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Thu
27
Jun

Commemorating a Ranger

Nathan Hendrix/Burnet Bulletin

 

Dannie Crawford (right) and Malcolm Young placed decorative wreaths near the headstone of Texas Ranger Hugh McCoy before the Texas Ranger memorial cross dedication on Saturday, June 22 at Bethel Cemetery. For more photos, see the June 26 issue of the Burnet Bulletin.

Thu
27
Jun

Oakley, Powers re-elected to PEC board

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Robert Phillips, left, a PEC member relations regional manager out of the Marble Falls office, presents the United States flag, while Wes Womack, a journey worker from Marble Falls, presents the Texas flag during the PEC annual meeting Saturday, June 22, at Horseshoe Bay Resort.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County Judge James Oakley won re-election by a very slim 55-vote margin to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors at Saturday's annual meeting, held at Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Oakley, seeking his third three-year term as a PEC director for District 5, received 1,565 votes, while Blanco County attorney John A. Watson received 1,510 votes. Lisa Ivie Miller received 1,456 votes and Kenneth Reneau received 286 votes.

Meanwhile, District 4 incumbent director Jim Powers was also re-elected as he defeated two challengers. Powers, who was seeking his second term on the board, received 2,558 votes, while Kathi Thomas received 2,066 vortes. Joe Pool received 1,282 votes.

Wed
19
Jun

Burnet County honors Duzan for CPS service

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Llano County Attorney Becky Lange, right, and CPS caseworkers applaud a visibly moved Dorinda Duzan, left, upon her retirement from the Burnet CPS office. Burnet County commissioners honored Duzan with a resolution at their June 11 meeting.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Co-workers, county officials, family and friends honored retiring Burnet Child Protective Services supervisor Dorinda Duzan last week in recognition of her many years of service.

Burnet County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday, June 11, thanking Duzan for her work on behalf of the children of Burnet County.

Duzan, a former teacher in Austin ISD, had worked in the Burnet case office for the past 15 years and had worked closely with Burnet County Attorney Eddie Arredondo, Llano County Attorney Becky Lange and Judge Cheryl Mabray of the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country to advocate for children when initiating investigations into abuse and neglect.

Thu
13
Jun

YMCA hopes for Casino Night full house

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The only thing better than winning big at the casino is that win is benefitting a special group of people. On Saturday, June 15, the YMCA of the Highland Lakes will host its second Casino Night, a fun-filled evening during which the community is invited to take the time to enjoy the company of others, fun games, prizes, great food, and supporting a great cause.

Tickets are $35 for individuals, $65 for couples, $250 for a table of eight, and $250 for a “Salute to Veterans” table of eight.

Basic tickets will give guests a $5,000 casino chip, $5 worth of “funny money” which may be used towards betting on virtual horse racing, and a barbecue dinner.

Added VIP packages are available as well, giving guests an enhanced casino experience. Details on these packages and ticket purchases may be found on tickettailor.com/events/ymcagwc.

Wed
12
Jun

BCHC to honor Burnet County pioneers, Rangers

Special to the Bulletin

The Burnet County Historical Commission (BCHC) is pleased to announce a Texas Ranger Memorial Cross Dedication at the gravesites of two former Texas Rangers and pioneer Burnet citizens: Hugh McCoy and Archibald Lewalen McCoy. During the Ranger ceremony, the gravesite of another Burnet pioneer, E. O.” Jiggs” Kleen, will be marked with a medallion from the Sons of the Republic of Texas. The public is invited to attend the dedication at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Bethel Cemetery, 700 CR 202, Burnet, Texas. A lunch reception will follow at the Bethel Community Center, which is located at the T-intersection of FM963 and 2340. Please RSVP for lunch to Dot Creasey, dotcreasey@gmail.com by June 15. Banana pudding will be a featured dessert, provided by members of the BCHC.

Wed
12
Jun

Storm strands boat passengers

Todd Boyd/Special to The Highlander
About 75 people were temporarily stranded June 9 when the Vanishing Texas River Cruise touring vessel took on water and made its way to Shaw Island on its route in Lake Buchanan as storm-like conditions swept into the area.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

The Highlander

Nearly 75 passengers on a river boat cruise on Lake Buchanan experienced some tense moments as a brief but severe thunderstorm swept into the Highland Lakes June 9 and stranded the tourists on a remote peninsula on the waterway.

Overall, the weather event which included 65 mile per hour winds uprooted trees, caused power outages, damaged property and drenched the area for at least an hour.

The Vanishing Texas River Cruise tour boat – on a regular tour which travels for miles up the lake and into the Colorado River channel – began experiencing engine issues just after 6 p.m. that evening as choppy conditions began pelting the multi-story vessel.

Wed
05
Jun

Environmental crimes officer resigns, re-organization discussed

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

After just eight months on the job, Burnet County environmental crimes deputy Chris Cowan has submitted his resignation in order to join the Granite Shoals Police Department.

The move has left Burnet County challenged with finding Cowan's successor, which also brought about a disussion at the Wednesday, May 29, commissioners court meeting about which department should oversee the position, which was created with a grant from the Capital Area Council of Governments and is the first of its kind in the state.

Thu
30
May

Oaks Nursing lends a 'helping hand'

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Left, Staff members at Oaks Nursing Center in Burnet celebrate Marble Falls High School senior Bryce Henry at the facility Thursday, May 23 for his dedication to the medical field Henry was the inspiration for Oaks' High School Senior of the Year sponsorship after he completed a project on Alzheimer's Disease and made plans to pursue a career in the medical field after high school.
Right, Burnet High School graduate Samantha Robison is honored at Oaks Nursing Center in Burnet Thursday, May 23 in recognition of her passion and dedication to the medical field. Robison will attend Texas A&M University to become a nurse practitioner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Each member of the staff at Oaks Nursing Center in Burnet lends a helping hand to their residents in many ways. The team spends their days providing for the individuals in their care, ensuring every need is met beyond their best abilities.

Oaks Nursing Center recently established the Oaks Helping Hands program in which staff members organize a volunteer group to assist the area's elderly residents in need of help around the house and with other tasks such as lawn mowing and gardening.

The staff intends to do a project for someone every three months as a way to give back to the community whose elderly residents they serve.

Oaks Helping Hands' goal is to focus on elderly citizens who may not have the funding to live in an assisted living facility or pay someone to finish tasks like mowing lawns and housework.

Thu
30
May

Community celebrates new Kingsland Bridge

Contributed/Texas Department of Transportation
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. District 25 Rep. Roger Williams were among dignitaries, public officials and residents who attended the Kingsland RM 2900 Bridge opening ceremony May 24 in Llano County.

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

Several hundred residents, officials and dignitaries showed their support for the expedited completion of the Kingsland Ranch-to-Market 2900 Bridge during a ceremony May 24 which featured live music, ceremonial walks across the span and presentations.

Speakers included U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, Texas Transportation Chairman J. Bruce Bugg, Jr. and Llano County officials.

During Cruz's speech, he suggested renaming the structure, “Perseverance Bridge” to recognize the challenge residents faced losing the main thoroughfare in the heart of the community.

The project – which took about seven months to complete – cost approximately $17.3 million.

Wed
22
May

Bertram council doles out EDC funds; new alderman leery of city spending habits

Nathan Hendrix/Burnet Bulletin
Bertram Mayor Adam Warden reads the oath of office to newly-elected Bertram Alderman John Baladez at the monthly council meeting on Tuesday, May 14.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Staff Writer

The Bertram city council approved granting local businesses a total of $5,700 of Economic Development Funds at the monthly council meeting on Tuesday, May 14.

The Economic Development Corporation requested expending a portion of sales on tax to local businesses The Texas Pecan Cake Shop and Burlap n Lace Salon n Boutique. The funds can be issued to acquire land, purchase equipment, pay construction costs or fund planning and professional services, according to local government codes.

The Bertram EDC makes their decisions with the understanding the the goal of the corporation is “to promote business and tourism in the city of Bertram through taxes,” according to an EDC representative.

The council approved giving $2,700 to The Texas Pecan Cake Shop for the purchase of new baking pans.

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