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Wed
05
Jun

Environmental crimes officer resigns, re-organization discussed

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

After just eight months on the job, Burnet County environmental crimes deputy Chris Cowan has submitted his resignation in order to join the Granite Shoals Police Department.

The move has left Burnet County challenged with finding Cowan's successor, which also brought about a disussion at the Wednesday, May 29, commissioners court meeting about which department should oversee the position, which was created with a grant from the Capital Area Council of Governments and is the first of its kind in the state.

Thu
30
May

Oaks Nursing lends a 'helping hand'

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Left, Staff members at Oaks Nursing Center in Burnet celebrate Marble Falls High School senior Bryce Henry at the facility Thursday, May 23 for his dedication to the medical field Henry was the inspiration for Oaks' High School Senior of the Year sponsorship after he completed a project on Alzheimer's Disease and made plans to pursue a career in the medical field after high school.
Right, Burnet High School graduate Samantha Robison is honored at Oaks Nursing Center in Burnet Thursday, May 23 in recognition of her passion and dedication to the medical field. Robison will attend Texas A&M University to become a nurse practitioner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Each member of the staff at Oaks Nursing Center in Burnet lends a helping hand to their residents in many ways. The team spends their days providing for the individuals in their care, ensuring every need is met beyond their best abilities.

Oaks Nursing Center recently established the Oaks Helping Hands program in which staff members organize a volunteer group to assist the area's elderly residents in need of help around the house and with other tasks such as lawn mowing and gardening.

The staff intends to do a project for someone every three months as a way to give back to the community whose elderly residents they serve.

Oaks Helping Hands' goal is to focus on elderly citizens who may not have the funding to live in an assisted living facility or pay someone to finish tasks like mowing lawns and housework.

Thu
30
May

Community celebrates new Kingsland Bridge

Contributed/Texas Department of Transportation
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. District 25 Rep. Roger Williams were among dignitaries, public officials and residents who attended the Kingsland RM 2900 Bridge opening ceremony May 24 in Llano County.

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

Several hundred residents, officials and dignitaries showed their support for the expedited completion of the Kingsland Ranch-to-Market 2900 Bridge during a ceremony May 24 which featured live music, ceremonial walks across the span and presentations.

Speakers included U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, Texas Transportation Chairman J. Bruce Bugg, Jr. and Llano County officials.

During Cruz's speech, he suggested renaming the structure, “Perseverance Bridge” to recognize the challenge residents faced losing the main thoroughfare in the heart of the community.

The project – which took about seven months to complete – cost approximately $17.3 million.

Wed
22
May

Bertram council doles out EDC funds; new alderman leery of city spending habits

Nathan Hendrix/Burnet Bulletin
Bertram Mayor Adam Warden reads the oath of office to newly-elected Bertram Alderman John Baladez at the monthly council meeting on Tuesday, May 14.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Staff Writer

The Bertram city council approved granting local businesses a total of $5,700 of Economic Development Funds at the monthly council meeting on Tuesday, May 14.

The Economic Development Corporation requested expending a portion of sales on tax to local businesses The Texas Pecan Cake Shop and Burlap n Lace Salon n Boutique. The funds can be issued to acquire land, purchase equipment, pay construction costs or fund planning and professional services, according to local government codes.

The Bertram EDC makes their decisions with the understanding the the goal of the corporation is “to promote business and tourism in the city of Bertram through taxes,” according to an EDC representative.

The council approved giving $2,700 to The Texas Pecan Cake Shop for the purchase of new baking pans.

Wed
22
May

Council donates $100K towards teen center

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

At their regular meeting held Tuesday, May 14, Burnet City Council voted to donate $100,000 towards the YMCA of the Highland Lakes' proposed construction of a 2,500-3,000-square-foot addition to the facility for a teen center. Council voted to pay the $100,000 out over a 5-year period at $20,000 a year.

The proposed teen center will fill many needs for YMCA staff and members, and in a presentation to Council, YMCA Operations Director Jennifer Kenson and Board member David Bennett highlighted the resources the new center will bring to kids ages 10-18, who are currently limited in the amount of recreation they may receive at the facility due to age restrictions.

Tue
21
May

Traffic stop nets meth, firearm and cash

Contributed
A traffic stop on Texas 29 in Burnet May 20 became a drug case once the drug detection dog K9 Ron (aka “Jag) arrived, resulting in the seizure of two kilograms of methampetamines and $11,000 in cash.

 

 

 

From staff reports

Two men are behind bars following a traffic stop arrest which resulted in a drug and cash seizure May 20 in Burnet, according to a Burnet County Sheriff's Office press release.

The incident unfolded around 4 p.m. in the 1600 block of E. Polk Street (Texas 29).

Following a traffic stop by a deputy for a speeding violation, authorities dispatched K9 Ron (aka “Jag”), the drug detection dog.

“After the K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics, deputies searched the vehicle and recovered approximately two kilograms of methamphetamine,” the release stated. “The deputies also seized over $11,000 in cash, a loaded handgun, and a digital scale.”

The suspected narcotics have an estimated street value of $200,000 to $250,000, investigators said.

Arrested were: Tomas Jaramillo, 35, of Elgin and Roy Ford, 27, of Killeen on charges of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (1 to 400 grams).

Thu
16
May

Burnet VFD 'nose' charity

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin

 

The Burnet Volunteer Fire Department is working with Walgreens in Burnet to raise money for Red Nose Day, which is dedicated to ending child poverty and hunger. Customers can purchase red noses from Walgreens and their donations support Red Nose Day. Firefighters who donned red noses include, bottom row from left, Gary Silvia, Russell Tutor, Ignacio Silvas, Brandon Anderson, Don Thompson, Chief Randy Meeks with Bella, Trevor Meeks and Casey Daniels. Top row are Emily Thompson, Michelle Phillips, Melissa Meeks, Jessica Thompson and Kenneth Meeks.

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

File photo
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.

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