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Be sure to protect your hands and eyes from the hot oil while deep-frying turkeys.

If you’re gonna fry your Thanksgiving turkey, follow these safety tips

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — If you’re considering frying your turkey for Thanksgiving, Marble Falls Fire Marshal Tommy Crane says it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with what you’re doing and, if possible, consider a oil-less fryer. (more…)

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Marble Falls ACE program helps students become better English speakers through writing

Marble Falls ACE program helps students become better English speakers through writing

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — After teaching English acquisition classes at Marble Falls High School, where she helps students develop their language skills, Lori Reed shared an observation. (more…)

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HARTH, VFW team up for peer-to-peer course for veterans

HARTH, VFW team up for peer-to-peer course for veterans

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — With only about half of the 8,000 veterans living in Burnet County registered for care and assistance through the Veterans Administration, two local organizations are teaming up to offer a course designed to bring a personal touch to helping veterans. (more…)

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Marble Falls Elementary School students high-five local veterans following the campus’ Veterans Day program Nov. 10.

Veterans Day programs held Friday in Llano, Marble Falls

Programs honored those who have served in the United States military at Veterans Day events in Llano and Marble Falls. More Veterans Day events are planned throughout the weekend.

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Safety tips for drivers and trick-or-treaters on Halloween

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Halloween is a fun night, but if parents and drivers fail to take a few safety precautions, it can also be dangerous. The Texas Department of Public Safety and law enforcement agencies are reminding drivers to be aware of the increase in pedestrian traffic on Tuesday, Oct. 31. This […]

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Patsy’s Legacy grants honor longtime teacher, help educators

Patsy’s Legacy grants honor longtime teacher, help educators

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET —  Shady Grove Elementary School physical education teacher Sindra Salinas sees it every year: kids who haven’t developed the fine and gross motor skills they need to fully participate in gym class. A sensory gym would be a solution, but the funding wasn’t there. (more…)

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Llano health fair offers free screenings and trunk-or-treat

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — Health care professionals want to remove the reasons why people don’t get basic screenings. Baylor Scott & White Health, Hill Country Memorial, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, and Patsy Glascow of Juice Plus have combined resources to host a health fair Saturday, Oct. 28. (more…)

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Bluebonnet Trails Community Service executive director Andrea Richardson (left) says retired Burnet County Judge Martin McLean has been an instrumental leader in establishing the program as well as advocating for it over the years as a board member. McLean recently stepped down from the Bluebonnet Trails Community Service board but believes it’s in good hands. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

For two decades, Bluebonnet Trails has provided mental health care services close to home

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — Martin McLean admitted that his initial reluctance 20 years ago to opening community centers for Bluebonnet Trails Community Services missed the mark. But as he steps down from the organization’s board that he helped bring to fruition, McLean sees the community locations as a major part of Bluebonnet Trails’s […]

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Seton Care-A-Van offering free flu shots for children at two locations

Seton Care-A-Van offering free flu shots for children at two locations

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The death of a child prompted Becky Fox, director of development for Seton Highland Lakes, to approach Care-A-Van workers about offering free flu shots to youths. (more…)

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First Baptist Christian School students get on on the floor after detecting smoke (it’s fake and not dangerous). Marble Falls Fire Rescue firefighters used the Safety House to teach students about fire safety. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls firefighters teaching students fire safety with realistic scenarios

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — As the smoke filled the small room, Marble Falls Fire Rescue firefighter Dan Kramer asked the five First Baptist Christian School students the first thing they should do. A couple of hands shot up as one student called out, “Get on the floor.” (more…)

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DPS watching closely for drivers violating school bus safety laws

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Law enforcement agencies are paying extra attention during National School Bus Safety Week, and the Texas Department of Public Safety is leading the charge. (more…)

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Fall Resource Fair brings together organizations that help low-income residents

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties wants people to be able to find government help when they need it. The nonprofit organization, which offers social services such as Meals on Wheels and economic opportunity programs, is hosting a Fall Resource Fair. (more…)

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Granite Shoals resident credited for statewide 911 system honored

Granite Shoals resident credited for statewide 911 system honored

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Even a little more than 30 years ago, dialing 911 in the Highland Lakes wasn’t going to get you emergency services, even though school children were learning to do just that in class. Only two Texas cities at that time had true 911 services: Houston and Lubbock. (more…)

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Burnet Middle School introduces newest Sandy Hook Promise program: ‘Say Something’

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — Last year, Burnet Middle School students started with “hello.” This year, they want everyone — their peers, staff members, parents, and residents — to say something. (more…)

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Spike in stomach illnesses prompts word of caution from health official

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — From bad food preparation skills to poor hygiene, Highland Lakes residents might be making themselves sicker than usual this season. “We have been seeing a lot more gastro-intestinal illnesses,” said Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal Dersch. “It looks like it’s mostly viral.” (more…)

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Horseshoe Bay police officer gives ‘Wheel of Fortune’ game show a spin

Horseshoe Bay police officer gives ‘Wheel of Fortune’ game show a spin

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY HORSESHOE BAY — David Vaughn considers his experience on the iconic game show “Wheel of Fortune” a success in that he represented the Highland Lakes like a champion. (more…)

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Horseshoe Bay event offers shredding service, prescription disposal

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY HORSESHOE BAY — A community-wide event offering residents use of a mobile shredding unit aims to tackle identity theft and cut down on the amount of materials going into landfills, official said. (more…)

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Marble Falls ISD donating buses, supplies to South Texas district hit by Hurricane Harvey

Marble Falls ISD donating buses, supplies to South Texas district hit by Hurricane Harvey

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Two Marble Falls Independent School District buses originally slated for auction are now headed for a South Texas school district hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. (more…)

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The Burnet High School culinary arts students are heading back to the second annual High School Food Truck Battle on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Centennial Plaza in Round Rock. The event, sponsored by the Art Institute of Austin, takes part during the Round Rock Chalk Walk. Along with a judged grand prize, the public can vote on the People’s Choice award. Go to roundrockarts.org for more on the competition and bulldogbistro.org for more on the Burnet culinary arts program. Courtesy photo

Burnet culinary arts team looks to repeat as food truck battle champion

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — The Burnet High School culinary arts students know going into the second annual Art Institute of Austin High School Food Truck Battle the other five teams are gunning for them. (more…)

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Burnet Police Department and area agencies have invited families to upcoming National Night Out events featuring a closer look at crime-fighting resources and free family fun. The Burnet event is 6-8 p.m. Oct. 2. Courtesy photo

National Night Out helps build trust in local law enforcement

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — The upcoming National Night Out with area police officers and first responders will go a long way in maintaining trust in law enforcement, which relies on the public for a cooperative crime-fighting partnership, officials say. (more…)

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Burnet CISD asks parents to reach into pantries for those in need

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet Consolidated Independent School District food services department officials are asking the public to extend a helping hand to their neighbors in need by donating non-perishable food items in drop-off containers on district campuses. (more…)

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Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Keith McBurnett will answer questions from the community at Coffee and Tea with the Superintendent on Oct. 12.

Burnet CISD wants to answer your ‘burning questions’ about the district

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District invites the public to ask tough questions about what’s happening on school campuses. (more…)

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The 2017 Burnet High School homecoming court includes Lyndsi Woods (back row, left), Chelsea Juhnke, Julyssa Silva, Maria Lopez, Alyssa Arnold; Ellett Vann (front row, left), Reid Dalrymple, Tyler Torres, Sterling Galban, and Hilton Warwick. Courtesy photo

Burnet homecoming is all about community support

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — When it comes to organizing the Burnet High School homecoming festivities this week, the school district entrusted three employees, who happen to be alumni, to ensure its success. (more…)

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The 2017 Marble Falls High School homecoming court includes Macy Dyer (front row, left), Payton Clough, Sarah Cauble, Madison Fields, Evo Bernabe; Aubree Adams (back row, left), Latham Nakleh, Keegan Deering, Grant Fletcher, and Alec Oberle. Photo by Diana Cox

Marble Falls homecoming is a reunion that spans generations

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Seeing old friends is what makes homecoming weekend special for alumni. With that in mind — and to provide former students an opportunity to help the next graduating class — the Marble Falls High School Ex-Students Association is hosting its annual cookie and coffee social and luncheon at […]

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Hill Country Community Theatre Executive Director Mike Rademaekers (left) and theater board President Linda DiFede (right) thank the Martin Foundation, represented by Larson Lloyd, Charlie Keiser, Frank Reilly, and Robert Klaeger (not pictured), for the foundation’s generous donation of $10,000. Courtesy photo

Nonprofit Hill Country Community Theatre receives Martin Foundation donation

COTTONWOOD SHORES — The Hill Country Community Theatre recently received $10,000 from the Martin Foundation. Foundation trustees Charlie Keiser, Robert Klaeger, and Larson Lloyd donated the money to the nonprofit theater, whose mission is to present and promote quality theater and related programs that entertain, educate, and encourage community support of performance arts. (more…)

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The Burnet High School Esprit de Corps is taking its show, ‘The Darkness of Shadows,’ to the Bands of America’s regional championship on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Round Rock. The event draws some of the best bands in Central Texas as well as across the Lone Star State. It’s a great opportunity for the Burnet High School band, flag corps, and drill team to get some feedback on their routine as they tweak it for the UIL contest in October. The Burnet band performs at 1 p.m. Saturday. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet’s Esprit de Corps headed to competitive Bands of Americas contest

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — With about a month before the University Interscholastic League marching competition, Burnet High School band director Jason Jones  has put the Esprit de Corps smack dab in the middle of one of the toughest contests he could find. (more…)

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