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The Blanco County Courthouse is aglow during a past Lights Spectacular. The annual Christmas lights display might not continue if volunteers and funding are not secured. File photo

Johnson City Lights Spectacular’s future is dim without new volunteers, funding

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO JOHNSON CITY — It’s hard to believe, but there’s a chance Johnson City will be turning off Lights Spectacular, the event that celebrates the holiday season from late November through New Year’s Day. (more…)

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Your grandchild needs bail money and other scams; preventative program April 26

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MEADOWLAKES — “Hello, Grandma. This is your granddaughter, and I’ve been arrested,” says the voice on the phone. “Please don’t call my mom and dad. They’d be so mad. But can you send me $1,000 for my bail?” (more…)

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The Burnet County Child Welfare Board members hung 150 shoes on the trees at the Burnet County Courthouse to show how many local youths are in foster care due to abuse and/or neglect. As April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, many child advocate groups are reminding people that child abuse is real and does happen in the Highland Lakes. Courtesy photo

Youth welfare organizations spread awareness of child abuse

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — The 150 shoes hanging from trees on the Burnet County Courthouse lawn are reminders that, as most of us go on about our lives, there are approximately 150 children in Burnet County who are in foster homes because of abuse and/or neglect. (more…)

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Llano County Library holding Pre-K Fair for parents; several schools participating

Llano County Library holding Pre-K Fair for parents; several schools participating

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — Ann Rossberg heard the chatter from many parents of pre-kindergarten students. “They aren’t familiar with what (education) options they have,” said the Llano County Library children’s librarian. (more…)

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Marble Falls theater, choir programs earn top honors at UIL contests

Marble Falls theater, choir programs earn top honors at UIL contests

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School art department continues to shine as two of its programs recently earned several accolades. (more…)

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‘Screenagers’ looks at kids growing up in digital age; free showing April 4 at Burnet High School

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Parents who believe their kids are spending too much time on their digital devices are invited to a free screening of the documentary “Screenagers — Growing up in the Digital Age.” Presented by the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District, “Screenagers” looks at the impact of smart devices on families. […]

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Hill Country Humane Society receives $18,000 Petco grant

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BUCHANAN DAM — The Hill Country Humane Society has saved thousands of animal lives through reconnecting lost pets with their families, adoptions, and partnering with no-kill rescue groups. Because of its efforts, the Petco Foundation awarded the shelter that serves Llano and Burnet counties with an $18,000 grant in March. (more…)

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Nicole Hockley (left) talks with Burnet Middle School Interact Club members in February 2017 after a ‘Start With Hello’ presentation. Hockley is one of the founders of Sandy Hook Promise, which works to give schools, organizations, communities, and individuals the skills and tools needed to identify people who are socially isolated and make them feel included. Hockley’s son, Dylan, was killed in a shooting Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, along with 25 other students and staff. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

‘Start With Hello,’ ‘Say Something’ programs making impact on Burnet Middle School, community

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — The day after a gunman killed 14 students and three faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, several Burnet Middle School Interact Club members met with club sponsor Sara Te. (more…)

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Llano library playtime series answers parents’ questions about child development

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — Helping families become stronger units is at the core of why the Llano County Library is part of the Family Place Library national network. To help families achieve that goal, the library is hosting its annual Play and Learn Series (PALS), a free five-week workshop with programs 10-11:30 a.m. […]

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Learn how to navigate Medicare with workshop at Burnet library

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — When people turn 65, they are thrust into a complex world for which many aren’t prepared: Medicare. To help individuals maneuver through the system, Mackenzie Winterowd, a licensed agent with Premier Medicare Solutions, is leading a seminar at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Herman Brown Free Library, […]

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Marble Falls High School sophomore Kenadee Steward signs a banner that is being sent to the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, while senior Anna Herrington looks for her message. Marjory Stoneman Douglas was the site of the latest school shooting on Feb. 14. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls students send heartfelt response to Florida school following shooting

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls High School students knew there was little they could do to comfort the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (more…)

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Marble Falls City Cemetery receives historic designation

Marble Falls City Cemetery receives historic designation

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls City Cemetery is a very special place, according to local historians, who’ve shared that assessment over and over again. The Texas Historical Commission agrees. (more…)

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New Boys & Girls Club-Kingsland branch already having an impact

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON KINGSLAND — Spring Break is a few days away, but Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes-Kingsland branch director Colby Collins is already looking toward summer — for good reason. “We have a lot of kids we serve, and we want to make sure we’re open during the summer for them,” he […]

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Stephen Catoe, an Alzheimer’s Texas education specialist, will present a program on Alzheimer’s care from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Llano County Library, 102 East Haynie St. In Llano. Admission is free, and a light lunch will be served. Go to txalz.org for more information. Courtesy photo

‘Partners in Care’ program has the answers to your Alzheimer’s questions

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LLANO — When someone has Alzheimer’s disease, loved ones and caregivers have a lot of questions. One question is where do they go to find the answers. One source is Alzheimer’s Texas, an organization dedicated to care, research, and education. It created the Lunch n’ Learn program to help caregivers of those […]

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Seminar: What you can do to keep your church safe

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — In what seems like a less secure world, safety has become a topic at many churches and other places where people gather. Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandon Schaefer hopes to alleviate those concerns by addressing what churches and other organizations can do in case of an active shooter situation. […]

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PEC accepting applications for $100,000 in high school scholarships

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative launched its scholarship program application process to benefit high school seniors with thousands of dollars in funding for higher education. (more…)

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First Baptist Church-Burnet teams with WCSO for active shooter seminar

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — In 2015, First Baptist Church of Burnet organized a Safety Team in an effort to address any concerns about the church’s safety, particularly in regard to active shooters or similar situations. (more…)

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Local law enforcement agencies have received thousands of dollars over the years through Burnet County Friends of NRA fundraising efforts. The Friends are selling tickets for their upcoming fundraising event on April 12 in Marble Falls. Pictured are Granite Shoals Police Sgt. Chris Decker (left) and Officer John Ortis with ballistic helmets the Granite Shoals department purchased with local NRA Foundation grant money in 2016. Courtesy photo

Burnet County NRA event to raise grant money for police firearms, equipment

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Wearing a ballistics helmet could mean the difference between life and death during a violent incident in which officers are in the crossfire. The two active shooter events that occurred in Florida since 2016 magnified how violent and dangerous such a scenario could be for those who are […]

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Marble Falls health science students to host blood drive, learn career lesson

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — When people give blood, they help countless others survive accidents, surgeries, premature births, and other unforeseen events. (more…)

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Colt Elementary students see how STEAM concepts are used in a wide variety of careers

Colt Elementary students see how STEAM concepts are used in a wide variety of careers

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — Colt Elementary School’s first STEAM day all started with a dairy cow named Dorothy. (more…)

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Marble Falls Independent School District will honor the late Rev. Max Copeland during the Marble Falls High School Mustangs basketball game against Dripping Springs on Friday, Feb. 9, at the Max Copeland/Marble Falls High School gymnasium, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls. Copeland, who passed away in May 2015, was known as a great Mustang supporter. Game tipoff is 6:30 p.m. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

‘Brother Max’ scholarship fund collection buckets will be out at Mustangs game

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — When the Marble Falls High School boys basketball team takes the court Feb. 9 against Dripping Springs, the Mustangs will be sporting a dash for red on their usual purple and white uniforms. (more…)

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Bob Watkins (left), coordinator of the AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers, finishes a tax form for a resident on Feb. 6, the first day of the free service, which is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 12 (except March 13 and 15) at the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes, 1701 Broadway in Marble Falls, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays through April 9 at the Hill Country Community Foundation building, 403 E. Jackson St. in Burnet. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Free AARP tax service offered in Marble Falls, Burnet to all ages

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — A popular free individual tax preparation service drew a large crowd on its first day of operation Feb. 6. (more…)

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Heart of Hope Counseling and Mediation set up a wheel at a previous Join the Journey Safe and Drug-Free Wellness Fair that children could spin for a prize. The counseling group is one of several that participates in the event to help families stay healthy and happy. This year’s fair is 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in the R.J. Richey Elementary gym, 500 E. Graves in Burnet. Courtesy photo

Join the Journey fair arms Burnet community in fight against drug abuse

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Following the death of her son in December 2011 from a methadone overdose, Janet Christiansen faced two options: crumble from her sorrow and regret or honor her son by equipping parents and the community with information to battle the scourge of drug use and abuse. (more…)

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Granite Shoals residents invited to informal Coffee with the Council

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Granite Shoals residents have a chance to ask questions to members of the City Council in an informal setting Saturday, Feb. 3. (more…)

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A memorial event for Kathy Rose Ferrell on Jan. 28 will honor a woman who inspired others with her joyful outlook and advocacy of breast cancer prevention. Courtesy photo

Memorial to inspire after Marble Falls resident loses battle with breast cancer

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY COTTONWOOD SHORES — Despite losing an eight-year battle with breast cancer, Kathy Rose Ferrell, 45, had “touched many souls out here” because she personified wisdom, optimism, and a fighting spirit, according to her loved ones and co-workers. (more…)

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Kingsland School student Preslie Watson works on her reading in Jan Woods’s kindergarten class. The charter school students have access to much of the same technology their traditional public school counterparts have. The Kingsland School, which opened in August 2016, must follow state and Texas Education Agency rules and guidelines. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

A lesson on Kingsland School (and charter schools in general)

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON KINGSLAND — Though Kingsland School basically doubled in size from last year to this year, Principal Meloni Puishes still works to get the word out about the public charter school as well as educate people on what exactly it is. (more…)

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