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Give ‘High Five’ to ‘mompreneur’ with grant contest vote

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO It’s not easy being a “mompreneur,” a woman actively balancing being a mom and an entrepreneur. Just ask Lerin Lockwood, the founder of Lion Latch. (more…)

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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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PEC accepting applications for scholarships, nonprofit grants

FROM STAFF REPORTS Scholarship and Community Grant applications may be submitted to Pedernales Electric Cooperative in the coming weeks. (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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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Alyssa Plunk, a 2017 Faith Academy of Marble Falls graduate, earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for her leadership during training exercises last fall. The Marine is assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 4, which is stationed in Camp Foster in Okinawa, Japan. The training, however, was conducted at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua Pinkey

Faith Academy graduate receives Marine Corps medal for leadership beyond her years

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON  Just over a year into her enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps, Faith Academy of Marble Falls graduate Alyssa “Joy” Plunk demonstrated a level of leadership not usually expected from a Marine of her experience and rank. (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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Members of the Burnet High School football team on Jan. 21 helped two Lake LBJ residents in Kingsland affected by the October flood. Players bagged trash and put debris into burn piles. Courtesy photo

Burnet students put Dr. King’s words into action on service day

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Be the best you can be so you can best help the team. That’s what Burnet High School head football coach Jerod Rye repeated to his players over and over again the past several weeks. It struck him, however, that maybe actions were better than words. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls holds its annual gala Saturday, Jan. 26, at Escondido Golf and Lake Club, 9090 FM 2147 in Horseshoe Bay. Individual reservations are $100 per person with several table sponsorships available from $1,500 to $5,000. The event benefits school scholarships and services for students. Courtesy photo

The Gala is ‘financial lifeblood’ of Faith Academy of Marble Falls

FROM STAFF REPORTS With so many great things going on at Faith Academy of Marble Falls, sometimes it’s nice to take time and celebrate the accomplishments as well as gear up for an exciting future. People can do just that during the annual The Gala, the private-parochial school’s biggest fundraiser of the year. (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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Remi, a visually impaired dog, enjoyed a lot of attention during a stop at Colt Elementary School on Jan. 9. Crystal and Steve Mitchell brought Remi to meet the campus's Colt Student Leadership. The leadership students raised more than $400 to purchase pet supplies for Stray Acres Sanctuary and Animal Rescue, which the Mitchells operate. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Colt students raise more than $400 for Bertram animal rescue

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR Who knew selling 50-cent bags of popcorn could help change the lives of homeless dogs and cats, but it did. (more…)

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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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Llano High School students Laura Garcia (left) and Yasmin Perez came up with the idea of Buddy Benches for Llano Elementary School students. During recess, if a student doesn’t have anyone to play with or feels left out, he or she can sit on one of the two Buddy Benches and other students will invite them to play. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Buddy Benches project to tackle social isolation sits well at Llano Elementary School

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Llano High School students Yasmin Perez and Laura Garcia hated the idea that an elementary school student could go through the day, or recess, with no one to play with. But what could they do from the high school? (more…)

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Granite Shoals Police Officer Christie Carter was awarded the John F. Ortis Community Service Award while Officer Tim Edwards earned the 2018 Granite Shoals Police Department Officer of the Year Award. Courtesy photo

Granite Shoals police officers honored for community service, life-saving actions

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Granite Shoals Police Department honored several of their own Dec. 12 as Chief Gary Boshears presented officers and staff with awards, including Officer of the Year and the John F. Ortis Community Service Award. (more…)

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The Red Door Resale shop, 300 E. Pecan Drive, operated by Friends of the Johnson City Library is selling items at half-off to move inventory before closing at the end of the year. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Johnson City Library resale shop is closing its red door

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Now that the building loan for the Johnson City Library has been paid, the Red Door Resale shop, which supported the library, will close its doors after the holiday season. (more…)

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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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Chali Henderson, program director of the Phoenix Center, is presenting ‘Recovering from Traumatic Loss After the Texas Hill Country Flood’ at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 909 Avenue D in Marble Falls. The program addresses some of the affects the flood cast on victims. It is free to attend and includes a meal. RSVP to bre@ellislp.com. Courtesy photo

Phoenix Center therapist presents flood trauma program

BY PAM RODGERS The TV news crews have all returned home, the storm clouds have disappeared, and the water has subsided from the Highland Lakes flood on Oct. 16. But the rain and rushing water left behind a trail of physical reminders of the disaster and the lives it disrupted. (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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