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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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The Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center recently welcomed new faces, including a new executive director. Pictured are multidisciplinary team coordinator Glenda Hartman (left), development coordinator Lora Cheney, forensic interviewer Lana Luke, Executive Director Ken Nickel, family advocate Renae Feller, administrative assistant Karen Melton, program director Alyssa Mikell, therapist Lisa Carson, and education and outreach coordinator Kaylee Gaines. Not pictured is forensic interviewer Kathryn Schroeder. Courtesy photo

Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center welcomes new staff

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center provides needed services and resources for families and law enforcement across six counties, and it does it with a staff of dedicated people. (more…)

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Mission Marble Falls recently gave a boost to the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes with a $5,000 donation. Mission Marble Falls was awarded $9,000 during 100 Chicks for Charity event Feb. 1. Organizers with Mission Marble Falls pledged to use part of the funds to support the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lake, which has been without a food program for several months. Pictured are Steve Lackey (front, left) of Mission Marble Falls, Crissy Alderman of 100 Chicks for Charity, Kara Buster of Mission Marble Falls, Victoria Rucker of the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes, Vicki Campbell of 100 Chicks for Charity, Grant Dean of Mission Marble Falls; Brooks Blake (back, left) of Mission Marble Falls, the Rev. George Perry of Mission Marble Falls, Danny Buster of Mission Marble Falls, and Bill Drake of the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Mission Marble Falls pays it forward with donation to Boys and Girls Club food program

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When one nonprofit helps another, it just goes to show the depth of caring found in the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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Llano library, nonprofit team up to offer family legal aid

FROM STAFF REPORTS For those living well below the national poverty line, getting affordable legal aid in rural parts of Texas can be tough. (more…)

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Ballerina Jade Gaither of Harmony School of Creative Arts will spend July in the the American Ballet Theatre intensive program on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Photo courtesy of Jenna Petty Photography

With intensive invites, teen ballerinas stay en pointe toward professional dance dreams

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO As ballerinas Jade Gaither and Emma Porterfield politely waited for dance teacher Jane Huber to finish a conversation with a visitor, Emma began light stretching and small dance gestures to warm up. Jade inadvertently pointed her toes outward then stood on them. (more…)

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Victoria DuMaurier’s service dog Kemah is guaranteed access to public places under federal law. Following a serious car accident, DuMaurier found herself relying on a service dog for assistance. She also advocates for the rights of those with service dogs and helps educate the public about the canine helpers. Courtesy photo

Do’s and Don’ts regarding service dogs and federal law

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Victoria DuMaurier wants to clear up some misinformation and misunderstanding about service dogs. DuMaurier said people with service dogs still get denied entrance to public places because of the animals. But, she countered, the Americans with Disabilities Act lays it out quite clearly how people with service dogs are to be […]

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Clutching her new Bunny, Victoria Tamez is joined by her mom, Debra, and Granite Shoals Police Capt. Chris Decker. Victoria’s original Bunny went missing Jan. 21 at Robin Hood Park in Granite Shoals. Courtesy photo

‘Hoppy’ ending in case of the missing Bunny in Granite Shoals

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When Debra Tamez and her 6½-year-old daughter, Victoria, arrived at the family’s Granite Shoals lakehouse Jan. 21 after spending time at Robin Hood Park, someone was missing. Bunny. (more…)

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Burnet County Library System librarians Chelsi Alvarez (left), Rebecca Noah, and Judy Hartman. Courtesy photo

February is Fine Forgiveness Month at Burnet County libraries

Guilt over those overdue fines keeping you out of the library? The Burnet County Library System has February booked as Fine Forgiveness Month. (more…)

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Children sign a poster, pledging to Join the Journey to remain drug-free, during a past wellness fair. Courtesy photo

Join the Journey drug-free and wellness fair Feb. 7 in Burnet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Janet Burns’s pain of losing her son, Caleb Christiansen, to a methadone overdose never subsides. She just turns that pain into motivation. From that desire came Join the Journey, a community-wide response to the drug problem in the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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Free tax return assistance available in Marble Falls, Burnet

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program is being offered again this year for those needing assistance completing and e-filing income tax returns. The free program is open to all ages and backgrounds. (more…)

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An illustration of what the sanctuary at the Church at Horseshoe Bay will look like once renovations are completed in the next eight weeks. Courtesy illustration

Church at Horseshoe Bay’s sanctuary getting an update

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Eighteen months of conversations are turning into a new look for the Church at Horseshoe Bay sanctuary, something that hasn’t changed in the church’s 25 years. (more…)

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The Johnson City Library is located at 501 N. Nugent Ave. Go to jclibrarysite.org or call (830) 868-4469 for more information. Facebook photo

With help of prize, Johnson City Library giving away coats, books

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Get a free book and a free coat at the Johnson City Library. The free outerwear is courtesy of Operation Warm, a group committed to providing new coats to children in need across North America. (more…)

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Food handling seminar for volunteers wanting to prepare meals for first responders

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO As several area firefighting crews were battling the CR 108 blaze in Burnet County in July 2018, concerned residents wanting to help did the one task they could do: deliver home-prepared food to the first responders. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School choir director Bryce Gage walked away with $69,000 and a 55-inch TV as a contestant on 'Deal or No Deal' on Jan. 16. Gage is shown with Howie Mandel, the show’s host, during the taping in August. Photos by John Daly/CNBC

Marble Falls teacher misses out on big prize, but ‘Deal or No Deal’ contestant still a winner

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO “Bryce Gage, you made a bad deal.” That statement came from Howie Mandel, host of the TV game show “Deal or No Deal,” at the end of the Jan. 16 episode featuring the Marble Falls High School choir teacher. (more…)

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Alzheimer's Texas education and consultant specialist Stephen Catoe will teach the Feil Validation Method to dementia patient caregivers in a free program Jan. 23. Courtesy photo

Dementia patient caregivers can learn validation method at free Marble Falls program

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Caregivers of those living with dementia who want to improve communications with their loved ones are invited to a free Lunch and Learn sponsored by Alzheimer’s Texas. (more…)

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Bobby Lavigne (left) of AllStar Entertainment made this generous good donation to the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes-Marble Falls Unit. Victoria Rucker (right), Marble Falls unit director, and the rest of the Highland Lakes Boys & Girls Club staff are looking for food donations after the national organization that funded the program cut back. The Texas Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs is in the process of picking up the food program, but officials believe it might take another month at the least due to state regulatory issues. Contact the local units and sites to donate food. Courtesy photo

‘We just want to feed kids;’ local Boys & Girls Club in dire need of food, donations for meals

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR The wheels of the Texas Department of Agriculture move slowly, which Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes Executive Director Bill Drake knew from prior experience. But those slow wheels are making it difficult to provide an evening meal for the more than 350 kids across the area who the […]

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With new leader, Highland Lakes Crisis Network focuses on helping flood victims

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The formation of the Highland Lakes Crisis Network was underway just before the Oct. 16, 2018, flood hit the area. (more…)

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Homelessness is here: ‘We just don’t always recognize it’

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The reality of homelessness struck Larry Stahl one day when he and his wife, as part of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, responded to a family living in a campground east of Marble Falls along Lake Travis. The Stahls’ mission was to provide immediate assistance to the family, but Larry […]

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Justin Estep, director of Immigration Legal Services at Catholic Charities of Central Texas, will keep office hours at the T.Q. Brown Community Resource Center in Marble Falls. Call or email the service in advance. Courtesy photo

Immigration Legal Services now helping citizenship-seekers from office in Marble Falls

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Undocumented people living in the United States and wanting to start the process of becoming citizens often turn to notarios publicos. In Latin America, notarios publicos are trained legal professionals, similar to attorneys. (more…)

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Though the Oct. 16 flood occurred more almost two months ago, the recovery is still ongoing. The Episcopal Diocese of Texas donated a number of gift cards to assist people with their needs. The cards are available starting Dec. 10 at the Community Resource Center, 1016 Broadway in Marble Falls, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Before a flood victim can pick up a card, though, they must be registered with the Highland Lakes Crisis Network. File photo

Gift cards going out to Highland Lakes flood victims in need

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Victims of the October flood are invited to contact the Community Resource Center in Marble Falls to obtain H-E-B, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Walmart gift cards. (more…)

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The Skit Guys, the comedy duo of Tommy Woodard (left) and Eddie James, brought laughter and fun to the stage during 'A Night of Laughter' flood relief comedy benefit on Nov. 29 at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls. The event, which also featured musician Coffey Anderson, raised more than $8,400 for flood relief efforts. Courtesy photo

Church’s ‘Night of Laughter’ raises $8,400 for Burnet County flood victims fund

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM Shortly after the devastating floods in October, First Baptist Church of Marble Falls wanted to do something to lift the community’s spirits while also raising money to help those in need. Missions and Discipleship Pastor Norman Flowers made a few calls to his contacts in the entertainment industry, and “A Night of […]

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Tree of Angels ceremony at Marble Falls church to remember those lost to violent crimes

FROM STAFF REPORTS The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family. But that’s not possible when a family member or friend has been lost due to a violent crime. It can be a difficult time for the surviving friends and family, which is a reason behind the Tree of Angels. (more…)

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Lou Quallenberg of Llano won the Best Texas Style award for his piece ‘Larita’ at the annual Texas Furniture Makers Show in Kerrville. This is the eighth time Quallenberg has received the award. Courtesy photo

Llano artist wins eighth Best Texas Style award at Kerrville furniture show

FROM STAFF REPORTS Lou Quallenberg loves saving mesquite “one piece at a time” from the fire pit, opting instead to sculpt pieces of art out of them. (more…)

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Star Republican Women chair Marsha Lovelady announced the organization is partnering with the Kingsland Lions Club, represented here by Dave Richison (left) and Jay Ward (right), to raise funds for Kingsland and Llano County flood relief. Courtesy photo

Star Republican Women and Kingsland Lions Club partner in flood relief effort

FROM STAFF REPORTS While much attention has moved away from the historic October flood that damaged more than 900 homes in Llano County and the Kingsland community, the Star Republican Women, in partnership with the Kingsland Lions Club, are launching an effort to help victims rebuild their lives and homes. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives present a $23,050 grant to the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department for station renovations. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured are volunteer Greg Widmer (left), department board members Becky Evans and John Marr, PEC community engagement representative Diana Gonzales, department secretary Janet Taylor-Carusi, LCRA board member George Russell, and LCRA Governmental Affairs representative Steve Dyer. Courtesy photo

LCRA-PEC grants go toward Cottonwood Shores VFD and Spicewood library projects

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative recently provided grants to help remodel a volunteer fire department station and purchase a digital sign for a community library. (more…)

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Members of the Frank Griggs American Legion Post 370 in Llano are organizing a cleanup day Dec. 1 for damage caused by the October flooding. A free lunch will be provided during the cleanup at the building, 200 Legion Drive in Llano. Courtesy photo

American Legion post in Llano organizes cleanup day at flood-damaged building

FROM STAFF REPORTS Floodwaters left mud and caused interior damage to Llano’s Frank Griggs American Legion Post 370, and now members are asking the community’s help for one day. (more…)

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