in the area.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
The timeline has been extended for some portions of the Bay West Boulevard improvement project that began in July and a new feature has been added to the undertaking. Horseshoe Bay City Manager Stan Farmer said the installation of stamped concrete at the entrance to Cap Rock Clubhouse has been pushed back to begin on August 16 and will take two weeks to complete.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
A total of 18 foreclosure notices were filed in Llano County during July. Six of the notices pertained to deeds of trust secured by property in Horseshoe Bay. In July 2009, 19 foreclosure notices were filed in Llano County, 18 were filed in July 2008, and 8 were filed in July 2007. Thirty-five foreclosure notices were filed in Burnet County for the August 3, 2010 sale date.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
The body of 49 year-old Lisa Michelle Taylor was recovered from Lake Buchanan Saturday morning. Taylor, who was a resident of Tow, and 15 to 20 other people were swimming around a sand bar and the Buchanan Lake Village Property Owners’ Association’s boat ramp Friday evening. Witnesses said Taylor went under and failed to resurface.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
Oh, what a difference a year does not make. During the previous August, all the talk at Baylor concerned quarterback Robert Griffin. 12 months later Griffin remains the guy; he proved it in the 2009 season by playing just three games. A severe knee injury ended his campaign before September turned into October, and the Bears turned a 2-1 record into 4-8 numbers. Griffin, from Copperas Cove, connected on 60% of his passes as a freshman in 2008.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
The Llano County Commissioners Court approved a proposed tax rate of $0.2751 per $100 of appraised property valuation, down from last year’s rate of $0.2822. The commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax rate on August 23, and will act on the 2011 budget on September 13. The commissioners re-imposed a burn ban for Llano County.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
Ready, take aim .. fire! It’s time again for the annual Skeet Shoot and Barn Dance sponsored by the Marble Falls Daybreak Rotary Club. The dance is 7 p.m. Aug. 20 and the shoot runs from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 21, both which will be held at the Childress/Burdett Private Range on CR 122 just north of CR 1855 in Fairland. For tickets or information, call Michael Clark at (830) 613-0435 or Marian Blake at (512) 470-1583. The proceeds fund the charitable actions of the Rot ...
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
The annual sales tax holiday weekend is coming up Aug. 20 –22. State law designates the weekend of the third Friday in August for the sales tax holiday, and it is not restricted to items purchased for kids. Shoppers will not have to pay local or state sales tax for these three days, which amounts to a saving of approximately eight percent on qualifying purchases. The sales tax holiday covers items that can be used as school supplies that are priced under $100 including legal pad ...
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Columns
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
Every ten years the quaint Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau stages one of Europe’s most celebrated theatrical performances, known to millions as simply the “Passion Play.” With almost half of its 5300 permanent residents participating either in the cast, the stage crew or as a member of the production staff, Oberammergau becomes a beehive of activity for one exciting summer each decade.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
Time means different things to different people. One of my good friends insists she should get special dispensation, as I do, for being “directionally challenged,” for being “time challenged.” She says she can’t seem to make it anywhere on time and it’s not her fault. She maintains that, just as I have no idea where I am going and get lost easily, she can never arrive for a meeting, appointment, or event on time.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
This time of year, most years, I think about a decision I made in 1973 that probably changed my life. I had been accepted to the University of Texas and had a room reserved at Jester Hall. My sister, a high school coach, was working on her master’s degree at Texas Tech.
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Financial
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
We’ve all heard about the “new retirement”, the mix of work and play that many of us assume we will have in our lives one day. We do not expect “retirement” to be all leisure. While this is becoming a cultural assumption among baby boomers, it is interesting to see that certain financial assumptions haven’t really changed with the times. In particular, there are two financial misconceptions that baby boomers can fall prey to – assumptions that ...
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
Dear Editor: I just wanted to thank you and complement you on one of your writers. Maris Lynne Long came out to our distillery two weeks ago and spent most of the day asking questions and taking notes. She was completely professional and always cognizant of the fact that we were trying to get some work done, even as we were interviewed.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
Richard William Rogers, Jr., was born March 27, 1923 and died August 4, 2010. He will be missed by his wife of 63 years, Jean Curl Rogers, and his family: Margaret and Richard W Rogers, III, Betsy and Richard IV; Carolyn Rogers and Frank Sayre, George, Murphy, and Roger; Carolyn and Jeffrey Rogers, Jeffrey, Jr.; Tony Rogers and Blair Davis, and Alexander. He attended the University of Texas and Texas Christian University, hoping to be a journalist.
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Opinion
Thursday, August 12, 2010 • Posted August 12, 2010
After reading Dr. Reid’s comments last week about the proposed police facility, I would like to clarify some issues. I value Dr. Reid’s opinions and wish we had discussed them face-to-face as I had offered in the original article. But since these questions are out there for public consumption, now perhaps the best way to respond is in the same forum. On the issue of how we came up with a $1.5 million estimate, that was a number submitted to us by a qualified architect and ...