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Wed
22
May

Council donates $100K towards teen center

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

At their regular meeting held Tuesday, May 14, Burnet City Council voted to donate $100,000 towards the YMCA of the Highland Lakes' proposed construction of a 2,500-3,000-square-foot addition to the facility for a teen center. Council voted to pay the $100,000 out over a 5-year period at $20,000 a year.

The proposed teen center will fill many needs for YMCA staff and members, and in a presentation to Council, YMCA Operations Director Jennifer Kenson and Board member David Bennett highlighted the resources the new center will bring to kids ages 10-18, who are currently limited in the amount of recreation they may receive at the facility due to age restrictions.

Tue
21
May

Traffic stop nets meth, firearm and cash

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A traffic stop on Texas 29 in Burnet May 20 became a drug case once the drug detection dog K9 Ron (aka “Jag) arrived, resulting in the seizure of two kilograms of methampetamines and $11,000 in cash.

 

 

 

From staff reports

Two men are behind bars following a traffic stop arrest which resulted in a drug and cash seizure May 20 in Burnet, according to a Burnet County Sheriff's Office press release.

The incident unfolded around 4 p.m. in the 1600 block of E. Polk Street (Texas 29).

Following a traffic stop by a deputy for a speeding violation, authorities dispatched K9 Ron (aka “Jag”), the drug detection dog.

“After the K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics, deputies searched the vehicle and recovered approximately two kilograms of methamphetamine,” the release stated. “The deputies also seized over $11,000 in cash, a loaded handgun, and a digital scale.”

The suspected narcotics have an estimated street value of $200,000 to $250,000, investigators said.

Arrested were: Tomas Jaramillo, 35, of Elgin and Roy Ford, 27, of Killeen on charges of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (1 to 400 grams).

Thu
16
May

Burnet VFD 'nose' charity

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin

 

The Burnet Volunteer Fire Department is working with Walgreens in Burnet to raise money for Red Nose Day, which is dedicated to ending child poverty and hunger. Customers can purchase red noses from Walgreens and their donations support Red Nose Day. Firefighters who donned red noses include, bottom row from left, Gary Silvia, Russell Tutor, Ignacio Silvas, Brandon Anderson, Don Thompson, Chief Randy Meeks with Bella, Trevor Meeks and Casey Daniels. Top row are Emily Thompson, Michelle Phillips, Melissa Meeks, Jessica Thompson and Kenneth Meeks.

Mon
13
May

Donate blood for Thiago

A few hours remain to visit Burnet High School and donate blood to help Thiago Paxtor, the son of a BHS teacher who was diagnosed with Leukemia several months ago. Thiago is receiving treatment for the disease which often creates the need for blood, and his family is reaching out to the community to help.

Mrs. Sharon Massey's class is teaming up with We Are Blood and sponsoring the drive which is taking place now until 2:30 p.m. at the campus.

Wed
08
May

Jail mumps case prompts public warning

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Dr. Jules Madrigal discusses symptoms and statistics of mumps after a case was confirmed at the Burnet County Jail late last month.

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Test results have confirmed a positive result for mumps at the Burnet County Jail, prompting a quarantine among some inmates and a public health alert.

According to the Burnet County Health Authority, a male inmate incarcerated since at least April 23 began showing symptoms of mumps.

Mumps, an infectious viral disease, is marked by a swelling of salivary glands, fever, flu-like symptoms, pain in the face, pain during swallowing, loss of appetite and fatigue.

“Usually we don't see the mumps. We thought we had pretty much eradicated it until the last nine years,” Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal said. “The nurse practitioner at the jail did a good job recognizing this because it's so rare.”

The inmate began exhibiting symptoms on April 27, when he was tested, the Burnet County Health Authority reported. Two days later the test came back positive.

Wed
08
May

Residents, food pantries 'stamp out' area hunger

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
LACare Burnet Director Lottie McCorkle (back row, middle) and her staff at the food pantry rely on the community to keep the shelves stocked with foods to distribute to local families in need. The pantry is facing a shortage of kid-friendly foods, and the LACare staff hopes to bring in loads of items children are able to make at home while on summer break, such as Spaghetti-O's, canned meats, and boxed pastas, during this year's Stamp Out Hunger food drive taking place Saturday, May 11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Hunger is a growing issue in the Highland Lakes area, and with summertime approaching, the need for food in local homes will grow as well.

As the school year comes to a close, students will find themselves at home for longer periods, and families in need will be faced with the issue of finding more food to get through the day.

Just in time for summer, the U.S. Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), and local food banks and volunteers will join together and take part in the year’s largest food-drive to provide food for families in need across the nation.

Wed
08
May

Judge to appeal conduct ruling

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A Burnet County judge has vowed to fight a recent judicial conduct decision to publicly “admonish” him for appearing in a PEC candidate's campaign material.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley told the Burnet Bulletin Tuesday, May 7, he is looking forward to appealing the public admonition handed down by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct last month.

“I look forward to appealing this because I believe it is an overstep into what a judge is able to do, based on the definition of the canons in the Code of Judicial Conduct,” Oakley said. “A precedent has already been set and I hope it will lead to overturning the ruling by the commission.”

Wed
01
May

Jerry House Youth Golf program tees off

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From left are Willetta House, Dr. Susan Rohrer, Burnet City Council member Mary Jane Shanes, Delaware Springs General manager and Golf Professional Doug Fipps, and Dr. J. Kyle House.

 

 

 

On Friday April 26, the Jerry House Youth Golf Program at Delaware Springs Golf Course was officially started. The kickoff was held at the golf course’s pavilion between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. More than 60 people met the House family and enjoyed a beautiful Texas spring afternoon. The club house grill served a hotdog meal to all, while paperwork was completed. Twenty kids were enrolled into the program and each was given a golf towel embroidered with the program logo. There are still program spaces available. Please contact Doug Fipps at the golf course (512-756-8471) for more information.

Wed
01
May

Little Free Library opens for BCISD youth

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Many community members, including Mayor Crista Goble Bromley, Burnet CISD administration, and Bertram PD K-9 Max, join Parent-Volunteer Coordinator Darlene Denton and the Bulldog BROS and Dynamic DIVA Dawgs for the ribbon cutting of their new Free Little Library on Tuesday, April 23.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The minds of children are hungry for knowledge, and being exposed to literature at an early age has proven to be beneficial to them as they grow older. Soon, the children learn to read more words on their own, expanding their imaginations and vocabularies to limitless levels and taking their minds to numerous places.

A new installation in Burnet will provide area children with the opportunity to read a book whenever they please, ensuring knowledge and growth of little minds in the community for years to come.

On Tuesday, April 23, Burnet CISD's Bulldog BROS and Dynamic DIVA Dawgs welcomed a Little Free Library to the Parent Resource Center, located at 202 East Brier Street, with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. There were many different facets to the completion of the project, and the finished product was well worth the effort.

Wed
24
Apr

Local officials concerned by SB 2 passage

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Local county and school officials were less than pleased this week with the passage of a Texas Senate bill that caps the amount property taxes can be increased without requiring voter approval.

Senate Bill 2, which limits the amount of revenue local governments like cities, counties, school districts and special districts can raise before having to seek voter approval, was passed Monday, April 15, by an 18-12 vote, with state Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway, casting her vote in favor of the measure, which now moves to the junior chamber for approval.

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