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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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Buster and front desk staff member Stacee Hopkins (seated) with their family: Mikah Hopkins (standing, left), Mackinzee Mayfield, Steven Davidson, Konnor Mayfield, Taylor Wimberly, Tatum Hopkins (seated, left), Ranger Hopkins, and Distel Wimberly. Courtesy photo by KSra Photography

Lessons from Dad: Fathers (almost) always know best

The Picayune Magazine and DailyTrib.com staff shared thoughts, memories, and dad-related stories in honor of Father’s Day, which is Sunday, June 16. Maybe a few will stir memories of your dad or the lessons he taught you. Share your stories and photos with us by messaging The Picayune Magazine on its Facebook page. JENNIFER FIERRO: […]

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HARTH Foundation

Veterans and horses connect during HARTH Foundation equine therapy programs

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Bill McCartney walked along the outside edge of the HARTH Foundation’s covered arena. Spartacus, or Sparty for short, a 20-year-old bay Hanoverian warmblood horse, trailed just off his left shoulder. When Bill turned right, so did Sparty. If the horse didn’t follow, an instructor stepped in to get the two back in […]

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Mary Clendennen

Quilter Mary Clendennen and her circle of friends piece together more than just fabric

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Faced with a broken marriage, the death of her father, and having to put down her beloved dog — all in the same year — Mary Clendennen picked up a needle and thread. “Please don’t let this be one more thing that I start and don’t finish,” she whispered as she […]

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Library reading programs for kids are out of this world

Endless entertainment! Spectacular adventures! Live animals! Reptiles! Magic! Space travel! Prizes! All free this summer! (more…)

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Highland Lakes Honor Guard

Highland Lakes Honor Guard’s sacred mission in jeopardy; watch video of flag folding

STAFF WRITER SUZANNE FREEMAN A clear and present danger confronts the 13-year-old Highland Lakes Honor Guard. Without new members, a cherished service for local veterans soon might be forced to disband. (more…)

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Fighting for Gold group helps families battling pediatric cancer

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When doctors diagnosed Reagan Johns’s 3-year-old son, Brodie, with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of pediatric cancer, she began what she knew would be a hard, lonely journey. A Facebook friend request helped ease some of the hardships and led to the creation of Fighting for Gold, a Highland Lakes group helping other […]

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Kiwanis Club of Marble Falls can turn you red, white and blue

Kiwanis Club of Marble Falls can turn you red, white and blue

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Businesses in Marble Falls sport red, white, and blue on patriotic holidays as part of the Kiwanis Club of Marble Falls flag program. (more…)

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South Llano River State Park

Keeping Highland Lakes night skies dark and stars bright

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Tex Toler knows what it’s like when the stars at night are so bright they cast a shadow. On a highway somewhere between Ozona and Fort Stockton, he stood in the West Texas desert with his father and brother to marvel at the naturally lit landscape. (more…)

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Sierra and Cody Emerson are at home on the range at their Marble Falls ranch. Photo by Shelby Lynn Photos

PICAYUNE PEOPLE: Sierra and Cody Emerson take stock of life in and out of the rodeo arena

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS He fights bulls and saves cowboys. She cuts hair and promotes Western clothing and boot brands. Together, Cody and Sierra Emerson live an Old West life in the 21st century, raising cattle on their Marble Falls ranch in between pro rodeo and fashion gigs. (more…)

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Kaden Foren (left) of the Knights and Copper Laird of the Red Devils battled for the ball during a matchup of 8-and-under Granite Country Youth Soccer Association teams March 16, the opening day of spring soccer. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Granite Country Youth Soccer Association celebrates 40th

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Before Aleksey Ismaylov was a Granite Country Youth Soccer Association coach and volunteer, he was a boy in Ukraine longing to play what he then knew as the game of football. Born in 1987, four years before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ismaylov said life in Ukraine was difficult. (more…)

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Lisa Shaw LaCaze of Spicewood experienced her own crises several years ago with flood, fire, and thievery. While the October 2018 flood missed her home, she was quick to don her gear and get to work in Kingsland helping others. Photo by Jennifer Fierro

PICAYUNE PEOPLE: Volunteer Lisa LaCaze pays it forward

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO A garment bag with a big bow filled volunteer Lisa Shaw LaCaze’s heart with dread. She was cleaning out Kingsland resident Jean Dunson’s closet after the woman’s home was damaged by floodwaters last October. The despairing look on Dunson’s face as LaCaze held up the bag confirmed the volunteer’s biggest fear: […]

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Retired dentist Joey Piatek turned his passion for history of the Alamo into a volunteer position as docent at the historic mission in San Antonio. Piatek shares his knowledge and passion with a bit of his unique humor to engage visitors with history. Photo courtesy Dee Anna Piatek

Dentist-turned-Alamo docent Joey Piatek trades root canals for Texas roots

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS When this guitar-pickin’ Marble Falls dentist survived prostate cancer and decided to retire, he went to the Alamo. Joey Piatek now volunteers as a part-time docent at the San Antonio mission, adding happiness, satisfaction, and fun to his life. (more…)

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Operation K9 service dog

Rescue dogs-turned-service animals rock-solid presence in veterans’ lives

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Service dogs rescue people. In the case of veteran Bobby Galyon, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and his service dog, Rocky, the rescuing goes both ways. A Belgian Malinois, Rocky had been abused as a puppy. He was kept in a garage until he became part of Operation K9, which […]

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Burnet County Sheriff's Office communications supervisor Sarah Wilcox loves that she and dispatchers help people through rough times in their lives. Whether handling a 9-1-1 call or entering stolen property information into a database for law enforcement, Wilcox and the other dispatchers provide the community with critical services. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County 9-1-1 dispatcher Sarah Wilcox makes connections and a difference

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Their voices are lifelines for people whose worlds are crashing down around them. They are the emergency dispatchers answering 9-1-1 calls. (more…)

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Hairston Creek Farm

Austin transplants start fresh on old Burnet County farm

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS On 36 acres along Hairston Creek in Burnet County, a young family prepares to celebrate their first anniversary as organic farmers on land that has been in operation for 169 years. The Bealls — Rob, Hannah, and 3-year-old Winnie — moved from Austin to Hairston Creek Farm on County Road 335 […]

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Chloe Hinton

Teen portrait artist from Burnet puts pets to paper

SENIOR WRITER SUZANNE FREEMAN When Chloe Hinton puts charcoal to paper, the shading, shape, and highlights of her chosen medium quickly begin to form a recognizable image. As a professional pet portrait artist, Hinton captures more than the image of a beloved canine or cat. Her work brings each animal’s personality and spirit to life […]

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Sally Armstrong

Sally Armstrong’s miniature donkeys are what drives her in life

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Sally Armstrong and the Tri-Ass-letes win over crowds wherever they go. Whether Armstrong is showing photos of her miniature Mediterranean donkeys at the Royal Mews at Windsor Castle, competing in a carriage-pulling competition somewhere in the United States, or appearing at a local event in her hometown of Johnson City, the […]

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Church organists

Highland Lakes church organists play from the heart

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Quiet conversations fall silent as the organist begins the prelude, a song that sets the mood for Sunday morning worship at The Church at Horseshoe Bay. After a few words from the pastor and an opening prayer, notes in forte fill the sanctuary, causing congregants to sit up a little straighter […]

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