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Wed
06
Apr

Bluebonnet Festival Events

Thursday April 7

Mighty Thomas Carnival Wrist Band/Family Night-5-10 p.m., Corner of Boundary and League.

 

Friday April 8

Kiwanis All You Can Eat Pancakes- 6 a.m.-1 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 311 South Main Street.

Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Show-2-5 p.m., Herman Brown Free Library.

Arts & Crafts Vendors- 2-6 p.m., Burnet Historic Square and Jackson Street.

Biergarten- 3-8 p.m., Jackson Street, next to the Burnet Community Center.

Burnet Bulletin Pet Parade Sign-up- 4:30-5:15 p.m., In front of the Herman Brown Free Library.

Mighty Thomas Carnival- 5-11 p.m., Corner of Boundary and League.

Bluebonnet Festival Opening Ceremonies- 5:30-5:45 p.m., Highland Lakes CAF Fly Over, Main Stage on Burnet Historic Square.

Wed
01
May

BC inmate's redemption found through faith

Nathan Hendrix/Burnet Bulletin
Ron Johnson and Randy Wayne Johns start and end each of their meetings on Tuesdays with a prayer. Ron inspired Randy to make significant changes in his life, and now Randy tries to do the same for other inmates at the Burnet County Jail.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Staff Writer

The Highlander

Everyone can be redeemed. This is the belief of one Burnet County inmate after he found his personal redemption through faith and self-reflection and now works to share that belief with other inmates.

Randy Wayne Johns, 46, is currently serving a five-year sentence for evading arrest with a vehicle and theft of up to $30,000, but relationships he never would have made outside of prison have helped him begin to turn his life around.

“I don't want to be locked up, but being here has opened a lot of doors for me,” he said.

The most pivotal relationship Randy made was with Ron Johnson.

Ron works with a group of men who visit the Burnet County Jail once a week for “prison ministry.” Ron has been making the voluntary visits on Tuesdays for more than year and said that Randy's reaction is unique.

Wed
17
Apr

Inks Lake Park intern battles light pollution

Photo by Steve Shubert, Special to the Bulletin
Our ancestors were once able to behold the twinkling night sky like the one pictured after every sunset, but thanks to inefficient outdoor lighting, that experience is becoming endangered. The Night Sky Conservation movement was started in hopes of reversing this sad truth, and Lauren Sweat, an intern at Inks Lake State Park, is doing her part in educating residents of the Hill Country on the issue.

 

 

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

There was once a time in which every star in the sky could be seen at night. Our ancestors experienced an absolute absence of light once the sun set, and the twinkling black sky above was untouched; one could watch the stars twinkle from anywhere in the world.

Today, much of the night sky is tainted by light pollution, and billions of people rarely have the chance to behold a sight as breathtaking as the Milky Way on a dark, clear night.

Lauren Sweat, a Sustainability major at the University of Texas at Austin and an intern at Inks Lake State Park, is on a mission to reverse this sad truth and is actively sharing knowledge and suggestions with the public to help bring back the beauty of the night sky.

Wed
10
Apr

Celebrating 95 years!

Contributed

 

Helen White of Buchanan Dam celebrates her 95th birthday this month. She has three daughters and 55 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She has lived in Buchanan Dam for almost 38 years and is an active member of Hill Country Fellowship in Burnet. Happy birthday, Helen!

Wed
10
Apr

Pastor's new album sounds like Butter

Savanna Gregg/Burnet BulletinBurnet singer and songwriter Matthew Butter (middle) collaborates with Sam Williams (left) and Eric Schuessler of Cadillac Gypsies as they play “Song Swap” Saturday, March 9, as part of the entertainment provided at Corden's Cause. Butter plays at various shows throughout the Hill Country, and will perform at this year's Bluebonnet Festival on the Jackson Street Stage from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

The Highlander

In a giant leap from Burnet to Winslow Township, New Jersey, local singer and songwriter Matthew Butter has taken a step further into the world of music entertainment and a step closer to producing his newest album, scheduled to be released in May.

Butter, the Pastor at Hoover Valley Baptist Church, grew up melding his poetry along with music, and began sharing it with his community. Butter recently had the chance to record his songs with Stephen McKnight, producer of Thermal Studios in New Jersey, learning the ins and outs of developing an album sure to entertain his fans once it is released.

Butter's new album will feature a variety of sounds, shining a light on a country singer who wants the world to know his talents do not belong under one label.

“I want people to know a different side of me,” Butter said.

Wed
03
Apr

Community rallies behind airport display restoration

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Texas Green Blast crews sandblast the last static display aircraft at the Burnet Municipal Airport on Thursday, March 28. According to Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force Executive Officer Ed Holley, the T-38 pictured was known a supersonic trainer back in its prime.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet's static display aircraft will undergo the final stages of their restoration this Friday, April 5 at the Burnet Municipal Airport. Since it was approved, crews with Texas Green Blast have been preparing the aircraft for the Static Display Restoration Project by sandblasting the previous layers of paint from the aluminum giants while the Burnet community has developed a common goal of seeing the project to completion.

As the perimeter fence of the Burnet Municipal Airport is steadily filling with banners thanking each and every sponsor for the project, the aircraft behind it move a step closer to the finished product. Members of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, as they volunteer at the airport and its museum, have the opportunity to watch the transformation from their windows and recognize the project's significance to the city.

Wed
27
Mar

Icing for joy

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin

Burnet resident Meranda Ortiz helps her daughter Neriah decorate a cookie at Westside Park in Marble Falls on Wednesday, March 20, during Spring Break activities. Neriah and her sister, Naomi, not pictured, also enjoyed seeing a free movie at Showbiz Cinema later that afternoon.

Wed
27
Mar

Marjorie Bronk receives Masonic Community Builder Award

Special to the Bulletin

Burnet resident Marjorie W. Bronk has received the Community Builder Award for 2019 from the Valley Masonic Lodge #175 of Burnet, along with The Grand Lodge of Texas.

Bronk is a non-Mason who has distinguished herself through her services to her community, educational and professional groups and humanitarian works.

According to Lodge officials, the Community Builder Award is to recognize non-Masons who have distinguished themselves through their services to the community, and is not designed to be given only to the obvious leaders of the community — those in the limelight — although they certainly are to be considered.

The Lodge seeks out men and women who, year in and year out, quietly and without fanfare, show their devotion to their community and its people, without the expectation of awards or honors.

Wed
27
Mar

Airport display restoration honors Commemorative Air Force founder

Contributed
Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force founder Harold Smith, left, stands with members of the DFW Wing Commemorative Air Force, who flew the Bluebonnet Belle to Burnet from Sinton, Texas.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force founder Harold Smith passed away in February, but not before leaving behind the special memories he brought to Burnet with the arrival of the four static display aircraft placed outside the Burnet Municipal Airport after the City of Burnet paired with the Commemorative Air Force to acquire the aircraft in 1996.

The T-38, T-37, A-7, and F-100 standing outside the airport have welcomed visitors and residents to the community of Burnet for more than 20 years, showing the support its residents' share for those who gave their lives to ensure others' freedoms.

Thu
21
Mar

Cox: Texas Capitol has interesting history

Phil Reynolds/Burnet Bulletin
Author Mike Cox talks to an audience at the Coffee Talk Thursday, March 14, at the Herman Brown Free Library in Burnet. Cox's latest book reveals some little-known facts about the Texas Capitol.

 

 

 

By Phil Reynolds

Burnet Bulletin

If you want to know about the Texas Capitol in Austin, go to the man who wrote the book.

That would be Mike Cox. Literally. Cox was at Thursday’s Coffee Talk at the Herman Brown Free Library in Burnet to talk about his book, “Legends and Lore of the Texas Capitol.”

Though probably best-known for his Texas Rangers volumes (Cox was director of media relations for the Department of Public Safety for years), he’s written 36 nonfiction books about Texas and hundreds of articles and columns for periodicals.

He told the audience he has a personal connection with the building. His first job was as “assistant sergeant at arms” in the state Senate (“the House simply calls them pages,” he said).

Later, as an author, he was at the Texas Book Festival on the Capitol grounds when his young daugher wandered off and Cox spent hours looking for her (she was found beneath a desk).

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