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New Groceries to Go delivers to homebound; volunteers needed

New Groceries to Go delivers to homebound; volunteers needed

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — It’s not easy for Mike Jack to be hundreds of miles away from his 90-year-old mother. What eases his worry for her is he knows there are people who check on her at least every other day to make sure she has food, her prescriptions, and other […]

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Children’s Day Celebration organizers need help to make sure the 2017 event happens. Ely Banuet Rodriguez said the organization is short about $17,000 for the April 15 celebration. Call Banuet at (512) 755-3504 for more information. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Annual Children’s Day Celebration in Marble Falls lacks needed funds

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — One of the most kid-friendly events in the Highland Lakes needs help. Organizers of the Children’s Day Celebration, which is Saturday, April 15, at Johnson Park, is short about $17,000 to put on this year’s event. (more…)

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A new playscape at Johnson Park in Marble Falls was installed Feb. 2. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

New playscape installed at Johnson Park in Marble Falls

MARBLE FALLS — A work crew installed a new playscape at Johnson Park on Feb. 1. The total cost for the one-of-a-kind Burke-brand playscape from Fun Abounds Inc., including use of the company’s personnel to build the equipment to federal standards, is $79,000. (more…)

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Musical fundraiser benefits Burnet officer hurt in collision

Musical fundraiser benefits Burnet officer hurt in collision

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The Burnet Police Department and community wants to make sure an injured officer knows they have “his six” by holding a fundraiser for him Saturday, Jan. 28. (more…)

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Jack Tibbetts, the Marble Falls tax preparation coordinator for AARP’s free tax service, is ready to ensure Highland Lakes residents get their maximum refund. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

AARP offers free tax service to all ages in Burnet and Marble Falls

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Many people dread tax season, putting off filing until the last day. Ninety-year-old Jack Tibbetts isn’t one of those people. (more…)

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PHOTOS: Fallen Texas Ranger honored in Horseshoe Bay

PHOTOS: Fallen Texas Ranger honored in Horseshoe Bay

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — About 350-400 people attended an event Jan. 21 in Horseshoe Bay honoring a fallen Texas Ranger who died in an incident involving the attempted kidnapping of a 2-year-old girl. (more…)

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Burnet VFW Post 6974 member William 'Bill' Piotrowski. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

With falling membership, Burnet VFW could close its doors

DANIEL CLIFTON and CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF BURNET — As many of its current members age and not as many younger veterans join, the Burnet VFW Post 6974 faces an uncertain fate. “In the past several months, due to membership decline, we’ve been unable to put together monthly meetings, and per the requirements of the VFW, […]

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Burnet County Extension Agent Linda Wells (center) along with Burnet County Judge James Oakley (right) share how the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service building, which includes a full, commercial kitchen, will benefit the entire community. Burnet County is leasing a portion of the old Burnet Elementary School to use as the Burnet County AgriLife Extension Office. Photo by Daniel Clifton

Old school gets new life with Burnet County AgriLife

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — After many years crammed into a corner of the Burnet County Courthouse north annex, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Linda Wells was all smiles as she walked through the service’s new digs. (more…)

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Marble Falls Mayor John Packer is holding a Mingle with the Mayor from 5-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Save the World Brewing Co., 1510 Resource Parkway in Marble Falls. It’s an opportunity for residents to share thoughts with the mayor and ask questions in an informal setting.

Mingle with the Mayor at Marble Falls brewery

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — In summer and fall of 2016, Marble Falls Mayor John Packer held a series of Coffee with the Mayor events. Packer knew the morning times weren’t convenient for everyone, so he’s kicking off a second series of community gatherings — this time in the evenings. (more…)

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Horseshoe Bay Police Department, theater receive infrastructure grants

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — Two community entities will receive grant funding Jan. 11 toward upgrades and improvements of infrastructure, according to a statement by the Lower Colorado River Authority. (more…)

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Horseshoe Bay remembers Texas Ranger who helped save girl's life

Horseshoe Bay remembers Texas Ranger who helped save girl’s life

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — Three decades ago, Texas Rangers Stanley Keith Guffey and John Aycock volunteered to hide in the back of a Lincoln Town Car provided by law enforcement to a kidnapper who had already killed a woman. (more…)

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Burnet County Judge James Oakley (center) joins the Friends of the Herman Brown Free Library board and staff and others Jan. 9 for the groundbreaking of the library's expansion project. The addition, which includes a former attorney's office adjacent to the library, will add approximately 33 percent more useable space to the facility. The Friends group is covering the cost of the renovation and project. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Renovation opens Burnet library for lounge area, more internet access, genealogy center

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — The Herman Brown Free Library director Betsy Engelbrecht accepts that library staff and patrons might have to endure some inconveniences the next several months, but what’s waiting for them on the other side of that has her smiling. (more…)

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Volunteers with the cooperation of private business and state and county officials have launched a community gateway project at the intersection of Texas 71 and U.S. 281 to introduce motorists to the Marble Falls area. Pictured are (back row from left) Mills Services crew members Lane Webb, Paulino Espinosa, Bradlee Mills, Dylan Linderman, and Curtis Cunningham; (middle row from left) Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd, volunteer Shannon Heep, organizer Soc Gonzalez, Burnet County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, and Texas Department of Transportation maintenance supervisor Stephen Schmidt; and volunteer Isaac Pittenger (holding sign). Courtesy photo

Highway intersection beautification in Marble Falls honors Lady Bird’s legacy

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Even amid the holiday bustle, volunteers from county and state offices as well as a private business “turned dirt” to plant the seeds for a community gateway beautification project at the busy intersection of Texas 71 and U.S. 281. (more…)

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Alli Hawkins (left), Tailor Milum, and Logan Juarez enjoy a game of table soccer before beginning the process of getting the new teen center operational. The center is part of the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes-Burnet unit and will open Wednesday, Jan. 4. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet teens at Boys & Girls Club now have a place of their own

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — While standing in a room at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, something came over Bill Drake. “I had an epiphany at the Epiphany church,” joked the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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Burnet Consolidated Independent School District board members Charles Williams (left) and Craig Barefoot (right) welcome former BCISD Superintendent Bob Wilkin to the school district’s 2016 Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Former Employee. File photo

Burnet CISD accepting nominations for Hall of Honor

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Families aren’t the only groups with annual traditions begun by past generations and still practiced today. Those established practices — opening presents during a specific time, playing dominoes with Grandpa after a holiday meal — are what make each family strong, unique and extraordinary, said Burnet Consolidated Independent […]

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Ron Matlock and his family operate fireworks stands which are open for business Dec. 26 on Texas 29 East in Burnet County and on FM 1431 West in Llano County. File Photo

Revelers to ring in the new year with a blast in 2016

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER KINGSLAND — As residents prepare to ring in the New Year with fireworks, Melanie Capone shared a lesson she learned early in life about playing with them. “I was probably 10 or so. I was out at the ranch with my friends, and we decided we were going to throw the […]

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Authorities, resident offer tips to avoid social media-savvy thieves

Authorities, resident offer tips to avoid social media-savvy thieves

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET COUNTY — When Burnet resident Angela Smith goes out of town, she takes a couple of extra precautions in cyberspace as well as her home space to keep thieves off her Christmas list. “I don’t share every move for the public. I would (post) usually only on special occasions,” […]

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Marble Falls senior step closer to prestigious U.S. Air Force Academy

Marble Falls senior step closer to prestigious U.S. Air Force Academy

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — As Marble Falls High School senior James Garrison walked up to the school doors Dec. 16, he was thinking he’d rather be somewhere else. Though it was the last day of class before Christmas break, Garrison had no exams that day and didn’t need to be there. (more…)

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MFISD students can now use district Wi-Fi hotspots after hours

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — While Marble Falls Independent School District recognizes the importance of students using the latest technology — the district issued many students Chromebooks — officials also know not every child has access to high-speed internet at home. (more…)

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A&M architecture group shows designs for new Phoenix Center

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Sarah Garrett and the board and staff of the Phoenix Center of Marble Falls have a big challenge ahead of them. How to decide among eight designs for a proposed new multimillion-dollar facility. And it’s not just one building. The designs include the main campus as well as […]

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Home Care and Hospice Month recognizes vital service

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — For Destiny Moore and Alicia Keith, some of the most important people in their lives aren’t related by blood or marriage — they are home healthcare specialists. November is Home Care and Hospice Month in Texas, and the two women said their lives are made easier by home healthcare, […]

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Members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes-Marble Falls unit work with science, technology, engineering, and math software on new computers that were purchased with a grant from the KDK-Harman Foundation. Courtesy phot

Educational efforts pay off for Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — The Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes received some news that reconfirmed the Marble Falls and Burnet units are positively impacting their students in the way staff and board members hoped when the facilities were built. (more…)

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Marble Falls Area EMS celebrates four decades of service

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Forty years ago, several forward-thinking community members saw a need for emergency medical services in Marble Falls. It was a unit made up of volunteers until 1997, when Johnny Campbell joined as the first paid staff member. Now, four decades later, the Marble Falls Area EMS is celebrating […]

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Sam Pearce, executive director of The Helping Center, surveys the facility’s shelves. He hopes a canned food drive organized by the Marble Falls High School Interact Club will restock them for the holidays. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Food drive at Marble Falls game Oct. 28 aids Helping Center

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A year ago, the Interact Club at Marble Falls High School organized a canned food drive for The Helping Center of Marble Falls at one of the Mustangs football games. (more…)

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Marble Falls residents, pictured with Mayor John Packer (center, background), participated in the Coffee with the Mayor series in September at Numinous Coffee Roaster, 715 RR 1431. The next event featuring City Manager Mike Hodge and Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Christian Fletcher is 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the coffee shop. Courtesy photo

City staff step in to host Marble Falls Coffee with the Mayor

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Residents can order up a cup of joe while finding out more about city projects from city leaders who will also answer questions about the Marble Falls community during an upcoming Coffee with the Mayor. (more…)

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Burnet High School's Esprit de Corps earned top marks Oct. 22 at the Region 32 marching contest to advance to the area round Oc.t 29 in Belton. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet’s Esprit de Corps advances to area band contest

FROM STAFF REPORTS CEDAR PARK — The Burnet High School Esprit de Corps made it 26 years in a row of earning top marks in the regional marching band contest. (more…)

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