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Marble Falls Area EMS Safe Baby Academy born of necessity

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Sgt. Missy Graeter of the Marble Falls Area EMS sees the need firsthand with the number of emergency calls involving babies. That need is educating people on how to protect infants and toddlers from accidents. (more…)

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Betty Hechler (left), Cindi Evans, and Remi Grace stand with some of the donated items for His Hands Ministry, a program through Weakday Ministries that provides clothing and footwear to Burnet Consolidated Independent School District students in need. His Hands Ministry still needs sponsors for 15 children. Courtesy photo

His Hands Ministry seeking sponsors to purchase warm clothes for BCISD kids in need

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO His Hands Ministry, part of Weakday Ministries, is seeking sponsors to clothe 15 children during the cold part of the year. The primary need is winter clothing, including undergarments, outerwear, and footwear. Most sponsors spend $100-$125. (more…)

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What’s the future of rural Texas? Find out at Johnson City livestream of seminar

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Johnson City librarian Maggie Goodman believes the city — like other rural towns — will be facing questions related to growth that will affect its future. (more…)

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‘Learn to Testify’ in front of Texas Legislature at Llano seminar

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO John Bogliano remembers quite well how ill-equipped he was the first time he spoke in front of the Maryland Legislature on a bill being pushed through by state leaders. (more…)

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Willie DeLancey enjoyed time outdoors weeks after suffering a heart attack while working at Lowe’s Home Improvement. His co-workers quickly sprang into action to save his life. Courtesy photo

Co-workers’ knowledge and quick thinking save Granite Shoals man’s life

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Willie DeLancey punched into his night job at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Marble Falls like he had done countless times before. (more…)

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Austin Disaster Relief Network founder and Executive Director Daniel Geraci recently visited with members of area churches at Lake Shores Church in Marble Falls as they help with flood recovery. Between 25 and 30 local congregations are creating Highland Lakes Crisis Network to provide immediate and long-term assistance during disasters, whether one like the recent flood or a house fire. Go to highlandlakescrisisnetwork.com for more information. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

New Highland Lakes Crisis Network training ‘shepherds’ to walk alongside disaster victims

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON In September, a few Highland Lakes clergy attended an Austin Disaster Relief Network workshop to learn how to create a similar network among area churches. The Rev. Jackie English was scheduled to present what he had learned during that eight-hour training session to the Marble Falls Ministerial Alliance on Oct. 23. (more…)

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Jubilee Jamar (center) works some of the flood-damage clothing around in a 300-gallon stock tank while her mom, Tanis Jamar, and her sister, Cypress look on. Tanis soaked the clothing, which came from a woman whose Kingsland home was flooded Oct. 16, overnight then rinsed and soaked it again before running it all through her washing machine. She and more than 150 moms who make up the Marble Falls Mom Squad have answered the call to help clean food victims’ laundry and dishes. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls Mom Squad takes on extra loads of laundry and dishes for flood victims

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The clothes are in their second round of soaking in a 300-gallon stock tank, but, as Tanis Jamar checked on their progress, she noted the water was clouded with dirt and debris. (more…)

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The Marble Falls Mustangs players don red socks during last year’s Brother Max Copeland Night. This year’s event is Friday, Oct. 26, during the game against Leander Glenn. It’s in honor of Max Copeland, who passed away in May 2015. Copeland was found of wearing red socks and suspenders as well as giving back to the community and supporting Marble Falls athletics. During the game, buckets will be passed around to collect money for a scholarship fund in his name. File photo

Brother Max Copeland Night at Mustangs football game to honor community-minded man

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO When the purple-and-gold Marble Falls Mustangs football team puts on red socks and breaks out the red-laced football, it can mean only one thing. (more…)

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Robert Cook, a volunteer from First Baptist Church of Marble Falls, swept mud out of a home on Lakeshore Drive in Marble Falls on Oct. 19. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Force of volunteers cleans out flood-damaged homes along Lake Marble Falls

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Jake Jacobsen and Jennifer Jackson planned to return Oct. 15 to Marble Falls from Corpus Christi but decided to visit with friends an extra day. After returning to Marble Falls on Oct. 16, they realized they wouldn’t be going home that day either. (more…)

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Hill Country Memorial seminar will have you ‘Navigating Medicare’ with confidence

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO While it’s a great program, there’s a lot to Medicare, and it can feel pretty overwhelming. (more…)

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Flu season is here; now’s the time to get vaccinated

FROM STAFF REPORTS While people tend to connect influenza with the colder, winter months, the flu season is already upon us. (more…)

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Rafael Cruz, father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, will speak during the Sept. 18 meeting of the Star Republican Women. Courtesy photo

Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz, to speak at Star Republican Women’s meeting

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — Rafael Cruz, the father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, is the guest speaker Sept. 18 for the Star Republican Women general meeting at Quail Point Lodge, 107 Twilight Lane in Horseshoe Bay. (more…)

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Marble Falls ceremony remembers 9/11 and lives lost while honoring first responders

Marble Falls ceremony remembers 9/11 and lives lost while honoring first responders

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — It has been 17 years since terrorists flew two passenger-filled commercial airline jets into the World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon, while a third crashed in a Pennsylvania field. (more…)

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Recent wildfires across the Highland Lakes this summer, such as the Park Road 4 fire in late July, highlight the need for property owners to prepare for such emergencies. A good place to start is the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise USA program, which ‘teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses.’ The Kingsland Garden Club program on Thursday, Sept. 7, is about Firewise landscaping. The meeting is at 1 p.m. in the Kingsland Branch Library, 125 W. Polk. It’s free to attend and open to the public. Courtesy photo by Robert and Sheryl Yantis

Become ‘firewise’ to protect your home; program is Sept. 7

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — As housing developments and other homes push farther into rural areas, the chances that wildfires could become a serious threat to homes and structures increases. In the past several months, at least five wildfires of 300 acres or more have burned parts of the Highland Lakes with two requiring evacuations […]

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Texas Housing Foundation CEO Mark Mayfield (left), Community Resources Center of Texas Senior Vice President Donna Klaeger, The Helping Center of Marble Falls Area Board President Paul King, and The Helping Center Executive Director Sam Pearce announce the expansion of the Marble Falls Community Resource Center. The expansion includes approximately 4,300 square feet for The Helping Center’s indoor space as well as another 11,500 square feet for loading docks and parking. The renovation would add room for more community services as well at the Marble Falls CRC. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls Community Resource Center expansion good news for The Helping Center and other services

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — Sam Pearce, the executive director of The Helping Center of Marble Falls Area, sometimes struggles with a problem that’s a good one to have if you work at a food pantry aimed at helping folks. (more…)

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Parents create pediatric cancer support group; first meeting Sept. 6 in Burnet

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — When Reagan Johns began her journey as a parent of a child with cancer, she got a lot of help and sympathy from friends and family — all very appreciated — but they didn’t quite understand what she and Brodie were going through. (more…)

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Executive Director Brenda Rienstra and Christian Women’s Job Corps in Burnet are offering classes for women to develop job skills as well as work on attributes companies want in an employee such as good customer service, perseverance, and a willingness to work. The next tuition-free, 12-week course begins Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 218 E. Jackson St. in Burnet. Call (512) 756-1484 or go to cwjchl.org for an application. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Christian Women’s Job Corps sessions starts Aug. 28 in Burnet

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — As Brenda Rienstra prepares for the next Christian Women’s Job Corps session, she wonders how she can find more students. (more…)

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Granite Shoals police officer Christie Carter can already envision the department's boat filled with school supplies for students and teachers. Carter came up with Fill the Boat!, an event that lets people drop off school supplies — to fill the boat — from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the station, 410 N. Phillips Ranch Road. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Granite Shoals Police Department hoping for boatload of school supplies

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals Police Department’s boat is used for various purposes on Lake LBJ, including helping stranded boaters and ensuring public safety. (more…)

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The Smith West Fire in northern Blanco County and southern Llano County has had a devastating effect on vegetation. Firefighters and emergency workers worked around the clock to get the fire under control. Courtesy photo

Event chance for residents to thank Llano County crews that battled back-to-back blazes

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LLANO — After spending hours fighting and supporting efforts to battle two large wildfires, Llano County fire departments aren’t exactly resting as they continue to respond to daily calls. (more…)

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends Kingsland School

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — The Kingsland School Lakers are headed back to class on Monday, Aug. 20. If you’re unfamiliar with Kingsland School, it’s a public charter school with classes from kindergarten through eighth grade that serves students in Burnet and Llano counties. As a public charter school, there is no admission to attend. […]

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends BCISD campuses

BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends BCISD campuses

The Bulldogs are back — well, officially on Monday, Aug. 20, the first of class for Burnet Consolidated Independent School District students. Many students, particularly at the high school, have already returned to school due to sports and band practices. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls is located at 3151 RR 1431 East. Call (830) 798-1333 or go to famf.org for more information. File photo

BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends Faith Academy

MARBLE FALLS — Though the Texas summer didn’t need any help, the Faith Academy Flames are heating things up as classes start Tuesday, Aug. 14. Faith Academy, 3151 RR 1431 just east of Marble Falls, is the only private school for kindergarten through 12th grade in the area. It’s a great option for families, but […]

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Meet the Jackets and more at Llano High School on Aug. 7

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — As the first day of school quickly approaches for Llano students, Llano High School is gearing up with several events, including Meet the Jackets and Jacket RISE. (more…)

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$1,200 Meals on Wheels grant will help Burnet County clients feed their pets as well

GEORGETOWN — Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties’ Meals on Wheels has received a $1,200 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support its client pet support program. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies, and care for pets, which can often be a financial and physical challenge for clients to do so on their […]

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Hill Country Community Theatre Executive Director Mike Rademaekers (left) surprises Christine Ashbaugh with the $1,000 Phyl Holbert Scholarship before the opening curtain July 21 of the theater’s current production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘State Fair.’ Courtesy photo

Hill Country Community Theatre awards young actress, 2018 graduate $1,000 scholarship

COTTONWOOD SHORES — The Hill Country Community Theatre awarded the Phyl Holbert Scholarship to 2018 Marble Falls High School graduate Christine Ashbaugh for her outstanding contributions to the theater. (more…)

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Dr. Ivan Shepperd passed away July 21. A service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 909 Avenue D in Marble Falls. Courtesy photo

Never taking a sick day, Dr. Ivan Shepperd was always there for his patients, community

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — When Marble Falls residents were sick, they knew Dr. Ivan Shepperd was always in. In six decades of caring for Highland Lakes residents, Shepperd never took a sick day. (more…)

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