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Wed
11
Feb

FM 1174 bridge is site of fatal head-on crash

By James Walker
 
An 81-year-old Kingsland woman died Wednesday, Feb. 4, from injuries suffered when the car she was a passenger in was struck head-on by a pickup driven by a Liberty Hill man, who was subsequently arrested at the scene and charged with intoxication assault and drug charges. Kathleen Smith died at Seton Williamson Hospital in Round Rock where she was taken by helicopter after the crash. Smith and 53-year-old Patricia Smith were both passengers in a 2006 Chevrolet Impala driven by Reuel Jennings Cooper, 58, when the collision occurred at about 2:42 p.m. that day at the south end of the Cow Creek bridge on FM 1174.

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Wed
11
Feb

Two teens die Feb. 5 on CR 120

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

A makeshift memorial is sprawled on charred ground around a tree in a pasture along CR 120 where two teenagers died and two others were injured in a one-vehicle crash Thursday, Feb. 5. Students have written notes to their friends and placed items from the vehicle as part of the memorial. One cross was partially composed of the truck’s bumper, embedded in the tree, while flowers were placed in one of thetruck’s tires still located at the  site of the crash.

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Fri
06
Feb

Two teens reported dead in FM 1980 wreck

by Alexandria Randolph

One current and one former Marble Falls High School student were killed in a car accident on FM 1980 early Friday morning, school officials said.

The accident reportedly occurred at about 2 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, and school officials confirmed that two are dead.

Unofficial reports stated that there were at least three teenagers in the car; two were dead when first responders arrived at the scene and one is in critical condition.

Burnet County and Texas DPS authorities could not be reached for comment as of midday Friday.

Updated information will be posted when available.

 

Fri
06
Feb

Craddock House Move

One last close call this morning. The wires over the entrance to the

Vanderveer Church of Christ parking lot were lower than expected and

workers had to get them raised enough to allow just a few inches of

Wed
04
Feb

Three taken to hospitals after head-on collision on FM 1174

Three people were transported by helicopters to area hospitals after a two-vehicle head-on collision Wednesday afternoon at the Cow Creek bridge on FM 1174.
The site of the accident is about 12 miles south of Bertram and about three miles north of the FM 1174 intersection with FM 1431.
Witnesses said a pickup pulling a trailer south on FM 1431 crossed into the north-bound lane and struck a car carrying three people.
The three people in the car were airlifted by helicopters from Marble Falls and Austin to area hospitals.
The names of the injured and the hospitals they were taken to were not released.
The driver of the pickup was administered a series of field sobriety tests by Department of Public Safety officers investigating the accident and was subsequently handcuffed, placed in the back of a DPS patrol car and taken from the scene.
See Friday’s Marble Falls Highlander and the Feb. 11 Burnet Bulletin for the complete story.
 

Wed
04
Feb

Donkey Day predicts early spring

Four-year-old Paislee Masterson enjoys petting “Pawnee” at Donkey Day in Bertram on Monday, Feb. 2, when the fluffy beast (unlike Punxsutawney Phil whose Groundhog Day prediction was six more weeks of winter) declared we will have an early spring. “A donkey is smarter than a groundhog,” explained Bertram Mayor Dickie Allen as he issued a proclamation prior to Pawnee the Donkey’s decision, explaining there aren’t any groundhogs in Bertram anyway. Pawnee was given a choice of oats (early spring,) sweet feed (six more weeks of winter) or water (rainy weather.)

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Wed
04
Feb

Weather dictating Craddock move

By James Walker

The historic Craddock house has been jacked up and ready to be moved to its new Airy Mount location east of town for the past two weekends. All that is lacking is a little cooperation from the weather. City officials are hoping the move can be made during the coming weekend, but uncertainty continues to rule the day. The weather forecast for the rest of this week shows a slight chance of rain for today (Wednesday, Feb. 4) and Saturday, Feb. 7, but even if it stays dry the ground at Airy Mount might be too soft for workers to properly position the house. “The ground out at Airy Mount is going to have to be a lot more dry than it is now for us to be able to make the move,” said Burnet City Manager David Vaughn.

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Wed
04
Feb

Burnet 4-H Club resumes, grows

It has been over five years since the town of Burnet has had a 4-H Club, until now. The new Burnet 4-H Club was founded in September 2014 with a membership of two families and five members and it has been growing ever since. Under the management of Angela and Kevin Schwausch and with the support of Burnet County Extension Agents Wade Hibler; who is now retired but continues to volunteer, and Linda Wells, theBurnet 4-H Club currently has  23 members and 15 parent/ volunteers.

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Wed
04
Feb

Mayor to run for re-election

By James Walker

Mayor Gary Wideman has thrown his hat into the ring for re-election, while just-retired public works director Danny Lester has also announced his candidacy for city council. Wideman confirmed via text message on Saturday, Jan. 31, that he intends to run, saying “I’m in 110%.” If elected during the May 9 municipal election, the term would be Wideman’s third two-year stint. He could face opposition from Burnet City Councilman Mickey Phair, who announced last week his intentions to run for mayor, making this a two-candidate race for the city leader’s spot thusfar. Filing will continue until Feb. 27.

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Wed
28
Jan

Burnet man charged with child sex assault

Dehart

By James Walker

Burnet Bulletin

A 17-year-old Burnet man has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a young girl.

Brandon Michael Thomas Dehart, who is being held in the Burnet County Jail in lieu of $100,000, is charged with “Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.”

Dehart was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 21, after a four-year-old girl told forensic interviewer Kim Cruz of the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center that Dehart touched and penetrated her genital area with two fingers, as well as a spoon, fork and a knife.

During the interview, the girl was able to identify the parts of the female and male body, Burnet police officer Brandon Bertelson said in an affidavit used to convince Burnet County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Lisa Whitehead to issue a warrant for the arrest of Dehart.

The alleged assault apparently happened on or about Jan. 4, Bertelson said in the affidavit.

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