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.

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.

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.

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