Commissioners look to keep out landfills

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners agreed informally on Dec. 1 to establish a committee to draft an ordinance prohibiting solid waste disposal in the county.

The committee will be comprised of Development Services Director Herb Darling, Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr. and County Attorney Eddie Arredondo.

“This order would give us the ability, if a company comes in to purchase a tract of land, to prohibit them from putting in a landfill or put a stop to things if an outside company wants to dispose of hazardous waste in the county,” Darling said.


Cadets complete CTC Police Academy


The newest member of the Burnet County Sheriff’s Department, David Walenta, left, receives congratulations from fellow officers during the Central Texas College Police Academy graduation ceremony.

The Central Texas College (CTC) Police Academy held a graduation ceremony Saturday, Dec. 2, for 24 cadets completing the Basic Peace Officer course.

All graduates passed the state licensing exam prior to graduation with an average score of 87 percent and are now eligible to become peace officers in Texas. The class average for the entire course was 92 percent. At the start of the course, only nine of the 24 cadets were sponsored by a law enforcement agency. By graduation all but six cadets were hired by local agencies and those six are currently in the process of being hired.


Read the TCEQ Response to Comments on Asphalt Inc. in their entirety

As a service to our readers, we have loaded the TCEQ Response to Comments regarding Asphalt Inc.'s air quality permit 148112 on our website in its entirety. This is available for free as an e-edition to our readers. This is the official 58-page TCEQ response to public comments made about the air quality permit for the proposed rock crushing plant to be located south of Marble Falls off US 281.

To read the document, go to and click on "TCEQ RESPONSE TO COMMENTS ON ASPHALT INC."


Wintry Mix Likely for Hill Country Wednesday afternoon-Thursday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a Wintry Precipitation alert---That's snow folks.

The percipitation is expected for portions of the Hill Country and the southern Edwards Plateau Wednesday afternoon through early Thursday morning.

Area of Concern:

Hill Country and the southern Edwards Plateau

Threats & Impacts:

Rain/Snow Mix: A mix of rain and snow is likely Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning across the Hill Country and southern Edwards Plateau, primarily north and west of a Comstock to Comfort to Georgetown line.


Former St. Louis Cardinal football player, Llano High School coach Gray dies

By Richard Zowie

Burnet Bulletin

Kenneth Don Gray, a lifelong Hill Country resident whose career included NFL football, teaching and then coaching at both the high school and professional levels, died Nov. 25 in Round Rock.

The former St. Louis Cardinal football player was 81.

Gray was born March 10, 1936 to Lewis and Estelle Gray in San Saba. In 1954, he graduated from Llano High School in 1954 and married Shirley Jean Barber in Cherokee on May 24, 1952.

At Howard Payne University, where he went from 1954-1957, Gray played football and earned All Lone Star Conference accolades and was named to the Little All-American Team.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history, Gray went on to be a sixth round draft pick in the NFL by the Green Bay Packers in 1958.


Llano Commissioners approve solar power agreement

By Phil Reynolds

Buirnet Bulletin

Llano County Commissioners have approved an agreement that would let a development company investigate the possibility of solar power generation on Llano ISD school lands in Tom Green County.

The commissioners took the action after an hour-long meeting behind closed doors Monday, Nov. 20. The agreement is in principle, said County Judge Mary Cunningham, but she said details still have to be worked out. Cunningham declined to reveal prices, referring questions to the Llano County Attorney’s office. That office hadn’t returned phone calls as of press time Tuesday.

The agreement follows an original proposal from E.ON back in April, when commissioners discussed prices of $30 per acre per month during engineering and development and $300 a month per acre after the solar farm begins generating electricity.


BCSO continues investigation of road rage shooting incident

By Managing Editor Lew Cohn, Sports Editor Richard Zowie and Glynis Crawford Smith

The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Criminal Investigation Division is welcoming information about the Thursday night road rage incident on Ranch to Market Road 1431 in which an Austin Police Department (APD) rescued family and wounded their assailant.

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said the incident appears to have stemmed from a road-rage situation which occurred in the 1200 block of RM 1431 west of RM 1174 and about eight miles east of Marble Falls at around 10 p.m. Thursday.

“At 10:11 PM, the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding shots fired involving an off-duty Austin Police Department officer,” said a press release from Boyd Friday morning.

As the yet-unidentified officer was traveling home, he came upon a man exiting a red Camero and pointing a gun at another vehicle, occupied by a family of three.


Bertram PD bids Bock farewell, welcomes new K-9 officer

Marcie Masterson/Bertram Enterprise

R.I.P. Ofcr. Bock. The Bertram Police Department’s K-9 died last week, due to cancer. 'Bock served Bertram until his last day of life,' said Bertram PD Chief JJ Wilson. “He was faithful ‘til the end.'

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Burnet Bulletin

Bock, the loyal K-9 of the Bertram Police Department (BPD) was laid to rest recently and the department is falling into step with his successor, Max.

“Bock had cancer,” said BPD Chief James “JJ” Wilson. “He was losing weight. We had been to the vet and dried different diets but he wasn't getting better.”

It was veterinarian Dan McBride in Burnet who made the final diagnosis.

“He even tried surgery to save Bock,” said Wilson. “Bock was very sick and only had days left. So, after eight years of loyal service, we had to put him down.”

Two of Bock's years of service were with the BPD. Like his successor, Max, he came into law enforcement from the military.

“He had served with Williamson, Travis and Bexar County departments,” said Wilson. “He was perfect for narcotics. He found lots of narcotics and even money on the job.”


Gatesville suspension overturned within hours

By Wayne Craig
Burnet Bulletin

Some disturbing facts were brought to light Friday morning in a special called District 13-4A Executive Committee (DEC) meeting held in Lampasas to deal with allegations against students from one member high school.

In July, six current Gatesville High School football players admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs while taking part in summer workouts at the high school.

The drugs reportedly were administered through multiple injections and were supplied by a coach and parent at a cost of $100 to the players. An unnamed concerned citizen of Gatesville brought the allegations to light and the players admitted their part in taking the drugs, which are used to improve athletic performance.

Since that time, the coach has resigned his position and the parent involved is being prosecuted.


PEC names Parsley new chief executive, promotes Dauterive

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) Board of Directors on Thursday, Oct. 26, selected Julie Parsley to lead the nation’s largest and fastest-growing distribution electric cooperative and advanced Eddie Dauterive to chief of operations.

Parsley is a former partner of Parsley Coffin Renner, a law firm specializing in utility regulations.


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