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Sun
15
Oct

Tobyville mining permit meeting set for Oct. 24

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Burnet Bulletin

A representative of the Tobyville Community northwest of Marble Falls attended the Marble Falls City Council meeting Tuesday night, Oct. 3, to make it clear that health and economic threats from rock and gravel mining and processing are not limited to the southern borders of the city.

The window of opportunity for comments on an air quality permit application from Collier Materials, Inc. for the Tobyville area is more narrow as for the Asphalt, Inc. permit being considered near Baylor Scott & White Hospital.

Wed
27
Sep

DKG Society announces Patsy's Legacy grants

The Alpha Chi chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which serves women educators of the Highland Lakes in Burnet and Llano counties, is proud to announce the recipients of the third annual Patsy's Legacy Project Grants.

Winners from Burnet Consolidated Independent School District, along with their projects, include:

* Cheryl Collie, Burnet Middle School, Classroom Marine Eco System

* Katherine Cox, Bertram Elementary, Little Brother/Little Sister Book Buddies

* Dianne Miller, Burnet Middle School, Out and About Club

* Sindra Salinas, Shady Grove Elementary, Sensory Gym

* Sherry Weisinger, Burnet High School, Content Mastery Class Project Center

Winners from Llano Independent School District and Llano area schools, along with their projects, include:

* Kayla Harned, Packsaddle Elementary, Fifth Grade Chapter Books

* Miranda Hill, Packsaddle Elementary, Alternative Seating

Wed
27
Sep

Main Street Bethlehem celebrating 25th anniversary

Contributed/Leslie Walzel
The wise men watch from outside the cave as Joseph and Mary swaddle baby Jesus during a previous performance of Main Street Bethlehem in Burnet. The event opens the first Friday in December.

 

 

 

By Jenn Robison

Burnet Bulletin

A Burnet icon — Main Street Bethlehem — has begun preparation for its 2017 annual production.

This is the 25th anniversary of the production. Main Street Bethlehem is a free admission, outdoor re-creation of how the birthplace village of Jesus Christ may have looked on that night more than 2,000 years ago.

If past years are a reliable guide, crowds of people will come to Burnet to walk through at their own pace, experiencing first-hand culture, animals, crafts, and beliefs that characterized that moment in history. If the weather permits, attendance is expected to be upwards of 25,000 people.

How it started

Wed
27
Sep

Western Counties radio gets $1.82 million upgrade

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously to accept $1.82 million from the Capital Area Council of Governments to upgrade the CAPCOG Western Counties Radio Interoperable Communications System used by Burnet, Blanco and Llano counties.

Commissioners also unanimously approved a contract with Motorola for upgrades to the 11 towers in the Western Counties system.

Burnet County Emergency Management Director Jim Barho told commissioners he, Marble Falls Police Chief Mark Whitacre, County Judge James Oakley and others have been working on trying to get this project complete for four years.

Upgrades to software used by the Greater Austin-Travis County Regional Radio System (GATRRS), which covers Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell and Lee counties, will go into effect at 2018 and the Western Counties would not be able to communicate with GATRRS without upgrading their towers.

Wed
27
Sep

Graeter will not seek re-election

Russell Graeter

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County Precinct 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter stunned his colleagues Tuesday morning when he announced he would not seek re-election to a fifth term next year.

Graeter made his announcement during public comments at the regular Commissioners Court meeting.

“County Judge (James Oakley), fellow commissioners, citizens of Burnet County and especially to my constituents of Precinct 2, it is with much consideration, mixed emotions and many prayers that I have decided to not seek re-election of Burnet County Commissioner Precinct 2,” Graeter said.

“As you have heard me say through the years, 'I love my job.' I have had the privilege of serving some amazing people. It has been very rewarding and many major accomplishments have been made during my four terms as your commissioner.”

Wed
27
Sep

Ace high: Pot pilot sentenced to prison

Brunet

 

 

 

 

A federal judge has pronounced sentence on the 65-year-old pilot who was forced down on March 20 at the Llano Municipal Airport and arrested with 15 duffel bags of marijuana.

Wayne Douglas Brunet of Austin was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute from 50-100 kilograms of marijuana. The announcement came at the conclusion of court proceedings on Friday, Sept. 22, from U.S. Attorney Richard L. Durbin Jr. and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, San Antonio Division.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ordered that Brunet pay a $5,000 fine and be placed on supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term. Judge Sparks also ordered that Brunet forfeit his 1969 Piper PA-30 Comanche aircraft, $5,400 in U.S. currency and approximately $3,000 worth of prepaid cards seized by law enforcement.

Wed
27
Sep

Llano County declines resolution against rock crushing plant

By Phil Reynolds

Special to the Bulletin

Llano County commissioners said Monday they sympathize with area residents who oppose a projected rock crushing plant south of Marble Falls. But, by a 3-2 vote, the commissioners declined to sign a resolution expressing that opposition and asking the Texas Environmental Quality Commission for a so-called “contested case hearing” on the matter.

The vote disappointed Precinct 1 Commissioner Peter Jones (Horseshoe Bay), who brought the resolution to commissioners, and County Judge Mary Cunningham, who argued that the resolution merely backed neighbors in Burnet County who are against the plant.

Both Jones and Cunningham voted in favor of the resolution.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Don Moss argued that Llano County has no standing in the case because the plant won’t be in Llano County. Moss voted “no” on the resolution.

Wed
27
Sep

Llano County institutes burn ban

By Phil Reynolds

Special to the Bulletin

Llano County is under a burn ban as of Monday, Sept. 25.

County commissioners agreed to the ban after county Emergency Management Coordinator Assistant Ron Anderson reported a poll of fire chiefs in the county showed them evenly split on whether the ban is needed. Anderson told commissioners the chiefs are looking for rainy weather headed this direction from the west coast.

However, commissioners agreed the county is dry at the moment and imposed the ban.

A recent vote of commissioners gave County Judge Mary Cunningham the authority to lift a ban between commissioners court meetings if she believes it’s warranted.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index, a widely-used index of wildfire danger, shows Llano County with an anveage index of 519, which is in the third-most-dangerous category. However, parts of the county show a KBDI of 628, well into the second-highest category.

Wed
27
Sep

Burnet County to host hazmat training exercise

The Burnet County Office of Emergency Managment will be conducting a large scale exercise involving a hazardous materials release. The tabletop drill will occur Friday, Oct. 6, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Burnet Community Center. The drill will be attended by first responders from the greater Burnet County area, as well as numerous state agencies. This exercise is being funded in part by a grant from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Advance notice is being issued to the community to ensure our citizens are aware of the event and to demonstrate the county's continued efforts promote training and emergency preparedness. 

For questions regarding this event, please contact Burnet County emergency management coordinator Jim Barho at 512-750-0507. 

Tue
26
Sep

Look Sharp: rains have arrived

Burnet County still is not in the target area for the heaviest rains over the next seven days, but with a mid-day downpour, the Highland Lakes clearly are heir to those "locally heavy rains" predicted this morning, Sept. 16.

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