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Mon
13
May

Donate blood for Thiago

A few hours remain to visit Burnet High School and donate blood to help Thiago Paxtor, the son of a BHS teacher who was diagnosed with Leukemia several months ago. Thiago is receiving treatment for the disease which often creates the need for blood, and his family is reaching out to the community to help.

Mrs. Sharon Massey's class is teaming up with We Are Blood and sponsoring the drive which is taking place now until 2:30 p.m. at the campus.

Wed
08
May

Jail mumps case prompts public warning

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Dr. Jules Madrigal discusses symptoms and statistics of mumps after a case was confirmed at the Burnet County Jail late last month.

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Test results have confirmed a positive result for mumps at the Burnet County Jail, prompting a quarantine among some inmates and a public health alert.

According to the Burnet County Health Authority, a male inmate incarcerated since at least April 23 began showing symptoms of mumps.

Mumps, an infectious viral disease, is marked by a swelling of salivary glands, fever, flu-like symptoms, pain in the face, pain during swallowing, loss of appetite and fatigue.

“Usually we don't see the mumps. We thought we had pretty much eradicated it until the last nine years,” Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal said. “The nurse practitioner at the jail did a good job recognizing this because it's so rare.”

The inmate began exhibiting symptoms on April 27, when he was tested, the Burnet County Health Authority reported. Two days later the test came back positive.

Wed
08
May

Residents, food pantries 'stamp out' area hunger

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
LACare Burnet Director Lottie McCorkle (back row, middle) and her staff at the food pantry rely on the community to keep the shelves stocked with foods to distribute to local families in need. The pantry is facing a shortage of kid-friendly foods, and the LACare staff hopes to bring in loads of items children are able to make at home while on summer break, such as Spaghetti-O's, canned meats, and boxed pastas, during this year's Stamp Out Hunger food drive taking place Saturday, May 11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Hunger is a growing issue in the Highland Lakes area, and with summertime approaching, the need for food in local homes will grow as well.

As the school year comes to a close, students will find themselves at home for longer periods, and families in need will be faced with the issue of finding more food to get through the day.

Just in time for summer, the U.S. Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), and local food banks and volunteers will join together and take part in the year’s largest food-drive to provide food for families in need across the nation.

Wed
08
May

Judge to appeal conduct ruling

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A Burnet County judge has vowed to fight a recent judicial conduct decision to publicly “admonish” him for appearing in a PEC candidate's campaign material.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley told the Burnet Bulletin Tuesday, May 7, he is looking forward to appealing the public admonition handed down by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct last month.

“I look forward to appealing this because I believe it is an overstep into what a judge is able to do, based on the definition of the canons in the Code of Judicial Conduct,” Oakley said. “A precedent has already been set and I hope it will lead to overturning the ruling by the commission.”

Wed
01
May

Jerry House Youth Golf program tees off

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From left are Willetta House, Dr. Susan Rohrer, Burnet City Council member Mary Jane Shanes, Delaware Springs General manager and Golf Professional Doug Fipps, and Dr. J. Kyle House.

 

 

 

On Friday April 26, the Jerry House Youth Golf Program at Delaware Springs Golf Course was officially started. The kickoff was held at the golf course’s pavilion between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. More than 60 people met the House family and enjoyed a beautiful Texas spring afternoon. The club house grill served a hotdog meal to all, while paperwork was completed. Twenty kids were enrolled into the program and each was given a golf towel embroidered with the program logo. There are still program spaces available. Please contact Doug Fipps at the golf course (512-756-8471) for more information.

Wed
01
May

Little Free Library opens for BCISD youth

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Many community members, including Mayor Crista Goble Bromley, Burnet CISD administration, and Bertram PD K-9 Max, join Parent-Volunteer Coordinator Darlene Denton and the Bulldog BROS and Dynamic DIVA Dawgs for the ribbon cutting of their new Free Little Library on Tuesday, April 23.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The minds of children are hungry for knowledge, and being exposed to literature at an early age has proven to be beneficial to them as they grow older. Soon, the children learn to read more words on their own, expanding their imaginations and vocabularies to limitless levels and taking their minds to numerous places.

A new installation in Burnet will provide area children with the opportunity to read a book whenever they please, ensuring knowledge and growth of little minds in the community for years to come.

On Tuesday, April 23, Burnet CISD's Bulldog BROS and Dynamic DIVA Dawgs welcomed a Little Free Library to the Parent Resource Center, located at 202 East Brier Street, with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. There were many different facets to the completion of the project, and the finished product was well worth the effort.

Wed
24
Apr

Local officials concerned by SB 2 passage

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Local county and school officials were less than pleased this week with the passage of a Texas Senate bill that caps the amount property taxes can be increased without requiring voter approval.

Senate Bill 2, which limits the amount of revenue local governments like cities, counties, school districts and special districts can raise before having to seek voter approval, was passed Monday, April 15, by an 18-12 vote, with state Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway, casting her vote in favor of the measure, which now moves to the junior chamber for approval.

Wed
24
Apr

Commissioners worried about Spartan traffic

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voiced their concerns at Tuesday's regular court meeting about traffic that will be generated by the upcoming Spartan Race Austin Super and Sprint Weekend, to be held May 17-19 at Reveille Peak Ranch near Burnet.

Reveille Peak is a 1,300-acre outdoor event, adventure and education center just outside of Burnet on County Road 114, also known as Little Midland-Dorbandt Road.

Spartan Race is a series of obstacle races varying in difficulty and length, with the Spartan Sprint featuring 20 to 25 obstacles in a three to five mile short-distance race, and the Spartan Super featuring 25 to 30 obstacles in an eight to 10 mile middle-distance race.

Wed
24
Apr

Burnet County historian Darrell Debo remembered

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County is mourning the loss of well-known historian and community figure Darrell Debo, who passed away Sunday, April 21.

Debo was born on Sept. 15, 1931, a member of one of Burnet County’s pioneer families. He grew up to graduate as valedictorian of Burnet High School Class of 1948 and continued his education at Texas Christian University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Divinity. Debo is not only remembered as a historian, but as an experienced pianist, journalist, election judge, and preacher, serving churches in Fredonia, Bertram, Kingsland, and Burnet, officiating over 600 funerals and caring for numerous individuals.

Wed
24
Apr

Burnet officer in fatal shooting “let go” for policy violation

UPDATE: Russell Butler turned himself in to the Llano County Jail Wednesday, April 24 on one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released on bonds totalling $200,000. According to Burnet County District Clerk documents, he was indicted on the charges April 23 by a grand jury.

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

An officer involved in a fatal motorist shooting no longer works for the Burnet Police Department as of April 23, according to an agency spokesman.

On March 27 former Patrol Sergeant Russell Butler, responding to an overnight noise complaint call, shot and killed 25-year-old Brandon Michael Jacque of Bertram, while he was in his vehicle in the 300 block of South McNeil Street.

Butler was treated and released from the Burnet's Seton Highland Lakes emergency room for a foot injury he said he sustained when the vehicle attempted to leave the scene.

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