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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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Thu
21
Aug

Cong. Williams conducts town hall meet Aug. 13 in Burnet

By James Walker.
 
Whenever Congressman Roger Williams comes home from Washington to visit his constituents, he unfailingly brings with him an ample supply of red meat politics that his supporters find to be delicious. That was the case on Wednesday, Aug. 13, when Williams visited Burnet. He bashed President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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Sat
02
Aug

Bertram City Council tackling code enforcement issues

The first house in the City of Burnet’s My Town Housing affordable housing project will be built at 1205 E. Live Oak St. The city will have ribbon-cutting ceremony at the site at 4 p.m. Thursday.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula.
 
At its regular meeting Tuesday evening, Bertram city council members made clear that citizens should be ready for an increase in code enforcement in the future. The vote was tabled until after the budget meeting in August, when the city will have a better idea about how to pay for such enforcement. Currently there is no code enforcement officer on the city payroll.

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Sat
02
Aug

Lake Buchanan’s striped bass population replenished

Fisheries biologists from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department team up with members of the Lake Buchanan Conservation Corporation to keep the lake stocked with striped bass like this one.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula.
 
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has teamed up again with the Lake Buchanan Conservation Corporation to keep that lake stocked with hybrid striped bass, which cannot breed naturally but are important for the regional economy. Hybrid striped bass are a cross between white bass and striped bass. On July 17, the LBCC released 35,000 hybrid striped bass fingerlings into the lake that is west of Burnet.

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Sat
02
Aug

Llano man on trial for sex assault

By Alexandria Randolph.

A Llano man will begin trial on Monday, Aug. 4 on charges of sexual assault of his biological and step daughters. Richard Willis Blackburn, 29, was indicted on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child after his daughter told a school counselor about the incident on April 3, 2013. The girl was nine years old at the time of alleged abuse.

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