Livestock—not just a man's game

Richard Zowie/The Highlander

Holly Atkinson, an outstanding Marble Falls FFA member, will show sheep at the Burnet County Livestock Show in Burnet Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 4-6.  She will be among more than 200 FFA and 4-H youth stock raisers taking part.

By Glynis Crawford Smith and Richard Zowie

The Highlander

If you think it will be only fellas showing poultry, rabbits, cattle, sheep, goats and swine at the 2018 Burnet County Livestock Show this weekend, think again.

On a chilly December morning last week, it was four gals feeding stock out at the Marble Falls High School agriculture education barns and they are ready for the show.

The event will take place Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 4-6, at the Burnet County Fairgrounds, 1208 Houston Clinton Drive in Burnet. And, you may see about as many females as males representing the FFA and 4-H chapters in the county.


'Reel Brothers' join Pursuit Channel


Two brothers who love fishing Cullen, left, and Hudson Gardner, grandsons of Marion and David Gardner of Horseshoe Bay, will share their passion for fishing in 2018 on “Reel Brothers,” a show on the Pursuit Channel. The two boys hold a fishing record in Costa Rica.




By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Two brothers who have caught hundreds of types of fish in various locations in the United States and Central America will bring their experiences to television.

Sundays at 2:30 p.m., starting on Jan. 7, 2018 on the Pursuit Channel, 13-year-old Hudson and his 11-year-old brother, Cullen, will star in 13 episodes of “Reel Brothers.” The episodes will run for 26 weeks.

The show will follow the boys in their various fishing adventures.

The Gardner brothers are the sons of Michael Gardner, a lifelong, full-time professional hunting and fishing outfitter, and Holly Mills-Gardner, a former Miss Texas and sports TV personality. They live in Lake Travis.

“We just saw the previews recently,” said Michael, who founded the show with Holly. “It is like a reality show, actually, with hardcore saltwater fishing.”


Bertram PD welcomes new K-9 to the ranks

Marcie Masterson/Bertram Enterprise - The Highlander

R.I.P. Ofcr. Bock. The Bertram Police Department’s K-9 died last month, due to cancer. 'Bock served Bertram until his last day of life,' said Bertram PD Chief JJ Wilson. “He was faithful ‘til the end.'




By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Bock, the loyal K-9 of the Bertram Police Department (BPD) was laid to rest in November and the department is falling into step with his successor, Max.

“Bock had cancer,” said BPD Chief James “JJ” Wilson. “He was losing weight. We had been to the vet and dried different diets but he wasn't getting better.”

It was veterinarian Dan McBride in Burnet who made the final diagnosis.


Burnet's Bulldogger a Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer


Tommy Puryear, local rodeo champion, sits down for interviews after learning of his induction into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

By Savanna Gregg

The Highlander

December brings many different thoughts to mind — cold weather, Christmas, snow (for some), hot chocolate, lounging by the fireplace on Christmas Eve anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus.

But for over 100,000 people every year, December also means National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Gary P. Nunn at Lantex Theater 90th anniversary tonight

The VIP meet 'n greet reception with Gary P. Nunn will start at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and doors open to the public at 7 p.m. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets to the gala are $20 and are available through the Llano Main Street Facebook page. All guests will receive a Lantex 90th bandana, provided by Llano native Roger Beasley. VIP meet 'n greet tickets are available for $50 to a limited number of guests.


By Savanna Gregg

The Highlander

Here in Central Texas, our roots run deep and we take pride in where we come from. Most of us share common values: we love our mama's cooking, country music, and keeping history alive. Lucky for us, a night of celebrating the preservation of history and country music will be taking place this Friday in Llano.


Father Lopez' sculpture bridges communities


Father Jairo Lopez stands before the obelisk statue he created in front of the Marble Falls Visitor Center.




A downtown reception will be held in Marble Falls Friday, Dec. 24, to honor one of the Highland Lakes most revered artists, Father Jario Lopez.

When you visit the Highland Lakes, you are visiting an unofficial gallery of Father Lopez’ artistic work. On the city streets, local homes and Saint John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Marble Falls, his art is lovingly displayed.

Beginning at the turn of a new century, Father Lopez’s calling to mosaic art and to the Highland Lakes were in harmony. With reserve and reverence he explains, “Art lasts forever.”

In the year 2000, his art and his work meshed when he arrived in the rolling hills and lakes. "It's a part of my prayer life and my spirituality, for when you meditate, you see the beauty of God in the materials, colors and textures,” he smiles with having spoken his heart.

His seaming of church and community is similar to his mosaic art.


L.D. Ferguson remembered

A common epitaph for the deceased is “Gone, but not forgotten.” For L.D. Ferguson, who passed away Oct. 26, most likely he’ll be remembered and talked about for a long time.

Ferguson, 94, was a veteran known for his vast community service in Burnet County.

“L.D. had a great personality, and I’ll remember his ability to play cards and dance, even in his 80s and 90s,” said Mary Meyer, a member of the Marble Falls Senior Activity Center, where Ferguson spent a lot of his time.

“It’s my opinion that everyone that knows Mr. Ferguson would tell you he is the nicest man ever,” longtime friend and neighbor Larry Jones said. “He has been extremely generous in his gifts to various organizations in Marble Falls, particularly with the Senior Center, where he not only donated money, but every year would donate the turkeys and hams for the Thanksgiving meals. What a great guy.”


Divorce rates decreasing in Burnet County

By Jenn Robison

The Highlander

Good news for Burnet County couples and those who plan to get married.

Recent data shows that divorce rates decreased in Burnet County between 2009 and 2015. Overall, the numbers of divorced individuals in the United States have increased by 11.65 percent, but Burnet County experienced a decrease of both divorced males and females over the same six-year period.

The data comes from pansop.com, a community knowledge sharing website built to help people become more knowledgeable about specific topics. In regards to this study, the data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau.

From 2009 to 2015, the numbers for divorced females living in Burnet County decreased by 22.6 percent, while the number of divorced males decreased by 13.2 percent.


Elk hunting takes a team

Contributed/Hunter Burnham

Hunter Burnham, heir to a tradition of Hill Country hunting, displays a majestic herd bull was approximately eight years old.He says it took a team working in unison to bring him down. Read much more of interest to hunters in the 2017 Hunters' Guide inside the Tuesday, Oct. 17, edition of The Highlander.

Highland Lakes natives and tourists with long memories remember the Burnham Brothers sporting goods store, once found on Avenue H across from the Blue Bonnet Cafe, if only for its window full of rattlesnakes. It was owned by Winston and Murry Burnham, who parlayed the hunting and game calling expertise handed down by their father, J. Morton Burnham, into a successful business of national repute.

In 1961 Roy Rogers invited them to Los Angeles to teach him to hunt and call predators. Their quick success with him led to hunts all over the world. Many thousands of hunters have relied on the game and predator calls they developed.


Engineer notes 'fugitive dusts' as rock plant concern

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A former Marble Falls mine safety engineer has warned members of a group fighting a proposed rock crushing plant of the dangers of “fugitive dusts” that will escape the facility if an air quality permit is approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, stating the plant should have been required to perform “air dispersion modeling” due to the proximity of Baylor Scott & White Marble Falls hospital.


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