Burnet CISD wants state to repeal 'A-F'

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District joined more than 200 other Texas school districts Monday night when the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution calling for the repeal of the new A-F school rating system that goes into effect next year.

BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett asked the board to consider the resolution after the Texas Education Agency released its preliminary scores for school districts late last month. The A-F system does not become official until August 2018, but the TEA was required to report on the current progress of school districts using the criteria of the newly established rating system and data culled from the most recent academic testing by the schools.


Tensions run high as PEC investigates merit of complaint filed against Oakley

By Frank Shubert

Bulletin Publisher

At a meeting held Wednesday by the Complaint Committee established by the Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) on November 30, tensions ran high and continued Thursday regarding a complaint filed against board member James Oakley. The executive session  that followed PEC member comments was ended when Complaint Committee member and director Kathryn Scanlon left the proceedings. They continued on Thursday.

The Complaint Committee, which included Scanlon, board president Emily Pataki and director Paul Graf, was joined by general council Don Ballard and special council Don Richards. The committee was charged with investigating a complaint filed by PEC board member Cristi Clement against Oakley.


Horseshoe Bay man arrested in teen rape case

Nicholas Bryant Foster

UPDATE: A correction was made to the date of the alleged assault based on information given to the Burnet Bulletin by the family of the victim. Readers are asked to keep in mind that what is presented here is not all of the information. See Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin for more details on the case. 



A 21-year-old Horseshoe Bay man was arrested on charge of sexual assault of a child after he allegedly raped a teenage girl by coercion.

Nicholas Bryant Foster was arrested on Nov. 11 on the second-degree felony charge after a teenage girl under 17 years of age made an outcry to her mother, naming Foster as the offender.

According to an arrest affidavit released by the Burnet County Sheriff's Office, deputies were contacted by the victim's mother about the sexual assault of her daughter on Oct. 23. Family of the victim clarified Monday that the assault occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 22.


Greenwell and Bullock advance to Regionals



Burnet’s cross country teams competed on Saturday at the 19-4A District meet hosted by Lampasas. The Dust Dawgs faced many talented runners from the seven team district which includes Burnet, Liberty Hill, Lampasas, Leander Glen, Salado, Taylor, and Llano. The varsity girls team finished in fourth place overall just one spot shy of taking their team to regionals. The top three teams included Liberty Hill in first, followed by Lampasas and Llano.

Burnet will however be represented at the upcoming regional meet by sophomore Trynadee Greenwell and senior Abby Bullock. Greenwell captured an overall district silver at Saturday’s qualifying event, while Bullock kept pace finishing sixth also earning a ticket. Neeradt Leon missed the 10 spot needed by just a couple of steps finishing outside the qualification in 11.


Lady Dawgs holding on in district



Two losses out of their last three games has slipped Burnet’s varsity volleyball team out of a tie for second and into fourth place in the district. The Lady Dawgs fell short to Liberty Hill in three on Friday, Oct. 7 in the round two opener. They responded with a four-set win over Taylor on Tuesday but lost a tough match on Friday in Salado.

Liberty Hill leads the race still undefeated at 9-0, followed by Llano in second at 7-2, Salado third at 6-3, and Burnet in fourth at 5-4. As it stands Glenn is in fifth at 3-7, Taylor sixth with a 2-8 record, and Lampasas is at the bottom of the district at 0-8.

On Tuesday night Burnet traveled to Taylor and kept their playoff hopes alive with a win in four. Burnet opened the match with a 25-23 set one win.


Clutch kick seals deal, 38-35 double OT


Barn burner: (noun) something that arouses much interest or excitement.

Many on hand for last Friday night’s football game between the Burnet Bulldogs and the visiting Gatesville Hornets would agree that there was plenty of interest and excitement from this contest.

It wasn’t always pretty but the Bulldogs overcame a handful of self-inflicted set-backs with a double overtime victory, 38-35.

Eventually it was the trusty toe of Tyler Torres that had fans breathing a sigh of relief. A 21-yard Torres kick sealed the deal but let’s not forget the Drew Kiser strip nor his snap , or the great Godfrey hold.

Before a signal was even given Torres was on a dead sprint across the Bulldog turf with celebrating teammates in hot pursuit.

It’s a good thing for digital technology, the following quotes came from sunny Florida where Tyler Torres was located on Saturday.


Free flu shots for kids

Seton Highland Lakes is offering free flu shots for kids this season.

Shots will be available to kids between six months and 18 years old on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. No pre-registration or appointment is needed but children must come accompanied by an adult. The flu mist option will not be available.

Free shots will be available on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 5-7 p.m. at Seton Marble Falls Healthcare Center at 700 US 281 in Marble Falls, and again on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5-7 p.m. at the Main Entrance of Seton Highland Lakes Hospital in Burnet.

For more information, call 512-715-3363.


Join the Journey seeks Federal Grant



Join the Journey, a program implemented in 2013 to help Burnet youth deal and fight against substance abuse in the community, has grown in the last three years.

“We have implemented a school resource officer, random drug testing program and our proudest moment, partnering with Bluebonnet Trails Community Services,” said Keith McBurnett, BCISD Superintendent of Schools.

“So not only do we have random drug testing, but when a student does test positive for drugs, we now have free counseling opportunity for our students,”

“It is not only about the consequences but also about getting them the help they need,”


Former District Judge 'hung' in Courthouse



Another district judge was 'hung' in the courthouse hall this week before a score of onlookers.

The portrait of former district judge Guilford Jones was hung in the hall at the Burnet Courthouse Annex on Wednesday following a ceremony honoring the local figure.

Guilford, or 'Gil' Jones, as many refer to him, practiced law for 60 years, including service as a lawyer, 16 years as District Judge for the 33rd District Court, and most recently a legal mediator and arbitrator. He retired from the position as district judge in December 2012.

“When he made his ruling, he made his ruling on the law,” said presiding 33rd District Judge Allan Garrett of Jones. “You knew you'd get a fair shake every time.”

Evan Stubbs, 424th District Judge, also spoke to Jones' character at a ceremony held in a court room at the Burnet County Courthouse Annex in Burnet on Wednesday, Oct. 12. 


City Wide Clean Up Set for Oct. 22

The Burnet City wide clean up will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at the point of South Westfall Street and Cemetery Street in Burnet from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. or when all containers are full.

This clean up is open to all Burnet City residents and driver’s license and utility bill are required for proof when dropping off.

Items accepted will be appliances without freon, debris, electronics, household junk, tires without rims with a minimum of four per household.

Items that are not accepted will be refrigerators, air conditioners, batteries, insecticides, herbicides, construction debris, tires on rims and wet paint.

The City of Burnet will also be periodically picking up brush from the curbside in the three weeks preceding the event.

Customers need to place the brush at the curb and it will be picked up, as crews are available and the brush does not have to be bundled or cut to a specific length.


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