Features

Mon
23
Dec

Cutting horse riders compete at World Finals

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Members of the American Cutting Horse Association and their affiliate, the Australian Cutting Horse Group, spent months out on Burnet resident Mike Crumpler's ranch preparing for the World Finals held earlier this month. From left: Ashley Knight, Goomeri, Australia; Mark Watt, Director ACHG, New South Wales; Lilian Macrae, Dorrigo, Australia; Hannah Venne, Bertram; Mike Crumpler, ACHA member, Burnet.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

After extensive sessions with local horse trainer Mike Crumpler, members of the American Cutting Horse Association and its affiliate, the Australian Cutting Horse Group, brought home a list of titles after competing at the World Finals Dec. 6 and 7 in Belton.

Australian ambassadors Ashley Knight, returning again after two stays in Burnet last year, and Lilian Macrae were joined by their ACHG Director Mark Watt this month to continue building relationships with their American affiliates and bring the cutting horse sport into the spotlight for youth and adults alike.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for kids from the bush to come here and be ambassadors,” Watt said. “It's not only a great opportunity for the group as a whole but for the kids. . ."

Wed
11
Dec

Buchanan Arts Guild promotes local talent

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Encouraging new and returning artists to express their creativity, the Buchanan Arts and Crafts Gallery hosts various painting classes at their location along State Highway 29 in Buchanan Dam, including oil painting, watercolor, and an open painting class every Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg
Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

If there is one thing the Highland Lakes can boast, it is the multitude of artists that can be found residing in and sharing their work with their community.

At the Buchanan Arts and Crafts Gallery, much can be said for local talent, whose artwork and crafts are displayed with pride, and have been for over 50 years.

“The Guild was started in the 1960's by ladies who wanted to get together and paint while their husbands went fishing,” said Guild president Becky Carlberg. “The original ladies actually bought this building in the 1970's with money they saved up from bake sales they had hosted over the years. . . ."

Wed
27
Nov

Moving at a steady 'clip': Hullum's Barber Shop pillar of Burnet for 70 years

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Hullum's Barber Shop owner Tom Hullum celebrates 70 years as a barber in Burnet, and continues to put smiles on the faces of everyone who walks through his door. A pillar in the community for decades, Hullum's Barber Shop has served as a meeting place for townsfolk looking for a haircut or just to catch up on the latest gossip around town. Hullum also recently celebrated 70 years of marriage with his wife Berniece, and will turn 90 next month.

 

 

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

As the years pass before the eyes of a community, many things change. People come and go, children grow from tiny cherubs to adults achieving their goals, and the community molds to the changes and progresses along with those who call it home.

One thing that has remained the same for the last 70 years among the Burnet community is the presence of a friendly face, a kind ear, and a talented hand, who set up shop on Burnet's downtown square in 1949.

Thu
14
Nov

Local veteran overcomes odds after midair crash

Nathan Hendrix/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet County resident Ray Bronk has several photographs from his time as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1972.

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

A brush with death would make most people reconsider their path in life, but a midair jet fighter collision during a training exercise could not dissuade Burnet County veteran Ray Bronk from continuing to pilot aircraft for his country.

Ray joined the United States Air Force in 1952 and aced his aptitude tests. The career advisor listed aircraft pilot as one of his potential jobs.

“He said 'Airman Bronk, you can be anything you want,'” Ray recalled. “I said 'pilot? That's what I want.' It was the very first time it ever entered my mind.”

In 1959 in Charleston, South Carolina, Ray went up on a training flight designed to emulate fighter interception of enemy bombers. The pilot he was testing with had already been on two flights that day and was attempting his third intercept.

Thu
14
Nov

Australian equine ambassador a cut above the rest

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
21-year-old Australian Cutting Horse Group ambassador Lilian Macrae recently traveled across the ocean to Burnet to strengthen the relationship between the ACHG and the American Cutting Horse Group. Macrae is hosted by Burnet couple Mike and Janie Crumpler, who have worked with both cutting horse associations to bring the sport into the spotlight through youth involvement.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Traveling on the fall breeze from Australia to little Burnet, Texas came another Australian Cutting Horse Group ambassador with a goal to strengthen the relationship between the ACHG and the American Cutting Horse Association to keep the sport in the spotlight.

Twenty-one-year-old Lilian Macrae traveled from Dorrigo, New South Wales in September to compete in cutting horse competitions across the state, with the help of her host Mike Crumpler and his wife, Janie.

The Burnet residents have cultivated a partnership between the ACHA and the ACHG, affiliates operating thousands of miles apart but sharing the same passions and goals involving youth in their mission to keep the cutting horse sport alive.

Ranchers and cowboys have been cutting cattle since the 1800's in order to separate them into specific herds for different purposes on ranches.

Wed
30
Oct

Companies partner for better heart health

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
YMCA staff members lead a zumba class at the beginning of the Hearty Habits class held at the recreation center every Tuesday. Hearty Habits is a partnership between Ascension Seton, YMCA and H-E-B designed to teach individuals the importance of maintaining habits to lead a healthy lifestyle. After exercise, while enjoying snacks provided by H-E-B, the group participates in a discussion with Ascension Seton professionals about heart-healthy snacks and recipes they can implement into their day to continuously improve their health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

There are many components to one's health, and Ascension Seton, the YMCA of the Highland Lakes, and H-E-B have partnered up to teach the community about them, and encourage individuals to learn and maintain healthy habits to create a better lifestyle.

The new Hearty Habits class, held every Tuesday at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes, is a weekly course for individuals desiring to overcome or prevent heart and lung disease.

The class consists of a variety of exercises taught by YMCA staff, followed by a heart-healthy snack provided by H-E-B, which is enjoyed while Ascension Seton professionals discuss foods and recipes proven to improve individuals' health.

Wed
11
Sep

Extra! Extra! Bulletin team brings back Jaymie Parks

Frank Shubert/Burnet Bulletin
Jaymie Parks (left) and Bulletin staff writer Savanna Gregg are together again at the Burnet office.

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The Burnet Bulletin office recently welcomed back a beloved member, and great things are on the horizon for the Burnet Bulletin staff as she catches up with current employees and gets to know the newer ones.

“It feels amazing being back with my work family,” said Senior Account Manager Jaymie Parks upon returning after living in Minnesota for over a year. “They really are my second family, and it is amazing to work with such great people.”

Parks began working for the Burnet Bulletin in Aug. 2017 and built a great client base, as well as relationships with her coworkers and the community before she and her husband, Chase, and their daughter, Aria, decided to leave Burnet in May 2018 to follow dreams and make their home somewhere new. They recently made the decision to move back to the area, which has always felt more like home.

Wed
07
Aug

New CarRiderPro system enhances BCISD safety

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

With safety for its students always a top priority, the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District plans to implement a system which will assist parents and educators in the often stressful activity of afternoon pick-up.

The CarRiderPro system will make its way to Bertram and RJ Richey Elementary Schools at the beginning of the school year, and later to Shady Grove Elementary.

“It is the District’s commitment to continuous improvement that led to the implementation of the CarRiderPro system,” said Superintendent Keith McBurnett. “We routinely have discussions about our major systems, and how to make improvements to them.

“The car rider pickup line is a challenge at any elementary campus, and we have been having discussions about how to develop a system that is safer and more efficient,” McBurnett added.

Wed
24
Jul

McCoy honored for NWS work; Bulletin contributor records weather data for decade

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Hugh McCoy reads temperature data transmitted from a sensor located in his front yard every morning at 8 a.m. McCoy then records the data and submits it to the National Weather Service to continue a record that was started in 1849 when Fort Croghan was commissioned by the United States. McCoy lives on Hamilton Creek Drive, located on the old grounds of Fort Croghan, making his job as a cooperative observer even more significant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Every morning, Burnet resident Hugh McCoy records weather conditions and daily rainfall for the area at his home on Hamilton Creek Drive, located on the grounds where Fort Croghan once stood.

Weather conditions were regularly monitored from the fort from 1849 until it was decommissioned in 1853, then continued under the U.S. Signal Corps. Recordings were later transferred to the U.S. Weather Bureau, now known as the National Weather Service. The NWS established the Cooperative Observer Program to assist with weather reporting throughout the nation and it continues today, relying on thousands of dedicated individuals like McCoy.

Wed
26
Jun

Citizens of Note: Mary Augusta (Ligon) Hampton

The Burnet County Historical Commission will honor seven individuals for their contributions to Burnet County, at a Citizens of Note reception Tuesday, July 2.

In the weeks leading up to the reception, the Burnet Bulletin will publish the biography of each recipient, written by family members and acquaintances of the honorees.

The community is invited to the 2019 Citizens of Note reception to recognize these exceptional individuals at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 2 at the Burnet County AgriLife Extension Office, 607 North Vandeveer, Burnet.

Mary Augusta (Ligon) Hampton

by Tommye Dorbandt Potts

Mary Augusta Ligon was born Jan. 7, 1890 in Fayette County, Texas, to Nannie (Kennedy) Ligon and William Henry Ligon Jr. The family moved to Burnet, Texas where her father was involved in farming and was the proprietor of a butcher shop in the town of Burnet.

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