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Wed
20
Nov

Shabram joins Bulletin as publisher

Special to the Bulletin

Highland Lakes Publishing welcomed Jeff Shabram to their family of media publications in November as the new publisher and editor of The Highlander and Burnet Bulletin aswell as a growing number of print publications and digital platforms.

Prior to settling in the Highland Lakes, Shabram was the publisher of the Hearst-owned Midland Reporter-Telegram and oversaw Hearst's west Texas media publications as President and Group Publisher from 2015 to present. Shabram took over the reins for the Highlander and Bulletin staff on Nov. 4.

“Becoming a permanent resident of the Hill Country has been a dream of my wife Judith and I for many years. We came into contact with the area, spending vacation time here – ultimately seeking to stake our claim.”

Wed
20
Nov

Elves at work

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

City of Burnet crews, seen here on Wednesday, Nov. 13, have been hard at work transforming downtown Burnet into a winter wonderland. The work will be ready in time for Burnets Christmas on the Square. The citys largest holiday event of the season is scheduled to launch on Saturday, Dec. 14 and will feature a parade, lighting of the Burnet County Courthouse and a bicycle giveaway.

 

Wed
20
Nov

LCRA will lower Inks, LBJ lakes in January

File Photo
The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower Lake LBJ and Inks Lake for eight weeks with the drawdown expected to take place Jan. 2 through Feb. 28, 2020. Inks Lake, above, was last lowered in 2018, while Lake LBJ was lowered earlier this year due to the October 2018 Highland Lakes flood.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

For the past several months, property owners around Lake LBJ and Inks Lake as well as Burnet County officials had been asking the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) for assistance so they could complete repairs to docks, retaining walls and other structures damaged by the October 2018 flood.

LCRA officials heard their requests and announced Tuesday, Nov. 19, they will lower the two lakes for eight weeks, with the drawdown expected to take place Jan. 2-Feb. 28, 2020.

“LCRA normally doesn’t lower the same lake two years in a row, but we are making an exception after hearing from local officials and residents about needed repairs and maintenance resulting from the historic flooding last year,” said John Hofmann, LCRA executive vice president of water.

Wed
20
Nov

UTOPiA comes to Burnet

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

Little Indie Robinson and her mother, Darlene, of San Marcos, dance and splash through the mud as they listen to music at UTOPiAfest on Friday, Nov. 15 at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet. For more photos from the 2019 UTOPiAfest, check out the Wednesday, Nov. 20 issue of the Burnet Bulletin.

Fri
15
Nov

Burnet Chamber seeking Christmas bicycle sponsors

The Burnet Chamber of Commerce cordially invites local businesses, organizations, and individuals to become a sponsor of The Christmas on the Square festival to be held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.

The Chamber is especially excited to announce that, in addition to a parade, Arts & Crafts vendors, holiday entertainment & a visit from Santa, downtown Burnet will again have ‘Snow on the Square’ that includes a snow slide and two snow play areas, compliments of Burnet County and the City of Burnet!

It is because of our supportive friends that the festival has become a holiday tradition where families return year after year to celebrate the Christmas season. Of course, one of the highlights of the day is the Bicycle Giveaway following the evening parade, and we need your help to give away as many bicycles to deserving children as possible.

Thu
14
Nov

Prop. 5 will benefit Inks state park

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
Despite sub-freezing conditions Tuesday, Nov. 12, Joseph Salazar spent the night with his family at Inks Lake State Park in Burnet County. The venue is slated to benefit from the passage of proposition 5, a voter-approved amendment to the Texas Constitution due to the dedication of more funds generated from existing sales taxes on sporting goods. The Texas Historical Commission will also benefit.

 

 

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

With an overwhelming 1.7 million votes tallied at the end of election day Tuesday, Nov. 5, Texans approved Proposition 5, a constitutional amendment appropriating revenue from the state's Sporting Goods Sales Tax to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission, ensuring steady funding for these entities to maintain their parks and historic sites for the enjoyment of future generations.

Local parks like Inks Lake State Park and Longhorn Cavern State Park will be able to enjoy the benefits of this revenue, and though it is too soon to tell how the funds will specifically impact these parks and others in the area, the appropriations will allow officials to plan and perform projects on a regular basis to maintain their property for the public's use.

Wed
06
Nov

Bee glad! Gourd is good!

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin

 

Above left, Taylor Kelley and his son, Walker, of Burnet were among families having fun on Thursday, Oct. 31, at Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Tobyville. Above right, Jensen Robles of Hoover's Valley picked the best pumpkins for his mother, Alyssa. The pumpkin patch, which operates through Nov. 10, is open every weekday except Wednesday and also is open on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Wed
06
Nov

Out standing in their field... UTOPiAfest returns to Reveille Peak Ranch

Contributed
Southern Avenue is one of the many bands that will perform at this year's UTOPiAfest, which will take place Thursday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 16 at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet.

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

An enormous music festival that started out as a small gathering on a family ranch in Utopia has made its way to the Highland Lakes again this year, and with it, unique singers and songwriters bring their craft for the enjoyment of music lovers of all kinds.

UTOPiAfest will take place Thursday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 16 at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, and will consist of non-stop music and fun activities for guests of all ages.

Founder Travis Sutherland started the festival in his hometown on his family's ranch in 2009 to bring his family and friends together and showcase talented musicians he came to know during his time in San Marcos in the early 2000's.

Wed
30
Oct

Turning 90!

Contributed/Lee Winkler

 

Joy Taylor (left) and Chick Wood celebrated their 90th birthdays during the September Burnet Fellowship of Church Women meeting last month. Also celebrated was Dot James, who was unable to attend the ceremony. The ladies were featured in Lake Country Life 10 years ago in an article about their 80th birthdays and continue to share their smiles and stories with the community.

Wed
30
Oct

Oaks Nursing Agape Committee to host garage sale

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Oaks Nursing Center Nurse Cathy Nobles and resident Mozell Alcorn wear their silly clown noses as they take a break at the Oaks Nursing Center's circus held in May. Oaks Nursing Center staff is always looking for fun events to hold for their residents, and this weekend, they are inviting the community to take part in a garage sale to raise funds for residents, and to have a little fun at the center's Fall Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The community is invited to a garage sale this Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3, hosted by Oaks Nursing Center's Agape Committee, a group of members whose goal is to kindness towards their residents and community.

“We want to raise money for supplies for the residents like glasses, dentures, and other clothing items, and also give them a chance to look for something to decorate their room with,” said Linsey Mussman, LVN.

Funds from the garage sale will also go towards medical supplies like pull-ups and pads, which, like other personal items, are usually only provided for residents by their family members. Staff recognizes the fact that not all residents have financial assistance from family, so they are doing what they can to help.

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