Burnet

Wed
06
Apr

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.

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.

Wed
08
Aug

Garwacki remembered as staple of medical community

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Dr. Janusz “John” Garwacki was a fixture in the medical community in Burnet for 40 years, and his memory still holds strong throughout the many lives he touched – and saved – during his 75-year career.

Karen Litterer, chief nursing officer of Seton Highland Lakes in Burnet, began working alongside Dr. Garwacki when she and her husband John moved to Burnet in 1984. 

“Dr. Garwacki was one of the more advanced physicians that we had at that time,” Litterer said.

Garwacki was a man of many skills, putting his talents and trainings to use in more than one task at Shepperd Memorial Hospital.

“He was the main anesthesiologist, but he could be that one day, then the surgeon the next day, and the family practitioner the next,” Litterer said.

Litterer worked as the circulator RN, working close with Dr. Garwacki during surgeries.

Thu
24
May

New pastor, family add to church's rich history

Contributed/Pat Collins

In November 2017, Burnet Presbyterian Church welcomed pastor Josyph Andrews to serve as their 39th pastor. Pastor Josyph and his wife, Jean, are native Texans raised in the Hill Country.

As the son of a military father and an employee in the telecommunications industry, Andrews and his wife decided they have spent too much time away from their home and four daughters; the two returned home to follow their dream.

Jean has supported Josyph since the beginning of his seminary journey, reading his lessons as they drove together to weekly preaching assignments. Today, the couple stand alongside each other throughout life, and Jean shares her knowledge of the Bible during Bible Study and Sunday School at BPC, to the open arms of her new congregation.

Wed
09
May

Warden elected mayor in Bertram; 16 of 17 Burnet propositions approved

By Lew K. Cohn

Glynis Crawford Smith

and Alexandria Randolph

Burnet Bulletin

Bertram City Councilman Adam Warden will become the next mayor of Bertram, while Jane Scheidler joins Kim Klose on the City Council in final but unofficial results from the Saturday, May 5, election.

In Burnet, voters approved 16 of 17 proposed City Charter amendments on the ballot, most by a very healthy margin. And in Granite Shoals, newcomers will take all three spots on the Granite Shoals City Council.

Bertram

Warden, who did not seek re-election to his City Council seat, took a 19-10 lead in absentee and early voting and then coasted to victory on Election Day, winning by a 92-30 margin over Danielle Armknecht.

Sat
05
May

Warden elected Bertram mayor; Scheidler and Klose win council seats; Burnet voters approve 16 Charter amendments

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

City Councilman Adam Warden will become the next mayor of Bertram, while Jane Scheidler joins Kim Klose on the City Council in final but unofficial election results from Saturday's municipal election.

Meanwhile, in Burnet, voters approved 16 of 17 proposed City Charter amendments on the ballot.

Newcomers will take all three spots on the Granite Shoals City Council.

Bertram

 On the same day as the famed Kentucky Derby, Warden, who did not seek re-election to his City Council seat, took a 19-10 lead in absentee and early voting and then coasted to victory on Election Day, winning by a 92-30 margin over Danielle Armknecht.

Incumbent mayor Cynthia Shell Anderson did not seek re-election, but instead ran for Warden’s City Council seat against Scheidler. With Klose seeking re-election, voters had to select two of the three council candidates.

Wed
02
May

Butter brings 'tri-vocational' ministry to Burnet

Contributed

 

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Jesus was a carpenter. The Apostle Paul was a fisherman. They, along with many other Biblical figures, made a living in other ways, in addition to spreading the word of the Gospel.

Today, the bi-vocational lifestyle is becoming a little more common as the economy changes, or as pastors simply wish to expand their reach through various lines of work.

A local pastor has dove head-first into the bi-vocational ministry since his arrival in Burnet in July 2017. Matthew Butter, pastor of Hoover Valley Baptist Church, might actually be considered tri-vocational.

After worshiping with his congregation on Sunday morning, Butter supports his family by selling insurance. When he is not working with his customers, he entertains the public with his musical talents.

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