Features

Fri
24
Aug

Castillo's artwork earns her national acclaim

Contributed
At left, Jazmine Castillo's original work, "Remembrance," is a portrait of Vietnam veteran Don Blakely imposed over a map of Vietnam. It won first place in the Congressional Art Competition for District 25. Right, Burnet High School art teacher Kim Timmons, left, and Burnet High School student Jazmine Castillo, right, with U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, after Castillo won the Congressional Art Competition for Williams' district. Timmons and Castillo visited Washington, D.C. to see her artwork hung in the Capitol and toured a number of local attractions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

This spring, Burnet High School student Jazmine Castillo's artwork was chosen by U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, as his district's first place entry in the Artistic Discovery Contest.

Her piece, titled “Remembrance,” has received much recognition since its completion, as it won eighth place in the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Patriotic Art Competition before its first place win in the Congressional Art Competition.

Castillo's piece captures the likeness of Vietnam veteran and Marble Falls VFW Post No. 10376 member Don Blakely over a tea-stained map of Vietnam, and honors his service overseas protecting his country.

The Burnet High School Interact Club, of which Castillo is the vice president, works with the VFW posts in the area, and it was during this time that Castillo met Blakely and heard his story.

Wed
15
Aug

'Feels Just Like It Should'

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

Texas-based country music star Pat Green entertains the immense crowd of country music fans present at the final summer concert in the Burnet Concert Series at Haley Nelson Park in Burnet on Saturday, Aug. 11. Thousands of loyal fans showed up despite the threat of thunderstorms; luckily the skies cleared just in time for Green's performance, which included hits "Feels Just Like It Should" and "Wave on Wave."

Wed
15
Aug

A Shepperd of men: Doctor's legacy remembered

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The memory of Marble Falls resident and well-respected physician Dr. Ivan Shepperd will forever hold a spot in the hearts of the members of the community he impacted for 61 years.

Dr. Shepperd was born in 1927 and raised in Liberty Hill, the youngest of six children. During the early 1940s, Dr. Shepperd attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his future wife, Virginia Wirtz. The two then moved to Galveston, where Shepperd studied at the University of Texas Medical School while the two started growing their family.

Because of the efforts during World War II, individuals were being rushed through medical school as the country saw a need for more medical professionals, but Shepperd completed his schooling and graduated after the end of the war. After he obtained his degree, Dr. Shepperd, Virginia, and their young family moved to Marble Falls and opened his practice in 1948.

Wed
08
Aug

Garwacki remembered as staple of medical community

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Dr. Janusz “John” Garwacki was a fixture in the medical community in Burnet for 40 years, and his memory still holds strong throughout the many lives he touched – and saved – during his 75-year career.

Karen Litterer, chief nursing officer of Seton Highland Lakes in Burnet, began working alongside Dr. Garwacki when she and her husband John moved to Burnet in 1984. 

“Dr. Garwacki was one of the more advanced physicians that we had at that time,” Litterer said.

Garwacki was a man of many skills, putting his talents and trainings to use in more than one task at Shepperd Memorial Hospital.

“He was the main anesthesiologist, but he could be that one day, then the surgeon the next day, and the family practitioner the next,” Litterer said.

Litterer worked as the circulator RN, working close with Dr. Garwacki during surgeries.

Wed
08
Aug

Longoria's giving spirit honored by city

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet police lead a procession through town Monday evening as they escort the body of city park supervisor Aurelio "Randy" Longoria, Jr. to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home. Longoria, who was known for having a giving spirit and servant's heart, died Saturday, Aug. 4. Riding behind the white funeral home van were several city vehicles.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The City of Burnet is mourning the loss of Park Supervisor Aurelio “Randy” Longoria Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 4.

A well-known figure in the community, Longoria is remembered by family, friends, and colleagues for the dedication he showed towards the City of Burnet and the individual members of his community.

“Randy was amazing,” said City Manager David Vaughn. “He always did anything and everything he could to help the community and people individually; he was never going to say no.”

Longoria was employed by the City of Burnet since July 2004. During the past 14 years, his hard work made an impact on the city's public works projects and community and family events to which he dedicated his time and effort, including the Burnet Concert Series.

Wed
01
Aug

Colleagues mourn local Tea Party leader Pangborn

By Richard Zowie

Highlander Sports Editor

Friends and colleagues describe themselves as “in shock” over the recent death of George Pangborn, who had been serving as president of the Highland Lakes Tea Party in Burnet County.

Pangborn was born Dec. 8, 1956. He was 61.

“I was surprised, since I'd just seen him a few days prior in the court room, commending local firefighter efforts in the recent fires,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley, who had known Pangborn for 15 years.

Mary Jane Avery, president of the Burnet County Republican Club, recalled that last month she and Pangborn had carpooled together to the State Republican Convention in San Antonio.

“I didn't know he had any health issues,” she said.

No services have been scheduled at this time, but final arrangements are being handled by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet.

Judge Oakley described Pangborn as “a very intellectual person.”

Wed
20
Jun

Schlab honored as Caseworker of the Year

Burnet CPS caseworker Tiffany Schlab is awarded the title of Region VII Caseworker of the Year on Thursday, May 17. Schlab also celebrated her 22-year anniversary of working with CPS on Friday, June 1.

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet Child Protective Services Caseworker Tiffany Schlab was recently awarded the title of Region VII Caseworker of the Year, in recognition of the time, effort, and passion she has put into her field for the past 22 years.

Fresh out of college, Schlab was offered a job as an investigator in Limestone County, where she worked for seven years before moving to Burnet to take a new step in her journey.

Since 2002, Schlab has worked with fellow caseworkers in Region VII, which covers 30 counties. On Friday, June 1, Schlab celebrated her 22-year anniversary of working with CPS.

“I'm helping the kids,” Schlab said. “It is tough; you have your highs and lows, but you also have that gratification when you see a kid get a new home or be adopted.”

Tue
05
Jun

Hunger Alliance coordinates summer food programs

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Hunger has been a significant issue across the country for ages, and the problem is becoming more prominent in Burnet County.

Eighty-five percent of families in the area live at or below the poverty level; that is a number no community wants to see. The Burnet County Hunger Alliance (BCHA) is set on making a change to this statistic, spending hours of their free time making a difference in a side of the community of which many are unfamiliar.

After the school year, students in BCISD and Marble Falls ISD are offered free meals throughout the summer, though many families are unable to transport their kids to the campuses to take advantage of them.

Thu
24
May

New pastor, family add to church's rich history

Contributed/Pat Collins

In November 2017, Burnet Presbyterian Church welcomed pastor Josyph Andrews to serve as their 39th pastor. Pastor Josyph and his wife, Jean, are native Texans raised in the Hill Country.

As the son of a military father and an employee in the telecommunications industry, Andrews and his wife decided they have spent too much time away from their home and four daughters; the two returned home to follow their dream.

Jean has supported Josyph since the beginning of his seminary journey, reading his lessons as they drove together to weekly preaching assignments. Today, the couple stand alongside each other throughout life, and Jean shares her knowledge of the Bible during Bible Study and Sunday School at BPC, to the open arms of her new congregation.

Thu
24
May

Lupus warriors fight disease with hope

Highland Lakes Newspapers office manager Kim Green talks about her experiences with the autoimmune disease lupus for Lupus Awareness Month in May.

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Every day, more than a million Americans and five million people worldwide spend their lives battling lupus. Lupus, an autoimmune disease that targets men and women from teens to adulthood, leaves its victims with a lifetime of complications many are unaware of until they have walked a mile in the shoes of a “Lupus Warrior.”

May is Lupus Awareness Month, and a few local warriors are on a mission to bring the issue to light, and share their stories with those who might be living with the same disease, or may want to learn more for the sake of a friend or relative.

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