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Robert Cook, a volunteer from First Baptist Church of Marble Falls, swept mud out of a home on Lakeshore Drive in Marble Falls on Oct. 19. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Force of volunteers clean out flood-damaged homes along Lake Marble Falls

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Jake Jacobsen and Jennifer Jackson planned to return Oct. 15 to Marble Falls from Corpus Christi but decided to visit with friends an extra day. After returning to Marble Falls on Oct. 16, they realized they wouldn’t be going home that day either. (more…)

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Hill Country Memorial seminar will have you ‘Navigating Medicare’ with confidence

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO While it’s a great program, there’s a lot to Medicare, and it can feel pretty overwhelming. (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

Johnson City Library asking for input regarding 5-year plan

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO JOHNSON CITY — What do you need from your library? What will get you here? Those questions will be posed to patrons during the Johnson City Library’s community forum Wednesday, Sept. 19. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the library, 501 N. Nugent Ave. (more…)

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Marble Falls ceremony remembers 9/11 and lives lost while honoring first responders

Marble Falls ceremony remembers 9/11 and lives lost while honoring first responders

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — It has been 17 years since terrorists flew two passenger-filled commercial airline jets into the World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon, while a third crashed in a Pennsylvania field. (more…)

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Carleen Wray (right) of Sandy Hook Promise presents Burnet Middle School teacher and Interact Club sponsor Sara Te (left) and club members Hayden Brown, Tatum Salinas, MaeSyn Gay, Emily Wagner, Karlie Buckley, Claire Teague, and Elyzabeth Muziak with the Start With Hello Community Reach and Sustainability runner-up award. The honor recognizes the efforts of club members and the entire school’s student body in making the campus more inclusive. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet Middle School honored for its Start With Hello efforts to end social isolation

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — As Burnet Middle School Interact Club sponsor Sara Te stood before the student body, she summed up the efforts of the club and student body to create a more inclusive campus, which began two years ago with the Start With Hello program. (more…)

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The Llano Parks Project installed two new upright features, including this frog sprinkler, and a UV filter system at the Matt and Doraliza Raglin Splash Pad in Badu Park in Llano. The parks group raised about $45,000 through its annual Antler Drop Gala in February to purchase the new equipment. The Llano Parks Project started about five years ago to help improve Llano parks working alongside the city and county governments. The splash pad is open until about mid-October. Courtesy photo

Parent-created Llano Parks Project completes Phase 2 of splash pad at Badu Park

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LLANO — Five years ago, a group of Llano parents questioned why they had to travel outside the area to cities such as Fredericksburg to find a playscape or a water park for their kids. There were no such facilities in Llano County at the time. (more…)

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Recent wildfires across the Highland Lakes this summer, such as the Park Road 4 fire in late July, highlight the need for property owners to prepare for such emergencies. A good place to start is the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise USA program, which ‘teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses.’ The Kingsland Garden Club program on Thursday, Sept. 7, is about Firewise landscaping. The meeting is at 1 p.m. in the Kingsland Branch Library, 125 W. Polk. It’s free to attend and open to the public. Courtesy photo by Robert and Sheryl Yantis

Become ‘firewise’ to protect your home; program is Sept. 7

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — As housing developments and other homes push farther into rural areas, the chances that wildfires could become a serious threat to homes and structures increases. In the past several months, at least five wildfires of 300 acres or more have burned parts of the Highland Lakes with two requiring evacuations […]

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Texas Housing Foundation CEO Mark Mayfield (left), Community Resources Center of Texas Senior Vice President Donna Klaeger, The Helping Center of Marble Falls Area Board President Paul King, and The Helping Center Executive Director Sam Pearce announce the expansion of the Marble Falls Community Resource Center. The expansion includes approximately 4,300 square feet for The Helping Center’s indoor space as well as another 11,500 square feet for loading docks and parking. The renovation would add room for more community services as well at the Marble Falls CRC. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls Community Resource Center expansion good news for The Helping Center and other services

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — Sam Pearce, the executive director of The Helping Center of Marble Falls Area, sometimes struggles with a problem that’s a good one to have if you work at a food pantry aimed at helping folks. (more…)

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Parents create pediatric cancer support group; first meeting Sept. 6 in Burnet

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — When Reagan Johns began her journey as a parent of a child with cancer, she got a lot of help and sympathy from friends and family — all very appreciated — but they didn’t quite understand what she and Brodie were going through. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School student Maribel Nikole Enriquez was killed in a car crash in June. Courtesy photo

Mustangs fans asked to give to Our Day To Shine fund to help families in need

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — When Marble Falls High School head football coach Mike Birdwell held the first official donation effort for the Our Day To Shine benevolent fund last August, he had no idea how it would impact a family in Mustang Nation. (more…)

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Executive Director Brenda Rienstra and Christian Women’s Job Corps in Burnet are offering classes for women to develop job skills as well as work on attributes companies want in an employee such as good customer service, perseverance, and a willingness to work. The next tuition-free, 12-week course begins Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 218 E. Jackson St. in Burnet. Call (512) 756-1484 or go to cwjchl.org for an application. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Christian Women’s Job Corps sessions starts Aug. 28 in Burnet

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — As Brenda Rienstra prepares for the next Christian Women’s Job Corps session, she wonders how she can find more students. (more…)

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Granite Shoals police officer Christie Carter can already envision the department's boat filled with school supplies for students and teachers. Carter came up with Fill the Boat!, an event that lets people drop off school supplies — to fill the boat — from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the station, 410 N. Phillips Ranch Road. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Granite Shoals Police Department hoping for boatload of school supplies

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals Police Department’s boat is used for various purposes on Lake LBJ, including helping stranded boaters and ensuring public safety. (more…)

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Dennis Maier, who was the mayor of Granite Shoals from 2011-15, passed away Aug. 7. Courtesy photo

Former Granite Shoals Mayor Dennis Maier was a ‘true servant’

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Dennis Maier was such a dedicated servant and leader of the city of Granite Shoals, he would spend hours at the water plant with Assistant City Manager Peggy Smith when the facility wasn’t working. (more…)

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City staff, family, and friends line Texas 29 in Burnet on Aug. 6 to honor Parks Supervisor Randy Longoria, who died Aug. 4. City trucks and law enforcement vehicles escorted Longoria’s body to the city’s maintenance facility one last time before he arrived at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet Parks Supervisor Randy Longoria was always there for the community

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Randy Longoria wanted the people of Burnet to know he had their backs. The parks supervisor’s response to anything asked of him might vary between “I got this,” “No problem,” or “What can I do?” One response no one ever heard: “No.” (more…)

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The Smith West Fire in northern Blanco County and southern Llano County has had a devastating effect on vegetation. Firefighters and emergency workers worked around the clock to get the fire under control. Courtesy photo

Event chance for residents to thank Llano County crews that battled back-to-back blazes

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LLANO — After spending hours fighting and supporting efforts to battle two large wildfires, Llano County fire departments aren’t exactly resting as they continue to respond to daily calls. (more…)

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‘Father of Texas 911 System,’ Granite Shoals resident Bill Carter dies at 89

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Growing up in Garland, Austin Stanphill didn’t have the option of dialing 911 in an emergency because that number didn’t exist in the state of Texas. “You heard about 911 in other parts of the country,” said Stanphill, the Granite Shoals fire chief, “but we’d call zero for […]

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Meet the Jackets and more at Llano High School on Aug. 7

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — As the first day of school quickly approaches for Llano students, Llano High School is gearing up with several events, including Meet the Jackets and Jacket RISE. (more…)

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends LISD campuses

BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends LISD campuses

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — As far as public schools go in the Highland Lakes, Llano Independent School District students head back to the class the earliest with a Wednesday, Aug. 15, start date. (more…)

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$1,200 Meals on Wheels grant will help Burnet County clients feed their pets as well

GEORGETOWN — Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties’ Meals on Wheels has received a $1,200 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support its client pet support program. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies, and care for pets, which can often be a financial and physical challenge for clients to do so on their […]

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Hill Country Community Theatre Executive Director Mike Rademaekers (left) surprises Christine Ashbaugh with the $1,000 Phyl Holbert Scholarship before the opening curtain July 21 of the theater’s current production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘State Fair.’ Courtesy photo

Hill Country Community Theatre awards young actress, 2018 graduate $1,000 scholarship

COTTONWOOD SHORES — The Hill Country Community Theatre awarded the Phyl Holbert Scholarship to 2018 Marble Falls High School graduate Christine Ashbaugh for her outstanding contributions to the theater. (more…)

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Dr. Ivan Shepperd passed away July 21. A service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 909 Avenue D in Marble Falls. Courtesy photo

Never taking a sick day, Dr. Ivan Shepperd was always there for his patients, community

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — When Marble Falls residents were sick, they knew Dr. Ivan Shepperd was always in. In six decades of caring for Highland Lakes residents, Shepperd never took a sick day. (more…)

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Squadron focuses on air show before contemplating future without Bluebonnet Belle

Squadron focuses on air show before contemplating future without Bluebonnet Belle

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — After losing the Bluebonnet Belle, a 1944 C-47 Douglas Skytrain in a crash July 21 during takeoff for an air show, the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force is staying grounded. In fact, squadron members are putting their heads down and focusing on the next big project: the […]

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Burnet High School principal Casey Burkhart. Courtesy photo

Burnet High School’s Casey Burkhart earns regional Principal of the Year honor

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet High School principal Casey Burkhart doesn’t do his job for the accolades, but he does earn them. The latest one comes as his Region 13 peers selected him as the region’s Outstanding High School Principal of the Year. (more…)

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Peggy Rose Washington believed in the value of education, and now her legacy as well as that of her late husband Richard Dix Washington, will live on through the endowed Rose Loe-Dix Scholarship Fund. Peggy Washington, who passed away July 27, 2017, and her husband, who passed away June 25, 2012, initially set up a fund for the scholarship in 2007. With her estate settled, the Highland Lakes Legacy Fund and Austin Community Foundation announced the Rose Loe-Dix Endowed Scholarship Fund is officially open. Courtesy photo

Rose Loe-Dix Scholarship Fund honors woman’s love of education; open to Marble Falls High School students

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Education always mattered to Peggy Rose Washington. Now, almost a year after her passing, Washington will continue to help students reach their academic goals through the endowed Rose Loe-Dix Scholarship Fund. (more…)

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The Burnet County Historical Commission worked to get historical markers for two iron bridges, including one in Joppa. The Texas State Historical Commission recognized the county organization’s hard work in 2017 with a Distinguished Service Award. This marks the seventh year in a row the county commission has earned the honor. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County Historical Commission earns Distinguished Service Award for seventh straight year

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — When it comes to history, we think of the big events and the big places, the ones that had the largest impact on the country and the world. But history doesn’t just happen on the “big stage;” it happens all around us in our communities and counties. (more…)

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The Capital Area Rural Transportation System is located at 801 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Jared Fields

CARTS Country Bus offering free rides July 2-6, except for July 4

MARBLE FALLS — The Capital Area Rural Transportation System is providing free rides on its Country Bus on July 2-6, except for July 4 when the service will be closed for the holiday. (more…)

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