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Help cut back on Texas’ ‘sad’ claim to fame

By Sherry Brown
 
Sadly, Texas leads the nation in drunk driving deaths. About every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol and, last year in Burnet County, there were 71 accidents in which were driving under the influence of alcohol. Every single injury and death caused by drunk driving is preventable.
 
Wed
31
Dec

A look back at the Burnet Bulldogs of 2014

By James Walker
 
The hard-fought campaign for the 424th Judicial District judgeship that resulted in the ousting of two-term incumbent Dan Mills by political newcomer Evan Stubbs was Burnet County’s top story of 2014. The landslide victory by Stubbs, who got 65 percent of the vote in the Republican primary contest against Mills in voting March 4, also was seen by many as the most emphatic message voters could send in registering their distaste for what they felt had become a heavy-handed and machine-dominated local political process in recent years.
 
Wed
24
Dec

Wasterwater plant behind schedule

By James Walker
 
Construction of the City of Burnet’s new wastewater treatment plant now is more than four months past its scheduled completion date and the city plans to request as much as $1,000 per day from the company building the facility. “We will be asking for liquidated damages of $1,000 per day, most of which will offset due to extra expenses we have incurred because of added inspections,” city manager David Vaughn said last week when asked about the wastewater plant delays.

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Wed
24
Dec

Burnet zeroing in on police sites

By James Walker
 
Burnet city officials have narrowed the possible sites for a new police station to three, city manager David Vaughn said on Monday, Dec. 22. Vaughn declined to give specific locations where the new police station might be built but said one is in the downtown area where a future city hall complex is planned and the others are “out on the highway.”

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Wed
17
Dec

Christmas Arrives On the Square

Wed
17
Dec

Christian Motorcycle Association

Chris Jones, of Llano, is a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association.

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Wed
17
Dec

Outgoing judge honored

Wed
17
Dec

Burnet escapee caught Tuesday

By James Walker
 
A former Burnet man who was serving a nine-year sentence in a federal prison in Bastrop was recaptured early Tuesday, Dec. 16, after escaping from the facility Sunday evening. Dec. 14. Jimmy Morrisett, who was found guilty of defrauding investor clients of almost $7 million in an Oklahoma federal court last year, was found in an abandoned home in Burnet at about 2:30 a.m., a Federal Bureau of Prisons official said.

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Wed
10
Dec

Capital murder suspect released on bond

by Alexandria Randolph

A man accused of double homicide in Burnet County was released from jail on bond Monday, Dec. 8.

According to county records, Garrett James Ballard, 21, of Burnet County was released on $500,000 bond on Monday after being incarcerated since August 19 on charge of capital murder of multiple persons.

State District Judge Allan Garrett set bond at $2 million on Wednesday, Oct. 8, for Ballard, who is accused of killing two friends with a high-powered rifle. Bond was lowered to $500.000 after a hearing.

Ballard is accused of the killings of Travis Fox and Elijah Adam Benson. According to an arrest affidavit, Ballard reportedly told investigators on the scene the day Fox, 26, and Benson, 18, were killed that he shot the pair while all three were under the influence of a hallucinogen.

For more on the story, see Friday's Highlander or Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.

Wed
10
Dec

The Nutcracker

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