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His Hands Ministry

RJ Richey program needs volunteers for reading time

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO His Hands Ministry and R.J. Richey Elementary School are teaming up to offer a weekly reading and mentoring program for students, but they need you. The program partners adult volunteers with students. The only skills required are the ability to read and a desire to spend time inspiring students, according to […]

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School districts set budgets and tax rates for 2019-20

School districts set budgets and tax rates for 2019-20

School boards in the Highland Lakes have met and set their 2019-20 budgets and tax rates. The good news: The three public school districts managed to cut their tax rates compared to last year’s. Texas House Bill 3, which passed earlier this year, helped provide property tax relief. The state earmarked about $5 billion for […]

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PEC school supplies drive

PEC employees collect school supplies for local campuses

Pedernales Electric Cooperative employees stopped by Colt Elementary School on August 19 to drop off school supplies they had collected. Across the PEC service area, cooperative employees donated more than 6,000 items to area school districts. The materials collected at the PEC office in Marble Falls went to Marble Falls Independent School District campuses. Supplies […]

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Local school districts earn B’s in state accountability ratings

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The three Highland Lakes public school districts scored B’s for overall performance in the latest Texas Education Agency accountability ratings.  Ratings are based on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams, college/career/military readiness, and graduation rates from the 2018-19 school year. Districts and campuses earn letter grades from A […]

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School is back in session, so drivers need to watch out

You’re in a hurry when you see the flashing red lights and stop sign on the school bus facing you. The kids are all headed away from the road. What could it hurt to drive past? A lot — especially if a child dashes out across the road at the last minute. The best advice […]

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Operation Fill the Boat

Fill the Boat during Granite Shoals school supplies drive

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Every Granite Shoals police officer has children, so they know how stressful and costly back-to-school shopping can be for parents. Always looking for ways to help the community, officers are once again holding the Operation Fill the Boat school supplies drive. “This is our second year of doing it,” Sgt. John Ortis […]

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Tax-Free Weekend

Texas back-to-school sales-tax holiday is this weekend

Back-to-school shopping is usually a highlight when getting ready for the first day of class — until parents look at the receipts and add up the costs. Then, it adds to the stress. However, the state of Texas offers a little relief with its annual sales tax holiday, also known as Tax-Free Weekend, which is […]

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Back-to-school checklist before the first day of class

Back-to-school checklist before the first day of class

It feels like summer break just started, but school supplies are out at local stores and the first day of class is quickly approaching. Highland Lakes school districts are preparing much like parents and students. Time is ticking away, but you still have a little more than a week to almost two weeks to get […]

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Faith Academy's Steve McCannon

McCannon named new athletic director at Faith Academy

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO When Faith Academy of Marble Falls officials began their search for the school’s next athletic director, they quickly realized they had the perfect candidate on staff. In fact, he’s been with the athletics department for 17 years: cross-country and track-and-field coach Steve McCannon. In announcing the new athletic director, the school […]

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Hill Country Community Theatre scholarship winner

Applause for Hill Country Community Theatre scholarship recipient Charles McLean

The Hill Country Community Theatre has awarded the $1,000 Phyl Holbert Scholarship to Charles McLean for his outstanding contributions to the Cottonwood Shores nonprofit arts venue. In addition to performing on the local stage in “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Rabbit Hole,” and in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” McLean has volunteered his time and was the stage […]

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Highland Lakes Association of Realtors awards scholarships

Highland Lakes Realtors group hands out nine scholarships

All nine of the Highland Lakes Association of Realtors scholarship recipients expressed gratitude after each received $1,000 for post-secondary school expenses. It came at just the right time for the students, who all have completed at least 12 college or trade school credit hours. The association awarded the scholarships to Anna Herrington, John Gabriel Smith, […]

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Back to School Blast

Back to School Blasts coming up; volunteers are needed

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Two weeks ago, Back to School Blast organizers in Marble Falls were short on needed funds to ensure 1,500 students had supplies for the 2019-20 school year. Two weeks later, organizers are feeling very optimistic thanks to the generosity of the Highland Lakes community. “We got our money in two weeks,” […]

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School’s starting; get your kids in a routine, advise officials

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The countdown is on to the first day of school, so don’t wait until the last minute to prepare your elementary-age children for classes. “Though we’re still several weeks, even a month, out, the most important thing (parents can do) is get their kids in a routine,” said Leslie Baty, executive director […]

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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

Faith Academy announces Dean’s List for Spring 2019

Faith Academy of Marble Falls recently announced its the Dean’s List for the spring 2019 semester. “We are so proud of these students for making every effort to achieve the Dean’s List,” said Amy Cozby, Faith Academy Head of School. “We push our kids to do the hard work, and with the support of their […]

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Highland Lakes school districts offering summer meal programs

Highland Lakes school districts offering summer meal programs

FROM STAFF REPORTS While school’s out, kids can still get free meals through the local districts’ summer food program. Check each site for hours and dates as well as if it serves breakfast and lunch or lunch only. The meals are free to ages 18 and younger. (more…)

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The Faith Academy of Marble Falls middle school robotics students are preparing for the 2019 Global Conference on Educational Robotics, where they’ll compete on the world stage in the Botball tournament. The event draws teams from across the United States and as far away as China and Qatar. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Programmed to win: Faith Academy students in world Botball competition

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The Faith Academy of Marble Falls robotics team swept the Texas Region Botball Tournament, winning first place and earning a trip to the Global Conference on Educational Robotics, where they’ll take on the world. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School junior Kenadee Stewart is one of 10 students selected by Pedernales Electric Cooperative to participate in this year’s summer Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The program gives students a closer look at how the federal government works. Photo courtesy of Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Marble Falls junior picked for Washington leadership trip

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Pam Parkman, executive director of the Marble Falls Education Foundation, knew the ideal Marble Falls High School student to enter in the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Youth Tour competition: junior Kenadee Stewart. (more…)

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Democratic women’s group offering three $1,000 scholarships to female students

The Highland Lakes Democratic Women are offering three $1,000 scholarships to area women. (more…)

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Realtors association offering multiple $1,000 scholarships

FROM STAFF REPORTS Applications are being accepted through June 1 for ten $1,000 scholarships to be awarded from the Highland Lakes Association of Realtors. (more…)

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Eight students graduated from the Texas Tech University TechTeach program last July from the school’s Marble Falls and Fredericksburg campuses: Tavana Grady (left), Shelcee Clark, Emily Poor, Brittany Hitt, Kaitlan Blankenship, Leah Foster, and Jacqueline Cruz. Four of the graduates landed teaching jobs with Marble Falls Independent School District, one teaches at McCamey ISD, and two others got jobs with Ingram ISD. The TechTeach program helps school districts like MFISD ‘grow their own’ teachers. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls ISD ‘growing’ its own teachers through grant

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON As Marble Falls schools Assistant Superintendent Wes Cunningham sees it, it’s important for a school district to “grow their own” teachers. (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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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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