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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.

Fri
12
Apr

Hill Country Community Theatre annexes 'Doublewide, Texas' for April show

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From left, Helen Ward, Amy Masuda, Gabriele Grasmick, Eliana Palmer, and Donna Petty star in the comedy “Doublewide, Texas,” opening April 25 at Hill Country Community Theatre.

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

The Hill Country Community Theatre presents “Doublewide, Texas,” the fourth show of its 2018-19 season¸ by playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten.

In this hilarious, fast-paced comedy, the inhabitants of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas — four doublewides and a shed — are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them.

Tue
09
Apr

City of Marble Falls declares April Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month

Connie Swinney/The Highlander

 

The city of Marble Falls declared April Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, during their April 2 regular meeting. Members of entities which provide resources offered the latest figures, programs and efforts to protect children. Pictured are: Caroline Ragsdale, Marsha Neel and Jane Graves of the Burnet County Child Welfare Board, Marble Falls Mayor John Packer, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Development Coordinator Kerry Trull, Kaylee Gains and Ken Nickel of the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center and Burnet County Magistrate Kirk Noaker.

Fri
01
Mar

Mission Marble Falls, 100 Chicks for Charity donate to Boys and Girls Club

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander

The Chain of Chairity Continues. . .

Mission Marble Falls donated $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes on Thursday after receiving a $10,000 donation from 100 Chicks for Charity. In attendance at the check presentation were: (front left to right) Steve Lackey of Mission Marble Falls, Crissy Alderman of 100 Chicks for Charity, Kara Buster of Mission Marble Falls, Victoria Rucker director of Marble Falls Boys & Girls Club and Vicki Campbell of 100 Chicks for Charity; (in back, left to right) Brooks Blake of Mission Marble Falls, Rev. George Perry of Mission Marble Falls, Danny Joe Buster of Mission Marble Falls, Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes Executive Director Bill Drake and Grant Dean of Mission Marble Falls.

Fri
01
Mar

Whataburger donates dining furniture to Boys and Girls Club

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander

 

Children of the Boys and Girls Club of the Highland Lakes got comfortable in the new chairs and booths provided by local Whataburger restaurants recently. The Marble Falls Whataburger location recently remodeled its interior and donated the old tables to the Boys & Girls Club.  On Feb. 19, Whataburger district manager Keith Jensen and Burnet general manager Shaun Dilworth served kids plates of chicken strips in Marble Falls.

Fri
08
Feb

Girl Scout house reopens in Marble Falls

Contributed/Girl Scouts of Central Texas
Flooding in the Highland Lakes in October 2018 made the Girl Scout Huber House hut unusable on Pecan Valley Drive, but thanks to community assistance, the hut is celebrating its reopening this weekend.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

When the Highland Lakes flooded in October, the Marble Falls Girl Scout Huber House was rendered unusable. Thanks to local citizens who stepped up in a time of need, however, the building was renovated and is ready to reopen just three months later.

Tue
05
Feb

Rotary Clubs generously donate to flood relief

 

 

Special to The Highlander
The Marble Falls Rotary Club, along with generous donations from additional Rotary clubs, recently awarded $17,427 to the Burnet County Flood Victim Relief Fund to assist with long-term relief efforts created in response to the October 2018 flooding in Burnet and Llano counties.

Thu
31
Jan

FBC Burnet to host Care Nights

FBC Burnet will host the spring sessions of GriefShare, DivorceCare, DivorceCare4Kids (DC4K), and Single & Parenting programs Tuesdays, starting Feb. 5 and continuing through April 30.

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg
Staff Writer

When faced with the death of a loved one, divorce, or single parenting, everyone pushes through the grief and struggles in a different way. Many people need support and guidance when faced with difficulties in their lives, and Care Nights at First Baptist Church Burnet are designed to help these individuals cope in their own ways, with the support and guidance of caring individuals.

FBC Burnet will host the spring sessions of GriefShare, DivorceCare, DivorceCare4Kids (DC4K), and Single & Parenting programs Tuesdays, starting Feb. 5 and continuing through April 30.

The four seminars are designed to guide participants in coping with the effects of divorce, single parenting, and grief through informational videos, group discussions, and personal workbook exercises which cover the week's topics.

Fri
25
Jan

Hill Country Blenders offering singing Valentines

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Members of the Hill Country Blenders will perform as a barbershop quartet to deliver Singing Valentines on Thursday, Feb. 14, as a fundraiser.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

A really nice love song is a great way to express love for your best gal or guy. If you are not that confident of your singing voice, the Hill Country Blenders have a deal for you!

Fri
25
Jan

Disabled, elderly Kingsland woman receives gift of hearing due to Estes donation

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Dolores Kasper (center) poses for a photo with Estes Audiology staff (from left) Rayleen Nelson, Dr. Katherine Sonnamaker, Tricia Hastings and Dr. Jacob Keup after receiving her new hearing aids.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

One Hill Country resident is able to hear life with a little more clarity after a generous gift from a local business.

Dolores Kasper, 88, of Kingsland received a free pair of Phonak Bolero B90-SP hearing aids from Estes Audiology on Tuesday, Jan. 22 as part of the company's gift of hearing program.

“These are top-of-the-line,” said Tricia Hastings, patient care coordinator at Estes. “They are strong enough to fit the severity of her hearing loss.”

Kasper is a retired small business owner who now lives alone in Kingsland; she has been a patient with Estes for over five years. She is blind and wheelchair-bound, but still finds joy in life. Throughout the entire appointment with Dr. Katherine Sonnamaker, Kasper told jokes and laughed as if nothing ailed her.

“It's so nice to be able to do this for her,” Sonnamaker said. “Hearing is all she has left to connect with the world.”

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