Burnet County

Wed
07
Sep

13th annual Kids' Day Out set for Saturday at YMCA

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

The Burnet County Annual Kid’s Day Out is set and ready for this Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park behind the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway Hammond.

Marking the 13th Anniversary of the Kid’s Day Out everyone can enjoy free hot dogs, fishing, face painting, fire safety, casting, water and boating safety, archery, Seton Care-A-Van, a talent show, model airplanes, canoeing, master naturalist free trees, free snow cones, DPS helicopter, Bounce house, Crime stoppers and much more.

“This year Cabella’s and Bass Pro Shop have committed to being apart of the event,” said Hill.

“This is the first time Bass Pro has attended the event and the second Cabella’s has, but their first time participating wasn’t very big and this year they have really stepped up their game with their booth,”

The event is open to kids of all ages and admission is free.

Wed
07
Sep

Bertram VFD improves ISO rating

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

The Bertram Volunteer Fire Department has achieved a fire safety rating comparative to that of big city, paid fire departments.

In a letter dated Monday, Aug. 1, Bertram Volunteer Fire Department was notified they had improved their ISO Fire Suppression Rating by evaluation of state officials.

“We got a Class 3 ISO rating by the Texas Fire Marshal's Office,” said BVFD Chief Bobby Huffstuttler. “It's a pretty big deal for a small fire department to get Class 3. You usually have to have paid members.”

Huffstuttler said out of roughly 2,000 fire departments in Texas, there are only 26 departments that achieved a Class 1, rating, which is the highest that can be achieved, and only 201 were rated a Class 2.

“The last time, we got a Class 6, so we reduced from a Class 6 to a 3. That's a big accomplishment for us,” he said. “We feel like we've done a service to the community.”

Wed
31
Aug

The storm after the storm, 55-12

BY WAYNE CRAIG/BURNET BULLETIN

 

The Burnet Bulldog football team opened the season in dramatic fashion Friday night with a 55-12 victory over the visiting Reagan Raiders. Skies were ominous but the game began as scheduled.

The rowdy Bulldog crowd was more than ready for some Friday night football, little did they know they would get some early Saturday morning football too.

After trading punts early the Dawgs struck first. Burnet running back Tyler Ford raced into the limelight early and often and proved to be built Ford tough as he busted through tackles again and again to help set-up Burnet’s first touchdown.

Quarterback Koby Edwards found the birthday boy Sterling Galban for the first score of the game on a 12-yard toss. There were more gifts to come for Galban. The drive lasted seven plays and covered 68-yards putting Burnet up 7-0 after Tyler Torres hit the mark on the kick after with 5:07 left in the first.

Wed
31
Aug

PEC Solar Tour coming Oct. 1

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) will partner with the Texas Solar Energy Society to host the sixth annual Hill Country Solar Tour on Saturday, Oct. 1.

This year’s solar tour will feature homes in the Oak Hill area of PEC’s service territory in Southwest

Austin from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Based out of PEC's Oak Hill office, 9115 Circle Drive, in Austin, the event will highlight the growing region.

“We’re seeing increased interest in renewable energy and interconnections throughout the PEC

service territory,” said Blake Beavers, PEC’s renewable and distributed energy manager. “More than

1,000 members have already made the move to generate their own clean power.”

In addition to the self-guided tour of four local homes utilizing solar power and other renewable

technologies, the event will offer members and guests the opportunity to visit with local solar experts

Wed
31
Aug

BVFD Annual BBQ set for Sept. 16

The Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD) Annual BBQ will be held Saturday, Sept. 16,  at the Red Barn Community Center, 2395 Texas 261/Lakeshore Drive, in Buchanan Dam.

The barbecue lunch with sweets from the BVFD Auxiliary and ladies church groups will be served until the food is gone, beginning at 11 a.m.

A silent auction and a free bounce house for children will be available in addition to the lunch and sweet sale.  A fire extinguisher training class for all ages will be conducted and fire trucks and equipment will be on display next door at the fire hall.

“We are looking forward to showing off our new fire truck,” said Tommy Phillips, BVFD treasurer. “We worked toward it for more than seven years and proceeds from this event will help us buy equipment for it.”

Wed
31
Aug

Bulldog homecoming parade set for Sept. 15

As the new school year opens for students and teachers this week, school spirit is already ramping up for the Burnet High School Homecoming festivities.

This year’s Burnet High School Homecoming Parade will be held at the Burnet Square on Thursday, Sept. 15. 

“We cordially invite any and all children’s programs, churches, or community organizations that would like to participate,” said Burnet High School Homecoming Committee officials in a release. “Please submit confirmation by Monday, Sept. 12.”

The final float line up will be made available by email on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Those who would like to enter a float may contact Bill Neve at bneve@burnetcisd.net or 512-756-6193.

Wed
31
Aug

Martha's Ministry a diamond in the rough

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Brother Doug Fowler and wife Barbara were heavy hearted when they learned that some children in Burnet County were going to endure winter of 2009 with no jackets or warm clothing.

“When they found out, Doug asked the church (New Life Church), family and friends to donate what they could to help these children,” said Jenny Parker, a volunteer for the Ministry.

After donating, Doug knew there was a sense of importance that they needed to continue to help the community in any way they could.

‘Martha’s Clothing Ministry’ came to life with just a few things the church, family and friends could gather.

“The Ministry started with just a few tables made from saw horses, little stacks of clothes and one table of jackets,” said Parker.

Doug named the Clothing Ministry after ‘Martha of Bethany’ from the Bible, who was known for her concern for others.

Wed
31
Aug

It's Oatmeal Festival Time

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

The streets of Bertram and Oatmeal will be buzzing this weekend, as the 39th Annual Oatmeal Festival gets under way.

Kicking off Friday, Sept. 2, arts and craft vendors, BBQ, Mr. Groaty Oats, Music and the Miss Oatmeal Pageant and Auction will take place in the Oatmeal Community Center located at 7324 County Road 336 in Bertram.

“Our final count for Miss Oatmeal Pageant entries is 33,” said April Baladez, member of the Oatmeal Festival association.

“We take entries for the Mr. Groaty Oats Pageant until it’s almost time for them to walk up on stage, so if anyone wants to still join, it is open,”

Saturday gets underway with the Trail Ride from Oatmeal to Bertram and the Run for your Oats 3.3 mile race.

“The Trail ride is a confirmation of the transition from Oatmeal to Bertram for the festival, where the rest of the events will take place,” said Baladez.

Wed
31
Aug

County lowers 2017 tax rate by 1.4 percent

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Burnet County Commissioners Court officially decreased the ad valorem tax rate for the second fiscal year in a row.

Commissioners Court met on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and approved an effective tax rate for the 2017 fiscal year that is a 1.4 percent reduction compared to last year's rate.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said the new rate, which is .3969 per $100 valuation, will amount to a $369.90 tax per year for a property valued at $100,000. For those residents whose property values didn't rise this year, the new tax will represent a 1.4 percent reduction in their county taxes.

The lower effective rate is the “culmination of rising property values in the county,” Oakley said. “It would have been a lot lower this year, but we had a lot more seniors qualify for the tax freeze.”

Wed
31
Aug

Bridging The Gap of History

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Joppa natives and historians are banding together to repair and preserve two historic bridges in northeastern Burnet County.

The Iron Bridges of Burnet County project is a group focused on the repair and preservation of two of the county's historic bridges by raising money through a community fundraiser.

The North Fork San Gabriel Bridge on County Road 200 and the Russell Fork San Gabriel Bridge on County Road 272 were each built in the early 20th century and are now eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, a project news release stated. It is the goal of the project to repair the bridges for safe access by the public and use for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Lela Goar, Chairman of the Certified Local Government Committee in Burnet County, said these two bridges are the only ones left still in their original places on county property.

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