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The Picayune The best newspaper money can’t buy — still FREE after all these years WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2013 VOL 22 • ISSUE 44 Wildflower season (in the Highland Lakes) rivals the fall colors in the Northeast in awe-inspiring beauty and ability to draw tourists. — From the 2013 summer/spring 101 Things to do in the Highland Lakes Texas Best Country Kay Baker joins the KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune family as part of the morning show as well as the host of the mid-day program 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. She was a regular voice on the KBEY morning show from 1997 to 2006. STAFF PHOTO BY DANIEL CLIFTON RESCUE MISSION A familiar voice (re)joins KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune airwaves Volunteer firefighter Jeff Sellers of Smithwick collects old fire trucks, restoring them for fun .... and emergencies BY DANIEL CLIFTON Picayune Editor See ALL THREE / Page 3 TOP: Smithwick resident and fire truck aficionado Jeff Sellers shows off a 1981 GMC 6000 tanker he restored to working order.Though it’s part of his ‘collection,’ Sellers, a member of the Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department, uses the truck to respond to brush and grass fires in the Smithwick area. CENTER: Jeff Sellers has three fire trucks in his collection: two brush vehicles and a tanker. STAFF PHOTOS BY DANIEL CLIFTON BOTTOM: Before Jeff Sellers began refurbishing this 1981 GMC fire truck, it showed quite a bit of wear and tear. But six months later, the vehicle was ready and capable of responding to fires. COURTESY PHOTO Picayune Editor MARBLE FALLS — After completing broadcasting school, Kay Baker headed for the one place she knew she would fit in: Roswell, N.M., famed for being the site of an alien spacecraft crash in 1947. She laughed when asked about the town where she had her first radio job. “Yeah, but I got here as quick as I could,” Baker said with her trademark grin. Baker joined the KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune family last week. But it’s actually a homecoming of sorts. The perpetually happy Baker served as a KBEY host starting in 1997 after arriving in the Highland Lakes from Roswell. She left radio in 2006, but it was only temporary. See BAKER / Page 3 EEEE FFRR SMITHWICK — The problem with many collections is the items just sit there, something to be looked at but never touched. Jeff Sellers takes a different approach with his “collectibles.” “Oh, yeah, if I need to use them, I do,” he said. “These are fully operational.” Sellers collects fire trucks. Well, collecting might be the wrong word. He owns three: a tanker and two brush trucks. He built the two brush trucks after buying each chassis and associated flatbed. He got the tanker from a friend and rebuilt and refurbished it. All three are capable of responding to fires. “I’ve always been interested in fire trucks and firefighting,” he said. Sellers owns Wildfire Consultants LLC., which helps property owners develop plans in fire prevention. He also consults with homeowners about fire protection and alarms. Until recently, Sellers was the general manager of Hidden Falls Adventure Park, which covers about 3,000 acres in Smithwick. He and his family own and live on 200 acres adjacent to the park. BY DANIEL CLIFTON in the Highland Lake s Beauty In Bloom Wildflower season a warm welcome to Spring and Summer Blanco Buchan an Dam Burnet Fredericksburg Johnson City Kingsla Horseshoe Bay nd Lampasas Llano Marble Falls Mason Smithwick 29+ events for fun, food and fireworks 19 Activities 12 Major Attractions SPRING/SUMMER 2013 Get ready for spring and summer with 101 Fun Things to do in the Highland Lakes Are you looking for something to do this spring or summer? Then you need to pick up the 2013 spring/summer edition of 101 Fun Things to do in the Highland Lakes The newest visitors guide will hit the streets March 8. You’ll find copies at local stores and chambers of commerce across the Highland Lakes. You also can find ideas for spring and summer activities at by clicking on “101 Fun Things to do in the Highland Lakes.”

The Picayune - March 6, 2013 edition

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