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F ~go ~ Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Burnet Bulletin Burnet, Texas Commentary tim i Facebook is very anxious to tell me that we have a clown problem Highland Lakes Newspapers in these beautiful United States of America. ; ~~ Clowns are fast becoming the Lew 2016 version of zombies. I can bare- ly scroll through my Facebook feed Cohn without reading a story about "creepy clowns" being spotted in South Car- olina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi Managing Editor and yes, even in our own backyard here in Burnet County, Texas, and in reported that a clown allegedly had surrounding communities, grabbed a Texas State University stu- Just last week, an Instagram ac- dent at Bobcat Village Apartments in count named "killer.clown.666" had San Marcos the night before, but the Marble Falls ISD among four school student was able to get away from the districts as part of a "hit list." The costumed assailant and call for help. school district was monitoring the However, the alleged victim did not situation, but did not encounter any even contact police until nearly 24 acts of clown violence as of Friday, hours later. Oct. 7. San Marcos High School was Liberty Hill police reported a placed on lockdown once news of the suspicious person wearing a full alleged assault took place and several body black and white clown costume Austin area schools received vague was spotted in a residential area on reports of clown sightings, includ- Wednesday, Oct. 5, when a caller ing Reagan and Travis High Schools reported noises and banging on a ga- and Martin Middle School in Austin, rage door. The suspect was allegedly Manor High School, Del Valle High seen fleeing into the woods towards School and Lehman High School in Texas Highway 29, but police found the Hays Consolidated Independent no one and no evidence left behind School District. by the disappearing clown. Clown sightings have been re- On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the Texas ported in 33 states as of Monday, State University Police Department Oct. I0. The escalation in clown sightings being shot and killed in Indiana, a re- hugs" sign while chasing after motor- throughout the nation has reached port of a man chasing down a clown ists, turned out to be promoting the such a fever pitch that a man who has in the woods in North Carolina after New England Scare Fest, a regional made his living scaring people with it knocked on his window at night fall festival. his writing is telling folks to calm and a report of a woman who was al- Fear of clowns. Known as down and quit letting hysteria over- legedly attacked by a knife-wielding coulrophobia, a term which was ere- take reason, clown in Reading, Ohio. ated in the late 1980s to describe the "Hey, guys, time to cool theIn that last one, the woman was irrational fear of these sad sack jest- clown hysteria -- most of 'em are running late for her job at McDon- ers. Certainly, movies like "Jigsaw" good, cheer up the kiddies, make ald's and didn't want to get fired, so and TV shows like"American Horror people laugh," master horror author she made up the story. Story: Freakshow" have helped feed Stephen King tweeted last Monday. There are several reasons why into people's fear of clowns. King should know a thing or two people would report sightings of Collective hysteria. Also about killer clowns. After all, he ere- clowns and keep this frenzy going: known as mass hysteria, this is a phe- ated Pennywise the Dancing Clown, Boredom. Some people have nomenon when people will toilet- who rips off poor six-year-old Geor- too much time on their hands. As tively report the allusion of threats, gie Denbrough's arm and kills him in they say, "idle hands are the devil's real or imagined, by repeating rumors the 1986 novel "It," which was later play things," so these individuals ere- and spreading fear. This is believed made into a TV miniseries starring ate hoaxes and love the excitement to be one of the prime culprits behind Tim Curry as Pennywise. generated when the hoax is treated the Salem witch trials, which result- A movie version of the book is set seriously, ed in the execution of 25 innocent to come out next September with Bill Attention. In several instances, people. Skarsg d playing Pennywise, which police have determined that individ- Do I think there is an oncoming is one of the forms of the titular char- uals falsely reported seeing clowns wave of creepy clowns, waiting to at- acter -- an eternal, demonic entity because they wanted to be "famous" tack innocent people and cause panic which hunts and kills children in a for having survived a clown attack, and chaos? small Maine town every 27 years. Some No, I don't and you shouldn't el- What is up with all of these clown Promotion. A Facebook ac- ther. I would file these incidents un- sightings and are they real? In most count set up to report sightings of der what I term "Clown-Related and cases, it appears they are not. Most of "Gags the Green Bay Clown" in Associated Paranoia." the sightings have been dismissed as Green Bay, Wisconsin, turned out to The abbreviation for this tells you hoaxes or copycats by investigating be part of an independent horror film. all you need to know about what I police departments. A clown seen in Agawam, Massachu- think regarding these creepy clown That includes a report of a clown setts, holding a balloons and a "free sightings. gh court refuses t ,r Immigration case AUSTIN -- The U.S. Supreme ployed a 30-member Texas A&MTotal sales tax revenue for the Court on Oct. 3 denied the ObamaCapital Highlights Forest Service All-Hazards Incident three months ending in September administration's petition for a re- Management Team to Florida. is down 2.6 percent compared to the hearing of United States v. Texas, a The teams, coordinated by the same period a year ago. high-profile immigration case. Ed forest service, consist of trained per- Zika testing is recommended Heard by the eight-member high sonnel from local jurisdictions. The Texas Department of State court in April, the case ended in a 4-4 Sterling Other state agencies were onHealth Services on Oct. 3 issued a deadlock in a late-June ruling, standby to respond to further requests health alert encouraging health care The deadlock left in place a from hurricane-impacted areas, Ab- providers in the Rio Grande Valley Texas federal district court's tem- Texas Press Association bott said. counties of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, porary injunction freezing the U.S. "As Hurricane Matthew pre- Webb, Willacy and Zapata to test for Department of Homeland Security's junction in a 2-1 split, pares to impact the United States, it Zika virus infection in their patients. November 2014 policies known as The Obama administration then is crucial that our fellow Americans Health officials are recommend' "Deferred Action for Childhood Ar- appealed the case to the U.S. Su- receive the assistance they need. I ing testing of pregnant women who rivals" and "Deferred Action for Par- preme Court. am confident that Texas' dedicated have at least two of the four most ents of Americans and Lawful Per- Texas Attorney General Ken Pax- emergency response professionals common Zika symptoms -- fever, manent Residents." ton welcomed the high court's Oct' 3 will strengthen the disaster response rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis -- The policies :are aimed at fore- decision not to rehear the case. efforts at a time when local resources regardless of their travel history or stalling the deportation of an esti- 'l e State of Texas' position has may be strained," Abbott said. other risk factors. mated 4 million undocumented im- been validated by the U.S. Supreme Revenue for month is lower Officials continue to recommend migrants and providing a conditional Court today as they denied the Obama Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, that health care providers test anyone path to citizenship, administration's petition to rehear the the state's chief financial officer, on with at least three of the four most In December 2014, Texas was immigration case," Paxton said. Oct. 5 said state sales tax revenue common symptoms statewide and all joined by a coalition of other states "Rewriting national immigration totaled $2.13 billion in September, pregnant women who have traveled in a lawsuit challenging the poll- law requires the full and careful con- an amount 3.9 percent lower than in to an area with active Zika transmis- cies as an unconstitutional federal sideration of Congress," he added. September 2015. sion, regardless of symptoms. overreach. Texas sends emergency aid "Subdued spending for oil and As of Oct. 7, Texas had 226 Zika In February 2015, BrownsvilleGov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 6 re- gas drilling continues to depress sales cases reported among patients who U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen ported that he had called Gov. Rick tax revenue," Hegar said. contracted the disease while traveling sided with the plaintiffs and granted a Scott of Florida, Gov. Nathan Deal "Consumer spending also appears elsewhere. petition for temporary injunction, of Georgia and Gov. Nikki Haley of to have slowed, as sales tax collec- While no cases are known to have In November 2015, a three-mere- South Carolina to offer assistance as tions from retail trade were down originated in Texas, the Rio Grande ber panel of the New Orleans-based their states prepared to deal with Hur- from the previous year. In contrast, Valley is considered to be at higher U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth ricane Matthew. construction sector receipts contin- risk for Zika transmission, according Circuit upheld the district court's in- Abbott announced he had de-uedto grow." to DSHS Commissioner John Hell- Letter to the Editor Dear Parents, They are people wearing rubber towards anyone We will continue to teach messages We know that you may be con- masks who are being mean. Please do not continue this social of Life and Fire Safety. cerned with all of the news and social Real clowns bring happiness, fun media hoax by continuing to pass We will continue to act in a pro- media stories about "creepy clowns." and joy into the lives of others. A along pictures, memes, and messag- fessional manner to honor the art Please understand that the majori- clown's make-up is used to enhance es that advocate violence towards of clowning. We will continue to ty ofthese"sightings" are hoaxes and the their facial features and emotions, clowns or pictures of creepy people do those things that improve and they have been called in by the very not to cover up their face. dressed as clowns, strengthen our communities by teach- people looking for the attention. Their costumes are colorful and These are things you can be re- ing your children about Life And Fire The best thing you can do as a fun. Please do not reinforce the irra- sponsible for. Protect your children Safety. parent of children who have already tional fear that is being perpetrated by reacting in rational and reasonable Sincerely, been affected by these stories is to re- on your communities by mean people manner to these stories. Burnet FD LAFS assure your children that the people making poor decisions. On our end, we will continue to John Erskine, doing this are not real clowns. Please do not advocate violence educate and entertain your children. Burnet Fire Marshal erstedt, because of previous regional outbreaks of dengue, a similar virus spread by the same type of mosquito. Event promotes local produce Oct. 1 marked the start of the Tex- as Department of Agriculture's annu- al Local Products Challenge. Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller on Oct. 3 said the event en- courages schools to teach children about healthy foods produced in Tex- as and to incorporate more locally produced foods into school meals. More than 140 school districts and charter schools have pledged to participate. Miller said that for every $1 Spent! on l~al food, $2.16 of eeonomle ae: tivity is generated. Serving Burnet ;in Burnet County Since 1873 220 South Main Burnet, TX 78611 The Burnet Bulletin is published weekly by Highland Lakes Newspapers. Periodicals postage paid at Burnet, TX, 78611 ; USPS 080-000. ISSN 1084- 5410. Combined with the Marble Falls Messenger and Bertram Enterprise. Member of Texas Press Association and South Texas Press Association. POSTMASTER Send address changes to: The Burnet Bulletin R O. Box 1000 Marble Falls, Texas 78654 Corrections The Bulletin will gladly correct any error found in the newspaper. To request a correction or clarification, please call 512- 756-6136 and ask for the editor. A correction or clarification will appear in the next available issue. 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