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Wed
10
Apr

Celebrating 95 years!

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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).

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.

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