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and Texas 29 lies a small, historic town with a heart as big as the county it’s the seat of. Burnet captures the attention of visitors from all over the state of Texas and beyond. Burnet radiates that smalltown vibe and offers many sources of entertainment from food and drink to annual events and concerts. It is that kind of town that you can drop in to the local newspaper to share accomplishments and jokes or catch up on the times with a friend you meet on the courthouse square. Founded in 1849 – then known as Hamilton Valley – Burnet was located just a skip and a hop away from an army outpost known as Fort Croghan. Today, the fort is preserved and used as a museum, hosting annual

reenactments of times long past. Downtown, you will find many businesses, including antiques shops and boutiques, a recently renovated library, and a 100-plus-year-old bank, around the courthouse square, continuing the legacy of pioneer businesses established over a century ago. When visitors are ready to relax after a day of exploring, they may spend the night in a bed and breakfast that was once a stage stop, built in 1856. Restored steam engines chug-a-lug into the historic train depot each weekend, accompanied by the famous “Thomas the Tank Engine” once a year. Formerly known as Galloway-Hammond Recreation Center, the YMCA of the Highland Lakes offers games, swimming pools, a

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fitness center, and outdoor recreation areas. Another source of entertainment for people of all ages is Haley-Nelson Park and Amphitheater. Located on a 51-acre expanse of land just off of Texas 29 West, Haley-Nelson Park and Amphitheater was built in 2013 and accommodates runners, outdoor enthusiasts, and country music fans of Burnet and surrounding counties. The Amphitheater has hosted a number of popular Texas country music artists during the much-anticipated annual Concert Series. The airport, which serves private aviators, is also the base for the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, which hosts an annual vintage air show to the entertainment and gapemouthed awe of its visitors. This along with the annual

Bluebonnet Festival and the Burnet County Fair and Rodeo are major events Burnet is famous for. Down the road from the airport, one will find Delaware Springs Golf Course — an 18-hole championship golf course and a staple for a range of citizens of Burnet. For those looking for a place to call home, Burnet offers friendly, welcoming neighborhoods, a 25-bed Seton Highland Lakes Hospital, family clinics, and a promising school district for students in pre-K through high school. Burnet is placed comfortably away from the Austin metropolis, but still close enough for those who don’t mind a small commute to work or the mall. Everybody is somebody in Burnet, Texas, where we are raised on food, family, and football. Just remember … “It’s ‘BURN-it,’ durn it!”

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The Woodman of the World mural in downtown Bertram.

Railroad played role in Bertram’s growth The town of Bertram

became a popular stop between Austin and Burnet when the Austin and Northwestern Railroad Company made its way through the Hill Country in the 1880’s. Established in 1882 and named after Rudolph Bertram, a banker from Austin one of the prominent individuals in the development of the railroads, Bertram quickly became an agricultural mecca. Business was booming for farmers and ranchers as the demand for cattle, goats, chickens, sheep, and cotton grew. Of course, the convenience of the train made shipping livestock and cotton more efficient. Bertram boasted four cotton gins, which played a significant part in the town’s economic development. At one point, a total of 11,624 bales of cotton were produced in Bertram in 1928. Today, Bertram remains an agricultural Hill Country town, and its railroad history is still recognized. Visitors from Austin and

surrounding areas board the Bertram Flyer year-round and stop in Bertram for a short layover. The trip is an enjoyable occasion for children and families as they have the chance to learn about the history of the small town and

its impact on the agricultural industry in its heyday. Every Labor Day weekend, visitors enjoy the famous Oatmeal Festival and parade, held in downtown Bertram. Visitors have the chance to explore the historic town, visit its businesses and restaurants, check out multiple vendors, and participate in the “Run For Your Oats” 5K run. Visitors even enjoy snow in September – the kind made out of oats! Citation: Darrell Debo, Burnet County History: Vol. 1, 1979

atmeal, Burnet County’s second oldest community, was first settled in 1849 and named after a German family by the name of Habermill, who first settled in the area. Habermill, roughly translated to English, is “oatmeal,” so though the family eventually left the area, the locals called it Oatmeal, and so it has remained. As if Burnet County were not already drenched in enough history, a popular story among locals is one of war, violence, and hate. The first Chief Justice of Burnet County, John R. Scott, settled in Oatmeal after traveling from New York. Scott, though a born Unionist, was a prominent figure in the south. He was antagonized and threatened by Confederate sympathizers because of his origins, even though he had ties to the Confederate armies. Scott heeded the warnings of his peers and tried to flee, but he was soon mugged and killed by his enemies, who threw his body into Dead Man’s Hole, an infamous site of violence just south of Marble Falls. There his body stayed until long after the civil war, when his body and others’ were extracted from the hole. According to Burnet County History: Vol. 1, Scott’s wife identified her husband by the buttons on his coat and the teeth she knew were his.a Every community has its share of negative history, but the positive is just as interesting. Following the Civil War, a group of freed slaves created a settlement in the eastern part of Oatmeal, where each family ran farms and households in the community

known as “Stringtown.” Stringtown was inhabited until the 1920’s. Residents built a combination church and school building, and established the only all-black cemetery documented in Burnet County. The residents were said to have remained on friendly terms with the white families from whom they were freed, and frequently invited them to barbecues in their neighborhood. Today, Oatmeal is most known for the towering oatmeal can located on Ranch To Market Road 243, and the Oatmeal Festival hosted every Labor Day weekend in neighboring Bertram. Oatmeal is nestled in the rolling hills of Central Texas, and the scenic drive to get there will fill one with awe at the beauty of the Hill Country. Citation: Darrell Debo, Burnet County History: Vol. 1, 1979

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Burnet County’s own ‘fairy tale’ castle By Lew K. Cohn Managing Editor Rising above the Inks Lake State Park and Longhorn Caverns off Park Road 4 is a structure that looks as out of place in its surroundings as it is beautiful and majestic. If Falkenstein Castle looks as if it would be more at home in a Bavarian forest than overlooking the Highland Lakes, that is because the castle was constructed as an homage to a 19th century German stronghold designed by King Ludwig II himself. Burnet residents Terry and Kim Young were inspired to build the replica castle after a mid-1990s trip to Germany, where they toured Neuschwanstein Castle. Located along the Austrian border in Bavaria, Neuschwanstein Castle was another of Ludwig II’s many holdings which was said to have served as Walt Disney’s blueprint for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland in California. Neuschwanstein Castle was meant to serve as a private home for Ludwig II, but the king was deposed after being declared “clinically insane” in June 1886 and died under mysterious circumstances before the Romanesque Revival palace could be completed. Just a few weeks later, his uncle, Prince Regent Luitpold, opened the palace to the public in order to pay back construction debts. While at Neuschwanstein, the Youngs learned Ludwig II had planned to construct another castle — Falkenstein — on the ruins of Castrum Pfronten, which once was

Falkenstein Castle, a private residence located off Park Road 4 between Kingsland and Burnet, bears resemblance to the palaces designed by Bavarian monarch Ludwig II, whose love of architecture and art can be seen in the structure. The Texas castle was built by Terry and Kim Young after they toured Neuschwanstein Castle more than 20 years ago. PHOTO BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH skilled construction workers. the main grounds and all Germany’s highest standing The castle was built on structures, encompasses castle at nearly 4,200 feet top of a hill of dolomite, nearly four acres, or about above sea level. similar to the terrain found 174,240 square feet, on Ludwig II’s death resulted at the location of Castrum a 113-acre tract of prime in the plans for Falkenstein Pfronten, which gives the Highland Lakes real estate. being permanently structure a full 360-degree The castle serves as the abandoned. Youngs’ private residence, More than 100 years later, view of the surrounding Hill Country, though the structure though in the past, the the Youngs tracked down a historian and obtained copies only rises to about a third the castle’s chapel and grounds elevation of Pfronten. were available to rent for of the rough renderings that Hundreds of thousands of weddings, charitable events the king had ordered. Upon their return to Texas, pounds of limestone, granite, and the location of several sand, cement and rock were feature and other films. they decided to construct used to build the castle, It may no longer be their own version of Castle which towers at nearly 90 available for daily tours, but Falkenstein near Burnet. feet above the surrounding the structure continues to Work on Texas’ landscape. serve as a reminder of one Falkenstein Castle began In all, the castle’s king’s romantic passion for in February 1996 under the footprint, which includes art and architecture. direction of a small group of 2018 Newcomers’ Guide | HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS • 7

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Economic development came to Buchanan Dam Buchanan Dam is the poster child for economic development in 1930’s Central Texas following the Great Depression. The dream to dam the Colorado River and harness her power began in 1854, nearly a century before it came to fruition. Construction on what was originally named Hamilton Dam began in April 1931. The struggling economy of the times halted construction, however, after just a year. Thanks to the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved considerable grants to the newly formed Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) for power, irrigation, and flood control, revamping the efforts to build the dam. The LCRA continued construction of the dam in 1936, providing various jobs for those that had

been affected by the Great Depression. Workers finished construction of the dam in 1937.

The Dam was renamed Buchanan Dam after Congressman James P. Buchanan, one of the dignitaries responsible for the establishment of the LCRA, and at 2 miles long, bears the title of the longest multiplearch dam in the United States. Lake Buchanan, formed by the construction of the dam, has become a source of entertainment for locals and visitors alike over the decades. The town that formed around it has plenty to offer – restaurants, recreational sites, lakefront properties, and churches, while ensuring visitors and residents are still able to enjoy the perks of a small, quiet community. Buchanan Dam offers lake life in the heart of wine country with a proximity to larger towns like Llano, Marble Falls, and Burnet, that can’t be beat.

Darrell Debo, Burnet County History: Vol. 1, 1979

Fall Creek waterfall in Tow attracts visitors to the area with its natural beauty. ANTHONY AND MELISSA ADAMCIK 10 • 2018 Newcomers’ Guide | HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

“Buchanan Lake” by Daniel Adams.

Settled in 1852, Tow boasts fertile soil Deep in the heart of the Highland Lakes lies a small community known as Tow. During the mesmerizing drive through country roads, one may have a difficult time paying attention to the path ahead, thanks to the sparkling blue waters of Lake Buchanan on the right. The area now known as Tow was settled in 1852, making it the oldest community in Llano County. A salt bed was discovered on the banks of the Colorado River in the settlers’ backyard, which eventually became a saltworks known as Bluffton-Tow Salt Works. During the Civil War, the salt cultivated was supplied to Confederate soldiers. The company soon adopted the pseudonym, The Confederate States of America Salt Works. Sadly, the salt bed was demolished by the 1871 tornado known as the “salt works cyclone.” Tow eventually became a destination for retirees and vacationers, as its prime location on Lake Buchanan

caters to those looking for a day on the lake or a lakefront property to call home.

Tow offers many resorts and campgrounds for visitors to the Highland Lakes, who may get the chance to witness a work of nature only imagined to be found in exotic locations. The Fall Creek waterfall can be found after an exhilarating boat ride through Lake Buchanan. Swimmers enjoy jumping into the refreshing pool below the falls, though their hearing may be impaired by the beautiful sound of the roaring waters. If you find yourself staying along the lake in Tow, it is highly recommended that you visit the glorious Fall Creek waterfall. The Highland Lakes has another redeeming quality to add to its growing list. The fertile soils of the land surrounding Lake Buchanan in communities like Tow create a perfect environment for vineyards, ensuring success for local wineries. Wine country, summer getaways, and water falls… It can’t get better than that.

Handbook of Texas Online, James B. Heckert-Greene, “Tow, TX.”

Bluffton: The Atlantis of the Highland Lakes The small community of Bluffton, located a few miles west of Lake Buchanan, has an interesting history known to locals. It actually used to rest where Lake Buchanan is now located. Bluffton had a unique beginning. After its development in 1852, it burned down 30 years later, and its residents moved further south to begin again. In the 1930s, the town faced the beginnings of the construction of Buchanan Dam, which would eventually lead to the demise of the small community. Residents were urged to move away from the area, as the damming of the Colorado River meant rising waters around their homes. Some packed up and relocated yet again, while others left the area completely. Graves of loved ones were dug up for transport, and belongings were packed up and taken a few miles west of the second version of Bluffton. The inevitable flooding came soon after the dam’s completion in 1937, and the town of Bluffton was submerged. That wasn’t

the last time the pubic would hear about it, though. After over seventy years underwater, the town – consisting of stores, houses, cemeteries, and other objects from a time long gone – resurfaced due to a year-long drought that recently plagued the Highland Lakes, much to the amazement of Central Texans and visitors. Tombstones, foundations, and artifacts were discovered

and studied, granting the small town of Bluffton more than its 15 minutes of fame. Lake Buchanan has since refilled, though residents of the Highland Lakes continue to learn about and respect our own little Atlantis.

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When the lake level at Lake Buchanan is lowered, the remains of the town of Bluffton are visible. The town was submerged with the completion of Buchanan Dam in 1937, though it resurfaced nearly more than 70 years later during a drought as foundations, tombstones and other artifacts were discovered and studied, letting researchers learn more about the small community.

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The Story of Oakalla starts at Little Rocky Creek

If you want to sound like you are from this neck of the woods, you wouldn’t pronounce this community’s name as it is written. Oakalla, pronounced OakAlley, was not officially a town until 1879, though it was settled in the early 1850’s. The area is located in the vicinity of the Lampasas River and Rocky Creek, which provided ample farmlands for those seeking a home. The soft grass provided a substantial food source for livestock, and the babbling

Settlers to the area relied on Little Rocky Creek in Oakalla due to its endless water supply and grazing land for their livestock. brooks and rushing rivers provided settlers with a neverending water supply. Oakalla was a prosperous

Reflecting on Briggs’ past

Briggs, located in the northeastern portion of Burnet County, was established after settlers arrived from a collection of eastern states between 1870 and 1890. Drawn by the fertile farmlands and permanent springs feeding into Berry Creek, settlers made their homes in what they called “Gum Springs” until it was deemed “Briggs” by the Post Office Department in 1898. The community thrived on cotton, and the town flourished despite many setbacks. In 1906, a tornado destroyed the school building, but residents persevered and built a high school in 1915. Briggs had many businesses, ensuring economic growth for over 20 years, until another catastrophe shook the town. Blazing fires wreaked havoc on the town, and many of the businesses were never reopened. Cruising through the community of Briggs, one can see remnants of the success of times long past, and witness the pride of the town’s residents that love their home and continue

little community; it had a post office, blacksmith shops, drug stores, a doctor’s office, a cotton gin, a school, and many

other amenities. Business was booming for residents. The school, built in 1920, now serves as the community center and library. Oakalla is located in the far northeastern region of Burnet county and is close to Lampasas, Copperas Cove, and Killeen – a perfect location for those that enjoy a night on the town and wish to go home to their quiet hill country cottage afterwards.

Darrell Debo, Burnet County History: Vol. 1, 1979

Briggs was once a flourishing community with its own high school. the legacy of the farmers and businessmen before them. Briggs is located about 30 minutes from Burnet, and many routes are available to reach the community. On sunny Spring days, a cruise down Ranch to Market Road 963 or County Road 210 is recommended. Along the way, visitors may see farmland and ranches that reflect the passion and resilience of the early settlers of the area.

An Ode to Joppa’s beauty

One of the iron bridges of Joppa near the Joppa Church. Joppa is the center of of the small community and folklore and ghost stories those that surround it. for the thrill-seekers of the It is said, though, that Hill Country. The community there are paranormal is the site of one of three happenings near the bridge, iron bridges from there according to those brave to Bertram, which was enough to visit in the dark constructed in 1907. The of night. Stories range from construction of the bridge playful spirits pushing cars was a symbol of growth in across the more recently Burnet County, and remains a constructed bridge, to the source of pride for residents more extreme tales of trolls 12 • 2018 Newcomers’ Guide | HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

lurking under the bridge. Trolls and ghouls aside, the community of Joppa has a rather friendly history. To set the tone, know that the word “Joppa” is Hebrew for “beauty.” Settlers recognized this beauty and peace of the area and determined to make it their home. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Joppa residents are recorded to have shown a strong sense of community. On multiple occasions, families gathered for baseball games with neighboring towns and communities, frequented social events and picnics, and many other gatherings over the years. One fun social event that screams “Texas” was the annual dove hunt put on by residents. Husbands

would hunt the birds while wives would congregate in the community center and fry the men’s haul, which the group would enjoy at the picnic afterwards. The Herman Brown Free Library in Burnet is in possession of a collection of photographs of these social events. In fact, when you do the research on Joppa, you will find that the majority of records are made up of photos of the famous iron bridge, and friendly photos of the cheerful families that called Joppa home. A 20 minute drive down winding country roads from the center of Burnet will find you in a past community with today’s values. Listen as Joppa’s ancient iron bridge tells you of its happy history.

Concert Series sizzles at Nelson Park Nelson stage, making for a fun night for all who attend, and memories that will last well beyond the summertime. Prices vary for different concerts, and the events and prices are announced around the beginning of each year. Concert goers are able to bring their own coolers for an additional fee, or purchase drinks from the Bill’s Burgers vendor. Children (and adults) enjoy Kona Ice snowcones and families may purchase

dinner from the variety of food trucks in Burnet as they prepare to dance the night away and enjoy time with family and friends. You don’t want to miss out on these exciting events! It is not often a country music concert is held in your backyard, but here in Burnet it is a regular occurrence. Come as you are, but you may want to think ahead and wear your boot-scootin’ attire!

Austin-based Reckless Kelly headlines a 2017 Burnet Concert Series performance at Haley Nelson Park. Texas country music has found its home in the hearts of many, and the love for the genre grows exponentially, as new talent comes out of the woodworks day by day, and draws more fans in with the traditional sounds they so artfully combine. Names like Kyle Park, Aaron Watson, Whiskey Myers, and many others are familiar to those that live in the Highland Lakes, and each year the Burnet Concert Series gives citizens and visitors the chance to witness these artists’ talents first hand.

Haley Nelson Park and Amphitheater in Burnet has been a source of recreation for outdoor enthusiasts since its completion in 2012, and eventually became a favorite for music lovers of the area. The Burnet Concert Series has hosted many big names in the Texas Country Music world, and is one of the most anticipated community events among people of all ages. Singers like Granger Smith, Kyle Park, Aaron Watson, Cameran Nelson, Roger Creager, Zane Williams, and even more have graced the Haley

Aaron Watson gets the audience on its feet during his turn on the Haley Nelson Park amphitheater stage.

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Divinely inspired, uncommonly gifted Daniel Adams’ art captures beauty of life in the Hill Country and beyond By Savanna Gregg


ere in the heart of the Hill Country, the eye beholds an endless array of beauty. It is seen in the hills and mountains, the lakes and streams, the people, and the wildlife that roam the area. World-renowned artist Daniel Adams possesses a bewildering ability to capture these features of the world around us, providing the Highland Lakes with a collection of multi-media artwork that hold the eternal beauty of our home – all from his studio in Buchanan Dam. Since childhood, Adams has expressed himself through art. “It is something I have always done,” Adams said. “Since I was about three years old, I was interested in drawing, sketching, and painting. I did art projects in school and even taught art lessons to the neighborhood kids at the age of seven.” Fresh out of high school, Adams took his portfolio to Disney World in Florida, and they immediately hired him on as a sketch artist. Over the first decade of his career at Disney World, Adams sketched the portraits of over 300,000 people and even earned the title of “Fastest Draw” at the park. He was then promoted to head of the Audio and Animatronic Art Department and Art Director for Metrovision Motion Picture Studios. As senior artist at Magic Kingdom, he had the chance to create wood carvings of many of the figures seen at the amusement park today. Adams, a picture of patience, paid attention to

“Longhorn in Bluebonnets” was featured on the 2011 Burnet Bluetbonnet Festival T-shirt, which sold out in record time. every detail of his structures, creating incredible lifelike beings, down to the wrinkles on an elephant or dinosaur to the individual hairs on a lion’s tail. Throughout his 17-year Disney World career, Adams worked with many other artists and had the chance to improve his skills every day. “Disney World is nothing like you can imagine,” Adams said. “A place like that gives people inspiration, and makes them feel good.”

witnessed the devastating explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle. Adams, growing up with a fascination for space travel, felt urged to create something in memory of those that lost their lives. He created a painting of the Challenger, sending it to the Governor of Florida as an offer of his condolences. To his surprise, Adams’ painting was immediately transferred to the Florida license plates, and sold to citizens of Florida in support of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation. The license plate sales raised over $50,000,000 for the Foundation, and Adams

The eye of the red-tailed hawk in this painting by Adams seems to follow the viewer anywhere in the room.

Daniel Adams at work.

Parallels from the wonders of Disney World may be drawn to Adams’ art, as it is said to bring tears to the eyes of those that enter his studio. He instills feeling into his artwork, which people recognize and admire. “They will tell me, ‘I don’t know why I am crying!’” Adams said. On January 28, 1986, Adams and his coworkers

was soon presented the Ambassador Award for the support he showed through his art. The commemorative license plate remained in use for the next ten years and is well known to those that witnessed and were affected by the tragedy. “I was so glad to do it,” Adams said. “It was great getting to meet the people

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Adams works in multiple media from the studio he runs in Buchanan Dam with his wife, Carol. in the space industry, and getting to know the parents of the astronauts that were in the accident. It was nice to play a big role in the memorial program.” Throughout his life, Adams has studied at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennesse, Penland Craft School in North Carolina, University of South Dakota, John. C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, Loch Haven Art Center in Orlando, Grand Prairie Peace River College, and the University of South Florida. Adams’ journey to fame in the Hill Country began in 2011, when his “Longhorn and Bluebonnets” painting was transferred to the 28th Annual Bluebonnet Festival t-shirts. Citizens and visitors of Burnet sold the Chamber of Commerce out of the collection of t-shirts before the festival even took place. From then on, citizens of Burnet and surrounding areas proudly boast the worldfamous artist that makes his home in their community. Adams and his wife

run an art studio located in Buchanan Dam, where people from all over the state and beyond stop to admire and purchase his art or participate in lessons taught by him. Adams’ wife, Carol, sings her husband’s praises and looks forward to the opportunity to tell visitors his story.

Together, the two rely on the grace of God to lead them through life and recognize divine intervention when it happens. While Carol was working as a park ranger naturalist at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, she put on a program with an art exhibit, which Daniel attended. Soon learning it was meant to be, the couple

This painting is called “Twogetherness.” “Daniel is a divinely inspired world class artist here in little old Buchanan Dam,” Carol said with a smile.

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got married a few months later in 2009 and have worked together to share Daniel’s world-famous talent with the Hill Country ever

since. Adams’ paintings are admired not only by people here in the Hill Country, but to further reaches of the world. Carol describes him as a “sought-after, world-famous” artist, as his pieces are displayed in many galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and hospitals across the United States, including Seton Highland Lakes Hospital in Burnet. “He has participated in art shows and Plein Air competitions,” Carol said. “When people go to certain places, they see his work and recognize it.” Adams says that he draws his inspiration from God, primarily, and his surroundings. “I create what is around me,” Adams said. “I don’t paint pictures of Paris or places I haven’t been. Here in Texas, in the Hill Country, there is so much scenery and so many things to explore. Usually, working on one project leads to another.” Adams’ artwork captures the beauty of the Hill Country and Highland Lakes, and his vast array of artistry caters to every type of person. In addition to his landscapes, longhorns, and horses, his well-known hummingbird watercolors are enjoyed by many, as well as his lifelike pieces depicting Peregrine Falcons, Red-Tailed Hawks, and owls. “I create uplifting, positive, creative work,” Adams said. “I enjoy helping people. I believe art heals; it makes people’s lives better.” Adams has donated a few paintings to the Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment to be auctioned off at their annual fundraisers held in Burnet over the years. Suzanne Johnson was a philanthropic figure in the Burnet community, whose family developed the

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foundation after she lost her battle with brain cancer in 2011. The Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraisers have raised nearly $1,000,000 for the endowment over the years, awarding $61,000 in scholarships to graduates from Burnet CISD, and Carol and Daniel Adams are happy to contribute to its success. “We enjoy participating in the fundraisers especially, because neither of us got any assistance going to school,” Carol said. “We want to be able to help raise funds for students.” Daniel and Carol welcome guests and buyers to their gallery in Buchanan Dam every day. The gallery houses multiple pieces created in various media, mostly

paintings, handmade jewelry, cards, and etching. Visitors are also welcome to sift through Adams’ portfolio, and enjoy a glimpse into his successful career. Tourists just passing through see this studio on the art gallery of the highway and cannot pass up the chance to go inside and witness the magic Adams produces. There they will meet Daniel and Carol Adams, two downto-earth individuals that just want to share art with those whom are looking for it. “It is a nice feeling getting to meet people and talk with them,” Adams said. “They can contact me, ask questions, and I can give them advice, sort of paying it forward. I like to help in any way that I can.”

“Sunflower,” by Daniel Adams. wishes to continue inspiring today’s youth to follow their dreams. “They have to have the desire,” Adams said. “If they have it, they can go far with it. If you love what you are doing – really love it – it carries through.” Daniel Adams’ gallery and studio is located at

Above is Adams’ photo of the now-defunct Bluebonnet Tavern on Texas 29 in Buchanan Dam. all available for purchase. Pieces include Drawings, oil, watercolor, and acrylic

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On the Highland Lakes Bluebonnet Trail

Marilyn Kuhn, Donna McCarthy and Kelley McCarthy check the wildflower map at the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce visitors’ center to plan out their bluebonnet viewing trail. ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/HLN CORRESPONDENT By Alexandria Randolph HLN Correspondent hile the statewide bluebonnet trail can be visited as far south as Kerr County and as far north as San Saba, virtually no area has such a vibrant bluebonnet appearance that surpasses the Highland Lakes. The Highland Lakes Bluebonnet Trail crisscrosses Burnet and Llano counties and includes the roadways, Ranch to Market Road 1431, Ranch to


Market Road 2342, Park Road 4, Farm to Market Road 2147 and 1174, state highways 29 and 16 and U.S. highway 281. While bluebonnets can typically be seen along all of these roadways, maximize your bluebonnet viewing by consulting the locals: Start at the Marble Falls Convention Center and Visitors Bureau offices at 801 U.S. 281 just north of the Lake Marble Falls Bridge. There, you can find a map of the renown

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Highland Lakes Bluebonnet Trail for free. If you live near Buchanan Dam, you can also find a map at the Lake Buchanan Chamber of Commerce at 19611 East Texas 29. “It changes constantly, so we encourage people to come into the visitor’s center and find out where the best bluebonnet patches are that week,” said Erin Burks, Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce director of marketing and tourism.

This Burnet County ranch that abuts U.S. 281 was vibrant with bluebonnets in a previous spring.

Burnet County boasts some of the most amazing bluebonnet appearances in the state each spring. ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/HLN CORRESPONDENT

“We’ve got 13 different travel counselors to help visitors find the right path and the best bluebonnet patches at the time.” Volunteer bluebonnet scouts help chamber officials to mark where the best bluebonnet patches are popping up, Burks said. In the visitor’s center, guests can use a large map of the Marble Falls area to find bluebonnets. “The map is updated daily” and is color coded in red, yellow and blue for Indian paintbrushes, Mexican blanket flowers and


bluebonnets, she said. The best rest stops for photos in areas that are safe and are not on private property are also marked in white, Burks added. In addition to the Marble Falls map, the visitors center also has a map for the Highland Lakes area, including highways 16, 29, 71 and 281. Chamber officials ask that bluebonnet trail travelers not leave vehicles parked on private property, drive safely and be aware of traffic on nearby roadways while appreciating the flowers.

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This is one of the many geocaches that can be found in Marble Falls and around Burnet County.


Geocaching: a hobby with local ‘locations’ By Richard Zowie


ome people visit Marble Falls, Burnet, and the surrounding areas of Burnet County because they’re looking for something. Approximately 80 of them are known to exist in the

county. About 13 are in Marble Falls, while around 80 are in Burnet and the northern part of the county. At present, around six are at Longhorn Cavern State Park and 14 are at Inks Lake State Park.

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These items are geocaches, an international game that’s been going on near the turn of the millennium. Those who geocache search for the items, as small as bison tubes and pill bottles and as big as ammo

boxes and coffee cans. Around three million exist worldwide in almost every country on earth (except for North Korea). Some even exist in Antarctica. Cosmo Omsoc, guides and programs manager at Longhorn Cavern State

Park, said people stop by to geocache around a couple of times a month. “Some are here more often, and they usually go and do their own thing,” he said. “The one at the entrance of U.S. 281 and Park Road 4 is a popular one. Geocaching is something I’ve always wanted to do, but it would be fun working with someone else.” Geocaching can be done with a geocache phone app. It’ll show geocaches in the area (more if the user is a premium member). Once a geocache is selected, it details the cache, where it can be found, any hints, the coordinates and includes a compass to locate it. Some geocachers prefer to use their own compass, since the compass in the app is sometimes off by plus or minus 15 feet. Some geocachers overcome this by using their intuition and asking, “Where would I hide a geocache?” There are several kinds of geocaches. Some have a geocache that can be found with simple coordinates. Others can be found with coordinates acquired after answering several questions or solving several clues. Others are virtual, where the cacher finds the answer to a question and gets the cache. While geocaching, particularly in the summer, it is advised to wear a hat, bring drinking water, dress accordingly (some geocaches are located among thorns and cockleburs) and wear suntan lotion. For more information about this hobby, go to

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Doing well, doing good The Highland Lakes community is full of people helping others and they welcome newcomers into the fold. If your are here for an extended stay you may want to visit your favorite service organization or find a way to add hands to the work. Every church, senior activity center and school has programs that depend on volunteers. Every library needs volunteers in programs and their “Friends” organizations that operate thrift shops and other support efforts. Every volunteer fire department needs volunteer firefighters and auxiliary members for all kinds of work. Nonprofit organizations need everything from willing hands to organizational, publicity and fundraising help. Basics Basic needs are met by other organizations: Highland Lakes Habitat For Humanity—830-693-6029 Joseph’s Food Pantry in Granite Shoals—830-220-2344 Lakes Area Care (LA Care) in Burnet--512-756-4422 Llano Food Pantry—325-247-5847 Marble Falls Helping Center—830-693-5689 Mission Marble Falls Soup Kitchen—408 Avenue R, 512261-3869 Salvation Army—830-7981865 Youth Many non-profits focus on youth, their development, special needs or just plain fun, such as: Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes—830-798-2582 in Marble Falls or 512-756-1444 in Burnet Boy Scouts of America, Capitol Area Council—512-926-6363 Camp Agape bereavement camp for children—830-385-8916 Children’s Day Celebration—512-755-3504

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Hoover’s Valley (better known as Hoover Valley) can be found in the far west region of Burnet County. The name “Hoover” is a derivation of the Swiss name “Huber.” The origins of the Huber name are traced back to the German word “Hube,” which means “possessor of a tract of land.” As if it were their destiny, Isaac and Anna Hoover and their family trekked from Tennessee and purchased 640 acres near what is now known as Park Road 4, creating the community of Hoover’s Valley in the early 1850’s. Isaac Hoover, a Methodist Protestant Minister who brought his beliefs and shared them with the region,

Hoover’s Valley Chapel first congregated in 1860. began construction on a church in 1860 after making his home in the area. The Ebenezer (Hoover) Methodist Protestant Church, now known as Hoover’s Valley Chapel, still stands today, alongside

the cemetery in which the Hoover family and many descendants lie. Hoover’s Valley, shortened to Hoover Valley today, is in the heart of the Hill Country, and its name, as well as the descendants of the pioneer

Hoover family, are well known among the residents of Burnet. Burnet’s Hoover family has paved the way for the town’s economic development over the decades, following the path of those that came before them. Those who visit Hoover Valley are charmed by its green, rolling hills and friendly hill country atmosphere. Hoover’s Valley is flanked by historic Inks Lake State Park and Longhorn Caverns State Park, just a short, scenic drive from Burnet. Darrell Debo, Burnet County History Vol: 1, 1979. Burnet County, TX – Bios: Isaac and Anna Hoover, July 31, 2000. copyright.htm

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The city offers recreational centers, restaurants, and motels for those looking to escape to the lake during their summer vacation. Though its history is short and sweet, Sunrise Beach Village deserves recognition for its uniqueness and its contribution to the Highland Lakes Area. Handbook of Texas Online, “Sunrise Beach Village, TX.”

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Highland Lakes alive with history

By Glynis Crawford Smith If you are a history buff, the Highland Lakes have so much to offer and so many ways to experience it with no hit to the pocket book at all. You will find city streets in Burnet, Marble Falls, Kingsland and Llano lined with civic buildings, homes and buildings that date back to the mid-19th Century. Llano is part of the Texas Historical Commission Texas Main Street program. It has three districts and four individual properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Horseshoe Bay is in the process of restoring its historic Fuchs House for visitors. At least 144 historical markers throughout both counties add to the story. Genealogy Research you own local ties through the family history collections of the Kingsland Genealogical Society at the Kingsland Library, 126 Polk Street in Kingsland, and the Burnet County Historical Commission at the Herman Brown Free Library on the courthouse square in Burnet. Libraries include catalogs of many rural cemeteries however. The Historic Texas Cemeteries in Llano and Marble Falls provide online maps and rosters on city websites, with Marble Falls developing a virtual visit feature. Museums Concentrated collections of history are, of course found in museums. Choose from Old Fort Croghan in Burnet, Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls and the Llano County Historical Museum, or dig deeper into

our history at the Nightengale Archeological Center in Kingsland. The Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force operates the Highland Lakes Air Museum south of Burnet Municipal Airport, Kate Craddock Field. The Hill Country Motorheads Vintage Motorcycle Museum has just opened at 2001 Texas 29 West in Burnet. Burnet Fort Croghan, 703 Buchanan Drive in Burnet, 512-756-8281, is open April – mid-October, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The historic fort compound comes alive with hands-on skills of the era and re-enactments at Fort Croghan Day in October, Christmas at Old Fort Croghan in December and Spring Break at Fort Croghan. Established in 1849 by

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the U. S. Government to protect settlers from Indian depredations, the fort remains are now surrounded by other period buildings with vintage equipment from the 1850’s forward. The Burnet County Heritage Society has assembled memorabilia from pioneer families, photographs, arrowheads, furniture, clothing and a telephone switchboard. In the research room, peruse original Burnet County probate records in the original storage cabinet, old court dockets and civil records, historical books, family records and Civilian Conservation Corps photos and records. Highland Lakes Air Museum As well as outdoor exhibits, the museum has a fascinating collection of military aviation artifacts, including, the surprising

tiny front gun turret from a Consolidated B24 Liberator bomber from World War Two. You just might find members of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force flying, testing or working on any number of military aircraft including their Douglas C-47 Skytrain, the “Bluebonnet Belle.” Museum hours are 1-4 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2402 South Water Street/US 281. Visit www.highlandlakessquadron. com or call 512-756-2226. Marble Falls Falls on the Colorado Museum is contained within the granite academy building at 2001 Broadway (830798-2157 Street that served as a one-building school throughout much of the town’s history. It is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and admission is free there

also. The museum collections have grown so much in recent years that, in addition to some of the permanent displays, revolving exhibits are now shown in addition to visiting, traveling exhibits. One permanent feature is located at the entrance. It reflects the unique history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Mormon Mill settlement nearby. Antique planks and traditional mortise and tenon construction house an operational mill stone and the shelves are lined with historic photos and artifacts.

A collection of arrowheads and Indian artifacts are not the only feature that dates back before Europeans began to arrive in the area. Hundreds of years ago a vast herd of American Bison roamed across Central Texas, leaving their remains in the mud along our rivers and creeks. The skeleton of one found on Rocky Creek in northwest Burnet County in 2013 is being reassembled for exhibit. Now named ‘Rockie,’ she is reappearing at FOCM. Llano The Llano County Historical Museum occupies

the old Bruhl’s Drugstore building, circa 1900. Located at 310 Bessemer Avenue/ Texas 16 near the historic Roy B. Inks Bridge in Llano is open Wednesday-Saturday, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (325247-3026). Operated by the Llano County Historical Society, it contains artifacts and images from many eras of the city from pioneer to mining days. A German settler’s cabin has been reassembled on the grounds. Kingsland The Nightengale Archaeological Center, a Lower Colorado River

Authority Park is operated by the Llano Uplift Archaeological Society at 1010 Circle Drive, off Ranch to Market Road 1431 in Kingsland. LUAS Volunteers conduct bi-monthly tours or open houses at the center, providing the public opportunities to learn about the prehistoric past of the Llano Uplift and Central Texas. These tours are held on the second and fourth Saturday of most months from 2-5 p.m. For information about special tours visit www. or call 830598-5261.

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Burnet County Quick Facts Estimated 2017 population: 46,804 Households: 16,299 Businesses: 1,210 Total Employed: 11,422 Median household income: $54,259 Median Home Value: $163,800 Median gross rent: $835 per month High school graduate: 86.1. percent Bachelor’s degree: 23.0 percent

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Aqua Boom honors Independence Day Since 1970, the people of Kingsland have celebrated the Fourth of July in patriotic style — with fireworks and fun on Lake LBJ. This year, the Kingsland Chamber of Commerce will host the 49th annual Kingsland Aqua Boom A Salute to Freedom Independence Day celebration from June 30 through July 4. As always, all events at Aqua Boom — and there are many of them — are free to attend for the public. Events lined up for 2018 include the Arts and Crafts Show, to be held June 30 and July 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1341 Ranch to Market Road 1431, behind M&M Donuts. There will be pony rides, inflatables, food booths, children’s activities, a costume contest, Furniture Row, vendor booths and Shortcake’s amazing facepainting and balloon magic. New vendors are coming in from throughout the state of Texas to participate this year. The 2018 Miss Aqua Boom Scholarship Pageant will be held Saturday, June 23, at the Kingsland

It wouldn’t be Aqua Boom without the boom of fireworks exploding over Lake LBJ as Kingsland celebrates Independence Day. Community Center. The early program, featuring Teeny Tiny Miss, Tiny Miss, Little Mister, Little Miss and Young Miss Pageants begins at 1 p.m. The evening program features the Teen Miss Aqua Boom pageant at 6 p.m. and the Miss Aqua Boom Pageant The Kingsland Aqua Boom Parade features a large number of patriotic-themed entries, like this one titled “Boom Y’all!”

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at 8 p.m. Concessions will be provided by Preceptor Pi Alpha Sorority. Debra McIntire serves as the pageant director and can be reached at missaquaboom@ Contestants from Llano and Burnet counties are invited to enter. Contestants model two outfits and Teen and Miss contestants perform a dance number, write an essay and are interviewed by judges. The

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Boat owners fly the flag and cruise along Lake LBJ during the annual KIngsland Aqua Boom Boat Parade. more information. The Kingsland Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Spirit of Kingsland Award this year, for which all businesses are welcome and encouraged to participate by decorating their businesses for the Fourth of July holiday as part of a community wide celebration of American Independence and Kingsland pride. The Chamber will select first, second and third place winners with prizes include a free ad in the Kingsland, TX Magazine; a free Chamber membership; gift baskets and more. Judging will being June 26 at1 p.m. and decorations must remain up through July 4. For more information and to register for the award competition, contact the Kingsland Chamber of Commerce at 325-388-6211 or email kchamber@zeecon. com. For a complete schedule of events and information about Aqua Boom, visit

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y wife Betty and I are history buffs. We love to learn about historical events — not just those which every school child is required to memorize, but those which happen without the fanfare, but are just as interesting. On one recent excursion, we traveled to Baby Head Cemetery, about nine miles north of Llano on Texas 16, to see what we could learn about this eerie and intriguingly named cemetery, which has a Texas historical marker erected in 1991. According to oral legend, a mountain that can be seen from the cemetery was given the name Baby Head because Comanche Indians kidnapped, killed and dismembered small girl child, named “Mary Elizabeth,” and left her remains to be found by the party searching for the girl in an effort to scare away the white settlers. The cemetery and a creek nearby also bear the name as did a community which once flourished in the area, but exists no more. There is no visible grave for “Mary Elizabeth” in Baby Head Cemetery. The oldest marked grave is that of another child, Jodie Mae McKneely, who died on New Year’s Day 1884 before her third birthday. I was struck by the sheer number of graves for young people. I counted about 100 graves and at least 26 of those belonged to a group age 20 and younger. Some were infants, some children and some adolescents. Only a few of those made it to age 18. Some of the graves bore figurines and other carvings to remember happier times before death claimed its victims. It got me thinking about the community that once had thrived here, but has since disappeared. The high number of young people dying would certainly explain a lot. Within a few generations, it would have an impact on the ability of the community to sustain itself, especially if there were no outsiders moving into the area to supplement the population. Factor in young people growing up and moving away for opportunities outside the community and that would have sounded the death knell for the Baby Head community. As for the legend of Baby Head Cemetery, there are multiple historical accounts, including one by famed historian John Conner, a former Llano County resident, which attest that an incident did occur involving a murdered child for which the Comanche were painted as the culprits. It is unclear, however, when the attack occurred as there are conflicting dates in the 1850s and 1870s, and it is unclear exactly who killed “Mary Elizabeth” or where her remains now lie. Could it have really been a Comanche attack, as reported, or did someone closer to the family murder the child and use the natives as a convenient scapegoat to elude suspicion? With no other answers forthcoming, it appears Baby Head Cemetery will keep some of its mysteries unsolved, at least for now.

(Above) The grave of a child, Eugene Clary, born Oct. 28, 1890, and died New Year’s Eve that year. There are a lot of graves of young people in Baby Head Cemetery, which certainly contributed to the community’s decline. LEW K. COHN

(Left) In the middle of the cemetery were these tiny figurines of a couple engaged in a kiss, perhaps at a wedding, with an old structure behind them. The story behind them is unknown, but they bring a palpable sadness to visitors to the cemetery. LEW K. COHN

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ingsland is another historic Hill Country town located at the junction of the Llano and Colorado Rivers, where they combine to form Lake LBJ. The majority of Kingsland lies in Llano County, while a small portion is in Burnet County. Development of Kingsland began in 1883, and it was named after Martin D. King, who began the process of clearing the land a few years before. Kingsland boasts a vibrant history; those who know about Packsaddle Mountain can attest to that statement. Named after its resemblance to a saddle, the mountain is a sight to see. Located off of Highway 71, Packsaddle Mountain was speculated to be the site of the Los Almargres mine, thought to be created by Spanish explorers and the focus of a search by Jim Bowie before the Texas Revolution. The sparkling allure of the mountain drew prospectors throughout the 1920’s, but the hunts for gold, silver, and other minerals soon petered out. A significant event in history occurred on this mountain on August 4, 1873. A group of ranchers, after a few incidents and rising

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Though Kingsland is a beautiful, historic town, it does have one creepy attribute. The infamous Texas Chainsaw Massacre house, where the infamous Tobe Hooper 1974 film was shot (inspired by real-life Wisconsin murderer and body snatcher Ed Gein), was

uprooted and relocated to the town. In Kingland, it was transformed into a restaurant and popular destination for visitors. Appetizing, right? The town offers multiple lakefront properties and points of recreation for locals and visitors, as well as a variety of restaurants and

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Granite Shoals: City of Parks

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ranite Shoals is a young city in the Highland Lakes, celebrating a 50th anniversary in 2016, but it built on a legacy of a park system built into its first Sherwood Shores subdivision development. Lake Lyndon B. Johnson was not the first name of Lake LBJ. It was first named Granite Shoals and that seemed fine to residents when the town, nestled among granite domes and outcroppings, was incorporated in 1966. Since early residents mostly purchased land for holiday get-aways a permanent population grew slowly, first as retirees settled in and finally families, until their numbers top 5,000 today. Proudly claiming the motto “City of Parks,” those residents enjoy 19 public spaces, including 15 with waterfront access, five with boat launch space, most with playground equipment and

one large feature, Quarry Park on the city hall municipal complex at 2221 North Phillips Ranch Road. High on the central hill of Quarry Park is the city hall, the primary historical feature of the town. It is historic because it is a vestige of the booming mining industry in the area. It was constructed in 1985 as offices for Capitol Marble and Granite Company. The original company owner, the late Tom Wilson, made a mark in the quarry industry with the innovative use of gang saws and automatic polishingprocesses housed in work sheds still seen from the highway. Instead of massive blocks of Sunset Red granite used for the Texas Capitol in Austin, City Hall incorporates sawn sheets of nearby Texas Pink granite. Faced entirely in stone that gives the city its name, the building is accented inside and out with all the finishes and

styles of granite the company made available to its customers. Much of it can be seen in the entry overarched by modern sky lighting that spans the central hall. And, time permitting on weekdays, city staff can show visitors the spectacular view of Burnet and Llano counties from the upper deck. The city purchased the building on about 23 cents on the dollar from a successive owner. It came with a little more than 131 acres of land, now Quarry Park. Through grants from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and other grant sources, the park contains the Leo Manzano Hike, Bike and Run Trail, with a kiosk for trail maps, a wildflower and Monarch butterfly garden and a Highland Lakes Master Naturalists Wildlife Viewing Station. Also through TPWD, US Tennis

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Above, Granite Shoals residents celebrate the 50th anniversary of the city’s incorporation in April 2016. The city was founded in 1966. GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH

2012 London Olympics silver medalist Leo Manzano, who spent his early days running in the streets of Granite Shoals, takes part in a run at the Leo Manzano Hike Bike & Run Trail in Quarry Park in his hometown.

Also through TPWD, US Tennis Association and the Roddick Youth Tennis Foundation, it contains covered adult tennis courts and youth QuickStart courts. They are contained under the cover of the former quarry buildings. In progress, is a new $500,000 TPWD grant project for a complex of sports fields and courts, open but protected by the remainder of those buildings. Access to Granite Shoals parks is free, although honor boxes have been installed by the boat launch areas to maintain those facilities. They close at dark, except for night fishing. The Granite Shoals Community Center (Park #1), 103 East Greencastle Drive at Phillips Ranch Road is available for rental for parties and meetings and houses the new Senior Citizens Program, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays. For more information, call city hall at 830-590-9484. 48 • 2018 Newcomers’ Guide | HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

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The new H-E-B in Marble Falls can be seen in the background as demolition crews finish knocking down the old H-E-B building on Ranch to Market Road 1431 Friday, March 16. The old building is being torn down to make way for additional parking and a new H-E-B fueling station.

An investigation continues by the Marble Falls Police Department into a suspicious package found at the car wash in the 1600 block of Mormon Mill Road about 11:45 a.m. Monday. The package was cleared by explosive ordinance technicians from the Austin Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety, who were transported quickly to the scene via APD helicopter. “It was determined this was not an explosive, but it still is a suspicious package to be left where it was,” said Criminal Investigations Capt. Glenn Hanson. “We don’t know if it was placed there intentionally to cause a reaction by law enforcement or if it is something innocent. “So, our investigation will continue into who left it and why. If we find it was to cause some reaction, that falls under the category of Bomb ... see Page 5

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A new bridge crossing at Wirtz Dam Road has been recommended to receive nearly $3 million in funding for engineering costs in the proposed 2019-2022 Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Improvement Plan. The CAMPO Technical Advisory Committee met at 2 p.m. Monday, March 26, to hear the recommendations of CAMPO technical staff and to review a draft list of recommended projects from the region, which is comprised of Burnet, Blano, Travis, Williamson, Hays and Caldwell counties. Technical staff from CAMPO reviewed 57 submitted projects with an estimated cost of more than $1

billion and scored them based on project readiness, planning factors and cost-benefit analysis to create a “recommended” project list. The average request submitted to CAMPO had an average price tag of about $8 million, with the highest logging in at more than $120 million and the smallest costing just under $100,000. The bridge was not the only Burnet County project to have made the recommended list. Also included are plans to add center turn lanes to sections of US 281, Texas 29 and Texas 71 as well as a project to add curbs and gutters, shoulders and sidewalks to a section of US 281 from Lantana Drive to Nature Heights Drive in Marble Falls. “I am very pleased that the recommended project funding list

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With her friend Mandy Walsh, right, Reba Squyres, center, is elated to win one of the theme cakes auctioned at Designer Purse Bingo at Horseshoe Bay Resort Saturday, March 24, a fundraiser for Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center (HCCAC). Delivering the Prada bag-Moët & Chandon champagne creation is Jordon Erickson from the Burnet High School Culinary Arts Bulldog Bistro, Renea Feller of HCCA and Wade Langley of the HCCAC board of directors. More photos on page 8A.

Dr. Seuss Week makes reading whimsical By Savanna Gregg Burnet Bulletin

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!” Dr. Seuss’ words of wisdom can be recognized from a mile away, no matter one’s age or temperament. He is one of the most celebrated children’s authors of all time, and Burnet Consolidated ISD parent-volunteer coordinator Darlene Denton has made it her goal to spread his magic and ideals to children throughout BCISD. Denton has gone above and beyond to teach students about Dr. Seuss and the values he continues to instill in children’s minds through his colorful, whimsical stories. In 2001, Denton took members of the BHS girls basketball team to the elementary school to read their favorite Dr. Seuss stories to the children. For the past six years, Denton has designated two weeks to her Dr. Seuss guest reader program, and various members of the community — including students — volunteer to read to students from Pre-K to fifth grade. “The most beautiful thing, besides the fun stories and lessons, is the community,” Denton said. “People are getting to come into the school and read to a class of kids. It is a great

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partnership.” Denton, well-studied in Dr. Seuss history, begins each session with a short lesson on Theodore Seuss Geisel, sharing facts most people don’t know. Born on March 2, 1904, Ted Geisel was the son of German immigrants who made their home in Springfield, Massachusetts. During his childhood, he lived between his two favorite places: the zoo and the library. He spent his time drawing and creating, reaching parts of the imagination that people didn’t know existed. Regardless of his unique talent, his superiors refused to see his potential. “In high school, he loved to draw and make people laugh,” Denton said. “His art teacher told him he wasn’t any good; she said he would never make it. In college, he was voted ‘Least Likely To Succeed.’” While attending Cambridge University, during Prohibition, Geisel was caught drinking in his dorm room and kicked off of the school magazine which he wrote and drew cartoons for. He was not one to give up so easily, though. “His mother wanted him to be a doctor, and her maiden name — his middle name — was Seuss,” Denton said. “So he began writing and drawing under the pen name, Dr. Seuss.” Dr. Seuss attended Oxford from 1925 to Seuss ... see Page 3A

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award and is awarded only members – is Jarrett Haydon connect Ranch to Market Road 1431 crossing expected to exceed $20 and Chloe to RM 2147 for more than 40 years, million.DeSplinter – were once in a member’s 4‐H career. Haydon, son of Russell and among The 28 youths honored but while the project has been a part CAMPO Transportation Haydon of Kingsland, during the Texas A&M AgriLof the Burnet County Transportation Policy Board will vote Kelly on the is aMay member of the Burnet ife Extension Service’s Plan since 1974, it really started to recommended list Disat their gain traction two years ago when meeting and will County forward4-H Horse Club and trict 7monthly 4-H Gold Star Banquet junior at Faith Academy in CAMPO held public meetings and approved listat to held the Monday, Oct. 26, the theis aTexas conducted surveys to gauge support Transportation whichFalls, where he plays Bill Franklin Center Commission, in Cole- Marble for a new crossing. will then consider it for approval at More than 85 percent of Wirtz their August meeting. It is anticipated in professional figure compeDam Community Outreach survey the commission would titions, approvesaid Gray’s friend and respondents indicated they believed CAMPO’s project list. publicist, Amy Lescoe-Hall. a new bridge crossing at Wirtz Dam Because federal highwayShe dollars said Gray has “grown a road would be “beneficial” or “very are used to fund transportation lot physically and mentally as beneficial.” CAMPO officials have projects on the list, it would then go to in the last few years. an athlete praised the outreach done to inform the Federal Highway Administration She’s been an inspiration to a the community about the project and for final approval. Once the project lot of people.” it appears that outreach may have list is approved by the FHA, the Gray said she had always helped raise project visibility. Texas Department of Transportation envisioned herself as a figure The total cost to perform can begin advertising for requests for athlete, but going pro is a high engineering, right-of-way acquisition Burnet qualifications (RFQ) for consulting athlete goal to achieve. As recently as and construction of the new bridge engineers for the project. 2006, there were only 20 male goes pro, gives and female pros in Texas. 100 percent “Not many people actually make it to the pro level,” she said. “It’s like when college By AlexAndriA rAndolph football players go pro.” Burnet Bulletin The path to becoming a pro Burnet native Kristi Gray wasn’t easy, Gray admitted. is not a typical professional “You start at the Texas Charles Nickolous Linzey, 56, of Keim and Amber Myers prosecuted body builder. shows and you have to place Copperas Cove has received sentences the case and Austin Shell represented For five years, Gray has in the top three to make natotaling 60 years in the Texas Department Linzey in the trial, which began with training March and compettionals. Then, once you’re in of Criminal Justice for the intoxication been jury selection 19 and proceedings within March the International nationals, you have to win first manslaughter of Nancy Parrish of ingbeginning 20. of Body Builders place to get a pro card,” she Burnet and a related intoxication assault Federation According to the facts of the case, (IFBB) as a figureoccurred athlete. She “I did six shows nationalverdict. the accident about said. 1 p.m. professional standing In US each show there are over A Burnet County jury took little received as Linzey was traveling southly.on 900 competitors.” month. more than an hour to find Linzey last 281, just past the entrance to Delaware the figure division, athWhen Golf askedCourse. what Linzey it was veeredIninto guilty and less than Springs letes are judged on symmetry like to be a traffic, 43-year-old aththat to recommend oncoming striking a northbound and proportion. Athletes must lete competing with women punishment on March vehicle in the outside lane of traffic. at a minimum percentage half her Gray vehicle said, “It’s 22. 33rd District Judge Theage, Linzey then be collided of body nothead-on that hard – Ithe beat all thevehicle. Allan Garrett swiftly with Parrish Shefat so that all muscles can be seen by the judges. pronounced a 50-year was deceased when first responders younger ones anyway!” By far her favorite part sentence on Parrish’s arrived on the room For Gray, there’s aboutwas the journey of becoming death and a separate Peyton, Linzey’s passenger, for compromise. Linzey 10-year sentence for transported air market” ambulance to the Gray ... see Page 7 “It’s a veryby tough intoxication assault of Michael Peyton of hospital with life-threatening injuries. Copperas Cove. Peyton was a passenger “Evidence at trial revealed that in Linzey’s vehicle when an accident on Linzey had injected methamphetamine Oct. 18, 2016, south of Burnet, claimed the night before the collision as well Parrish’s life. as having smoked marijuana,” said a The judge made the sentences summary from the DAs office. cumulative, meaning the intoxication “Linzey had previously been assault confinement will not begin until convicted in Arizona for trafficking in Linzey is released from the intoxication stolen property and burglary.” manslaughter confinement. The jury reached a guilty verdict Assistant District Attorneys Peter Linzey ... see Page 3A

includes safety improvements to Highways 29, 71 and 281 and I am very excited that it includes engineering money for the long sought-after bridge below Wirtz Dam to connect 2147 to 1431,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley, a member of the CAMPO Transportation Policy Board. “This engineering funds set a clear path for the construction of this new artery in our regional transportation system. “Now that these funds have been recommended, I look forward to voting for funding these projects at the May CAMPO meeting. I am excited we are getting the ball rolling.” Burnet County officials have been pushing for a new bridge crossing below the Wirtz Dam to

MFPD PEC investigating Pursuits land twocomplaint against Oakley Llano chief identifies Board could consider ousting burglar in Burnet County Jail places self director at January meeting

taki indicated the committee, investigation, but they cannot account. In addition to deleting his which will be comprised of take any action regarding a Oakley then posted a com- post Wednesday, Nov. 23, directors Kathy Scanlon, Paul vote for removal from office ment on his shared post that Oakley apologized for the Graf and herself, can consid- until the Jan. 17 meeting. he thought it was “time for a comment, calling it “off the “indeed curtSmith and er all avenues open to them On Monday, Nov. 21, Oak- tree and a rope … .” That com- cuff”By and Glynis Crawford through the vehicle. cooperative’s ley, who also serves as Burnet ment, because it was placed harsh.” The Highlander By Lew K. Cohn two of the tires on the suspect by Lew K. Cohn Editor complaint lodged by However, a number the Managing Oakley was given bylaws, removing driver,including later identified as County Judge, shared a post on a shared public post, was A suspect hasthe opbeen ManagingThe Editor Highlander of concerned African-AmeriOakley from position he from the San Antonio Police publicly visible while it was portunity board 36-year-old Dustin Parks of the Granite Shoals, identifiedtoinaddress six carthe burglaries The of Highlander employees Oakley A pair separate pursuits can involving the against public at in Wednesday’s haswestbound held since 2013. on Oakley’s Facebook page. and continued to flee onto Ranch to thatthe took place Marble Falls The Falls Pedernales and this determine Marble Police Electric Department past Market Road 1431 towards Pataki Granite said during Oakley’s comment drew con- meeting, as there was a large Shoals. the from March 14-15. Cooperative Board Direc- what punishweekend landed twoofindividuals in the Burnet in attendance and all meetingpolice the committee will redemnation from a number of audience The Granite Shoals set up a barricade Surveillance camera tors voted 6-0 Wednesday, County Jail on assorted charges. ment, if any, on 1431 near theport no latera than individuals on Facebook, who board meetings are an simultanefire their hall. findings Despite losing back footage captured image of Nov. 30, to give written face tire, Parks avoided Capt. Glenn Hanson nosaid hehis may officers webcastbutand recorded Dec. the 9 to barricade the full board, which thought the elected official ously by cutting the burglar, the image was tice to notified director James Oakley were at 7:54 p.m. for a social me- through a parking willlot then had overstepped his bounds for at determine Valley what steps aspublic much record. use in tracking down that the board consider Saturday, Marchwill 17, of a Texas dia post made View Drive in itGranite by commenting so harshly in He said was “sincerely will take against Oakley, Shoals the suspected perpetrator as BySafety Phil Reynolds his possible removal on Jan. earlier in the before turning on Department of Public who will notand be allowed to be a public manner. sorry as it was never Kingfish working leads in my theintent case, The into Highlander 17 if a complaint against month in which then Kings Circle, trooper pursuing afiled vehicle Others questioned whether toaccording offend anyone” with his involved in any where the deliberations to Sgt. Investigator Oakley Llano council members go behind doors to- bailed Oakley found to Falls merit such itwill Oakley com-closed the city isofcity Marble after regarding his the fate. Department about the arrest there was some racial overtone comment on Facebook about driver finally out of Barry Greer. day, Tuesday, to of talkway withmented their attorney about a police discipline. it was “time for ashortly tree afterThe failed to yieldJan. the 16, right next regular board of an African-American man, to Oakley’s comment, given McKane’s vehicle 8 p.m. “We arrest. hope to have arrest force been reduced by at half. Inthat’s aintersection resolution approved suspectedwere at the of Ranch to and a rope” for the Officers “My intent was expresshe meeting Dec. 19 and PEC Otis Tyrone McKane — ac- a very disturbing history in able toischase warrants sworn outtotoday,” Three members of the – Chief Kevin Rat- onofficials a special called the of a San Antonio police Market Road 1855meeting, and USeight-person 281. killer force frustration the cowsaid the the board could cused of killing San Antonio the South, and particularly in my down Parks foot near said just beforewith the department Parks Glick liff, Sgt. Jared Latta and Patrol Officer Aimee Shannon — are on board voted to establish a comofficer. The vehicle, a red 2003 to reprimand Oakley at police Det. Benjamin Marconi Texas, of lynchings involving ardly killinginofforce a police officer intersection of vote Kings Circle reported to Mormon administrative leave pay after complaint charging official mittee to investigate a281 written Board President Pa-Castle red Pontiac, left USwith South at aNorthwood thatbefore time, ifhe warranted by their andEmily Kings could enter his — on his personal Facebook minorities. Oakley … see Page 8A Mill Road where a suspicious misconduct was Falls lodged withand theBurnet LlanoCounty County District AttorDrive as Marble police residence. package had been found ney’s office, District Attorney Sonny McAfee said. He was arrested and charged with evading Sheriff’s deputies picked up the pursuit. Monday, March 19. McAfee saidblock Ratliff, the police chief, At the 1000 of Northwood Drive,placed near himself arrest and or the detention with a vehicle, evading “The burglaries happened other two officers on leave. the Marble Falls Middle School, a MFPD officer arrest or detention, reckless driving and driving in five or six different areas Another officer, Matthew Grant was already on paid deployed tire deflation spikes andHardin, punctured Pursuits ... see Page 3 of town,” said Greer. “In leave, but McAfee said Hardin’s situation has nothing to do with every case, the vehicles were the removal of the three other officers from duty. By Alexandria Randolph Aug. 19, 2014. unlocked.” Glynis Crawford Smith with four sworn That leaves theBy Llano Police Department The Highlander The shooting at 5 The Highlander Burglar occurred ... see Page officers and an administrative assistant, according to the City of Garrett will go to the Ballard family home in the RichardBallard Zowie/The Highlander TheWeb twosite. victims who died in the crash on Texas 71 east of Llano the 33rd District Court MonSarah Linder and her daughter Abigail enjoy some fun in the 5800 block of County Road Spicewood Monday, Nov. 28,will were Cynthia Annp.m. Vega, age city 46, The Llano City Council meet at 5:30 in the Richard the Zowie/The Highlander sun March 16 at Lakeside Park Pool, although Abigail seems day to face trial in the fatal 340 during early morning and her chamber, son, Santiago Vega, ageSt., 17,Llano. both from Falls. council 301 W. Main The Marble executive session No, it wasn’t the infamous Ice Bowl, when the Green Bay Packers played the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship more interested in her mother’s sunglasses than cooling off hours. shooting of his two friends just Family members of A funeral service will be held for the mother and son at Celeis the last item on the agenda, although agencies often change game on Dec. 31, 1967 with temperatures around minus 15 degrees and a windchill factor around minus 40, but the Marble in the water. over two years ago. Benson and Fox said the three ments-Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble the order of discussion of agenda items.Falls today, Friday, Dec. Falls girls soccer team bundled up while the starters played Canyon Lake Jan. 11 at the Fredericksburg Tournament. The The plea forturn Garyoung 2, at 4 p.m., followed by a rosary service at 6 p.m. On Thursday, Lady Mustangs finished second in the tournament. For more pictures and deadline the story, to page were celebrating Llano ... see Page 5 rett James Ballard, a 23-year- Benson’s birthday. By Glynis Crawford Smith however, friends and family gathered at the site of the crash to old Burnet County man who Authorities said during the The Highlander memorialize them. Balloons were released into the skies over the was indicted on a capital mur- investigation took Anotherthat Ballard snakebite rolling hills where they died. der of multiple persons charge what was reported to be a .223 victim was reported in Accounts been created on ( in Nov. 6, 2014, was at 1:30 caliber semi-automatic the Highland Lakes rifle area cynthia-and-santiago-dos-vega) and at Chase Bank in Austin By Lew K. Cohn By Lew K. Cohn the years, Nance imparted p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29. from a patrol Sunday, March 18. (Account 552751082) to defray funeral expenses. Managing Editor Managing Editor her class, commitment to our District Attorney Sonny vehicleThe thatcall his for aid for a Unable to attend was Justino Rodriguez, age 50 and also of The Highlander The Highlander and great sense McAfee said Ballard pled not father, Burnet woman on Happy Hollow Marble Falls, who was a passengercommunity, with the Vegas. Burnet County voters will have three different elections to Local philanthropist and of humor to every task or guilty in an arraigment hearing Road inConthe Fairland area He was airlifted the scene Monday and remains in vote in beginning next month — keeping them separate from County community leaderfrom Nancy cause that she undertook, and early on in the court proceed- stable Jimmy who had been bitten on the University Brackenridge, as does Bala Chandra each other can be tricky. “Nance” Medical Claire Center Huffman her impact continues beyond ings. Ballard’s trial is schedPct. 3, foot by a rattlesnake came Sekhar Gutti,Griffin, 29, of Richardson, of the 2015 Subaru that Early voting begins April 23 and continues through May 1 Ballard, Murchison 79, is be- driver her untimely passing.” uled for Monday, 5. in parked to the first with the 2015 Ford Focus. K.Dec. Cohn agencies areatBurnet like theCounty ATM,” for the Saturday, May 5, general electionBy forLew Burnet County city had ingcollided remembered for Vegas’ her work Griffin served for a num“I expect it will take all the house while Sheriff’s Department in “Good” on Tuesday, but a Vega Editor said Green. councils and school boards who are still Managing holding elections. Ballard at to Both help were makelisted Burnet Countycondition ber of years on the board of week,” McAfee said regarding he 12:42 and hisp.m. wife Highlander family spokesperson saidpassed Thursday that Rodriguez have Green said Burnet County Then, on May 14-18, there will be earlyThe voting for the Tuesday, a better place after she governors for the might Hill Counthe trial, but could not comLinda were away on vacation. The Marble Falls year, some 824,838 toaway be returned the 7. ICU because of bleeding. livMay 22, primary runoff election. TheLast top two candidates in each has nearly 7,030 residents Sunday,toJan. tryinternal Community Theatre and ment further about potential shot the two Area Emergency Medical distributUninjured wasaLonnie of Coleman. He ing in Ballard situations where there race in which a candidate did notpounds receiveofatfood leastwere a majority of Garrett Griffin was teacherWade at Jackson, served in63, a number of capactactics taken byinthe defense, multiple times, they Service (MFAEMS) could ed toelection. families need in Bur- teens was the driver a 2012 School Volvo truck tractor-trailer unit, the third was a time in theand previous the votes will square off in the runoff Marble FallsofMiddle ities, helping bring quality namely localthrough attorney Eddie died atthey the scene. confirm only that the female net County the partner vehicle involved the horrific year had difficulty meetFinally, early voting will be held from May 24 through June for many yearsin and educa- outcome, theatrical programming to Shell. Ballard then fled to hisis patient wasneeds, transported agencies of the Central Texas Thewas accident after 8 County a.m. Monday on surthe their food which 15 for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative director election. In- ing tion at theoccurred forefrontshortly of Burnet and the It isBank, possible representative the defense girlfriend’s andScott called directly by tohouse Baylor & Food steep, winding of Texas three miles the United States person voting will be held Saturday, June 23, ata the annual PEC measured her life. She stretch continued her 71 rounding area. east of Spicewill argue on grounds di- his parentsMarble andofhis brother-inWhite Falls, whereas of the agency told the of Burnet Department Agriculture wood. Sgt. Robbie Department of Public membership meeting. involvement withBarrera, education “Nance had Safety a veryinforgivminished capacity, meaning a Marble Fallsbegun. police offitreatment was SheitCounty Commissioners Court law, “food insecurity.” Hunger mation officer, said 911 calls had been from motorists Municipal elections through the non-profit Highing coming spirit inin everything she that Ballard could receive a cer, was toAuthoriBaylor before his arrest. lastwill week. is transferred defined as the inability observing the Subaru driving By 8:15 Only two Burnet County cities have elections on May self land Lakes Service“speeding League, and did,” saiderratically.” Janice Cleavinger, Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander lesser sentence due to his adScott & White Temple for ties said Ballard confessed the Kathy Green, director of to meet nutritional needs with a.m., emergency calls were cominga inHill fromCountry witnesses who were serving on the organization’s Community Janet Enright helps one-year-old Carter with a project at the Home Depot Craft and Woodwork 5 — Granite Shoals and Bertram. mitted hallucinogen induced continued care. to Burnet County Sherpublic policy available resources. dumbstruck byCommittee the scene thatorfaced them. board ScholarshipShe The Highlander will sponsor advocacy a 10 a.m.and Saturday, April for 21, deed member Workshop. brought in him andTheatre his older brother, right, who to the first-day event of Marble Falls delusion during the Food time ofBank, the “At theto time of ourof investigators. the 8410 Central Texas “Fifteen 16 percent Wenger, pastor of Church in other Marble Falls, derShane to Break help local fur-Elevate West Ranch to Market iff’s Department is involved in local orSpring 2018women on Monday, March 12. It ended Friday, March 16, with the traditional Pool forum at the Granite Shoals fire hall, killings. Ballard told … investigators said the Central Texas Food Burnet County residents who one Monday Facebook comment toasThe Highlander Snakebite see Pagelive 5 thersaid pursue their education. ganizations well. “My conParty andinCupcake Social in Lakeside Park. Elections seeofBurnet Page Ballard is accused kill- 5 that as thearedrug took‘food effect, Bank works with...the in what called inthat it“Iseemed like forever for responders to her arrive. was fortunate to have tact with was through the ing two of his close friends, County Hunger Alliance and Fox andhomes, Benson exhibited secure’ while 25 perOn hisfrom own page, afterward,Lakes “My heart is still learned NanceWegner as onesaidHighland Community Elijah Benson, a “strange recentlyAdam met with the group andchildren disruptive” becent of the in Burnet soofheavy this school a.m. her from middle stu- Theatre. She was full of beau17-year-old Burnet “to see what we can do High better haviors, the in arrest County live foodaffidavit insecure “Sandy andwork I came Hadcreative no idea ideas, what was dents and to withupon her aa wreck. tiful and and School and agencies Travis said. to servestudent, our partner homes,” Green said. “We try going to unfold before theHill ambulance as I helped few decades later on the I feel showed blessed up, to have known Leslie Fox, 26-year-old and make sureathey are able to notUnofficial reportswith emergonly to partner agenput out the fire. I am just thankful I was able to be used to share Country Community The- her.” Glynis Crawford Crawford Smith/The Smith/The Highlander Glynis Burnet School graduate, provideHigh the services their cus- ing investigation ciesduring whichthefeed people in Jesus. Talking praying said with someone at the end of first their met life ANance atre board ofand directors,” Nance Griffin familyGriffin, strolls down Walkway Lights Falls right, the passed awayofat age in 79Marble on Jan. 7. theneed.” three were under the suggest tomers Ballard the county, butmay alsohave withbethe inFrank a tragic situation is one judge of the realist I have everClyde had. on Reilly, municipal her moments second husband, Wednesday, Nov. 30.the The light display is open 6 p.m. while Above, she receives Marble Falls-Lake LBJfrom Chamber “We like to say that if on we lieved of hallucinogens schools food insethe to twoaddress to be possessed. Make the most of everyday and don’t everGriffin think ... God for Granite Shoals. “Through p.m. dailyAdvisory through Jan. 1, Member 2017, asof long theaward. ground influence of 9Commerce Board the as Year seedoesn’t Page 5 to are the bank, then our partner is not wet. need you in His mission plan.” CTFB … see Page 3 Fry said he had witnessed the Subaru sports car weaving in and out of traffic and crossing the line into oncoming traffic. Investigation at the scene was lengthy. At least one resident Granite Shoals PD on Texas 71 reported being unable to exit onto the roadway until promotes Decker 1 p.m. A report based on assessment of the evidence was issued In a statement of the increasing number of children served by Sgt. Barrera Tuesday morning confirming a witness account by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Highland by Kyle Fry of Marble Falls. organization the addiBy Glynis Crawford Smith Essentially, it stated that the Subaru driven by Gutti was travBy Lew K. Cohn Lakes, the local advocates Rounding out the Topannounced 10 were Aledo, North coordinator. The Highlander eling west at a “high rate of speed and recklessly.” The posted Managing Editor tion of a new development Forney, Marble Falls, Jacksonville and Royce “We are excited to announce that Cindi Ashford Fry joined Sculpture on Main is celebrating a big comingThe out Highlander party for speed limit in the area is 70 mph. City. CASA team ‘hit the in mid-October,” the night today, Fri2017, the Marble Falls our High School The Ford Focus, determined to have been driven by Cynthia its 11th annual event all day today andIninto Theground MFHSrunning’ cheerleaders were thrilledsaid to be Kristen Harris, CASA executive director. cheerleaders finished 18th in the state in Class in the top 20, and even more ecstatic to have Vega rather than Rodriguez as first reported by the DPS, was day, Dec. 2. said understands how important it is for children The doors open at 10 a.m. at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena 5A Division II, coming just points Harris short of a Fry traveling east in the inside lane. The truck-tractor rig, towing a placed 8th overall. feel safe and secure she isproud committed to helping CASAinand during sale until p.m.statetoSpirit Top 10 finish the6UIL Chamflatbed trailer, was traveling east in the outside lane behind the Vista Drive, to art exhibition, demonstration “I and am very of them! They worked to achieve its greatest potential. Nine artists of table top art workspionships will be on to meet at hand the Fort Worththe Convention Center. credibly hard and had to really pull together in Ford. for weeks every child to be with prop- to tours ofa the What a difference year11makes. “We simply desire the final leading upafforded to the competition “The driver of the Subaru failed to negotiate the curve and public there and discuss their works. Downtown, whilefinish they so arehigh,” in foster and we know thatLauren this Sculpture Main12, er This ofpast Friday,onJan. theadvocacy Mustang saidcare cheerleading coach entered the inside lane of SH 71 into the path of the Ford and new juried entries in the year-long exhibit is capable of providing resources,” group added of a chanceimproved to turn hands cheerleaders upontolast community year’s perforBerkman. “They arethese an outstanding crashed into the front left with its front left,” read the report. will be going on. The public will have “We are excited to welcome Cindi to our team because of theeighth country’s mance of byone placing overall Harris. and less than young ladies and I am proud to be their coach!” “The Ford entered a counter clockwise spin towards the east- three-dimensional art under the guidance feelMFHS that this is the in increasing in- in five points from a Top 5 finish.weThe In next 2017,step Marble Falls hadcommunity scored 32nd bound guardrail. The Subaru entered a clockwise spin towards eminent artists, Susan Norris. volvement in our program.” “Susan Norris is the judge of the Sculpture on Main exhibit,” cheerleaders competed against 61 other 5A Di- Crowdleading; eighth in Fight Song and 15th the westbound barrow ditch. CASA for theinHighland LakessoArea serves the same II schools. directors of the event sponBand Dance, the still squad improved in all The driver of the Volvo (truck), seeing the crash, tried to take said Carolyn Bates of the board ofvision area ofPioneer Blanco, Burnet, Llano, Lampasas and San Saba counIn the. “She finals,is Mission Sharyland Creative Arts (HLCA) the official categories. evasive actions and avoid the crash of the two vehicles in front of sor, Highland Lakes Contributed ties, but their servicesBerkman are reaching more abused and neglected High School took first place overall, followed sculptor of BoyCobb, ScoutsMichelle of America.” explained the competition is dehim...(but) unable avoid cheerleaders the Focus and are, hit the passenger The Marblewas Falls Highto School bottom row from left, Casey children than eversigned before.around football game day, and was diby one of Marble Falls’ competStafford Fine Art is the local representative of theDistrict New 26-5A side. The impactRubio, caused Natalie the FordCox, to flip onto its passenger side. Briggs,Marta Rubio, Chantal Ellie Herrington, Rachel Lyndsi Schwope, Kasey itors, San Antonio Alamo Heights (last year’s “Today, morevided children service areadivision need CASA artist. Norris willOffutt, determine the winners of Best in Show intoin aour preliminary with adthree Drummond, Sizenbach, Jordan, Hope Dunanvant, Megan Harris, Emily EastboundHannah traffic was divertedKaiya to Burnet County Road 413, Mexico second. Hallsville was because third abused vocates neglected coming band to routines,andeach at onechildren minute are in length: and Commendation. committee of Highland in Lakes Creative Anna Nelson, Amber Piper Mossand and Camryn Jenkins. TopArow are champions), as the Herrington, Department Hali of Public Safety andHibler, law enforcement overall, Castroville Medina Valley (anoth-of Child Bailey Kelley, Emily along Offutt,with Madison Fields, Jade Seelig, Taylor Arts Wright, Karoline Westerman, the attention Services at rates higher than dance,Protective fight song, and crowd leading. board members and supporters willwith select the People’s emergency services, AirEvac, responded under omiKyra Starnes, Madysann Wilder, Presley Peril, Sarah Cauble,Choice Madeline Holder, Liz Hibler, er district competitor) in fourth and Lumberton in years prior,” said Harris. In the first round for theFry Mustangs, they winner. ... see Page 8AenPayton Clough and Allison Goytia. Collision ... see Page 8A fifth. Cheer … see Page 3

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Artists return to Paint the Town

Some 40 Plein Air, or open air, artists from across the nation will be working in various media to capture the outdoor sights and scenes of historic Marble Falls and the panoramic Texas Hill Country that surrounds it when Paint the Town competition returns April 29-May 5. For a week, with thousands of visitors, there will be an expansive exhibiting/sales gallery, live demonstrations, a Quick Draw Challenge, Sunrise and Nocturne painting, a student competition and Suzie Baker, nationally recognized judge, will conduct a lecture/ demonstration and award competition winners. Patrons are invited to pack a lunch and a lawn chair and watch the artists create their magical works. Organizers of the event from Highland Lakes Creative Arts suggest looking for artists at work at these prime locations: • Bella Vista B&B — 1455 Cimarron Ranch Road — off Ranch to Market Road 1431 east on Lake Travis. (Charming country inn with beautiful vistas.) • Max Starcke Dam — Max Starcke Dam Road south of Marble Falls off US 281 dead ends near the dam & artists will set up on either side of the road (Water, rocks, beautiful views.) • Living Architecture — 4113 Lakeview Drive in Cottonwood Shores is accessed by traveling west from US 281 on Ranch to Market Road 2147. At the traffic light turn in to Cottonwood Shores and go straight to Lakeview Drive, and turn left to find the grounds and home at Living Architecture (Striking architectural features and

vistas on 13 acres.) A reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls. There will be a Collectors Preview and a Mexican buffet. Competition winners will be announced at this time and winning pieces auctioned. There will also be a tequila tasting and live music. Tickets are $45 per person and available on 2018 Paint the Town Schedule Sunday, April 29 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Registration/orientation/ reception at Del Rio, 205 Main St., Marble Falls Monday, April 30 Free paint day Tuesday, May 1 Artists paint Candlelight Ranch – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Open to the public Wednesday, May 2 Sunrise and nocturne painting

Krystal Brown paints downtown Marble Falls from the deck at Rae’s Bar & Grill. a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Open to 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for gallery the public Artists mentoring sales students (limited to 30) on Deadline for competition the Lower Deck, River City pieces, 11 a.m. Grill. Supplies and frames Judge Suzie Baker, provided by HLCA. Lecture/Demonstration 11:30 Lakeside Pavilion open a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for gallery VIP Reception and Award sales Celebration 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ticketed event, $45. Collectors Preview, Mexican buffet by In Cahoots. Winners announced, award winning pieces auctioned. Tequila tasting, Live Music. Saturday, May 5 Paint The Town Family Day, Lakeside Pavilion – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open to the public. Quick Draw downtown at 10 a.m. Judge presents awards at noon. Mariachis performing @ noon. Children’s Painting Stations. Children’s Awards presented presented at 1:30 p.m. Art sales and demos. It’s Selfie the Town with 2017 Paint The Town Winners, from left, Debra Latham, Krystal Brown, Alison Menke, Gary Frisk and Omar Food and beverage available for purchase. Garza. CONTRIBUTED Lakeside Pavilion open Friday, May 4 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for gallery Thursday, May 3 Lakeside Pavilion open sales. Young Artists Day – 9:30

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Camping or ‘glamping’? Your choice! Five Burnet County locations to enjoy ‘The Great Outdoors’

By Alexandria Randolph HLN Correspondent Whether a rugged outdoorsman or a luxury aficionado, anyone can enjoy a night under the stars in Burnet County. Glamping For those seeking an outdoor adventure and a camping trip that has a little more glamour, the Canyon of the Eagles campground and resort might be the place. With campsites, RV sites and guest cabins, the camp welcomes any kind of camper. The guest rooms are fully furnished with air conditioning, heat, linens, a coffee maker and WiFi. The camp also includes a full-fledged restaurant and shop for those with a taste for more than hot dogs over the camp fire, as well as an observatory, hiking trails and outdoor family fun activities. Pets are welcome. Canyon of the Eagles is in Central Texas Hill

minutes northwest of Austin and two hours north of San Antonio, making it an ideal location for a weekend getaway. Ranch Road 2341, one of the most scenic roads in Texas, ends at the camp entrance. Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114 outside of Burnet, has over 250 tent and RV campsites available on weekends for guests and features cycling and hiking trails, a pool and access to the ranch’s private Quarry Lake. Available amenities include restrooms, showers and changing rooms with hot and cold water, a pavilion that can be booked for events and a full-service commercial kitchen with a wood-fired grill, barbecue pit and wood-burning pizza oven. Inks Lake State Park, located at 3630 Park Road 4 West, has 22 cabins that can be booked in advance, completed with air

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Inks Lake State Park has outdoor sites where you can hook up your RV or pitch a tent. TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE but only four are held for walk-in campers, so visits should be booked in advance. Arguably the best feature of glamping is the ability to make a campsite homey with personalized lighting, backyard games, decorations and prepared meals that may be a little more extravagant than the typical camping fare. Those who want to bring their own glamour to a campsite might consider bringing a generator for lighting or portable A/C units. Rather than sleeping on the ground, campers can elevate themselves with an inflatable mattress, cot or hammock. Portable showers and toilets can also be purchased at several outdoor retailers. Camping – no glam included For the rugged camper, there are a number of parks and recreational areas in Burnet County where one can simply pop up a tent and heat up some S’mores. In addition to cabins, Inks Lake State Park also has a number of tent and RV camp sites nestled under the park’s numerous oak trees. Campsites with water but

without electricity number 49 across the camp. For those looking to get in touch with the wild side, nine primitive campsites without any amenities can be reached by a short hike down the trail. Shaffer Bend Recreation Area is located at 706 CR 343A in Smithwick. The park is managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority and rests along Lake Marble Falls. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, equestrian trails, fishing and swimming. Campsites feature a grill and a port-o-potty, and pets are welcome but must remain leashed. Reservations may be made, and those arriving after 5 p.m. should contact the park attendant. Just down the road from Shaffer Bend on County Road 343 is another LCRA recreation area called Camp Creek. Like Shaffer Bend, the 40-acre park offers RV and tent campsites with access to Lake Marble Falls. The 16-site campground features a boat ramp, port-o-potty and grills for camp cooking. Camping is available at a first-come, first serve basis. Pets are welcome but must remain leashed.

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Howdy-Roo says ‘how do you do!’ By Richard Zowie There will be a lot of fun, but there will be no beans in the chili when the 2018 Howdy-Roo comes to town. This will be the 47th annual Howdy-Roo Chili and 24th annual Barbecue event. The chili cookoff will be Saturday, May 5, at Johnson Park. Organizers say they need cooks but, most of all, they need judges. Judging starts at 10:30 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. Those who can’t make the first round of judging can always judge the next round of judging. Among the categories to be judged are beans, barbecue, business chili, or Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) chili. To pre-register, send a letter to 502 East Avenue, Marble Falls, TX 78654. The chili cookoff is a regional qualifier for the annual Terlingua International Chili Championship on the first Saturday in November at Rancho CASI de Los Chisos. Howdy-Roo is the third-largest CASI chili cookoff internationally and automatically qualifies the top five chilis for Terlingua. More than 180 cooks usually take part. A second CASI event, the Backbone Creek Chili Cookoff, will be held Sunday, May 6, and the public is also invited at 1 p.m. to come out and take part in judging the contest. First place in the Backbone Creek contest automatically qualifies for Terlingua. CASI is a non-profit organization whose mission is raising funds for charitable organizations, and for the advancement and public education about the food

Sherrie Parmanand was one of the judges at the 2017 Howdy-Roo. cookoff are not as stringent known as chili. as CASI’s rules, which require This is accomplished the chili to be cooked on site, through competitive chili in the open, and prepared cooking events held from scratch without fillers throughout the US and in (beans, macaroni, rice, several foreign countries. hominy, etc.). More than 500 CASIBusinesses must be sanctioned qualifying located in Burnet County and cookoffs are held each be willing to set up a 15-foot year, leading up to the by 15-foot show space. They Terlingua International Chili will provide a 16-ounce cup Championship. of chili for blind judging. Both experienced and Carrie Kinnison, president rookie chili cooks are invited of the CASI Highland Lakes to take part in the CASI Pod, also known as the Pod’s contests, but there are a “Great Pepper,” is chairman number of rules which set of the chili contest. For this contest apart. Contest more information, contact entrants are barred from her at 281-615-2408 or having “floaters,” which are added ingredients such Johnny Campbell is as chopped tomatoes or the contact for the Lone chopped onions, because of Star Barbecue Society the desire for a consistent, competition. Reach him at smooth gravy or base. 830-613-9471 or cbbq@nctv. CASI chili must provide com. a single 32-ounce cup for Check out for blind judging on five criteria more info about CASI. — aroma, consistency, red According to the Pod’s color, taste and aftertaste. website, the first Howdy-Roo The rules for the business

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Chili Cookoff was held on April 8, 1972, on the what is currently the elementary school grounds, with 20 cooks. Bill Kennon was the named the first Head Honchoroo of the contest when he named the festival. Since then, the “Head Honchoroo” has been the chairman of the Howdy-Roo every year. Howdy-Roo winners receive granite trophies in the shape of the state of Texas. The first cookoff and it ended in a tie between Mary Griffin of Marble Falls and Gary Hahne. Because of this, the cookoff was divided into a women’s and men’s division. The cookoff moved to Johnson Park the following year and has remained there since. Beginning in 1988, winners of the Howdy-Roo were presented with an apron after the tradition was started by then-Great Pepper R.V. Turney.

MayFest brings fun to Johnson Park By Richard Zowie Johnson Park will host four days family fun as MayFest returns to Marble Falls Wednesday to Saturday, May 9-12. The event will contain

Street, and three parking lots located at Second and Avenue J and Avenue J and Yett Street. No parking will be allowed in Johnson Park without a vehicle pass. Among the scheduled

during the rain and lightning then will open back up as the rain ceases. However, due to the amount of traffic and activity in the park, it is strongly suggested that pets not be bought to MayFest. There is a leash-free dog park located at the corner of Avenue J & Yett Street. Festival goers are encouraged to bring in strollers for their little ones to enjoy MayFest, as well as chairs, as there is limited seating for the concerts. No coolers or alcohol will be allowed in Johnson Park. However, the Chamber sells

beer Friday and Saturday for just $3 per beer. Booth spaces are still available for MayFest. A 14foot by 14-foot vendor space is $125, while a 20-foot by 20-foot food vendor space is available for $200 with an additional $50 charge for electricity, if available. Chamber of Commerce Members will receive a $25 discount on registration fee. The final registration deadline is 5 p.m. May 4. For more information about MayFest, go online to mayfest.

These children find themselves hanging on and having fun on the dragon coaster at the MayFest carnival. It is always fun and games at MayFest. FRANK SHUBERT a carnival, games, free concerts, volleyball, washer pitching, vendors and many more items. Event hours will be Wednesday to Friday, May 9-11, 5 p.m. to midnight. Then on Saturday, May 12, the hours will be 10 a.m. to midnight. As always, admission into Johnson Park, where MayFest is held, is free. However, wristbands to participate in the carnival rides are $25 each for a oneday pass. Patrons may also purchase ride tokens for $1 each. Each ride takes 3-5 tokens. Food and drinks will be available for purchase as well. There is free public parking along Avenue J, Main

musical performers will be Rey Avila y Sus Legitimos, scheduled from 7:3011:30 p.m. Friday, May 11. Saturday performers will be announced soon. For the volleyball and washer tournaments, registration begins at 11 a.m. with tournaments starting at noon. Cost is $20 per team for volleyball and $15 per person for washers. Among the food items, besides corndogs, candy apples, funnel cakes, include food vendors selling popcorn, cold treats, barbecue, gyros and both fruit juices and fruit and vegetable smoothies. Rain or shine, the show must go on! The carnival rides will close temporarily

Chloe Clark, 8, of Johnson City, jumps high during the sack race competition at the 2017 MayFest celebration at Johnson Park.


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