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Wed
25
Sep

County employees get additional day off

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County employees got an early Christmas gift Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the form of another official vacation day.

Commissioners voted 4-0 to add Monday, Dec. 23, to the fiscal year 2020 holiday calendar after receiving a reconsideration request.

Last month, commissioners had adopted a holiday calendar with 14 days off, including two days for Christmas — Christmas Eve (Tuesday, Dec. 24) and Christmas Day (Wednesday, Dec. 25) — after rejecting a proposed day off for Thursday, Dec. 26.

County Clerk Janet Parker said some of her employees had expressed concern about having to travel on Christmas Day to get back home for work the next day.

“Each elected official does have the ability to establish what days their office is open,” Parker noted.

Wed
25
Sep

BCHC establishes grant program with Cooper bequest

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The generosity of the late Ina Cooper will continue to be felt for nearly two decades after her passing after the Burnet County Historical Commission established a grant program with her final bequest to the organization.

BCHC board members Linda French and Lela Goar appeared before the Burnet County Commissioners Court Tuesday, Sept. 24, to discuss the scope and objectives of the grant program, which is being funded by an $88,000 bequeathment left behind by Cooper, a Burnet resident, who died in June 2017.

“We want to honor Ina's requests (for this money) since she was big on preservation,” Goar said.

Fri
20
Sep

Rotary hosts scholarship night

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Members of the community excitedly celebrated the reaching of a goal of $1 million of funds raised by the past seven Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraisers in the middle of the live auction at the event's Grand Finale on Saturday, Sept. 15. This year, the torch has been passed to the Rotary Club of Burnet to continue the annual fundraisers geared toward raising funds for graduating Burnet CISD seniors. The first Rotary Scholarship Night will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at Hidden River Ranch, Lampasas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

After the Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser's Grand Finale last September, the torch was passed along to the Rotary Club of Burnet to continue the legacy of raising funds for Burnet CISD graduates.

Rotary Scholarship Night, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, will be full of delicious food, live music, fun and fellowship in support of the Hill Country Community Foundation, instilling the philanthropic values of selfless members of the community and supporting that community's students.

Wed
18
Sep

Hunger Alliance Proclamation

Burnet County commissioners approved a proclamation recognizing September as Hunger Awareness Month and honoring the work of the Burnet County Hunger Alliance at their regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Wed
18
Sep

New law requires tracking family violence history

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

For 30 years, law enforcement agencies have been required by the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure to report felony and non-fine misdemeanor criminal offense histories to the Texas Department of Public Safety in order to maintain eligibility for state grant funds.

Now, a new law which went into effect Sept. 1 will require these agencies also to report fine-only Class C family violence offenses to DPS, which will put additional pressure on counties and cities to make sure their reporting meets compliance.

“Every county in the state of Texas is obligated to be reporting criminal histories to the state,” County Attorney Eddie Arredondo said. “They are obligated to meet a 90 percent reporting rate, and if they fall below that standard, all of a sudden, every nonprofit or county agency or city government becomes ineligible to receive grants from state of Texas.

Wed
18
Sep

County adopts budget, tax rate

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners adopted a proposed $29.92 million budget for fiscal year 2020 and set an overall tax rate of 39.99 cents per $100 valuation at their regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The passage of the budget and tax rate came after Burnet County held two public hearings in August. No public comments were made at any of the hearings or at Tuesday's meeting at the Burnet County Courthouse.

The new tax rate is 0.99 cents more than the preceding year's tax rate of 39 cents per $100 valuation and more than 2 cents higher than the effective tax rate of 37.06 cents, which would generate the same amount of tax revenue as last year.

Burnet County officials projected they will receive an additional $2,030,360 in tax revenue in fiscal year 2020 from the new tax rate, which would be an increase of 8.5 percent, which includes $858,194 coming from new construction added to the tax roll.

Wed
18
Sep

City, County, BCISD fight hunger

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

City of Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley issued a proclamation declaring September as Burnet County Hunger Awareness Month at the regular City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Bromley was joined by LACare Director Lottie McCorkle (left) and Burnet County Hunger Alliance member Shauna Thrane at the meeting, who shared statistics regarding hunger in the Burnet County area and invited Council and citizens to do their part in combating it.

In 2018, LACare served 2,376 families, 6,958 individuals, and 139 new families in need of assistance in the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District – an approximately 750-square-mile region reaching from Tow to Briggs. Just last month, LACare helped 338 families (including 29 new families), consisting of 989 individuals.

“Our numbers are increasing big time, and our food bills go up,” said McCorkle. “We are fortunate that our community does help, but our numbers are going up.

Wed
11
Sep

Commission okays Texas 29 fixes

From staff reports

An accident-prone stretch of Texas 29 outside Bertram in Burnet County will undergo safety improvements and upgrades, after the Texas Transportation Commission approved a 10-year state transportation plan last week.

The 2020 Unified Transportation Plan includes more than $77 billion in funding meant to improve public roadway safety and address congestion and connectivity issues throughout the state during the next decade.

Project BUC12RD will involve construction funds for Texas 29 to reconstruct to four 11-foot lane, a 12-foot continuous turn lane and 10-foot shoulders from Ranch-to-market Road 243 in Bertram to the Williamson County line. Burnet County/TxDOT are sponsoring entities, at a cost of $5,184,000.

Three other local projects included in the Texas Department of Transportation 2020 UTP are:

Wed
11
Sep

Campfire ignites 60-acre fire

Jill R. McAfee/Special to The Highlander
The Texas A&M Forest Service assisted in the battle of a 60-acre blaze on Sept. 8 in the Spring Creek Hills Subdivision, about five miles west of Burnet.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Rough terrain and rocky hill sides challenged fire crews to douse a nearly 60-acre blaze Sept. 8 in the Spring Creek Hills subdivision, about five miles west of Burnet, officials said.

The fire erupted from a ground fire spark around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and spread quickly, threatening at least two homes and destroying an 8-by-8 outbuilding on one property, just off Yucca Drive.

“It was accidental from a ground fire,” Burnet Fire Marshal John Erskine said. “It looks like it was a cooking fire from a squatter's camp.

“By the time it was contained, it was approximately 60 acres,” he added.

Erskine added by about 7 p.m., there was no “active fire.” As of 10:30 a.m. the following day, the blaze was considered “100 percent under control.”

Wed
11
Sep

28th Annual airshow to soar into Burnet

From Staff Reports

The 2019 Bluebonnet Airshow will be flying and rolling into the Burnet Municipal Airport this Saturday, Sept. 14.

The “Wings and Wheels” themed Airshow will feature the beloved variety of aircraft looked forward to each year, including the Trojan Phlyers, the T-6 Twisted Texan, two C-47's, and many more aerobatic aircraft and pyrotechnics.

Newcomers this year include approximately 150 cars from the Lake Area Rods and Classics Car Club, a Mini-Jet Subsonex JSX003, and a Jet-Fueled Dragster guaranteed to blow every guest away with its power.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Static displays will be set out for visitors to view and learn about before the aircraft take to the sky at 12 p.m.

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