Burnet County

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.

Wed
24
Aug

Lauren Concrete officials share plant plans

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH

While concrete plant officials share their plans for pending facilities, Burnet County residents have begun to question whether the county is prepared for increased industrialization.

After a concrete company applied for an air quality permit with the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality on June 15, Burnet County residents have turned to local officials to voice concerns about increased industrialization.

Dave Holmes, resident of Stone Mountain in the Tobyville area, said the issue is bigger than this plant.

“What's happening is the Texas legislature is favoring the aggregate industry big time,” he said. “The legislature does not consider the county when they approve gravel digs.”

In August, Burnet County Judge James Oakley said the county had no say over the permit besides acknowledging receipt of it.

Thu
18
Aug

Fun run benefits Camp Agape Aug. 27

 

A 5K memorial run is scheduled for Aug. 27, beginning at 8 a.m. at Johnson Park in Marble Falls to raise awareness about next year’s sessions at Camp Agape, a program for children grieving the loss of a loved one.

The 2017 camp is scheduled for July 17-20 at Camp Buckner Retreat Center, 3835 Farm to Market Road 2342 between Burnet and Kingsland.

The memorial run fundraiser will allow children ages of 7-12 to attend Camp Agape at no cost to their families.

“Everyone who joins the 5K memorial run can be assured of their profound impact on a child’s life,” said Christen McVaney, the camp’s executive director. “Participation in the race will make it possible for precious children to attend Camp Agape where they no longer feel alone in their grief, giving them true hope for their future.”

Thu
18
Aug

Texas Exes hold chapter welcome back event

The Highland Lakes Texas Exes Chapter has been re-activated and is re-establishing their University of Texas Longhorn family with an event from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18.

The event, with appetizers and beverages, will be held at Mama's Home Cooking, 200 South West Street in Burnet.

The chapter will be working to bring together UT graduates in the Highland Lakes through social, cultural, fundraiser and community help events to provide benefits to area students through scholarships.

At the Aug. 18 meeting, $6 per person includes the first beverage ticket and appetizers. Additional beverage tickets will be $5 each. Payment at the first gathering will be by cash only.  Separate dining at the restaurant will be available for those who want to stay longer.

Drawing tickets sold at the meeting for $2 each or five for $10 will be the first small fundraiser.

Thu
18
Aug

New season dates make upcoming Texas dove season longest in 80 years

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Due to new season dates adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Texas hunters may enjoy the longest dove season in 80 years.

While the traditional opening dates established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service remain fixed, a new 90-day season this fall means hunters will have 20 more days of opportunity compared to previous years.

“The additional days are being integrated early in the season to take advantage of birds migrating into the state, as well as at the end of the season in the Special White-winged Dove Area to offer more wingshooting opportunities,” TPWD officials said in a release.

Dove season in central Texas will begin on Thursday, Sept. 1 and will continue through Nov. 6. The late season for dove is Dec. 17 through Jan. 8.

Thu
18
Aug

Drowning victim's body recovered from Lake LBJ

The body of a man who drowned in Lake LBJ near Sunrise Beach Village was recovered Wednesday, Aug. 10, after a two-day search.

Authorities identified the victim as William Thorton Jr., 74, of Harlingen.

According to a statement released by Sunrise Beach Village Police Chief Laurie Brock, the Llano County Sheriff's Department received an emergency call at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 about a missing swimmer.

The caller reporter the male victim had gone swimming from a boat on Lake LBJ and encountered trouble in the water. The victim went under the water and did not resurface.

Sunrise Beach Village police and fire personnel responded to the scene at end of Beach Drive, where a search began for the victim. Joining SRB were personnel from the LCSO, Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife game wardens, Lake Colorado River Authority rangers and firefighters from Kingsland and Buchanan volunteer departments.

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