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Snow Day restores Burnet wonderland Saturday

Highlander file photo

The world-famous Beachers Lawn Chair Brigade regularly performs at the annual Christmas parade in downtown Burnet on the historic square. The parade begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and is followed by the Courthouse lighting ceremony and photos with Santa. From noon-4 p.m., there will be Snow Day will be held at the corner of Jackson and Pierce. All the activities are free.

Thursday night's snow flurries may have melted away, but there is a 100 percent chance of snow on the corner of Jackson and Pierce Streets from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Burnet Snow Day.

Christmas on the Square, co-sponsored by the City of Burnet and Burnet County, will take place noon-9 p.m. in downtown Burnet ,with live music performances throughout the day and performances by the Burnet High School Highlandettes and Studio 29 Dance Centre.

In addition to the snow, families also can enjoy vendors, food on the square, pictures with Santa on the courthouse steps, a bicycle drawing and the Jingle Bell Jog 5K – a new addition to the even.


Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race to visit Burnet


Fire jumps are all part of the craziness of the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race, coming to Burnet Nov. 4.

Thrill-seekers of all shapes, sizes, and ages will get a chance to participate in the craziest — and muddiest — event in the world, when the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race (powered by Men’s Health) hits Burnet with 25 adrenaline-pumping obstacles and a day-long party for all racers and spectators on Nov. 4.

This year participants will have the opportunity to conquer 30 events strategically placed throughout the U.S. and Canada. Burnet will host the wild event packed with water slides, trampolines, fire jumps, and much more for the third straight year.

Tickets, available online at ruggedmaniac.com, start at $49 for advance registrants and increase by $10 every two months, ending at $100 on the day of the event.

Students and military personnel with valid identification receive a $10 discount.


Strickland honored on Airsho poster

World War II naval aviator and retired Presbyterian minister J. Arthur (Art) Strickland was honored with his likeness on the official poster for the 26th anniversary Confederate Air Force Highland Lakes Airsho, held Saturday, Sept. 9, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field.

Strickland obtained his private pilot's license while at Schreiner Institute in Kerville and enrolled in the U.S. Navy V-5 program as a naval aviation cadet in November 1942. He attended pre-flight school at the University of Georgia and primary flight training in Millington, Tennessee, prior to being assigned to the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Florida. On Nov. 30, 1943, he received his wings as a naval aviator and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.


Brown appointed Baptist World Alliance general secretary


Family is important to former Burnet Countian Elijah Brown, recently appointed to the post of general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance. He and his wife Amy have three children, from left, daughters Keziah and Sahara, and oldest son Hudson.

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

In his childhood, Elijah Brown lived in Buchanan Dam and Granite Shoals before attending Marble Falls schools. When his father became pastor of First Baptist Church in Bertram, Brown finished his high school education at Burnet High School, where he graduated in 1999.

It was a joy to grow up in this area,” said Brown, who currently serves in Washington D.C. as the executive vice president of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, which focuses on international religious freedom.

On July 7, the Baptist World Alliance’s general council at a meeting in Bangkok elected him to serve as the next general secretary.


Burnet's 34th Annual Bluebonnet Festival arrives this weekend

By Amy Prayer
Highland Lakes Newspapers
Visitors numbering more than 30,000 each year won't have to wait any longer. The 34th Annual Bluebonnet Festival is here.
The Burnet Chamber of Commerce will begin closing off the Historic Downtown Square of Burnet on Thursday evening, April 6.
Kim Winkler, executive director of the Burnet County Chamber of Commerce, expects this to be a spectacular year.
“We sold out of spots for venders extremely fast and we had a lot of new entries for the parade,” said Winkler. “The weather is supposed to be nice, so that should bring a lot of visitors to Burnet. This is going to be a really good year.”
Whether festival goers enjoy rides, games, food, or good, old-fashioned fun, The Mighty Thomas Carnival will be on the corner of Boundary and League streets, open for enjoyment to the public with wristband/family night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 6.


Child sexual assault added to Cude's charges

Charges have been expanded to include sexual abuse of a child and burglary against a man arrested in a tense confrontation in Burnet Tuesday, March 28.

In summary, the charges against 55-year-old Danell “Danny” Cude are now aggrivated kidnapping aggrivated sexaul assault and assault of a child and burglary of a hapitation, all state jail felonies and possession of two ounces or less of marijuana.

Burnet police first arrested Cude for sexually assaulting a woman at her apartment while her two small children were inside the home. According to Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson, Cude allegedly made entry into an apartment in the 800 block of Dixie Drive, where the female victim was alone with her children.


Police respond, arrest Burnet man in brutal sexual assault

Burnet police arrested a local man Tuesday for sexually assaulting a woman at her apartment while her two small children were inside the home.

Danny Cude, 55, was arrested for aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping. According to Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson, he allegedly made entry into an apartment in the 800 block of Dixie, where the female victim was alone with her kids.

Cude allegedly sexually assaulted the woman multiple times while putting a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her and her children.


Burnet home destroyed in fire

Amy Prayer/Highland Lakes Newspapers

An over heated extension cord connected to a space heater led to the fire that quickly engulfed a Burnet resident's mobile home.

Amy Prayer

Highland Lake Newspapers

John Ballard, 48, of Burnet along with his female pit bull escaped his mobile home that caught fire Saturday, Feb. 25.

Burnet Fire Department (BFD) was alerted of the fire at 5:20 p.m., located at 101 Valley Drive in Burnet. When they arrived six minutes later Ballard's home was completely engulfed in flames and was a total loss.

“It only took three to four minutes for my house to burn from end to end,” said Ballard.

Although the fire was not out of control BFD called for assistance with water from Bertram and Cassie Volunteer Fire Departments who arrived with tankers.

With the help of 13-20 firefighters on scene firefighters were able to have the fire composed by 6:02 p.m.

During his investigation, Fire Marshal John Paul Erskine was able to find the source of the fire.


Burnet indecency trial set

A jury trial has been set for a Burnet County man charged with four counts of indecency with a child through sexual contact after a case status hearing was held Friday, Jan. 27.

A trial date of March 20 has been set for Travis Dean Wimberly, 23, Burnet, who was indicted in February 2016. He will be tried by 424th District Judge Evan Stubbs.

Wimberly is accused of indecency with a child by having sexual contact with a minor, a second-degree felony, on two separate occasions — once on Dec. 28, 2015, and three times on Jan. 2, 2016. He is also charged with indecency with a child through exposure, which is a third-degree felony, from another incident on Jan. 2, 2016.

He remains in the Burnet County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond, or $10,000 on each of the five counts against him.

Representatives for District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee declined to comment on the pending trial last week.


Tax-Aide begins IRS filing help in Burnet County

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program will begin its season helping with Income Tax returns tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 2.

Free preparation and electronic filing will be offered in Marble Falls at the Boys & Girls Club, 1701 Broadway Street, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 2-April 13. The exception will be March 14 and 16.

In Burnet, assistance will be offered 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 6-April 10 at the Hill Country Community Foundation Building, 402 East Jackson Street. The one exception will be Feb. 27 when the service will be open at the Herman Brown Free Library, 100 East Washington Street.

The local program was developed to provide free tax preparation to help anyone over 50 who could no afford help with their Income Tax Return. In practice, the program is open to all ages and backgrounds who need assistance.


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