Government

Fri
27
Dec

County sells land next to north annex

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By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County stands to make about $40,154 from selling just under an acre of land next to the Burnet County north annex to a neighboring landowner, Vinton Stanfield of Premium Landscape Supply Company.

Fri
27
Dec

County chairs spar over electronic voting machines

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Contributed/Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune
An election judge in South Texas tests a Hart Intercivic eSlate voting machine during the November 2016 general election.

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The chairs of Burnet County's two political parties expressed differing opinions over the need for new election equipment Thursday, Dec. 19, during a Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting.

Wed
11
Dec

2020 candidates fill election ballot

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By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The Burnet County Republican Party primary has gotten a little more interesting after a second candidate signed up to run for Precinct 3 commissioner.

Marble Falls City Councilmember William “Dee” Haddock will now square off against incumbent Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall in the Tuesday, March 3, 2020, GOP primary.

Meanwhile, two more people have entered the race for the Llano County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace. Incumbent Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Debra (Deb) Edwards of Kingsland, who was appointed earlier this year to serve out the unexpired term of Era Marion, has filed to run for the office and will face a GOP primary challenge from police officer Dwayne Young Sr., deputy clerk Dorothy “Dot” Wooten, and retiree Jack Derington, all of Kingsland.

Wed
27
Nov

Coffee Talk

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Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

Members of the community joined the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, City of Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley, and County Judge James Oakley at a Breakfast with the Chamber event held at Unshakeable Grounds Thursday, Nov. 21. During the meet-up, Bromley and Oakley discussed happenings in the City and County with their citizens in a friendly environment, in which they enjoyed complimentary coffee and breakfast items.

Wed
28
Aug

McAfee receives TP&W award

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Texas Parks and Wildlife has named 33rd/424th Judicial Districts District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee the 2019 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Prosecutor of the Year. He received the honor for his work prosecuting natural and cultural resource violations and environmental crimes in the state. Pictured, from left, are: TP&W Commissioner Reed Morian, McAfee, his wife Jill McAfee, TP&W Colonel Grahame Jones and TP&W Executive Director Carter Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

A local prosecutor has received a top award for his work in high-profile investigations involving Texas Parks and Wildlife.

The state entity recognized District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee by naming him winner of the 2019 TPWD Prosecutor of the Year Award, “for his work prosecuting natural and cultural resource violations and environmental crimes in the state.”

McAfee is the district attorney for the 33rd/424th Judicial District which encompass Blanco, Burnet, Llano and San Saba Counties.

“McAfee has been instrumental in the prosecution of a variety of high-profile cases involving both the Texas game wardens and the Texas State Park police officers,” according to a press statement.

Wed
13
Mar

BCHC service awards

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Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin

 

Members of the Burnet County Historical Commission announced their Annual Service Awards March 12 at the Burnet County Commissioners meeting. They posthumously awarded Ina Cooper as the 2017 recipient. For 2018, the Iron Bridge Committee was named a collective recipient due to their efforts in preserving historic iron bridges in Joppa. Committee members are as follows: Rachel Bryson, Lynda French, Al Downing, Carolyn Smith, JoAnn Myers, Polly Krenek, Lela Goar, Carolyn Liles, Millie Williams, Delbert Cain, Pam Leonard, Connie and Cooper Stuteville, Bonnie and Donald Fawcett, Christy and Tom Stephens, Keith McBurnett, Betty Cheney and Maude Cain.

Tue
14
Nov

Office of Special Council Closes Case Against Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) on Tuesday, Nov. 14, closed a case over allegations of health and safety violations at a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fish hatchery at Inks Lake near Burnet.

Concerns brought forward by a whistleblower, who chose to remain anonymous, generally were substantiated by a Department of the Interior Office of the Inspector General investigation initiated by OSC’s referral.

The case resulted in a department-wide memo reiterating the importance of safety and training when using chemicals and pesticides and a separate asbestos abatement investigation.

“I am encouraged by the agency’s continued focus on the remediation of asbestos-containing materials and, most importantly, the health of its employees,” Special Counsel Henry J. Kerner wrote to President Trump of the Department of the Interior’s review of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concerns.

Wed
23
Aug

Williams touts Jump Start America plan

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From left, state Rep. Terry Wilson, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, Congressman Roger Williams, state Sen. Dawn Buckingham, Burnet County Republican Party chairman Donna Wilcox and Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd attended the Monthly Leadership meeting, hosted by Oakley.

 

 

 

 

By Jenn Robison

Burnet Bulletin

Congressman Roger Williams told Burnet County elected officials Thursday, Aug. 17, he wants to see Congress enact tax reform that would help their constituents where they need it most — by putting money back in their pockets.

Williams met with Burnet County elected officials at the Highlander restaurant in Burnet to discuss several important issues.

“We've got the highest tax rate in the world and we wonder why jobs leave here, people leave here and they don't come back and so forth,” Williams said. “It's because were not competitive at all.

“The greatest asset we have is not America, it's Americans. It's Main Street America; it's moms and dads, it's grandpas and grandmas. People that go to work like us everyday, trying to get their kids to school, trying to make that car payment, trying to make that house payment and it is tough, so we've got to get competitive.”

Wed
08
Mar

Buckingham praises Senate work during first two months

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor The Highlander

Wed
08
Feb

State Rep. Terry Wilson briefs locals on Legislature

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State Rep. Terry Wilson (R-Granite Shoals) recently met with local constituents Craig Magerkurth, Wade Whiteside, Frank Reilly, Brandon Ross and Mike Hall over coffee to provide an update on the 85th Texas Legislature. Wilson took office on Jan. 10 and represents District 20, covering Burnet, Milam, and part of Williamson counties. Rep. Wilson discussed his staff hires for his capitol and district offices, noting that he has brought on two seasoned legislative staffers, Jeff Frazier, his chief of staff, and Michele Samuelson, his district director. Wilson also explained the constitutional and Texas House Rules that govern the movement of legislation, adding that because of those rules, the House sees very little floor action in the first 60 days of the session. He has been spending his time learning procedures, studying issues and legislation, and meeting with constituents.

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