Pumpkin spice lovers, rejoice! Area meteorologists are predicting a cold front to move in over the weekend, with fall weather on its skirt-tails.
The National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio shows a chance for thunderstorms over the weekend, with a 20 percent chance Friday, Sept. 23, a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday, and a 60 percent chance on Sunday. Highs will remain in the upper 80s over the weekend.
In his web blog, Lower Colorado River Authority Meteorologist Bob Rose said “big changes in the weather are expected” with the advent of the cold front.
“Small changes in the pattern are forecast to take place as early as Friday when tropical moisture is drawn inland by a broad trough of low pressure moving east from the West Coast,” Rose wrote. “Some scattered, spotty rain showers will be possible around the region, but rain amounts should average less than a quarter inch.”
Banners are up announcing the arrival of flu vaccine and Burnet County already has seen enough flu-like illness to earn a highlight on the Centers for Disease Control Texas map.
“Doctors report cases and the CDC reports them weekly on the cdc.gov website,” said Juliette Madrigal-Dersch, MD, the Burnet County Health Authority. “They are still sporadic here, but on the East Coast the flu is pretty widespread. Cases won't be counted in the 2016 season until Oct. 4, but they have been confirmed in counties east of us.”
The Burnet Job Fair, on Thursday, Sept. 22, will bring representatives of companies and jobseekers in one large room in the Burnet Community Center, 401 East Jackson Street.
From 4-6 p.m. anyone looking for a new job, a better job or even a new career will find on stop shopping with about 20 prospective employers. Jobs range from no-experience-required with on-the-job or expense-paid training to college-degree-preferred entry level jobs. Some companies plan to hire on the spot, according to organizers—Burnet Chamber of Commerce, Burnet Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area.
Young people are also encouraged to attend and speak with employers for the learning experience and a view to potential jobs, even if they are not seeking immediate employment. At the same time, the fair will showcase Burnet as a good location for companies and for their employes to live and work.
Food and fun are the goal of Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School to be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Quail Point Lodge, 107 Twilight Lane, in Horseshoe Bay.
The cost of the event is $25. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6 p.m.
“Dinner Tonight targets busy people who still want to make time for meal preparation and feel good about what they are feeding themselves and their family,” said Llano County Extension Agent Jennifer Page. “Its goals are to promote family mealtime, teach families healthy meal planning and food preparation techniques and promote Texas agriculture.”
The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is proud to announce the recipients of their annual “Vision” Awards. Each year DADS recognizes volunteers and partners who give their time and talents to enrich the lives of older Texans and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Highland Lakes Respite Center in Burnet consists of dedicated members of the First United Methodist Church. This group provides four hours a week of free respite care for people in the early or middle stages of Alzheimer’s. The volunteers enjoy playing games, creating arts and crafts and listening to music all while giving caregivers a breather.
In recognition of their important contributions to those suffering from Alzheimer’s and their care givers, DADS will honor the Highland Lakes Respite Center with a Vision award this week in Austin.
Experts on the natural world of Texas will be speaking in Burnet on Saturday, Oct. 8, as part of the celebration of Native Plant Week by the Highland Lakes Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.
A sale of native plants, with members of the organization there to answer questions about the plants they and Wright’s Nursery have grown, will be going on 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Highland Lakes Master Gardener Farmers Market on the Burnet courthouse square.
The speakers, Valerie Bugh and Randy Johnson, will make presentations at the Herman Brown Free Library, also on the square, at 100 East Washington Street.
At 9:30 a.m., Bugh will present “Floral Fauna.” At 11 a.m., Johnson's topic will be “Pollinators and Natives: An Ancient Marriage.
These graphics show both of the potential sites city officials are eyeing for the new police station; one at Hill Street and TX 29, and the other just north of the fire station on US 281.
BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN
The City of Burnet will host a public hearing next week to collect input on the construction of a new Burnet Police Station.
The public hearing will take place at the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m., and residents are encourage to come share opinions and concerns.
“We've been looking at getting a new police station for two years now,” said Burnet City Manager David Vaughn. “There are pros and cons of every place we have looked at, but it really has come down to two choices.”
Vaughn said the two spots that are ideal for construction of the new station is the old football field at the intersection of Hill Street and TX 29, and the area just north of the Burnet Fire Station on US 281.
“Before the architect can work on the design, the council needs to decide on the location,” Vaughn said.
A year has passed since the final alarm sounded for Daniel Hampton of Burnet County.
Sept. 18 marked the anniversary of the date when Hampton lost his life while transporting a patient via Burnet Fire and EMS ambulance, colliding with the rear-end of a Peterbilt truck-tractor rig that had stopped on east TX-29 to make a left-hand turn onto a private drive.
Hampton had been with Burnet Fire and EMS Department for two years prior to his death and was the first paramedic that the city has lost in the line of duty.
“He was one of the best drivers I’ve ever ridden with,” said Travis Tschoerner, fellow Burnet EMT in a previous interview. “We never thought it could happen to someone like him,”
Burnet EMS Coordinator Lealand Raiford said the one-year anniversary of Daniel’s death opened some old wounds amongst the Burnet first responder family.
The driver of a Chevy Colorado wasn't seriously injured when his truck left the highway and overturned on a steep embankment.
BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH
A Kingsland man and his pet bird were rescued after the man's truck rolled off highway US 281 on Wednesday afternoon.
Texas DPS Troopers said the man was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado southbound to Kingsland hauling a small trailer when his vehicle left the roadway to the left, flipping upside down and landing against an embankment. The truck came to rest in the right-of-way in front of Hill Country Foam Products in the 4200 block of US 281 at about 2 p.m. Wendesday afternoon, Sept. 14.
Texas DPS Trooper Andrew Thomas said the driver, William Bilbrey, 66, of Kingsland, was conscious but disoriented when first responders arrived on scene.
“He was heading home to Kingsland. He said he didn't remember anything, and he didn't know why he was upside down,” Thomas said.