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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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Aaron Farmer of The Retail Coach will present a free program geared toward small-business owners looking to succeed in a world dominated by online retail giants. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls EDC hosting small business presentation on how to compete in Amazon-size world

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — If you’re the owner of a small business, especially a brick-and-mortar retail shop, your world shifted — well, actually endured an 8.0 earthquake — when online giant Amazon and other e-commerce sites started booming. (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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Low-cost rabies clinic aims to curb infection rate in Llano County

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — As the peak of rabies season looms this summer, the Llano County Sheriff’s Office is holding a low-cost pet vaccination clinic to curb the spread of infection and educate the public about prevention. (more…)

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Phoenix Center presents ‘Mental Health Needs in Schools’ program May 11

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — A child struggling with mental health issues or the repercussions of some type of trauma brings those things with them when they go to school. It makes for a challenging, complex environment for the student, teachers, and administrators. (more…)

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Marble Falls ISD’s Pre-K Roundup prepares parents, children for first day

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The first time a 4-year-old child is dropped off for pre-kindergarten can be very difficult for them and their parents. To ease that transition, the staff at Marble Falls Independent School District is hosting a Pre-K Roundup for parents and children from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, on […]

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The Blanco County Courthouse is aglow during a past Lights Spectacular. The annual Christmas lights display might not continue if volunteers and funding are not secured. File photo

Johnson City Lights Spectacular’s future is dim without new volunteers, funding

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO JOHNSON CITY — It’s hard to believe, but there’s a chance Johnson City will be turning off Lights Spectacular, the event that celebrates the holiday season from late November through New Year’s Day. (more…)

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The Burnet County Child Welfare Board members hung 150 shoes on the trees at the Burnet County Courthouse to show how many local youths are in foster care due to abuse and/or neglect. As April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, many child advocate groups are reminding people that child abuse is real and does happen in the Highland Lakes. Courtesy photo

Youth welfare organizations spread awareness of child abuse

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — The 150 shoes hanging from trees on the Burnet County Courthouse lawn are reminders that, as most of us go on about our lives, there are approximately 150 children in Burnet County who are in foster homes because of abuse and/or neglect. (more…)

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Llano County Library holding Pre-K Fair for parents; several schools participating

Llano County Library holding Pre-K Fair for parents; several schools participating

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — Ann Rossberg heard the chatter from many parents of pre-kindergarten students. “They aren’t familiar with what (education) options they have,” said the Llano County Library children’s librarian. (more…)

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Marble Falls theater, choir programs earn top honors at UIL contests

Marble Falls theater, choir programs earn top honors at UIL contests

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School art department continues to shine as two of its programs recently earned several accolades. (more…)

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The Blanco County Sheriff’s Office will host a free Ladies Self-Defense Seminar on April 7 to help women avoid becoming victims of attacks. Ray Weeks (pictured leading the class) of ASB Karate of Johnson City and Marble Falls will instruct the attendees with help from his former and current female students. Courtesy photo

Self-defense course in Johnson City to arm women against attackers

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY JOHNSON CITY — Going through the discomfort of a simulated violent altercation might be the difference between life and death for women who come face to face with a real attacker. (more…)

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‘Screenagers’ looks at kids growing up in digital age; free showing April 4 at Burnet High School

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Parents who believe their kids are spending too much time on their digital devices are invited to a free screening of the documentary “Screenagers — Growing up in the Digital Age.” Presented by the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District, “Screenagers” looks at the impact of smart devices on families. […]

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Hill Country Humane Society receives $18,000 Petco grant

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BUCHANAN DAM — The Hill Country Humane Society has saved thousands of animal lives through reconnecting lost pets with their families, adoptions, and partnering with no-kill rescue groups. Because of its efforts, the Petco Foundation awarded the shelter that serves Llano and Burnet counties with an $18,000 grant in March. (more…)

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Marble Falls Middle School coach Joe Powell was named the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coach of the Year in the Austin area. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls Middle School’s Joe Powell named FCA Coach of the Year

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — While Barney Sarver could have included several recommendations for Marble Falls Middle School coach Joe Powell’s nomination for Fellowship of Christian Athletes Austin-area Coach of the Year, it only took one. (more…)

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