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Burnet, Texas Burnet Bulletin Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Page 9A News I hope you will join me to- morrow morning for coffee and tea with the superintendent, ~. In addition to coffee and tea, I will be serving up inti- mate conversations and infor- mative updates. This morning edition of a community forum will be on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 8 a.m. at the Parent Resource Center located next to the Central Of- fice at 208 East Brier. Feel free to stop by, even if just to say hello, and grab a cup of coffee on your way to work. I would like to offer special thanks to MOJO Cof- fee for sponsoring our morn- ing meeting. This Friday the Burnet Bulldogs will be taking on the Gatesville Hornets at Bulldog Field. This game has been desig- nated as a "green out" game. We encourage all fans to wear green to support the Bulldogs. In addition, Burnet CISD will be hosting an All BCISD Pep Rally at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Bulldog Field. All students in BCISD will make their way to the stadium and let the Bulldogs know that we support them. All students and staff will sit in the home side bleach- ers.~ All parents and visitors wanting to attend are asked to park in front of the middle school and sit on the west end of the home bleachers or bring a lawn chair for the open air endzone suite. Next Monday, Oct. 17, the bon Week each year and con- A tinues to work on the issue of drug use within our communi- Keith ty, including the development of a counseling center in Bur- McBurnett~m~l~ net CISD to address substance use. Join the Journey, as a com- .......................... munity-based coalition, will Superintendent Burnet ConsoMated ISD roll iii H IHIII IIIIIIII II I I I Board of Trustees will hold its annual Financial Integrity Rat- ing System of Texas (FIRST) hearing at 6 p.m. and its regu- lar board meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Bertram Elementary. As you may know, the Board of Trustees traditionally holds its October meeting in Bertram to make it easier for Bertram citizens to attend a school board meeting. Once again, Burnet CISD has received a superior rating for financial integrity and the hearing will provide details about that accomplishment. The agenda for the regular board meeting will be posted on the District's web site as usual the Thursday before the Monday meeting. At the end of this month, we will celebrate Green Rib- bon Week, in which Burnet CISD and the community fo- cus on the prevention of drug use within our community. Students will be participat- ing in fun and educational ac- tivities the week of Oct. 24-28. As you know, Join the Journey sponsors Green Rib- be applying for a federal drug free communities grant to as- sist in our community-wide effort of addressing drug use. Our coalition will be meet- ing this month to work on the grant application to address two goals: Strengthen collabora- tion among communities, public and private non-profit agencies; as well as federal, state and local governments to support the efforts of Join the Journey working to pre- vent and reduce substance use among youth. Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the fac- tors in a community that in- crease the risk of substance abuseand promoting the fac- tors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. If awarded, the grant could provide more than half a mil- lion dollars to support Join the Journey This would be in addition to the more than $5.3 million Burnet CISD has been award- ed in public and private grants the last four years to support after school and academic programs. Friend to Friend event cel r Awareness month "Friend to Friend Stay- ing Healthy Together" is the theme for the Breast, Cervical & Ovarian Cancer Awareness luncheon scheduled for Tues- day, Oct, 25, at the Bumet CO~ty Fair Barn. The annual riences from cancer survivors. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Burnet County will host the event to bring awareness to women of all ages concerning the the importance of breast and cervical/ovarian cancer ear- ly testing and evaluation for treatment and cure. To learn more, contact Lin- da Wells, AgriLife Extension event scheduled from 11 a.m most common forms of can- Family and Consumer Scienc- 1 tr~m :~1! : Exhibi~e~A~ent ~:~~t County: at home because it is home," she Floyd was born and raised From Page 1A We had so much fun." She found herself record- ing with producer Steven V. Taylor Franklin, Tennessee, re- cording her debut album at the legendary Dark Horse Studios. Floyd has since written and performed a number of worship songs as well as coun- try-style ballads at churches and venues across the state. "One of the greatest re- sponses I received was from a pastor who told me I inspired her," Floyd said. "Being a leader for the Lord doesn't mean we have to have it all together. I made mis- takes. I was embarrassed and ashamed. It's not about carry- ing all your baggage around. It's about redemption." Floyd said she is excited to host the album release in Bur- net this week. "We had the opportunity to do it in Nashville, but my heart is still here. It always feels like said. The concert at Hill Country Fellowship Church will be vid- eo recorded by Hi Q Produc- tion company, which also pro- duced video for George Strait, Los Lonely Boys, and other notable performers. Floyd will perform several fan favorites, including "How You Love Me," with the cho- rus: "You are worthy, worthy/ I fall down at Your feet crying holy, holy/Your love is all I need and Your beauty takes my breath away from me." "I wrote that when I found out I was pregnant," Floyd said. "There's nothing we can do or say to change the way God loves us. He didn't have to love me - it's not the point to try to be good enough." The poignant song, "Stron- ger," written for friend Cindy Holt of Burnet after a cancer diagnosis, "was something I needed to hear as well," Floyd said. She wrote the song based on the Bible verse, II Corinthi- ans 12:9. in the Texas Hill Country, and was an honor roll student and athlete at Bumet High School as well as a pageant beauty queen. She was voted "Class Fa- vorite" and "Most Talented" by her classmates. Floyd was the "quintessential cheerleader," spokespersons wrote, earning four individual high school All American designations and three All Star Team National Championships. Attending college on a cheerleading scholarship, Floyd was designated a col- lege All American as a fresh- man, an almost unheard-of accomplishment. She ran on the varsity track team, played tennis, showed livestock, participated in ro- deos, and earned her Deep Sea Diving certification, all in ad- dition to a passion for singing and songwriting. Hill Country Fellowship Church is located at 200 Hous- ton-Clinton Drive, and the con- cert is free to the public. i Burnet Fire Department will host an EMT-Basic Course #14 from November to mid-May. Class times are Monday and Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m, with occasional Sat- urdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Nov. 5 and running through May 17, 2017. The classes will be held at the Burnet Fire Department at 2002 South Water Street. A $350 fee includes tu- ition, books, uniform shirt, name badge, drug screening and initial background check. Additional fees will be incurred for testing and state registration fees. A copy of a high school diploma and shot records, in- cluding; MMR/Tetanus/Polio/ TB skin test within the last year, and at least two shots started on the Hep B series. The class is being pre- sented thanks to a grant from TEEX for rural EMS education. For more information, contact Lealand Raiford at 512-553-3491 or lraiford@ cityofburnet.com. From Page 1A spray bar. "The workers ran to grab fire extinguishers but they were not enough to control the fire," said Erskine. With the pump engaged and the spray bar clear, a continuous spray of diesel fuel was being fed to the fire as workers tried to fight the flames with the extinguishers. "By the time our crews arrived on scene, the truck was fully engulfed and there was no way to save the vehi- cle only to stop the fire," said Erskine. The reports final conclu- sion stated that seemingly obvious heat is the best way to free up clogged jets, fuel Should not be pumped through the lines at the same time di- rect flames are present. The truck was estimated to be a loss of at least $100,000 and was determined to be deemed accidental in nature caused by human error. Contributed Cat in humane trap awaiting sterilization surgery. HCC celebrates 10 years, marks National Feral Cat Day; Oct. 16 Hill Country Cats (HCC), a local nonprofit organization dedicated to humane control of the free-roaming cat pop- ulation in Burner and Llano counties through trap/neuter/ return (TNR), is celebrating 10 years of service by partic- ipating in National Feral Cat Day on Sunday, Oct. 16. The group will have a TNR information table at its booth within resale shop Chique, Unique, and Antique in Mar- ble Falls, and continues with a drive to TNR at least 100 cats in Llano and Burnet counties that month. According to The Costco Connection, October 2013, estimates of the U.S. feral (free-roaming) cat population range into the tens of mil- lions. While some people may try to approach the problem through eradication, feral cat euthanasia is not only expen- sive but also ineffective: for every animal that's put down, half a dozen more are busy reproducing. The proven TNR process - safe capture, sterilization and vaccination, and return to habitat - stops the reproduc- tive treadmill and promotes healthier feral colonies that eventually die out naturally, thus reducing the population over time. Hill Country Cats was or- ganized in 2006 with the mis- sion of humanely reducing the stray cat population in Burnet and Llano counties through TNR. Since its inception, HCC has trapped and neutered or spayed more than 8,000 free-roaming cats in the two-county area, thus prevent- ing tens of thousands more from being born. Most are re- turned to their outdoor habitat and cared for by colony man- agers. Some that can be social- ized are offered for adoption or as barn cats. The volunteer-based or- ganization consists of several TNR team leaders and trap- pers, more than a hundred volunteer transporters, care- givers, and colony managers, a services coordinator, and a board of directors. Services are provided in cooperation with participating local veterinarians and with the Feral Cat Program of the Austin Humane Society. HCC depends on grants and tax-de- ductible donations to cover such expenses as veterinary services (at discounted rates offered by participating veteri- narians), medications and vac- cinations, humane traps, cat food and transportation. Anyone in Burnet or Llano counties with a stray cat prob- lem may contact HCC for con- sultation and assistance. Do- nations are requested to help defray expenses, but services are offered regardless of abil- ity to pay. General donations are also always welcome. For more, information, call 830-598-9883, emall hillcoun- trycats@yahoo.com or visit www.hillcountrycats.org. Glynis Crawford Smith/Highland Lakes Newspapers Randy Johnson, left, a featured speaker at the Native Plant Week event in Burnet Saturday, Oct. 8, discusses the care of plants at the sale with Kathy Baker and Darrell Fabing. The Highland Lakes Native Plant Society sponsored the event. Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander David Eby, left, discusses guitar strings with Paul Kellen of Rock the Walk at a booth at the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners Farmers Market on the Burnet Courthouse Square. The event Saturday, Oct. 8, included the Native Plant Week sale by the Highland Lakes Native Plant Society.