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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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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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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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Filing starts for spots on Highland Lakes school boards

Filing starts for spots on Highland Lakes school boards

FROM STAFF REPORTS While they don’t always get a lot of appreciation, the Highland Lakes public school board members help guide the educational direction of thousands of students. It’s actually a pretty important role in the community. (more…)

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Marble Falls Middle School Principal Roger Barr addresses students during an assembly Jan. 8. It was a ‘behavior reset’ so the principal could remind the students about three tenets for which the campus strives: be safe, be responsible, and be respectful. Barr and his staff are making an intentional and overt effort to emphasize positive behavior. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls Middle School reinforces positive over punishment

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When disciplining students, schools are well-versed in punishment. Pick up a student handbook from any school across the country, and it will outline the consequences for every infraction. (more…)

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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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Burnet sophomore running back Marcus Escamilla looks for running room after taking a handoff from sophomore quarterback Mathew Tippie. The Bulldogs lost 42-28 to Taylor on Nov. 9 to end their season. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Burnet CISD makes changes at head football coach, other district positions

FROM STAFF REPORTS Burnet Consolidated Independent School District officials unveiled sweeping changes in its administrative department Dec. 10, including at head football coach. (more…)

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Keith McBurnett is the superintendent of the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District.

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE: BCISD will watch Texas Legislature closely this session

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the state’s 86th legislative session will begin, and, for 140 days, Texas lawmakers will work to set the state’s budget for the next two years and address policies and laws in areas as diverse as transportation, border security, health care, and education. Even though the session doesn’t kick off until January, […]

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Llano High School seniors signed certificates to celebrate their college, university, or military choices during a ceremony in the campus cafeteria Nov. 28. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Llano High School honors college-bound seniors on signing day

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Llano High School Principal Jenifer Neatherlin refers to her students as dream chasers. On Nov. 28 during a “signing day,” 23 of her seniors took a step toward realizing their dreams when they announced where they will be attending college. (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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Grant creates plumber training program at Central Texas College

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Almost 100 new plumbers will be needed in the Highland Lakes in the next five years, according to a statistic from state labor boards. This is due to new subdivisions, businesses, and other growth. (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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BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends Kingsland School

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — The Kingsland School Lakers are headed back to class on Monday, Aug. 20. If you’re unfamiliar with Kingsland School, it’s a public charter school with classes from kindergarten through eighth grade that serves students in Burnet and Llano counties. As a public charter school, there is no admission to attend. […]

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

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

The Bulldogs are back — well, officially on Monday, Aug. 20, the first of class for Burnet Consolidated Independent School District students. Many students, particularly at the high school, have already returned to school due to sports and band practices. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls is located at 3151 RR 1431 East. Call (830) 798-1333 or go to famf.org for more information. File photo

BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends Faith Academy

MARBLE FALLS — Though the Texas summer didn’t need any help, the Faith Academy Flames are heating things up as classes start Tuesday, Aug. 14. Faith Academy, 3151 RR 1431 just east of Marble Falls, is the only private school for kindergarten through 12th grade in the area. It’s a great option for families, but […]

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Texans celebrate one more holiday before going back to school: tax-free weekend

STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — As the calendar flips to August, the sudden realization comes that school is just around the corner. However, even before class starts, the first holiday for students and parents arrives: Texas’s tax-free weekend Friday-Sunday, Aug. 10-12. (more…)

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Faith Academy selects longtime staff member Amy Cozby as interim head of school

Faith Academy selects longtime staff member Amy Cozby as interim head of school

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Amy Cozby admitted she had to get through a “Moses phase” — referring to the Biblical figure who led the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery but first had to give up life as an Egyptian royal — when officials approached her about the head of school position at […]

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Lawyer presents ‘Rights of Students with Disabilities’ program in Burnet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — The Rev. Donna Shaw of Weakday Ministries couldn’t help but notice the hurdles facing a family close to hers who has a mentally challenged child. Families with special-needs children often feel like they have to run the gauntlet when it comes to their education. (more…)

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Beth Johnson (left), Miranda Maldonado, Brandi Wilson, and Isabel Ramirez on April 26 graduated with the 29th class of the Christian Women’s Job Corps of the Highland Lakes. Wilson accepted a job at Unshakeable Grounds, while Maldonado, Isabel Ramirez, and another student, Juanita Ramirez, each received sewing machines. Courtesy photo

Christian Women’s Job Corps graduates receive diplomas and self-confidence

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Four members of 29th graduating class of the Christian Women’s Job Corps of the Highland Lakes took home more than a diploma April 26. Miranda Maldonado, Isabel Ramirez, and Juanita Ramirez each received a sewing machine to help them earn extra money, while Brandi Wilson secured a job at […]

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EDITORIAL: Lesson from segregation taught us to do what’s right, no matter the cost

EDITORIAL: Lesson from segregation taught us to do what’s right, no matter the cost

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The Picayune celebrated its 27th anniversary April 17. It pretty much went unnoticed until employee Crissy Alderman posted a photo of the very first edition, dated April 17, 1991, on her Facebook feed. (more…)

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Marble Falls ISD seminar: How to get an athletic scholarship

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Earning a college athletic scholarship requires more than talent. Weaving through the collegiate scholarship process can be pretty complicated. (more…)

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U.S. Rep. Roger Williams is a Republican from Austin. He represents Texas’s 25th Congressional District.

OPINION: Help me keep our nation’s children safe

BY U.S. REP. ROGER WILLIAMS Less than a month ago, American children were going to school with their friends, spending time with their families, and living their everyday lives. All of that quickly changed on Feb. 14 when 17 Americans were shot dead in a building in which they spend as much time as their […]

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Rodger Woods (left), owner of R and M Training Solutions, has taught a coordinated license to carry (LTC) firearms course over the past four years, but for the first time, he is offering a free course for educators and school staff March 24 in Kingsland. Also pictured is LTC instructor Bill Edwards. Courtesy photo

Free Kingsland firearms course to arm teachers with skills, gun laws

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY KINGSLAND — When Rodger Woods announced he was holding a free license to carry course for teachers, by the second day, he had 60 educators from across the Hill Country signed up. “It helps awareness, builds familiarity and the confidence related to guns,” said Woods, who is the operator of R […]

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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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OLLI classes for 50 and older are all learning, no tests

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — To Bill Smyrl, the best part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute courses is attendees can attend, take notes, listen, and learn without the pressure of two things. (more…)

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Granite Shoals City Hall

Interested in running for local office? Filing period approaching

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — If you’re upset or concerned with the way your local city or school district is going then maybe it’s time to get off the sidelines and into the mix this year. Maybe you like how things are going generally but want a few tweaks. Either way, if you want […]

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