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.


Texas Crossing EP released today

Texas Crossing's EP, 'It's All Over,'releases March 9.


By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Texas Country Music can be found found right here in our small town, if you look close enough. Texas Crossing, a husband and wife duo with Central Texas roots, has been gracing the stages of various venues throughout the Hill Country and beyond.

1993 Burnet graduate Colt Buckelew and his wife, Tiffany Valentine, put their hearts and souls into their music and look forward to sharing it with their fans many nights out of the week.

Buckelew began singing 37 years ago, sang in the Burnet High School choir, and even performed at the very first Bluebonnet Festival in 1983. Buckelew expanded his horizons as time went on, enjoying the opportunity to sing with talents such as Pat Green and Cory Morrow.

“Rusty Weirr, a great songwriter, was a big mentor of mine that opened up this music world for me,” Buckelew said.


Crumpler's passion takes him to ACHA greatness

Mike Crumpler and his wife, Janie, display the trophy Mike received upon induction into the American Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame in Dec. 2017.

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Two-and-a-half minutes – that is how long Burnet resident and horse trainer Mike Crumpler has to display the blood, sweat, and tears he puts into the sport that his passion. Those 2 ½ minutes encompass months, even years, he spends training his horses in the art of cutting cattle.

In December 2017, Crumpler's efforts were recognized with one of the highest honors someone in his field could accomplish. Crumpler was inducted into into the 2017 American Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame — an achievement he credits not only to his hard work and dedication, but to the horses and clients he works with and the people he keeps close.

“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is one of my greatest accomplishments,” Crumpler said. “I was shocked when I heard them call my name. I couldn't have done it without my clients and the best wife, who has stood beside me all the way.”


Students learn 'Manners Matter'

Ever so careful of their manners, students taking part in the 'Manners Matter Spaghetti Etiquette Meal' are, from left, Zoe Ward, 9, Nyla Brown, 11, Taylor Taliaferro, 8, and Brailyn Halleck, 8. They all keep their elbows off the table, chew with their mouth closed, and dab their mouths with a napkin if they make a mess. (See more photos from the event on the Facebook page of the Burnet Bulletin.)





By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Boys and Girls Club of Burnet was transformed into a 5-Star restaurant as the children took part in a luxurious 3-course meal and learned all about manners.

The “Manners Matter Spaghetti Etiquette Meal,” hosted by Kenna Bolan, brought numerous community leaders together to assist with the meal and discuss the importance of good table manners with the children.

Bolan reached out to Burnet County elected officials, first responders, local businesses, and the Burnet High School Culinary Arts students, who eagerly showed up to donate their time and services to a great cause. In addition to the community leaders and Culinary Arts students, First State Bank of Burnet, H-E-B Burnet, and Partymakers sponsored the event by donating funds and supplies.


Crafting the Future: Classes prep students for employment

Bill Neve and his Construction Trades class pose in front of their "tiny house" they have been working on this school year. Upon completion, the tiny house will go to Houston to help a family affected by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet High School has made it a mission to “Craft the future” of its students, to prepare them for college, employment, and the real world. An impactful program recently implemented at BHS to continue this effort is the Ag Mechanics and Construction Trades program. This program prepares students for the real world through woodworking, agriculture, welding, communication, teamwork, and mathematics.

Students in the Construction Trades class are educated in the mathematical aspects of construction by instructor Bill Neve; they are then able to use the methods they have learned in the classroom and apply them to construction techniques. Upon completion of this class, students earn two credits – geometry and agriculture.

“We learn geometry, trigonometry, and algebra and use it to build trusses and walls,” student Ty Holbrook said.


Burnet's Bulldogger a Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer


Tommy Puryear, local rodeo champion, sits down for interviews after learning of induction into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

December brings many different thoughts to mind — cold weather, Christmas, snow (for some), hot chocolate, lounging by the fireplace on Christmas Eve anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus.

But for over 100,000 people every year, December also means National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This week sees the kickoff of yet another NFR experience for cowboys and fans worldwide. The NFR has been a source of entertainment for rodeo fans since it was established in 1958. This year is no different. With this popular event just around the corner, Burnet County residents are reminded of the accomplishments of a local celebrity — steer-wrestling champion Tommy Puryear.


Suzanne Johnson Endowment raises $165K for HCCF

First State Bank of Burnet President Cary Johnson presents the Hill Country Community Foundation with a $165,000 check -- the proceeds from the most recent Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser. Back row from left are David Bennett, Kyle Stripling, Danny Floyd, Phillip Thurman, Calvin Boyd, and TJ Reed. Front row are Earline Zimmerman, Ken Graham, Cary Johnson, Keith McBurnett and Sallye Long.

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser always brings in a substantial amount of money for the Hill Country Community Foundation (HCCF) and this year was no exception.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, First State Bank of Burnet President Cary Johnson presented HCCF with a check for $165,000 in proceeds from the sixth annual Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser, held this past September in Lampasas.

The Hill Country Community Foundation has been a part of the community since 1982. It provides assistance and support to students entering college by gifting considerable scholarships every year. The foundation also supports charitable and health programs, impacting the community for almost 40 years.


Cromer honored as Outstanding Senior at OU

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

A cartoon chef said it best: “You must be imaginative, strong-hearted — you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. The only limit is your soul.”

These are words 2014 Burnet High School graduate Thomas Cromer lives by every day of his life.

On Friday, Nov. 10, Thomas Cromer received high honors at the University of Oklahoma. Cromer was recognized by OU President David Boren as Outstanding Senior, selected out of all four schools in the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts.

He was also introduced along with the other Outstanding Seniors of the University of Oklahoma during the OU vs. TCU game the next day.


Elk hunting takes a team

Contributed/Hunter Burnham

Hunter Burnham, heir to a tradition of Hill Country hunting, displays a majestic herd bull was approximately eight years old. He says it took a team working in unison to bring him down. Read much more of interest to hunters in the 2017 Hunters' Guide from the Wednesday, Oct. 18, edition of The Burnet Bulletin, and now found here on BurnetBulletin.com: http://bit.ly/2yL9Xs6





Highland Lakes natives and tourists with long memories remember the Burnham Brothers sporting goods store, once found on Avenue H across from the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls, if only for its window full of rattlesnakes. It was owned by Winston and Murry Burnham, who parlayed the hunting and game calling expertise handed down by their father, J. Morton Burnham, into a successful business of national repute.

In 1961 Roy Rogers invited them to Los Angeles to teach him to hunt and call predators. Their quick success with him led to hunts all over the world. Many thousands of hunters have relied on the game and predator calls they developed.


Living Love makes Plus Ten Puppy appeal

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Burnet Bulletin

The volunteers of Living Love Animal Rescue in south Burnet County went above and beyond their previous commitments this month when they made room for more than 10 animals at once.

The shelter already was full to bursting with 20 dogs and close to 100 cats. A recording at the shelter already announced that the shelter was full when a call came in that set a new challenge.

A woman in tears said her dog had delivered 14 pups and she had no resources to care for them.

Shelter manager Rosalie Brosh and volunteer Kelley Whited traveled to the woman's home thinking they might come away with two puppies and an agreement to have the mother dog spayed.


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