Features

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

Wed
12
Dec

French honor Burnet veteran Frank

Contributed/Joanne Graves
World War II veteran Paul Frank (front) celebrates his reception of the Medal of Knight in the French Order of the Legion of Honor at the State Capitol Building in Austin on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. Frank and four other veterans were recognized by the Honorable Alexis Andres, Consul General of France, for their contribution to the liberation of France during the war 74 years ago. Also pictured are, left to right, Frank's daughter, Joanne Graves; her husband Robert, Gulf War Veteran; son, Stephen Frank, Vietnam veteran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Veterans Day 2018 marked the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I and another year of remembrance of those who risk and give their lives in exchange for the freedom of their country.

The memorable day held even more meaning for World War II veteran and Burnet resident Paul Frank. On Sunday, Nov. 11, Frank and four fellow veterans were recognized at the state Capitol building in Austin by the honorable Alexis Andres, Consul General of France, for their contribution to the liberation of France during the War.

Frank was presented a medal of Knight in the French Order of the Legion of Honor, the highest French decoration and equivalent of both the Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Thu
06
Dec

The Here & Now brings Celtic Christmas to Nollaig

The Austin-based Irish traditional band The Here & Now are returning for the third annual Nollaig, a Celtic Christmas celebration and concert, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 909 Avenue D, Marble Falls.

Tickets are $20 for this special, family-friendly Celtic Christmas concert benefitting Phoenix Center and are available for purchase online at thehereandnowmusicatx.com/store.

A portion of the ticket sales benefit the Phoenix Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Marble Falls, committed to meeting the need for high-quality, innovative mental health care for children and families in need.

The Here & Now is an exciting band comprised of Chris Buckley (fiddle), Niamh Fahy (fiddle), Rob Forkner (Bodhrán) and Joseph Carmichael (guitar). All accomplished musicians in their own right, together they create a rich and captivating sound full of energy that presents Irish traditional music in a contemporary context.

Wed
29
Aug

Hey mambo! Mambo Italiano! Bertram restaurant serves up taste of Italy in Hill Country

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Mambo Italiano owner Al Redzematovic celebrates with local talent at Opera Night, held at his restaurant on 100 W. Ranch-to-Market Road 243 in Bertram. Al ensures his customers' dining experience is enjoyable by offering friendly service and great food, giving Bertram residents and diners from surrounding areas a taste of authentic Italian food and hospitality.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

In the heart of Bertram, there lies a hidden gem that has pleased the pallet of many a customer since since October 2017. When Bertram residents are asked where great Italian food may be found, their first answer will probably be “Mambo Italiano.”

At his authentic Italian Ristorante, Almir Redzematovic, whom everyone just calls “Al,” takes the appetite of his diners seriously and provides them with a lunch or dinner of which they would find the likes in a country far away from Central Texas.

Al was raised in Montenegro, a Southeastern European country located across the Adriatic Sea from the Italian peninsula. While attending high school, he studied Restaurant and Hotel Management, learning the basics of the restaurant business.

Wed
29
Aug

Caring Hearts opens doors to helping children

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Case managers Jessica Rogers (left) and Harley Cooper do their part in helping area foster children find caregivers who are best able to meet their needs, working from the newly established Caring Hearts for Children office in Burnet. Caring Hearts for Children will celebrate its grand opening at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 13 at noon at the office, located at 215 S. Pierce St., Burnet.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet and surrounding counties are facing a serious need for foster homes as children are being removed from their home environment for various reasons.

To help make a dent in this ever-growing issue, caseworkers at Caring Hearts for Children in Burnet are assisting in the search for caregivers for the area's displaced children.

“The main reason we have an office in this area is that there is a big need for foster homes here,” said case manager Harley Cooper. “A very small percentage of children who are taken from their homes are able to stay in the area, so our main goal is to keep the kids in the schools and communities they grew up in so they can stay in an area they are used to.”

Fri
24
Aug

Castillo's artwork earns her national acclaim

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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.

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