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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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Tree of Angels remembers victims of violent crime; Marble Falls ceremony Dec. 2

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — Cindy Westbrook paused when she began calculating how many new angels they’ll place on the Tree of Angels during the upcoming ceremony. (more…)

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Burnet County OKs courthouse Christmas display expansion at cost of $74,000

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — The cost for expanding Christmas decorations split the vote 3-2 recently among Burnet County commissioners, prompting one dissenting voter to raise concerns about the amount of funds dedicated to the display, officials say. (more…)

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CASA looking for ‘angels’ to make sure kids have gifts Christmas morning

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — In June, a flood at the CASA for the Highland Lakes Area office felt as if the Grinch was getting a head start on ruining Christmas for the youth with whom the organization works. The rainwater destroyed or damaged many of the items the staff and volunteers had set aside […]

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Highland Lakes golf tourney gives many kids reason to smile Christmas Day

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MEADOWLAKES — The cold weather forced Highland Lakes Christmas Caddy Golf Tournament officials to push the date of the event back a week from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14, but the rescheduling didn’t appear to have any impact on the fundraiser’s outcome. “It was a great success, even with the […]

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A dog recovers after surgery during a Pet PALS spay/neuter clinic at the organization's facility, 2003 RR 1431 in Marble Falls. The organization offers low-cost spaying and neutering for Highland Lakes pets but could use more towels, paper towels, rubbing alcohol and other items to help keep down costs. Go to www.petpalsmarblefalls.org or call (830) 598-7729 for more information or to make a donation. File photo

Pet PALS asks Santa for volunteers, towels and other creature comforts

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Since getting rolling in 2005, Pet PALS has been a leader in the local effort to spay and neuter companion animals. The organization first started by setting up MASH-style clinics wherever volunteers could help, whether it was in a church gym, a community center or a fire […]

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Security is top item on Spicewood Community Library’s wish list

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR SPICEWOOD — Jim Lamar, president of the Spicewood Community Library board, didn’t hesitate when asked what he wants from Santa in regard to the all-volunteer facility. “We’d like a small security system,” he said. “The volunteers would feel a lot safer with one. And our patrons would also feel safer […]

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Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes seeking sponsorships for children

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — One of the most important items on a family’s budget is child care, even when schools are in session. And two of the places many youngsters enjoy going after school are the Boys & Girls Clubs in Marble Falls and Burnet. Since 60 percent of the operating […]

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Camp of the Hills has basketballs, kayaks and even prayers on its wish list

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR SMITHWICK — For more than 20 years, Camp of the Hills has changed the lives of more than 10,000 children, most of them from inner cities. The camp, 1552 CR 344 in Smithwick just east of Marble Falls, draws in children and teens each summer for a summer camp experience […]

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Joseph’s Food Pantry needs more space and volunteers

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR GRANITE SHOALS — Love and compassion know no boundaries. And that’s just what Roy and Mary Lou Guerrero practice through Joseph’s Food Pantry. Even though the food pantry is located in Granite Shoals, the Guerreros don’t limit where people can travel from or live in order to benefit from the […]

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Arts supplies are on Phoenix Center’s Christmas wish list

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Sometimes, a child just needs additional help. And sometimes, a parent does. In certain situations, that’s where the Phoenix Center can take a role. The nonprofit provides high-quality, affordable mental health care for children and families in rural Central Texas. Many of the Phoenix Center’s clients don’t have or […]

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Help Highland Lakes crisis centers support families during the holidays

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF HIGHLAND LAKES — Families in crisis will find solace this holiday season as hundreds of residents open up their hearts and wallets to donate gifts, cash and food in support of various giving projects and programs. Participating groups, which handle abuse and neglect cases and housing families, include the Highland […]

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The St. Peter's Lutheran Church SuperKids Christmas program Dec. 15 tells the story of Jesus' birth but does from different perspectives. Over the past decades, the performance has used a vast collection of characters, some traditional and some not so, to share the birth of Christ with audiences. The youth, including Kross Talamantes (left), Brooklyn Levert, Ellie Veres, Bliss Talamantes and Kadin Gerth, have been rehearsing for several weeks in preparation for their show at 4 p.m. at the church, located at 1803 RR 1431 in Marble Falls. Admission is free. Courtesy photo

St. Peter’s Lutheran program retells story of Jesus’ birth in different way

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Whether the main character is a flea or a mouse, the annual St. Peter’s Lutheran Church SuperKids Christmas production always entertains, but, more important, it reminds participants and spectators about the reason for Christmas. The production started several decades ago at the church. While some children’s programs […]

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Fun forecast calls for Snow Day in Llano

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — What child doesn’t want to grab a sled, stand at the top of a precipice, look down a snow-covered hill, get a running start and let gravity work its magic? For Highland Lakes kids, this opportunity only comes if they head north during the winter or a freak storm covers […]

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Marble Falls churches join voices to ‘Celebrate the King’

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — When First Baptist Church of Marble Falls and First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls combine their voices Dec. 14-15 for “Together We Sing, Celebrate the King,” organizers hope it will show the community that despite worshiping under different roofs, they’re all Christians. “We thought it would […]

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Celebrate a frontier Christmas at Fort Croghan in Burnet

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — While the tweets of cell phones and blips of blogs have become the norm of the day, people can slow down a bit and reflect on what it was like in Burnet County long before the concept of an iPhone, or even a phone, existed. Christmas at Ole […]

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Advent gives us time to slow down, reflect on real reason for Christmas

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR LLANO — As many of us race along store aisles to finalize our Christmas shopping between family gatherings and parties, it’s often easy to get so caught up in all the holiday trappings that we sweep past the true meaning of the season. “Sometimes, you just have to remind yourself […]

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Kim Roberts (left) and Bessie Jackson wrap presents donated to the Elves for the Elderly program. The annual event collects gifts for area homebound and lonely seniors who might otherwise go without a Christmas present. People may drop off donations at Elves for the Elderly boxes placed across the community. Call (512) 755-2918 or (512) 756-4334 for more information or to make a donation. Courtesy photo

Elves for the Elderly spread holiday cheer to Highland Lakes seniors

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — For years, Jeanene Olson championed Elves for the Elderly, a program that makes sure homebound or lonely seniors receive Christmas presents. But, because of health issues, Olson had to step aside, leaving what might have been a gap in the program. But then, Sara Reily of the Burnet […]

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Starry, Starry Nights in Llano lights up Badu Park

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — When people cross the Llano River bridge on Texas 16 heading north, they might want to brace themselves for what awaits on the shores of the river starting Nov. 30. The annual Starry, Starry Nights takes over Badu Park through Dec. 31. The display features more than a 150 lighted […]

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Christian-Matern house in Marble Falls celebrating a Victorian Christmas

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Visitors can enjoy a Victorian-style Christmas on Dec. 7 thanks to the owner of the Christian-Matern house. The Falls on the Colorado Museum board is sponsoring the annual Victorian Christmas Open House from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Christian-Matern home, 603 Seventh St. (more…)

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Lights Spectacular, parade launch Hill Country Christmas season

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF JOHNSON CITY — A weekend celebration that launches the region’s lighting trail will feature more than 1 million Christmas lights, fireworks, a lighted parade, courthouse and park tours as well as a handmade ornaments store, hayrides, a 5K run and live performances. The 24th annual Lights Spectacular, Hill Country Style […]

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St. Nick trades sleigh for Harley to lead Burnet County Santa’s Helpers Toy Run

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE BURNET — Santa Claus is making a test run Nov. 30 along with a few friends, but he’s giving his reindeer some rest as they prepare for the big trip in December. Instead, the Jolly Ol’ Elf is hitting the road on a “sleigh” most likely bearing the moniker Harley Davidson […]

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Highland Lakes Christmas benefit golf tournament still seeking duffers

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MEADOWLAKES — While the hole sponsorships for the 2013 Highland Lakes Christmas Caddy Golf Tournament are sold out, organizers of the tournament, which benefits local families facing a bleak Christmas, are still looking for golfers. “We’re about halfway full as far as teams and golfers go,” said Jeff Wilson, an […]

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Marble Falls ready to shine with Walkway of Lights, parade

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — You know Christmas is coming when the Walkway of Lights illuminates Lake Marble Falls. For years, the annual Christmas light showcase has drawn folks from the area and afar to dazzle them with sculptures and displays with more than 2 million lights . This year is no different. (more…)

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Santa’s Helpers get started on Halloween to bring Christmas to Highland Lakes kids

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET – A haunted house with a mad surgeon and zombies remain staples of Halloween. However, April Vaughan said she’s looking forward to other parts of the Burnet County Santa’s Helpers Haunted House this year. “I think I’m more excited to see how the kids’ stuff turns out,” said Vaughan, secretary […]

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101 Fun Things - Taking Christmas photos

How to photograph those special Christmas moments

If you’re looking to make magic memories with that new camera Santa brought you for Christmas, the key is in the eye of the photographer. Picayune Editor Daniel Clifton knows a few things about how to capture the sights of the season. Most important, he says, is to keep your camera ready! (more…)

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