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McBurnett is the superintendent of the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District.

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE: Basing district grades on STAAR test doesn’t add up

There is nothing fair to students or parents about using a one-time multiple-choice test to label schools and districts. I shared this message recently during a community forum. To support my statement, I have included below a math question from the 2018 Third Grade STAAR test that I also shared with community members. (more…)

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BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett

BCISD Message: Homecoming week, Hall of Honor nominations, and district objectives

Every so often, I will see a post on social media that says schools no longer require the Pledge of Allegiance for fear of offending someone. Actually, there are more states than not that require the Pledge of Allegiance be recited each day. (more…)

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Message from the Mayor is written by Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR: Burnet projects moving forward

The next Breakfast with the Mayor is 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Unshakable Grounds, 134 S. Main St. in Burnet. The public is invited to meet and discuss any issues they might have on their minds or to just chat about events going on in the city of Burnet. The free event is sponsored […]

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OUR TURN: We want to say thank you, goodbye and hello

For 18 years The River Cities Tribune has chronicled the lives of people in the Highland Lakes. You now hold in your hands the last print edition of the paper. It is with a true sense of sadness, but also accomplishment, that we at parent company Victory Publishing Co. Ltd. have decided to fold The […]

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OUR TURN: Put the brakes on texting while driving

There is absolutely no doubt that texting while driving is a terrible idea, but at the moment Texas lags behind most other states on an outright ban. On a more local level, though, the city of Meadowlakes is looking at a ban after a resident complained about a near-miss episode involving a distracted driver. He […]

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OUR TURN: Explore ties between two cities’ sports complexes

As city officials in Marble Falls debate the need for a future regional sports complex, they would be wise to remember their neighbors in Granite Shoals have already launched a similar venture. Planners in both cities might soon want to consider a closer relationship, which, in turn, will benefit the youth and other amateur teams […]

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OUR TURN: Talk About It a good strategy for student suicide prevention

The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District is implementing a technology-based system that could help save students’ lives in the future. Its success boils down to one question: Are the youth of BCISD ready to break a barrier of silence and do the right thing? The Talk About It system outlined by Superintendent Keith McBurnett during […]

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OUR TURN: Refrain from setting unnecessary fires in order to prevent a disaster

Don’t relax your guard just yet about outdoor burning because of the recent rains, drizzle and humid mornings. The Highland Lakes are still parched by a drought that started two years ago this month, which means the region remains a tinderbox. The fires that ravaged Bastrop and Spicewood, claiming lives and thousands of acres, only […]

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OUR TURN: Even now, newspapers are cornerstone of community

While the appearance, delivery and frequency of newspapers might be changing, our core mission of keeping readers informed about the community has not. It is true the newspaper industry has undergone some upheavals the past few years as technology has changed, advertising resources have shifted and readership has found new platforms. Yet the newspaper has […]

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OUR TURN: EDC’s business should be kept in the open

A recent meeting of the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. spent mostly behind closed doors seems to challenge the notion of open government. For the sake of future transparency, the EDC board should refrain from such practices. During the Sept. 5 session of this government-chartered body, which is funded through taxpayer dollars in the form […]

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OUR TURN: Power of the people alive in the Highland Lakes

Neighborhood activism still has a place in the Highland Lakes. The voices of the people continue to carry weight, even in this day of polls, opinion surveys, political action committees and slick public relations firms. That public participation is a good lesson for the national political parties to learn. And local politicians should be listening, […]

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OUR TURN: Let public have a say in Marble Falls slogan

Sometimes solutions are closer than you think. You just have to look next door to neighbors and friends. Take, for example, the public-relations campaign by Austin-based marketing and advertising firm Door No. 3, which created a slogan designed to lure travelers to Marble Falls to spend their hard-earned bucks. The slogan? “Marble Falls, Texas, in […]

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OUR TURN: New sign rules in Horseshoe Bay worth a look

There is no question Horseshoe Bay officials have worked hard to maintain that city’s innate charm, but mounting calls to update its sign ordinances are worth a look. Surely the old guard who wish to preserve the city’s retro feel can reach some kind of compromise with the Horseshoe Bay Business Alliance, which wants to […]

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OUR TURN: Marble Falls needs awareness campaign for proposals

One thing seems sure — the city of Marble Falls needs to do a better job of educating the populace before holding a town hall meeting next month to discuss sweeping changes to nuisance and property ordinances. Perhaps more than any other issue in recent history, these changes have become divisive elements in the community, […]

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OUR TURN: Commissioners Court needs clarity on assistance procedures

The time has come for the Burnet County Commissioners Court to rethink its policy on helping some private groups by using taxpayer-funded services. If nothing else, it could save them from legal challenges in the future. A recent authorization that allowed a county work crew to deliver base material to a property owners association for […]

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OUR TURN: Voters have a chance to influence Marble Falls ISD tax rate

Marble Falls school patrons have a chance to influence a vital taxation issue next weekend, but they have to get to the ballot box. That means researching the issue, talking to School Board officials, reading news reports, weighing the options and physically getting down to the polls. Late summer isn’t really the time when most […]

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OUR TURN: Police group has lofty goals, but temper with justice

A new coalition of area police agencies that plans to work more closely with the incoming district attorney and a state district judge seems like a good idea — so long as the rights of the accused are balanced in the mix. The recent victory of Wiley B. “Sonny” McAfee in the Republican runoff has […]

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OUR TURN: Leo Manzano proof the American dream is alive and well

No matter how history assesses his performance at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, one thing is for sure: Leonel “Leo” Manzano is already a victor to the people of the Highland Lakes. One of the world’s fastest runners in the 1,500-meters, this young man from Granite Shoals is proof the America dream is alive and […]

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OUR TURN: Next district attorney has plenty of challenges

On Tuesday, voters head to the polls to decide one of the most pivotal runoff races in the Highland Lakes — the election of a new district attorney. After nearly three decades in office, Republican Sam Oatman decided not to run again for the job as top prosecutor of the 33rd/424th Judicial Districts, which cover […]

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OUR TURN: Marble Falls museum deserves help saving city’s history

The noted Irish statesman Edmund Burke once said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” The value of those words, though uttered in the 18th century, still holds true today whether the scope is local, national or global. Burke’s warning is why a recent entreaty for donations from the Falls on the […]

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OUR TURN: Rules for yards should focus on health, safety

The city of Marble Falls is considering sweeping changes to an ordinance that dictates how the outside of your property must look. Based on an initial discussion held during a City Council meeting July 3, some of the measures make sense, but others seem heavy-handed. The underlying need for any of these changes, if they […]

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OUR TURN: Expanding Lakeside Pavilion is way to make Marble Falls a destination hub

As Marble Falls leaders pursue several ideas simultaneously to make the city a destination hub to generate more revenue for local coffers, it seems clear one project should be the priority: Turn Lakeside Pavilion into a true convention center and create an economic identity for the town that promotes both commerce and tourism. This idea […]

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OUR TURN: MFISD needs to educate the public on tax vote

Rob O’Connor has a lot of explaining to do. And that’s not a bad thing, if the Marble Falls Independent School District superintendent wants the public to support his proposed “tax shift,” which could go to voters in late August provided the School Board approves it first. The most important thing to remember, O’Connor says, […]

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OUR TURN: A champion of MFalls, ‘Griff’ hard to replace

Marble Falls won’t see the likes of Clyde “Griff” Griffin again for a long time, if ever. The businessman, entrepreneur and community activist — not to mention husband, father and grandfather — did so much for Marble Falls that it will be hard to find anyone today who can match his legacy of service. Many […]

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OUR TURN: Let’s return civility to politics

Observers of the human condition noted long ago that politics can be a dirty business. But it doesn’t have to be so. Sadly, that message seems to have gotten lost during the recent campaigns for various elected offices. The distasteful rhetoric and negative messages only seemed to increase the closer the candidates got to the […]

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OUR TURN: It’s time Marble Falls EDC got back on track

The Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. began the start of a promising journey a few months ago, but now seems to have taken a wrong turn. Last summer,  everyone felt a sense of expectancy after the EDC board appointed Christian Fletcher as the new executive director. And why not? The EDC is a publicly funded […]

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