Local NewsGolf course name changed to Red Tail Mountain

By Bonnie Guy

Johnson County Commissionís November meeting came to order with two county residents signed up to address the commissioners. Lyle Habermehl from Red Tail Mountain was up first and gave a detailed report of ongoing upgrades happening at the Red Tail Golf Course.

Improvements made this year include making the community gated, improved driving and putting greens, a game room, tennis courts, and a new swimming pool. Future plans include the building of hiking and horse trails and an indoor equestrian arena. It is the goal to make Red Tail Golf Course a top 10 golf destinations for the East. Habermehl also explained that Red Tail had recently purchased the Stone Mountain property primarily as an environmental impact project with no real plans for any major construction projects, only hiking and horse trails. Habermehl, as well as Danny Herman who owns 500 plus acres adjacent to the 5,002 acres owned by Red Tail, are requesting that the name of the property as a whole be recognized as Red Tail Mountain. This would be advantageous for advertising online because Google Earth would bring up images of Johnson County and the Red Tail Mountain property. Habermehl had already spoken to both federal and state authorities including the Geographic Information System and all are onboard with the change pending county approval. After an in depth question and answer session between commissioners and Habermehl, a motion was made that all involved parties with the boundaries owned by Red Tail and Danny Herman would sign a petition stating they approve being called Red Tail Mountain. Once the petition is received, approval will be given. The designation of Red Tail Mountain does not include any properties with radio or cell towers south east of Grover Reece Road. This motion was passed unanimously. More...

Habermehl home featured in Tour of Homes

The home of Lyle and Kendall Habermehl

In keeping with the new life that has been breathed into RedTail Mountain Resort, the Habermehls have brought to life their newly acquired mountain home that was started six years ago but only partially finished.

Upon arrival, one canít help but feel they have been transported into a fairytale storybook. The massive, hand-hewn tree trunks, shake shingles and log and rock exterior are reminiscent of Sleeping Beautyís woodland cottage. In the entry is a custom designed and built staircase incorporating wooden slabs and wrought iron to create a floating, open feel. Straight through the entry is a gorgeous free-form deck complete with outdoor fireplace. The tree trunks and rock continue to the interior in the form of huge supports in the living room and massive rocks surrounding the fireplace. 100-year-old barn beams adorn the vaulted ceilings in the living room and two of the bedrooms, and the third bedroomís ceiling has a beautiful wooden stair-step effect. Each bedroom has its own full bath, with playful shapes and curves featured in some of the walls. More...

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santaís Red Letter Box will be back out in front of the courthouse starting Wednesday, November 25th. Letters mailed to Santa in this mailbox will be delivered directly to the North Pole and will not need postage. Children will need to be sure to put their name and address in the letter so that Santa will know who wants what and where to find you. The Red Letter Box will remain in place until December 20th. Donít delay too long. Start thinking about your own letter today.


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