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Wed
13
Sep

Grand jury indicts driver for intoxication manslaughter

A Cottonwood Shores man accused of striking and killing a pedestrian with his truck at Lakeside Park after the Fourth of July fireworks has been indicted on second-degree charges of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle as well as manslaughter and accident involving death.

Thomas Joseph Pfeifer Jr., 33, was indicted by a Burnet County grand jury on Wednesday, Sept. 5, and was taken into custody on Sunday, Sept. 10. He is set to be arraigned before Judge Allan Garrett at 9 a.m. Oct. 27. Pfeifer has hired local defense attorney Eddie Shell to represent him.

The community fireworks show had ended and people were walking to their vehicles from Lakeside Park in Marble Falls when, at about 10:20 p.m. July 4, Cynthia Lee Young, 60, of Spring Branch, was struck by an eastbound pickup on Yett Street at the intersection with Main Street. Her family managed to cross the street safely.

Wed
13
Sep

Hunger Awareness Month in Burnet County

The Burnet County Commissioners Court, joined by the Burnet County Hunger Alliance (BCHA), proclaimed September as Hunger Awareness Month during the Tuesday, Sept. 12 court meeting.

The BCHA is a volunteer group of food pantries, churches, school administrators, elected officials, area leaders and active citizens committed to ending hunger in Burnet County. The Alliance provides a forum to build relationships and communication for working together to comprehensively feed the hungry in Burnet County.

“We’ve had a busy first year creating our website with a calendar listing dates and times of operation for food pantries and community meals,” said group facilitator Chad Nelson. The calendars have been used by social service agencies, churches and were placed in the backpacks of children attending the Back to School Bash. The BCHA also provided volunteers to visit with parents during the Back to School Bash about food pantries and community meals in their area.

Wed
13
Sep

Llano County authorizes solar farm deal

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano schools stand to make nearly $2 million a month if a solar farm company accepts a proposal from Llano County commissioners.

Commissioners on Monday approved a deal with E.OM — a company out of Austin that would lease 7,000 acres of state school land for a solar farm for as much as $300 a month per acre once the farm is complete and operating.

The company hasn’t approved the deal yet, but Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Don Moss said he expects the company to sign the contract by Oct. 1.

If approved, E.OM would pay $30 per acre per month while it develops the solar farm, a period the company estimated during a presentation to commissioners in April would be between one and five years. The higher figure would kick in after the farm begins operations.

Moss said E.OM would probably begin with 1,500 acres and increase the farm in 1,500-acre increments until it reaches the 7,000-acre total.

Wed
13
Sep

Memorial 5K raises funds for Camp Agape

Camp Agape is for children grieving the loss of a loved one. A 5K memorial run is scheduled for Sept. 23 at 8 a.m. at Johnson Park in Marble Falls to raise awareness about next year’s camp.

The 2018 camp is scheduled for July 16-19 at Camp Buckner Retreat Center outside of Burnet. The memorial run fundraiser will allow children between the ages of 7-12 to attend Camp Agape at no cost to their families.

“Everyone who joins the 5K memorial run can be assured of their profound impact on a child’s life,” said Christen McVaney, the camp’s executive director. “Participation in the race will make it possible for precious children to attend Camp Agape where they no longer feel alone in their grief, giving them true hope for their future.”

Wed
13
Sep

Suzanne Johnson Endowment to hold fundraiser Saturday

Photo by Frank Shubert/Highland Lakes Newspapers 
Over 400 hundred friends family and community leaders attended the 5th Annual Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser Saturday at Log Country Cove in Burnet. Festivities included dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and music from Jack Johnson & Charlie Richards with the Austin Brothers Band. Cary Johnson, center, takes a moment from the busy evening to pose with (L-R) Traci Van Zandt, Kendall Farmer, Melinda Lovelace and Tara Rockafellow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Jenn Robison

Burnet Bulletin

The sixth annual Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment fundraiser promises to be another night not to miss, organizers said.

This year's event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Collins Rustic Ranch in Lampasas.

The event will include food and drinks, a silent and live auction, and dancing to live music by Ben Watson and Hired Guns, as well as a mariachi band.

This year's theme is “Mexican Fiesta,” and casual attire is appropriate.

“We're hoping to have another unforgettable night,” said Cary Johnson, founder of the endowment fund and president of First State Bank of Burnet. “We're going with a Mexican fiesta theme this year. There will be a mariachi band, photo booth, and a magician working table to table through out the night.

Wed
13
Sep

Burnet County adopts tax rate

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the same tax rate the county had last year — 0.3969, or 39.69 cents per $100 valuation — at Tuesday's regular court meeting at the Burnet County Courthouse.

Commissioners also voted unanimously to adopt a $37,634,576 budget for fiscal year 2018. The budget includes a last-minute increase of $1,400 for Veterans Service Officer Bill Worley after commissioners voted unanimously to increase his contractual pay from $13,000 to $14,400.

The 2018 tax rate includes a tax rate of .3149 or 31.49 cents for general fund expenditures; a tax rate of .0402 or 4.02 cents per $100 valuation for debt service and a tax rate of .0418 or 4.18 cents per $100 valuation for road and bridge expenditures.

Tue
12
Sep

DPS: If you see something, say something

In a counterpoint to remembrance observances yesterday, Sept. 11, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw issued a statement regarding vigilance to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

“On this day 16 years ago, terrorists launched cowardly attacks against our nation on Sept. 11, 2001. Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives as a result of the attack, including valiant first responders. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten. The families and friends of those who lost loved ones remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Wed
06
Sep

Flood fundraiser luncheon at Country Oaks Sunday

Country Oaks at Hamilton Creek Assisted Living residents that will be helping during the benefit. Front row, Oletha Sanchairs, Beverly Scifries, Charlene Slusser; Back row, Jayce Burcler, Jeannie Snowden, and Pat Quacle.

By Jennifer Robison

Burnet Bulletin

 

Please join Country Oaks Assisted Living, 407 West Jackson St., Burnet, on Sunday Sept. 10,for a hotdog lunch to benefit our fellow Texans on the coast and Houston area.

Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Donations will be accepted in cash or checks.

All proceeds will be given to Texas Baptists Men Organization.,texasbaptistmen.org

This charity is on the ground now and are doing incredible work! It is comprised of all retired volunteer men and women who do not receive compensation.

Please make checks out in advance to: Texas Baptist Men.

Invite your family, friends and neighbors help us help our fellow Texans!   

 

Wed
06
Sep

Airshow 2017 takes to the skies

Contributed
T-6 "TWISTED TEXAN" Piloted by Aaron Taylor

 

 

By Jennifer Robison

Burnet Bulletin

No plans this weekend? The Highland Lakes Squadron Commemorative Air Force can help with that!

This Saturday, Sept. 9, is the 26th anniversary of the Bluebonnet CAF Highland Lakes Airshow, sponsored by the City of Burnet, at the Burnet Municipal Airport. It will be full day of excitement with the gates opening at 9 a.m. for spectators to look at all the displays. The air show will begin at noon.

Historic planes scheduled to appear include the T-6 “Twisted Texan,” piloted by Aaron Taylor. This advanced training plane was instrumental in training virtually all of America's great World War II aviators. Taylor will provide a display of the aerobatic capability of the T-6 and perform all of the aerobatic maneuvers that would have been required of an advanced air cadet in the US Army Air Force of the 1940’s.

Wed
06
Sep

Harvey's impact reaches the Highland Lakes area

All state parks are open free of charge to people taking shelter from the storms in South Texas. The staff at Inks Lake State Park welcomes Hurricane Harvey refugees with smiles. They include, front from left, Crystal Kohanek, office manager; T.K. Laurendo, park host, and Kristen New: back, from left, Jasmine Scott, interpreter; Nichelle Hodge; Cory Evans, superintendent, and Shawn Greene, assistant manager.

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Estimates have more than 30,000 Texans seeking emergency shelter as the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey continues, but many are safe and dry in the Texas Hill Country.

Mission Marble Falls at St. Frederick Church geared up for a lunch Tuesday, Aug. 29, to welcome people fleeing the storm. Ann Sherman and Ron Farmer had traveled from Port Aransas.

“When they said Harvey would come as a Category 1, we were going to stay,” said Sherman. “Then they said Category 3 or maybe 4.

“Ron said we are going. We grabbed our cat, our records, our pictures and we got out in 45 minutes.”

A few people stayed behind and the couple said the news was disheartening.

“The roof is gone and the ceiling is on the floor,” he said.

Two groups of people from Sweeney who had never met were lunching in the St. Frederick dining room.

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