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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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Squadron focuses on air show before contemplating future without Bluebonnet Belle

Squadron focuses on air show before contemplating future without Bluebonnet Belle

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — After losing the Bluebonnet Belle, a 1944 C-47 Douglas Skytrain in a crash July 21 during takeoff for an air show, the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force is staying grounded. In fact, squadron members are putting their heads down and focusing on the next big project: the […]

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Burnet High School principal Casey Burkhart. Courtesy photo

Burnet High School’s Casey Burkhart earns regional Principal of the Year honor

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet High School principal Casey Burkhart doesn’t do his job for the accolades, but he does earn them. The latest one comes as his Region 13 peers selected him as the region’s Outstanding High School Principal of the Year. (more…)

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Peggy Rose Washington believed in the value of education, and now her legacy as well as that of her late husband Richard Dix Washington, will live on through the endowed Rose Loe-Dix Scholarship Fund. Peggy Washington, who passed away July 27, 2017, and her husband, who passed away June 25, 2012, initially set up a fund for the scholarship in 2007. With her estate settled, the Highland Lakes Legacy Fund and Austin Community Foundation announced the Rose Loe-Dix Endowed Scholarship Fund is officially open. Courtesy photo

Rose Loe-Dix Scholarship Fund honors woman’s love of education; open to Marble Falls High School students

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Education always mattered to Peggy Rose Washington. Now, almost a year after her passing, Washington will continue to help students reach their academic goals through the endowed Rose Loe-Dix Scholarship Fund. (more…)

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The Capital Area Rural Transportation System is located at 801 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Jared Fields

CARTS Country Bus offering free rides July 2-6, except for July 4

MARBLE FALLS — The Capital Area Rural Transportation System is providing free rides on its Country Bus on July 2-6, except for July 4 when the service will be closed for the holiday. (more…)

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Marble Falls school community, restaurant raise money for family of teen killed in wreck

Marble Falls school community, restaurant raise money for family of teen killed in wreck

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Super Taco employees endearingly called Maribel Nikole Enriquez “Princess” when she first started working at the restaurant three years ago. (more…)

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Burnet High School graduate Trey Foster (second from right) accepts a $15,750 scholarship from Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Lineman’s Rodeo Team. The graduate is headed to the Northwest Lineman College in Denton, where he’ll follow in the footsteps of late father, Anthony Foster, in becoming a lineman. Pictured with Foster are PEC Regional Operation Supervisor Ken Armstrong (left), PEC Technical Services Supervisor Eric Bitzko, PEC Safety and Technical Training Manager James Vasquez, and PEC Vice President of Operations Wayne McKee. Courtesy photo

PEC awards scholarship to Burnet graduate following in his late father’s footsteps as lineman

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — As Pedernales Electric Cooperative staff were preparing for a move to their new Marble Falls district office, they came across Anthony Foster’s lineman gear. (more…)

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Marble Falls, Burnet school districts offer free summer meals

Marble Falls, Burnet school districts offer free summer meals

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — Though summer came for Burnet school kids more a couple of weeks ago, the R.J. Richey Elementary School kitchen buzzes with activity. Pamela Holcomb, Burnet Consolidated Independent School District food services director, and Heather Tepe, R.J. Richey cafeteria manager, are turning out lunches for kids taking advantage of the summer […]

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Yearbooks from Burnet and Bertram high schools can now be found online.

Burnet, Bertram yearbooks from 1952 up online thanks to Hill Country Community Foundation

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — When looking back on your high school years, one of the first things you do is pull out the old yearbooks. These annual publications allow you to remember fashion trends, catchphrases, and pieces of personal history that helped shape who you are. (more…)

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Cassi Sultemeier is the Marble Falls ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Marble Falls school district chooses teachers of the year

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — As the end of the school year approaches, it’s time to begin thinking of summer, but Marble Falls Independent School District officials are also thinking about their top teachers. (more…)

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Marble Falls Middle School Principal Roger Barr (left) accepts a check May 21 from the Marble Falls Education Foundation, which is represented by Mike Oosse and Gene Baker of Johnson Sewell Ford Lincoln. The money will fund Learn A Lattè – Coffee Shop Collaboration, which will create collaborative learning spaces outside the classroom in school common areas to enable students to work with each other and learn from multiple perspectives while exploring solutions through problem solving. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls Education Foundation grants fund several innovative MFISD projects

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — As the Marble Falls Education Foundation Prize Posse presented check after check after check from the Grants for Great Ideas program to Marble Falls Independent School District teachers, there was loud cheering, plenty of hugs, and even tears. (more…)

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Science Mill co-founder Robert Elde (left), scholarship recipients Alexis McDougal and Hailey Bickley, and Science Mill co-founder Bonnie Baskin. Courtesy photo

Johnson City’s Science Mill awards first scholarships in new student-employee program

JOHNSON CITY — Lyndon B. Johnson High School graduating seniors Hailey Bickley and Alexis McDougal are the first recipients of the Science Mill’s new student-employee scholarship program. They were each awarded a $500 scholarship to be used toward their post-secondary education as a reward for their outstanding work at the museum. (more…)

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Bessie Jackson of Community Resource Centers of Texas stands in front of Llano County Community Resource Center, 100 Legend Hills Blvd. in Llano. The center provides space for several agencies, including Texas Workforce Commission and nonprofits offering services such as legal assistance to people in need. Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center recently set up an office in the Llano County building to have a better connection with the community. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Llano County Community Resource Center opens doors to agencies, nonprofits

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LLANO — Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center has always served Llano County, with temporary office space in Llano and from afar in Marble Falls. The important services the crisis center offers found a permanent home thanks to Community Resource Centers of Texas. (more…)

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Tiny house a huge lesson for MFHS building trades class

Tiny house a huge lesson for MFHS building trades class

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — Shawn Reed’s upper-level building trade students hope to sell their end-of-course exam. Of course, Reed knows about it, and he wants the same thing. (more…)

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The Marble Falls High School chamber singers competed in the Director’s Choice Festival April 27-28 at San Antonio Madison High School, where the ensemble earned Best in Class honors and judges named five Marble Falls students outstanding soloists. The choir program is wrapping up a strong year with its ‘Red, White, and Blue Review’ at 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the high school auditorium, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls. Admission is $5. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls choir program has two encores for successful year

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School choir program is wrapping up one of its best years ever, but members still have a few things on their to-do list before graduation and summer. “It’s been a phenomenal year for us,” choir director Bryce Gage said. “The kids have worked so hard […]

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Lawyer presents ‘Rights of Students with Disabilities’ program in Burnet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — The Rev. Donna Shaw of Weakday Ministries couldn’t help but notice the hurdles facing a family close to hers who has a mentally challenged child. Families with special-needs children often feel like they have to run the gauntlet when it comes to their education. (more…)

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Llano’s Crossroads High School for former students, those on verge of dropping out

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LLANO — In the moment a student decides to drop out of high school, it might seem like the right decision despite advice from teachers, educators, and parents. With time, however, the former student could look back and wonder what would their life would be like today if they only earned their […]

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Beth Johnson (left), Miranda Maldonado, Brandi Wilson, and Isabel Ramirez on April 26 graduated with the 29th class of the Christian Women’s Job Corps of the Highland Lakes. Wilson accepted a job at Unshakeable Grounds, while Maldonado, Isabel Ramirez, and another student, Juanita Ramirez, each received sewing machines. Courtesy photo

Christian Women’s Job Corps graduates receive diplomas and self-confidence

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Four members of 29th graduating class of the Christian Women’s Job Corps of the Highland Lakes took home more than a diploma April 26. Miranda Maldonado, Isabel Ramirez, and Juanita Ramirez each received a sewing machine to help them earn extra money, while Brandi Wilson secured a job at […]

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