A good crowd gathered at the Lakeside Pavilion on Monday, September 11, for the Marble Falls Noon Rotary Club’s annual Day of Remembrance, held this year in conjunction with the “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit hosted there for the weekend by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home to honor the nearly 600 Texans killed in the War on Terror since 2001. This photo was taken just before the ceremony began at noon. See more photos on page 7 and on the “Highland Lakes Weekly” Facebook page.
It’s certainly not a get-rich-quick scheme, but Bobby Galyon has broken several rules of orthodox career-planning already, and he wants to make sure Kingsland-area residents have access to fresh, healthy produce. He’ll either sell what he grows (without any chemicals) to customers, or he’ll share his secrets with those who’d like to grow their own. How’s that for a business plan?
Galyon grew up in Sevierville, Tennessee, and joined the Army after high school. While he was stationed at Fort Hood in 1993, he met his future wife, Nancy. They were married in 1995, and moved to Kingsland in 2001. Already a lay preacher and amateur furniture-maker, he took up body-building in 2006, earning second place in the “Novice Heavyweight” class at the Texas Shredder Classic in 2010.
He served in the military for more than 15 years, rising to the rank of Sergeant First Class and planning to retire after 20 years, but felt God calling him to devote his life to full-time ministry in 2007; he left the military (and the prospect of a generous pension) and became pastor at the Baptist church in Tow. Sandra took a job as a social worker with Seton Highland Lakes Hospital..
Excerpted from a letter to the Burnet Bulletin, signed “Rambler”
Several changes have been made here since our last report. John Banks has sold his business home to L.C. McCartie and Mr. McCartie moved in and Mr. Banks moved out, now doing business in one of the ‘Old Hill’ houses, belonging to the Hill estate. The post office for a long number of years in the building of Mr. Banks’ has been moved to the rock building, unoccupied until the post office moved its place of abode, and postmistress Miss Gertie Howell appears well pleased with the change.
Rich Kirkland caught a 20-pound cat fish one night last week.
Miss Flora Kate Bolt of Burnet, teacher in the Kingsland school, who has been absent several weeks due to sickness, has returned and is giving the same appreciated service in the school room and to its patrons.
Many friends of Miss Zola Gunn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Gunn and a teacher in the Kingsland school, will regret to learn this popular young lady, who underwent an operation for appendicitis, has not fully recovered from it, having to be absent from her school duties once in a while..
The Wild, Wild West had been pretty well tamed by the end of the 19th century, but Burnet County was still a world away from the tourism-and-retirement haven that now exists around the Highland Lakes. Indians and outlaws were still fresh in the memories of all the region’s “old-timers,” and the economic boom of the 1880s in Burnet (when the railroad arrived and Burnet became a major commercial center) was just starting to fade.
Dozens of small farming communities dotted the Burnet County landscape back then, and the recently-formed towns of Bertram (1882) and Marble Falls (1887) were growing, but (in addition to being the county seat) Burnet was definitely the biggest and most influential town in the county. The Burnet Bulletin was not only a community newspaper, with items about illnesses, travels and weather, but the main source of world news for residents of the still-relatively-isolated county. Front-page stories discussed the Spanish-American War and the Philippines, as well as the Boer War in South Africa and the British Army’s large purchases of horses in Texas and Louisiana; Carrie Nation’s destructive temperance campaign in Kansas also made the front page, as did a new “oil well in Beaumont.” At the same time, another story that made the front page in 1898 told how there was “no service at any of the churches” the previous Sunday “except the usual communion at the Christian Church and preaching at the Presbyterian Church. And another front-page article reported that Alton Humphrey, of Burnet, was teaching school in Hoover’s Valley..
One of many reasons to live in Burnet is its excellent school system; Burnet is a town small enough where one dedicated teacher can make a big difference in the lives of students, and Burnet is blessed with many dedicated teachers. One of those is Darlene Denton, and she has been given a unique opportunity to help a large number of students by working with their parents at Burnet’s new Parent Resource Center.
Educators have known for years that parental involvement is a major factor in the relative success of their students, but the Parent Resource Center is a fairly new innovation to Burnet; most are found in larger school districts. Funding was available for districts like Burnet, and when former Assistant Superintendent Judi Whitis got the ball rolling in 2010, she needed only the right liaison person to qualify.
Darlene Denton was working for the BCISD as a long-term substitute teacher at the time. “Judi asked me several times to consider the job, but I didn’t want to give up being with the students.” She finally was convinced that the program was flexible enough to let her “make it what we needed for Burnet,” and that she would actually have many opportunities to work with students..
Vincent Todd Van Voltenburg always thought his name should be a little shorter, and when he got into the music business in the late '80s, he adopted the stage name "Vinn Van Volt." "It was so much easier to sign autographs," he explains. It was an exciting career, but short; when it came time to get a day job, he followed his grandfather's footsteps and became a barber. He now resides in Marble Falls, and plans to run a slightly different kind of shop, a place where men can get hot-towel luxury shaves or just hang out and converse. For those going through tough times, he's offering a "pay what you can" pricing plan. Look for his new sign any day now next door to Sonic in Kingsland..
Elliott Fikes fell in love with the saxophone at age nine. Through the years it has treated him well, allowing him to travel the country and perform with some of the biggest names in the music business. Now he has settled down in Kingsland, Texas, and the Highland Lakes area is privileged to hear some of the finest saxophone music anywhere, right here in our own back yard.
Elliott spent his early years with his grandparents in the small coal-mining town of Lynch, Kentucky. His grandfather worked in the coal mine during the week (“Everybody worked in the mines,” Elliott explains. “The town belonged to U.S. Steel, and you couldn’t live there unless you worked in the mines.”), but on Sunday he was the Baptist preacher. Elliott learned about God’s love at an early age..
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