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Mon
29
Aug

Flat Creek Estate holds annual Harvest Dinner

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER

The vineyard of Flat Creek Estate stretches quietly behind Ted Hindes of Dallas, left, assisting chuck-wagon cook Larry Sawyer, right, of Llano with a barbecue dinner held Saturday, Aug. 27, in honor of the volunteers who help pick the grape harvest for the winery east of Marble Falls. See more photos of the day at The-Highlander Facebook page.

 From their first planting in the year 2000, Rick and Madelyn Naber have been able to depend on friends, neighbors on the north shore of Lake Travis and wine aficionados to dig into the soil and harvesting of grapes at Flat Creek Estates.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, as in years before, those scores of supporters were treated to the annual Harvest Dinner. Many of the scores of volunteers who helped harvest the crops in July and August enjoyed a chuck-wagon barbecue prepared by Larry Sawyer of Llano and the tunes of Guitar Tex and the Traveling Trio.

The Nabers had purchased the land off Singleton Bend Road in 1998. "The Grand Planting," as they have come to call it, in 2000 saw 6,000 vines installed by 60 hard-working volunteers in just six hours. Since 2006 the "Harvest Team" of volunteers have joined  the Flat Creek crew to bring in the harvest.

Mon
29
Aug

Wine industry veterans opening new winery in Hye

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Arrayed are some of the wines to be offered by the new Yates Winery, opening in Hye in September. Yates Winery is owned by the Yates family, which operates Spicewood Vineyards in Burnet County.

The owners of Spicewood Vineyards in Burnet County, Yates, are set to open their newest premium winery in Hye in September.

Led by owner, Ron Yates, along with the award-winning winery team from Spicewood, the new winery will make high quality wine in proximity to several other wineries on the Wine Road 290.

“We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved at Spicewood Vineyard since purchasing the winery almost a decade ago,” said owner, Ron Yates. “We’ve learned a lot from our success at Spicewood, and will use that experience to create this new, namesake winery with a different focus.

Mon
29
Aug

Texans still have insurance options

Since the Affordable Care Act became law, health care prices have risen at the lowest rate in 50 years, and premiums for the 150 million Americans with employer-sponsored insurance have grown at some of the slowest rates on record.

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, a new U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an analysis that found HealthCare.gov consumers would continue to have affordable coverage options, even if all Marketplace final health insurance premium rates were to increase by double digits next year.

In a hypothetical scenario where all rates increase by 50 percent, the vast majority of Texas consumers (80 percent) would be able to purchase coverage for less than $75 per month, according to the HHS report. All Marketplace premiums will be finalized and public in October.

Wed
24
Aug

Act II for Lucy fans: Fall Creek Vineyard Grape Stomp continued Saturday

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER

Still honeymooning after 64 years of marriage, George and Germaine Gaulin, formerly of Rhode Island and now of Georgetown, share the fun of stomping grapes Lucille-Ball-style at the 27th Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20. George, who sang French folksongs to his bride, memorialized his romp through the stomp with vintage footprints on a commemorative tee shirt. The festival continued at the winery on Lake Buchanan in the Tow Community Saturday, Aug. 27. See more photos on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2bop4PK

By Glynis Crawford Smith
The Highlander

Tue
09
Aug

Smithwick family recounts fire event

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

Lue Angell sat under the shade tree in a her flip flops Friday morning, reflecting on 29 years of living in the country on the north shores of Lake Travis.

Angell and her family lost everything they owned Thursday night when their house burned to the ground, leading the community to begin online fundraising.

“It started just right outside the door,’’ said Rick Angell, who built everything on site at the 3-acre Lake Lot on Bonnie Lane in Smithwick. “It took no time for the fire to spread.’’

The fire engulfed the main house, a 2,800 square foot structure, in less than 10 minutes.

No one was injured in the fire. Rick Angell was the only one at the house when it started.

Fire departments from Marble Falls, Spicewood, Granite Shoals, North Lake Travis and Bertram responded.

Fri
05
Aug

Pokémon Go comes to town

By Rachel Cohn
HLN Correspondent
On Sept. 28, 1998, a little-known pair of games called Pokémon Red and Blue were released in the United States after seeing commercial success in their home country of Japan. And from there, the game series took the U.S. by storm, from currency for school children of the late 1990s as a card game to a popular, long running cartoon spawning 19 movies. One could be forgiven for not thinking Pokémon could be caught in the real world.
On July 6, 2016 — two years after a Google April Fool’s Joke based on the same concept — Pokémon Go released on Apple Store and Google Play to worldwide success. In this GPS-based mobile game, players create their own trainer avatars and pick from a choice of three Pokémon: Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle.

Fri
05
Aug

Romance writer conjures Burnet County villan

Writing a series of whodunits was the last thing on the mind of bestselling historical romance author Adrienne deWolfe until her computer crashed – and got stolen from the repair shop.
“I was struggling to write my first fantasy when my hard drive blew up,” deWolfe recalled. “The night before the meltdown, I actually had a dream that the manuscript would never get published. Does that make me psychic?”
DeWolfe works by day as a sales rep for Gumdrop Books and counts among her clients Burnet Junior High and Herman Brown Free Library.
While deWolfe can joke now about the computer debacle, she said the loss of a manuscript is every writer’s worst nightmare.
“There must have been some higher plan for me, because my publisher contacted me two days later, asking me to write a Western romance. From the ashes of that lost fantasy rose my favorite heroine: a fiery-haired, gun-slinging ex-bawd with a Pinkerton badge.”

Tue
02
Aug

Burnet County eateries make national menu

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON
BURNET BULLETIN

Wed
27
Jul

Riddell statue is 'home'

CHRISTI BERTELSON/HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS
The statue of Burnet County Sheriff Wallace Riddell (1899~1978) stands proudly at its new home at the historic jail, over which he presided almost 40 years, on the corner of Washington Street and Pierce Street in Burnet.

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON
HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

Wed
27
Jul

Burnet 'Bachelorette' suitor has another prospect

Luke Pell of Burnet meets Bachelorette JoJoFletcher during the season premiere of "The Bachelorette" reality show. Rejected Monday, Pell may have other TV prospects in his future.

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON
HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

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