City of Burnet


Remembering Randy: City of Burnet dedicates new park in Longoria's memory

City of Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley presents a plaque to the family of late parks supervisor Randy Longoria at a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 31 after reading a resolution renaming Live Oak Park in honor of Longoria. The family was also given a copy of the resolution, which highlighted Longoria's many charming attributes and stated the dedication of Randy Longoria Park in what Bromley called a “small contribution” compared to the impact he made on the City of Burnet during his 14 years of employment.







By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Members of the City of Burnet, LCRA, and Rotary Club of Burnet honored late parks supervisor Randy Longoria at a dedication ceremony at the newly renovated Randy Longoria Park, formerly Live Oak Park, in recognition of his service to his community and love for children.

Longoria put much of his time and effort into his team's projects after he began working for the City of Burnet in 2004, and his coworkers and community members continue to share the impact he made on their lives, and the renovation of the park.


Longoria's giving spirit honored by city

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet police lead a procession through town Monday evening as they escort the body of city park supervisor Aurelio "Randy" Longoria, Jr. to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home. Longoria, who was known for having a giving spirit and servant's heart, died Saturday, Aug. 4. Riding behind the white funeral home van were several city vehicles.





By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The City of Burnet is mourning the loss of Park Supervisor Aurelio “Randy” Longoria Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 4.

A well-known figure in the community, Longoria is remembered by family, friends, and colleagues for the dedication he showed towards the City of Burnet and the individual members of his community.

“Randy was amazing,” said City Manager David Vaughn. “He always did anything and everything he could to help the community and people individually; he was never going to say no.”

Longoria was employed by the City of Burnet since July 2004. During the past 14 years, his hard work made an impact on the city's public works projects and community and family events to which he dedicated his time and effort, including the Burnet Concert Series.


Residents evacuate as fire burns near Inks Lake

Contributed/Daniel Adams Art Gallery
This photo by local artist Daniel Adams captures the fantastic image of a water drop occurring in an effort to cease progress of the Hoover Valley fire on Sunday, July 29. First Responders from Burnet, Llano, Blanco, Williamson, and Travis Counties teamed together Sunday afternoon and continue to fight the fire off of County Road 116 as residents and campers from the area fled towards safer ground.






Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin


Bluebonnet Belle crashes; all 14 aboard survive

Firefighters extinguish a blaze which consumed the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain after the historic craft crashed at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field Saturday, July 21.





By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

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 Saturday morning, July 21, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Fourteen people were aboard the Belle, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 14 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.


City hosts Spring Fling sock hop at YMCA

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Spring has sprung in the Hill Country and the community will be able to celebrate it with a night full of fun and music while benefitting local organizations and the children of the area.

The City of Burnet is hosting a Spring Fling sock hop at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes on Saturday, May 5. All proceeds will go to the YMCA Strong Kids Program and the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center.

The YMCA Strong Kids is a campaign that raises funds and resources for YMCA programs which assist children and families in many areas of development.

“The Strong Kids Program subsidizes people who don't have the ability to pay for our programs and provides them with reduced rates,” said YMCA Operations Director Jennifer Kenson.

“There are endless stories of people that are impacted by the dollars raised in the community,” Kenson said. “And every dollar given here stays here.”


Vaughn briefs council on Badger Building

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Recently-begun construction on the Badger Building, located on the corner of Jackson and Pierce Streets on the Burnet Courthouse Square, will be funded through a $2 million loan paid off by sales tax revenue collected by the Economic Development Corporation, City Council members learned last week.

Burnet City Manager David Vaughn briefed City Council on this payment plan at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 24, stressing that no city property taxes would be needed to pay off the loan.

Vaughn stated STF, a company out of Liberty Hill, will be in charge of the repairs on the building. The area around the Badger building was cordoned off by the company on Tuesday, April 24, as crews began work on the restoration.


Zowie joins newspaper staff

Richard Zowie




Highland Lakes Newspapers Publisher Frank Shubert announced this week the addition of Richard Zowie as a staff writer.

Zowie will cover the City of Burnet for the Burnet Bulletin and will also cover general assignments.

He is the sports editor for the Bulletin's sister paper, The Highlander, covering Marble Falls and Faith Academy sports. He also will utilize his layout and design talents to the production side of the newspaper.

"Richard has hit the ground running and has already made significant contributions to the Bulletin,” Shubert said. “We are excited to have his talents and energy working for the communities we serve and look forward what's coming next!"


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.


City Spotlight: Solid Waste and Recycling Services



The City Council recently awarded a five year franchise to a new provider, Al Clawson Disposal Inc. (Clawson), for garbage and recycling services.  As a result, customers need to be aware of several important changes that will occur during the transition from the current provider.

The week of Oct. 17 through Oct. 21, Clawson will begin delivering new garbage and recycling carts to all residential customers throughout the City.  It is particularly important to note that the color of the carts will now be green for recycling and blue for garbage.  The last week of service for the current provider will be the week of Oct. 25 through Oct. 28, at which time they will remove their carts immediately following their final pick-up. Clawson will begin their garbage pick-ups the week of Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 and recycling collection the week of Nov. 7 through Nov. 11.


City Spotlight: What’s in a Name?

By David Vaughn Burnet City Manager


Do you ever wonder how a specific place or street got it’s name?  Places such as Hoover's Valley, Mahomet, Oatmeal and Lake Victor, or streets such as Mormon Mill Road, Johnson Street and Vandeveer Street.  Most of these names originate from some person, family, or geography that have long been forgotten by most, but never-the-less the name will go on for centuries.

While I have lived in this area for over 30 years, I continue to learn facts on a regular basis about what some of our predecessors accomplished in their lives that are truly amazing.  The “Greatest Generation”, which includes people such as Tex Robertson, Jim Luther, and John Hoover, have accomplished things that almost seem impossible for one person to have done in a lifetime.


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