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Jimmy Burney

Despite the heat, fishing with Jimmy puts smiles on faces

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Everyone knows Jimmy, said J. Gibbs “Bo” Franki about the Marble Falls man who can often be seen on his routine walks around the city. Jimmy Burney, 71, who has special needs, always waves when he sees people driving by as he takes his — somewhat — standard route. “He’s just the […]

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Family affected by rare infant condition shares support

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO When Ellisyn “Ellie” Parmelee was 2 months old, her parents, Britany and Ryan Parmelee, realized the baby wasn’t reaching some of her growth milestones. Concerned, the Marble Falls residents took their daughter, who is now 6½ months, to her doctor and then a specialist. On March 25 of this year, they […]

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K9 Ron and Deputy Kyle Ciolfi

K-9 to 5: Ron has nose for the job and paws in big arrest

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Something about the two men Investigator J.M. Talamantez pulled over for speeding just didn’t feel right. As an interdiction officer for the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office, Talamantez knew the signs of illegal activity, but instinct isn’t a legal reason to search. When he asked for permission, the vehicle’s occupants refused. Earlier this […]

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That Joint in Spicewood

Terry Fagerstrom creates a whimsical world in Spicewood, and you’re invited

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Walking through Terry Fagerstrom’s “joint” — there’s no other way to describe it — you’re instantly transfixed by the array of random items he’s collected over the years. On display, these bits and pieces — from water skis on the ceiling to old board games on the bathroom wall — come together […]

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Hill Country Community Theatre scholarship winner

Applause for Hill Country Community Theatre scholarship recipient Charles McLean

The Hill Country Community Theatre has awarded the $1,000 Phyl Holbert Scholarship to Charles McLean for his outstanding contributions to the Cottonwood Shores nonprofit arts venue. In addition to performing on the local stage in “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Rabbit Hole,” and in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” McLean has volunteered his time and was the stage […]

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Highland Lakes Association of Realtors awards scholarships

Highland Lakes Realtors group hands out nine scholarships

All nine of the Highland Lakes Association of Realtors scholarship recipients expressed gratitude after each received $1,000 for post-secondary school expenses. It came at just the right time for the students, who all have completed at least 12 college or trade school credit hours. The association awarded the scholarships to Anna Herrington, John Gabriel Smith, […]

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Ricardo ‘Ricky’ Heredia and his wife, Martha, of Marble Falls attended the 31st annual Celebrate Life event in June at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Chicago.

‘God is the healer;’ Marble Falls man celebrates each and every cancer-free day

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Every day Ricardo “Ricky” Heredia wakes up is an extra day he’s thankful to have. In June, the Marble Falls resident celebrated his fifth year as a cancer survivor at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Chicago along with more than 100 others. The event rolled out the red carpet […]

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David Holder

David Holder remembered for love of tennis, building dreams

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO While some saw tennis as just a sport, David Holder viewed it as an opportunity to improve lives. He did that through his work with the Roddick Youth Tennis Foundation, helping countless young players in the Highland Lakes pursue their dreams. Holder died at his Horseshoe Bay home on July 21, […]

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Billie Shelburn honored for service

Burnet Housing Authority leader lauded for commitment and compassion

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS A “worker bee” is how people described Burnet Housing Authority Executive Director Billie Shelburn in their nomination of her for the national Charles L. Farris Award. “If I ever dedicate myself to something, I’m going to do it,” Shelburn said. She helps manage public housing and public housing assistance programs in […]

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Mission: Border Hope

Marble Falls volunteers on mission of hope at the border

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON It’s easy to get caught up in the politics of the crisis at the Texas border, but when Marti Pogue of Marble Falls looked into the eyes of those gathered inside the Methodist church-turned-migrant support facility in Eagle Pass, all she saw were God’s people. “I don’t think there’s a right or […]

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Marble Falls job fair August 9; employers should register now

Marble Falls job fair August 9; employers should register now

With the state and national unemployment rates each hovering below 4 percent, employers are competing to find people to fill positions. Considering the Central Texas unemployment rate was below 3 percent for May, it can be even more challenging for Highland Lakes employers. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area, the city of Marble Falls, and the […]

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Camp Agape

Camp Agape wraps up summer grief camp, looks ahead to next events; help is needed

When Camp Agape wrapped up its 19th summer camp July 11 at Camp Buckner in Kingsland, the staff and about 80 volunteers had helped transform the lives of 39 children who had lost a loved one. As the kids loaded up in cars for the trip home, and volunteers began packing up, everyone knew the […]

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SN Samuel Thomas McCrocklin

MFHS graduate completes Navy boot camp with high ranking

SN Samuel Thomas McCrocklin recently graduated boot camp at the United States Navy Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois, as an honor graduate with a rank of E3. McCrocklin was the recipient of the United Services Organization Shipmate Award “presented to the graduating recruit whose enthusiasm, supportive attitude and willingness to help others during […]

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MFHS art student creates 2019 Pink Out T-shirts; order now

The 2019 Pink Out Marble Falls T-shirts are ready to order, and this year’s design was created by a Marble Falls High School art student. Pink Out Marble Falls is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 PM on September 12 in downtown Marble Falls. Marble Falls Fire Rescue started the event two years to recognize area cancer survivors […]

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Backpacks just like these will be handed out to more than 2,000 students of Marble Falls and Llano Independent School Districts during the annual Back to School Blasts. Llano’s event is Saturday, July 27, at Packsaddle Elementary School, 150 Pioneer Lane in Kingsland, while Marble Falls will host an event Saturday, August 3, at Marble Falls Middle School, 1511 Pony Circle Drive in Marble Falls. File photo

Donations, volunteers needed for upcoming Back to School Blasts

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Back to School Blast may be over two weeks away, but board members are hard at work preparing for the more than 2,000 backpacks that will be handed out to students at Marble Falls and Llano Independent School Districts. (more…)

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Marble Falls youth softball team is World Series-bound

The Marble Falls 8-and-under all-star softball team is headed to the World Series in Youngsville, Louisiana, July 16-20 thanks to finishing high enough in the regional tournament. The Mustangs received the call from tournament organizers after a qualifying team dropped out of the competition. Marble Falls was seventh at the PONY Austin/San Antonio regional tournament […]

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Marble Falls workshop on heart disease prevention July 8

If a person picked up a newspaper and read that researchers had developed a drug that cut heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease risks by 80 percent, everyone would take notice. Right? “It would be the biggest news in scientific history,” said Marble Falls Area EMS paramedic Vaughn Hamilton. “Yet, we know how to do […]

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Nancy Bassett, 94, retires after 8 decades as pianist

94-year-old pianist Nancy Bassett retires after 8 decades

Nancy Bassett’s fingers immediately dance across the black and white keys as she sits down at the piano at the First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls. Without opening a hymnal or looking at any sheet music, the 94-year-old pianist fills the room with song. “I don’t know, I just love music,” she said when […]

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CASA of the Highland Lakes Area

CASA seeks volunteers; informational meetings set

They’re kind of like superheroes. Well, to the children they help navigate through one of the roughest patches of their lives, they are superheroes. Now, CASA for the Highland Lakes Area is hoping you will join the ranks. You don’t need a cape, just a big heart. CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, […]

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Fireworks

Fireworks are fun but not always legal; check before you celebrate

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON While the Fourth of July is a day for celebration, often with fireworks, local officials are reminding Highland Lakes residents that most cities don’t allow the use, sale, or even possession of them within municipalities. (more…)

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Kickball tournament helps Fighting For Gold pediatric cancer support group

FROM STAFF REPORTS Are you ready for some kickball? The Fighting for Gold Charity Kickball Tournament kicks off at 10 AM on Thursday, July 4, at Johnson Park in Marble Falls. (more…)

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Highland Lakes Service League scholarships

Service League gives $13,000 in scholarships to local women

FROM STAFF REPORTS Staying true to its mission, the Highland Lakes Service League is helping several local women pursue their educational aspirations. (more…)

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William Leach

Catfish tournament benefits 1-year-old with rare disease

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON If you’re going catfishing this weekend, why not do it for William Leach and his family. The 1-year-old Llano boy suffers from a rare disease: congenital bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria syndrome. (more…)

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Eagle Scouts recognized by MFISD

Local Eagle Scouts recognized by Marble Falls ISD board

The Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees honored several Eagle Scouts during its regular meeting June 17. (more…)

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Dorinda Duzan recognized

Burnet County honors child welfare advocate for service

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners recognized retired Child Protective Service supervisor Dorinda Duzan for her years of public service on behalf of children during their regular meeting June 11. (more…)

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Sunrise Beach Village father needs help paying for lifesaving kidney transplant

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Sunrise Beach Village resident Wyatt Larew must undergo a kidney transplant to save his life. The 36-year-old father of two has a donor and a hospital date for the surgery. What he needs now is help paying the $20,000 bill. (more…)

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