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Wed
11
Sep

Extra! Extra! Bulletin team brings back Jaymie Parks

Frank Shubert/Burnet Bulletin
Jaymie Parks (left) and Bulletin staff writer Savanna Gregg are together again at the Burnet office.

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The Burnet Bulletin office recently welcomed back a beloved member, and great things are on the horizon for the Burnet Bulletin staff as she catches up with current employees and gets to know the newer ones.

“It feels amazing being back with my work family,” said Senior Account Manager Jaymie Parks upon returning after living in Minnesota for over a year. “They really are my second family, and it is amazing to work with such great people.”

Parks began working for the Burnet Bulletin in Aug. 2017 and built a great client base, as well as relationships with her coworkers and the community before she and her husband, Chase, and their daughter, Aria, decided to leave Burnet in May 2018 to follow dreams and make their home somewhere new. They recently made the decision to move back to the area, which has always felt more like home.

Tue
10
Sep

McBurnett's contract extended through 2023

Special to the Bulletin

The Burnet CISD Board of Trustees met on September 3 for the annual summative evaluation of the Superintendent. In addition to conducting the evaluation, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Keith McBurnett through June 30, 2023. McBurnett became the Superintendent of Burnet CISD on March 27, 2012.

Wed
04
Sep

Commissioners want LCRA to lower Lake LBJ

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners have authorized County Judge James Oakley to draft a letter to LCRA, requesting the lowering of Lake LBJ next January.

Commissioners cited homeowners' concerns about being able to shore up their boat docks and moorings, as well as drastic changes to the lake from the historic October 2018 flood, which have created unnavigable hazards for boaters.

They also noted that two Llano County commissioners, Peter Jones (Pct. 1) and Mike Sandoval (Pct. 3), also supported lowering the lake to let homeowners perform repairs to their property. (See related story, page 14).

Wed
04
Sep

2019 Bluebonnet Airshow returns to Burnet Airport

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Planes, and jets, and cars, oh my! This year's Bluebonnet Airshow is going to be jam-packed with entertainment of all calibers, and it is less than two weeks away.

Always a tribute to the “Greatest Generation” and the wonderful world of aviation, the Bluebonnet Airshow has provided the community and its visitors with a day full of fun for all ages, with shows put on by a variety of aircraft big and small, lumbering down the runway and zipping through the clouds.

Saturday, Sept. 14, is going to be just as fun, though things will be a little different than they have been in the past. The Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force is teaming up with the Lake Area Rods and Classics Car Club to bring two elements of entertainment to aviation and car enthusiasts alike with a “Wings and Wheels” themed show.

Wed
28
Aug

Burnet County adopts FY 2020 holiday schedule

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners were serious about adopting a fiscal year 2020 holiday calendar during a regular session Tuesday, Aug. 27, but that did not stop a little levity during the proceedings from the court's most junior member.

Human Resources Director Sara Ann Luther brought two options before the court — a calendar with 14 holidays, including Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and Christmas Day (Dec. 25) this year, and a 15-holiday calendar which also added the day after Christmas (Dec. 26).

“I included the 15-day calendar because I had a number of people asking me about whether we could be closed for the day after Christmas,” Luther said. “They were concerned about traveling to and from their families for the holidays.”

Wed
28
Aug

County, BCISD believe partnership can decrease truancy

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Officials hope a partnership between Burnet County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Lisa Whitehead and the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District can help cut down truancy in the northern end of the county.

Whitehead and County Attorney Eddie Arredondo appeared before the Burnet County commissioners court at an Aug. 20 special called meeting to ask for permission to hire a full-time juvenile case manager, who would manage truancy cases from Burnet CISD, who has agreed to pay the county $15,000 to help offset the case manager's salary.

The rest of the cost would come an unfilled floating justice court clerk position as well as from a juvenile case manager fund, which would be established by assessing a juvenile case manager fee of $5 to every fine-only misdemeanor offense which comes through justice court, county court or the county court at law beginning Aug. 21, 2019.

Wed
28
Aug

Former Briggs VFD property sparks dispute

The Briggs Community Center, Inc. Board of Directors were recently made aware of a lawsuit against them by the Burnet County Emergency Services District 8 concerning property ownership after the dissolution of the Briggs VFD. BCCI President Crystal Kinsey and her Board are disputing the claims, stating the property was legally transferred to BCCI, and share their side of the story.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

After the dissolution of the Briggs Volunteer Fire Department by the Burnet County Emergency Services District 8 in March, the beginnings of a new Briggs fire station this summer seemed to be the end of the story.

According to Briggs Community Center Inc. (BCCI) President Crystal Kinsey, though, more issues have come to the surface and are affecting the Community Center, and Briggs as a whole.

Upon receiving the minutes for the July 22 ESD 8 Board meeting, Kinsey learned that the ESD 8 would be seeking legal action against the community center as disputes about ownership of the property once occupied by the Briggs VFD have arisen.

Thu
22
Aug

Boys home operators indicted for human trafficking

From staff reports

Just a little more than a year after Burnet County authorities raided a Bertram area boys home, a grand jury has indicted the owners of the facility for human trafficking.

According to a press release issued Monday, Aug. 19, a Burnet County grand jury on Aug. 6 handed up indictments against 49-year-old Gary Dwayne Wiggins and 34-year-old Meghann Shereen Wiggins, the married couple who ran the Joshua Home, which was reported to be a residential home for troubled boys and which is affiliated with a nonprofit organization known as The Joshua Home Ministries.

Gary Wiggins is charged with one count of trafficking of persons under the age of 18 for prostitution or forced labor, while Meghann Wiggins is charged with trafficking of persons: continuous. Both are first degree felonies punishable by five to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The couple was arrested a few days later without incident in Escambia County, Alabama.

Thu
22
Aug

Back where it once called home; BCHS returns chalice to Menard County

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Menard County Historical Commission President Terrell Kelley accepts a pewter chalice from members of the Burnet County Heritage Society at a meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13. The chalice was used at Mission San Saba in Menard, which stood from 1757 to 1758, when it was attacked by multiple tribes of Native Americans.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

It might not be the mythical 'Holy Grail,' but one special artifact has found its way home to its rightful owners with help from the Burnet County Heritage Society.

The Heritage Society returned a pewter chalice to their counterparts from Menard County during a meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Herman Brown Free Library in Burnet.

The chalice was used at the Mission San Saba in Menard during the 1750s and was discovered among the ruins of the mission circa 1880 by surveyor Thomas Chamberlain of Burnet.

It was brought to Burnet and passed through generations of the founding Vandeveer family before being donated to the Fort Croghan Museum and Grounds, where it made its home until last week, when it was placed in the hands of the Menard County Historical Commission.

Wed
21
Aug

US Congressman Williams tackles topics of tariffs and gun violence

Burnet County Judge James Oakley/Special to The Bulletin
Burnet Chamber of Commerce hosted a Coffee with the Congressman event Wednesday, Aug. 21, featuring US Rep. Roger Williams (Dist. 25) at Unshakeable Grounds coffee shop in downtown Burnet.

 

 

 

From staff reports

US Congressman Roger Williams (Dist. 25) spoke about national issues to a local crowd of about 30 people in Burnet for the latest Coffee with the Congressman event.

His appearance the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Unshakeable Grounds in downtown Burnet followed his coffee break event in Marble Falls on Aug. 13.

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