Veterans Day, a holiday for some

Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, is observed as a holiday by the U.S. Postal Service.

Friday, Nov. 10, however is a holiday for many other offices, including the federal government.

Among Burnet County cities, only Horseshoe Bay and Bertram city staff will be at work.

All county offices will be obsereve a Friday holiday, as well as city offices in Marble Falls, Granite Shoals, Cottonwood Shores and Burnet. Highland Haven regularly closes on Fridays.

It will be worth a call to your local bank before driving to make a transaction.

Although the Federal Reserve Banks close for Saturday holidays and on Mondays following Sunday holidays, individual local banks may vary. IBC Bank, Prosperity Banks FirstUnited and First State Bank & Trust, for example, will be closed Saturday.

The Marble Falls branch of Compass Bank and Security State Bank & Trust, that do not have regular Saturday hours, will be open Friday.


Marble Falls Celebrates Veterans Day Saturday


Krissy Sralla adjusts a World War I uniform for the Veterans Day exhibit at Falls on the Colorado Museum (FOMC) in Marble Falls. She is a member of the FOMC Board of Directors who will join with the Marble Falls Rotary Club for an annual Veterans Day observance on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Veterans Day again will be celebrated by Falls on the Colorado Museum (FOCM) in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Marble Falls but a month-long exhibit honoring veterans is opening at the museum at 2001 Broadway Street.

At the Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, the warhorse Reckless and the Bluebonnet Chorale will return to add to the recognition of all U.S. military veterans.

Marine Staff Sgt. Reckless' proxy, Dixie, commemorates one of the greatest Marine heroes of the Korean War. The original Sgt. Reckless was a chestnut horse that carried needed ammunition to the Fifth Marines during a five-day battle.


MFISD School programs to honor veterans Nov. 10-13

This year, Veterans Day, a national holiday celebrated each Nov. 11, falls on a Saturday.

To honor local veterans while students are in school, Marble Falls ISD campuses have scheduled special Veterans Day celebrations this Friday, Nov. 10

The Veterans Day celebrations help deepen students’ civic understanding that Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the United States Military — both in wartime or peacetime.

Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served—not only those who died — have sacrificed and done their duty.


MFISD Veterans Day Celebrations


Operation Christmas Child underway at FBC


Operation Christmas Child is underway and donations will be accepted at First Baptist Church until Nov. 19. First Baptist Church School students, with boxes prepared to fill for children in need around the world, are, from left, Michael Wetzel, Kelsey Cude, Loretta Fogle, Bella Bougher, and Rayne Gristy.





By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Thursday, Nov. 9, is the big day for First Baptist Christian School students to pack their shoe boxes full of presents for Operation Christmas Child (OCC).

It is a reminder that anyone can become a part of the Samaritan’s Purse ministry to spread the a message of love with shoeboxes full of small gifts and a gospel.

The boxes are shipped to underprivileged children all over the world who may never have received a Christmas gift.

All Highland Lakes churches and schools are invited to participate. Last year, 28 local churches participated. The final count was 2,268 shoeboxes filled and donated. Of those, 428 were given by First Baptist Church, 113 by First Baptist Christian School and 1,727 boxes given by 27 other congregations.

“We are hoping this year’s count will be even more,” said Beverly Whittlesey, who works with the program.


First Friday Art Walk visitors meet 'Old Masters' tonight

Would you know this artistic icon if you met on the street today? It is Vincent Van Gogh in an 1889 self portrait found in the National Gallery of Art. But tonight Highland Art Guild members portraying famous artists or their subjects will be strolling Marble Falls Main Street during the First Friday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., tonight, Friday, Nov. 3.




By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Do your artistic dreams include meeting one of the “Old Masters” face to face? Tonight is your opportunity.

Friday, Nov. 3, is another Marble Falls First Friday Art Walk and artists of the Highland Arts Guild Gallery will greet visitors to their Fall Show & Sale Preview as the masters and their subjects from artistic annals.

Tour the gallery at 318 Main Street with the likes of Rosie the Riveter, Vincent Willem van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa or Johannes Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring. Or, meet them along Main Street when they take a stroll. But look closely to identify them, you may find they are keeping up with the times and fashion.

In addition to new art, visitors can enjoy refreshments while browsing extra works of art, a Christmas gift table and a red tag sale on some of the artist's gallery pieces.


Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race to visit Burnet


Fire jumps are all part of the craziness of the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race, coming to Burnet Nov. 4.

Thrill-seekers of all shapes, sizes, and ages will get a chance to participate in the craziest — and muddiest — event in the world, when the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race (powered by Men’s Health) hits Burnet with 25 adrenaline-pumping obstacles and a day-long party for all racers and spectators on Nov. 4.

This year participants will have the opportunity to conquer 30 events strategically placed throughout the U.S. and Canada. Burnet will host the wild event packed with water slides, trampolines, fire jumps, and much more for the third straight year.

Tickets, available online at, start at $49 for advance registrants and increase by $10 every two months, ending at $100 on the day of the event.

Students and military personnel with valid identification receive a $10 discount.


Get your PINK on Thursday

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Local firemen have been sporting pink logos on their shirts to remind Marble Falls to 'Get your PINK on.' The inaugural breast cancer awareness program of Marble Falls Fire Rescue will be held 4-6 p.m. Thursday at Old Oak Square and they are asking the whole city to turn out in pink to commemorate the effort.





By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

“Get your PINK on, Marble Falls.”

That is the message from Marble Falls Fire Rescue for a breast cancer awareness event Thursday, Oct. 26.

“Our pink fire truck program escort members of the community affected by breast cancer to the big event at Old Oak Square on Main Street,” Marble Falls Fire Chief Russel Sander said. “We hope everyone will wear ping and join us from 4-6 p.m. for pink cupcakes and cookies and pink lemonade.”

A commemorative photo of what the department wants to be a sea of pink will be taken from atop a ladder truck.

“We are calling on all of Marble Falls to join us,” said Sander.

Local firemen, including members of Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department have been sporting pink logos on special uniform shirts to promote the event.

Sander told the Marble Falls City Council he expected to see them in the crowd.


Saturday is Clean-up Day in Granite Shoals

A shred service for personal records will be a feature of the Granite Shoals Fall Clean Up Day again this Saturday, Oct. 21, on the municipal complex, 2221 North Phillips Ranch Road.

Citizens will find rows of roll-off dumpsters for almost any kind of refuse, except construction materials, rocks and masonry materials, liquids, batteries, and dead animals.

Among items accepted are appliances without Freon, furniture, porcelain fixtures, scrap metal and tires without rims. A small fee is charged for tires.

Branches should be bundled and leaves and trash should be bagged.

Condor Services will be there from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. with the ShredMobile for secure shredding of documents with sensitive personal information including information recorded on CDs, DVDs or cassette tapes. The material should be delivered in boxes with notebooks, binders and metal fasteners removed.


FiestaJAM begins tonight and rolls right through Sunday

Jimmie Vaughn is the headliner for the 2017 FiestaJam, rocking Lake Marble Falls this weekend.



Jimmie Vaughan, of Fabulous Thunderbirds and Austin music scene fame, will play FiestaJAM on Saturday, Oct. 21, but he is icing on the cake of a music festival has grown to four days of Marble Falls Hill Country fun beginning tonight, Thursday, Oct. 19.

Visitors can sample wines from award-winning local vintners, craft beers from regional brewmasters and samples from area chocolatiers, as well as wine seminars and regional foods.

“We have more musicians and more events than ever before,” said event co-founder Robert Linder. “There is literally something for everyone.”


MFHS Choir to host third mattress fundraiser

The Marble Falls High School Choir literally is willing to “go to the mattresses” to raise money for their annual choir trip.

The choir will host its third annual Mattress Fundraiser this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Marble Falls High School, 2101 Mustang Drive. Every purchase benefits the MFHS choir, which will travel to New York City for spring break.

In the past two years, the choir has raised $10,400 in just two days and they hope to see similar success with more than $5,000 in sales Saturday.


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