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Fri
22
Apr

Cottonwood Shores receives $19,100 grant

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The City of Cottonwood Shores receives a $19,100 grant to for a new police patrol vehicle from the LCRA and Pedernales Electric Cooperative. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. At the presentation on Friday, April 22, from left, are Karrie Cummings, Cottonwood Shores financial director and grant administrator; Christopher Bieze, Cottonwood Shores police chief; Sheila Moore, Cottonwood Shores city administrator; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Donald Orr, Cottonwood Shores mayor; and Matthew Gonzales, PEC representative.

The City of Cottonwood Shores will soon have a new police patrol vehicle thanks to a $19,100 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC).
The new patrol vehicle will help the city schedule officers and improve response time to emergency calls.
“The City of Cottonwood Shores is grateful to LCRA for the grant, but no one is more excited than our police
officers,” said Sheila Moore, Cottonwood Shores city administrator. “The city currently has three older vehicles,
one with more than 100,000 miles on it that constantly needs repairs. The police department is looking forward
to having a new dependable vehicle that is better suited to the city’s terrain.”
The new vehicle will enhance the city’s commitment to public safety. Cottonwood Shores established its police
department in 2006. Currently, four officers serve the city’s 1,300 residents.

Fri
22
Apr

LCRA awards $18,096 for Llano museum

Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Community Development Partnership Program (CDPP) and the City of Llano award an $18,096 grant on Friday, April 22, to the Llano County Historical Society for new climate control equipment and lighting. In front, from left, are: Mike Reagor, Llano mayor and Llano County Historical Society board member; Billy Click and JoAnn McDougall, society board member; JoAnn McDougall, society board secretary; Judy Miller, society reporter; Lori A. Berger, LCRA board member; Charles Wendt, society board president; Hudson Long, society board member; Martha Long, society board director; and Stan Weik. LCRA CDPP committee member. On the back row, from left, are: Carl Shannon and Gerry Martin, society board members; Rhonda Perkins, society board treasurer; Steve Dyer, LCRA governmental affairs representative, and Jerry Hilbun, society board member.

The Llano County Historical Society will be able to purchase new climate control equipment and lighting for its facility thanks to an $18,096 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Community Development Partnership Program (CDPP) and the City of Llano.
The historical society will buy two new air conditioners and two commercial ceiling fans to better cool and circulate air in the museum, and LED lighting fixtures to better illuminate the exhibit area.
Llano County Historical Society Board Director Martha Long said providing a comfortable viewing experience and preserving the artifacts entrusted to the museum’s care are paramount.

Tue
12
Apr

Tickets on sale for 'A Little Off the Top'

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Anson Hahn, left, and Doug Hart rehearse a scene from “A Little Off the Top,” the new comedy opening April 21 at Hill Country Community Theatre in Cottonwood Shores.

Tickets are now on sale for the Hill Country Community Theatre (HCCT) production of “A Little Off the Top,” a comedy that promises hilarity from April 21-May 1.

The play centers around Steve and Jerry, two lonely balding bachelors who find a perfect toupee to attract women. The problem for both is money. Desperate for hair, they throw in their resources to purchase a used toupee with a plan to take turns wearing it.

Never mind it was repossessed from an owner who died, their confidence soars.

Tue
12
Apr

AARP continues Tax-Aide

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Tax-Aide, the free tax service of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will continue work to assist low to moderate income taxpayers complete and efile tax returns right up to Thursday, April 14.

The service ended in Burnet Monday, but one last session will be offered Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club at 1701 Broadway Street in Marble Falls.

It will continue through April 14.

Tue
05
Apr

HAG Annual Spring Show continues

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Cynthia Goergen displays her painting, 'Willow City Loop,” the prize in the fundraising drawing at Highland Arts Gallery in Marble Falls on April 10.

The second weekend for Highland Arts Gallery’s Annual Spring Show continues Friday and Saturday, April 9-10.

All paintings are originals works of art by local artists. Handmade jewelry and gift items, such as, small paintings, paintings on glass and granite, gift cards, home made jellies, embroidered tea towels, decorated gourds will be available. Tickets for a drawing for an original painting by Cynthia Goergen will be on sale. The framed acrylic painting is entitled “Willow City Loop.”

Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and the drawing will take place Sunday, April 10 at 5 p.m.

Tue
05
Apr

Monarchs and more spring nature programs set

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A male Monarch butterfly pauses to dine on spring phlox. Migration and habitat preservation will be topics of at least three upcoming area programs.

BY GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH
THE HIGHLANDER
 
Area wildlife and gardening organizations are lining up spring programs and high on the list of topics is the Monarch butterfly.
On April 10 from 2-5 p.m., Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge (FBCNWR), a Feed the Monarchs program will be presented by Sondra Fox. Her free family program will provide hand-on instruction for planing a butterfly garden, making a wildflower seed ball to plant and a hike to search for Monarch eggs, butterflies and caterpillars in fields of native milkweed and to plant seeds in the new butterfly meadow at the refuge.
Balcones Canyonlands is a national wildlife refuge east of Marble Falls at 24518 Ranch to Market Road 1431. For more information call 512-339.9432.
Tue
05
Apr

'Barefoot Dogs' author coming to Library Lunch

Author Antonio Ruiz-Camacho will discuss his book 'Barefoot Dogs' at the Marble Falls Public Library’ Lunch with an Author program, Friday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m.

Debut author Antonio Ruiz-Camacho will speak at the Marble Falls Public Library’s Lunch with an Author program, Friday, April 22 at 11:30 a.m.

His story collection “Barefoot Dogs” follows the Arteaga family in the aftermath of the kidnapping of the family patriarch, and their flight from modern Mexico. In a New York Times book review, Patricia Engel describes Antonio’s writing style as “…muscular and evocative. He revels in intimately observed moments and sharp but nuanced characterizations...”

The book, a Kirkus Review Book of 2015 also is available in Spanish and, soon, in Dutch as well.

Tue
29
Mar

WOW High Tea Fashion Show benefits transplant fund

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The community is rallying around Darlene Sanders, whos wait for a kidney transplant predates her arrival in the Highland Lakes with the Smoking for Jesus Ministry (SJM) as they fled Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She still is part of the congregation that has found anew home between Burnet and Kingsland in Burnet County. A fashion show Saturday, April 2, will contribute to a fund for her.

BY GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH

A Women of Wisdom (WOW) High Tea Fashion Show at Marble Falls First United Methodist Church, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive, this Saturday, April 2, will be an event about style with a serious goal.

It will be sponsored from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. by the WOW women's group of Smoking for Jesus Miistry (SJM) to benefit the South-Central Kidney Transplant Fund and local resident Darlene Sanders.

Tue
29
Mar

Local DRT chapters go to jail

A tour of the historic Burnet County Jail will be included in a special meeting of two chapters of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) on Saturday, April 2.

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas are descendants of people who lived in Texas before it became a state in 1846. They perpetuate the memory of those who achieved Texas independence, encourage historical research and promote celebration of Texas Honor Days.

Fri
18
Mar

Mission Marble Falls joins in fish fry benefit Saturday, March 19

The Mission Outreach Fish Fry at St. Frederick Baptist Church, 301 Avenue N in Marble Falls, on Saturday, March 19, will be a joint effort with Mission Marble Falls with a special goal.

Fried fish and the trimmings at $10 per plate will support the project to pave the church driveway and parking lot.

"It is important for the church to be able to meet the city code," said Grant Dean, vice chairman of the Mission Marble Falls Board. "This is where Mission Marble Falls carries out its work to be sure no one goes hungry."

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