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Burnet CISD accepting nominations for Hall of Honor

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 class of the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Hall of Honor. (more…)

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Additions are coming to veterans memorial at Johnson Park in Marble Falls, including military flags and a Warrior's Walk trail. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Military flags, Warrior’s Walk coming to Johnson Park veterans memorial

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — To continue honoring those who donned a uniform for this nation, the Marble Falls Rotary Club is adding to the veterans memorial area at Johnson Park. The project will add flags from each of the five branches of the military as well as a Warrior’s Walk trail. […]

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Burnet CISD program empowers kids to ‘Say No to Bullying’

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — There’s nothing fun about being bullied. And Darlene Denton of Burnet Consolidated Independent School District’s Parent Resource Center wants to help parents empower their kids in standing up for themselves and sending would-be bullies in another direction. (more…)

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Burnet County leaders create Hunger Alliance to fill a need

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A presentation calling for the end to hunger by Jeremy Everett, the executive director of the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University, is having a profound effect on leaders across Burnet County. (more…)

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Burnet High School homecoming

Burnet kicks off homecoming activities Thursday

The 2016 Burnet High School homecoming court is (front row, from left) Reagan Giesenschlag, Sara Shaw, Lexey Parker, Elyssa Martinez, and Morgan Frasier; and (back row) Sam Johnson, Drew Kiser, Preston Reeves, Jaxon Noah, and Steven Gallardo. A homecoming parade is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, on the courthouse square in Burnet. A bonfire is […]

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The Marble Falls High School volleyball team visited the residents at Granite Mesa Health Center and brought homemade cookies to pass out. New head coach Jessica Withrow said that’s one of many service projects coaches and players are performing with the aim of planting a seed for service in the hearts of the students. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls volleyball team serves for community

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls High School head volleyball coach Jessica Withrow wants her players to know they can make a big difference in their community that goes beyond what they accomplish on the court. (more…)

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Rear Admiral (lower half) Stephanie Thomas Keck

Tow parents now have an admiral in the family

FROM STAFF REPORTS WASHINGTON, D.C. — A U.S. Navy officer with Highland Lakes ties recently earned a big step in her career. The Navy announced the promotion of Stephanie Thomas Keck to rear admiral (lower half). The rank is the equivalent to a one-star general in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. (more…)

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Granite Shoals, MFISD partner to create youth sports fields

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A unanimous vote will change the landscape of the city of Granite Shoals and enhance sports opportunities for its youngest residents.  (more…)

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First responders to be honored at Marble Falls-Burnet game

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While the main event on Friday, Sept. 2, at Bulldog Field is the Marble Falls Mustangs-Burnet Bulldogs football game, the guests of honor aren’t the players, but men and women in a different sort of uniform. (more…)

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The Burnet High School Highlandettes are gearing up for the 2016 school year. The team, which emphasizes family to the core, performs both as the dance squad and color guard, adding to their workload. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

There’s nothing routine about Burnet High School Highlandettes

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — For Burnet High School Highlandettes director Caity Clinton, when someone says they could do that after watching a performance, she takes it as a compliment. (more…)

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The Marble Falls High School Starlettes varsity and junior varsity squads are preparing for the 2016 football and competition season, which requires hours of work and practice to master the dozen or so routines and dances for the new school year. Courtesy photos

Marble Falls High School Starlettes shine with spirit and strength

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Every step, every move comes down to one thing: execution. And for the Marble Falls High School Starlettes, that means taking a complex routine — actually eight or more — and breaking it down piece by piece. (more…)

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As Highland Lakes schools open, watch for traffic and students

As Highland Lakes schools open, watch for traffic and students

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The summer break officially ends for many students Aug. 22, though some have until Aug. 23, but school and law enforcement officials caution all drivers to pay attention to the increase in traffic. Marble Falls and Llano students head back to class Aug. 22, while Burnet students return Aug. […]

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School booster clubs holding ‘Meets’ to begin new year

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — All four area high school booster clubs invite fans to meet players and coaches representing their communities during the annual gatherings at each high school in the next 10 days. And best of all, events are free for fans. Just show up wearing your school’s colors. (more…)

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Burnet High School senior flutist Katie Jordan (front) and senior clarinetist Erin Stephens (back) spend a morning rehearsing for the upcoming football and marching season. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet High School band shooting for out-of-this-world season

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — This is the year the Burnet High School marching band, also part of the Esprit de Corps, is planning to take folks into outer space. Band director Jason Jones and his staff started brainstorming as early as January for the upcoming football and marching band contest season. And they […]

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Marble Falls Independent School District transportation director George Hamilton knows the joys and value of being a bus driver — he started as one himself. The district is looking for more bus drivers. While a commercial driver’s license is required, the transportation department can help people down the path to earning one and then becoming a member of the team that helps kids get to school on the right foot and with a smile on their faces. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

MFISD bus drivers make sure students are off to good start; more needed

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Just over two decades ago, Nelda Henley did something she wasn’t sure was the best decision. She took the wheel of a Marble Falls Independent School District bus. Her initial route as the driver for special-needs students took her across the district. (more…)

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Marble Falls band tunes up for ‘Kaleidoscope’ of sights and sounds

Marble Falls band tunes up for ‘Kaleidoscope’ of sights and sounds

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — They get to the band hall at about 8 a.m. starting the first week of August, and with the exception of a maybe an hour for lunch, Marble Falls High School marching band members don’t roll out of the hall for home until about 7 p.m. “It’s a second […]

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Seton’s Project SEARCH finds opportunities for young adults with disabilities

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Young adults with learning disabilities face a tough battle landing a good job that allows them to live as independently as possible. Most people relegate these individuals to low-paying, menial jobs. (more…)

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Texas sales tax holiday Aug. 5-7

Texas sales tax holiday Aug. 5-7

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Get ready to hit the stores because the Texas sales tax holiday rolls back around Aug. 5-7. According to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website, the sales tax holiday exempts “most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and uses taxes.” (more…)

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Robert 'Bob' Faubion Lewis died July 21, 2016.

Coach, former Marble Falls player Bob Lewis was a true leader

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER ROUND MOUNTAIN — He led with a handshake, reaching out, grabbing your hand with a solid squeeze and a “Hey, how are you doing?” or “It’s good to see you.” And he meant those words.  (more…)

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Sign of support: Burnet community can back first responders with banner program

Sign of support: Burnet community can back first responders with banner program

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — As John Will and other Burnet Association of Merchants members saw the tragedies involving law enforcement unfold across the country, they were reminded of the men and women in blue within their community. (more…)

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Statue of longest-serving Texas sheriff moved to old Burnet County Jail

Statue of longest-serving Texas sheriff moved to old Burnet County Jail

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — In honor of his legacy in Burnet County and in preparation of a renovation project, officials have moved a statue of the longest-serving Texas sheriff, Wallace Riddell, to the grounds of the old jail on the courthouse square. (more…)

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Marble Falls Area EMS hosting car seat fitting station

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Car seats are one of the most important pieces of child safety equipment, yet there’s a good chance yours might be unsafe. “About 90 percent of the ones we see are installed incorrectly,” said Kevin Naumann, operations director of the Marble Falls Area EMS. “There can be a […]

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Former Texas Tech head football coach Spike Dykes accepts a hug from his granddaughter, Charli, the daughter of University of California-Berkley head football coach Sonny Dykes at the Emory Bellard-Spike Dykes Seton Kids Care-A-Van Tailgate Party on June 17. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Seton Care-A-Van event raises $230,000 for mobile clinic for kids

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Former Texas Tech University head football coach Spike Dykes barely had time to catch his breath during the Seton Care-A-Van Tailgate Party on June 17. Just as he finished one conversation, he saw someone else who wanted to say hello to him. (more…)

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Llano library grant provides summer books for students

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Just when Llano Elementary School students thought they’d gotten away from cracking open a book, the Llano County Library arrived with several books on the last day of class so the youngsters could take them home to read. (more…)

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Open Door Recovery House provides a live-in treatment center for women who are trying to shake addiction. The center, which offers its services at no cost, includes physical fitness as part of the program. On May 14, Open Door held its first 5k walk/run to raise money and highlight the importance of physical fitness in everyone’s life. Pictured are volunteer Colleen Gun (left), run participant and cancer survivor Kathy Rose and Open Door executive director Paula Mays-Hall. Courtesy photo

Exercise program fits into Open Door’s path to recovery

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Addiction goes deeper than appearances. But how a recovering addict feels about her looks can sometimes hinder her path to a better life. (more…)

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Highland Lakes Habitat for Humanity starting on 21st home

Highland Lakes Habitat for Humanity starting on 21st home

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER HOOVER’S VALLEY — Looks like Mother Nature will cooperate so Highland Lakes Habitat for Humanity volunteers can begin work on the next home. And chapter president Willie Reinders is putting out the call for those volunteers. (more…)

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