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New layout and pathway at Marble Falls Walkway of Lights

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Jarrod Metzgar didn’t mince words when asked if Walkway of Lights would be ready for its scheduled opening Friday, November 22. “That’s not a question whatsoever,” said the executive director of the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce. “We’ll be up and running.” The opening of this year’s Walkway of Lights […]

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Barbecue benefits Granite Shoals Christmas Outreach

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The success of Granite Shoals Christmas Outreach, which provides presents for local children in need, relies on the efforts of caring residents. No fundraiser exemplifies this more than the annual barbecue, according to Frances LaChance, co-chairwoman of Christmas Outreach. This year’s barbecue is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, November 16, at Grace […]

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Register now for Highland Lakes Christmas is for Kids

Halloween is just behind us, which means one thing: It’s time to start thinking about Christmas. Highland Lakes Christmas is for Kids, which provides toys to children in need during the holidays, has opened registration to local families. The organization serves much of southern Burnet County. Founded more than two decades ago, Highland Lakes Christmas […]

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PEC recycling natural Christmas trees; drop-off locations in Bertram, Marble Falls

FROM STAFF REPORTS Santa has come and gone, and you’ve got weekend plans to take down the Christmas decorations. One thing, however, doesn’t have a place in storage: the Christmas tree. (more…)

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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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