Features

Wed
16
Nov

Tell us what you're thankful for!

In honor of our upcoming Thanksgiving edition, The Highlander would like to poll our readers on what you are most thankful for. Message us on Facebook, email us at lew@highlandernews.com or call us at 830-693-4367 and let us know what you are thankful for this year!

Tue
15
Nov

Mitchell receives Texas State alumni award

Ron Lynn Mitchell

Ron Lynn Mitchell, vice chairman, president and CEO of Horseshoe Bay Resort, has been awarded the Texas State University Distinguished Alumni Award.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the most prestigious honor bestowed by Texas State University and the Texas State University Alumni Association. The award recognizes graduates who have achieved prominence and distinction in their chosen business, profession or life work on a national or international level.

The first Distinguished Alumni Award was presented in 1959 to Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson later served as the 36th president of the United States.

Mitchell, an Austin native, is embarking on his 42nd year of involvement in the development of Horseshoe Bay Resort. He has been a leader in the company overseeing its vision, growth and development almost since its conception.

Fri
11
Nov

Legion of Honor conferred on Kingsland vet

Kingsland man to be honored with French Order of Legion of Honor

 

A Kingsland man will be honored Friday, Nov. 11, with the medal of Knight in the French Order of the Legion of Honor for his service during World War II.

Sujiro Seam, the Consul General of France in Houston, will honor Capt. Gerald Stoddard, who is unable to attend the ceremony, which will be the highlight of Austin’s Veterans Day Celebration. It will take place after the parade, on the south steps of the Texas Capitol at 11 a.m. Friday.

Stoddard, born Jan. 19, 1924, enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1942. After graduating from flying school as a second lieutenant, he joined the 55th Fighter Group and became a fighter pilot for P-38 and P-51 planes.

Fri
28
Oct

MFAEMS celebrates 40 years Saturday

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Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Services (EMS) conduct resuscitation practice. The EMS received a $22,256 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative in April for new Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) equipment and they train community members in basic CPR. The MFAEMS will celebrate 40 years of service to south Burnet County at an event from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the station, 609 Industrial Boulevard in Marble Falls.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

An event billed as “food and lots of memories” will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

It will take place at the EMS station at 609 Industrial Boulevard in Marble Falls and it will be a rare chance outside the throes of an emergency or the clamor of a community celebration to visit with paramedics and technicians.

And the memories will be many for an organization that has grown from a fledgling ambulance in Marble Falls in 1976 to a force of six MICU (Mobile Intensive Care Unit) capable ambulances and two SUV first responders housed at stations in Marble Falls, Granite Shoals, and Horseshoe Bay.

The service runs up to 4,000 calls each year in as many as 450 call per month by 9-1-1 and inter-facility transfers. They are staffed by 48 paramedics, 32 of whom are are full time.

Fri
28
Oct

Halloween sparks ghostly tales

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Lahonda Tiner puts the finishing touches on the grim reaper who welcomes guests to her home at 307 Avenue F in Marble Falls. Her ghostly decor is all in fun, but spooky stories always emerge this time of year. Read this story from a former Bertram resident and, in the Friday edition of The Highlander, Managing Editor Lew Chon's own account .

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

There is no better time for a ghost story than Halloween and there is no better ghost story than one one told first-hand.

The trail of a story shared by Michele Hart (aka “the Rug Queen), owner of La-Ti-Da & Elements in Marble Falls, led to Bonnie Estes. She lives in Dime Box today, but her ghostly encounter was in Burnet County territory.

“I'd bought this house, a 1917 Colonial in Bertram,” she said. “I was the third owner who carried the name Bonnie, which was strange enough.

“I bought the house along with its contents because the owner was moving out of state and couldn't take anything.

“I set out a box of things to keep and a box of things to throw away where all the sticky old Tupperware and trash went.

Fri
28
Oct

Books in her blood

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Jackie Cundieff may have taken over as director of Llano County libraries, but that doesn’t mean there’s an upheaval in the system’s future. For one thing, Cundieff thinks the system is “awesome” the way it is.

She was named director of the three-library system (Llano, Kingsland and the Lakeshore Branch at Buchanan Dam) by county commissioners, effective with the retirement of longtime director Dian Ray on Sept. 30.

She’s no stranger to Llano; she’s lived there for 27 years, her husband, Rick, is pastor at First Baptist Church of Llano, and they’ve raised two children, a boy and a girl, both grown.

However, Cundieff said she grew up in Burleson, south of Fort Worth where her mother was school and church librarian.

It’s kind of in her blood.

And after years in the education system, Cundieff went back to school herself and got a Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas.

Tue
18
Oct

Officials gather input for Wirtz Dam bridge

Alexandria Randolph/Highland Lakes Newspapers

Near the site of the proposed Wirtz Dam bridge are, from left, Burnet County Judge James Oakley; Burnet County Commissioner Pct. 4 Joe Don Dockery; Jim Luther unopposed candidate for Pct. 1 commissioner, and Ashby Johnson, executive director of Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).

By Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers

 

Residents and commuters now have opportunity to weigh in on the proposed Wirtz Dam, a transportation project that has been in the making since 1974.

The community outreach program for the dam project, which began in September, is the culmination of years of anticipation for Burnet County officials.

“This was on the 1974 Burnet County Transportation Plan,” said Joe Don Dockery, Burnet County Precinct 1 commissioner.

The next step wasn't completed until 2005, when a feasibility study was completed indicating that a bridge at Wirtz Dam would be beneficial to the community.

Following a meeting conducted by CAMPO (Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization) on Sept. 9, the campaign for public opinion regarding the Wirtz Dam Bridge is officially underway.

Fri
14
Oct

Granite Shoals honors Alyssa Flores as Make-A-Wish recipient takes spotlight

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Singer/actress Selena Gomez welcomes Alyssa Flores of Granite Shoals to her June concert in Austin. Meeting the star was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Friends for Wishes in honor of Alyssa's fight against leukemia.

Glynis Crawford Smith

The HIghlander

One of Granite Shoals youngest citizens was honored as “a champion in fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)” by the Granite Shoals City Council Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Seven-year-old Alyssa Flores accepted the fanfare with the poise of any celebrity. After all, she already had spent an evening with Selena Gomez.

Alyssa is the first local child to have been granted a dream come true by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That wish was to meet the actress and singer, whose hits include “Love You Like A Love Song” and “Come and Get It.”

“She was going to choose a swim with dolphins,” said Kathrin Brewer, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Austin. “But they were driving past the Long Center in Austin and saw that Selena Gomez was playing. She said she absolutely wanted that more than anything.”

Fri
14
Oct

Burnet High School graduate Sommer Floyd celebrates first album release in hometown

Sommer Floyd, a 2008 Burnet High School graduate, will host a free concert at Hill Country Fellowship Church on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the upcoming release of her first album.  

by Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers
 

While Sommer Floyd was an all-around American sweetheart in her days at Burnet High School, it was her struggles and mistakes that led to her testimony to God through music.

Emerging as a singer and songwriter, Floyd will celebrate the release of her first album in her hometown of Burnet this weekend, and the message will be one of redemption.

Set for Sunday, Oct. 16 at Hill Country Fellowship Church is an album release concert at 7 p.m. Floyd will be backed by a full band and orchestra and will perform songs from her debut album, “Ray of Light,” which is slated for release this fall.

Floyd lives in Burnet County with her daughter Heidi, and graduated from Burnet High School in 2008.

“As a little girl I was always singing,” Floyd said. “The beginning of my pregnancy was when all this started. I was at the lowest point in my life.”

Wed
05
Oct

Big bucks = $Big bucks

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Hunters looking for the big bucks can mean big bucks of the green variety to business.

Texas ranks first or second every time a national survey is conducted. The Lone Star State's 2.71 million hunters and anglers spend $4.1 billion annually and support 65,993 jobs, according to a study reported by the Congressional Sportsman Foundation.

“There’s no question that deer hunters boost the economy in small towns such as Burnet for the several weeks they are in the area,” said Kim Winkler, executive director of the Burnet Chamber of Commerce.

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