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MFISD releases guidelines for return to school

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Marble Falls Independent School District officials shared their vision of what parents can expect for the 2020-21 school year when students return on Wednesday, Aug. 19. In a document sent to parents and released on social media on June 24, MFISD answered “frequently asked questions” concerning remote instruction and COVID-19 prevention measures. … Find the rest of this story in the Friday, June 26, 2020 issue of The Highlander. Email editor@highlandernews.com or call 830-693-4367 for more information.

Athletes fueling camp success

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By Nathan Hendrix/Staff Writer - After a spring of web-based learning and individual workouts at home, Marble Falls students appeared ready to reunite with coaches and get to work. Mustangs head football coach Brian Herman said the extended break from sports created by the COVID-19 pandemic and UIL suspensions felt like summer without training camps. Now that actual summer has arrived and restrictions have eased, “second summer” is off to a hot start for Mustangs athletics. … Find the rest of this story in the Friday, June 26 2020 issue of The Highlander. To offer a comment or news tip, email editor@highlandernews.com.

Peace officers to preserve black cemetery

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By Connie Swinney/Staff Writer - When Burnet County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Jewett researched the background of a historic gravesite in Oatmeal, he felt compelled to bring it to the attention of the greater Burnet County community. “I was researching other history, saw this, read about it and kind of stumbled upon it while at work,” he said of his personal discovery in June of a historic black cemetery in the county. … Find the rest of this story in the Friday, June 26, 2020 issue of The Highlander. To offer a comment or news tip email editor@highlandernews.com.

Early voting June 29 for runoffs

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Early voting for the Republican and Democratic primaries begins Monday, June 29, as Llano County GOP voters will decide on a new justice of the peace for Precinct 3 as well as the Republican nominee for District 5 in the State Board of Education. On the Democratic side, voters in both Llano and Burnet counties will determine nominees for the Senate and Texas Railroad Commissioner races. In Llano County, incumbent appointed Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Debra (Deb) Edwards is running for election to an unexpired term and will face off against Dorothy “Dot” Wooten in the runoff. Edwards was the top votegetter in the March primary, but failed to get a majority of the votes as Wooten forced the runoff. … Find the rest of this story in the Friday, June 26, 2020 issue of The Highlander. To offer a comment or news tip email editor@highlandernews.com or call our office at 830-693-4367 for more information.

Gov., education commish say schools will open in fall

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While COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, case counts, hospitalizations and deaths increased last week, more and more Texans ventured out of their homes with the deadly coronavirus showing no sign of abatement. ov. Greg Abbott recently renewed his COVID pandemic disaster declaration for all counties affected by the disease. Even so, Abbott and Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on June 18 sounded a hopeful note, saying schools would resume normal operations in the fall. …

Youngsters volunteer to clean Kingsland Slab

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Billy Scott and his children, David and Sarah, took it upon themselves Monday, June 22, to clean up trash left behind by partiers at the Slab in Kingsland. The cleanup yielded 25 large black bags filled with trash, which Waste Connections in Johnson City agreed to take for free. They even inspired help from a passerby, Daniel, who was in the area and wanted to pitch in to finish up the work.

Blues band headlines Horseshoe Bay Boogie at the Bay

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Special to The Highlander Whether rock & roll and Texas swing or country & western and Blues, the Boogie at the Bay concert series continues to be a crowd pleaser for six summers running. An upcoming event will welcome the band Rochelle & The Sidewinders on Wednesday, June 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quail Point pavilion park, 107 Twilight, Horseshoe Bay.

GShoals officer helps with newborn

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An early morning ride to the hospital took an unexpected turn, as a couple found themselves on the side of the road on U.S. 281 with a special delivery and an officer assist at just the right time. The scenario unfolded just after 7 a.m. on June 18 in the 3900 block of the roadway in the southend of Marble Falls. …

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