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Tue
11
Sep

Johnson fundraiser returns for finale

The live auction, always a fun part of the Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraisers, gets underway at the September 2015 celebration. This year's Grand Finale fundraiser will take place this Saturday, Sept 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Hidden River Ranch, 10715 S. Hwy 281, Lampasas.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

For the past six years, one of the most anticipated events in the community has been making a difference for the town's graduating seniors by providing nights of entertainment, fellowship, and fun for all of its guests.

The Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser is returning for one final hoorah on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Hidden River Ranch in Lampasas. The event has captured the hearts of the entire community since 2012 after it was developed to honor the memory of Suzanne Johnson, late wife of First State Bank of Burnet President Cary Johnson.

Thu
06
Sep

Rotary club to hold annual 9/11 remembrance

The Marble Falls Rotary Club will hold its 17th annual 9/11 Day of Remembrance Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Marble Falls Lakeside Pavilion.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks carried out against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, which saw the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, damage to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the crash of Flight 93 in rural Pennsylvania.

Each year the Marble Falls Rotary Club, with support of the Marble Falls mayor and city council, holds a ceremony on the anniversary of the attacks for personal reflection, prayer and thought in remembrance of the victims’ families and rescue workers involved in the 9/11 tragedies, and to honor, remember and reunite with area first responders.

Wed
05
Sep

Applications sought for new auditor

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County Auditor Karen Hardin's tenure with the county apparently will end Sept. 30 after 33rd District Judge Allan Garrett and 424th District Judge Evan Stubbs voted Friday morning not to appoint an auditor at this time, but to “open the position up for applications” during a public hearing in the district courtroom.

“The appointment for auditor is a two-year appointment and the appointment ends on Sept. 30. Our intent at this time is not to make an appointment,” Stubbs said Friday. “This does not mean Mrs. Hardin will not be considered for the position.

“We will open the position up for applications to whoever wishes to apply, and once we get a suitable pool of qualified applicants, we will do interviews, and then we will call another hearing and make the appointment. No one is excluded from the process.”

Fri
31
Aug

Burnet repairing airport runway before Airsho

Firefighters extinguish a blaze which consumed the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain after the historic craft crashed at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field Saturday, July 21. Repairs to the taxiway will take place the week before the Bluebonnet Airsho, which is scheduled for September 8.

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, July 21, the Highland Lakes Squadron's Douglas C-47 known to everyone as the Bluebonnet Belle crashed at the Burnet Municipal Airport, causing damage to the taxiway and the closure of the area until repairs are made.

At the regular Burnet City Council meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 28, it was presented to the Council that the Commemorative Air Force insurance, which covers claims at the airport, would not be able to complete the insurance process and repair the taxiway in time for the Bluebonnet Airsho scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8. Council was faced with the choice of repairing the taxiway and later being reimbursed by CAF, or leaving the area closed until the completion of the insurance process, which would be well past the date of the event.

Wed
29
Aug

Opinions differ about closed boys' home

By Alexandria Randolph

Burnet Bulletin

Following the investigation of a religious boys’ home in Bertram, statements of personal experiences with the home have been mixed.

Mandy Dillinger of Cosseta, Georgia, said her 14-year-old stepson, Jacob, was placed in Joshua Home in Pineville, Missouri by his biological mother after the family lost his father last year.

Jacob, who has Attention Deficit Disorder, had shown resistance to completing class work and had lied about items missing in his mother’s house, she told Dillinger. His mother determined that sending Jacob to a home for troubled boys was the best option, a choice that Dillinger disagreed with.

“He had just lost his father. He needed time to mourn,” she said. “You have to give him a chance to deal with it.”

Wed
29
Aug

BCISD discusses plans to improve TEA ratings

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet High School Principal Casey Burkhart is honored at the Aug. 27 BCISD board meeting for being selected as the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) Region 13 Outstanding High School Principal of the Year. With this title, Burkhart is also eligible to compete for the title of Texas Principal of the Year. From left are BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett, Burkhart's wife Meredith, son Warner, and Casey Burkhart.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

At the regular Burnet CISD Board meeting held Monday, Aug. 27, Director of Elementary Curriculum Shelley Reavis and Director of Secondary Curriculum Jim Connor presented a report on the Texas Education Agency's Accountability Rating for the school district and factors that went into the District's C grade, which was released earlier this month.

Texas school districts' accountability ratings rely on their performance in three domains. Seventy percent of the district's performance depends on its grade in the “student achievement” and “school progress” domains, and 30 percent comes from the “closing the gaps” domain.

Wed
29
Aug

BCISD adopts 2018-19 budget

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet Consolidated Independent School District trustees adopted a nearly $30.19 million general fund budget at Monday's regular school board meeting.

The new general fund budget calls for $32.39 million in revenue, including $27.22 million at the local level through property taxes, which will create a general fund surplus of $2.2 million. The debt service fund is expected to have revenue of nearly $4.86 million and expenditures of more than $4.74 million, leaving a surplus of $113,200.

The food service fund will have a deficit of $52,307 after revenues are projected to be nearly $1.94 million with expenditures of more than $1.99 million, but budgeting for that fund will be reorganized to reduce the deficit at a later date.

Wed
29
Aug

BCISD voters overwhelmingly approve TRE

Burnet Consolidated Independent School District voters overwhelmingly approved a tax ratification election Saturday, Aug. 25, which will allow the district to refinance its debt and lower its tax rate by two pennies as well.

In final but unofficial results Saturday, 722 voters, or 90.7 percent of those casting ballots, affirmed the tax ratification, while just 74, or 9.3 percent, voted against it. The measure was essentially won before election day in early voting as 299 people voted in favor during early voting with only eight opposed.

Fri
24
Aug

TEA releases BCISD rating

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

The Texas Education Agency's accountability ratings are in for Burnet County's two school districts and the results are a mixed bag for local educators.

Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) was awarded a grade of B overall as a district, while Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD) was given a grade of C overall.

All campuses in both districts were rated as meeting the standard in the three main criteria used by TEA, but some campuses had low scores individually which barely met the minimum standard.

Local superintendents expresses their concern that the rating issued by the state oversimplifies their mission to educate and prepare their students by boiling all they do down to a single letter grade.

Fri
24
Aug

Doyle to be honored at 2018 Airsho

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

After the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II, the United States Army Air Force experienced a shortage of male pilots and enlisted 1,830 women to begin training to help with the war efforts.

Between 1942 and 1944, 1,074 of those brave women, known as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, flew more than 60 million miles, transporting military personnel, aircraft, cargo, targets, and replicating attacks of ground targets by low-flying aircraft.

Though these women were just as impactful during the war as the male pilots, they were not awarded military status until 1977, more than 30 years after the war's end and the honorable deaths of almost 40 of the WASP members. In 2009, former President Barack Obama awarded these ladies the Congressional Gold Medal for their service.

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