Burnet County

Wed
21
Sep

Flu is in the wings

By Glynis Smith/Highland Lakes Newspapers

Banners are up announcing the arrival of flu vaccine and Burnet County already has seen enough flu-like illness to earn a highlight on the Centers for Disease Control Texas map.

“Doctors report cases and the CDC reports them weekly on the cdc.gov website,” said Juliette Madrigal-Dersch, MD, the Burnet County Health Authority. “They are still sporadic here, but on the East Coast the flu is pretty widespread. Cases won't be counted in the 2016 season until Oct. 4, but they have been confirmed in counties east of us.”

Wed
21
Sep

Noted former Burnet resident honored by christening of new street name

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Noted Burnet community member and volunteer Ramsey Clinton will be honored by the christening of a new street name in the developing subdivision of Honey Rock Ranch this October.

Burnet City Council unanimously approved the resolution to dedicate the roadway to the star citizen in a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

The motion was made by Burnet City Councilmember Tres Clinton, grandson of Ramsey Clinton.

“October 12 is the dedication of Ramsey Way,” said Burnet City Manager David Vaughn. “He passed away just two years ago.”

The dedication will take place at 4 p.m. on the street, which is located in the Honey Rock Ranch subdivision at the intersection of US 281 south of Sunday Drive. The public is welcome to attend.

“We would love for as many people to attend as possible,” Vaughn said. “He was a great guy. He was always smiling and laughing. He was a fantastic individual.”

Wed
21
Sep

Hampton remembered during somber anniversary

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

A year has passed since the final alarm sounded for Daniel Hampton of Burnet County.

Sept. 18 marked the anniversary of the date when Hampton lost his life while transporting a patient via Burnet Fire and EMS ambulance, colliding with the rear-end of a Peterbilt truck-tractor rig that had stopped on east TX-29 to make a left-hand turn onto a private drive.

Hampton had been with Burnet Fire and EMS Department for two years prior to his death and was the first paramedic that the city has lost in the line of duty.

“He was one of the best drivers I’ve ever ridden with,” said Travis Tschoerner, fellow Burnet EMT in a previous interview. “We never thought it could happen to someone like him,”

Burnet EMS Coordinator Lealand Raiford said the one-year anniversary of Daniel’s death opened some old wounds amongst the Burnet first responder family.

Wed
07
Sep

August cements 24-month rainfall record for Texas

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

August was a wet month for the Highland Lakes, and State Climatologists said record-setting rainfall may not be over.

 

Preliminary totals indicate that August averaged about 5.69 inches of rain statewide, in a tie with 1914 for the wettest August on record, according to figures from the State Climatologist office at Texas A&M University.

John Nielsen-Gammon, professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M who also serves as State Climatologist, said the wet month was due to an atmospheric wind pattern that pumped lots of deep, moist tropical air into Texas.

The wet months could continue for a while, he notes.

“September and October are historically among the wettest months of the year in Texas, so if normal conditions continue, we will see several more inches of rain,” he explained.

Wed
07
Sep

Lake LBJ drowning under investigation

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

 

A Labor Day weekend drowning is under investigation by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD).

 

The identity of victim of the incident Saturday, Sept. 3, is confirmed as 19-year-old Dominiq Amir Castillo Porterfield.

 

News outlets have published varying accounts of the event, but TPWD will say only “the investigation is still on going as to cause of death and other details."

 

“The call came in to the Llano County Sheriff's Department at 3:20 p.m.,” according to LCSO Chief Deputy John Neff. “The boaters were not sure where they were on the lake.”

 

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.”

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