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07
Jan

Burnet youths ready to step into the ring for Jan. 8-10 show

By James Walker
 
The Burnet County FFA and 4H Livestock Show annually serves as the no-turningback start of winter in the Hill Country. The event, always on the second weekend of January, is actually much more than that and a large number of the county’s kids, from third grade up to high school, are much the better for it

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Wed
07
Jan

County officials ‘on the job’

By James Walker
 
Burnet County officials who were elected by voters on Nov. 4 took the oath of office and were sworn in on the first day of 2015. In a well-attended ceremony at the Burnet County courthouse, 11 of the officeholders, several bringing worn and heavily-used family bibles and with spouses, children, brothers and sisters at their side, vowed to tackle their jobs of at least the next four years with energy, dedication and inspiration.

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Wed
07
Jan

Freitag out as Oakley takes tourism lead

By James Walker
 
One of new Burnet County Judge James Oakley’s first actions since taking office has been to assume direct responsibility of tourism and marketing efforts, resulting in longtime tourism director Teri Freitag losing her job. Oakley, who became county judge Thursday, Jan. 1, afterwinning in the election to succeed a retiring Donna Klaeger, apparently made the tourism and marketing decision before taking office and told Freitag of his decision in a meeting with county attorney Eddie Arredondo on Dec. 19.

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Wed
07
Jan

TCEQ to hear from stakeholders over LCRA water plan

By James Walker
 
One of the top priorities for stakeholders in the Colorado River’s upper basin is to ensure the establishment of an updated plan that better protects the Highland Lakes water supply which is vital to much of Central Texas. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) currently is considering the Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) proposed update to its plan that was last changed in 2010.

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Wed
31
Dec

New judge looking ahead to ‘customer service’

By James Walker
 
As he prepared to take office, James Oakley was asked recently to describe his approach to governing as Burnet County’s new county judge. “I look forward to serving. I’ve always said public service is not rocket science. It’s customer service,” said Oakley, who along with other newly-elected officials will take the oath of office at a ceremony Thursday, Jan. 1, at the Burnet County Courthouse. The ceremony is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
 
Wed
31
Dec

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

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