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Wed
11
Dec

First responder Santa meals bring holiday cheer

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Not everyone gets to enjoy Christmas with their families. Some serve the community by going to work so their neighbors can safely revel in the memorable moments of the holidays.

That’s why Jeff Sellers of Hill Country Santa Meals is asking for volunteers to make Christmas Eve dinners for the area’s first responders.

“My family and I have been doing this for various agencies for the past few years, the people who have been involved have been blessed by participating. This is a great opportunity for kids to be involved as well”.

Volunteers purchase, cook and deliver the meals. We provide enough for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Typically we deliver between 3pm and 5pm on Christmas Eve. This year we are fortunate to have Johnson Sewell Ford & Lincoln donate all of the turkey and hams. The turkeys will need to be cooked by a volunteer. . . .

Wed
11
Dec

Oakalla receives grant for new substation

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LCRA and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives present a $19,882 grant to the Oakalla Volunteer Fire Department for a new substation. The grant is part of LCRA's Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Jared Fields, PEC community engagement representative; Pam Schlumpberger, firefighter; Chris Mick, VFD treasurer; Gene Keeling, VFD president; Damon Beierle, Burnet County commissioner, Precinct 2; Clayton Potter, VFD administrator; Caroline Porter, PEC community relations coordinator; Carla Potter, firefighter; Christina Roehrig, VFD secretary; Nancy Eckert Yeary, LCRA Board member; Ned Roehrig, assistant fire chief; Roberta Elmore, Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 8 president; Steve Dyer, LCRA Regional Affairs representative; Rebekah Moore, firefighter; Mary Baldree, VFD vice president; and State Rep. Terry Wilson of Marble Falls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special to the Bulletin

A $19,882 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative will help the Oakalla Volunteer Fire Department construct a new substation in Watson, boosting emergency services in northeast Burnet County and significantly cutting response times to the area.

The grant, along with matching funds of $5,000 from the Oakalla VFD, will enable the department to build a substation near the intersection of US 183 and FM 963. The department estimates housing a fire truck in the new station will reduce response times in the Watson area by at least 10 minutes.

Wed
11
Dec

Buchanan Arts Gallery to host Christmas Bazaar

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
The Buchanan Arts and Crafts Gallery will host its annual Christmas Bazaar, Bake Sale, and Open House Saturday, Dec. 14. The gallery is located at 17534 East State Highway 29 in Buchanan Dam.

 

 

 

One of the best gifts one can receive is something homemade, and it is even more enjoyable knowing that gift was purchased to help maintain an organization's presence in the community.

The Buchanan Arts and Crafts Gallery will host their Christmas Bazaar and Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 and invite all to come see and taste what its members have created. The event serves as one of the gallery's fundraisers, which help members raise funds to make repairs on or restore their building to continue sharing their art with guests.

Wed
11
Dec

Celebrate Christmas at old Fort Croghan

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Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Volunteers at Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum invite the community to celebrate Christmas back in time, as the Fort holds its annual Christmas at Fort Croghan event Saturday, Dec. 14.

Visitors will have the unique opportunity to experience the most wonderful time of the year as it would have been celebrated in the 1800's as cabins on the grounds will be open to the public for exploration, and pioneers and modern-day guests travel side-by-side through trails lit with luminaries and lanterns.

Inside the cabins, guests can find re-enactors dressed in period costumes as they teach their visitors the customs and traditions of those who came to the Burnet area long before, as old fashioned Christmas tunes float through the grounds as carolers and family musicians welcome visitors to their home through friendship and song.

Wed
04
Dec

TWDB considers proposed flood planning regions

TWDB considers proposed flood planning regions

Special to the Bulletin

The Texas Water Development Board will consider publishing the boundaries for 11 proposed flood planning regions in the Texas Register at their 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, meeting.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in Room 170 of the Stephen F. Austin Building, 1700 Congress Ave., Austin.

Senate Bill 8, passed by the 86th Texas Legislature, established a new regional and state flood planning process which creates 11 flood planning regions. All of Llano County and the western and southern half of Burnet County are included in the Colorado-Lavaca region, while the northern and eastern half of Burnet County — which includes Burnet and Bertram — will be in the Brazos-San Bernard region.

Wed
04
Dec

Favorite Main Street Bethlehem returns to downtown Burnet

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This Christmas, visit Bethlehem in Burnet, Texas, as the ancient city of Christ's birth comes alive again as it has each year from the time of Main Street Bethlehem's first presentation in 1993.

Feel the anticipation of Joseph and Mary approaching the gates, urgency quickening their steps. Pick your way through transients, peddlers, the crippled, and aged in the town's fringe. Experience the presence of animals as they affect all aspects of life in that time: camels, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, and doves.

Explore the narrow streets to faint strains of ancient music and savor the smells of fresh goat butter, campfires, and hot bread. Then immerse yourself in the din of the marketplace – revelers in the tavern, shouted insults to and from the Roman oppressors, merchants, craftspeople, taxpayers and beggars, all seeking money, or position, or revenge.

Wed
04
Dec

Master plan reveals opportunities to restore Courthouse

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Work on a new Burnet County Courthouse Master Plan has pointed out the need to rework the elevator so it goes to the basement, where the Precinct 1 JP office is located. Customers currently can call the JP office to have a clerk assist them on the first floor instead.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A preservation architect has completed nearly 60 percent of a master plan for the Burnet County Courthouse and already has identified a number of areas where the county could improve the building by taking advantage of available grant funding, County Judge James Oakley said.

Burnet County contracted with Architexas earlier this year to draw up a new Courthouse Master Plan. The county received a $44,900 grant from the Texas Historic Commission's Historic Courthouse Preservation Program and has contributed matching funds of $5,000 for a grand total of $49,900.

The Master Plan includes an evaluation and assessment of existing conditions and proposed recommendations for restoration, including current and proposed site and floor plans.

Wed
27
Nov

Group ranks Burnet, Llano voter websites

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Members of the League of Women Voters registered citizens to vote Nov. 22 at Marble Falls St. Frederick Baptist Church. Pictured, from left, are: Nancy Hill, Jimmie Rushing and Evelyn Acosta-Cone, who assisted Lorna Ambrus of Burnet in the process.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A grassroots non-profit organization has labeled the elections websites for Burnet and Llano counties “not secure” in its latest survey of Texas county websites.

Overall, the League of Women Voters of Texas gave the Llano County website a score of 80 points, which earns a ranking of “Very Good,” while the Burnet County site only received 65 points, which earns a ranking of “Good.”

“The 2020 election year is almost upon us. Texas voters will be inundated with campaign messaging,” said Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.

“Voters will look to their counties to find accurate, accessible, and useful voter information on safe and secure county election websites. Many counties need to take steps now to become a trusted resource for voters.”

Wed
27
Nov

Inks Lake Park day use expansion planned

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An overhead view of the old Highland Lakes Golf Course at Inks Lake State Park. A proposed new use for this area will be discussed at a Dec. 12 public meeting in Burnet.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The public will have one final chance to give input on the Public Use Plan for the old Highland Lakes Golf Club course at Inks Lake State Park during a 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, public hearing at the Burnet Community Center.

“Our park planner is putting together the final presentation now to be given at the meeting,” said Cory Evans, superintendent of Inks Lake State Park. “At this meeting, we will roll out the final plan for the park and this will be the final opportunity for the public to make comment about the plan. We know a lot of people are interested in what the plans are for the golf course.”

Fri
22
Nov

Brady resident donates C-47/DC-3 to Highland Lakes Squadron

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Special to the Bulletin

Karl Ritter, of Brady, generously donated the “Texas Zephyr” to the Commemorative Air Force’s Highland Lakes Squadron based at Kate Craddock Field in Burnet. The Texas Zephyr was manufactured in 1945 by the Douglas Aircraft Company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Ritter, the donor of the airplane, expressed that he wished to see the Texas Zephyr restored to its original glory and believes that the Commemorative Air Force’s Highland Lakes Squadron would be best suited to do just that after spending thousands of hours restoring the Bluebonnet Belle.The Zephyr is currently positioned at the Brady Curtis Airfield in Brady, and will require some mechanical work prior to relocation to Burnet. This will hopefully take place by the summer of next year, just in time for the Bluebonnet Air Show which is scheduled for Sept. 26, 2020. 

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