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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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Burnet County and area agencies to collect old prescription drugs

Burnet County and area agencies to collect old prescription drugs

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Agencies across the country will join forces April 30 to collect unused and outdated medications and other prescription drugs to keep them from getting into the wrong hands as well as harming the environment, officials said. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative also gives residents a chance to […]

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Marble Falls celebrates Johnson Park’s legacy honor

Marble Falls celebrates Johnson Park’s legacy honor

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — As Bessie Jackson recounted how Johnson Park impacted the Marble Falls community, she shared the story of how, more than 120 years ago, the congregation of St. Frederick Baptist Church first met under some trees in the park. She quickly pointed out that the park hasn’t just welcomed church […]

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Toss your bulky trash during Spring Clean-Up in Marble Falls, April 18-22

Toss your bulky trash during Spring Clean-Up in Marble Falls, April 18-22

MARBLE FALLS — Spring means it’s time for spring cleaning, including getting rid of bulky trash. While it might be easy to see what needs to be thrown out, finding a place that will take the trash can be more daunting. But the city of Marble Falls has the answer for residents: the annual Spring […]

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Concordia University basketball teams up with Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center

AUSTIN — When Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center officials found themselves with an opportunity to work with the Concordia University women’s basketball team, they saw it as a unique opportunity to raise much needed funds. But about just as quickly as they noticed those advantages, another realization also occurred.

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Young People in Recovery aims to break cycle of addiction

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER LLANO — People battling addiction are invited to attend an interest meeting for Young People in Recovery on March 29. The meeting is 6 p.m. at the Llano County Library, 102 E. Haynie St. (more…)

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Fledgling Kingsland Charter School sees spike in enrollment

Fledgling Kingsland Charter School sees spike in enrollment

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER KINGSLAND — The list of potential pupils is growing as organizers of the new Kingsland Charter School opened enrollment for the tuition-free institution for kindergarten through eighth grade. “They’re planning on opening this fall,” said Zane Lewis, pastor of The Hill Church in Kingsland. (more…)

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City leaders, business owners volunteer in Meals on Wheels awareness campaign

GEORGETOWN – Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties is participating in the 14th annual March for Meals, a month-long, nationwide celebration of the service that delivers meals to homebound seniors. (more…)

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The first graduating class of the culinary arts program prepared dishes toward their final exam on March 8 at Saucy’s Catering in Cottonwood. Pictured are graduates Marissa Carrillo (left) and Lindsay Parker, chef and course instructor Luciana McKeown of Saucy’s Catering, and students Shadow Crouch, Josh Yocum and Manuel Bravo. Courtesy photo

Cottonwood Shores culinary school serves up hospitality workforce

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER COTTONWOOD SHORES —  Creating a tasty whiskey tarragon sauce could very well launch Josh Yocum’s career as a future chef. Yocum and four other students were the first graduating class March 8 of a culinary arts program that offers free tuition through Central Texas College for individuals trying to enter new […]

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Marble Falls’ Spring Break 2016 features free fun for the kids

Marble Falls’ Spring Break 2016 features free fun for the kids

Marble Falls Parks and Recreation has a full week of free fun lined up for the kids during Spring Break including 3-on-3 basketball, disc golf, a movie, games, food and more. Go to 101HighlandLakes.com to see the full story and browse other Spring Break opportunities.

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10 ways to spend Spring Break in the Highland Lakes

10 ways to spend Spring Break in the Highland Lakes

Spring Break is fast approaching. Are you prepared? In the Highland Lakes there is fun for everyone to fill a week. Check out 101HighlandLakes.com for 10 ways to spend Spring Break in the Highland Lakes. READ MORE

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HCBA gives boost to Marble Falls building trades students

HCBA gives boost to Marble Falls building trades students

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — While it might only be a card to the students who picked one up March 3, Marble Falls High School and Hill Country Builders Association officials know it can help open a world of opportunities for the youth. (more…)

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