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Fri
16
Nov

Teague recognized as 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

Burnet High School senior Sheaffer Teague is presented to the Burnet CISD Board of Trustees in recognition of his being named a 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student at the Nov. 12 Board meeting. Teague, pictured with BHS Principal Casey Burkhart and his parents, Jana and Jason, was given this honor in recognition of his academic achievements, including his score of a 5 in the calculus-based AP Physics exam last year, placing him among the top five students in the nation. Burkhart described Teague's commendation as a rare circumstance and a huge feat, as only 34,000 – roughly two-percent – of the 1.6 million individuals in the program are recognized as commended students.

Fri
16
Nov

BCISD approves alternative path for graduation

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett presents RJ Richey Elementary School students Hannah Brooks, Rylan Dowd, and Aaron Butter with certificates for their leading the room in the Pledges of Allegiance at the beginning of the Nov. 12 Board meeting. RJ Richey Elementary Principal BJ Gates (right) introduced the students to the Board, who were chosen to lead the room in the Pledges because of their accomplishments in the American Reading Company program.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Students who graduated from Burnet High School but did not meet academic standards in order to receive a diploma may get a second chance to acquire their diploma as Burnet CISD trustees approved a resolution for alternative graduation requirements at the Nov. 12 Board meeting.

Students who entered the ninth grade before the 2011-12 school year and met all requirements for the year they were in that grade but fell short in the assessments required to receive a diploma may be eligible to graduate if they meet these alternative requirements.

Eligible students must show competence in subject areas related to assessments with which they originally struggled through one or more of the following factors, according to the resolution:

Fri
16
Nov

Commissioners accept LCRA donation, award debris bids

James Oakley/Special to the Bulletin
Burnet County Judge James Oakley, left, receives a check for $100,000 from Steve Dyer of the Lower Colorado River Authority as a donation from LCRA to help Burnet County with flood debris cleanup and removal.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday, Nov. 5, during a special called meeting to accept a $100,000 contribution from the Lower Colorado River Authority to help defray flood debris cleanup costs of public waterways.

Commissioners also awarded bids to companies for flood debris removal as well as household hazardous waste removal, subject to approval from County Attorney Eddie Arredondo as well as the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency (FEMA), from which Burnet County hopes to receive funds to help offset debris removal and cleanup costs from the Oct. 16 flood.

Fri
16
Nov

Lennox tournament raises funds for HCCF

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
The family members of the late Bennie Lennox present a check donation to members of the Hill Country Community Foundation comprised of funds from a recent golf tournament hosted by the Delaware Springs golf course. From left are Cary Johnson, Kyle Stripling, Gayle Loyd, Stephen Loyd, Sallye Long, David Bennett and Doug Fipps.

 

 

 

 

 

Family members of the late Bennie Lenox honored his memory with a memorial golf tournament last month at Delaware Springs Golf Course. Recently, they presented the proceeds of the tournament to members of the Hill Country Community Foundation.

Gayle and Steve Loyd and Doug Fipps, who organized the tournament in memory of Lenox, a longtime Burnet County resident, presented a check as the first part of funds raised to HCCF members Cary Johnson, David Bennett and Kyle Stripling.

Bennie Lenox was a Texas A&M All-American, a basketball coach at The University of Texas, and a successful businessman and rancher in retirement. He dedicated his lifetime to mentoring, coaching and encouraging his children and grandchildren, along with countless others through volunteering in the community.

Fri
16
Nov

Students collect candy for Operation Gratitude

Jen Banton and Liz Hubbard of Dr. Susan Henson's Dental Office in Burnet pose for a picture by the huge amount of candy donated by students from Shady Grove and RJ Elementary schools towards their Operation Gratitude project, which sends Halloween candy to troops overseas who missed the opportunity to enjoy the fun time with their families back home. Students from the schools donated over 270 pounds of candy to be shipped overseas.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Susan Henson's office thanked the students and staff of Shady Grove and RJ Elementary schools for their amazing support for the nation's deployed troops and Operation Gratitude.

Operation Gratitude is a wonderful resource that collects a variety of donations to disseminate to worthy causes such as Wounded Veterans, Troops overseas, First Responders, Hospitalized Veterans, and more.

The students from both schools collected their Halloween candy and donated it to Operation Gratitude via Dr. Henson's dental office in Burnet.

Shady Grove Elementary collected more than 170 pounds of candy for the troops and RJ Richey Elementary contributed more than 100 pounds. Winning classes from each grade will receive a pizza party from Dr. Henson's office.

Shady Grove Elementary winners include:

* PPCD/Pre-K: Ms. Milam's class with 22.5 pounds;

* Kindergarten: Ms. Poerner's class with 13 pounds;

Fri
16
Nov

Abbott seeks federal relief from floods

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has asked President Donald Trump to approve a presidential disaster declaration for Burnet and Llano counties in the wake of flooding and severe weather which devastated the Highland Lakes last month.

“The magnitude of recent severe weather and flooding has taken a serious toll on Texans across the state. With such widespread flooding and devastation, additional resources are needed to help Texans recover,” Abbott wrote in an Oct. 30 letter to President Trump.

In accordance with Section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Abbott requested Individual Assistance (IA), Other Needs Assistance (ONA), Crisis Counseling, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Disaster Legal Assistance, and Disaster Case Management — as well as Public Assistance Categories A through G including Direct Federal Assistance — for both Burnet and Llano counties.

Fri
16
Nov

Remembering Randy: City of Burnet dedicates new park in Longoria's memory

City of Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley presents a plaque to the family of late parks supervisor Randy Longoria at a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 31 after reading a resolution renaming Live Oak Park in honor of Longoria. The family was also given a copy of the resolution, which highlighted Longoria's many charming attributes and stated the dedication of Randy Longoria Park in what Bromley called a “small contribution” compared to the impact he made on the City of Burnet during his 14 years of employment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Members of the City of Burnet, LCRA, and Rotary Club of Burnet honored late parks supervisor Randy Longoria at a dedication ceremony at the newly renovated Randy Longoria Park, formerly Live Oak Park, in recognition of his service to his community and love for children.

Longoria put much of his time and effort into his team's projects after he began working for the City of Burnet in 2004, and his coworkers and community members continue to share the impact he made on their lives, and the renovation of the park.

Thu
25
Oct

Wilson placed on unpaid administrative suspension following DWI Charge

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
Authorities impounded a Bertram police vehicle Oct. 24 after the unit was involved in a crash on FM 1431 east of Marble Falls.

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

At an emergency City Council meeting called Thursday, Oct. 25, Bertram City Council members unanimously voted to place embattled Police Chief James Jay (“JJ”) Wilson on unpaid administrative suspension following his arrest for suspected driving while intoxicated after crashing and leaving his patrol unit along the 5000 Block of Ranch-to-Market 1431 outside Marble Falls on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the scene of the crash 8:30 p.m., and eventually arrested Wilson at Scott and White Hospital in Marble Falls, to which he had gotten a ride.

This incident occurred not a month after a 424th Judicial District Grand Jury indicted Wilson on charges of felony aggravated perjury, felony misuse of official information, and misdemeanor official oppression, according to court documents.

Wed
24
Oct

Lawmakers offer flood disaster aid

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
State and federal lawmakers descended on the Highland Lakes Wednesday, Oct. 17 to assess damage and infrastructure issues, including a collapsed RM 2900 Bridge in Kingsland, in the wake of the Llano River flooding into Llano and Burnet Counties. Pictured from left to right are Burnet County Judge James Oakley, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Llano County Pct. 1 Commissioner Peter Jones, Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham, State Rep. Terry Wilson and Burnet County Pct. 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

When Kingsland resident Brenda Dalton turned on her water faucet Oct. 17, nothing came out.

“I had no water. Whenever we got water, we got a trickle,” she said, referring to the home she shares with her seven-year-old daughter Joli on River Oaks Drive.

“I went to the Baptist Church and they gave me bottled water,” she said. “We brushed our teeth with bottled water this morning.”

Less than 24 hours earlier, the Kingsland Water Supply Corporation issued a boil water notice for the Kingsland community. Pump stations, fed from Lake LBJ, failed as historic-level flood waters from the Llano River slammed into the Kingsland area. As of Oct. 22, the community was still required to boil water for consumption.

Wed
24
Oct

Vaccines offered to homeowners, volunteers

Property owners and volunteers cleaning up the mess left by the Hill Country flood are urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves from bacteria in the water. 

Individuals may receive Tetanus and Hepatitis A vaccines at Lakeshores Church, 700 US Hwy 281, Marble Falls, Thursday, Oct. 25 from 7 to 9 a.m.

Both insured and uninsured individuals will be provided vaccines.

If you are insured, bring your insurance card to verify.

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