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Wed
03
Sep

Burnet Schools affected by ‘unconstitutional’ financing

By James Walker.

Texas legislators should commit to fixing the inequities in funding the state’s public schools when it meets next year and not wait until they are compelled to do so by a judge, Burnet schools superintendent Keith McBurnett believes.

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Wed
27
Aug

Back in Class

The first day of school at Burnet schools Monday, Aug. 25, saw second-grader Kenzie Barrow

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Wed
27
Aug

Campaigning for commissioner: Cook makes tour stop in Burnet

John Cook, the Democratic nominee for Texas Land Commissioner, was in Burnet on a campaign tour last week.

By James Walker.
 
Texans have been “Bush-whacked” twice and are smart enough not to let it happen again, the Democratic Party’s nominee for Texas Land Commissioner said last week during a campaign swing through Burnet County. John Cook, a former mayor of El Paso, and his wife have put 20,000 miles on their pickup visiting 127 of the state’s 243 counties in the past four months in an attempt convince voters to consider an alternative to more red state conservatism.

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Wed
27
Aug

After vote delay, LCRA explaining Water Management Plan

By James Walker.
 
Water stakeholders in the Colorado River basin have began re-examining the details of a revised plan for allocating water in the Highland Lakes after the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) delayed a vote on the matter last week. Monday’s meeting conducted by LCRA staff and attended by stakeholders from throughout the river basin was the first of four such meetings before the utility’s board of directors is expected to vote on the revised Water Management Plan (WMP) at its Wednesday, Sept. 17, meeting.

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Wed
27
Aug

‘Silver Plus’

By James Walker.
 
Patients who come to Seton Highland Lakes Hospital showing signs of myocardial infarction _ on the verge of a possible heart attack _ can do so with the knowledge that they will be in good hands. Award-winning hands, actually. The Burnet hospital and its emergency room staff were a significant part of the reason that Seton Medical Center Williamson was honored recently by the American Heart Association.

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Thu
21
Aug

Two teens die in Burnet shooting Tuesday

Burnet County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 5800 block of CR 340 when two young men were fatally shot Tuesday morning.

By Alexandria Randolph.
 
The son of a Burnet County Constable arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the shooting deaths of two young men. Garrett James Ballard, 21, the son of Constable Jimmy Ballard (Precinct 3,) was booked into the Burnet County Jail on the charge of capital murder of multiple persons after two young men were fatally shot at the Ballard residence in the 5800 block of CR 340 on Tuesday morning, Aug. 19.

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Thu
21
Aug

Bertram council turns to own for police chief ’s chair

The Bertram city council chose to promote Doug Wall from sergeant to police chief Tuesday evening.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula.
 
After more than half an hour of internal deliberation, the Bertram city council voted unanimously to promote a current sergeant and interim police chief to the fulltime position, which has been vacant since its last police chief left in June. Sgt. Doug Wall, who has been with the department for four years, was one of two finalists for the job. Captain James Loving, who has been in law enforcement since 1985, was the other candidate.

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Thu
21
Aug

Bulldogs impress in Llano

Senior Taylor Barksdale gives a Llano defender the stiff-arm on his way to a 70-plus yard rushing score at last Friday night’s scrimmage in Llano. The Bulldogs have one scrimmage left before the regular season begins on Aug. 27 in Marble Falls.

By Wayne Craig.
 
It was only the first scrimmage but Bulldog fans were liking what they saw in all three BHS football teams in Llano last Friday. There were no official scores kept, but the freshman boys pretty much had their way with the Yellow Jackets. It’s hard to keep up with multiple scrimmages going on all at once, but it was clear who the more dominate teams were in both the underclassmen contest.

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Thu
21
Aug

A golden start for Lady Dawgs

The Lady Bulldogs are suiting up five seniors this season including (front row) Danielle Lindley and Megan Schmidt, (back row) Sarah Poe, Lillie Roberts, and Robyn Hall.

By Wayne Craig.
 
It’s still very early in the season for Burnet’s Lady Bulldog volleyball teams but their play in week one has many people talking and taking notice. The Lady Dawgs welcomed Marble Falls to town last week for their very first match of the season.

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Thu
21
Aug

LCRA faces ‘big vote’ on plan

By James Walker.
 
Highland Lakes stakeholders Tuesday embraced a revised Water Management Plan (WMP) recently formulated by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) staff, while activists from the river’s lower basin urged the utility’s board of directors to hold off on approving it. “Burnet County encourages you to adopt this Water Management Plan tomorrow (Wednesday, Aug. 20),” said Donna Klaeger, Burnet County Judge, to board members meeting as the utility’s Water Operations Committee. “Our citizens are at risk and I urge you to protect the drinking water for well over a million people in Central Texas.”

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