Burnet news

Wed
29
Apr

Physician documents COVID-19 experiences on social media

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

When Dr. Horis Stedman discovered he tested positive for the coronavirus on April 24, he decided to keep an open line of communication with the public about his personal experiences with COVID-19.

“It was going to get out that I have it,” he said in an interview on April 27 with The Highlander. “If everyone is going to know I might as well lay it on the line.”

Tue
21
Apr

Burnet Whataburger closes for COVID-19 precaution

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The Burnet Whataburger, 402 E. Polk St. (Texas 29) is closed indefinitely due to precautions the business enacted after an employee reported a "presumptive positive" for COVID-19.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A Burnet fast-food restaurant will remain temporarily closed “out of an abundance of caution” after one of its employees received a presumptive positive diagnosis of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Whataburger 744 in Burnet closed Monday, April 20, for a “thorough deep cleaning” as soon as restaurant management learned of the employee's testing status, the company said in a statement.

Wed
25
Mar

Burnet County issues “Stay in Place” order over COVID-19

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Burnet County Commissioners and County Judge James Oakley, pictured here, met March 19 with the Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal in the early stages of a series of emergency orders regarding the coronavirus scare.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney and Lew K. Cohn
Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County officials, in cooperation with municipalities and the Burnet County Health Authority, opted March 25 to order “Stay in Place and Stay Safe” guidelines in response to growing concerns about minimizing the number of potential infections of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Tue
24
Mar

Judge: Burnet County will follow governor's lead on COVID-19

Burnet County Commissioners received an update March 19 during a special called meeting, where an emergency disaster declaration was updated based on a state-issued order. Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal attended and provided an update on COVID-19 protocols at that time.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said Tuesday, March 24, he doesn't believe a “shelter-in-place” order will be necessary for Burnet County following similar orders being issued for Austin and Travis County and the city of Lampasas.

Wed
18
Mar

BCISD announces two-week closure for COVID-19 prevention

Keith McBurnett
Superintendent Burnet CISD
Special to the Burnet Bulletin

As you know, a number of public school districts in central Texas have announced two-week closures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In Burnet CISD, students are scheduled to return from Spring Break on Monday, March 23. However, we are aware that many have traveled within and outside of the United States on vacation, including to areas with known COVID-19 community spread.

Wed
18
Mar

Burnet hospital enacts visitation protocols for COVID-19 prevention

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Ascension Seton Highland Lakes, 3201 S. Water (U.S. 281), in Burnet has placed limits on number of visitors and procedures such as health screenings of those who come to the facility.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Hospitals in Burnet County and Llano County will limit the foot traffic and number of visitors in their facilities as a measure to combat potential coronavirus infections, officials said.

Rural medical health care facilities have begun conducting protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in response to concerns about the growing number of COVID-19 cases in metropolitan locations.

Wed
18
Mar

Burnet band meeting set to discuss canceled trip to Disney World

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Burnet High School Espirit de Corps members and their parents will find out March 26 what will become of their canceled trip to Disney World in Orlando. The amusement park was closed over fears about the transmission of the coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Parents of Burnet High School Esprit de Corps (EDC) band members have been invited to a 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, meeting at the high school to discuss alternate plans for the band's canceled Spring Break trip to Disney World in Orlando to take part in the Disney Performance Arts Workshop.

“We have set that date (for a meeting) after our Spring Break so we hopefully can have as many answers for parents as possible,” Burnet High School Principal Casey Burkhart told the Bulletin on Friday, March 13. “We did not want to have a meeting and not have any answers for the parents and students.” …

Wed
18
Mar

2020 Bluebonnet Festival canceled over COVID-19 concerns

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One fixture of the Bluebonnet Festival involved parades in the downtown square featuring community leaders, school groups, nonprofit entities and merchants. Due to the coronavirus scare, the Burnet Chamber of Commerce opted to cancel the event which was scheduled for the second week in April.

 

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

The Burnet Chamber of Commerce announced late Tuesday, March 17, the cancelation of the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival for the first time in the event's 37-year history.

Chamber officials made the announcement on their Facebook page and said the decision to cancel the April 10-12 event came at the recommendation of the Burnet County Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to not hold large gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. …

Wed
12
Feb

Fallen Police Officer Meza, Burnet PD Chief Nelson honored by chamber

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Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson, left, receives the Thomas C. Ferguson Outstanding Citizen of the Year from Wade Langley at the Chamber of Commerce banquet on Feb. 8.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A packed room cheered heartily when Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson was named the Thomas C. Ferguson Outstanding Citizen of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday, Feb. 8, but the biggest ovation of the night came for one of his officers, who died in the line of duty last year.

BPD K-9 handler Jose Humberto Meza, who died of a heart attack after a training session on Dec. 20, 2019, was named the recipient of the Wallace Riddell Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. His widow, Cristina, was present to accept the award on his behalf from Ann Riddell and Vonnie Fox.

Mon
23
Dec

Community mourns loss of Burnet PD officer

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A Burnet PD officer died Friday, Dec. 20, after an apparent heart attack. Area authorities escorted K9 handler Jose Meza from Seton Highland Lakes in Burnet to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin. On Dec. 23, as seen above on U.S. 281 in Burnet, hundreds of first responders from across the state also participated in a procession from a Marble Falls church to Post Mountain Cemetery for a service with full honors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Burnet Police Department lost a member of its law enforcement family – BPD K9 handler and heart attack victim Jose Humberto Meza – and honored the life on Dec. 23 en masse to offer comfort and solace to one another and his loved ones.

“What a great husband to his wife and a daddy to his beautiful little daughter," said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson the day of his death. “Officer Meza [was] just an outstanding young man, a great officer.”

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