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Thu
21
Jul

Saturday shoe drive aims for 1,500 pair

CONTRIBUTED
A Walmart associate rings of shoes to be added to community donations of gently used shoes this Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Church of Christ on Broadway Street. The goal is shoes up to adult size 13 for 1,500 school kids in need.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A shoe drive at the Marble Falls Church of Christ Saturday, July 23, will be the first step in getting children in need ready for the new school year.

The drive, sponsored by the Highland Lakes Health Partnership Children's Coalition, will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m.at the church at 711 Broadway Street. The shoes will be available, first-come-first-served, at the big Back to School Blast at Marble Falls Middle School at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.

Thu
21
Jul

MFPD honored as 'Fearless Blue'

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER
Lunch and good wishes are delivered to he Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) Monday, July 18. Members of Hillside Bible Study at Marble Falls First United Methodist Church and the Ridge Readers reading circle organized “The Fearless Blue” recognition. Pictured, from left, are Carolyn Furrh, the Rev. Ellen Ely, Leah Santy, Paulette Blade, MFPD Capt. Glenn Hanson, Det. Sgt. Tom Dillard, Brook Hanson, Ofcr. Tim McIntyre, Carole White, Yvonne Kyler, Det. Sgt. Trisha Ratliff, Ofcr. Justin Boucher.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

No one had to order out for lunch at Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) Headquarters Monday, July 18, thanks to a Fearless Blue recognition cooked up by members of Hillside Bible Study at Marble Falls First United Methodist Church and the Ridge Readers reading circle.

“We were driving home from Sunday school and we passed the police station and one of us said, 'We ought to do something for them,” said Yvonne Kyler in a small presentation ceremony. “Everyone wanted to be part of it.”

By noon Monday, a gift basket, bouquet of roses and a table loaded with sandwiches and goodies for lunch had been assembled for delivery to MFPD.

The group was headed back to the church for a prayer service for all the victims of violence against law enforcement and for the safety of all who serve.

Thu
21
Jul

Escamilla receives his Purple Heart

CONTRIBUTED

Maj. David O’Leary Jr. of Fort Hood, left, presents Mark Escamilla with a plaque of all his service medals while serving in the U.S. Army.

By Addie Zinsen

Special to The Highlander

Tue
12
Jul

July is Parks and Recreation Month

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER
Marble Falls Mayor John Packer, right, proclaims July Parks and Recreation Month in the City of Marble Falls during the Tuesday, July 5, city council meeting. Being recognized from the city's Parks and Recreation Department are, from left, Director Robert W. Moss, Parks Superintendent Lewis Fincher and Administrative Assistant Monique Breaux.

At the meeting of the Marble Falls City Council on Tuesday night, July 5, Mayor John Packer proclaimed July Parks and Recreation Month in Marble Falls.

From the city's Parks and Recreation Department, Packer introduced Director Robert W. Moss, Parks Superintendent Lewis Fincher and Administrative Assistant Monique Breaux. The trio with a staff of maintenance personnel and city pool lifeguards and operators manage about 130 acres of park land, trails, green belt and facilities.

“Our parks and recreation are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in our communities,” proclaimed Packer, praising them for maintaining physical and mental health and boosting the economy.

 

Tue
05
Jul

25th LakeFest gets a logo

The spirit of 25 Years of LakeFest dragboat racing have been captured in logo form by a Minnesota graphic artist, Stephen Dorsey.

Glynis Crawford Smith

THE HIGHLANDER

A Minnesota graphic artist has claimed the prize for creating a 25th Anniversary of LakeFest logo.

Stephen Dorsey, who produces freelance artistic creations under the name Dorsey Design, submitted the winning entry for promotion of the Lake Marble Falls event that takes place Aug. 12 – 14 this summer.

The Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce sponsored the logo contest, awarding Dorsey a $200 cash prize and two Top Eliminator Club tickets worth $350.

Tue
28
Jun

Phoenix Center addresses international confab

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Phoenix Center staffers carry their experience in trauma counseling to an international symposium June 8-10 in Banff, Canada. Attending were, from left, Niamh Fahy, Chali Henderson, Lindsey Humphrey, Maggie Messina and Erin Givarz, with executive director Sarah Garrett, not pictured. See more photos on Facebook at The-Highlander page.

By Lew K. Cohn, Managing Editor

The Highlander

Four Phoenix Center staffers recently returned from Banff, Alberta, Canada, where they presented information about the center's model for assisting children with trauma at an international symposium.

Fri
17
Jun

Corvette designer, intrepid driver team up for Soapbox Derby glory

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

No one seemed to notice a lone 73-year-old lady who waited quietly in the room full of men signing up for races in the 2016 Marble Falls Adult Soap Box Derby.

“Hello, I'm Alice Gardiner and I'll be racing against you in the derby,” she said, finally.

The others seemed unimpressed and, after a few courteous greetings, returned to conversations. That is, until her next words: “Hey guys, the builder of my soap box is sitting over there and he was the original engineer who developed the Corvette.”

Tue
07
Jun

Aquifers, lakes replenished

ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

Lake Buchanan just south of the Buchanan Dam churns and caps white with fast moving water – the floodgates are open after heavy rainfall in recent weeks. Visit The-Highlander on Facebook for maps of local aquifers: bit.ly/1MZW51U

By Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers

Local officials have confirmed: our lakes and aquifers are full.

As meteorologists predicted, the spring of 2016 has been a wet one, and rainfalls in the past few months, including flooding across central Texas in April, May and early June have led to higher lake levels than have been experienced in years, and the replenishing of Burnet County aquifers, water officials said this week.

Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District Manager Charles Shell said Wednesday that all the aquifers under Burnet County are full.

Tue
24
May

Baskin trifecta leads Class of 2016

BY GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER
Standing together after Marble Falls High School honors announcements Thursday, May 19, are the three top graduates of the Class of 2016. From right to left, they are William “Liam” Baskin, valedictorian; his brother, Wiley R. Baskin, salutatorian; and their sister, Terrill Baskin, ranked third in the class.

BY GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH

THE HIGHLANDER

The announcement of valedictorian and salutatorian was the climax of Marble Falls High School Scholarship Awards Program Thursday, May 18—a big announcement, but perhaps not the biggest story.

Tue
24
May

MFISD to provide tech to all

By Lew K. Cohn
The Highlander Managing Editor
Marble Falls Independent School District has embraced technology in a big way and by August, the district will be able to provide assistive technology on a 1-to-1 basis to every student within the district.
The Marble Falls ISD Board of Trustees has approved fair-market-value leasing of Hewlett-Packard touchscreen Chromebooks for middle school students in grades six through eight and Lenovo Yoga touchscreen devices for high school freshmen, said District Executive Director of Technology Robert Keith.

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