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Lord's Acre Festival at First United Methodist Church
Oct 18, 2015   02:00 PM

The First United Methodist Church of Ballinger will host the annual Lord's Acre Festival on Sunday (October 18) at the church, located at 1501 North Broadway in Ballinger.  The barbecue brisket and sausage meal will be served dine in or carry out from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  All dine-in and take out plates are $10.00 each, with dine-in only plates for children $5.00 each.  The silent auction begins at 10:00 AM.  The live auction will begin at 12:30 PM.  Other activities include a country store, Christmas store, the Friends in Stitches will have items for sale.  Children's activities include a Children's Fair with a petting zoo and horse rides starting at 11:00 AM.  The nursery will be available.  Everyone is invited to attend and spend a great day at the Lord's Acre Festival at the First United Methodist Church of Ballinger.  

Mid-West Texas Artists Guild Show Membership
Oct 20, 2015   11:00 PM

The Mid-West Texas Artists Guild is seeking new members.  For a limited time, the Mid-West Texas Artists Guild is offering discounted membership dues for just $50.00 per person.  This discounted rate includes the member in all aspects of the guild, including voting privileges, meetings, the annual art show at the member's fee, the Hunter's Dinner, and the annual art camp.  There are many other community activities annually in which the guild participates.  To obtain further information or to join, contact Queba at 365-3770 or Shirley at 754-4216.

Outdoor Burn Ban in Effect in Runnels County
Oct 30, 2015   11:00 PM

Runnels County Commissioners have authorized a burn ban for unincorporated areas of the county.  With some exceptions, all outdoor burning with an open flame is prohibited while a burn ban is in effect.  Household trash burning is allowed as well as burning for the betterment of public health and safety.  Outdoor cooking is allowed as long as the fire source is completely enclosed and no outside flame is allowed.  Any activity, such as welding operations, that may generate a flame or spark are required to have at least two people present and a ready source of water available to quickly extinguish any accidental fire that may be started as a result of the activity.  Anyone conducting burns within the requirements of the burning restrictions are also required to contact Runnels County Dispatch at 365-5961 as well as the respective fire department charged with fire protection duties in the area of the county where burning will occur.  Those conducting burns are also required to consider the weather conditions of the day as forecast by the National Weather Service.  Violations of the burn ban are punishable as a Class C Misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $500. 

The full text of the burn ban may be viewed online by following this link:  http://www.krunam.com/admin/articles/edit/4ff1bad5-cd04-4e87-b9d5-32850abbf82a

City of Ballinger Recycling Center Hours
Oct 31, 2015   06:00 PM

The City of Ballinger's Recycling Center, located at South 7th Street and Sealy Avenue, is open from 8:00 AM to noon on Monday.  Tuesday through Friday, the recycling center will be open from 8:00 AM to noon and from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.  Saturday, the recycling center will be open from 8:00 AM to noon. 

Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning
Nov 11, 2015   10:00 AM

WHEREAS, in accordance with Section 352.081 of the Local Government Code,
the Runnels County Commissioners Court has found that dry and windy conditions in the
unincorporated areas of Runnels County create a public safety hazard that would be
exacerbated by outdoor burning;

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED by the Commissioners Court of Runnels County that all
outdoor burning is prohibited in the unincorporated area of the county for 90 days from the
date of adoption of this Order, unless the restrictions are terminated earlier based on a
determination made by this Court. This Order is adopted pursuant to Local Government
Code Section 352.081, and other applicable statutes.

1. This Order does not prohibit outdoor burning for household trash or rubbish from
property that is both designed to be a private residence and used exclusively as a
private residence.

2. This Order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities related to public health and
safety that are authorized by the Texas Natural Resources Commission for: (1)
firefighter training; (2) public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations; (3)
planting or harvesting of agricultural crops; or (4) burns that are conducted by a
prescribed burn manager certified under Section 153.048, Natural Resources Code,
and meet the standards of Section 153.047, Natural Resources Code.

3. Any individual gainfully employed in a trade or profession that involves the use of
combustible materials or use of possible fire sources in the outdoor environment
directly related to the successful operation of the business’s goals and/or objectives
may continue to conduct business as usual utilizing the materials and/or potential
fire sources in the outdoor environment as they deem necessary; provided that the
individual shall take all necessary safety precautions to prevent the ignition of any
fire or fires that are not essential to the conducting of day to day business activities
and further provided that at least two persons are present and a ready source of
sufficient water is available to extinguish any fire caused by a spark from such

4. Outdoor cooking in barbeque pits will be allowed so long as the fire source for the
pit is completely enclosed. No outside flame is allowed. The barbeque pit shall not
be left unattended at any time while there are live coals or wood in the pit.

5. Citizens are advised to contact their local authorities including their sheriff’s office,
their county commissioner and their fire department.

6. Citizens must take into consideration the forecast according to the National Weather
Service Daily Report.

In accordance with Local Government Code Section 352.081(h), a violation of this
Order is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00.
ORDERED AND ADOPTED by the Commissioners Court of Runnels County,
Texas, on the 11th day of August, 2015.

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