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CASA for the Highland Lakes Area announces new Executive Director

CASA for the Highland Lakes Area is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Shannon Heep as its Executive Director. Ms. Heep will be responsible for guiding the almost 20-year-old organization a it advocates for the ever-increasing number of abused and neglected children from our five-county service area of Blanco, Burnet, Lampasas, Llano and San Saba.

Shannon is well known as the creator and producer of two of Marble Falls' most popular community events: The Marble Falls Walk-ADog- A-Thon and the Marble Falls Adult Soap Box Classic. Shannon's gift for recruiting volunteers is much needed at CASA, where volunteers are the only reason we can provide the services we do.

 

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Hill Country Naturalist

What Did the Hill Country Look Like Before Europeans

What Did the Hill Country Look Like Before Europeans Came Here?

A friend of mine and I were discussing that topic recently and it occurred to me that other folks might be interested in it as well.

The problem is, there are a lot of common myths about that subject that one still hears even today. One is that the Hill Country used to be a “Sea of grass.” Another is that “Cedar was not here originally and it was imported.” Anyone who has read enough of the writings of the many explorers and settlers who were among the first Europeans to see the Hill Country knows that neither of the above are true.

These myths are often perpetrated when a person hears someone describe the pre-European Hill Country by emphasizing a single aspect, but then that person repeats what they heard as though it applies to ALL of the Hill Country.

 

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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

I’ve checked and the calendar assures me that it is not skipping days, but I think it is lying. That is the only way that these last weeks of the year can be vanishing so quickly. The kids will be out Friday for an extended Christmas vacation. Hold them close parents; time just goes too fast for you not to enjoy every minute that you have them. We were discussing today how fleeting our time on earth is, but consider that the time we have with our children is a very short blink of the eye. So many of our kids leave home for distant places and opportunities. Once they are gone, family time becomes so precious, and so hard to obtain. Enjoy while you can parents.

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Elisa Huffman Draper

Funeral Services for Elisa Huffman Draper, age 57, of Richland Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Greater Faith Community Church with Pastor Charles Lowe and Bro. Barry Fikes officiating; burial will follow at Bowser Cemetery in San Saba County. Visitation will be held prior to services from 1-2 at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood. Elisa went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Elisa was born to J.C. and Joyce (Wilburn) Huffman on March 1, 1960, in Houston, Texas. Elisa married the love of her life, Gary Draper, on Sept 1, 1979 in Humble, Texas. She was a woman of great faith; she was a member of Greater Faith Community Church. She loved her family and grandchildren dearly.

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Wanda Lee Smith Hobson

Wanda Lee Smith Hobson was born at home outside Rankin Texas in rural Ellis County to Golman and Willie Mae Kelsey on April 27th 1926, Wanda Lee Hobson passed from this life on December 10, 2017 in Bryan Texas with her loving husband by her side. In her youth she was Wanda Lee, later she was Wanda, and for the last 50+ years she has been Mimi to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and almost everyone else. Raised in farming and ranching country during the Great Depression, Wanda was taught to be thrifty and make things for herself that could not be afforded. As a result, she was a wonderful seamstress, creating beautiful quilts, afghans, and lace all completely by hand. She also was an exceptional cook, making the most delicious meals, complete with cakes, pies and desserts. Within her family she is probably best known for her chicken and dumplings, which she delivered anytime someone was ill, as well as her signature Jalapeno jelly.

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Ralph Cox inducted into Texas Tennis Coaches Assoc. Hall of Fame

Ralph Cox was inducted into the Texas Tennis Coaches Association (TTCA) Hall of Fame on December 1, 2017, at Horseshoe Bay Resort Convention Center. Mr. Cox was inducted along with Rory Frazee, who coached at Stratford High School in the Spring Branch School District. Novice Kniffen, Hall of Fame inductee, retired coach at Andrews, Texas, but now resides in Menard Texas, introduced Coach Cox. The keynote speaker at the convention was Patrick McEnroe, former professional tennis player, and now serves as a tennis commentator for ESPN.

 

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San Saba City Council holds regular meeting November 14th

By Donna Webb, Reporter

Juan Montoya (Center; along with his daughter), Sanitation Department Supervisor, displays a personalized name plate on the Supervisor of the Quarter plaque for selection as the City's Supervisor of the Fourth Quarter.

 

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Scottish Rite Freemasons to meet December 12th

The Scottish Rite Club will hold their quarterly meeting on Tuesday, December 12th, at the Masonic Lodge Hall in San Saba. A meal of spaghetti will be provided by Marcus Holley and served at 6:30 p.m. All members are asked to bring a complimentary covered side dish or dessert. After the meal, the program will be open to all guests. Buster Williams of the Scottish Rite, San Antonio Valley, will present a program, "Being a Keystone and its Masonic Meaning."

 

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Armadillo Basketball Report

By Coach Cory McCombs

Lometa Tournament Champions

The San Saba Armadillos returned to action after the Thanksgiving break and have been very busy! They won 5 games including 4 in the Lometa tournament. The week started on Tuesday in Armadillo Arena against the visiting Lometa Hornets. The young Dillos raced out to a 19-7 first quarter lead and never looked back. The final score ended 71-34 in the home team’s favor. The Dillos defense continued to stifle opponents with full court pressure. The offense was lead by Logan Glover who scored 21. Klay Prew had a strong shooting night with 10 points.

 

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Lady Dillo Basketball Report

Submitted by Alicia Cummings

The Lady Dillos started the week off by traveling to Bangs to face the Lady Dragons. A couple of weeks earlier, the Lady Dillos had defeated Bangs in our tournament so we knew they would be ready for a rematch in their gym. The Lady Dillos started off slow offensively but with solid defense were able to take a 16-10 lead into halftime. The Lady Dillos would come out strong in the 3rd quarter and outscore Bangs 19-6 in that period. They would go on to defeat Bangs by a score of 41- 30. I was proud of our response after halftime. I thought the girls came out with a lot of energy to break the game open. We had a little let down in the 4th quarter and we must continue to focus on playing a full 32 minutes.

 

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