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Wed
30
Jan

City funds hotel room need study

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet City Manager David Vaughn and Administrators Leslie Baugh and Evan Milliorn recently attended the International Conference of Shopping Centers and were made aware of an interest of more hotel development in Burnet.

Vaughn brought the information forward to Burnet City Council members at the regular meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 22

As the city hosts more events, the need for rooms has risen, and the city's current 140 rooms between the Best Western and Comfort Inn have proven insufficient, causing visitors to stay further down the road in Marble Falls.

To determine whether additional hotels would be financially conceivable for the City of Burnet, it would need to participate in a feasibility study through HVS. The cost of the study will be $7,500, and the proposal was approved at the Jan. 22 meeting, the funding of which was later approved by the EDC at their Jan. 25 meeting.

Wed
30
Jan

Wellness Fair returns to BCISD

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Anthony and Andrea Martinez paint rocks at the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center's booth at the 2018 Join the Journey Safe and Drug Free Wellness Fair. The HCCAC was among many other organizations who set up tables with crucial information on health, safety, and drug-free environments at the fair, which was provided to all guests. This year's Join the Journey Safe and Drug Free Wellness Fair will take place Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Burnet Middle School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The BCISD Join the Journey Safe and Drug Free Wellness Fair will return to Burnet Thursday, Feb. 7 at Burnet Middle School.

Join the Journey, a program established in 2013 by BCISD officials and Burnet resident Janet Christiansen, was designed to help students cope with and resist drug issues among themselves and their peers after Christiansen's 21-year-old son, Caleb, passed away due to a drug overdose in 2011.

Wed
30
Jan

VFW Post 6974 accepting art entries

Contributed/Kim Timmons

 

BHS National Art Honor Society students meet with VFW Post 6974 and other veterans on January 21 for one-on-one interviews to inspire their upcoming entries in the VFW Auxiliary Creative Art Contest. Contest entries are due in by March 31, with judging in early April 2019. Grades 9 through 12, at least 18 years old are eligible to enter with local prizes of $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place. The local first place winner will be submitted to District 14 for judging on the district level. The final winner will be sent to state and then on to the National level. Contact President Kat Carter at 512-588-6070 for more information.

Wed
30
Jan

Cooper leaves behind $88k BCHC bequest

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

When Burnet historian Ina Cooper passed away in 2017, she not only left behind a legacy of appreciation and respect for the area's history, but an $88,000 donation to the Burnet County Historical Commission.

“We were all absolutely stunned at the amount of the bequest,” said BCHC Chair JoAnn Myers.

Cooper's passion for the preservation of history is continued by the BCHC, who will decide how to utilize the generous donation at their February meeting.

Possible uses for the donation include applying for National Register for the old Burnet jail located on the downtown square, and the historic iron bridges.

Cooper, born March 4, 1941, grew up in Mexia, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in mathematics and playing clarinet, according to her obituary.

Wed
23
Jan

Suzanne Johnson Endowment makes final HCCF donation

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
The family of Suzanne Johnson present a check in the amount of $217,588.41 to Hill Country Community Foundation Board members, a donation consisting of the proceeds from the Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Grand Finale fundraiser, which was held last September. The donation exceeded the endowment's goal of $1 million donated to the HCCF to be perpetually distributed to graduating Burnet students.
Back row, left to right: Philip Thurman, HCCF Treasurer; Kyle Stripling, HCCF Lifetime Director; Danny Floyd, HCCF Director; Keith McBurnett, HCCF President; Dale Hill, HCCF Director. Front row, left to right: Dennis Hoover, HCCF Lifetime Director; Cari Anne Johnson Whitehead; Earline Zimmerman, HCCF Administrative Assistant; Jessica Johnson Lindsey; Sallye Long, HCCF Vice President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The family and staff of First State Bank of Burnet President Cary Johnson is closing the door on a chapter in their lives which brought much assistance and inspiration to the Burnet community, especially Burnet High School and Quest High School graduates.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Johnson and his two daughters, Jessica and Cari Anne, presented a check in the amount of $217,588.41 to Hill Country Community Foundation board members, the donation consisting of proceeds from the final Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment fundraiser, held last September in Lampasas.

Wed
16
Jan

Kingsland fuel pump skimmer suspect goes on shopping spree

Contributed
A Kingsland fuel station skimmer was caught on tape in a shopping spree (pictured here at a Home Depot in Georgetown) in a number of Austin area retail stores. Llano County Sheriff's Office is looking for tips to track down the suspect. Call 325-247-5050 to offer tips

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Authorities have captured surveillance images and tracked bank records to try to close in on a Kingsland fuel pump skimmer, who went on a shopping spree in several Austin area stores, according to the Llano County Sheriff's Office report.

Investigators reported that a victim on Nov. 16 used an ATM card at the HEB fueling station, 215 Ranch Road 2900.

“The skimmer pulled the information at the gas station,” Llano County Sheriff's Sgt. Investigator Bucky Boswell said. Authorities acted fast as the victim received bank report the same day of unauthorized purchases at a number of retail outlets.

Fri
11
Jan

Briggs robbery suspect caught with stolen guns

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
Burnet Bulletin

Authorities arrested a Killeen man in a traffic stop Jan. 7, allegedly connected to a stolen vehicle case, burglary and convenience store robbery in Burnet County, officials said.

Emmanuel Harris, 32, of Killeen was stopped around 10 a.m. that morning by the Killeen Police Department in that city and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was taken to the Bell County Jail.

Investigators reported the suspect's arrest in Killeen was connected to a vehicle reported stolen about an hour earlier the same day in the 6000 block of Farm-to-market Road 2657 in Burnet County.

“The owner reported that his vehicle had been stolen from his residence while he was out and about on his property,” a press release stated. “He further reported that his residence had been burglarized with a number of firearms stolen.”

Wed
09
Jan

Community historian Carole Goble dies

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County is mourning the loss of historian and preservationist Carole Goble, who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Goble was born in 1932 and raised in the Prairie Point and Bertram communities, serving with her family as a member of the First Christian Church of Bertram. Goble grew up and developed a love for her county's history, and went on to make a significant impact on Burnet County throughout the years.

Goble's passion for the preservation of Burnet County history stemmed from her own upbringing; her ancestors arrived in the area in 1872, and she came from a family rooted deep in the County's heritage.

Carole graduated from Bertram High School and married Billie Joe Goble, and the two raised their eight children — including Burnet Mayor Christa Goble Bromley — in many places across the country throughout Bill's time in the Marine Corps and returned to Burnet County after 30 years.

Wed
09
Jan

Belle crash, fire, BCISD ratings top Burnet 2018 stories

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
One of the top Burnet stories of 2018 involved the crash of an historic plane at the Burnet Municipal Airport. Pictured here is a firefighter who sprayed foam onto the wreckage of the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain Saturday, July 21, after the aircraft crashed while attempting to take off for an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Thirteen people aboard the plane all escaped before the plane exploded, but one was taken to a San Antonio hospital for burn injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The loss of the beloved Bluebonnet Belle aircraft, a summer of wildfires and the BCISD's first academic accountability rating topped headlines in Burnet for 2018.

Crash of the Belle

The famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and was an integral part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, crashed July 21, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Thirteen people were aboard the Belle, tail number N47HL, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 13 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.

Fri
04
Jan

Burnet County shooting victim fighting for life

Ferrell

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

The Highlander

A Burnet County man is fighting for his life after being shot by a suspect in a personal property dispute at his residence in a remote area of the county, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Office.

The 911 call came into dispatch about 2:20 p.m. Dec. 22 regarding a shooting at a dwelling in the 5000 block of West 29 outside Burnet (toward Buchanan), the report stated.

Investigators reported that Charles Lawrence Farrell, 62, of Burnet County shot a nearby resident, a 45-year-old man, who confronted him at his property.

“Mr. Ferrell was on his porch, and our victim showed up. An argument ensued,” BCSO Capt. Tom Dillard said. “The suspect stated that the victim was advancing on him, and he was in fear for his life.

“He fired his pistol a number of times.”

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