Burnet Ensemble Theatre Company traveled to Liberty Hill to compete in the UIL District One Act Play Competition. The students gave a fantastic performance and brought home some impressive individual awards. Congratulations to this talented team of BHS students! Honorable Mention All Star Cast went to Elyssa Martinez; Honorable Mention All Star Cast went to Ryan Robertson; Outstanding technician went to Adam Holt for Lighting; and Best Technical Crew for the District went to Kat Cain, Adam Holt, Wade Nedbalek, Ginny Nials and Sage Yeater.
The Hill Country 100 Club, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to the families of fallen first responders (police, fire, emergency medical service) in Burnet, Llano, Blanco and Lampasas counties, has announced its annual scholarship awards program. The scholarships are available to high school students within the region who want to pursue a career in any of the listed first responder fields. Each year the organization seeks out those students who qualify with a minimum GPA of 2.8 to apply for a $1,000 per semester scholarship, with a $2,000 per year maximum. Any student who wishes to be considered for one of the scholarships should make application through the particular school’s counselor who oversees scholarship applications. Once applications are received, they will be reviewed by the Hill Country 100 Club Board of Directors and applicants selected will be notified by the board.
I need your input on something. As part of my service as your representative, it is my duty, when particularly difficult issues arise, to come back to you and discuss what we, as a district, want to see happen in our state. One of those issues has come up, and I want to hear from you. On Monday, March 27th, the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence will vote on HB81, which takes the current penalty ladder for marijuana possession and adds a new rung at the bottom. Currently the ladder starts at 2oz or less of marijuana, which carries a Class B Misdemeanor charge. Class B convictions carry up to a $2,000 fine and up to six months in prison. HB81 will add a new level, where, for the first offense, possession of less than 1oz will carry a civil fine of $250 with no criminal conviction, similar to a speeding ticket. Subsequent offenses will carry increasing penalties, with civil fines giving way to criminal charges after the third offense.
All first graders at Shady Grove Elementary School recently received free prevent tooth decay kits through the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club. Members of Valley Masonic Lodge, led by Bill Weaver, assembled and delivered more than 160 dental hygiene kits to the school. The Fantastic Teeth Fan Club, sponsored by Masonic Home and School of Texas (MHS), strives to prevent suffering from toothaches, reduce missed school days due to dental problems, and cut costs for dental treatment. Prevent tooth decay kits contain: a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, healthy teeth sticker, two-minute timer (optimal brushing time), Tips for Healthy Teeth educational information for parents in both Spanish and English, and a summary of MHS services. Last year, Texas Masonic lodges partnered with MHS to distribute 125,738 Fantastic Teeth Fan Club dental kits and information to first graders in 1,447 schools across the state.
Highland Lakes Service League Community Service Day, held on March 4, deployed teams throughout the area to perform service activities for many worthy organizations. Members are pictured assisting with packaging meals for eligible school children and their families for Blessings in a Backpack. From left are Brenda Eubank, Wanda Kauffman, Barbara Bluhm, Linda Atkinson, Greg Murrell (Blessings in a Backpack founder), Merrill Laurentz, Pam Parsons and Tari Pilgreen.
The Highland Lakes Service League is well known throughout the community for its promotion of volunteerism and service. During the past 25 years, the League has raised and donated more than $1 million on behalf of local non-profit organizations and volunteered thousands of hours. But on Saturday, March 4, Service League members put their hands, feet, and hearts into action once again with their first ever Community Service Day.
Proving that it is not words but actions that make a difference, six teams of Service League ladies were deployed to a wide range of projects in the Marble Falls area. Organizations benefitting from the effort included: Boys and Girls Club, Phoenix Center, Dog Walkathon, Blessings in a Backpack, Hill Country Community Theatre, and the Marble Falls Library Thrift Store.
Lyn Davis, a member of the Highland Lakes Master Naturalists, discusses Eastern Screech Owls at the March meeting of the local chapter of Texas Master Naturalists. Visitors are welcome to the first Wednesday meetings of the chapter in Marble Falls.
By Becky Breazeale The Highland Lakes Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month and the topic in March was backyard owls; in particular, the Eastern Screech Owl. The speaker, chapter member Lyn Davis, said she became interested in screech owls when she realized she had a pair nesting in a tree at her home in Horseshoe Bay. After doing a great deal of research, she found that you can attract these owls by installing screech owl boxes for nesting. She now has three inhabited nest boxes at her house in Lakeway and shared what she has learned. Davis reported that Eastern Screech Owls are abundant in Central Texas, Edwards Plateau, and Trans Pecos areas. You may not see the owls, but they are there. When you install a nesting box, it is a way for you to watch them. Screech owls are very social animals and will watch you just as you watch them.
Encouraging area lady golfers to register for the 'For Ladies Only' charity golf tournament and to get their black and white outfits ready for the competition are, from left, Carolyn Richmond, Pam Parsons and Betty Cruikshank.
HLSL readies for annual “For Ladies Only” tournament
Ladies who golf will want to participate on April 29 in the 23rd annual “For Ladies Only” golf tournament at Hidden Falls Golf club in Meadowlakes.
All proceeds from this fun event will going to local non-profit organizations such as Boys and Girls Club, CASA, The Helping Center, Joseph’s Food Pantry, Vet Rides, and Pet Pals, to name a few. Last year, more than $24,000 for scholarships and grants were awarded as a result of this very special event.
This year’s theme is “Black and White.” An award will be given to the best dressed. The course will be set up for a par-3 scramble. Let the games begin!
This annual fundraiser brings together friends and Service League members from across the area. Registration and sponsorship information may be obtained by contacting Carolyn Richmond (830-201-2111 or email@example.com).
Two Marble Falls massage parlor workers are in jail after they were arrested on prostitution charges when underage clients reported being touched in a sexual manner while receiving massages. LiLi Chen, 38, of Marble Falls is in the Burnet County Jail on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer. She was charged with prostitution/solicitation of a person under the age of 18, a second-degree felony, and aggressive promotion of prostitution, a third-degree felony. Bond was set at $50,000 and $45,000, respectively, for a total of $95,000. Huafen Fu, 49, also of Marble Falls, was charged with prostitution/solicitation of a person under the age of 18 and indecency with a child by sexual contact, both second-degree felonies. Like Chen, she was being held on an ICE detainer and bond was set at a total of $95,000 for the two charges. A second-degree felony is punishable by a sentence of two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Burnet County was recognized by the Veterans Land Board for being second in the state in verterans' land loans. From left are Precinct 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter, Precinct 1 Commissioner Jum Luther Jr., Veterans Officer Bill Worley, Countty Judge James Oakley, Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, Precinct 3 Billy Wall, and VLB senior advisor Ken Wallingford.
By Lew K. Cohn
Burnet County commissioners learned Tuesday that their county ranked second overall in the state of Texas in 2016 for land loans through the Texas General Land Office's Veterans Land Board.
Ken Wallingford, a former Vietnam prisoner of war and senior advisor to the VLB, visited the court to present a certificate of appreciation and Texas flag to honor the county for having an extremely active veterans' presence, with $4,067,064 in land loans for fiscal year 2016 in Burnet County and to praise Veterans Officer Bill Worley, who was there for the presentation.