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.


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.


Burnet shows support for injured officer Imrie

Amy Prayer/Burnet Bulletin

Carleigh Imrie presented her dad Matt Imrie with a $1,000 check from the City of Burnet during a Saturday, Jan. 28, benefit for him at Haley Nelson Park.

By Amy Prayer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet residents rallied Saturday night, Jan. 28, in support of Burnet Officer Matt Imrie, with a benefit concert.

The community came together for one purpose: to support their fellow member of the Burnet community.

Imrie, who was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident while off duty Tuesday, Jan. 10, sustained a badly broken femur bone, which required surgery. Imrie remained in intensive care until Sunday, Jan. 14.

“He has since been moved out of ICU and is receiving the best of care in a rehabilitation center located in Round Rock” said Jenniifer Watlers, Imrie's mother.

Imrie was released from the rehabilitation center to enjoy the benefit concert at Haley Nelson Park and spoke with many of the community members who expressed their love and support for Imrie during his recovery.

“Thank you all, this means so much to me,” said Imrie, to the attending crowd.


Former Cecil Atkission Motors GM indicted for theft from dealership

Kirk Edmond Hagen

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The former general manager at Cecil Atkission Motors in Burnet has been arrested and indicted for theft of money from his former employer that was earmarked to pay for a direct credit mailer.

Kirk Edmond Hagen of Bertram, 39, currently a licensed Realtor with RE/MAX Burnet, was arrested by Kerrville Police Department on a warrant from Burnet County on Friday, Jan. 20, and was released on $7,500 surety bond. He was charged with theft of property greated than $1,500 but less than $20,000, a state jail felony under Section 31.03(e)(4)(A) of the Texas Penal Code.


Burnet County Sheriff's deputies arrest 17 in drug roundup

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Working in conjunction with other local agencies, Burnet County Sheriff's deputies in the Special Operations Unit have arrested 17 individuals in Burnet and Llano counties as part of a month-long undercover investigation targeting methamphetamine dealers in the two counties that culminated in a raid Thursday at multiple locations.

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said a total of 31 warrants were obtained on the 17 individuals arresed, charging each with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in penalty group 1, more than one gram but less than four grams.

Each charge is a second-degree felony under Texas Penal Code, Chapter 481.112(c), punishable by a prison sentence of two to 20 years and a $10,000 fine.

“This represents a significant impact on the local methamphetamine supply network,” Boyd said.


Burnet CISD wants state to repeal 'A-F'

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District joined more than 200 other Texas school districts Monday night when the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution calling for the repeal of the new A-F school rating system that goes into effect next year.

BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett asked the board to consider the resolution after the Texas Education Agency released its preliminary scores for school districts late last month. The A-F system does not become official until August 2018, but the TEA was required to report on the current progress of school districts using the criteria of the newly established rating system and data culled from the most recent academic testing by the schools.


Tensions run high as PEC investigates merit of complaint filed against Oakley

By Frank Shubert

Bulletin Publisher

At a meeting held Wednesday by the Complaint Committee established by the Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) on November 30, tensions ran high and continued Thursday regarding a complaint filed against board member James Oakley. The executive session  that followed PEC member comments was ended when Complaint Committee member and director Kathryn Scanlon left the proceedings. They continued on Thursday.

The Complaint Committee, which included Scanlon, board president Emily Pataki and director Paul Graf, was joined by general council Don Ballard and special council Don Richards. The committee was charged with investigating a complaint filed by PEC board member Cristi Clement against Oakley.


Horseshoe Bay man arrested in teen rape case

Nicholas Bryant Foster

UPDATE: A correction was made to the date of the alleged assault based on information given to the Burnet Bulletin by the family of the victim. Readers are asked to keep in mind that what is presented here is not all of the information. See Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin for more details on the case. 



A 21-year-old Horseshoe Bay man was arrested on charge of sexual assault of a child after he allegedly raped a teenage girl by coercion.

Nicholas Bryant Foster was arrested on Nov. 11 on the second-degree felony charge after a teenage girl under 17 years of age made an outcry to her mother, naming Foster as the offender.

According to an arrest affidavit released by the Burnet County Sheriff's Office, deputies were contacted by the victim's mother about the sexual assault of her daughter on Oct. 23. Family of the victim clarified Monday that the assault occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 22.


Greenwell and Bullock advance to Regionals



Burnet’s cross country teams competed on Saturday at the 19-4A District meet hosted by Lampasas. The Dust Dawgs faced many talented runners from the seven team district which includes Burnet, Liberty Hill, Lampasas, Leander Glen, Salado, Taylor, and Llano. The varsity girls team finished in fourth place overall just one spot shy of taking their team to regionals. The top three teams included Liberty Hill in first, followed by Lampasas and Llano.

Burnet will however be represented at the upcoming regional meet by sophomore Trynadee Greenwell and senior Abby Bullock. Greenwell captured an overall district silver at Saturday’s qualifying event, while Bullock kept pace finishing sixth also earning a ticket. Neeradt Leon missed the 10 spot needed by just a couple of steps finishing outside the qualification in 11.


Lady Dawgs holding on in district



Two losses out of their last three games has slipped Burnet’s varsity volleyball team out of a tie for second and into fourth place in the district. The Lady Dawgs fell short to Liberty Hill in three on Friday, Oct. 7 in the round two opener. They responded with a four-set win over Taylor on Tuesday but lost a tough match on Friday in Salado.

Liberty Hill leads the race still undefeated at 9-0, followed by Llano in second at 7-2, Salado third at 6-3, and Burnet in fourth at 5-4. As it stands Glenn is in fifth at 3-7, Taylor sixth with a 2-8 record, and Lampasas is at the bottom of the district at 0-8.

On Tuesday night Burnet traveled to Taylor and kept their playoff hopes alive with a win in four. Burnet opened the match with a 25-23 set one win.


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