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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

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.

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