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Wed
04
Dec

Favorite Main Street Bethlehem returns to downtown Burnet

Special to the Bulletin

This Christmas, visit Bethlehem in Burnet, Texas, as the ancient city of Christ's birth comes alive again as it has each year from the time of Main Street Bethlehem's first presentation in 1993.

Feel the anticipation of Joseph and Mary approaching the gates, urgency quickening their steps. Pick your way through transients, peddlers, the crippled, and aged in the town's fringe. Experience the presence of animals as they affect all aspects of life in that time: camels, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, and doves.

Explore the narrow streets to faint strains of ancient music and savor the smells of fresh goat butter, campfires, and hot bread. Then immerse yourself in the din of the marketplace – revelers in the tavern, shouted insults to and from the Roman oppressors, merchants, craftspeople, taxpayers and beggars, all seeking money, or position, or revenge.

Wed
04
Dec

Master plan reveals opportunities to restore Courthouse

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Work on a new Burnet County Courthouse Master Plan has pointed out the need to rework the elevator so it goes to the basement, where the Precinct 1 JP office is located. Customers currently can call the JP office to have a clerk assist them on the first floor instead.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A preservation architect has completed nearly 60 percent of a master plan for the Burnet County Courthouse and already has identified a number of areas where the county could improve the building by taking advantage of available grant funding, County Judge James Oakley said.

Burnet County contracted with Architexas earlier this year to draw up a new Courthouse Master Plan. The county received a $44,900 grant from the Texas Historic Commission's Historic Courthouse Preservation Program and has contributed matching funds of $5,000 for a grand total of $49,900.

The Master Plan includes an evaluation and assessment of existing conditions and proposed recommendations for restoration, including current and proposed site and floor plans.

Wed
27
Nov

Group ranks Burnet, Llano voter websites

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Members of the League of Women Voters registered citizens to vote Nov. 22 at Marble Falls St. Frederick Baptist Church. Pictured, from left, are: Nancy Hill, Jimmie Rushing and Evelyn Acosta-Cone, who assisted Lorna Ambrus of Burnet in the process.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A grassroots non-profit organization has labeled the elections websites for Burnet and Llano counties “not secure” in its latest survey of Texas county websites.

Overall, the League of Women Voters of Texas gave the Llano County website a score of 80 points, which earns a ranking of “Very Good,” while the Burnet County site only received 65 points, which earns a ranking of “Good.”

“The 2020 election year is almost upon us. Texas voters will be inundated with campaign messaging,” said Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.

“Voters will look to their counties to find accurate, accessible, and useful voter information on safe and secure county election websites. Many counties need to take steps now to become a trusted resource for voters.”

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

Contributed

 

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

Special to the Bulletin

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.

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