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Wed
27
Mar

Airport display restoration honors Commemorative Air Force founder

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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).

Thu
21
Feb

On the DownBeat: Gilleland making mark in music

Left: Contributed. 16-year-old Bertram resident Trey Gilleland puts his heart and soul into his music, adding in a little “twang” reminiscent of his inspiration, Merle Haggard. Gilleland had the opportunity to perform and record his new album in Nashville, Tennessee in June 2018, and plans to continue doing so once he graduates from Quest High School in Burnet.
Right: Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin. Gilleland (left) and his drummer/manager, Randy Jarvis, stop by the Burnet Bulletin office to discuss the legacy of traditional country music and how they are keeping it alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Since he was a child, 16-year-old Burnet resident Trey Gilleland has recognized the greatness of traditional country music, and when he is not doing homework, he spends his time paying tribute to those who came before him, ensuring their lyrics and style live on through his generation.

Gilleland recently acquired a band through musician Randy Jarvis, who owns Bertram's DownBeat Music and acts as Gilleland's manager. Since then, he has had opportunities not all young men his age are given.

“I started out doing solo gigs for a while, and when Randy opened his store last year, I went in there and said I need a band,” Gilleland said. “Randy said 'but I'm retired,' and I said not anymore you're not.”

Wed
30
Jan

School Board Appreciation Month

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

Burnet CISD Trustee Ross Behrens is welcomed by Shady Grove Elementary students dressed in camo in celebration of his visit on Thursday, Jan. 17. January is School Board Appreciation Month, and students across the district recognized their hardworking trustees as they visited their campuses throughout the month.

Wed
30
Jan

BHS students honor MLK with Day of Service

Left: Contributed/BCISD
Burnet High School football players help clean up flood debris at a home in Kingsland as part of their MLK Day of Service on Jan. 21. BHS students did not take a dy off, but instead served their community.
Right: Contributed/Kat Carter
In conjunction with MLK Day of Service, BHS National Art Honor Society students met with VFW Post 6974 members and other veterans on Jan. 21 for one-on-one interviews to inspire their upcoming entries to the VFW Auxiliary Art Contest. Students learned the importance of service through this project and were able to thank these veterans for their services to their country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Martin Luther King Jr. Day meant a day off for many school districts, but classes at Burnet Consolidated Independent School District stayed in session and seized the opportunity to turn the day into something meaningful.

Many Burnet High School students set out to serve those in their community and learn the true meaning of service while walking in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and by completing various projects on Monday, Jan. 21.

About 40 football players and eight coaches left school to assist a Kingsland couple in the ongoing cleanup efforts caused by the October floods which destroyed many houses and buildings along the Colorado River.

Wed
16
Jan

ROCK Ministry grows after sign from God

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Keith Smith, better known as “Killer,” among the Burnet community, stands beside his sign planted in his front yard along County Road 330 in Burnet. Throughout his life, “Killer” has made a great effort to bring God into the lives of individuals in need and continues to make a difference through The ROCK Ministry, which gathers informally every month.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Like a rock thrown in a creek, one individual has the potential to change his or her surroundings with a single action.

Burnet resident Keith Smith, known to his friends and community as “Killer,” since his days on the Florence High School football team, has been given a mission to be that change in his community. Smith recently established The ROCK Ministry in hopes of providing a safe place for troubled individuals to gather and talk about God.

Wed
16
Jan

She comes from a land down under; Knight returns to Texas to compete in ACHA World Finals

Contributed/Janie Crumpler
Ashley Knight, a Youth Ambassador for the Australian Cutting Horse Group, takes her horse for a practice run as she prepares for the American Cutting Horse Association World Finals, taking place this week in Belton. Knight is being hosted by Burnet residents Mike and Janie Crumpler as she was in April 2018, leading other youth by example while demonstrating the affiliation between the American Cutting Horse Association and the ACHG, and building a solid relationship between the two associations. Knight will compete at the World Finals this week, and participate in two more weekend shows before returning to Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The Burnet community once again had the chance to host Australian Cutting Horse Group ambassador Ashley Knight, 18, of Goomeri, Australia, who is visiting while she attends the American Cutting Horse Association World Finals in Belton this week. Knight and her mother, Kim, are hosted by Burnet residents Mike and Janie Crumpler, who have taken them in and shown them the Texan hospitality we love to share with our visitors.

Burnet last welcomed Knight in April 2018, when she came to town to stay with the Crumplers as she trained with Mike and showed Countin' Checks, a mare owned by Cole Eslyn, in different arenas in the area.

Fri
04
Jan

Highland Lakes Squadron success due to Smith

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force accredits its success in memorializing those individuals and Warbirds of World War II history to its founder, Col Harold Smith.

Smith founded the Squadron in 1991 and was chosen as its first leader, serving among his colleagues until 1993. After that term and for almost thirty years since the Squadron's chartering by the Commemorative Air Force, Smith has made an impact on the Squadron and Museum, helping out in daily hangar routines and at the many airshows put on by the Squadron.

Smith is also notably responsible for the procurement of the Warbirds on display outside the Burnet Airport Museum, forever paying tribute to the airmen who flew them during World War II.

Smith has especially made a difference in the lives of his fellow Squadron members, who call him a friend and mentor.

Fri
04
Jan

Hard work brings stock show success to Schwausch

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Left: BHS Senior Brandon Schwausch and his brother, Bryce, have both been showing broilers at the Burnet County Livestock Show for years. The two have won many recognitions and enjoy being a part of their projects. Here, they are both pictured at the 2018 show, in which they and their broilers performed very well.
Right: Schwausch ensures his broilers are fed properly and well taken care of at his home as he prepares them for the 2019 Burnet County Livestock Show, which will continue now through Saturday, Jan. 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The New Year has made its appearance, and on its heels the 2019 Burnet County Livestock Show. Students from Burnet and surrounding counties have been preparing for this weekend from sun-up to sun-down, and have dedicated their time, hard work, and determination to bring their best stock and Agricultural Mechanics projects to the show.

Burnet High School senior Brandon Schwausch has been showing broilers since sixth grade, and has performed well throughout his Livestock Show career. He even earned Reserve Grand Champion his first year competing.

“My parents have been a huge help this whole time,” Schwausch said. “I couldn't do anything without them, or my ag teachers, especially Mr. (Brandon) Evans. It is amazing to have a teacher like him.”

Wed
12
Dec

Burnet VFW Auxiliary 6974 Gingerbread House Workshop

Contributed/Kat Carter
Winners of the seven and over category of the Gingerbread House Workshop and Contest at the VFW Auxiliary Post 6974 were, left to right, Traeton Nelson, first place; Marley Andrews, second place; Pason Nelson, third place.

 

 

 

 

Burnet VFW Auxiliary 6974 Gingerbread House Workshop

By Kat Carter, President Highland Lakes VFW Auxiliary Post 6974

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