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Wed
19
Jul

Herbert injured in Marble Falls Rodeo

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

During the Saddle Bronc Riding at this past weekend’s Marble Falls Rodeo, contestant Bill Herbert suffered sever injuries when he flipped off the bucking horse, landing on his head.

Upon landing, Herbert’s neck twisted and was shoved forward causing his neck to break at the C3 and C4 vertebras, said a go fund me account set up in Herbert’s name by Rachel Biagini.

Herbert also sustained a torn and occluded artery going to the right side of his brain from the fall, said his wife Pauline Reese-Herbert.

“He actually got up and walked away from the fall,” said Reese.

Reese, reaching out to all family and friends took to Facebook on Sunday, July 16, informed them Herbert was transported by ambulance to the Temple Trauma Center, where doctors stated that he would more than likely have to go through surgeries in order to fuse the two vertebras together.

Fri
14
Jul

Gilmore named new BCISD director of human resources

 

Michele Gilmore

 

Michele Gilmore has been named the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District's new director of human resources.

Gimore will take over July 31 for Contessa Huffman, who is leaving the district after five years to take the position of executive director of human resources at Leander ISD.

“We are excited to have someone with Michele's experience joining our team,” said superintendent Keith McBurnett. “Michele is a proven leader who will focus on continuous improvement for the human resources department and the district.

“Contessa developed many of the human resource systems and processes that we will use for years to come. We are a better district today because of Contessa’s contributions and we wish her well in her transition to Leander ISD.” 

Gilmore has more than 10 years experience in human resources for Killeen ISD. Prior to working in human resources, Gilmore was a teacher, campus instructional specialist and assistant principal.

Fri
14
Jul

Cameras roll at Fort Croghan

RICHARD ZOWIE/THE HIGHLANDER

After a career as a child actor, Chase Parker grew up in Houston and is now carving out a career as a writer and director. He shot most of his newest film, “American Fishtrap,” in Burnet, this past week. 

 

By Richard Zowie

Highland Lakes Newspapers

Perhaps it’s not so unusual at Fort Croghan to see people dressed in mid-19th century attire, even in the sweltering Texas summer heat.

It might be unusual, though, to see people in such anachronistic attire while standing next to modern-day cameras, boom mikes, lights and other filmmaking equipment.

Led by actor and filmmaker Chase Parker, a crew of actors, actresses and those who work behind the camera spent the second week in July in Burnet to film scenes for an upcoming western film, “American Fishtrap.”

Parker said the film takes place the day after the Civil War ends, when two brothers-in-law return home to learn that their wife and sister-in-law has been kidnapped.

Fri
07
Jul

BHS Class of 2014 grad killed in Milam County accident

Brian Bullock

A Burnet High School graduate attending Texas A&M University was killed on the Fourth of July in a two-vehicle accident and car fire near Gause in Milam County.

Brian Bullock, 21, of Burnet, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 10:20 p.m. Tuesday accident, which happened on US 79. The driver of the other vehicle, Melodie Jones, 20, of Milano, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, the Milam County Sheriff's Department and the Gause and Milano Volunteer Fire Departments were called to the scene.

Bullock was a 2014 graduate of Burnet High School and a senior engineering student at Texas A&M University in College Station. He is the son of Dan and Lisa Bullock of Burnet.

Thu
06
Jul

Gov. Abbott issues call to stand with Texas law enforcement

On July 7, 2016, a heavily-armed military veteran gunned down Dallas police officers, leaving five dead: Brent Thompson, Lorne Ahrens, Michael J. Smith, Michael Krol, and Patrick Zamarripa. It was the deadliest attack on U.S. law enforcement since 9/11.

AUSTIN – To mark the one-year anniversary of the attack on Dallas law enforcement, and in honor of all peace officers across Texas, Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statewide call to stand with law enforcement in Texas. Governor Abbott is asking all Texas law enforcement officers to turn on their red and blue lights for one-minute on Friday, July 7th, at 10:00 a.m.

Additionally, tomorrow morning, Governor Abbott will be attending and speaking at the funeral of San Antonio Police Officer Miguel Moreno, who was shot and killed in the line of duty last week.

“Respect for our law enforcement officials must be restored in this nation,” said Governor Abbott. “It is our officers who stand between us and all that threatens, and we must stand behind them by sending a clear message that attacks on our men and women in blue will not be tolerated. I ask that all Texans come together to show our appreciation for those who keep us safe.”

Thu
06
Jul

Bertram PD lucky in face of 'series of unfortunate events'

 

 

 

 

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Bertram PD suffers 'series of unfortuante events'

By Lew K. Cohn and Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

A Bertram police officer is recovering from injuries suffered when his patrol vehicle was hit during a traffic stop on Texas 29 Saturday night and another escaped injury on the same highway Tuesday night in another rear-end accident that led to the arrest of a Bertram woman.

Patrol officer James Threadgill was treated and later released from the emergency room at a Williamson County hospital, according to Bertram Police Chief J.J Wilson, who said Threadgill continues to recover but the patrol car is a loss.

“Last night around 7 p.m., officer James Brown was on routine patrol when here comes a ... lady in a four-wheel drive pickup,” said Wilson. “The damage was not as extensive. She tried to apply the breaks but slammed into him.”

Unlike Threadgill, Brown had no apparent injuries on Tuesday.

Thu
06
Jul

Comal County officer was July 4 pedestrian victim in Marble Falls

Contributed/Comal County Sheriff's Office

The Comal County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of Cynthia Young, pictured here in her official photo as a corrections officer. She was the victim in the pedestrian fatality following the Marble Falls Community Fireworks event in Lakeside Park July 4.

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

The exhilaration of the Marble Falls Community Fire Works show was shattered at about 10:20 p.m. last night, Tuesday, July 4, when a pedestrian, Cynthia Lee Young, 60, of Spring Branch, was struck and killed as she was leaving the event.

It has since been learned that young was a corrections officer with the Comal County Sheriff's Office (CCSO).

As Young and her family left Lakeside Park through Falls Creek Park area, she was struck by an eastbound pickup on Yett Street at the intersection with Main Street. Her family crossed the street safely.

Wed
05
Jul

Pedestrian fatality mars Marble Falls 4th

Thomas Pfeifer Jr. of Cottonwood Shores was identified as the driver that struck the pedestrian.

The exhilaration of the Marble Falls Community Fireworks show was shattered at about 10:20 p.m. last night when a pedestrian was struck and killed as she was leaving the event.

The following alert was issued at 3 a.m. by the Marble Falls Police Deparment:

On the evening of July 4th at approximately 10:50 p.m., a pedestrian was struck in the intersection of Main and Yett streets in Marble Falls. Witnesses notified first responders who were still at the Lakeside Park boat ramp due to the fireworks show. Cynthia Lee Young, 60, of Spring Branch, Texas was struck by a 2013 Dodge pick-up driven by 33 year old Thomas Pfeifer Jr. of Cottonwood Shores, Texas. Young was transported by helicopter to Dell Seton Hospital in Austin where she later died from her injuries.

Wed
28
Jun

'High' flyer grounded by Homeland Security cops guilty plea

Wayne Brunet

In March, Wayne Douglas Brunet was forced to land his plane at the Llano Municipal Airport by Department of Homeland Security agents. Soon, the 64-year-old may land in federal prison for up to 20 years after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute between 50 to 100 kilograms of hydroponic marijuana.

Brunet made his plea Wednesday, announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, San Antonio Division.

Wed
28
Jun

Commissioners institute burn ban

Glynis Crawford Smith/Highland Lakes Newspapers

The retirement of Vickie Kay Kanewske as County Court at Law court reporter is recognized at at the Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday, June 27. Pictured, following a proclamation recognizing her work here since 2007, are, from left, Kanewske's husband Jim; her daughter, Jolene Bock, with grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Ivy Bock; Kanewske; County Judge James Oakley and Court-at-Law Judge Linda Bayless.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

A ban on outdoor burning was instituted by the Burnet County Commissioners Court Tuesday morning, June 27.

Members seriously debated whether to take the action before making their decision to institute the ban.

Most of the county has just seen a quarter to a half inch of rain,” said said Herb Darling, director of Burnet County Environmental Services. “I am aware of two projects that may need to burn. Once we put a ban in effect, I'd expect it to be in until the fall.”

“I think it is time,” said Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, whose Precinct 4, has has had some of the lightest rainfall. “The next two weeks are predicted to be hotter than normal and drier than normal. It is not the time of year to be burning anyway.”

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