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Highland Lakes Ukulele Club pickin’ and grinnin’ with happy instrument

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — The thing about hanging around a bunch of ukulele-playing folks is you can’t help but smile. The upbeat attitude of the musicians combined with the fun, light-hearted tunes lift the spirits of everyone in the room. “It’s just a fun instrument,” said Lisa Miller, a recent convert to [...]

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Llano group hopes to reopen historic Red Top Jail

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR LLANO —  If the idea of going to jail makes you a little nervous, how about becoming a friend of a jail? Sound a bit, well, strange?

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School supply drive helping Burnet County foster children

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — One of the exciting parts of heading back to class is opening up those new school supplies — all fresh and ready for a year of learning. Unfortunately, not every child gets a full backpack of supplies. Children in foster care face the prospect of the first of class without [...]

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DailyTrib.com is now mobile for phones, tablets

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Smartphone and tablet users will now find the DailyTrib.com website friendlier to their devices when they are away from their laptop or desktop computers. DailyTrib.com has gone mobile.

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Local microbrews on tap at Beer by the Bay festival

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF HORSESHOE BAY — With just one taste of a microbrewery beer, brewmaster David Rathkamp says it’s difficult for anyone to go back to anything else. “It will have a lot more flavor,” he said. “It’s the difference between eating a piece of Wonder Bread and eating a freshly baked homemade hearty [...]

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LakeFest boat races set for Aug. 8-10; volunteers needed

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The fastest show on water returns to Lake Marble Falls for the 23rd annual LakeFest Drag Boat Races on Aug. 8-10. But before thousands can come to Lakeside Park to cheer on boats going more than 200 mph, another large group is needed: volunteers.

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Harmony School puppet class comes out of the shadows

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Ben Garrett leaned over the bear to make a small incision. “That’ll do it,” he said and looked up. The bear lay there, still and unflinching. But then again, he did make it out of black construction paper.

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CASA needs volunteers to help abused, neglected children through court system

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — With 40 dedicated volunteers putting in as much effort as they can, CASA for the Highland Lakes Area still faces a difficult challenge. “Currently in Burnet County, we have 56 active (Child Protective Services) cases that involve 86 children,” said Galyn Woerner, the CASA for the Highland Lakes Area advocate [...]

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Marble Falls teen hopes she has right moves for Disney TV show pilot

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — As Christine Ashbaugh follows along with her dance instructor at a Hill Country Dance and Cheer workshop, she has no illusions that the odds might be stacked against her. Still, the incoming Marble Falls High School freshman hopes that it could happen to her.

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Marble Falls theater arts students take their summer break on the stage

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — After the Marble Falls High School theater arts’ one-act play wrapped up last year without advancing out of a tough district competition, the students and teacher took a note from a common sports practice: more touches on the ball.

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Give summer one more fling at Camp Peniel day camp

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR SMITHWICK — Even as summer days slowly begin marching to school days, it’s not too late for kids to pack in some last-minute excitement. And Camp Peniel, located just east of Marble Falls on RR 1431, has crafted the perfect escape thanks to its day camp program.

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Diaper drive covers basic need of families in the Highland Lakes

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — It’s one of those overlooked needs, but one that has many parents struggling to keep up. Cathy Lemlyn has seen the problem first hand as the service coordinator for the Bluebonnet Trails Early Childhood Intervention program.

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Kids cook up kitchen science at Marble Falls library

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — The mixer, bags of marshmallows, a container of milk and assorted items scattered around Dennis Rose’s table at the front of the room make it clear this isn’t an ordinary trip to the library.

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Beer by the Bay Music Festival hot ticket in Horseshoe Bay

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — Beers, bands and bites will comprise the three-day Beer by the Bay Music Festival in Horseshoe Bay on Aug. 1-3. “We’re extremely excited about the Beer By the Bay Music Festival,” said Bryan Woodward, Horseshoe Bay Resort’s chief marketing officer. “We have 10 talented musical acts coming to Horseshoe [...]

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