Bluebonnet Festival Events

Thursday April 7

Mighty Thomas Carnival Wrist Band/Family Night-5-10 p.m., Corner of Boundary and League.


Friday April 8

Kiwanis All You Can Eat Pancakes- 6 a.m.-1 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 311 South Main Street.

Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Show-2-5 p.m., Herman Brown Free Library.

Arts & Crafts Vendors- 2-6 p.m., Burnet Historic Square and Jackson Street.

Biergarten- 3-8 p.m., Jackson Street, next to the Burnet Community Center.

Burnet Bulletin Pet Parade Sign-up- 4:30-5:15 p.m., In front of the Herman Brown Free Library.

Mighty Thomas Carnival- 5-11 p.m., Corner of Boundary and League.

Bluebonnet Festival Opening Ceremonies- 5:30-5:45 p.m., Highland Lakes CAF Fly Over, Main Stage on Burnet Historic Square.


Residents ask TxDOT for TX 29 center lane

Local resident Tara Luke speaks to TxDOT Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy about the possibility of reducing the speed limit on Texas 29 during a Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday.


By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A full courtroom of Burnet County residents appeared before the Commissioners Court Tuesday morning, asking what can be done to add a continuous left-turn lane and other safety improvements to Texas 29 between Burnet and Bertram after a number of fatal accidents on the highway.

They had their questions answered by Texas Department of Transportation Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy, a Burnet County native whose district oversees state highways in 11 counties, including Burnet County.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley, who sits on the board of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) — which oversees how federal highway funds are prioritized in a six-county region, including Burnet County — said the safety issues being identified by Burnet County and CAMPO are not just limited to Texas 29.


Main Street Bethlehem celebrating 25th anniversary

Contributed/Leslie Walzel
The wise men watch from outside the cave as Joseph and Mary swaddle baby Jesus during a previous performance of Main Street Bethlehem in Burnet. The event opens the first Friday in December.




By Jenn Robison

Burnet Bulletin

A Burnet icon — Main Street Bethlehem — has begun preparation for its 2017 annual production.

This is the 25th anniversary of the production. Main Street Bethlehem is a free admission, outdoor re-creation of how the birthplace village of Jesus Christ may have looked on that night more than 2,000 years ago.

If past years are a reliable guide, crowds of people will come to Burnet to walk through at their own pace, experiencing first-hand culture, animals, crafts, and beliefs that characterized that moment in history. If the weather permits, attendance is expected to be upwards of 25,000 people.

How it started


Moms in Motion: Creating a space where mom can care for herself and recharge!

Hard working mom Amy Rosa is launching a new Moms In Motion tribeFIT in Lampasas, Texas. Catering not only to the moms and women of Lampasas, but also Kempner, Lometa, and Burnet.



By Jenn Robison

Burnet Bulletin

Moms In Motion was established in 1999 as a means to give moms that "time to recharge." It uses fitness as a medium for moms to care for themselves, so they are at their best in all their roles. The goal of Hill Country Moms In Motion is to bring women in the community together to work out and form friendships and support groups.

Hill Country Moms In Motion moveFIT class will meet Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., at B.M. Brooks Park in Lampasas. The first class is free and moms are welcome to bring their stroller-aged kids, but are asked not to bring those that are too big for strollers.

Eventually, Moms in Motion will be adding another class for working moms on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 a.m.. Not a mom? No problem! Women of all ages are welcome, whether from Lampasas, Lometa, Kempner or Burnet.


7 Creeks development could have multimillion dollar impact




Richard Zowie/Highland Lakes Newspapers

David Carpenter said the new 7 Creeks subdivision, located northeast of Burnet and northwest of Bertram, is designed to meet the area’s growing needs. They’re hoping the settlement, off of Shady Grove Road, will attract some more wineries and even those looking to raise horses or livestock.







By Richard Zowie

Highland Lakes Newspapers

For a person looking to buy a new home in one of the Burnet County’s latest developments, if it’s seclusion they want, they’ll get it after a long drive.

Almost eight miles along Shady Grove Road and around halfway between Burnet and Bertram is a gated community development that’ll be known as 7 Creeks Ranch.

David Carpenter of Burnet and Jim Boushka of Bee Cave are equal managing partners for Burnet Bros, LLC, which is the developer. They are in a contracted partnership with Alan J. Vincik, who is doing all the infrastructure (including building roads).

Carpenter said the original development was for 2,244 acres.


Herbert injured in Marble Falls Rodeo

Contributed/Pauline Reese-Herbert

Bill Herbert of Marble Falls lands on his head and neck in a fall from a bucking bronc Saturday, July 15, at the 2017 Marble Falls Pro Rodeo. Family and friends are rallying to help with the expense of surgery to take place Tuesday, July 25, and recovery.



During the Saddle Bronc Riding  Saturday, July 15, at the Marble Falls Rodeo, contestant Bill Herbert suffered severe injuries when he flipped off the bucking horse, landing on his head.

Upon landing, Herbert’s neck twisted and was shoved forward causing his neck to break at the C3 and C4 vertebras, said a go fund me account set up in Herbert’s name by Rachel Biagini.

Herbert also sustained a torn and occluded artery going to the right side of his brain from the fall, said his wife Pauline Reese-Herbert.

“He actually got up and walked away from the fall,” said Reese.

Reese, reaching out to all family and friends took to Facebook on Sunday, July 16, informed them Herbert was transported by ambulance to the Temple Trauma Center, where doctors stated that he would more than likely have to go through surgeries in order to fuse the two vertebras together.


Gilmore named new BCISD director of human resources


Michele Gilmore


Michele Gilmore has been named the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District's new director of human resources.

Gimore will take over July 31 for Contessa Huffman, who is leaving the district after five years to take the position of executive director of human resources at Leander ISD.

“We are excited to have someone with Michele's experience joining our team,” said superintendent Keith McBurnett. “Michele is a proven leader who will focus on continuous improvement for the human resources department and the district.

“Contessa developed many of the human resource systems and processes that we will use for years to come. We are a better district today because of Contessa’s contributions and we wish her well in her transition to Leander ISD.” 

Gilmore has more than 10 years experience in human resources for Killeen ISD. Prior to working in human resources, Gilmore was a teacher, campus instructional specialist and assistant principal.


Cameras roll at Fort Croghan


After a career as a child actor, Chase Parker grew up in Houston and is now carving out a career as a writer and director. He shot most of his newest film, “American Fishtrap,” in Burnet, this past week. 


By Richard Zowie

Highland Lakes Newspapers

Perhaps it’s not so unusual at Fort Croghan to see people dressed in mid-19th century attire, even in the sweltering Texas summer heat.

It might be unusual, though, to see people in such anachronistic attire while standing next to modern-day cameras, boom mikes, lights and other filmmaking equipment.

Led by actor and filmmaker Chase Parker, a crew of actors, actresses and those who work behind the camera spent the second week in July in Burnet to film scenes for an upcoming western film, “American Fishtrap.”

Parker said the film takes place the day after the Civil War ends, when two brothers-in-law return home to learn that their wife and sister-in-law has been kidnapped.


BHS Class of 2014 grad killed in Milam County accident

Brian Bullock

A Burnet High School graduate attending Texas A&M University was killed on the Fourth of July in a two-vehicle accident and car fire near Gause in Milam County.

Brian Bullock, 21, of Burnet, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 10:20 p.m. Tuesday accident, which happened on US 79. The driver of the other vehicle, Melodie Jones, 20, of Milano, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, the Milam County Sheriff's Department and the Gause and Milano Volunteer Fire Departments were called to the scene.

Bullock was a 2014 graduate of Burnet High School and a senior engineering student at Texas A&M University in College Station. He is the son of Dan and Lisa Bullock of Burnet.


Burnet County Fair coming this weekend

2016 Burnet County Fair Sweepstakes winners include Jr. Youth winner Megan Burrows, Sr. Youth winner Courtney Burrows and Adult winner Kerry McDonald.

The Burnet County Area Fair is this weekend, June 9-10, with free family fun at the Burnet Community Center, 401 East Jackson Street in Burnet. Early registration for exhibitors is Wednesday, June 7, from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 8, from 9 a.m.-noon. Opening Ceremonies to officially start the 2017 fair is Friday, June 9, at 10 a.m. with the Hill Country Blenders singing the Star Spangle Banner and other songs. In the foundation building a quilting demonstration will begin at 10:30 a.m. Linda Wells, the AgriLife Extension Agent, will host a cooking demonstration “Hill Country Foods that can make us proud” Starting at 4 p.m., awards will be presented with photo opportunities for the Best of divisions and sweepstakes winners. At 7 p.m. is the 4-H fashion review.


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