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03
Apr

Rangers review body cam footage in Jacque shooting

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
Burnet Bulletin

Texas Rangers are reviewing body camera footage to piece together clues about an officer-involved shooting which resulted in the death of a 25-year-old Bertram man, behind the wheel of a car at a noise complaint call.

Brandon Michael Jacque, a 25-year-old father of one, died Wednesday, March 27, after being shot by three-year Burnet Police Sgt. Russell Butler.

According to the report, the incident unfolded around 1:35 a.m. that morning in the 300 block of South McNeil Street.

Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson said the investigation is being handled by the Texas Rangers in cooperation with the 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

“At this time we're trying to view the body camera that was on the officer to review step by step what was going on,” Nelson said. “That's what the Rangers will be doing in the investigation.

Wed
27
Mar

Burnet County submits Rainy Day wish list

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners on Wednesday, March 20, discussed a wish list of infrastructure projects the county will submit to a state representative whose bill would create a new grant program using the state's “Rainy Day Fund.”

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, the chairman of the House County Affairs Committee, has suggested using some of the Texas Economic Stabilization Fund — currently at $11.8 billion and growing — to create a grant program for county's to fund needed infrastructure improvement projects.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has predicted the Economic Stabilization Fund will grow by more than $3 billion over the next budget cycle and would reach a total of $15 billion if untouched during the next two years.

Wed
27
Mar

County gives $40K to help restoration

Savanna Gregg/Burnet BulletinBluebonnets have begun to bloom along the perimeter fence of the Burnet Municipal Airport, bringing back memories of the Burnet's beloved Douglas C-47 Skytrain named Bluebonnet Belle, as passersby notice American flags posted in salute to the nation's heroes. Behind the bluebonnets and flags, the A-7 undergoes a time-consuming sandblasting by crews from Texas Green Blast as they prepare the Burnet Airpot Static Display Restoration Project.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A project to restore the static airplane display at Burnet Municipal Airport got a big boost Tuesday, March 27, when the Burnet County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to fund $40,000 of the project through unclaimed Pedernales Electric Cooperative capital credits.

Texas Local Government Code Section 381.004 and Texas Property Code Section 74.602 authorize the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to allocate a portion of unclaimed electric cooperative capital credits back to the counties in the cooperative's service area. Funds may used for one of a limited number of purposes, including to promote or advertise the county and its vicinity or conduct a solicitation program to attract conventions, visitors and businesses. For 2019, the county can apply for up to $330,000 in capital credits from the Comptroller's Office.

Wed
27
Mar

Important information about Designer Purse Bingo

A map of Horseshoe Bay Resort

 

DATE & TIME:  Designer Purse Bingo, Saturday, March 30th from 12:00pm-5:00pm at the Horseshoe Bay Resort, 200 Hi Circle North, Horseshoe Bay, Texas.  

Check-In starts at 11:00am - Doors open and lunch is ready at 11:00am!

DIRECTIONS:  Once you get to the one-way rotunda, take a right onto Hi Circle North.  Follow the Designer Purse Bingo logo signs (above) for valet OR self-parking.

SELF-PARKING:  Upon taking a right onto Hi Circle North follow the Designer Purse Bingo logo signs for available guest parking lots.  Handicapped parking will be to your immediate left behind the hotel.

VALET PARKING:  Valet parking is at your cost and is available for $10 per day and $20 per night by pulling into the Horseshoe Bay Resort driveway.

Wed
27
Mar

Burnet police officer on leave after shooting driver

From staff reports

A man has died after being shot by a Burnet police officer, responding to a noise complaint call, officials said.

The incident was called into dispatchers 1:35 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the 300 block of South McNeil Street in Burnet.

In a press conference later that morning, Burnet Police Chief released details of the investigation, which is being handled by the Texas Rangers in cooperation with the 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Nelson said the officer, whose identity is pending, responded to the scene around 1:40 a.m. “in reference to a loud music call.”

“They approached a red car. At that time, the red car, the driver started backing up. The officer was giving verbal commands to stop,” he said. “The officer started retreating. At which time, the vehicle came forward towards the officer.

Thu
21
Mar

Burnet sales tax receipts up 17.42 percent

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

With the exception of Cottonwood Shores, sales tax distributions for Burnet County municipalities were up for the month of March and four jurisdictions saw double digit growth from the same time last year, including Burnet, which saw sales tax receipts jump by more than 17 percent.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $711.7 million in local sales tax allocations for March, 6.1 percent more than in March 2018. These allocations are based on sales made in January by businesses that report tax monthly.

Burnet saw an increase of 17.42 percent in the month of March 2019 as the county seat received $182,651.14 in distributions from the Texas Comptroller's office — up from the $155,549.11 received in March 2018. For the year, tax collections are up 6.37 percent from $539,690.20 to $574,111.86.

Thu
21
Mar

Adams' artwork to be auctioned at VFW Spring Fling

Contributed

 

Local artist Daniel Adams' newest work, "Grace Upon Thee," will be a part of the live auction taking place during the Highland Lakes VFW Auxiliary Post 6974 Spring Fling, taking place this Saturday, March 23 from 4 to 9 p.m.! 
Post Commander Reece Carter (left) and President Kat Carter (middle) pose with Spotlight Sponsor Adams and his painting.
Stop by and show your support for our Veterans and take part in a barbecue lunch by donation and auctions, and enjoy various entertainment, such as a Lake Area Rods and Classics car show, music, and fun for all ages.
The post is located at 1402 Buchanan Dr, Burnet.

Thu
21
Mar

ESD 8 seeking legal action vs. Briggs VFD

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

At a special meeting held at the Briggs Community Center Monday, March 18, Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 8 voted to move forward with legal actions against the Briggs Volunteer Fire Department following the ESD’s decision not to continue their contract with the Briggs VFD after its expiration March 1.

The decision came after multiple incidents involving Briggs VFD personnel on various calls, as well as a lack of training throughout the department, as explained at a town hall meeting held Monday, Feb. 11 following the ESD No. 8’s decision to discontinue the entities’ contract.

As per the terms of the agreement between the ESD and the Briggs VFD, Briggs VFD would need to return all assets purchased with taxpayer money to the ESD once the contract was allowed to expire.

Thu
21
Mar

Council approves using funds for airplane restorations

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet’s four Airport Static Display aircraft were the focus of the Burnet City Council meeting held Tuesday, March. 12. City of Burnet Airport Manager Leslie Baugh brought details of the Airport Static Display Restoration Project to Council, requesting the approval of a $45,000 budget increase to cover the cost of supplies for the project.

The restoration project will take place as a Lower Colorado River Authority Steps Forward Day program, in which the LCRA spends the day volunteering to beautify the communities it serves. Baugh submitted the project to the LCRA, and they accepted it with the offer of 40 volunteers — 10 per aircraft and 320 volunteer hours — to complete the project Friday, April 5.

Thu
21
Mar

Council approves using funds for airplane restorations

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet’s four Airport Static Display aircraft were the focus of the Burnet City Council meeting held Tuesday, March. 12. City of Burnet Airport Manager Leslie Baugh brought details of the Airport Static Display Restoration Project to Council, requesting the approval of a $45,000 budget increase to cover the cost of supplies for the project.

The restoration project will take place as a Lower Colorado River Authority Steps Forward Day program, in which the LCRA spends the day volunteering to beautify the communities it serves. Baugh submitted the project to the LCRA, and they accepted it with the offer of 40 volunteers — 10 per aircraft and 320 volunteer hours — to complete the project Friday, April 5.

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