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Wed
27
Nov

Inks Lake Park day use expansion planned

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An overhead view of the old Highland Lakes Golf Course at Inks Lake State Park. A proposed new use for this area will be discussed at a Dec. 12 public meeting in Burnet.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The public will have one final chance to give input on the Public Use Plan for the old Highland Lakes Golf Club course at Inks Lake State Park during a 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, public hearing at the Burnet Community Center.

“Our park planner is putting together the final presentation now to be given at the meeting,” said Cory Evans, superintendent of Inks Lake State Park. “At this meeting, we will roll out the final plan for the park and this will be the final opportunity for the public to make comment about the plan. We know a lot of people are interested in what the plans are for the golf course.”

Fri
22
Nov

Brady resident donates C-47/DC-3 to Highland Lakes Squadron

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Special to the Bulletin

Karl Ritter, of Brady, generously donated the “Texas Zephyr” to the Commemorative Air Force’s Highland Lakes Squadron based at Kate Craddock Field in Burnet. The Texas Zephyr was manufactured in 1945 by the Douglas Aircraft Company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Ritter, the donor of the airplane, expressed that he wished to see the Texas Zephyr restored to its original glory and believes that the Commemorative Air Force’s Highland Lakes Squadron would be best suited to do just that after spending thousands of hours restoring the Bluebonnet Belle.The Zephyr is currently positioned at the Brady Curtis Airfield in Brady, and will require some mechanical work prior to relocation to Burnet. This will hopefully take place by the summer of next year, just in time for the Bluebonnet Air Show which is scheduled for Sept. 26, 2020. 

Wed
20
Nov

Shabram joins Bulletin as publisher

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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

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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

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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.

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