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Thu
06
Dec

Authorities seek tips in exotic poaching case; possible suspect truck in nearby 10-point buck poach

Contributed/Texas Parks and Wildlife
Left: A Burnet County landowner is offering a $2,500 reward for the capture of a suspect who poached an exotic red deer bull, he used for breeding on his ranch off County Road 113 in Burnet County. Call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-792-GAME (4263) to offer a tip and remain anonymous.

Right: Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens are taking aim at suspect poachers in two Burnet County cases. A witness snapped a photo of a vehicle belonging to a possible suspect who illegally shot a 10-point buck around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 22 at a property off Ranch Road 690 in Burnet County. The suspect could also be connected to an illegal poaching of an exotic deer and white-tailed deer about five miles away around the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

A suspect faces a string of charges, including a potential third-degree felony, in a Thanksgiving weekend poaching case involving an exotic red deer bull and whitetail buck found decapitated on a sprawling ranch in northwest Burnet County.

Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens also released an image of a pickup truck, leaving the scene of a separate poaching incident on Ranch Road 690 about five miles from the Threadgill Ranch around the same time as the exotic case, investigators said.

Texas Parks and Wildlife investigators believe the whitetail buck and red deer bull were shot, decapitated and left on the Threadgill Ranch, just off County Road 113 sometime between Nov. 21 and 27.

Thu
06
Dec

Grand jury indicts Wilson on new charges

By Richard Zowie

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The 33rd/424th Judicial District grand jury has handed down another indictment for suspended Bertram Police Chief James Jay (“JJ”) Wilson.

Wilson was booked into the Burnet County Jail Nov. 27 on an indictment charge of abuse of official capacity. The charge stemmed from an Oct. 24 crash on Ranch to Market Road 1431 East in Burnet County. According to DPS documents, Wilson was driving while intoxicated during the collision in a Bertram patrol vehicle.

The latest charge comes on the heels of previous grand jury indictments against Wilson on Oct. 2 which included felony perjury and misdemeanor official oppression. The embattled chief defended his actions and referred to the previous indictments as a “witch hunt” against him by the 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Wed
05
Dec

Christmas activities return to Burnet this weekend

At the left, families gather around the main stage across from the Burnet County Courthouse after its lighting to prepare for the bicycle giveaway and a meeting with Santa during last year's Christmas on the Square. This year's event is scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 8, from 12 to 9 p.m.
At the right, Main Street Bethlehem cast members train well before the production to ensure visitors are provided a genuine experience as they travel through the small town of Bethlehem on the night of Jesus' birth. This year's Main Street Bethlehem will take place for two weekends, Dec. 7 – 9 and 14 – 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the corner of Boundary and Washington Streets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

It is officially Christmastime in Burnet, judging by the number of events taking place this weekend. Residents and visitors of Historic Burnet are in for a real treat as these favorite events return to town.

Christmas on the Square with a 100% Chance of Snow

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas on the Square in Burnet is an exciting day for everyone, residents and visitors alike, and it is returning this Saturday, Dec. 8.

Complete with a parade, bicycle giveaway, local business vendors, food, Christmas lights, Santa Claus, and SNOW, Christmas on the Square is one of Burnet's most fun and anticipated events!

Wed
05
Dec

Christmas at Fort Croghan cancelled

In anticipation of inclement weather, the Burnet County Heritage Society has decided to cancel this year's Christmas at Fort Croghan, as the heavy rains predicted for Friday, Dec. 7, will affect volunteers' efforts in preparing for the event, which was scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8.

 

 

Sat
01
Dec

Lady in Lake: New clues forge trail in Llano County homicide cold case

Contributed/Llano County Sheriff's Office
LCSO investigators are searching for tips, including the last owner of a distinctive dog house bought at a Buchanan Dam yard sale, which could lead to the capture of a suspect in the death of a woman found cemented into a boat submerged in the water up from Inks Dam. A photo on the Justice for Holly Simmons social media page captured an image during the 2009 investigation of a body, later identified as Simmons, found cemented into the hull of a boat in the water near Inks Dam.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

A new perspective and new leads prompted the Llano County Sheriff Office Nov. 27 to take another look at a homicide cold case involving the discovery of a woman's body submerged and cemented into the hull of a boat just up from Inks Dam nearly a decade ago.

Thu
29
Nov

'Tis the season to be wary! BCSO offers ways to keep package deliveries safe from burglars

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
Don't be a victim of Scrooge during the holiday season. Burnet County Sheriff's Department officials offered some advice to rural resident to avoid becoming mail package burglary victims, as was the case recently in Williamson County.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

As the holidays descend on the Hill Country area, Burnet County authorities are alerting residents about the potential for mail package burglaries seen in recent cases in a nearby county.

“Online shopping has pretty much taken over,” Burnet County Sheriff's Capt. Tom Dillard said. “You may be having dog food delivered, but the thief doesn't know that.

“He's just picking up packages.”

As more Christmas packages are delivered, the chance of becoming a mail theft victim increases.

“Crooks are bolder and bolder,” Dillard said.

A string of recent incidents in Williamson County involving burglary of mail packages on door steps has captured the attention of sheriff's offices.

“Williamson County just arrested a prolific package thief,” Dillard said. “He was going through neighborhoods looking for packages left on door steps and snatching them.

Wed
28
Nov

Smokin' the competition! Burnet CISD brings home culinary gold

Contributed/Chef Mike Erickson, BCISD
Left: The Burnet UnderDAWGs brought home the gold medal at the State of Texas High School BBQ Championship regional qualifier at Bell County Expo Center in Belton and will advance to the state championship, to be held at Burnet High School next year. Team members, from left, include Martin Palacios, reserve champion chicken; Eric Ramirez, first place dessert; Sativa Yarbrough, fourth place ribs; Brandon Schwausch, first place beans; Caden Hart, fourth place brisket.
Right: Caden Hart of the Burnet BBQ UnderDAWGs prepares a raw brisket for competition at the State of Texas High School BBQ Championship regional qualifier at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. Hart won fourth place in brisket to help the UnderDAWGs take first place overall team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

The Burnet High School BBQ UnderDAWGS culinary team came home grand champions after they smoked the competition in the State of Texas High School BBQ Championship Regional Qualifier in Belton on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

The UnderDAWGS came out on top of six other high school teams, including students from Pflugerville ISD, Austin ISD, Leander ISD, and Goldthwaite ISD.

Each crew member took home an $8,000 scholarship to the Escoffier School of Culinary Arts and together, the team will advance to the State of Texas BBQ Championship, which is scheduled for May 3-4, 2019, at Burnet High School.

In addition to the competition, students had the chance to expand their cookout skills with a BBQ educational symposium, learning the basics from experts and mentors.

Wed
28
Nov

It's snow fun! Christmas on Square returns

Frank Shubert/Burnet Bulletin
Parker Simons heads for cover from the snowball about to be launched his way at the Snow Day event in Burnet last year. This year's Christmas on the Square in downtown Burnet, to be held Dec. 8, will again include a "100 percent chance of snow."

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Christmas on the Square is returning to downtown Burnet for another day of fun on Saturday, Dec. 8!

While arts and crafts vendors, musicians, and other entertainers are preparing to set up on the Burnet Courthouse Square and bring the Christmas cheer to visitors, Burnet County and City of Burnet representatives are getting ready to bring back a special aspect of the festival: snow!

That's right … there is, yet again, a 100-percent chance of snow in Burnet in just a few short weeks! The “Snow on the Square” addition to the Christmas on the Square includes a towering snow slide and two play-areas at the corner of Jackson and Pierce Streets, where kids are able to participate in snowball fights, build snowmen, and make snow angels as if they were not in warm and sunny Central Texas!

Wed
28
Nov

BCISD receives final 2018 TEA report card

Contributed/BCISD
The Burnet High School Agricultural Mechanics classes have been commissioned by J Bar Sanitary Restrooms to construct a mobile rehab trailer to be used by the Burnet Fire and Rescue Department during critical situations. The trailer will include two sanitary restrooms, a generator to provide lighting and conditioned air, fold up canopies for shade, hot and cold filtered water, a radio and phone charging station. It is expected to be completed in the spring.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Final school district and campus accountability ratings for 2018 were released by the Texas Education Agency earlier this month and Burnet Consolidated Independent School District received an overall score of 78, or “C,” on its TEA report card.

All six campuses in the district were rated as meeting the standard in three main criteria used by TEA to evaluate performance; however, some campuses had low individual scores which barely met the minimum standard.

Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett said Monday the district will continue to work to improve its TEA accountability report card, but pointed out Burnet CISD is far more than a single letter grade on a rating system.

Tue
27
Nov

BCSO: Pursuit locks down school, nabs 2

Contributed
Authorities captured two pursuit suspects Nov. 17 who fled the scene after a crash in a pasture adjacent to Burnet High School.

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Two Fort Worth area suspects remained in custody Nov. 19 in connection with a Burnet County Sheriff's Office pursuit, which locked down an elementary school, stalled a community event and ended with the suspects vehicle crash, a fugitive search and attempted escape.

The incident unfolded just after 8 a.m. Nov. 17 on U.S. 281, north of Burnet in the area of County Road 112.

Burnet County Sheriff's deputies engaged a dark-colored BMW Mini Cooper in a high-speed pursuit with speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The pursuit eventually entered The Green Mile, the main roadway, with limited outlet, onto the grounds of Burnet High School.

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