Commentary

Wed
28
Sep

School board sets priorities for the 2016-17 school year

From the superitendent's desk

Keith McBurnett

 

As we wrap up the first six weeks of school, I want to remind our community and families about the importance of students attending school on a regular basis. Student attendance is crucial to the financial health of the District, but it is even more critical to students being successful in the classroom. The simple fact is that students can’t learn if they aren’t in class. Did you know that high school students who miss school 10 days a year are three times more likely to drop out than students who miss five days? In Burnet CISD attendance counts because: students learn when they are in class, teachers have more time to teach and the District receives increased revenue. Improving student attendance is one of the most important ways our community can help schools be successful.

 

Wed
21
Sep

And the winner is......

From the Dawg House by Wayne Craig

 

I’ll start this week with a big congrats to the newest homecoming royalty. Jax Noah and Elyssa Martinez were crowned King and Queen just before kickoff of Friday night’s homecoming game.

There were some great moments in Bulldog sports this week as well.

The varsity Lady Dawg volleyball team turned a corner with a confidence building win over district opponent, Taylor.

As far as positions played, some were taken out of their comfort zones, but I, along with many others were proud of their response.

Not that Taylor is a powerhouse team, but the way our girls won brought on lots of smiles and joy, and hopefully momentum builds from there.

The 2016 Bulldog football team is drawing some large crowds and it was awesome to see a packed house for homecoming. The Bulldogs have fans all fired-up with a 4-0 record. Their latest victim was the Crockett Cougars who fell to the Dawgs 44-18 on Friday night.

Wed
07
Sep

Battle for Burnet County still simmers the blood

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Call it an old flame I cannot put out, but going into last week the rivalry between Burnet and Marble Falls simmered in my blood.

Ever since I can remember, the battle for Burnet County has been buzzing between our two towns for centuries.

Now, no one who came into the Burnet County area after the mid 1990s will understand how bad this rivalry has been.

Anyone reading this that showed up after that, is probably thinking “this lady is crazy,” “we have not played Marble Falls in a million years except for the scrimmage games,” and the rivalry isn’t that bad.

However, anyone like myself who grew up a predominate part of their life in this area knows how much bad blood has been between Burnet and Marble Falls.

Wed
07
Sep

Shootin' Straight: The other political candidates

By ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/ BURNET BULLETIN

 

Why has this election degraded to choosing what many are calling “the better of two evils?” This is the question I have been plagued with over the last several months.

The two-party system is the worst degradation of American politics, and now unfortunately we are seeing the consequences. The ugly, mud-slinging battle between Republican and Democratic candidates in this election, and even a little mud-slinging between party members, has displayed why the two-party system is driving American politics further into extremism.

Wed
31
Aug

Built Ford tough

BY WAYNE CRAIG/BURNET BULLETIN

 

 

I have a lot of athletes to do some extended bragging on this week, I’ll start with Tyler Ford.

Burnet’s elusive tough running Ford proved to be just like the slogan ‘Built Ford Tough’. He averaged 10.7 yards per carry and his efforts didn’t end on offense.

Tyler was getting the job done in every phase of the game and No.4 has fans excited for more.

There was a birthday boy on the field Friday night and with a three touchdown performance it might have been a wish come true for Sterling Galban.

Hats off to you too Koby Edwards those passes didn’t reach their targets on their own.

Reid Dalrymple, Seth Carpenter, Austin Davis, and Coleman Posey are other names that echoed over the loud speaker regularly.

Burnet’s varsity offensive line earned an Attawaytogo, you guys know who you are.

Thu
28
Jul

BCISD Superintendent Newsletter

BY KEITH MCBURNETT/ BCISD SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

 

Thu
07
Apr

69 Club is the new 27 club among celebrities

Editorial by Lew Cohn

 

Human beings have a preoccupation with death which has dated back to the earliest of our ancestors. As a species, we try to come to grips with our own mortality by trying to make sense of it any way we can. One such way is by recognizing patterns in the demise of others, especially celebrities, whose lives seem to shine brighter than our own, and in some cases, burn up faster as well.

It has been well documented that a great number of creative artists, whether musicians or singers or even those dedicated to the visual arts, seem to shuffle off their mortal coil on or after their 27th birthday but before their 28th. Known as the “27 Club,” its roster of members read like a Who’s Who of the afterlife.

Thu
07
Apr

Swim legend Tex Robertson's influence, altruism deserve recognition

You would be hard pressed to find someone who had a greater impact on life in Burnet County in the past 60 years than Julian “Tex” Robertson. But the legacy and legend of Tex Robertson goes beyond his fame as a champion swimmer and swim coach to his innovation in the sport and his altruism for the people of the Texas Hill Country.

Born in Sweetwater, Tex Robertson learned to swim at an early age in the creeks and horse troughs of Texas and California, where he moved as a teen. His dedication to improving his craft earned him a spot on the University of Michigan Wolverines' swim team, where he competed in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships, setting several collegiate records in the sport.

Showing his versatility, Robertson would join the 1932 US Men's Olympic Water Polo team as an alternate while he was still a student at Michigan, earning a bronze medal as an alternate on that team.

Wed
16
Mar

This Week in Texas History

U.S. Navy caught running guns to Santa Anna

 

While on patrol off the Mexican coast on Mar. 20, 1836, the Invincible vanquished an enemy man-of-war and seized an American blockade runner on the high seas. It was all in a day’s work for the Texas Navy.

During the darkest hour of the Lone Star Revolution, Jeremiah Brown put to sea in a converted slave smuggling schooner. As captain of the Invincible, his mission in the aftermath of the Alamo massacre was to keep Mexican vessels bottled up in port and to stop third countries from supplying Santa Anna with war materiel.

A month before the Battle of San Jacinto, a merchant ship brimming with military hardware slipped out of Matamoros harbor. To ensure that the freighter rendezvoused with ground forces in Texas, the man-of-war Bravo provided an armed escort.

Wed
16
Mar

They keep tearing down this Old Coot's memories

Every time I read my print edition replica of the Houston Chronicle online, I read where they’ve’ torn down something else from the great memories of my past. (The headline reference to Old Coot, is a club I organized a few years back. Anyone either past retirement age and/or disenchanted with what young whippersnappers are doing to our world can be a member.)

Latest in the Sad Headline Category is the announcement that they knocked down the old Houston Club building. No, I didn’t belong to the club or any other such bastion of exclusivity but my first job upon graduation from college with that wonderful JOURNALISM DEGREE was as associate editor of a magazine for an association headquartered in that building. 

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