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.


Community Resource Centers continue resources and aid

Marble Falls-office Site Director Jeanne Emerson, back, and Community Resource Centers of Texas Executive Director Donna Klaeger continue to work to assist and protect vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 crisis.





Donna Klaeger, Executive Director
Community Resources of Texas, Inc.
Special to The Highlander

The Community Resource Centers, Inc. understands that our community is changing rapidly. Trying to find the right help in a time of need can be very complicated and stressful. The Covid19 Virus has arrived in our area, and we are striving to keep information flowing to our clients, as well as our community partners. We are continuing business as usual and we will direct clients to the very best resource available to them.


Numinous Coffee Roasters baking bread for the needy

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Numinous Coffee Roasters owner Alex Payson, left, and employee Ocean Leigh bake and package fresh bread for delivery to the Helping Center. The coffee shop has converted its dining room into a bakery to serve the needy.





By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

While some larger businesses may be keeping an eye on their profits during the COVID-19 pandemic, Alex Payson and his employees at Numinous Coffee Roasters are making dough of their own — for bread.


Llano community volunteers replenish grocer shelves

John Roberie/Special to The Highlander
Llano residents rolled up their sleeves on March 17 to help the local grocer who was short staffed stock his shelves following the rush on goods by shoppers reacting to a COVID-19 scare. Pictured are customers and community volunteers Mike Steelman and Dr. David Hoerster, in the background.





By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

When officials with the Llano Chamber of Commerce found out they would be canceling all business and group networking events, the group decided to help a fellow merchant in another way.

On March 17, dozens of local residents spent much of the day helping Store Manager John Roberie of Lowe's Markets, 104 W. Young, restock his shelves due to the run on goods in the wake of the coronavirus scare.


MFHS students do good deed for recovery center

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Junior Cutter Wright has to weld precisely to specifications on the meat rack frames so all four corners are 90 degree angles.




By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

For the students of Kyle Holton's ag power class at Marble Falls High School, accepting jobs from local entities is about more than just refining their welding skills.

“It feels good to help people,” said junior Ayden Humphreys.

Holton, MFHS ag science teacher, agreed to construct a barbecue pit for His Joshua House, a Kingsland-based drug and alcohol recovery house for men. …


Marble Falls HS teacher Lerin Lockwood featured on GMA

MFHS art teacher Lerin Lockwood appeared on Good Morning America on Thursday, March 5 to showcase her invention, the Lion Latch.




By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

From the streets of Marble Falls Market Day to the Good Morning America studio in New York City, Lerin Lockwood has made a name for herself with her invention of the Lion Latch.

Lockwood, an art teacher at Marble Falls High School, appeared on the morning variety show on Thursday, March 5 to talk about her creation. …


WOW presents Pauline Reese: It’s All About the Heart…

Courtesy photo by Josh Franer
Acclaimed singer, songwriter, real estate agent, wife, mother ... Pauline Reese has risen and soared like the Phoenix or like the cloud above her on her favorite horse. See more images and stories in Women of the Workforce.





By Judith Shabram
Contributing Writer

“Marketing yourself as the product is a very difficult thing to do” Pauline Reese, acclaimed songwriter, performer, real estate agent, wife and most importantly, mother of two beautiful little girls mused recently.

As a woman in the highly competitive, often male-dominated, country music industry, her life is a study in making music on her own terms and surviving.


Marble Falls High School choir is going places

Contributed/Marble Falls High School Choir
Under the direction of Bryce Gage, the Marble Falls High School Choir has traveled the world, including a 2017 trip to Italy, performing and learning. Next year, the tradition continues as the students and their parents will tour Greece.





By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Under the guidance of choir director Bryce Gage, the student singers of Marble Falls High School have traveled the world and received numerous accolades for performances.

Gage – the ever-humble teacher – insists that he hasn't done it alone. …


Birds of prey soar on the Colorado River

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. …


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.


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