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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.

Wed
24
Oct

Sendoff for BHS Esprit de Corps set for Saturday

From Burnet CISD:

The Esprit de Corps has made the “playoffs” for band and will be competing at the UIL Area D Marching Contest this Saturday, October 27 at 11:30 a.m. at The Pfield Stadium in Pflugerville. To show our support, we are asking students, staff and community members to line 3rd Street beginning at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday for a sendoff at 8:00 a.m. We then invite everyone to make the short drive to Pflugerville to watch the Esprit de Corps perform their outstanding marching show. The top performers at the Area D competition will head to the State Marching Competition in San Antonio during the first week in November.

Wed
24
Oct

Buchanan Dam gates open; state park closes

Flood gates were opened on Buchanan Dam last week to release excess water from rain received in the Colorado River basin. As a result, Inks Lake State Park was flooded and closed.

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

After buckets of rain filled the Colorado and Llano Rivers on Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Lower Colorado River Authority made the decision to open eight flood gates at Buchanan Dam to release much of the floodwaters.

This in turn created a hazard for residents living along Buchanan, Inks, Wirtz, Starcke, Mansfield, and Tom Miller dams as waters began to rush through the Highland Lakes on Tuesday evening.

To ensure the safety of its campers and visitors, officials at Inks Lake State Park decided to close their trails on Tuesday, Oct. 16 when the first four gates were opened.

Upon the next four gates being opened on Wednesday, Oct. 17, park officials made the decision to close the park entirely, moving campers out and discouraging other visitors as waters continued to rise.

Wed
24
Oct

BHS Esprit de Corps again earns first-division marks

Contributed
Left, the BHS Esprit de Corps wows the crowd with perfect formations during their show at the UIL Region Marching Contest in Cedar Park on Saturday, Oct. 20. The EDC came home with a First Division "Superior" rating for the 28th consecutive year. Right, band members Cali Crist, Rebecca Westbrook, and Alison Frost celebrate their successful day.

 

 

 

 

 

The Burnet High School Esprit de Corps earned a 1st Division “Superior” rating for the 28th consecutive year at the UIL Region 32 Marching Contest in Cedar Park on Saturday, Oct. 20. A 1st Division Rating is the highest UIL rating a band can earn at the region level.

By earning a 1 Division, the EDC qualified for the UIL Area Marching Contest on Saturday, Oct. 27 in Pflugerville where they will be competing for a spot at the State Marching Contest in November.

The preliminary performance time is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Pfield, 1440 W. Pecan Street, Pflugerville.

The community is urged to go out and celebrate the Esprit de Corp's achievements and cheer them on to State!

Sat
20
Oct

Body found on Lake LBJ identified as missing Junction flood victim

 

 

 

A body found near Circle Drive near Kingsland on Lake LBJ during Tuesday's flooding has been identified as a woman who went missing in Llano River flooding in Junction nearly three weeks ago.

The Travis County Medical Examiner has identifed the body as being that of Charlotte Moye, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Department, which issued a press release Saturday, Oct. 20.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a call to the Lake LBJ waterfront in the 700 block of Circle Drive at 11:58 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The complainant believed he had located a body that had washed ashore during flooding on Lake LBJ.

Patrol deputies arrived and called investigators to the scene. The victim was pronounced deceased by Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Roxanne Nelson and an autopsy was ordered. The body was sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and an autopsy.

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