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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.

Wed
17
Apr

Burnet City Council approves employee assistance program

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

City of Burnet Council approved at their regular meeting Tuesday, April 9, the City’s participation in an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) with Alliance Work Partners, a full-service program offered to City employees which includes substance abuse counseling, psychological counseling, management training, financial and legal assistance, and other services geared towards assisting employees in various areas of need.

AWP offers online resources for employees, a SafeRide program in which employees and their family members will be reimbursed for cab rides, financial wellness programs, and more. If provided to all City employees, the fiscal impact of the services will be approximately $2,700 per year.

Wed
17
Apr

April proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month

Photo by Leslie Baugh, special to the Bulletin

 

Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley (left) presented a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month to members of the Burnet County Child Welfare Board, CASA of the Highland Lakes, and the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center on Tuesday, April 9. The proclamation stated that Burnet County has a great number of children suffering from various types of abuse, and encouraged the community to “join together to raise awareness for those children fallen victim to abuse and neglect throughout the month of April.”

Thu
11
Apr

Bertram women help First Lady call for Alzheimer's Awareness

Contributed

 

April 3 was designated Alzheimer’s Awareness Day at the Texas State Capital. Delegates from Texas ALZ groups met with various Legislative Aides to promote funding for ALZ stem cell research here in the state. Delegates were also looking for money to aid ALZ patients who are not covered by Medicaid and who need assistance with medicines, equipment and respite care. Pictured above are the ALZ delegates with Bertram’s Tara Brizendine (fourth from right) standing next to Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott. Serena Booth, also from Bertram, is just to the left of Brizendine in the second row.

Wed
10
Apr

Sending wishes to heaven

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin

 

Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center workers light blue pieces of tissue paper, each with a wish from an adult for a child written on it, during a rally at the Burnet County Courthouse Tuesday. The charred remains of paper float up like a wish going to heaven. This replaces the traditional April balloon launch as it is more environmentally friendly.

Wed
10
Apr

County recognizes Child Abuse Awareness Month

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin

 

Burnet County Commissioners welcomed representatives from CASA, Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center and the Burnet County Child Welfare Board to the Courthouse for a proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

Wed
10
Apr

Pedernales Electric Cooperative announces director candidates

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Pedernales Electric Cooperative members in districts 4 and 5 will elect directors to serve a three-year term in the 2019 election, which culminates at the annual meeting in June at Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Incumbent District 4 director James Oakley is seeking re-election and will face a challenge from three opponents: Lisa Ivie Miller, Kenneth Reneau and John A. Watson. Incumbent District 5 director Jim Power is seeking re-election and will face a challenge from two opponents: Joe Pool Jr. and Kathi Thomas.

The candidates will introduce themselves to the cooperative membership at a candidate forum on Thursday, April 18, at the PEC office in Johnson City.

Only members living within a geographic district may vote for the directors who represent them. District directors are determined by the location of a member's primary account.

Wed
10
Apr

Honoring one who paved the way

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

John W. Hoover, his family, and City of Burnet employees, Burnet County officials, and citizens celebrated the ribbon cutting of the newly-reconstructed John W. Hoover Parkway, the former County Road 340A, on Wednesday, April 3. The road was named after Hoover in honor of his dedication to the City of Burnet and its development for many years.

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