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Government closures July 3-4

MARBLE FALLS — Since the Fourth of July is a national and state holiday, Highland Lakes residents can expect federal, state, and local offices to be closed on Tuesday, July 4, but there are some offices that will tack on July 3. (more…)

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Instead of shooting your own fireworks, attend a local display such as the Marble Falls Community Fireworks over Lake Marble Falls on July 4. It will make for a safe and fun holiday. For more July 4 events in the Highland Lakes, go to 101HighlandLakes.com. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Fire officials caution care when handling fireworks this Fourth of July

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Fourth of July is one of the nation’s biggest celebrations, but according to fire officials, it’s also one of the most dangerous due to fires and injuries caused by fireworks. (more…)

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Lake LBJ

LCRA: Highland Lakes boaters should be extra cautious July 4

MARBLE FALLS — With fireworks displays illuminating the skies over lakes Marble Falls and LBJ on July 4, plenty of folks plan to get the best seats in the house — on their boats. But this means added boat traffic at night when water travel is more dangerous. (more…)

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IF YOU GO
WHAT: Armed Forces Day celebration
WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 16
WHERE: American Legion Hall, 200 Legion St. in Llano
TICKETS: $8 (includes lunch); children 10 and younger admitted free
FOR MORE: Call (512) 470-4149 or (325) 423-2009

Llano community to honor military members on Armed Forces Day

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — From the comfort of a handmade quilt and the fellowship of a meal to the stories of sacrifice and music of patriots, the Llano community will offer veterans and active duty military remembrance and gratitude for their service to their country. (more…)

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Easter egg hunts, church services in the Highland Lakes

Easter egg hunts, church services in the Highland Lakes

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — Easter eggs are rolling into a park near you. And if you’re a grandparent, a parent or anyone else with a gaggle of kids roaming about the house, you have several local egg hunts from which to choose. (more…)

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IF YOU GO
WHAT: The Easter Journey
WHEN: 7-9 p.m. April 3 and 7:30-10:30 a.m. April 5
WHERE: First Baptist Church, 108 S. Vanderveer St. in Burnet
ADMISSION: Free
FOR MORE: Go to www.fbcburnet.org

Easter Journey to re-create Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — Each Christmas, people from across the Highland Lakes and beyond make a trip to Burnet for the re-creation of Jesus’ birth during Main Street Bethlehem. This year, First Baptist Church of Burnet is hoping folks will return — but for Easter. (more…)

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THE PICAYUNE CHRISTMAS STORY: Merry (crazy) Christmas

EDITOR’S NOTE: In keeping with The Picayune and DailyTrib.com tradition, we offer a Christmas fictional short story by editor Daniel Clifton. We hope you and your family enjoy this tale. This story is Part 2 of a tale started last year. Click here to read Part 1. DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR At Room 124, […]

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How to keep spirit of Christmas giving going rest of year

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Who doesn’t get caught up in the Christmas spirit as the holiday approaches? We smile a little more, greet each other with a bit more cheer and reach deeper into our pockets to help others. (more…)

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Serving Buchanan Dam meal is couple’s Christmas tradition

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BUCHANAN DAM — And you thought your Christmas Day meal was jam-packed. Joel and Rose Deupree and a group of volunteers are inviting residents of the Highland Lakes to join them for Christmas lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 25 at the Buchanan Community Center, 2398 Texas 261. (more…)

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How to tell your family’s Christmas story through photographs

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — With all the excitement and joy surrounding Christmas, it makes for great photo opportunities. But how often have some of those photos fallen flat or you just couldn’t figure out how to get the best shot? (more…)

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Canyon of the Eagles offering outdoor fun for Christmas break

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR SILVER CREEK — With the kids out of school for several days, it might be time to look for something to get them outside for a few hours. Canyon of the Eagles, located at 16942 RR 2341 near Burnet, has lined up a list of activities for families including learning […]

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Motorcycle Santa Claus, aka Bill Bilbrey, sets up his Honda Goldwing outside the Quality Inn of Marble Falls during a test run in preparation for the motel’s annual blanket and food drive celebration. Motorcycle Santa Claus will make an appearance at the Quality Inn on Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. so children can get their Christmas list to him. People can also drop off blankets and non-perishable food items, which will go to several Highland Lakes food pantries and nonprofit organizations. The inn is located at 1206 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls (just south of the Mission Hills-281 intersection.) Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Santa Claus is coming to town … and he’s riding a motorcycle

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR KINGSLAND — Bill Bilbrey witnessed first hand how, for some children, Christmas can come and go without presents. (more…)

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Dear Santa: Local children share Christmas letters to the jolly ol’ elf

Every year, children sit down and make out their Christmas lists for Santa Claus. Many of us still remember pouring over “wish books” and catalogs as we made up our list. Things might have changed a bit with the Internet, but kids still love writing their letters to Santa. Here’s a collection of Letters to […]

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Highland Lakes residents deliver for KBEY 103.9 FM-Picayune toy drive

Highland Lakes residents opened their hearts Dec. 17 during the annual KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune-The Picayune Toy Drive. The drive took place at two sites this year: Lee Hoffpauir Chevrolet and Buick in Marble Falls and the Burnet KBEY studio on the courthouse square. Toys and money donations were collected and will go toward […]

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Burnet County VetRides program manager Sophie McCoy also is a volunteer driver for the program that serves Burnet, Lampasas and Llano counties. One of her clients is veteran Carl Woods of Granite Shoals. The nonprofit program is in need of volunteer drivers. File photo

Drivers top wish list for Burnet County VetRides program

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — When asked what was at the top of the Burnet County VetRides program’s Christmas wish list, manager Sophie McCoy answered immediately. “Right now, I think our number one wish would be more drivers,” she said. (more…)

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New Horizons seeks helping hands to boost Llano residents

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — When citizens in the city of Llano are down on their luck, they turn to an organization that is able to help. (more…)

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Highland Lakes Christmas Caddy is hole-in-one for area families

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE STAFF MEADOWLAKES — When the local schools approached Jeff Wilson with the idea of supporting 29 families through the annual Highland Lakes Christmas Caddy golf tournament, he caught his breath for a moment. After all, Wilson and other tournament organizers had set a goal of raising enough money to directly help 25 […]

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Boys & Girls Clubs put together kid-approved holiday wish list

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Highland Lakes provides a safe place to play, learn and eat for more than 200 Burnet County kids every day. “If we keep them engaged, keep them coming back, then the likelihood they will be involved in a criminal act or tempted […]

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Burnet’s Christmas on the Square features shopping and Santa

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The Christmas fun is rolling through the Highland Lakes, and the next stop is Burnet. The annual Christmas on the Square brings the holiday festivities to downtown Burnet on Dec. 13 with arts-and-crafts booths opening up at 10 a.m. But that’s just the start of a fun-filled day on Burnet’s […]

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Llano’s Snow Day is 1-9 p.m. Dec. 13 at Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive in Llano. File photo

Llano turns into sledder’s paradise on Snow Day

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR LLANO — Growing up on the western edge of Michigan, when December rolled around, my thoughts turned to one thing (well, actually quite a few things since Christmas was so close, but for this story I’m sticking with one thing: sledding. (more…)

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KBEY 103.9 FM, The Picayune hosting annual toy drive

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — It’s time to shake off the Scroogeness, buy of few toys or reach into your pockets and head over to the annual KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune-The Picayune Toy Drive on Dec. 17 to help guarantee all children enjoy a very Merry Christmas. (more…)

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Postmaster Alan Smith (left) of the U.S. Post Office in Marble Falls and post office clerk Lisa Ulbricht discuss the package rush as the suggested deadline for mailing Christmas gifts and cards approaches. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

With holiday shipments up, post office has tips for Christmas delivery

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — As online shopping nearly doubles and mailing deadlines loom, postal officials have offered customers ideas to get their gifts and cards to their destinations in time for Christmas. (more…)

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Heart of Texas Community Orchestra conductor Keenan Fletcher directs the 10 members of the ‘Corelli Strings’ segment of the orchestra during practice Nov. 30 at Kingsland Community Church. The orchestra is playing a concert 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the LanTex Theater in Llano. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Heart of Texas orchestra back on beat with Christmas performance

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF KINGSLAND — It’s been a few years since the Hill Country has heard an orchestra. That changes Dec. 14. (more…)

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Delaware Springs home puts on holiday show for LACare pantry

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — As a LACare volunteer, Charles Harger witnessed the need for the food pantry first hand. While volunteering twice a month at the Burnet facility helped, Harger wanted to do more. So a few years ago, at the recommendation of a friend, he put a table in front of […]

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Santa Claus will lead a hike to the top of the batholith at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area on Dec. 13. The park is located at 16710 RR 965 between Llano and Fredericksburg. File photo

Go hiking with Santa Claus at Enchanted Rock

FROM STAFF REPORTS FREDERICKSBURG — Santa Claus is coming … Santa Claus is coming … Santa Claus is coming to … Enchanted Rock. Yeah, you read that right. Good Old St. Nick is making a stop by the pink granite dome, or batholith, on Dec. 13. He’ll even be leading a hike to the top […]

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Christmas stroll in Llano teaches true meaning of season

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — There was a time when folks would stroll along city blocks and streets to enjoy Christmas decorations and caroling. But in today’s world, which often focuses on getting from one spot to the next as quickly as possible, it’s tough to enjoy something as simple as a Christmas […]

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