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Wed
30
Oct

BOPATE collection day posts record intake

Contributed/Burnet County Judge James Oakley
Members of ISF along with several volunteers assisted in Burnet County BOPATE Collection event.

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

The Highlander

Burnet County officials deemed successful a reuse and recycling collection event at a new location due to a wealth of volunteer help and a record intake of old tires and latex paint.

The BOPATE event was held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Burnet County Reuse and Recycle Center, 2411 FM 963, just outside Burnet. BOPATE stands for batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze, tires and electronics.

“It went very well; it was pretty much seamless,” Burnet County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery said. “We filled up two 18-wheelers with tires and one gooseneck trailer full.”

Collections included 15 55-gallon drums of latex paint and 300 gallons of used motor oil.

County officials calculated as many as 258 vehicles (possibly 300 households) dropping off items during the morning-long event.

Wed
23
Oct

Spice up your life!

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin

 

Rob Beall of Hairston Creek Farm in Burnet coaxed customer Gary Wood of Highland Haven with some hot peppers at the Farmers Market at Crownover Feed Store, 1810 Ranch Road 1431 in Marble Falls. The market is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Wed
23
Oct

4-H, BCISD host distracted driving program

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

In an effort to spread awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, the Burnet County 4-H Program and Burnet CISD have collaborated with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to bring the community a “Talk/Text Crash” presentation Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Burnet CISD Board room.

During the program, guests will have the opportunity to view a program by the Passenger Safety Project, who will use Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's Distracted Driving Simulator, to give individuals a firsthand experience of the dangers of texting and driving.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation and AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, in 2018, one in five crashes were caused by distracted driving, and distraction was a major factor in 59% of crashes involving teenagers. 398 people were killed in distracted driving accidents last year, and approximately 3,000 were seriously injured.

Wed
23
Oct

RIfles, Racks, & Deer Tracks returns Saturday

File Photo
Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center Outreach Coordinator Kaylee Gaines distributes Rifles, Racks, and Deer Tracks commemorative cups and koozies to guests at last year's event. This year's fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes, and all proceeds will go towards the HCCAC and their efforts to support area children who are victims of abuse and neglect.

 

 

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Staff at the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center in Burnet are gearing up for the return of one of their most popular fundraisers this Saturday, Oct. 26.

The sixth annual Rifles, Racks, and Deer Tracks fundraiser has grown each year since its first event, and, along with the annual Designer Purse Bingo, continues to support the HCCAC's operations financially and through community support.

“The HCCAC's fundraisers are a tremendous benefit for the center,” Executive Director Ken Nikel said. “Last year, the net proceeds from both Rifles, Racks, and Deer Tracks and Designer Purse Bingo covered the cost of two employees in 2019. We are grateful for the generosity of the Hill Country Community.”

Wed
23
Oct

Water woes have county jail seeking fix

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County jail administrators want to install a new control system at the facility that would prevent inmates from wasting water, which results in thousands of dollars in extra costs every year.

Before they can do that, though, they will have to deal with another, more pressing water-related issue — repairs to the jail's 88 showers, where resin failure has caused the shower pan to separate from the wall, allowing water to get into the wall and create damage.

The issue was brought up by jail administrator Capt. Matt Kimbler and County Judge James Oakley at the Tuesday, Oct. 22, Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting. Kimbler said the showers appear to have been installed with a design flaw when the 587-bed jail was built in 2008 through a bond issue.

Wed
23
Oct

McCoy to celebrate 90th birthday, community invited

Former Burnet County Pct. 2 Commissioner Carroll McCoy is having is 90th birthday party Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Victor Community Center. Those who want to attend are asked to bring him a birthday card with a personal note enclosed.

Fri
18
Oct

Community invited to Knothole anniversary celebration

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Knothole staff pose under the original Knothole sign, taken from the original store, which owner Sherry Bitzkie's family opened in Blanco in 1977. Front row, from left: Kris Smith, Office Manager; Sherry Bitzkie, Owner; Shirley Weirich, Floor Manager. Back row, from left: Gerald Hanus, Maintenance; Amy Stone, Cashier; Michelle Malant, Cashier.

 

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Since 2004, Burnet's shoppers have had the opportunity to stroll the aisles of the Knothole and discover treasures looking for new homes. Knothole staff and vendors will celebrate the store's 15th anniversary this month, and are inviting the community to join in on the fun.

What started with a small store in Blanco in 1977 has bloomed into an 18,000 square foot shopper's paradise, and owner Sherry Bitzkie and her aunt, Shirley Weirich, run the store in memory of their mom and sister, who was, in part, responsible for the original idea.

In the early 2000's Sherry took over and moved the business to Burnet, starting with five vendors. Today, she has 120 vendors setting up shop inside the store.

“We have great employees and are at full capacity with vendors,” Bitzkie said. “We have a waiting list, and it is just going great.”

Wed
16
Oct

HARTH in need of volunteers, sponsors

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
The HARTH Foundation, which focuses on Healing and Recovery Through Horses, is in need of more volunteers to act as side walkers and horse handlers, and those who are interested in the opportunity are asked to contact Julie Biggs at 512-525-7774 or julieb@harthtx.org for more information.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

At the end of a winding county road in western Burnet County lies a relaxing atmosphere which individuals with special needs are welcome to visit to learn more about their emotions, motor skills, and relationships with themselves and others through the healing power of horses.

The HARTH Foundation, which focuses on Healing and Recovery Through Horses, was founded by owner Sherry Atherton and uses Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) programs to assist individuals with special needs, whether mental or physical, from children to adults, civilians to veterans.

“I believe strongly in the healing power of horses,” Atherton said.

Fri
11
Oct

Burnet to host Art Festival

Nena Hoover/Special to the Bulletin

 

Pictured are the winners of the Open Show category at last year's Burnet Art Festival, whose artwork was displayed in the gallery at Burnet Community Center. Left to right: First place winner, Jan Frazier with “Round Top Buddies”; fifth place winner, Judi Beauford with “Eternity”; third place winner, Kim Timmons with “Burnet Train Station”; fourth place winner Dana Parkinson with “Charm on Hoover Valley Rd” (painting was sold before the photo was taken); sixth place winner Amie Gonser with “Lemon Yellow House”; and second place winner Kathleen Meador with “Dominoes.” This year's participants' artwork will again be displayed in the Burnet Community Center Saturday, Oct. 12 during the third annual Octoberfest.

Fri
11
Oct

Fort Croghan Day takes place Oct. 12

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

Fort Croghan volunteer Judy Lively listens to a record spinning on an antique Victrola, recently donated to the museum by the Fry family. Visitors to the Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum will be able to view the Victrola and many other artifacts and take a trip back in time during Fort Croghan Day this Saturday, Oct. 12, as volunteers dressed in period clothing teach visitors about Burnet's pioneer days. The event begins at 9 a.m. with festivities and demonstrations lasting throughout the day. Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum is located at 703 Buchanan Drive, Burnet. 

 

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