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Tue
06
Nov

Walkway of Lights to end sooner in 2018 but still “magical” after flood-delayed start

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The Walkway of Lights in Lakeside Park in Marble Falls will be on a shortened timeline and end on Dec. 26 due to work set to began on the city's parks improvement plan.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Recent flooding issues have failed to deter plans for the Walkway of Lights, however, a Marble Falls city parks improvement project will place the Christmas lighting display on a shorter timeline, officials said.

A Pedernales Electric Cooperative crew began work Nov. 5 on utility installation of the Lakeside Park lighting trail, hosted by the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce.

“We had to wait for the park to dry out a little bit,” said Chamber Events Coordinator Brandi Payne. “Obviously the park was saturated, and that put us off from getting down here (to start erecting the display). There's a little bit of delay, but we're going to make it work.”

The night-time display – which features sculptures, lighted Christmas trees and photo opportunities with Santa Claus – is scheduled from Nov. 16 to Dec. 26.

Wed
19
Feb

Birds of prey soar on the Colorado River

Contributed/VTRC
Colder winters in the northeast motivate eagles to migrate to Texas for temporary homestead.

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

At the height of the winter season, catching a glimpse of one of the largest birds of prey on Earth is not out of reach for visitors to Burnet and Llano counties.

From December to spring time, Lake Buchanan and the Colorado River which feeds into it, along both the counties have become migrating grounds to the American bald eagle and a number of their juvenile brood. …

Fri
31
Jan

Pickers flock to new Tottie's in Round Mountain

Kelly McDuffie Photography/Special to The Highlander
The new Tottie's features open mic Thursdays, karaoke Fridays, live music Saturdays and feature growing in popularity, the Pickers Circle, which attracts singer/songwriters from Austin and San Antonio to Buchanan Dam and Spicewood.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Tucked away on seven acres, under massive live oak trees on the grounds of a new venue described as the area's newest “Honkytonk,” as many as 20 “pickers” at a time gather on Sundays in Round Mountain.

The “pickers” are guitar players, entertainers and musicians – some local, some from Austin and San Antonio and everywhere in between.

Fri
24
Jan

Marble Falls trades students donate pet houses to rescue shelter

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Marble Falls High School construction trades students Joscelyn Smith (left) and Chris Whitecotton played a pivotal role in the assembly of eight pet houses that were given to Live Love Animal Rescue for outdoor felines.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Marble Falls High School construction trades students refuse to let a good lesson go to waste.

Projects in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department typically end with a product that shouldn't be thrown away like a posterboard or Powerpoint presentation. So a partnership with Living Love Animal Rescue was the purr-fect way to ensure student-built houses found worthy residents. …

Tue
21
Jan

Teen takes goat breeding business to next level

Katie Boswell/Special to The Highlander
Llano's Katie Boswell uses photography to capture the quality of Boer goats her son Rode Ligon raises and breeds as well as chronicle the progress and memories of the experience. Rode not only provides goats to clients from around the state but he has inspired a growing community of youngsters, including his seven-year-old brother Holden, to participate in the activity.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

When he was a first grader, 15-year-old Rode Ligon knew he had discovered his calling.

“To build something like that, watch it be born, to take care of it, nurture it and watch it succeed in the world, it brings a lot of joy,” he said about showing goats. “I enjoyed it and thought it would be a fun and economical thing to pursue.”

Fri
17
Jan

Marble Falls McD's to close for new building

Connie Swinney/The Highlander

A global fast-food icon's Marble Falls location will temporarily close its doors in January to make way for a new building at the same location. The last day of business at McDonald's, 1605 RR 1431, is Jan. 26. Demolition is scheduled to begin Jan. 30. “That's when the bulldozers show up,” said Teresita Arnold, area supervisor over the Marble Falls and Burnet eateries. “It will be new, bigger and more parking.” The new building is expected to be completed in 100 days.

Fri
10
Jan

HCBA invests in trades training

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In December, Hill Country Builders Association (HCBA), Highland Lakes region, expanded their commitment to the building trades with a $10,000 investment in skills training for adults. Pictured, from left, are: Gail Davalos and Fay Crider of Workforce Network Inc., Matt Fields of Fields Company Builders, Marble Falls and Julie Farmer of Workforce Network, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

By Julie Farmer
Special to The Highlander

Two entities, focused on cultivating new careers in the skilled trades for adults, have joined forces to infuse more funding into the Workforce Network Inc. program.

On Dec. 10, 2019, Hill Country Builders Association, Highland Lakes region (HCBA) expanded their commitment to the building trades with a $10,000 investment in skills training for adults. …

Wed
11
Dec

Granite Shoals first responders collecting gifts through Dec. 22

Connie Swinney/The Highlander

Granite Shoals Capt. Chris Decker and Chief Gary Boshears, kneeling, worked together to gather gifts and books for the Fill the Boat Christmas campaign at the police station, 410 Phillips Ranch Road. Fill the Boat, which benefits Christmas Outreach, goes until Dec. 22. Drop off new, unwrapped toys in the parking lot or at the Granite Shoals Fire Hall, 8410 RR 1431.

Tue
26
Nov

Burnet County crisis negotiation team created

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Members of a new Burnet County Crisis Negotiation Team are comprised of officers from both Burnet County Sheriff's Office and Marble Falls Police Chief that will be available to respond to assist any agency in Burnet County.

Find the rest of this story in the Tuesday, Nov. 26 issue of The Highlander, the newspaper of record for the Highland Lakes. To offer a comment or news tip, email lew@highlandernews.com. To subscribe to the newspaper, call 830-693-4367 or click here to subscribe to our e-Edition online.

Fri
22
Nov

FBCS teacher inspires faith with prayer journals

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
FBCS teacher Kasey Smith distributed copies of her prayer journal, The 30 Day Gift, to students to pray for wisdom and courage for political and military leaders in Washington D.C. The school will send the completed journals to the White House on Dec. 18.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

What started as a routine lesson about the power of prayer has morphed into a school-wide project aimed at sending prayers to political and military leaders in our nation's capital.

Kasey Smith, a fifth-through-eighth-grade teacher at First Baptist Christian School, started her instruction on prayer using the Biblical story of Daniel and the lion's den as inspiration.

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