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Wed
11
Mar

Close-to-home Spring Break fun awaits

With Spring Break around the corner, not everyone is headed out of Burnet County to enjoy the beach or visit their out-of-town families. In fact, when Spring Break arrives next week, March 16-20, for Burnet schools, some local residents will stay around the Hill Country since it has plenty to offer those taking a respite from school and work.

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Wed
11
Mar

City, school district in fine shape

The state of the Burnet community – its city government and school system – is good, its leaders told a crowd of about 250 people Wednesday, March 4. Mayor Gary Wideman and Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett took turns giving optimistic assessments and promising outlooks to the packed gathering for the annual State of the Community program at the Burnet Community Center

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Wed
11
Mar

BCISD ‘Educators of the Year’

BCISD teachers, recognized at the recent State of the Community Address, as educators of the year for their assorted campuses

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Fri
06
Mar

Burnet students injured in school bus accident

Burnet CISD superintendent Keith McBurnett, third from right, was on the scene of a crash involving a school bus carrying approximately 20 students Friday afternoon.

Six Burnet Consolidated Independent School District students were injured and transported to area hospitals Friday when the school they were riding in struck a late model pickup that ran a stop sign at the intersection of TX 29 and FM 2341.
The driver of the bus and the elderly driver of the pickup also were transported to hospitals with undetermined injuries.
Burnet schools superintendent Keith McBurnett said none of the students suffered serious injuries.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Burnet County Sheriff's officers, Burnet County Precinct 1 constable Mike Harnish and Burnet Fire and Emergency Medical Service personnel worked at the scene of the accident.
Twenty-one students were on the bus, which was headed west when the crash occurred at about 4 p.m., McBurnett said.

Fri
06
Mar

Burnet school students injured when bus collides with pickup

Six Burnet Consolidated Independent School District students were injured and transported to area hospitals Friday when the school they were riding in struck a late model pickup that ran a stop sign at the intersection of TX 29 and FM 2341.
The driver of the bus and the elderly driver of the pickup also were transported to hospitals with undetermined injuries.
Burnet school superintendent Keith McBurnett said none of the students suffered serious injuries.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Burnet County Sheriff's officers, Burnet County Precinct 1 constable Mike Harnish and Burnet Fire and Emergency Medical Service personnel worked at the scene of the accident.
Twenty-one students were on the bus, which was headed west when the crash occurred at about 4 p.m., McBurnett said.

Wed
04
Mar

County considering lockup purchase deal

By James Walker
Burnet Bulletin
The Burnet County Commissioners’ Court is expected to discuss a proposal this month that entails purchasing the county jail at a sharply- reduced price from bondholders who are largely responsible for the costs associated with building and operating the 585-bed facility. County Judge James Oakley declined to be specific about the proposal, but sources familiar with the county’s negotiations, the bondholders and the Public Facilities Corporation (PFC) that owns the jail structure and who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said a deal has been reached for the county to buy the facility for about $14 million.

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Wed
04
Mar

Cross of flames left at church won’t deter

By James Walker
Burnet Bulletin
Members of the Smoking for Jesus Ministry say they will not be deterred or intimidated by the burning of a cross in front of the sign at the entrance to their church near Kingsland on Sunday night, March 1. “We come from one of the roughest areas in New Orleans where bad people did all kinds of things. We’re going on,” said Elder Willie L. Monnet Sr., senior pastor of the Smoking for Jesus Ministry. The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cross-burning incident, which happened shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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Wed
04
Mar

‘Devil’s in the details’ for bond projects

By James Walker
Burnet Bulletin
The “devil” in the details has begun to emerge in projects covered by the $26.7 million bond package Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD) voters approved last fall. The first significant issue of what undoubtedly will be a number of dilemmas the school district will face as it repairs or, in some cases, replaces roofs, heating and air conditioning systems, classroom expansions and a myriad of other projects presented itself Monday, March 2. The district’s board of trustees was told that the price tag associated with fixing the roof at R. J. Richey Elementary School was $213,353 more than the estimated cost.

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Tue
03
Mar

Burning cross won’t deter, church members say

by James Walker

Members of the Smoking for Jesus Ministry say they will not be deterred or intimidated by the burning of a cross in front of the sign at the entrance to their church near Kingsland on Sunday night, March 1.

“We come from one of the roughest areas in New Orleans where bad people did all kinds of things. We’re going on,”  said Elder Willie L. Monnet Sr., senior pastor of the Smoking for Jesus Ministry.

The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cross-burning incident, which happened shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Smoking for Jesus members reported finding a burning cross near the sign at the entrance to the church located at 1804 FM 2342l.

Investigators collected evidence at the scene for submission and analysis, according to a written statement issued by the sheriff’s office on Tuesday, March 3.

Mon
02
Mar

Authorities attribute jail disturbance to poor weather

by Alexandria Randolph

Authorities are attributing a disturbance took place at the Burnet County Jail on Monday afternoon to poor weather conditions and limited recreational time for inmates.

On Monday, March 2 at 3:56 p.m., Burnet County dispatch called officers to the jail facility off Houston-Clinton Drive to help jailors handle a disturbance that involved “possibly eight subjects.”

Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith later clarified that the fight occurred in a cell between two inmates, and neither were injured.

“It’s been tough lately because they (inmates) are boxed in there and since the weather has been poor, we can’t let them out for recreation as much,” Smith said.

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

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