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Wed
08
May

Judge to appeal conduct ruling

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A Burnet County judge has vowed to fight a recent judicial conduct decision to publicly “admonish” him for appearing in a PEC candidate's campaign material.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley told the Burnet Bulletin Tuesday, May 7, he is looking forward to appealing the public admonition handed down by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct last month.

“I look forward to appealing this because I believe it is an overstep into what a judge is able to do, based on the definition of the canons in the Code of Judicial Conduct,” Oakley said. “A precedent has already been set and I hope it will lead to overturning the ruling by the commission.”

Wed
01
May

Jerry House Youth Golf program tees off

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From left are Willetta House, Dr. Susan Rohrer, Burnet City Council member Mary Jane Shanes, Delaware Springs General manager and Golf Professional Doug Fipps, and Dr. J. Kyle House.

 

 

 

On Friday April 26, the Jerry House Youth Golf Program at Delaware Springs Golf Course was officially started. The kickoff was held at the golf course’s pavilion between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. More than 60 people met the House family and enjoyed a beautiful Texas spring afternoon. The club house grill served a hotdog meal to all, while paperwork was completed. Twenty kids were enrolled into the program and each was given a golf towel embroidered with the program logo. There are still program spaces available. Please contact Doug Fipps at the golf course (512-756-8471) for more information.

Wed
01
May

Little Free Library opens for BCISD youth

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Many community members, including Mayor Crista Goble Bromley, Burnet CISD administration, and Bertram PD K-9 Max, join Parent-Volunteer Coordinator Darlene Denton and the Bulldog BROS and Dynamic DIVA Dawgs for the ribbon cutting of their new Free Little Library on Tuesday, April 23.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The minds of children are hungry for knowledge, and being exposed to literature at an early age has proven to be beneficial to them as they grow older. Soon, the children learn to read more words on their own, expanding their imaginations and vocabularies to limitless levels and taking their minds to numerous places.

A new installation in Burnet will provide area children with the opportunity to read a book whenever they please, ensuring knowledge and growth of little minds in the community for years to come.

On Tuesday, April 23, Burnet CISD's Bulldog BROS and Dynamic DIVA Dawgs welcomed a Little Free Library to the Parent Resource Center, located at 202 East Brier Street, with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. There were many different facets to the completion of the project, and the finished product was well worth the effort.

Wed
24
Apr

Local officials concerned by SB 2 passage

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Local county and school officials were less than pleased this week with the passage of a Texas Senate bill that caps the amount property taxes can be increased without requiring voter approval.

Senate Bill 2, which limits the amount of revenue local governments like cities, counties, school districts and special districts can raise before having to seek voter approval, was passed Monday, April 15, by an 18-12 vote, with state Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway, casting her vote in favor of the measure, which now moves to the junior chamber for approval.

Wed
24
Apr

Commissioners worried about Spartan traffic

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voiced their concerns at Tuesday's regular court meeting about traffic that will be generated by the upcoming Spartan Race Austin Super and Sprint Weekend, to be held May 17-19 at Reveille Peak Ranch near Burnet.

Reveille Peak is a 1,300-acre outdoor event, adventure and education center just outside of Burnet on County Road 114, also known as Little Midland-Dorbandt Road.

Spartan Race is a series of obstacle races varying in difficulty and length, with the Spartan Sprint featuring 20 to 25 obstacles in a three to five mile short-distance race, and the Spartan Super featuring 25 to 30 obstacles in an eight to 10 mile middle-distance race.

Wed
24
Apr

Burnet County historian Darrell Debo remembered

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County is mourning the loss of well-known historian and community figure Darrell Debo, who passed away Sunday, April 21.

Debo was born on Sept. 15, 1931, a member of one of Burnet County’s pioneer families. He grew up to graduate as valedictorian of Burnet High School Class of 1948 and continued his education at Texas Christian University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Divinity. Debo is not only remembered as a historian, but as an experienced pianist, journalist, election judge, and preacher, serving churches in Fredonia, Bertram, Kingsland, and Burnet, officiating over 600 funerals and caring for numerous individuals.

Wed
24
Apr

Burnet officer in fatal shooting “let go” for policy violation

UPDATE: Russell Butler turned himself in to the Llano County Jail Wednesday, April 24 on one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released on bonds totalling $200,000. According to Burnet County District Clerk documents, he was indicted on the charges April 23 by a grand jury.

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

An officer involved in a fatal motorist shooting no longer works for the Burnet Police Department as of April 23, according to an agency spokesman.

On March 27 former Patrol Sergeant Russell Butler, responding to an overnight noise complaint call, shot and killed 25-year-old Brandon Michael Jacque of Bertram, while he was in his vehicle in the 300 block of South McNeil Street.

Butler was treated and released from the Burnet's Seton Highland Lakes emergency room for a foot injury he said he sustained when the vehicle attempted to leave the scene.

Wed
17
Apr

Burnet City Council approves employee assistance program

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

City of Burnet Council approved at their regular meeting Tuesday, April 9, the City’s participation in an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) with Alliance Work Partners, a full-service program offered to City employees which includes substance abuse counseling, psychological counseling, management training, financial and legal assistance, and other services geared towards assisting employees in various areas of need.

AWP offers online resources for employees, a SafeRide program in which employees and their family members will be reimbursed for cab rides, financial wellness programs, and more. If provided to all City employees, the fiscal impact of the services will be approximately $2,700 per year.

Wed
17
Apr

April proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month

Photo by Leslie Baugh, special to the Bulletin

 

Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley (left) presented a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month to members of the Burnet County Child Welfare Board, CASA of the Highland Lakes, and the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center on Tuesday, April 9. The proclamation stated that Burnet County has a great number of children suffering from various types of abuse, and encouraged the community to “join together to raise awareness for those children fallen victim to abuse and neglect throughout the month of April.”

Thu
11
Apr

Bertram women help First Lady call for Alzheimer's Awareness

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April 3 was designated Alzheimer’s Awareness Day at the Texas State Capital. Delegates from Texas ALZ groups met with various Legislative Aides to promote funding for ALZ stem cell research here in the state. Delegates were also looking for money to aid ALZ patients who are not covered by Medicaid and who need assistance with medicines, equipment and respite care. Pictured above are the ALZ delegates with Bertram’s Tara Brizendine (fourth from right) standing next to Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott. Serena Booth, also from Bertram, is just to the left of Brizendine in the second row.

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