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Thu
13
Jun

YMCA hopes for Casino Night full house

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The only thing better than winning big at the casino is that win is benefitting a special group of people. On Saturday, June 15, the YMCA of the Highland Lakes will host its second Casino Night, a fun-filled evening during which the community is invited to take the time to enjoy the company of others, fun games, prizes, great food, and supporting a great cause.

Tickets are $35 for individuals, $65 for couples, $250 for a table of eight, and $250 for a “Salute to Veterans” table of eight.

Basic tickets will give guests a $5,000 casino chip, $5 worth of “funny money” which may be used towards betting on virtual horse racing, and a barbecue dinner.

Added VIP packages are available as well, giving guests an enhanced casino experience. Details on these packages and ticket purchases may be found on tickettailor.com/events/ymcagwc.

Wed
12
Jun

BCHC to honor Burnet County pioneers, Rangers

Special to the Bulletin

The Burnet County Historical Commission (BCHC) is pleased to announce a Texas Ranger Memorial Cross Dedication at the gravesites of two former Texas Rangers and pioneer Burnet citizens: Hugh McCoy and Archibald Lewalen McCoy. During the Ranger ceremony, the gravesite of another Burnet pioneer, E. O.” Jiggs” Kleen, will be marked with a medallion from the Sons of the Republic of Texas. The public is invited to attend the dedication at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Bethel Cemetery, 700 CR 202, Burnet, Texas. A lunch reception will follow at the Bethel Community Center, which is located at the T-intersection of FM963 and 2340. Please RSVP for lunch to Dot Creasey, dotcreasey@gmail.com by June 15. Banana pudding will be a featured dessert, provided by members of the BCHC.

Wed
12
Jun

Storm strands boat passengers

Todd Boyd/Special to The Highlander
About 75 people were temporarily stranded June 9 when the Vanishing Texas River Cruise touring vessel took on water and made its way to Shaw Island on its route in Lake Buchanan as storm-like conditions swept into the area.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

The Highlander

Nearly 75 passengers on a river boat cruise on Lake Buchanan experienced some tense moments as a brief but severe thunderstorm swept into the Highland Lakes June 9 and stranded the tourists on a remote peninsula on the waterway.

Overall, the weather event which included 65 mile per hour winds uprooted trees, caused power outages, damaged property and drenched the area for at least an hour.

The Vanishing Texas River Cruise tour boat – on a regular tour which travels for miles up the lake and into the Colorado River channel – began experiencing engine issues just after 6 p.m. that evening as choppy conditions began pelting the multi-story vessel.

Wed
05
Jun

Environmental crimes officer resigns, re-organization discussed

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

After just eight months on the job, Burnet County environmental crimes deputy Chris Cowan has submitted his resignation in order to join the Granite Shoals Police Department.

The move has left Burnet County challenged with finding Cowan's successor, which also brought about a disussion at the Wednesday, May 29, commissioners court meeting about which department should oversee the position, which was created with a grant from the Capital Area Council of Governments and is the first of its kind in the state.

Thu
30
May

Oaks Nursing lends a 'helping hand'

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Left, Staff members at Oaks Nursing Center in Burnet celebrate Marble Falls High School senior Bryce Henry at the facility Thursday, May 23 for his dedication to the medical field Henry was the inspiration for Oaks' High School Senior of the Year sponsorship after he completed a project on Alzheimer's Disease and made plans to pursue a career in the medical field after high school.
Right, Burnet High School graduate Samantha Robison is honored at Oaks Nursing Center in Burnet Thursday, May 23 in recognition of her passion and dedication to the medical field. Robison will attend Texas A&M University to become a nurse practitioner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Each member of the staff at Oaks Nursing Center in Burnet lends a helping hand to their residents in many ways. The team spends their days providing for the individuals in their care, ensuring every need is met beyond their best abilities.

Oaks Nursing Center recently established the Oaks Helping Hands program in which staff members organize a volunteer group to assist the area's elderly residents in need of help around the house and with other tasks such as lawn mowing and gardening.

The staff intends to do a project for someone every three months as a way to give back to the community whose elderly residents they serve.

Oaks Helping Hands' goal is to focus on elderly citizens who may not have the funding to live in an assisted living facility or pay someone to finish tasks like mowing lawns and housework.

Thu
30
May

Community celebrates new Kingsland Bridge

Contributed/Texas Department of Transportation
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. District 25 Rep. Roger Williams were among dignitaries, public officials and residents who attended the Kingsland RM 2900 Bridge opening ceremony May 24 in Llano County.

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

Several hundred residents, officials and dignitaries showed their support for the expedited completion of the Kingsland Ranch-to-Market 2900 Bridge during a ceremony May 24 which featured live music, ceremonial walks across the span and presentations.

Speakers included U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, Texas Transportation Chairman J. Bruce Bugg, Jr. and Llano County officials.

During Cruz's speech, he suggested renaming the structure, “Perseverance Bridge” to recognize the challenge residents faced losing the main thoroughfare in the heart of the community.

The project – which took about seven months to complete – cost approximately $17.3 million.

Wed
22
May

Bertram council doles out EDC funds; new alderman leery of city spending habits

Nathan Hendrix/Burnet Bulletin
Bertram Mayor Adam Warden reads the oath of office to newly-elected Bertram Alderman John Baladez at the monthly council meeting on Tuesday, May 14.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Staff Writer

The Bertram city council approved granting local businesses a total of $5,700 of Economic Development Funds at the monthly council meeting on Tuesday, May 14.

The Economic Development Corporation requested expending a portion of sales on tax to local businesses The Texas Pecan Cake Shop and Burlap n Lace Salon n Boutique. The funds can be issued to acquire land, purchase equipment, pay construction costs or fund planning and professional services, according to local government codes.

The Bertram EDC makes their decisions with the understanding the the goal of the corporation is “to promote business and tourism in the city of Bertram through taxes,” according to an EDC representative.

The council approved giving $2,700 to The Texas Pecan Cake Shop for the purchase of new baking pans.

Wed
22
May

Council donates $100K towards teen center

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

At their regular meeting held Tuesday, May 14, Burnet City Council voted to donate $100,000 towards the YMCA of the Highland Lakes' proposed construction of a 2,500-3,000-square-foot addition to the facility for a teen center. Council voted to pay the $100,000 out over a 5-year period at $20,000 a year.

The proposed teen center will fill many needs for YMCA staff and members, and in a presentation to Council, YMCA Operations Director Jennifer Kenson and Board member David Bennett highlighted the resources the new center will bring to kids ages 10-18, who are currently limited in the amount of recreation they may receive at the facility due to age restrictions.

Tue
21
May

Traffic stop nets meth, firearm and cash

Contributed
A traffic stop on Texas 29 in Burnet May 20 became a drug case once the drug detection dog K9 Ron (aka “Jag) arrived, resulting in the seizure of two kilograms of methampetamines and $11,000 in cash.

 

 

 

From staff reports

Two men are behind bars following a traffic stop arrest which resulted in a drug and cash seizure May 20 in Burnet, according to a Burnet County Sheriff's Office press release.

The incident unfolded around 4 p.m. in the 1600 block of E. Polk Street (Texas 29).

Following a traffic stop by a deputy for a speeding violation, authorities dispatched K9 Ron (aka “Jag”), the drug detection dog.

“After the K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics, deputies searched the vehicle and recovered approximately two kilograms of methamphetamine,” the release stated. “The deputies also seized over $11,000 in cash, a loaded handgun, and a digital scale.”

The suspected narcotics have an estimated street value of $200,000 to $250,000, investigators said.

Arrested were: Tomas Jaramillo, 35, of Elgin and Roy Ford, 27, of Killeen on charges of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (1 to 400 grams).

Thu
16
May

Burnet VFD 'nose' charity

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin

 

The Burnet Volunteer Fire Department is working with Walgreens in Burnet to raise money for Red Nose Day, which is dedicated to ending child poverty and hunger. Customers can purchase red noses from Walgreens and their donations support Red Nose Day. Firefighters who donned red noses include, bottom row from left, Gary Silvia, Russell Tutor, Ignacio Silvas, Brandon Anderson, Don Thompson, Chief Randy Meeks with Bella, Trevor Meeks and Casey Daniels. Top row are Emily Thompson, Michelle Phillips, Melissa Meeks, Jessica Thompson and Kenneth Meeks.

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