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Public fireworks displays in Kingsland and Marble Falls will attract thousands of people to the two locations on July 4 with anticipated delays and extra public safety accommodations. File Photo

Police caution revelers about traffic, road closures on July 4

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER KINGSLAND — Law enforcement in Kingsland and Marble Falls warn motorists about congestion, delays and pedestrian traffic July 4 during the two largest public fireworks displays in the area. Aqua Boom in Kingsland and the Marble Falls Community Fireworks will attract thousands of people to the area with limited roadway […]

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Marble Falls High School teacher Randy Guffey (right), students Marshall Jett (left) and Tyler Taber go over some details as they get a rocket the MFHS engineering students designed and built. The goal was to build a rocket capable of reaching 100,000 feet above the earth. Guffey, Jett and Taber — along with students Connor White and Eric Aballos — are traveling to the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range to launch the rocket July 6. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls High School students aiming for 100,000-ft rocket launch

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — While the popular saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” may apply to a lot of things, Marble Falls High School students preparing to launch a rocket 100,000 feet over New Mexico definitely do sweat the little things. (more…)

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Seton Care-A-Van event raises $260,000 for children’s health

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Few events line up better than Father’s Day weekend and the 12th annual Emory Bellard-Spike Dykes Seton Kids Care-A-Van Tailgate Party and Golf Tournament. (more…)

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Meals on Wheels drivers needed for Marble Falls, Burnet deliveries

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — The Burnet County Meals on Wheels isn’t simply about delivering a hot, nutritious and delicious meal to elderly residents. It’s also about serving those who usually have little contact with another person on a daily basis. (more…)

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Llano partners with nearby cities, utilities for dark skies program

Llano partners with nearby cities, utilities for dark skies program

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Several Hill Country communities will join forces with electric utilities to launch a “dark skies” program aimed at reducing light pollution, which takes an economic, health and aesthetics toll on growing communities, officials say. (more…)

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Realtors group offering scholarships to local graduates

MARBLE FALLS — The Highland Lakes Association of REALTORS is accepting applications for its annual scholarships. The deadline is June 30. The association is presenting scholarships to past graduates of Marble Falls, Llano, and Burnet high schools and Faith Academy of Marble Falls. Students must have graduated before Jan. 1, 2015. (more…)

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American Heart Association honors Marble Falls EMS for heart attack response

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — When dialing 9-1-1 in the event of heart attack, residents should know they are in good hands when Marble Falls Area EMS paramedics arrive. The American Heart Association recently honored the local EMS outfit with its Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award for using procedures and equipment when treating […]

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Burnet County welcomes new AgriLife extension agent Kelly Tarla

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET  — As the new Burnet County AgriLife Extension Agent, Kelly Tarla says she’s going back to a job that promotes fellowship, education and tradition. (more…)

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Find 101 (and many more) fun things at ThePicayune.com

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — If you’re looking for a way to plan your weekend here in the Highland Lakes or trying to find out about an upcoming event, then you need to check out the new 101HighlandLakes.com and ThePicayune.com website. The two names take you to the same site, but it’s all about […]

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Burnet donation drive benefits Wimberley flood victims

Burnet donation drive benefits Wimberley flood victims

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET —  Residents are reaching out to Hays County flood victims with a donation drive in the wake of a string of severe storms since Memorial Day weekend. (more…)

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57-year-old Marble Falls graduate takes on ‘American Ninja Warrior’ contest

57-year-old Marble Falls graduate takes on ‘American Ninja Warrior’ contest

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — At 57, Brian Magerkurth could spend his free time taking on 18 holes of golf. But then, that just wouldn’t be him. As a student-athlete at Marble Falls High School, Magerkurth loved to throw himself skyward in the pole vault. (more…)

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Butterfly expert: Simple acts can lift monarch numbers

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — When faced with a declining species, the average person might throw up his or her hands and say, “I can’t do anything.” But Cathy Downs of the Bring Back Monarchs to Texas program has a bit of advice. (more…)

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Marble Falls elementary students go the extra miles

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Adversity leads to two things: People either fold under it or bust through it. When several Colt Elementary School students saw they might not hit their goal of putting in a marathon distance this year because of wet weather in the spring, the kids made a choice. […]

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Indian Marker Tree in Burnet

Burnet area shared its roots with 200-year-old Indian Marker Tree

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — For almost 200 years, the Indian Marker Tree watched over the banks of Hamilton Creek, serving as a marker for Comanche Indians in its youth and growing into a beloved part of the Burnet community. Now, the tree is gone. (more…)

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