Commentary

Fri
05
Apr

Protecting Burnet County kids is everyone's job

By Caroline Ragsdill

President

Burnet County Child Welfare Board

Members of the Burnet County Child Welfare Board, Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center, and CASA of the Highland Lakes will join together in kicking off Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month this week.

The BCWB, HCCAC, and CASA invite the community to witness a reading of a Proclamation declaring April Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month at Commissioners court Tuesday, April 9 at 9 a.m. at the Burnet County Courthouse, 220 South Pierce Street, Burnet, followed by a balloon release on the courthouse lawn to honor child abuse victims.

While it is good to bring awareness during April, child abuse is with us every day of every year, and we as a community need to be aware of the problem and take action when needed. We probably all have childhood memories of holding a pinwheel out the car window to let it spin in the wind.

Fri
05
Apr

Burnet steps forward to help community

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Fields of green wave at us as we drive down the highway, toward a goal we've worked so hard to achieve. The day is finally here, and we are on our way. The fields of green aren't pastures and farmland, though there is plenty of that to behold in the area.

No, we haven't even left town yet. The kelly green images through the windows of our bus are the residents of Burnet: our family, friends, and neighbors dressed in Bulldog attire, waving flags and banners, releasing balloons and cheering in celebration of our accomplishments.

Two of my most vivid memories of high school are the Esprit De Corps' trips to the UIL State Marching Contest, my sophomore and senior years. Both trips were so special, but our second go-round was one for the books.

Thu
21
Mar

Spring sees Hill Country awash in wildflowers

By Robert and Sheryl Yantis

Special to the Burnet Bulletin

Every spring the Texas Hill Country becomes awash with color from the most beautiful wildflowers seen anywhere in Texas.  

Learn how to plant and how to increase the number of wildflowers on your property. You can also learn how to identify wildflowers that you will see in the Highland Lakes.  

In Central Texas every spring, a changing variety of colors signal the beginning of a spectacular wildflower show that lasts until the first frost in the fall.

Although the majority of wildflowers bloom in spring, if you look closely you will find colorful flowers throughout the growing season.

Master Gardener Sheryl Yantis will present a beautiful and informative free program “Hill Country Wildflowers and More” at the Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show at the Burnet Community Center on Saturday March 30th at 11 AM.  

Thu
14
Mar

Hill Country Garden Show coming up

The annual Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show will be held Saturday, March 30th at the Burnet Community Center 9-3. There will be demonstrations, many vendors, kids’ corner, many plants, and native and garden supplies.

Let’s Build Raised Beds

Why raised beds you might ask? Here in the Hill country our soils are primarily very alkaline: 8+ on the scale. Raised bed gardening allows us to grow those plants that prefer an acidic pH by creating a proper environment. Raised beds also allow us to garden just about anywhere. They also permit us to keep our garden and flower beds closer to home or in a convenient location for us. And yes, painting the outside for a color theme is fun and vibrant.

Wed
13
Mar

Perry's death brings attention to strokes

It is remarkable how the passing of a celebrity, a person you knew only through the television screen, can profoundly affect you. I was shocked Monday, March 5, as I learned of the passing of actor Luke Perry at the young age of 52, near the age of my parents. I opened my phone, saw the Facebook post – an old photo from back in the day, with the years “1966-2019” printed underneath – and my stomach dropped to the floor.

It might be silly to mourn someone I would have never met in the real world, but I sat there remembering all the times I swooned seeing him on screen watching my recorded episodes of “Beverly Hills 90210,” and how I cried when he perfectly portrayed the life and legacy of the late Lane Frost in the movie “8 Seconds,” and thought how precious and fleeting time is. A large part of my childhood consisted of old shows from the 80's and 90's, so it is certainly unnerving when those I watched on television for years are no longer on this earth.

Wed
13
Mar

Bluebonnet Festival will bloom soon in Burnet

This year’s State of the Community was a huge success.  If you didn’t make it, save the date on your calendar for next year.  It’s typically on a Wednesday in early March. Watch the Chamber website (burnetchamber.org) and/or the City website (cityofburnet.com) for details.

Wed
18
Jul

HCHS needs help in helping animals

 Support the Hill Country Humane Society by buying a ticket in an evening of fun at the Sept. 27 gala, become a member, donate, adopt or learn about volunteer opportunities, all on the HCHS website: https://www.hillcountryhumanesociety.org/special-programs

Message From the Mayor

Crista Goble Bromley

City of Burnet

I recently had the unfortunate experience of having to say goodbye to my dear, sweet dog, Anniemae. After more than 16 years of companionship, she passed on. A sad event to be sure, but she was one of the best; friendly, gentle with everyone, and patient.

When Mae (as we called her) was a pup, her favorite things, like most dogs, were chasing squirrels and going for walks and rides. She was accomplished at a handful of human tricks and enjoyed mock fighting. As she got older, her hearing faded and her eyes began to show signs of cataracts but she remained sweet and loyal as she ever had been.

Fri
16
Mar

Bluebonnet Festival brings magic to children

Contributed

The Goble family attends the Bertram Centennial celebration in 1957. Among the children is Crista Goble Bromley. Today she is the mayor of Burnet whick will hold its annual Bluebonnet Festival next month.

 

 

 

 

Special to Burnet Bulletin

Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley

One of my fondest memories is attending the Bertram Centennial as a little girl. The train came to town and, having never seen a train up close, it seemed almost magical. There was a parade and animals and games. It was so exciting!

I imagine that a lot of today’s children view our Burnet Bluebonnet Festival with those same magic filled eyes. This year, the Burnet Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 35th annual festival; a feat all on its own, but more than that, the festival continues to grow each year. What once filled only the square now reaches from Hamilton Creek Park on the west all the way to the railroad depot on the east.

Fri
09
Mar

BCISD calls for safety help

BCISD officials call for school safety help

 

By Alexandria Randolph

HLN Correspondent

Burnet Consolidated ISD officials are calling for state leadership and funding for security enhancements in response to school safety measures suggested by the Texas Education Agency.

While recent school safety drills were motivated by a the school shooting tragedy at Parkland, Fl., school safety and security has always been an issue of constant vigilance for BCISD, said Superintendent Keith McBurnett.

“School safety and security has been a primary focus for Burnet CISD in the six years I have been with the district. During that time, we have continually reviewed our safety protocols and put in place a number of safety and security enhancements like secure entry ways, fencing and the addition of two school resource officers just to name a few,” McBurnett said.

Tue
06
Mar

Free March 7 luncheon tells BCISD stories

Several years ago, a meeting was held at the Michael J. Smith Memorial Student Union at Portland State. The speaker began his presentation by asking if anyone knew who Michael J. Smith was, and no one in the audience knew who he was or why the student union was named after him.

The speaker then shared the story about Smith leading Portland State College’s GE College Bowl team to victory in 1965 by going undefeated during the academic competition. This accomplishment greatly enhanced the reputation of the previously lowly Portland State College.

Even though he suffered from cystic fibrosis and was frequently hospitalized during the nine months of preparation for the College Bowl, Smith appeared in all five matches and sadly died three years after winning the championship.

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