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Burnet graduate is first female commander of historic regiment

BY SGT. 1ST CLASS JAMES LALLY • SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM A Burnet High School graduate made history May 5 as the first woman to take command of one of the oldest regiments in the U.S. Army. (more…)

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The Rev. George Perry and family

Realization hits: The Perry family is finally home, sweet home

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Rev. George Perry knows how to swing a hammer and drive in a nail. He did it countless times building dog houses, storage rooms, and other projects. But last fall, as he pulled back his hammer to drive the first nail into what would become his and his family’s home, […]

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Hill Country Community Theatre seeking donations for arts education

Donations to HCCT fund help provide arts education to kids

Hill Country Community Theatre staff and volunteers believe in the power of theater and the importance of providing arts education to children. However, they need your help to do so. (more…)

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Burnet High School’s Health Occupations Students of America are organizing their final blood drive of the school year to help Thiago Paxtor, the 3-year-old son of a Burnet Consolidated Independent School District teacher. The blood drive is 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Burnet High School, 1000 The Green Mile. HOSA students include Lucila Ortiz (front row, left), Mikayla Whitus, Samantha Robison; Lillian McLeod (back row, left), Stephanie Lemus, and Kathleen Fipps along with teacher Sharon Massey. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet High School blood drive May 13 for Team Thiago

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Burnet High School’s Health Occupation Students of America say their upcoming blood drive has a greater significance than the ones they helped organize in the past. (more…)

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The annual Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the second Saturday in May. Just leave your bagged donation by your mailbox.

Help Stamp Out Hunger May 11 with Letter Carriers’ drive

FROM STAFF REPORTS Deliver much-needed help to Highland Lakes food pantries on May 11 during the 27th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger drive, held the second Saturday of May each year. (more…)

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Sierra and Cody Emerson are at home on the range at their Marble Falls ranch. Photo by Shelby Lynn Photos

PICAYUNE PEOPLE: Sierra and Cody Emerson take stock of life in and out of the rodeo arena

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS He fights bulls and saves cowboys. She cuts hair and promotes Western clothing and boot brands. Together, Cody and Sierra Emerson live an Old West life in the 21st century, raising cattle on their Marble Falls ranch in between pro rodeo and fashion gigs. (more…)

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The 2019 Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Volunteers of the Year are Afton Floyd (front row, left) at Bertram Elementary School, Kristina Bailey at R.J. Richey Elementary School, Nancy Cranfill at the Parent Resource Center, Mark Barnard at Quest High School (back row, left), Gloria Flores at Burnet High School, Vicenta Stafford at Shady Grove Elementary School, and Craig Lindholm at Burnet Middle School. Thanks to the success of this program, Burnet CISD officials have created the Adopt-A-School program for businesses, churches, and the like to volunteer together at a campus of their choosing. Courtesy photo

Burnet CISD invites the community to ‘adopt’ a school

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District is inviting businesses and civic organizations to become more involved in campus life and boost student achievement through Adopt-A-School. (more…)

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Kaden Foren (left) of the Knights and Copper Laird of the Red Devils battled for the ball during a matchup of 8-and-under Granite Country Youth Soccer Association teams March 16, the opening day of spring soccer. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Granite Country Youth Soccer Association celebrates 40th

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Before Aleksey Ismaylov was a Granite Country Youth Soccer Association coach and volunteer, he was a boy in Ukraine longing to play what he then knew as the game of football. Born in 1987, four years before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ismaylov said life in Ukraine was difficult. (more…)

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Steve Jordan (right), a board member of the newly renamed Rudy Davalos Horseshoe Bay Sports Club, presented a portrait of Davalos to the former athletic director and his wife, Gail, during the organization’s end-of-year banquet at Horseshoe Bay Resort on April 18. The club, once just called the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club, now includes Davalos’s name as he spearheaded its creation 10 years ago. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

New Horseshoe Bay Sports Club name in honor of Rudy Davalos

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Steve Jordan said the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club board of directors only had to think about it for a second before renaming the organization the Rudy Davalos Horseshoe Bay Sports Club. (more…)

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5K runners

Open Door Recovery House running on community support and 5K fundraiser

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Some might say Open Door Recovery House is making miracles happen. The Marble Falls drug and alcohol recovery house for women has a success rate more than six times the national average when it comes to its clients sticking to a residential treatment program. (more…)

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Retired dentist Joey Piatek turned his passion for history of the Alamo into a volunteer position as docent at the historic mission in San Antonio. Piatek shares his knowledge and passion with a bit of his unique humor to engage visitors with history. Photo courtesy Dee Anna Piatek

Dentist-turned-Alamo docent Joey Piatek trades root canals for Texas roots

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS When this guitar-pickin’ Marble Falls dentist survived prostate cancer and decided to retire, he went to the Alamo. Joey Piatek now volunteers as a part-time docent at the San Antonio mission, adding happiness, satisfaction, and fun to his life. (more…)

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Marble Falls Fire Rescue is holding its first-ever Citizens Fire Academy in June. The academy is limited to the first 20 people who apply. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Marble Falls Fire Rescue holding Citizens Fire Academy

FROM STAFF REPORTS Wear the gear, operate the apparatus, and use the equipment Marble Falls Fire Rescue firefighters use as one of the first participants in the Citizens Fire Academy. (more…)

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Operation K9 service dog

Rescue dogs-turned-service animals rock-solid presence in veterans’ lives

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Service dogs rescue people. In the case of veteran Bobby Galyon, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and his service dog, Rocky, the rescuing goes both ways. A Belgian Malinois, Rocky had been abused as a puppy. He was kept in a garage until he became part of Operation K9, which […]

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Marble Falls High School junior Kenadee Stewart is one of 10 students selected by Pedernales Electric Cooperative to participate in this year’s summer Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The program gives students a closer look at how the federal government works. Photo courtesy of Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Marble Falls junior picked for Washington leadership trip

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Pam Parkman, executive director of the Marble Falls Education Foundation, knew the ideal Marble Falls High School student to enter in the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Youth Tour competition: junior Kenadee Stewart. (more…)

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Jimena Ibanez Martinez (right), the executive director of A Good Start, explains the role the nonprofit organization hopes to play in the Highland Lakes. The program gives young adults, ages 19-29, a place to find resources, mentoring, and support to help them advance their educational and career goals. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

A Good Start nonprofit helps young adults needing direction

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON It seemed incomprehensible to Jimena Ibanez Martinez that young adults with so much potential would settle for low-wage jobs and little prospect of improving the quality of their lives. Yet, she saw it several times across the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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The Falls on the Colorado Museum is located at 2001 Broadway in Marble Falls in an old schoolhouse. It holds permanent exhibits on local history and hosts traveling displays and programs. Courtesy photo

Falls on the Colorado Museum seeking new members

The Falls on the Colorado Museum is holding its membership drive for 2019. The Marble Falls facility is celebrating its 20th year, thanks in large part to the support of current and past members, according to a museum media release. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff's Office communications supervisor Sarah Wilcox loves that she and dispatchers help people through rough times in their lives. Whether handling a 9-1-1 call or entering stolen property information into a database for law enforcement, Wilcox and the other dispatchers provide the community with critical services. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County 9-1-1 dispatcher Sarah Wilcox makes connections and a difference

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Their voices are lifelines for people whose worlds are crashing down around them. They are the emergency dispatchers answering 9-1-1 calls. (more…)

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His Hands Summer clothing drive

His Hands summer clothing drive aiming to help over 60 students

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Donna Shaw still remembers how she felt as an 18-year-old woman walking into church wearing new clothes. She no longer felt out of place. (more…)

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The Harris family couldn’t resist these eyes. Apollo is now part of the family thanks to the monthly ‘Free the Dog’ adoption days at The Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls in partnership with the Highland Lakes SPCA. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

‘Free the Dog:’ Museum and Highland Lakes SPCA partner for monthly adoption days

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Ellen Harris went to The Falls on the Colorado Museum to learn about bees and ended up adopting a dog. (more…)

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Westside Park in Marble Falls

LCRA’s Steps Forward Day tackles local cleanup projects

FROM STAFF REPORTS As part of the fifth annual Steps Forward Day, Lower Colorado River Authority employees are spreading out across the Highland Lakes on Friday, April 5, to lend a hand. (more…)

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Highland Lakes Legacy Fund seeking nominations for outstanding volunteer award

Highland Lakes Legacy Fund seeking nominations for outstanding volunteer award

The Highland Lakes Legacy Fund is seeking nominations for outstanding volunteers in the community. (more…)

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The Highland Lakes Service League is accepting applications for its 2019 scholarships through April 16. The scholarships are for women returning to school to earn a degree or complete a certificate program to further their career. Last year, the service league presented six scholarships. Pictured are scholarship co-chairs Pam Rodgers (left) and Pam Parsons along with 2018 scholarship recipients Stephanie Hall, Jennifer Cowfer, Mary Seaman, and Chelsea Webb. Not pictured are Summer Payne and Misty Daniel. Go to hlsl.org for applications and more information. Courtesy photo

Scholarships available for women returning to school

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Highland Lakes Service League’s mission is to change lives. One way to do that is through scholarships, which the members award to women returning to college or enrolling in a certificate program in pursuit of a career goal. (more…)

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Speech language pathologist Amy Mandaville and other physical and occupational therapists are leading the BIG and LOUD Crowd, a free physical and voice exercise program for Parkinson’s patients designed to help them stay mobile and heard. The program is 1-1:45 each Wednesday in the cycle studio at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond, 1601 S. Water St. in Burnet. Courtesy photo

Parkinson’s patients encouraged to be big and loud at weekly exercise program

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Seton Highland Lakes Rehabilitation wants Parkinson’s patients to be big and loud, and they’re helping people get there. (more…)

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Highland Lakes Legacy Fund accepting applications for grants

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Highland Lakes Legacy Fund is accepting applications for its 2019 Community Fund Grant Cycle. (more…)

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Flooding on Oct. 16 caused water from Lake Marble Falls to rush over the top of Max Starcke Dam. The Lower Colorado River Authority said that, at the flood’s peak, the amount of water flowing through Lake Marble Falls was about 350,000 cubic-feet per second. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

$100K donation to Highland Lakes Crisis Network rebuilding two flood-damaged homes

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The Highland Lakes Crisis Network had identified two houses — one in Burnet County and the other in Llano County — that, due to damage from the October 2018 flood and current flood plain, would have to be torn down and rebuilt. (more…)

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Army major from Llano receives posthumous Distinguished Service Cross

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Why would someone give his life for others? It’s a question many ask. As U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II stood before those gathered March 1 at Fort Carson, Colorado, to honor an Army major from Llano, he answered that question with one word. (more…)

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