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Burnet County Pct. 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, a 1981 graduate of Marble Falls High School and a local licensed real estate provider, was the 2018 Outstanding Alumnus. The Marble Falls Education Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2019 honoree. Courtesy photo

Foundation accepting nominations for MFHS Outstanding Alumnus

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO No one knows the amazing graduates of Marble Falls High School better than the people within the community. In an effort to honor these exceptional individuals, the Marble Falls Education Foundation announced it is accepting nominations for Outstanding Alumnus now through May 3. (more…)

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Jimena Ibanez Martinez (right), the executive director of A Good Start, explains the role the nonprofit organization hopes to play in the Highland Lakes. The program gives young adults, ages 19-29, a place to find resources, mentoring, and support to help them advance their educational and career goals. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

A Good Start nonprofit helps young adults needing direction

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON It seemed incomprehensible to Jimena Ibanez Martinez that young adults with so much potential would settle for low-wage jobs and little prospect of improving the quality of their lives. Yet, she saw it several times across the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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The Falls on the Colorado Museum is located at 2001 Broadway in Marble Falls in an old schoolhouse. It holds permanent exhibits on local history and hosts traveling displays and programs. Courtesy photo

Falls on the Colorado Museum seeking new members

The Falls on the Colorado Museum is holding its membership drive for 2019. The Marble Falls facility is celebrating its 20th year, thanks in large part to the support of current and past members, according to a museum media release. (more…)

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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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The Harris family couldn’t resist these eyes. Apollo is now part of the family thanks to the monthly ‘Free the Dog’ adoption days at The Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls in partnership with the Highland Lakes SPCA. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

‘Free the Dog:’ Museum and Highland Lakes SPCA partner for monthly adoption days

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Ellen Harris went to The Falls on the Colorado Museum to learn about bees and ended up adopting a dog. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls junior high boys basketball coach Randy Parsons built a career in the computer world during which he got caught up in the grips of alcohol. He eventually followed God’s call to coach, but the specter of addiction followed him. Parsons credits God’s grace and Faith Academy officials for helping him break free of alcohol and get a new start. Staff photos by Daniel Clifton

Faith leads coach Randy Parsons down a path to recovery

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Randy Parsons sat alone in his pickup truck on the Faith Academy of Marble Falls campus as he’d done so many times before. Just as before, he pulled out a bottle of whiskey, took a swig, swished it around in his mouth, and gulped it down. Unlike other times, he didn’t follow […]

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The Fourth of July fireworks show in Marble Falls has been taking place at Lakeside Park, but with construction ongoing at the park, the public viewing location this year will be moved to First Baptist Church of Marble Falls, seen on the horizon across the lake on the far left. That’s not the only change: The city of Marble Falls has taken over the event this year. File photo

New viewing location for 2019 Marble Falls fireworks show

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO With construction underway at Lakeside Park, Marble Falls city officials had to find a new location for people to enjoy the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. (more…)

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Westside Park in Marble Falls

LCRA’s Steps Forward Day tackles local cleanup projects

FROM STAFF REPORTS As part of the fifth annual Steps Forward Day, Lower Colorado River Authority employees are spreading out across the Highland Lakes on Friday, April 5, to lend a hand. (more…)

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Llano Mayor Gail Long read a proclamation to make April 1, 2019, Abby Machuga Day in honor of the 14-year-old girl’s ‘courageous and unselfish efforts’ on March 12 to save her siblings from a house fire. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano starts parks plan process; teen recognized as lifesaver

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS April 1 marked Day 1 of a nearly eight-month process to study parks facilities and features within the city of Llano. (more…)

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Highland Lakes Legacy Fund seeking nominations for outstanding volunteer award

Highland Lakes Legacy Fund seeking nominations for outstanding volunteer award

The Highland Lakes Legacy Fund is seeking nominations for outstanding volunteers in the community. (more…)

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The Highland Lakes Service League is accepting applications for its 2019 scholarships through April 16. The scholarships are for women returning to school to earn a degree or complete a certificate program to further their career. Last year, the service league presented six scholarships. Pictured are scholarship co-chairs Pam Rodgers (left) and Pam Parsons along with 2018 scholarship recipients Stephanie Hall, Jennifer Cowfer, Mary Seaman, and Chelsea Webb. Not pictured are Summer Payne and Misty Daniel. Go to hlsl.org for applications and more information. Courtesy photo

Scholarships available for women returning to school

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Highland Lakes Service League’s mission is to change lives. One way to do that is through scholarships, which the members award to women returning to college or enrolling in a certificate program in pursuit of a career goal. (more…)

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Speech language pathologist Amy Mandaville and other physical and occupational therapists are leading the BIG and LOUD Crowd, a free physical and voice exercise program for Parkinson’s patients designed to help them stay mobile and heard. The program is 1-1:45 each Wednesday in the cycle studio at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond, 1601 S. Water St. in Burnet. Courtesy photo

Parkinson’s patients encouraged to be big and loud at weekly exercise program

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Seton Highland Lakes Rehabilitation wants Parkinson’s patients to be big and loud, and they’re helping people get there. (more…)

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Three members of the Colt Hamlets — Dempsey Evans (left), Gage Coleman, and Cadyn Jacobs — work on their poems with plans for a public reading Monday, March 25, at Numinous Coffee Roasters in Marble Falls. The Colt Hamlets currently consists of nine members who meet during lunch to work on poetry. The voluntary group was the brainchild of counselor Christina DeLoach as a way to help the boys learn better ways of managing their emotions. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Colt Hamlets poetry group helping boys manage emotions

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON After a few weeks into the regular lunch bunch poetry group, known as the Colt Hamlets, campus counselor Christina DeLoach decided they needed to skip a meeting. The program was completely voluntary, and so no grade held in the balance. (more…)

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Highland Lakes Legacy Fund accepting applications for grants

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Highland Lakes Legacy Fund is accepting applications for its 2019 Community Fund Grant Cycle. (more…)

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Army major from Llano receives posthumous Distinguished Service Cross

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Why would someone give his life for others? It’s a question many ask. As U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II stood before those gathered March 1 at Fort Carson, Colorado, to honor an Army major from Llano, he answered that question with one word. (more…)

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The Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center recently welcomed new faces, including a new executive director. Pictured are multidisciplinary team coordinator Glenda Hartman (left), development coordinator Lora Cheney, forensic interviewer Lana Luke, Executive Director Ken Nickel, family advocate Renae Feller, administrative assistant Karen Melton, program director Alyssa Mikell, therapist Lisa Carson, and education and outreach coordinator Kaylee Gaines. Not pictured is forensic interviewer Kathryn Schroeder. Courtesy photo

Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center welcomes new staff

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center provides needed services and resources for families and law enforcement across six counties, and it does it with a staff of dedicated people. (more…)

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Mission Marble Falls recently gave a boost to the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes with a $5,000 donation. Mission Marble Falls was awarded $9,000 during 100 Chicks for Charity event Feb. 1. Organizers with Mission Marble Falls pledged to use part of the funds to support the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lake, which has been without a food program for several months. Pictured are Steve Lackey (front, left) of Mission Marble Falls, Crissy Alderman of 100 Chicks for Charity, Kara Buster of Mission Marble Falls, Victoria Rucker of the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes, Vicki Campbell of 100 Chicks for Charity, Grant Dean of Mission Marble Falls; Brooks Blake (back, left) of Mission Marble Falls, the Rev. George Perry of Mission Marble Falls, Danny Buster of Mission Marble Falls, and Bill Drake of the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Mission Marble Falls pays it forward with donation to Boys and Girls Club food program

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When one nonprofit helps another, it just goes to show the depth of caring found in the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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Llano library, nonprofit team up to offer family legal aid

FROM STAFF REPORTS For those living well below the national poverty line, getting affordable legal aid in rural parts of Texas can be tough. (more…)

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Ballerina Jade Gaither of Harmony School of Creative Arts will spend July in the the American Ballet Theatre intensive program on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Photo courtesy of Jenna Petty Photography

With intensive invites, teen ballerinas stay en pointe toward professional dance dreams

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO As ballerinas Jade Gaither and Emma Porterfield politely waited for dance teacher Jane Huber to finish a conversation with a visitor, Emma began light stretching and small dance gestures to warm up. Jade inadvertently pointed her toes outward then stood on them. (more…)

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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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