Burnet

Wed
30
Oct

Visit spooktacular destinations this Halloween!

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Longhorn Cavern is located an 645.2 acres of land dedicated as a state park in 1932. Humans have sheltered in the caves since prehistoric times and legend has it the cavern serves as a hiding place for the treasure of infamous outlaw Sam Bass.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Trick-or-treating and pumpkin-carving are enjoyable Halloween activities, but for extra fun and goosebumps this Halloween, visit these spooky area locations:

Longhorn Cavern State Park, 6211 Park Road 4 S, Burnet

Now a tourist attraction for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts, the historic Longhorn Cavern State Park was once just a deep fissure in the earth formed by millions of years of flowing water. The cavern then became a meeting place for Comanche tribes, and in 1848, the Comanches kidnapped an 18-year-old girl during a raid in the area. Three Texas Rangers came in the dark of night, outnumbered by the large number of Native Americans, and rescued the girl after a harrowing battle.

Wed
23
Oct

Spice up your life!

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin

 

Rob Beall of Hairston Creek Farm in Burnet coaxed customer Gary Wood of Highland Haven with some hot peppers at the Farmers Market at Crownover Feed Store, 1810 Ranch Road 1431 in Marble Falls. The market is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Wed
31
Jul

Breaking new ground in Burnet

Frank Shubert/The Highlander
Baylor Scott & White personnel join City of Burnet officials and Burnet Economic Development Corporation members for the groundbreaking at the location of their new facilities on Monday, July 29 at 1500 East Polk Street, Burnet. Construction on the clinic is expected to be complete in Spring 2020. Pictured, from left: Timothy Ols, President, Baylor Scott & White – Hill Country Region; Dr. Camey Crane, Baylor Scott & White Family Medicine Doctor; Lane Luna, Nurse Practitioner; Cary Johnson, Burnet Economic Development Corporation President; Crista Goble Bromley City of Burnet Mayor; Leslie Low, Manager of Clinic Operations; Dr. Robert Shafer, DVM, Member of Baylor Scott & White Board of Directors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special to the Bulletin

Baylor Scott and White Health broke ground Monday, July 29, on the future home of its medical services in Burnet. The clinic will be located at 1500 E. Polk Street, across from the Burnet County Sheriff's Office.

At about 8,000 square feet, the new clinic will feature 10 exam rooms and a procedure space. It will offer services that include family medicine, diagnostic X-Ray, and on-site laboratory services.

Once construction is complete, the services at the clinic, currently located at 101 E. Jackson Street, will transition to the new location to better serve the growing medical needs of the area's residents. The new location of Baylor Scott & White Clinic – Burnet is expected to open late spring 2020.

Thu
04
Apr

Bluebonnet Festival brings good times to Burnet

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
City of Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley waves to the crowd as she rides around the Burnet Courthouse Square during last year's Bluebonnet Festival Grand Parade. This year's Bluebonnet Festival will take place Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14, and the Grand Parade will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. Sign-up for the parade has been extended through this Friday, April 5 at noon; registration forms are available at the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Pierce Street, Burnet, or online at bluebonnetfestival.org/register.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

The Highlander

The Bluebonnet Festival has been bringing good times and entertainment to Burnet residents and visitors for 36 years around the Burnet Courthouse square and throughout other areas of town. This year, the Bluebonnet Festival will take place Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14.

Bluebonnet Festival weekend will be packed with food, crafts, live music, and the Mighty Thomas Carnival, the primary source of squeals and giggles from kids of all ages.

“There is so much excitement going in to this year's Bluebonnet Festival,” said Burnet Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Winkler. “With bluebonnets in abundance and our concert headliners generating so much buzz, it's easy to understand why.”

Fri
16
Nov

Community Thanksgiving dinner being organized

Contributed/Nancy Heuss
Nancy Allen (left) and Jeanie Worrell prepare mashed potatoes at a past Thanksgiving Dinner at the Church of Christ. This year's free community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served Thursday, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 102 South Vandeveer Street, Burnet.

 

 

 

 

Burnet County church members are in the process of organizing their annual free community Thanksgiving dinner which will take place at the Burnet Church of Christ on Thursday, Nov. 22.

Volunteers from the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, First Lutheran Church, Burnet Presbyterian Church, St. Charles Catholic Church of Kingsland and First State Bank of Burnet will work to prepare the free Thanksgiving Dinner to offer to those in need during the holidays.

Volunteers are still needed for this event. Individuals seeking additional information about volunteering to serve food to the community, or seeking additional information about the event, are asked to call Nancy Heuss at 512-755-4341.

The Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Church of Christ, located at 102 South Vandeveer Street, Burnet. Everyone in the community is welcome to partake in the dinner.

Fri
16
Nov

Sales tax revenue down for Burnet, Bertram

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Sales tax collections in Burnet and Bertram experienced a downward trend this month, though the county's other four cities all reported sales tax growth, and five of six cities in the county have total sales tax distributions above last year's pace.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he is sending cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $817 million in local sales tax allocations for November, 5.4 percent more than in November 2017.

These allocations are based on sales made in September by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in July, August and September by quarterly filers.

Wed
03
Oct

Utopiafest moves to Reveille Peak Ranch

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Utopiafest organizers announced on their website Wednesday, Oct. 3, they are moving the festival to Reveille Peak Ranch on County Road 114.

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd confirmed the move Wednesday and said he believes “this is a much better location for this type of event” than a private ranch on Shady Grove Road (County Road 200).

“I think this was something they had planned on doing after the public hearing and it was actually the first site they originally picked,” Boyd said. “I think they have a much better chance of getting a (mass gathering) permit with this new location. Reveille Peak is set up for events like this and getting out there is much safer, so I feel better about it.”

Wed
19
Sep

Burnet, Bertram sales tax revenues jump

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Sales tax distributions for Burnet for the month of September are up more than two percent above last year's total as the city sees continued economic growth from its retail sector.

All cities in Burnet County experienced sales tax growth this month, with four cities (Bertram, Granite Shoals, Horseshoe Bay and Cottonwood Shores) all seeing double-digit percentage hikes.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he is sending cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $738.8 million in local sales tax allocations for September, 10.5 percent more than in September 2017. These allocations are based on sales made in July by businesses that report tax monthly.

Thu
06
Sep

Burnet County burn ban lifted

 

 

 

From staff reports

The Burnet County burn ban has been lifted as of Thursday, Sept. 6, Burnet County Judge James Oakley said.

Soaking rains fell throughout Burnet County this week, with some areas reporting up to three inches of precipitation within a 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Thursday. The rain caused the county's Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) average to drop 32 points from 523 to 491, with a high of 703 (just north of Burnet) and a low of 320 (near Marble Falls).

The KBDI is used to determine forest fire potential. The drought index is based on daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture (assumed to have a maximum storage capacity of eight inches) and is expressed in hundredths of an inch of soil moisture depletion.

Wed
15
Aug

A Shepperd of men: Doctor's legacy remembered

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The memory of Marble Falls resident and well-respected physician Dr. Ivan Shepperd will forever hold a spot in the hearts of the members of the community he impacted for 61 years.

Dr. Shepperd was born in 1927 and raised in Liberty Hill, the youngest of six children. During the early 1940s, Dr. Shepperd attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his future wife, Virginia Wirtz. The two then moved to Galveston, where Shepperd studied at the University of Texas Medical School while the two started growing their family.

Because of the efforts during World War II, individuals were being rushed through medical school as the country saw a need for more medical professionals, but Shepperd completed his schooling and graduated after the end of the war. After he obtained his degree, Dr. Shepperd, Virginia, and their young family moved to Marble Falls and opened his practice in 1948.

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