Cooking show mixes best of Backbone Valley, Noon Spoon

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR TOBYVILLE — What happens when you combine the horticultural knowledge and green thumb of one of the most knowledgeable plant experts in the Highland Lakes with the culinary creativity and cooking skills of one of the most unique restaurant owners as well?

Children’s Day Celebration, KBEY Easter egg hunt April 19

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Dozens of volunteers and more than 100 entities will join forces in Johnson Park on April 19 for free food, fun and fellowship dedicated to children. For 14 years, the Children’s Day Celebration has found support from businesses, churches, nonprofit organizations, education groups, law enforcement and emergency […]

Marble Falls girls track squad takes area meet title

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — The Marble Falls High School girls track-and-field team continued its winning streak at the District 25 and 26-4A area meet April 16. The Lady Mustangs captured the title with 129 points. Second-place finisher Leander scored 84, while Leander Vandegrift had 78 and Leander Rouse finished with 69.

Spicewood’s Katy Kirby finds her voice on paper and stage

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF DRIFTWOOD — Katy Kirby isn’t sure how she wound up playing the main stage of this year’s Old Settler’s Music Festival. Maybe her mother, Lisa Kirby, suggested it. “I didn’t have anything else to do that weekend,” Katy recalled.

Preschool’s garden project teaches love for God’s creation

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Even though they might be separated in age by “a few” years, Bluebonnet Methodist Preschool student Paisley Powell and Highland Lakes Master Gardener Carolyn Kennedy shared something in common for a few minutes: dirty hands.

Marble Falls grad Isaiah Vidal now a Spartan pro

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — For almost two years, Marble Falls High School graduate Isaiah Vidal pushed his body through some of the most extreme races imaginable — several with the moniker “Death Race.”

101 FUN THINGS: Nature, beauty attract campers to Highland Lakes state parks

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF JOHNSON CITY — Visitors from across the state will travel to Highland Lakes state parks for their next big camping adventures. “In today’s hectic lifestyle, camping allows a peaceful respite. It gets people back to nature, which a lot of people don’t get now with an urban lifestyle,” said John […]

Up, up and away over Horseshoe Bay with hot-air balloon event

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR HORSESHOE BAY — It’s not often you get the chance to see a skunk, named Spunky at that, drift over Horseshoe Bay. But don’t worry about crimes against your olfactory nerves. This skunk comes with a lot of hot air but no bad smell. Spunky the Skunk is just one […]

Award-winning Marble Falls graduate on path to music career

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR OKLAHOMA CITY — It would seem easy for Mary Beth Nelson to dispense the typical advice to others about “follow your dreams.” After all, she’s living pretty close to hers as she gets ready to graduate from Oklahoma City University with a music degree and a chance to study this […]

Marble Falls’ Euda Raley, 102, has the story of the century

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Euda Raley’s grin and laugh show a person who loves life and looks forward to every day. And, why not? On March 29, she celebrated her 37,230th day on Earth (give or take a few Leap Days). “Yeah, sometimes, I’m not sure why I’m still here, but […]

Burnet officials clear middle school for third time

18 April 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet school officials found themselves evacuating the Burnet Middle School again April 18 after finding another “non-specific” bomb threat in a bathroom. The school was evacuated around 10:30 a.m. Burnet Police Department and Burnet Fire Department units searched the entire campus but found no evidence of a device and allowed […]

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Training on April 26 to prepare area volunteer firefighters for wildland blazes

18 April 2014

FROM STAFF REPORTS SUNRISE BEACH — With much of Llano and surrounding counties a mix of suburban and rural landscapes, volunteer fire departments often face many unknowns when battling grass and brush fires. But an effort by Texas A&M University fire experts and Llano County is focused on helping those departments prepare. Llano County Precinct […]

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Charity Sew-In-Thon to benefit breast cancer patients and premature babies

18 April 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR KINGSLAND — With some thread and fabric pieces topped off with a little sewing, you could help comfort parents in a time of unknown or give relief to cancer patients on the mend. “Both the Kingsland Bluebonnet Quilt Club and the Marble Falls Quilt Club have been doing this already, […]

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Marble Falls Athletic Booster Club holding 5k and children’s mile April 26

18 April 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Athletic Booster Club invites runners to “Race Like A Champion” by participating in its first 5k run April 26. The club also created a Purple Pony Mile for children, which will be conducted before the adult race. “I wanted to do (the 5k) last […]

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Seniors recognized during Mustangs’ final baseball game

18 April 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Before the final game of the 2014 season, the Marble Falls High School baseball team honored its seniors April 17. During the 8-4 loss to Leander, head coach J.T. Blair continued the trend. Garrett Winslett started at pitcher, his first start since District 25-4A play began. Then […]

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Ex-Mustang QB Mike Richardson says he’s leaving Texas Tech

17 April 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF LUBBOCK — Former Marble Falls High School quarterback Mike Richardson is transferring from Texas Tech University. The 2013 graduate arrived at the Lubbock school during mid-term as a true freshman after spending the fall working out on his own.

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Cooking show mixes best of Backbone Valley, Noon Spoon

17 April 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR TOBYVILLE — What happens when you combine the horticultural knowledge and green thumb of one of the most knowledgeable plant experts in the Highland Lakes with the culinary creativity and cooking skills of one of the most unique restaurant owners as well?

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Children’s Day Celebration, KBEY Easter egg hunt April 19

17 April 2014

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Dozens of volunteers and more than 100 entities will join forces in Johnson Park on April 19 for free food, fun and fellowship dedicated to children. For 14 years, the Children’s Day Celebration has found support from businesses, churches, nonprofit organizations, education groups, law enforcement and emergency […]

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Discover Green Marble Falls holding cleanup of Backbone Creek at Westside Park

17 April 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Gabe Jones of Discover Green Marble Falls is at it again, and he’s looking for some folks who want to help clean up a park and a local creek. And all you have to do is show up with some clothes that you don’t mind getting a […]

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Llano baseball beats Burnet in second-place battle; Lady Dawgs win 7-1

17 April 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — As it should be, the contest between the Burnet and Llano baseball teams April 15 came down to the seventh inning in a battle for second place in District 8-3A. In the end, the Yellow Jackets (6-2 district) took advantage of two free bases to come back for […]

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Marble Falls girls track squad takes area meet title

17 April 2014

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — The Marble Falls High School girls track-and-field team continued its winning streak at the District 25 and 26-4A area meet April 16. The Lady Mustangs captured the title with 129 points. Second-place finisher Leander scored 84, while Leander Vandegrift had 78 and Leander Rouse finished with 69.

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Llano and Burnet track athletes advance to regionals

17 April 2014

BROWNWOOD — The Burnet and Llano high school track-and-field teams competed at the District 7 and 8-3A area meet April 16. The Bulldogs will be sending nine athletes to the Class 3A Region I meet April 24. The Lady Dawgs will be represented by seven. The Lady Jackets are sending two, while the Yellow Jackets […]

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Spicewood’s Katy Kirby finds her voice on paper and stage

16 April 2014

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF DRIFTWOOD — Katy Kirby isn’t sure how she wound up playing the main stage of this year’s Old Settler’s Music Festival. Maybe her mother, Lisa Kirby, suggested it. “I didn’t have anything else to do that weekend,” Katy recalled.

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Preschool’s garden project teaches love for God’s creation

16 April 2014

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Even though they might be separated in age by “a few” years, Bluebonnet Methodist Preschool student Paisley Powell and Highland Lakes Master Gardener Carolyn Kennedy shared something in common for a few minutes: dirty hands.

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