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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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The floor plan of the Johnson City Library showing what will be the Community Education Room and a smaller computer lab. Illustration courtesy of the Johnson City Library

Johnson City Library receives grant for new community room

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Johnson City librarian Maggie Goodman nervously opened a letter from the Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation. She read over the note then broke into her happy dance. (more…)

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Lou Quallenberg of Llano won the Best Texas Style award for his piece ‘Larita’ at the annual Texas Furniture Makers Show in Kerrville. This is the eighth time Quallenberg has received the award. Courtesy photo

Llano artist wins eighth Best Texas Style award at Kerrville furniture show

FROM STAFF REPORTS Lou Quallenberg loves saving mesquite “one piece at a time” from the fire pit, opting instead to sculpt pieces of art out of them. (more…)

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Star Republican Women chair Marsha Lovelady announced the organization is partnering with the Kingsland Lions Club, represented here by Dave Richison (left) and Jay Ward (right), to raise funds for Kingsland and Llano County flood relief. Courtesy photo

Star Republican Women and Kingsland Lions Club partner in flood relief effort

FROM STAFF REPORTS While much attention has moved away from the historic October flood that damaged more than 900 homes in Llano County and the Kingsland community, the Star Republican Women, in partnership with the Kingsland Lions Club, are launching an effort to help victims rebuild their lives and homes. (more…)

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Members of the Frank Griggs American Legion Post 370 in Llano are organizing a cleanup day Dec. 1 for damage caused by the October flooding. A free lunch will be provided during the cleanup at the building, 200 Legion Drive in Llano. Courtesy photo

American Legion post in Llano organizes cleanup day at flood-damaged building

FROM STAFF REPORTS Floodwaters left mud and caused interior damage to Llano’s Frank Griggs American Legion Post 370, and now members are asking the community’s help for one day. (more…)

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Marble Falls Area EMS Safe Baby Academy born of necessity

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Sgt. Missy Graeter of the Marble Falls Area EMS sees the need firsthand with the number of emergency calls involving babies. That need is educating people on how to protect infants and toddlers from accidents. (more…)

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Betty Hechler (left), Cindi Evans, and Remi Grace stand with some of the donated items for His Hands Ministry, a program through Weakday Ministries that provides clothing and footwear to Burnet Consolidated Independent School District students in need. His Hands Ministry still needs sponsors for 15 children. Courtesy photo

His Hands Ministry seeking sponsors to purchase warm clothes for BCISD kids in need

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO His Hands Ministry, part of Weakday Ministries, is seeking sponsors to clothe 15 children during the cold part of the year. The primary need is winter clothing, including undergarments, outerwear, and footwear. Most sponsors spend $100-$125. (more…)

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What’s the future of rural Texas? Find out at Johnson City livestream of seminar

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Johnson City librarian Maggie Goodman believes the city — like other rural towns — will be facing questions related to growth that will affect its future. (more…)

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Marble Falls City Council approved a Conditional Use Permit for First Baptist Church of Marble Falls to build a new facility to replace Cornerstone Baptist Church, located at 408 Avenue R. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Marble Falls church closer to new Avenue R mission center after City Council action

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS First Baptist Church of Marble Falls can move forward with a proposed new facility in the 400 block of Avenue R after Marble Falls City Council approved a Conditional Use Permit during its regular meeting Nov. 7. (more…)

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‘Learn to Testify’ in front of Texas Legislature at Llano seminar

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO John Bogliano remembers quite well how ill-equipped he was the first time he spoke in front of the Maryland Legislature on a bill being pushed through by state leaders. (more…)

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A ceremony Oct. 31 was held to rededicate Live Oak Park, 801 Live Oak in Burnet, as Randy Longoria Park. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet renames park in memory of supervisor Randy Longoria

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Before his death, Randy Longoria dedicated 14 years to the city of Burnet, and those who knew him best wanted to ensure he would be remembered in a fitting way. (more…)

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Willie DeLancey enjoyed time outdoors weeks after suffering a heart attack while working at Lowe’s Home Improvement. His co-workers quickly sprang into action to save his life. Courtesy photo

Co-workers’ knowledge and quick thinking save Granite Shoals man’s life

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Willie DeLancey punched into his night job at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Marble Falls like he had done countless times before. (more…)

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Austin Disaster Relief Network founder and Executive Director Daniel Geraci recently visited with members of area churches at Lake Shores Church in Marble Falls as they help with flood recovery. Between 25 and 30 local congregations are creating Highland Lakes Crisis Network to provide immediate and long-term assistance during disasters, whether one like the recent flood or a house fire. Go to highlandlakescrisisnetwork.com for more information. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

New Highland Lakes Crisis Network training ‘shepherds’ to walk alongside disaster victims

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON In September, a few Highland Lakes clergy attended an Austin Disaster Relief Network workshop to learn how to create a similar network among area churches. The Rev. Jackie English was scheduled to present what he had learned during that eight-hour training session to the Marble Falls Ministerial Alliance on Oct. 23. (more…)

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Pflugerville High School volleyball players, including Isabel Gallegos (left) and Victoria Sheppard (right), brought paper towels, cleaning supplies, water, and gift cards to the Marble Falls High School before their volleyball match against the Lady Mustangs, including Payton Powers (center). Courtesy photo

Sports community comes together to help Marble Falls recover from flood

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Marble Falls High School athletic director and boys head soccer coach Rick Hoover admitted he got a little emotional Oct. 23 when the Pflugerville High School volleyball teams walked into Max Copeland Gym with cases of bottled water and sports drinks, bundles of paper towels, 15 bottles of cleaners, and Lowe’s […]

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Jubilee Jamar (center) works some of the flood-damage clothing around in a 300-gallon stock tank while her mom, Tanis Jamar, and her sister, Cypress look on. Tanis soaked the clothing, which came from a woman whose Kingsland home was flooded Oct. 16, overnight then rinsed and soaked it again before running it all through her washing machine. She and more than 150 moms who make up the Marble Falls Mom Squad have answered the call to help clean food victims’ laundry and dishes. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls Mom Squad takes on extra loads of laundry and dishes for flood victims

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The clothes are in their second round of soaking in a 300-gallon stock tank, but, as Tanis Jamar checked on their progress, she noted the water was clouded with dirt and debris. (more…)

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Group offering free legal aid to Highland Lakes residents affected by flooding

Group offering free legal aid to Highland Lakes residents affected by flooding

FROM STAFF REPORTS With all the immediate needs and work following the devastating flood Oct. 15-17, some residents might not consider their legal needs. (more…)

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