Lace 'Em Up for Leukemia Saturday

Get ready to "Lace 'Em Up for Leukemia" Saturday, Oct. 4, to raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research. Registration for the 5K race is ongoing, or you can register the day of the event at 7 a.m. 

All funds raised will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The website set up for the event, on (search for Marble Falls), makes clear that the event is not a timed run. "Bring your friends, bring your family, kids in strollers, dogs on leashes...walk, run, skip, hop or jump to the finish line."

Early race packets may be picked up Friday, Oct. 3 from the American Bank of Texas, 418 U.S. 281, Marble Falls. Or you can pick them up at the race.

It costs $35 for ages 13 and older; $15 for ages 5-12.

Runners and walkers take off at 9 a.m. from Westside Park, 1610 Second St., Marble Falls.


Time is running out to register to vote

November elections will be here before you know it. Oct. 6 is the deadline to register to vote in both Burnet and Llano counties. Statewide political races are already in full-swing for Election Day on Nov. 4.

To register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years old by Election Day, a resident of the county in which you are voting, free of felony convictions, and not have a court judgment of “mentally incapacitation without the right to vote” by a court, according to the Texas Secretary of State.

Both Burnet and Llano counties allow people to register to vote by filling out an application and returning it to the county clerk’s office by Oct. 6, either in person or by mail. Any applications sent by mail have to be postmarked by 30 days before Election Day.

Additionally, you can register to vote through an online application on the Texas Secretary of State website at


Murder trial ends in conviction for Nikki McKee's killer

Nicole Lynn "Nikki" McKee

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

It took a Travis County jury ten hours to return from deliberations Thursday, Sept. 25, with a guilty verdict for James Palacio, 31, who assaulted his girlfriend Nicole “Nikki” McKee, 40, over the course of three days in a Mustang Ridge trailer in January, 2013 as their young daughter, now 4 years old, watched.

“This last week was beyond difficult,” said Caryl Calsyn, Nikki’s step-grandmother, in an email to family and friends. “Emotions were all over the map.”

Nikki called both Austin and Marble Falls home and has many family and friends in the area. Caryl asked her fellow members of the United Methodist Church in Marble Falls for prayers and they came through.


Cottonwood Rocks Festival ready to ‘rock’ the region

Event organizers Mary Ann Plumley, left, and her daughter Lauren Vance, sit with wooden hand-crafted trophies, created by Cottonwood Shores Mayor Pro Tem Stephen Sherry, a professional woodworker. “These are unique trophies. There’s never going to be anyone else with one like it,” Plumley said.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

It’s a homespun affair that has depended on the “gung-ho” spirit of community volunteerism for which Cottonwood Shores is known. Now, residents in the small city are poised to “rock the region” with the inaugural Cottonwood Rocks Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Setting up in Community Park on Birch Lane will be some 24 vendors offering mostly arts and crafts items, a barbecue cook-off and a concert by the Wesley Westbrook Band.

A mom-and-daughter team has been organizing the free event for more than a year and, as the date comes closer, it has become a community effort for a community cause.

Mary Ann Plumley’s goal is to raise money to for the volunteer fire department and to add art programs at the library, she said.


MFAEMS Fish Fry today!

From Staff Reports

The Marble Falls Area EMS Fish Fry will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1, 4-8 p.m. at The Blue Bonnet Café in Marble Falls.

Plates will be served for $8, and $3 for children five and under. Take out orders can be made by calling 830-693-2444.

The semi annual fish fry is one of MFAEMS’ primary fundraisers for the year. During the fundraiser, the Blue Bonnet Café shuts down normal operations and serves fried fish; giving 100 percent of the proceeds to the EMS department.


Rumours of home invastion suspect unconfirmed

Reports that the suspect of a Llano County home invasion has burglarized a private ranch in Bandera County are just speculation, said Bandera County authorities on Tuesday.

Rumours in the communities of Bandera and Llano have spread that Edward Levi Adamson, wanted on charges of burglary from several counties including Kerr, Kimble and Burnet, may have stolen a champagne 2001 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer from a hunting ranch. However, Bandera County Lt. Danny Bowermaster said none of this has been confirmed.

“We haven’t confirmed anything at this point. The rumor is that he has connections up here, so people are getting stirred up about that,” he said. “We do have a missing vehicle off of a hunting lease, but we don’t know the time frame yet."

Bowermaster added the owner of the property does not live there full time and therefore it is not known when the vehicle was stolen.

"We haven’t put eyes on him so we can’t say that he’s in the area," Bowmaster said.


Thunder on the Dam was a 'roaring' success

Sean O’Brien, assistant road captain for the American Legion Riders and event organizer, mingles last Saturday with Tiffany Valentine, singer and guitarist for headlining rock ‘n’ rollers Colt Buckelew & the Crossroads. The event, which was hosted by the Buchanan Dam Beach Club, raised more than $4,200 for the American Legion’s Legacy Scholarship Fund, including $850 from the band’s tip jar.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Bikers and other supporters of the American Legion piled into the Buchanan Dam Beach Club Saturday, Sept. 20, after riding 120 miles around the Hill Country, ready to enjoy each other’s company and good music. It was all for a good cause.

The event raised more than $4,200 for the American Legion’s Legacy Scholarship Fund, which helps children of veterans who have died since 9/11 realize their college dreams.

“We had forty bikers sign up” for the second annual Thunder on the Dam event, said Sean O’Brien, assistant road captain for the American Legion Riders and event organizer. “It was a good ride, everyone seemed to enjoy it, and we’re definitely doing it again next year.”


Llano Sheriff's Office makes Kland drug bust

by Alexandria Randolph

Llano County Sheriff’s Deputies busted a drug distribution operation on Thursday night after a lengthy investigation.

Two men and one woman were arrested at a residence on Lakeview Drive in Kingsland Thursday, Sept. 25.

“We arrested three subjects, got 38 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, and we confiscated six or seven guns, $800 in cash and a vehicle,” said Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn.

The three were arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs and felon in possession of a firearm, the sheriff said.

“They were just distributing. We don’t know for sure where they’re getting it,” Blackburn said.

For more on the story, see Tuesday’s Highlander or Wednesday’s Llano County Journal.


Llano home invasion leads to second manhunt this week

by Alexandria Randolph

Llano County authorities are on their second manhunt in a week after a convicted felon allegedly drove a car into a building, stole another vehicle and assaulted two elderly Llano residents on Thursday, Sept. 25.

The Llano County Sheriff’s Office and City of Llano Police are searching for Edward Levi Adamson, 47, after authorities said he drove a white Chevrolet pickup through a garage at a home at the intersection of West Ellis Street and Ames Avenue near Llano Park in efforts to evade a traffic stop at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday night.

“A Llano City Officer was trying to make a traffic stop, and the pickup ran. The officer chased it to Badu Park where he crashed into a house. There was a female subject in the car. She was detained,” said Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn.

Brittany Trevino, reportedly a girlfriend of Adamson, was arrested on the scene for public intoxication.


'Farm House' sees revival

Alexandria Randolph/Staff
The Farm House Restaurant in Granite Shoals will be revived just in time for its 50th anniversary.

by Alexandria Randolph

In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Farm House Restaurant, owner Pat Heinecke said she is breathing life back to the Granite Shoals restaurant.

She has made several changes, including a refreshed menu, improvements to staffing and the addition of a new boutique.

“January will be my 20th year here,” she said. “Since it’s been here so long, a lot of people don’t know about it.”

The restaurant that sits at the corner of RR 1431 and Phillips Ranch Road has seen its share of celebrities, including patronage by Tommy Lee Jones, musicians Tammy Wynette and Chad Austin, and sports figure Drew Pearson, several of whom left signed memorabilia on the Farm House walls.

For the full story, see Friday's Highlander.


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