Quarry Park




Marble Falls ISD runners continue training with virtual coach

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Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Prohibition of formal practices haven't changed much for Marble Falls High School long-distance runners. Coach Chris Schrader charges the athletes with self-guided workouts even when school is in session. MFHS runners Bryer Atkinson, Chris Talamantez, Bryce Atkinson, Jennifer Arreguin and Sayra Salazar met with Burnet High School runner Hudson Bennett at Granite Park in Granite Shoals on the morning of Wednesday, April 8 for a run around the Manzano Hike Bike and Run Trail.







By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

Texas schools are closed until at least May 4, and athletic events are put on hold. However, the long-distance runners at Marble Falls High School are taking great strides to ensure they're ready when competition returns.

MFHS running coach Chris Schrader is no stranger to coaching remotely due to his experience training State champions from several towns away. Now he's applying those techniques to ensure his athletes stick to the program while he can't coach them face-to-face. …


Ghost Bike memorializes victim in Granite Shoals

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
A Ghost Bike, which serves as a memorial, was recently erected near the site where retired physician and bicyclist Stephen Tibbitts was struck and killed Oct. 3 by a pickup truck trailer on FM 1431 in Granite Shoals.





By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

For San Antonio physician and Granite Shoals resident Kim Koster, the Highland Lakes is an ideal place for bicycling.


Crews begin removing flood-related debris pile in Granite Shoals

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Burnet County Judge James Oakley/Special to The Highlander
Crews began removing a pile of flood-related debris March 6 located on the grounds of Quarry Park in Granite Shoals. Burnet County contracted with the Austin-based Texas Disposal Systems to do the job for approximately $356,000.





By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The mountain of 2018 flood debris that has been sitting for four months at a Granite Shoals lot should be gone before spring arrives.


Granite Shoals accepts $500,000 TPWD grant

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Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Abandoned granite processing buildings on the Granite Shoals municipal campus are to have a new life as an open-air, covered sports complex, a centerpiece for Quarry Park. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, that funded the Leo Manzano Hike, Bike & Run Trail in the park with about $100,000, will add this grant for $500,000.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Granite Shoals City Council at its Tuesday night meeting voted unanimously for final acceptance of the $500,000 Texas Parks & Recreation Department (TPWD) grant for a multi-purpose sports center.

Teachers and families in the city had signed the original petition that accompanied the grant application, but it was two youth soccer coaches—Ulisses Solórzano and Irving Salgado-- who came to urge the council toward acceptance Tuesday night.

“More than 60 percent of Marble Falls soccer players are from Granite Shoals (and) 80 percent of varsity players have been from here,” said Solórzano. “But they need training to experience soccer clubs and college showcases, to get college scholarships. We have to drive to Marble Falls for that.”

Outside the meeting Salgado shared video of the drills for young players that could be done in any weather on practice areas planned for the new center.


Granite Shoals opens new wildlife viewing station, Sunday in Quarry Park

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A grand opening of the new Granite Shoals Wildlife Viewing Station will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30.
The announcement was made at the April 11 meeting of the Granite Shoals City Council.
“This is the newest feature for Quarry Park,” said City Manager Ken Nickel. “It is similar to one at Inks Lake State Park. It was all at their expense.”
Directional signs will lead walkers to the station, just steps off the Leo Manzano Hike Bike & Run Trail. The trail begins near the entrance to city hall and 2221 North Phillips Ranch Road. Viewers will be able to observe and photograph birds and other wildlife at a small pond.


Grant hopes fired at Granite Shoals Council meeting

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Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander
Granite Shoals City Secretary Elaine Simpson (left) addresses candidates and officials Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the drawing for ballot order for the May city council election.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Granite Shoals City Council continued grantsmanship efforts Tuesdeay, Feb. 25, in a meeting that touched on Quarry Park, street improvements and the airport.

All city council candidates for the May election, except Mayor Pro Tem Shirley King (unopposed for Place 2) and the final filer Michael Lee Steenbergen for Place 6 were on hand for the ballot order drawing before the meeting began. They are incumbent Tom Dillard and Arturo Rubio, who drew first and second place on the ballot for Place 4, and Will Skinner and incumbent Mark Morren, who drew first and third places on the ballot for Place 6.

For the full story, see the Friday, Feb. 26, edition of The Highlander.

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