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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

Contributed

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

Contributed

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.

Fri
14
Jul

110th Birthday of Frida Kahlo celebrated

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Amanda Koraska, left, and Madlyn Nabor, right, of Flat Creek Winery east of Marble Falls consult with milliner Robin Chiesa over hats they will make. Chiesa dressed in the Mexican tradition favored by Frida Kahlo for her hatmaking seminar at Marta Stafford Fine Art. See a collection of photos from the day in our album on The Highlander Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2v0zifo

An icon of the arts of Mexico was remembered in Marble Falls Monday, July 10, and in a way she might have approved.

Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954), an artist of international fame, employed indigenous Mexican themes in her paintings and became a feminist icon through her lifestyle and depiction of the female experience.

She loved traditional cuisine, collecting recipies for elaborate parties that have been reproduced in a still-popular cookbook. Her paintings, however, cement her reputation in the art world. In her self portraits, and often in public appearances, she dressed in traditional costumes with imaginative headdresses. The Día de Muertos was one of her favorites.

At Marta Stafford Fine Art in Marble Falls, her 110th birthday was celebrated Monday with a hatmaking luncheon,  featuring Robin Chiesa of Old Glory Millinery & Hattery in Llano.

Tue
11
Jul

Clarissa Serna returns to Marble Falls for 'residency' at Brass Hall

Contributed

Singer Clarissa Serna, a contestant on NBC's "The Voice in 2014, will take up 'residency' at Brass Hall beginning Friday, July 15, with three performances in three months at the Marble Falls music venue.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Just three short years ago, Clarissa Serna was turning the heads of judges on the hit NBC TV show, “The Voice” as her rendition of “Zombie” by The Cranberries made Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Usher and Shakira sit up and take notice.

The public noticed as well as her cover of the 1990s rock hit climbed to No. 81 on the iTunes Top 100 chart in 2014, earning her a legion of fans well beyond the confines of her native Texas.

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