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       I’m afraid I’m going to have to report some real news this week. (But I’ll get back to my normal “fluff” as quickly as possible.) First, Kingsland has a new fire chief; the VFD elected Darryl Miller Sr., who has been a volunteer firefighter here for more than 25 years, serving most recently as secretary/treasurer of the department. He succeeds the almost-legendary Danny Stone, whose community service is not limited to the VFD, but who has served as Kingsland’s fire chief for longer than most people here can remember. He didn’t seem very eager to be interviewed last time I asked him, but I’ll try again because I know he’s been very much involved in all of Kingsland’s recent history (at least since the 70s).
John Hallowell, Editor       Secondly, Commissioner Mike Sandoval (who is the closest thing to a mayor that Kingsland has) will be holding a “public input open house” with TxDOT and CAPCOG next Tuesday at the Kingsland Community Center to discuss plans for future transportation projects in Kingsland and around Llano County. All residents and anyone who drives through Kingsland is invited to stop in between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on the 13th (you don’t have to be there the whole time; it’s a “come and go” event). Commissioner Sandoval will also be holding his normal monthly “town hall” meeting; that will be at the Highland Lakes Church of Christ (2310 W. Ranch Road 1431) from 5:30 to 7:30 the following Tuesday (June 20).
       The folks at Hill Country Fellowship in Burnet (200 Houston Clinton Drive, just off Hwy 281 South) would like you to know that they are holding a six-session “marriage class” at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday, starting June 20. To register or get more details, call (512) 755-6924 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


       If your kids are worrying you more than your spouse, you may be interested in a series of powerful presentations (also on Tuesdays) called “Healthy Choices,” to be offered (at no cost) by the YWCA of Austin, in partnership with the Burnet and Llano school districts and the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes, at the Kingsland Community Center from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on June 20, July 11, July 25, August 8, and August 22. The goal of these “Positive Action” presentations is to empower youth to resist the dangers of substance abuse and encourage them to make healthy choices. The YWCA is also offering Media Literacy Training at the Marble Falls Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. on June 26. For more information, contact Chloe Ropner at (512) 326-1222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
       Some of the Llano area’s finest artists, including Carla Sanchez and Daniel Adams, will be teaching drawing and painting with watercolors and acrylics at a three-session Art Camp sponsored by the Llano Fine Arts Guild. The dates are July 12, 19 & 26 (from 9 to 11 a.m. each day). The Art Camp is for children 7 to 12 years of age, and the price is $15 per class or all 3 for $25. If you have any questions please feel free to call or text Laura Corzine at 832-444-2327.
       Area non-profits are invited to apply for grants from the Highland Lakes Legacy Fund (deadline is August 25; information and applications may be found at www.highlandlakeslegacyfund.org).
       I forgot to include Karen Mayfield’s classified ad in last week’s paper, so I want to call extra attention to it this week. She has some beautiful Catahoula/Heeler puppies for sale; look for her ad on page 14 (I made sure it’s there this week!)
       Well, there’s not much “fluff” so far, but I do want to mention my magazine distribution this past weekend. In between photo ops in Burnet and Llano Counties, I tried to get copies of the new “Kingsland, Texas!” magazine to area Chambers of Commerce, and to as many of the advertisers as I could. Since my schedule was dictated by the photo ops, it was kind of “hit and miss” for the advertisers. If you didn’t get any copies yet, they are at all the Chamber offices, at the Kingsland post office, and other businesses around Kingsland. On Monday, I drove to West Texas, delivering magazines all the way to and from Odessa. If this paper seems more disorganized than usual, that’s my excuse!

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