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Wed
25
Apr

Early voting underway in local elections

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Early voting in the Saturday, May 5, local elections has begun in Burnet and Llano counties and eligible voters will have extended hours to cast their early ballot both this week and next.

In Burnet County, early voting takes place at the Burnet County Courthouse, 220 S. Pierce, Burnet, and at the Courthouse South Annex, 810 Steve Hawkins Parkway, Marble Falls, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 24; Wednesday, April 26; Friday, April 27; and Tuesday, May 1.

Extended voting hours will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and Monday, April 30, in both locations. Early voting ends May 1.

Wed
25
Apr

Head Start helps put children on right track

Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet County representative Lynore Sanford and Head Start students take a break in the day's activities for a photo op with H-E-Buddy and Sub Dude during the campus' Highlighting Head Start event on Thurs., April 19.

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Children need a level of care that ensures their development is on the right track. While their parents are at work, young children are often placed in the loving arms of the teachers at childcare centers, where they have the opportunity to build social, emotional, and motor skills.

The Head Start program was created over 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson, to ensure low-income families would be able to utilize a program that helps meet children's educational, developmental, and emotional needs free of financial worries.

The Burnet Head Start, which traces its ties to Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties, has made it their mission to help children and their parents navigate their way through the important stages of life.

Wed
25
Apr

Entegris breaks ground on expansion

Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley is invited to “break ground” with Entegris administration at the company's groundbreaking ceremony on Tues., April 17. Pictured left to right: Bromley, Jim Giolitto, EM-Advanced Deposition Materials Vice President; Bertrand Loy, Entegris CEO; Stacey Moore, Burnet Director of Manufacturing/Operations; Mark Jones, Burnet Engineering Director II; Alfonso Varela, Senior Program Manager/Document Control.

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Tues., April 17 was an exciting day for the employees and administration of the Burnet branch of Entegris, a global chemical manufacturing company. The facility, which has been a fixture of Burnet since 2001, celebrated a coming expansion at a groundbreaking ceremony and luncheon highlighting a step towards new, progressive opportunities among the company.

The expansion will add more surface area to the facility, providing for growth in the Advanced Deposition Materials business due to added laboratories and equipment, enabling the company to produce more ADM and expand research and development opportunities.

Entegris' Burnet location is part of a global chemical manufacturing company that creates a variety of products, including materials for the development of chips for smart phones, vehicles, and artificial intelligence systems.

Wed
25
Apr

Buchanan VFD to host annual fish fry Sat., April 28

Fish, friends, and fun! That's what visitors will get when they show up to the Buchanan Dam VFD's annual fish fry on Sat., April 28.

The Buchanan Dam VFD will be serving fried fish to the public, as a way to give back to the community that backs them up every day.

“The fish fry gives us an opportunity to sit down and visit with people, and get to know our neighbor,” said Buchanan Dam VFD Chief Chad Mitchell. “We typically see them when it's the worst day of their life, so this is a chance for us to see them in a friendlier, more relaxed setting.”

Mitchell has been working for the VFD for five years, and enjoys taking the time to get to know the community a little more each year.

“I try to get out there and talk with folks, tell them 'thank you' and that we appreciate them,” Mitchell said. “Without their support, we wouldn't be able to do what we do.”

Wed
25
Apr

Drug Take Back Day is Sat., April 28

This Sat., April 28, Lakes Area Health Mart and the Burnet County Sheriff's Office are recognizing the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by offering their facilities as drop-off locations.

Citizens may bring in their old medications to either location to ensure they are properly and safely disposed of.

The Burnet County Sheriff's Office, located at 1601 E. Polk St., Burnet, will be taking in prescriptions from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m on Sat., April 28. Lakes Area Health Mart, located at 608 Buchanan Dr., Burnet, will be open 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

Wed
18
Apr

Kingsland man convicted for Indecency with a Child

A Kingsland man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for Indecency with a Child.

On April 12, Robert Corporon was found guilty of two counts of Indecency with a Child. His punishment was assessed at 12 years on one count, and 15 years on the other.

After presiding over the trial and hearing all the evidence, 424th District Judge Evan Stubbs “stacked” the punishment for sentences to run consecutively. The punishment range for each count was between 2 years to 20 years in prison.

The victim in the case was an eight-year-old girl from Colorado, who was visiting her family at the Corporon residence in Kingsland in the summer of 2016.

According to a summary from District Attorney Sonny McAfee, the girl told her mother had been “putting his hands in her pants” while she was getting ready for bed. The girl’s mother immediately contacted law enforcement and an investigation was conducted.

Mon
09
Apr

Burnet County revenue well 'in the black'

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners could be excused for believing County Auditor Karen Hardin has a crystal ball which helps her accurately predict the county's fiscal needs.

Hardin told the Commissioners Court at their March 27 meeting that county general fund revenues should come in at about $31,000 more than what was projected for fiscal year 2018 — a difference of a miniscule 0.15 percent.

“It is very difficult to get that close, though we try to do it every year, and we usually end up within 2 to 3 percent of what we have budgeted,” Hardin said.

Some of the additional revenue is coming from increases in septic tank and flood plain permits being issued as well as increased motor vehicle registration collections.

Hardin said due to Senate Bill 1913, she also budgeted an expected reduction of $330,000 in fines and fees and it appears the numbers will be close to that amount.

Mon
09
Apr

Llano County investigating skeletal remains

By Richard Zowie

Burnet Bulletin

The Llano County Sheriff's Office said it could take months to get answers on skeletal remains found April 1 on a large ranch in the western section of the county.

Sheriff Bill Blackburn of Llano County said a family member of the ranch owner discovered the skeletal remains while riding around on a remote area of the property on an ATV.

“It's definitely not an archeological find, and we won't rule on a cause of death until we get forensic results back from Texas State University,” Blackburn said. “We'll then send DNA results to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) at the University of North Texas in hopes of getting a positive identification.”

Mon
09
Apr

Llano School Land solar project likely

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano County commissioners took what Precinct 4 Commissioer Jerry Don Moss called “an important step” Monday when they endorsed a proposal for New Braunfels Utilities to buy electricity from the Big Dog Solar Project.

Tue
03
Apr

BCISD accepting transfer requests

BCISD is now accepting requests for out of district and intra-district transfers. The window for transfer requests is open from Mon., April 2 to Mon., April 30. To find the application form, visit www.burnetcisd.net. Any questions may be directed to Sharon Schwartz at sschwartz@burnetcisd.net

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