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Thu
14
Nov

Prop. 5 will benefit Inks state park

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
Despite sub-freezing conditions Tuesday, Nov. 12, Joseph Salazar spent the night with his family at Inks Lake State Park in Burnet County. The venue is slated to benefit from the passage of proposition 5, a voter-approved amendment to the Texas Constitution due to the dedication of more funds generated from existing sales taxes on sporting goods. The Texas Historical Commission will also benefit.

 

 

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

With an overwhelming 1.7 million votes tallied at the end of election day Tuesday, Nov. 5, Texans approved Proposition 5, a constitutional amendment appropriating revenue from the state's Sporting Goods Sales Tax to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission, ensuring steady funding for these entities to maintain their parks and historic sites for the enjoyment of future generations.

Local parks like Inks Lake State Park and Longhorn Cavern State Park will be able to enjoy the benefits of this revenue, and though it is too soon to tell how the funds will specifically impact these parks and others in the area, the appropriations will allow officials to plan and perform projects on a regular basis to maintain their property for the public's use.

Wed
06
Nov

Bee glad! Gourd is good!

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin

 

Above left, Taylor Kelley and his son, Walker, of Burnet were among families having fun on Thursday, Oct. 31, at Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Tobyville. Above right, Jensen Robles of Hoover's Valley picked the best pumpkins for his mother, Alyssa. The pumpkin patch, which operates through Nov. 10, is open every weekday except Wednesday and also is open on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Wed
06
Nov

Out standing in their field... UTOPiAfest returns to Reveille Peak Ranch

Contributed
Southern Avenue is one of the many bands that will perform at this year's UTOPiAfest, which will take place Thursday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 16 at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet.

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

An enormous music festival that started out as a small gathering on a family ranch in Utopia has made its way to the Highland Lakes again this year, and with it, unique singers and songwriters bring their craft for the enjoyment of music lovers of all kinds.

UTOPiAfest will take place Thursday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 16 at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, and will consist of non-stop music and fun activities for guests of all ages.

Founder Travis Sutherland started the festival in his hometown on his family's ranch in 2009 to bring his family and friends together and showcase talented musicians he came to know during his time in San Marcos in the early 2000's.

Wed
30
Oct

Turning 90!

Contributed/Lee Winkler

 

Joy Taylor (left) and Chick Wood celebrated their 90th birthdays during the September Burnet Fellowship of Church Women meeting last month. Also celebrated was Dot James, who was unable to attend the ceremony. The ladies were featured in Lake Country Life 10 years ago in an article about their 80th birthdays and continue to share their smiles and stories with the community.

Wed
30
Oct

Oaks Nursing Agape Committee to host garage sale

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Oaks Nursing Center Nurse Cathy Nobles and resident Mozell Alcorn wear their silly clown noses as they take a break at the Oaks Nursing Center's circus held in May. Oaks Nursing Center staff is always looking for fun events to hold for their residents, and this weekend, they are inviting the community to take part in a garage sale to raise funds for residents, and to have a little fun at the center's Fall Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The community is invited to a garage sale this Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3, hosted by Oaks Nursing Center's Agape Committee, a group of members whose goal is to kindness towards their residents and community.

“We want to raise money for supplies for the residents like glasses, dentures, and other clothing items, and also give them a chance to look for something to decorate their room with,” said Linsey Mussman, LVN.

Funds from the garage sale will also go towards medical supplies like pull-ups and pads, which, like other personal items, are usually only provided for residents by their family members. Staff recognizes the fact that not all residents have financial assistance from family, so they are doing what they can to help.

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

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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.

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