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Wed
16
Aug

Living Love shelter makes Plus Ten Puppies appeal

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Living Love Animal Rescue, already bursting with cats and dogs looking for new homes, has taken on most of a 14-puppy litter and now a fund has been established to care for them until the Lab-mix heart melters can find homes. The Clear the Shelters campaign is in full swing and adoptions now could help answer that call.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The volunteers of Living Love Animal Rescue in south Burnet County went above and beyond their previous commitments this month when they made room for more than 10 animals at once.

The shelter already was full to bursting with 20 dogs and close to 100 cats. A recording at the shelter already announced that the shelter was full when a call came in that set a new challenge.

A woman in tears said her dog had delivered 14 pups and she had no resources to care for them.

Shelter manager Rosalie Brosh and volunteer Kelley Whited traveled to the woman's home thinking they might come away with two puppies and an agreement to have the mother dog spayed.

"We asked to see the pups and the lady brought out a pan of food to draw them out and out they came, covered in fleas and sores,” said Brosh. “There were 10, and it was clear that there was no hope

whatsoever for these poor babies.

Fri
11
Aug

Hear the roar? Drag boats exceeding 250 mph on Lake Marble Falls all weekend

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Safety checks takes place in Johnson Park before an entry is ready for LakeFest Drag Boat Races, underway through Sunday, Aug. 13, on Lake Marble Falls. Driver of the entry Nitrochondriac, Bryan Sanders of Houston, left, goes over the list with Matt Schubauer of Lucas Oil, corporate sponsor of the race. Sanders is the driver that pushed to the world elapsed time (ET) record of 3.38 seconds at 268 mph.

Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Bryan Sanders of Houston calls it as “quite a rush” and “hard to describe,” while Daryl Ehrlick of Round Rock says it is “terror and pleasure at the same time.”

Sanders and Ehrlick are drivers in the 2017 LakeFest Drag Boat Races, today through Sunday, Aug. 11-13,

the 26th year of the races. Both will be driving Top Fuel Hydroplane boats. Ehrlick’s is called “Problem Child.”

Fri
04
Aug

Mild-mannered bookkeper leads double comic life

Kim Green (as the Silver Banshee) and her daughter Cierra Jones (as Jaylah) pose before the Star Trek Galactic Federation symbol at the Alamo City Comic-Con. The mild-mannered Green, who is the office manager of The Highlander, has a geeky side that only comes out at Comic-Con.

By Frank Shubert

Publisher

The Highlander

One of the highlights of every Comic-Con International: San Diego, which wrapped another successful four days of fun and games in July, is the amazing cosplay by those in attendance.

For those who are uninitated in the ways of geekdom, cosplay — a blending of the words costume and play — is the art of dressing up as and imitating a character from a fan's favorite movie, book, comic, graphic novel or video game and the San Diego Comic-Con can be likened to the Super Bowl for cosplay enthusiasts.

A similar scene was played out not long ago in San Antonio as thousands of comic book fans, gamers and self-identified "geeks" descended upon the Mission City to show their enthusiasm for the latest fantasy heroes, heroines, villains and the artists who created them.

Tue
01
Aug

Vietnam-era Marine giving back to veterans

Richard Zowie/The Highlander

Bill Hutton and his girlfriend Gina Ciauri (left) visit with longtime friends and Marble Falls residents Jack and Cathy Harris, right. Hutton keeps in close touch with the Harris’ son, Jeff, who currently serves in the U.S. Marines.

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Fri
28
Jul

Deputy Cannonball dogs crime in Llano County

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano County Precinct 2 Constable Richard Harris just got a new deputy. Only this one has four legs instead of two, and gets his kicks from a tennis ball.

Fri
21
Jul

Faith Academy families on mission to Honduras

Bridget Slyker reads to Honduran children during a summer mission.

 

Special to the Highlander

Though Richard and Bridget Slyker — along with their children Carter, Susannah, and Will — are less than six weeks away from beginning a two-year minimum commitment to live as missionaries in Honduras, their journey actually began more than 15 years ago.

Tue
18
Jul

Camp Champions earns international accolade

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Camp Counselor Noah Dexter introduces campers to the library inside The Hearth, the creative arts center at Camp Champions. The camp was named placed in the top 60 summer camps in North America and first among 14 traditional camps honored by the Canadian travel website Flight Network. Read about it in the Tuesday, July 18, edition of The Highlander. See more scenes of camp life on the Facebook Page for The-Highlander.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The rest of the world seems to be catching on to what local summer camp enthusiasts have know for some time about Camp Champions near Highland Haven.

When it was founded in 1967, Camp Champions drew headlines over sports greats founders Hondo Crouch, Darrell K. Royal, Horton Nesrsta, and Pete Runnels. The focus of what was conceived as an all-boys camp widened when girls invaded in 1970. Now, you could say it offers a wide-angle view.

Steve (Camp Geek) and Susie Baskin (Camp Mom) bought the camp in 1995, leaving behind his career as an investment banker and investing, instead, in the lives of young people and rearing four children of their own.

Tue
18
Jul

Brown appointed Baptist World Alliance general secretary

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Family is important to former Burnet Countian Elijah Brown, recently appointed to the post of general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance. He and his wife Amy have three children, from left, daughters Keziah and Sahara, and oldest son Hudson.

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

In his childhood, Elijah Brown lived in Buchanan Dam and Granite Shoals before attending Marble Falls schools. When his father became pastor of First Baptist Church in Bertram, Brown finished his high school education at Burnet High School, where he graduated in 1999.

It was a joy to grow up in this area,” said Brown, who currently serves in Washington D.C. as the executive vice president of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, which focuses on international religious freedom.

On July 7, the Baptist World Alliance’s general council at a meeting in Bangkok elected him to serve as the next general secretary.

Mon
17
Jul

SEARCH begins with successful year

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Janelle, a 2017 graduate of Project SEARCH at Seton Highland Lakes, performs data entry work at the hospital. See the whole class and more scenes from training in the new program on the Facebook page for The Highlander.

 

Project SEARCH at Seton Highland Lakes recently celebrated the graduation of its inaugural class. Five young adults spent nine months training in complex areas of the hospital, gaining marketable skills to leverage their employment portfolio as they enter today’s competitive workforce.

Friends, families, and fellow Seton Healthcare Family colleagues joined Danelle, Jacob, Janelle, Michael, and Peter to celebrate the end of their internship and begin the next part of their journey: competitive employment.

Mon
17
Jul

Highland Lakes Master Naturalists welcome Class of 2017

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Highland Lakes Master Naturalists class of 2017 includes, front row from left, class coordinator Ann Cook, Mary Ann Holt, Sharon McBride, Barbara Baruch, Susan Montgomery, Kim Shotts and class coordinator Marcy Westcott. Second row are Cris Northup, Stennis Shotts, Nadine Cowley, Debbie Kennedy, Carey Jung and Cameron McCabe. Back row are Ken Morgan, Kelan Sanders, Rob Sproul, Dan Nugent and Don Hill. Not pictured is Anne-Marie Morgan.

 

 

 

 

By Becky Breazeale

Special to The Highlander

Eighteen candidates for the title Texas Master Naturalist recently received their certification in this program — which is comprised of 10,000 volunteers in 48 chapters, the largest and oldest statewide program of its type — during a graduation at Bamberger Ranch Preserve.

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