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.
Bluebonnets grow all over central Texas, and many towns might claim to have the most beautiful crop in any given spring. But thanks to a Fort Worth native and a few “friends in high places,” Burnet has the official title of “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas.” And partly because of that title, Burnet has probably the best smalltown festival in the Texas Hill Country.
Charles Brinkley married a Burnet native (Faye Hoover) and moved to Burnet in 1968. The couple had four children, and became very much involved in the community. Trying to “give Burnet something to be proud of,” Brinkley began working through the local 4-H to have Burnet designated as the state’s bluebonnet capital. “When people think of roses, they think of Tyler,” he says. “I wanted them to think of Burnet when they thought of bluebonnets.” The 4-H distributed packets of bluebonnet seeds in an attempt to fill Burnet with bluebonnets..
"I'm not so sure that I believed in miracles," says board president Karen Vincent, "until I saw them happening at the Open Door Recovery House." Founder and manager Paula Mays agrees. "God still works miracles," she says emphatically. "I see it all the time right here."
Mays herself is a poster child for the miraculous; she had a "horrific" childhood, and the Open Door Recovery House is named for a shelter where she sought refuge as an abused teen. For years, she was caught in the downward spiral of drugs, alcohol and despair, but God changed her life through the attitudes and actions of Christian friends she now calls "bricks in my foundation.".
Living in Romania was something that Dennis and Swanna Lofton had “never contemplated” as theconstruction worker/musician and teacher from Corpus Christisettled into comfortable careers with the telephone company (then GTE, now Verizon) and raised two sons.They moved to Kingsland in 1999; here, Swanna began teaching in the Llano school system and Dennis served as a worship leader at local churches, most recently at Packsaddle Fellowship. He retired from Verizon last April.
The first inkling of their future mission came in 2000, when a couple from First Baptist Church in Kingsland shared their experience of placing shoes on children’s feet while on a Bucker International “Shoes for Orphan Souls” mission trip. “I knew then,” says Swanna, “that I wanted to go to Romania.”.
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