Burnet

Wed
07
Sep

Bullseye: Local 11-year-old places in national archery tournament

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

An 11-year-old girl from Oatmeal placed in a world champion youth archery tournament in August.

Aspen Nelson, a student at Faith Academy, placed sixth in Junior Buckmasters World Champion Tournament, a worldwide youth archery competition in Montgomery, Ala., after less than two years experence in the sport..

Stepdad Brian Klosterhoff said Nelson is a natural.

“She's ranked in the state of Texas for first place junior archer in 4H,” he said.

Klosterhoff and friend Robert Lee began coaching a group of Burnet County 4H students in archery in April 2015, when Nelson expressed interest in the sport.

“She wanted to do it and she has really taken off,” he said.

Nelson said she likes archery because “it's very challenging and you get to be outside. With archery, you have a hobby forever.”

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

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.”

Thu
18
Aug

Lady Dawgs open with a sweep

BY WAYNE CRAIG/BURNET BULLETIN

 

The Burnet Lady Dawgs kicked off their 2016 season full speed ahead last week with the freshman and JV girls each playing in two matches while the varsity girls have taken on eight matches in just five days. Last Tuesday evening the Marble Falls Lady Mustangs came to town for the season opener and the girls in green swept the competition at all three levels.

There were several good volleys during the varsity match and eventually Burnet edged out the Lady Stangs 26-24, 25-22, 25-21 in three-straight.

On Thursday evening Faith Academy came to Bulldog gym to face the freshman and JV Lady Bulldog teams. Burnet’s freshman team beat Faith’s JV in two-straight, and the JV Lady Dawgs matched that defeating the varsity Flames in just two sets.

Thu
18
Aug

Flash flood watch issued twice this week, more rainfall to come

BY LEW K. COHN & ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/ BURNET BULLETIN

 

A month of drought-like weather in the Hill Country ended with a boom as a tropical disturbance from the Gulf moved its way over Burnet county and dumped a large amount of rain on the area over the weekend.

The tropical disturbance, which was also responsible for heavy flooding in parts of Louisiana, collided with a stalled cold front in the Hill Country, leading to heavy downpours late Sunday and early Monday as well as several periods of rain Friday and Saturday.

Friday marked the first significant rainfall in Burnet County since early July and helped temperatures drop more than 20 degrees below normal for this time of year, making the weather the most temperate it has been since May.

Wed
17
Aug

One seriously injured in Jeep rollover

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

One man was seriously injured and a juvenile was unharmed after a Jeep rolled off the road on TX 29 Monday morning.

Bertram Volunteer Fire Department officials said that a driver was ejected from his Jeep when the vehicle collided with a tree on the side of TX 29 Monday morning, Aug. 15 at 9:46 a.m. The driver has not been identified.

Bertram Volunteer Fire Chief Bobby Huffstuttler said the collision occurred when the Jeep ran off the road on the other side of the highway.

“He was traveling westbound. It appears he ran off the westbound side of the road, and then came across all four lanes and hit the tree,” Huffstuttler said.

Wed
03
Aug

Towns catch tourism with Pokemon Go

BY RACHEL COHN/HLN COrRESPONDENT

 

On Sept. 28, 1998, a little-known pair of games called Pokémon Red and Blue were released in the United States after seeing commercial success in their home country of Japan. And from there, the game series took the U.S. by storm, from currency for school children of the late 1990s as a card game to a popular, long running cartoon spawning 19 movies. One could be forgiven for not thinking Pokémon could be caught in the real world.

On July 6, 2016 — two years after a Google April Fool’s Joke based on the same concept — Pokémon Go released on Apple Store and Google Play to worldwide success. In this GPS-based mobile game, players create their own trainer avatar and pick from a choice of three Pokémon: Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle.

Wed
03
Aug

Upcoming: Back to School Bonanza and Tax Free Weekend

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

With school supplies and new clothes hitting the shelves, local residents can enjoy the Texas sales tax holiday this weekend, starting Friday, Aug. 5, and extending through Sunday, Aug. 7.
Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 will be exempt from state and local sales and use taxes. The break can save consumers plenty while shopping for back-to-school necessities.
The tax break includes any qualifying items that are purchased not only in stores but also online, or by telephone or by mail.
Specialty athletic equipment and accessories such as jewelry, luggage, computer bags and duffle bags, will not qualify for the sales tax break.
Also excluded are textbooks, computer software and computers.

In addition to the tax-free weekend, Burnet Fire Department hosts their second annual ‘Back to School Bonanza’ on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wed
03
Aug

County prepares for inmate influx

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/ BURNET BULLETIN

 

Burnet County officials and law enforcement are preparing for an influx of inmates from nearby counties in coming weeks.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said commissioners court approved contracts with three Texas counties on Tuesday to house inmates in overflow conditions or special circumstances, and the jail has hired additional staff to handle the increase. Hayes, Somerville, and Taylor county jails have all contracted for the ability to send inmates to Burnet County Jail.

Prior to new staff, the jail was only allowed up to house 240 inmates based on its staffing. The total capacity of the jail is 587.

“It's a See-Saw effect,” Oakley said. “As we bring in new inmates, we hire more jailors.”

In late June, commissioners voted to unfreeze eight positions at the jail to prepare for the influx of new inmates.

Wed
03
Aug

City raises paramedic salaries

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Burnet city officials voted to raise incoming salaries for paramedics last Tuesday in order to compete in a scarce employee market.

In a city council meeting Tuesday night, July 26, Burnet Fire Chief Mark Ingram said he currently has three paramedic openings that have been difficult to fill, due to salary competition.

“We've had one open for some time. We had three applicants turn down the job because of money,” he said.

The starting pay at Burnet Fire Department is $47,000 for a licensed paramedic.

“We looked at some of the surrounding areas with comparable size and call volumes. Seven out of eight were beating us, some of them pretty badly,” Ingram said, adding that communities like Round Rock, Georgetown, and others in Williamson County and in the Austin area are “already starting to steal the paramedics.”

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