Real culprit caught on set of 'Murder Weapon'

Contributed/Laura Gisi

Rocky Raccoon behind bars at the HCCT. The felonious critter was caught in the act of making a mess in the theatre.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

It was a mystery that bedeviled the cast of the newest Hill Country Community Theatre play, “Murder Weapon.”

What was in the theatre building in Cottonwood Shores that was leaving behind a mess, including overturned coffee cups and tossed trash, as evidence of its existence? Could it be a poltergeist or perhaps something far more sinister?

As it turns out, the culprit was caught after a trap was laid nearly as craftily as the one set for the suspect in the late Brian Clemens' suspenseful thriller, set to debut at the theatre on April 20.
The cast held a character workshop Thursday, March 30, before a cage trap was set out on the stage. At 7:45 a.m., play director Laura Gisi came into the theatre and found the culprit, Rocky Raccoon, wearing his “mask” and finally where he belonged – behind bars.


Mayor Birdie Harwood, a Texas first remembered

Texas' first female mayor, Ophelia "Birdie Harwood, was elected the top official of Marble Falls 100 years ago, even before she and sister citizens could vote.





By Jane Knapik

Special to the Highlander


One hundred years ago, on April 2, 1917, Ophelia “Birdie” Crosby Harwood of Marble Falls became the first woman ever to be elected mayor in Texas, at a time before women had the right to vote.

At the April 4 Marble Falls City Council meeting, Mayor John Packer will read a proclamation detailing her lifetime achievements. The council meeting begins at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 800 Third Street, Marble Falls.


Goar honored in New Mexico

Burnet County's Lela Glimp Goar, right, is welcomed into the into the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) Hall of Fame by Kirk Carpenter, Aztec Municipal School District superintendent and a member of the NMAA board of directors, on March 9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.





Burnet County’s Lela Glimp Goar was inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame in ceremonies held March 9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico .

The ring ceremony honored her years of service as an individual who has made significant contributions to Interscholastic and family related activities in New Mexico .

According to a press release by the organization, the individual must show great support for and involvement in formulating regulations and procedures for various interscholastic programs, and they must have 25 years of service, of which 20 must have been in New Mexico . The candidate is then screened by the New Mexico Hall of Fame Selection Committee. As a member of the Class of 2017, Lela Glimp Goar will be the 102nd member of the prestigious group.


Knapik has history in her blood and honors well earned

Burnet County Commissioners congratulate Jane Knapik, PhD, on her work earning the 2017 Burnet County Historical Commission Distinguished Service Award. Pictured, from left, are Billy Wall, Knapik, Joe Don Dockery and Jim Luther Jr.




Jane Knapik, PhD, has been honored with the 2017 Burnet County Historical Commission (BCHC) Distinguished Service Award.

The award was presented in recognition of “consistent and dedicated work with the BCHC," with Burnet County Commissioners Billy Wall, Jim Luther Jr., and Joe Don Dockery in attendance to congratulate her.

“With Dr. Knapik’s body of work in education and her continuing work in preservation of history in our county and others, she has earned yet another title: a Burnet County Woman of Note,” read the announcement of her award.

One could say Knapik has history running through her blood. Born Jane Alexander, a descendant of a Burnet County pioneer founding Alexander family, her ancestors fought in the American Revolution, for the Republic of Texas, and for the Confederacy. Her family moved to Uvalde County when she was three years old, but she came back after a long and satisfying career in education.


HUSH Luxury, as seen at Market on Main Saturday





By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander


Marble Falls Market on Main has been rescheduled for this Saturday, March 17, and one addition to the Main Street vendors will give shoppers a preview of local products that went national Monday.

Right there on Main Street in booth 212 will be Hannah Starr, founder and CEO of the natural beauty products manufacturer HUSH Beauty Products.

A series of national television commercials introduced by celebrity entrepreneur Kevin Harrington, one of the original sharks from the TV reality show “Shark Tank” and in collaboration with AsSeenOnTV.pro, began Monday marketing her company's new cutting edge, 100 percent vegan skincare products, HUSH Luxury.


Faith Academy’s Natalie Roach crowed IJM

Faith Academy sophomore Natalie Roach received multiple individual awards and was crowned 2017 International Junior Miss Texas Teen at the Texas State Pageant, held Feb. 24-26 in Richardson.

Though her accomplishment of winning one of the top five pageants in the nation is impressive, it is rivaled by the odds she had to overcome to get there.

Natalie suffered a stroke in utero and was born blind and paralyzed on her left side. As a result, she spent many years in a variety of therapies and even underwent a complicated surgery that was able to restore her eyesight.


Nantz retirement to be honored Friday

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

David Nantz will cap 37 years in the field of adult probation when he is honored with a retirement reception Friday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. in Burnet.

The reception will be held at the Sylvester H. Reed Memorial Building, 402 East Jackson Street.

Nantz has been director of the 33rd/424th Judicial District Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD) for 14 years, a career he calls “meaningful.”

“I got my sociology degree from Lamar University in Beaumont and went to work right out of college for the Board of Pardons and Paroles in Houston,” said Nantz. “After about two years, I went back to my hometown of Beaumont in probation work in July 1979.”

As an arm of the 33rd and 424th District Courts for Burnet, Llano, Blanco and San Saba counties, the CSCD operates the District Intermediate Sanction Facility (ISF), is a 54-bed facility with a variety of programs.


No hiding from shadows for MFHS construction students

MFHS students view a master plan for Travisso development.

There was no hiding from shadows for Marble Falls High School (MFHS) students on Groundhog Day this year.

The Marble Falls Construction Trades Program was one of only two school programs in Texas, and 10 nationwide, to participate in the Toll Brothers Builders National Groundhog Day Job Shadowing event.

MFHS students traveled to the 2,100 acre Travisso master-planned community in neighboring Leander to explore all of the career trade opportunities available in the building industry.

The Toll Brothers’ mentoring event was designed to showcase to students the number of different in-demand careers that are available to students trained in workforce ready programs.


Library Thrift Store spotlights Strickland


Mildred and Art Strickland have lived a life of volunteerism in Marble Falls.

Mildred Strickland is being recognized by the Marble Falls Library Thrift Store as its Volunteer of the Month.

Mildred Strickland began volunteering at the Marble Falls Library Thrift Store after retiring from a teaching career of 30 years. When she began to volunteer in the early 1990s, the thrift store was located on Main at Fifth Street. Mildred continued to volunteer when the thrift store moved into the larger building previously occupied by the Marble Falls Library in 1997.


Klee to lead Congress in prayer


Harvey H. Klee of Llano County will be offering up a prayer before the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. on Feb. 28.

Klee, National and Texas State Chaplain for The American Legion, also is chaplain of the Highland Lakes Honor Guard. Rep. Michael Conaway extended the invitation to Klee to present a prayer as guest chaplain at noon at the Capitol, an event to be televised live on C-SPAN.

During his stay in Washington D. C., Chaplain Klee will be installed as a member of ANAVICUS – Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada, United States, an offshoot of ANAVIC, a Canadian veterans organization first authorized by Queen Victoria in 1840. It was Queen Victoria who granted permission for the members to wear berets of Royal purple. The United States Chapter was chartered in 1953 with membership by invitation only. Today, more than 1,100 Legionnaires wear the ANAVICUS Royal purple beret or cap.


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