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Wed
13
Mar

Team honored

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

The Burnet High School Lady Dawgs were praised at the State of the Community Address Wednesday, March 6, for this basketball season's accomplishments which led to their history-making trip to the UIL State Basketball semi-finals earlier this month.

Wed
13
Mar

DA: Prescription pill peddler punished

Special to The Highlander

On Friday, March 1, 2019, Judge Evan Stubbs sentenced Lucio Roy Atkinson, 47, to 80 years in prison for possessing 244 tablets of clonazepam with the intent to deliver the pills to others.

Clonazepam is a drug used to treat anxiety among other medical uses. Atkinson had 11 prior felony convictions and 16 prior misdemeanor convictions.

Atkinson’s jury trial began on Feb. 19. Assistant District Attorney Erin Toolan and District Attorney Sonny McAfee prosecuted the case, and Atkinson was represented by Terrence Marsh of Georgetown.

Evidence presented at trial showed that a DPS trooper stopped Atkinson for a traffic violation in the Spicewood area in January 2017.

After conducting an investigation, the trooper found 244 tablets of Clonazepam, many other illegal prescription pills, injectable steroids, and approximately an ounce of marijuana in Atkinson’s vehicle.

Wed
13
Mar

Tripping the light fantastic

Frank Shubert/Burnet Bulletin

 

Amber Jones and Eric Lemming dance the Chicken Dance during the Night to Remember Special Needs Prom held Friday sponsored by the Hill Country Fellowship Church in Burnet. Hundreds of Special Needs guests, Buddy Partners, church members, photographers, family and friends cheered the guests' red carpet arrival, enjoyed refreshments donated by area restaurants, sang karaoke and danced the night away.

Wed
13
Mar

RefrigeratorCard campaign saves lives in emergencies

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Seton Highland Lakes Registered Nurse Vickie Spaw, manager of the Emergency Department, at the right, and Samantha Valadez, patient registration representative, took a brief moment to promote the RefrigeratorCard campaign. The public is encouraged to take a free card, add critical health information to it and keep it on the fridge in the event first responders and ER workers need to refer to it to assist with emergency care.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
Burnet Bulletin

When an unresponsive patient comes into the emergency room, minutes matter for health care workers.

“It's a guessing game. Is it a problem with their blood pressure? Is it blood thinners?” said Vickie Spaw, Emergency Department manager for Seton Highland Lakes.

Hospital staff have partnered with the Hill Country 100 Club in a campaign to take some of the guess work out of such a critical situation.

The RefrigeratorCard program encourages the public to accept free, bright yellow information cards which include spaces for medications, dosaging and schedule details.

“If they have it on their refrigerator, EMS or the family will bring it to us,” Spaw said. “If a patient is unconscious, it's imperative because we can know what medications they use.”

Wed
13
Mar

Challenges create need for CASA

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
CASA Volunteer Coordinator Diana Tryon prepared for a volunteer training session March 11 at the non-profit organization's facility in Kingsland, which featured strategies and curriculum necessary to interact with children who go through the court system due to abuse or neglect in the home.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Editor's Note: The following is part of a continuing series of articles which focuses on Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Highland Lakes and the latest statistics and challenges faced by the entity, children, in the system and communities.

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Volunteering for the community takes a committed person, but dedicating time for abused and neglected children takes a superhero.

Court-appointed Special Advocates for the Highland Lakes – which services Burnet, Blanco, Llano, Lampasas and San Saba counties – not only trumpets the value of their child advocate volunteers but has sent out a clarion call for more.

Fri
08
Mar

Reverse mortgage presentation takes place March 11

You’ve likely seen the TV commercials for reverse mortgages, with the late Fred Thompson, Henry Winkler and, lately Tom Selleck.  Do you really understand how a reverse mortgage works? If not, don’t feel bad – in a March 2017 National Council on Aging survey, 66% of older homeowners said they’d need to do more research to understand a reverse mortgage line of credit.

Tim Gristy with All House Loans Mortgage Company will offer some assistance to help us understand What is a reverse mortgage?  Is it right for me? What is the difference between a reverse mortgage and a home equity loan? How does a reverse mortgage work?  and much more on Monday, March 11 at 1 pm at First Baptist Church Marble Falls located at 901 LaVentana Drive.

Wed
06
Mar

Fort Croghan open for Spring Break

Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum will be open for Spring Break starting Saturday, March 9th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! The grounds and museum will be open through the week, Monday, March 11 through Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Come visit the cabins, tour the grounds and listen to the Fort's knowledgeable docents tell the stories about the many artifacts in the museum.

For more information, visit fortcroghan.org.

Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum is located at 703 Buchanan Drive, Burnet.

 

Wed
06
Mar

Debris pile removal begins

Burnet County Judge James Oakley/Special to The Highlander
Crews began removing a pile of flood-related debris March 6 located on the grounds of Quarry Park in Granite Shoals. Burnet County contracted with the Austin-based Texas Disposal Systems to do the job for approximately $356,000.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The mountain of 2018 flood debris that has been sitting for four months at a Granite Shoals lot should be gone before spring arrives.

Burnet County commissioners on Friday, March 1, awarded a bid for flood debris removal to Austin-based Texas Disposal Systems at $23.75 per cubic yard. The pile is estimated at 15,000 cubic yards and removal is expected to cost $356,250.

Work began at the site Tuesday, March 5, after TDS performed an evaluation and safety assessment of the debris pile the day before. Cleanup is expected to take about 10 to 12 days to complete, Jay Howard of TDS told commissioners Friday.

Wed
06
Mar

County mulls requiring proof of water

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

After holding a pair of public hearings Tuesday and Wednesday, Burnet County moved closer to requiring developers to prove enough groundwater is available onsite before they are granted approval to build new subdivisions.

The county has been working with the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District to add Appendix G to the county's subdivision ordinance to include provisions allowed by Section 232.0032 of the Local Government Code, relating to the availability of groundwater as a water source for platted subdivisions in unincorporated areas of the county.

One public hearing was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday during the regular Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting while a second was held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Both took palce at the Burnet County Courthouse.

Wed
06
Mar

Barbecue raises funds for Corden's Cause

Corden Fidler

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County residents can eat barbecue for Corden's Cause this weekend.

A barbecue fundraiser for four-year-old Corden Fidler and his family is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, to assist with medical and travel costs.

Corden, son of former BFD firefighter Mathew Fidler, was seriously injured after a shooting which killed his mother and grandmother, Shelly Fidler and Sherry Gray, in Temple on Dec. 20.

Corden was shot five times, once in his head and four times in his abdomen, and has endured multiple surgeries to continue fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit at McLane Children's Hospital in Temple.

“Corden is doing pretty good,” Mathew Fidler said Thursday, Feb. 28. “It's pretty amazing; medically speaking, he shouldn't be alive.”

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