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Belle crash, fire, BCISD ratings top Burnet 2018 stories

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
One of the top Burnet stories of 2018 involved the crash of an historic plane at the Burnet Municipal Airport. Pictured here is a firefighter who sprayed foam onto the wreckage of the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain Saturday, July 21, after the aircraft crashed while attempting to take off for an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Thirteen people aboard the plane all escaped before the plane exploded, but one was taken to a San Antonio hospital for burn injuries.






By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The loss of the beloved Bluebonnet Belle aircraft, a summer of wildfires and the BCISD's first academic accountability rating topped headlines in Burnet for 2018.

Crash of the Belle

The famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and was an integral part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, crashed July 21, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Thirteen people were aboard the Belle, tail number N47HL, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 13 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.


Seton Kids Care-A-Van event tops $730,000

Glynis Crawford Smith/Highland Lakes Newspapers

At the podium of the Kids Care-a-Van Tailgate Party, Earnest Ray "Bubba" Bean, left, who got a start in his eventual career as a pro running back for the Atlanta Falcons under the tutelage of Emory Dilworth Bellard (Dec. 17, 1927 – Feb. 10, 2011) at Texas A&M University, joins the widow of the famed coach, Susan Bellard, in recalling Ballard's career and devotion to worthy causes.


By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

An outpouring of support at Emory Bellard-Spike Dykes Memorial Kids Care-a-Van Tailgate Party and golf tournament has resulted in more than $730,000 added to the work of the Seton Highland Lakes mobile unit that carries healthcare to needy children in Burnet and Llano counties.

The tailgate party was held Friday, June 16, at the Galloway-Hammond Recreation Center in Burnet with 500 people in attendance, and the tournament, Saturday, June 17, at Delaware Springs Golf Course with 180 participants.

A whopping $500,000 in matching funds from the Highland Lakes Health Fund (HLHF) to the Children's Healthcare Endowment. The endowment was the brain child of Woody and Donna McCasland, and their personal pledge of $100,000 started the auction-style call for matching funds a high note.


There's no place like home! 'Bachelorette' star Pell returns for Saturday concert

Country music singer-songerwriter Luke Pell


By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

He may be better known to millions of viewers for his stint on the reality TV show, “The Bachelorette,” but country music singer-songwriter Luke Pell still considers himself a Burnet, Texas, boy at heart who has been fortunate enough to chase his passion since graduating from Burnet High School in 2003.

At 9 p.m. Saturday, Pell and his band will perform at Toupsie's in Lampasas. It marks the first time since the Burnet Concert Series in May 2016, when he opened for Kyle Park, that Pell has played this close to home.

“I'm very excited and so glad to be back and to get to play on home turf,” he said. “We last played Toupsies about two years ago, so it's been a while since we've been there as well.

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