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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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The Phoenix Center staff — including executive director Sarah Garrett and therapy dog Mabel — are participating in the International Neurosequential Model Symposium in Banff, Alberta, Canada, on June 8-10. Several staff members are also presenting at the symposium, which focuses on childhood trauma therapy. Courtesy photo

Phoenix Center taking part in international childhood trauma symposium

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — When Sarah Garrett, executive director of the Phoenix Center, learned about the innovative work Dr. Bruce D. Perry was doing in childhood trauma and care, she knew it was something from which the Marble Falls facility and its patients could benefit. (more…)

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Marble Falls ISD brings back full day of pre-kindergarten

Marble Falls ISD brings back full day of pre-kindergarten

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls pre-kindergarten teachers and Marble Falls Independent School District Director of Elementary Education Leslie Baty found themselves facing a tough situation. The state of Texas recently revised the 10 guidelines for pre-K programs in public schools, giving a bump to academic standards and readiness. (more…)

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Several Burnet High School band members scored state honors for their musicianship as well as their academics. The Texas Music Educators Association recognized the students as Texas Music Scholars. The students are Courtney Simpson (left), Jessy Ware, Alexandra Hahn, Autumn McClinton, Jax Noah, Megan Farrell, MegAnn Nail and Mariela Torres (not pictured). Courtesy photo

Eight Burnet band members named Texas Music Scholars

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — Musicianship goes a long way for members of the Burnet High school band, but it’s that extra effort outside the band hall that can propel a student to scholar level. (more…)

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Class is out, but school lunch (and sometimes breakfast) is still on

Class is out, but school lunch (and sometimes breakfast) is still on

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — School is out, but the lunch bell will still be ringing. To ensure Highland Lakes children receive a good lunch — and in some cases, breakfast — local school districts are providing free summer meals to youth ages 18 and younger starting June 1. (more…)

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The Marble Falls High School FFA landscape and nursery team is Austin Green (left), Holly Atkinson, Avery Marshall and Liz Lane. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls High School FFA nursery team wins state title

MARBLE FALLS — They were always “that close” to bringing home a first-place team trophy in FFA nursery and landscape competitions. Marble Falls High School students Liz Lane and Avery Marshall routinely finished in the top two or three positions in individual competitions but fell short of team honors. (more…)

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Highland Lakes seniors graduating this weekend

Highland Lakes seniors graduating this weekend

MARBLE FALLS — Commencement season is here again. Six area high schools are getting ready to send the next wave of graduates into the world over the next several days. (more…)

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Fund offers new way to contribute to Marble Falls library

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — If you’re looking for a way to support the Marble Falls Public Library, the Friends group has teamed up with the Highland Lakes Legacy Fund to give you a new way to do just that. (more…)

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Marble Falls neighborhoods can take part in beautification contest

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Now that the city of Marble Falls has created a Keep Marble Falls Beautiful subcommittee, officials are celebrating with the first Community Pride Spring Clean Beautification Award, which will be given to a neighborhood. Officials want residents to take before and after photos of their neighborhoods to […]

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Burnet CISD career fair connects students with employers

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — It’s never too early to learn skills for a job. And with summer around the corner, students wanting a job for the next few months will gather in one place: the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Career Fair on May 12. The event is 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at The […]

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Kelly Forister joins the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center as its executive director. She brings more than 11 years in children's services, including with Child Protective Services and the Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center welcomes new executive director

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — When Kelly Forister looks into the face of a child at the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center, she doesn’t see a kid making their way “through the system.” (more…)

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