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Tue
24
Mar

Judge: Burnet County will follow governor's lead on COVID-19

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Burnet County Commissioners received an update March 19 during a special called meeting, where an emergency disaster declaration was updated based on a state-issued order. Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal attended and provided an update on COVID-19 protocols at that time.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said Tuesday, March 24, he doesn't believe a “shelter-in-place” order will be necessary for Burnet County following similar orders being issued for Austin and Travis County and the city of Lampasas.

Tue
24
Mar

Marble Falls families adapt to COVID-19 isolation

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Jade Klaus and Eric Walker, both of Marble Falls, made a Redbox selection over the weekend as the community began adapting to more stringent calls for “social distancing” as a measure to reduce possible coronavirus infections.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

With the suspension of schools and job furloughs, local families have found ways to reconnect with one another, continue essential tasks and still offer support for their loved ones.

Jade Klaus and Eric Walker explained how they bought groceries March 20, stopped at Walgreens for a few health necessities and then purchased a Red Box movie outside the pharmacy.

“This gives us an opportunity to rent movies and hang out at the house with kids,” Klaus said of Walker and their boys ages four and 12. …

Tue
24
Mar

Highland Lakes Crisis Network sets guidelines

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Local crisis network volunteers have made masks using material to offer to the at-risk vulnerable clients they assist with services from meal pickup and delivery to emotional and spiritual support.

 

 

 

By Kevin Naumann
HLCN Executive Director

As we navigate the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to join us to help shine a light of hope and of love to our neighbors in need. We are the Church.

We are gearing up to be able to provide food and supplies to our neighbors in need; specifically, for our elderly and medically fragile, those who may have income shortages and students who are not able to access meals provided by the Marble Falls Independent School District. …

Tue
24
Mar

Numinous Coffee Roasters baking bread for the needy

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Numinous Coffee Roasters owner Alex Payson, left, and employee Ocean Leigh bake and package fresh bread for delivery to the Helping Center. The coffee shop has converted its dining room into a bakery to serve the needy.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

While some larger businesses may be keeping an eye on their profits during the COVID-19 pandemic, Alex Payson and his employees at Numinous Coffee Roasters are making dough of their own — for bread.

Tue
24
Mar

Marble Falls chamber offers merchants help during coronavirus orders

By Lew K. Cohn and Connie Swinney

Disasters orders regarding COVID-19 have disrupted the way merchants do business, however Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce has launched an effort to keep commerce going where possible.

“To be separated from each other as a tight-knit community adds anxiety to everyone, so we can be a platform for that,” said Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jarrod Metzgar. “As a chamber of commerce we want to do all we can to continue commerce but also can help rejuvenate and get that spark up to keep us up and going.”

Tue
24
Mar

Officials halt local general public COVID-19 testing, say 'Stay home' if ill

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

In the wake of Burnet County's first confirmed COVID-19 test, the Burnet County Health Authority has important advice for anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to coronavirus or may be suffering from the illness: Stay home.

Fri
20
Mar

Publisher's statement on COVID-19 coverage

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Publisher Jeff Shabram

The Highlander newspaper office, 304A Highlander Circle, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or call 830-693-4367 to subscribe, offer a news tip or advertise.

 

 

 

 

By Jeff Shabram
Publisher

As we all continue to deal with the fallout and effects of the threat of coronavirus, we realize that our readers need accurate information.

In light of the announcement of the Burnet County "Stay in Place and Stay Safe" emergency order on March 25, 2020, we will continue our operations as an essential service in the provision of news coverage for the community.

Fri
20
Mar

Marble Falls churches opt for online worship, small study groups

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First Baptist Church members are utilizing live-streamed services (seen here) as an alternative to in-person worship church gatherings in an effort to reduce the risk of possible coronavirus infection among its congregation.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

In light of disaster declarations on both local and county-wide levels, churches have opted to change the way they worship.

“Live streaming – I did last Sunday on Facebook,” said Pat Hatch, a member of Marble Falls First United Methodist Church. “Our grand kids were here, and they got to listen too.”

Fri
20
Mar

Crisis network launches volunteers over COVID-19 concerns

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Highland Lakes Crisis Network volunteer Pat Hatch and Operations Team leader Rachel Naumann worked to arrange the entity's headquarters on March 18 at 1007 Broadway Avenue in Marble Falls.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Before noon on March 18, 10 requests came into the Highland Lakes Crisis Network office, 1007 Broadway Ave., from elderly residents asking for help obtaining groceries as the coronavirus scare continues to clear store shelves in the community.

“By coincidence one of the people who we deliver (Meals on Wheels) to called in today needing help grocery shopping,” said Ron Munos, a HLCN volunteer, who works with the Meals program as well. “She's afraid to get out. My wife got her list, and if it's not perishable, we'll pick it up this afternoon because we deliver to her anyway.

Fri
20
Mar

Marble Falls ISD suspends school until April 3

Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

In reaction to developments with COVID-19, Marble Falls Independent School District suspended normal school operations until at least April 3 to provide time to be more informed about a return to classes.

The date for suspension was updated on March 19 to comply with Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order.

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