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Wed
03
Dec

Commissioners okay $10,000 pledge to aid water issue resolution

By James Walker
 
Burnet County Commissioners gave a full-throated endorsement to the Central Texas Water Coalition last week before voting to give the organization $10,000 to help in its efforts to bring about better management and protection of the water in the Highland Lakes.
 

 

Wed
03
Dec

Klaeger says ‘goodbye’

By James Walker
 
Donna Klaeger is down to her final month as the first woman to serve as Burnet County Judge with two commissioners’ court meetings and the final clearing out of eight years of mementos and memories from her corner office on the second floor of the historic courthouse on Burnet’s downtown square left on her to-do list. She admits she has been fighting bouts of melancholy for weeks, but also said she is ready to go.
 

 

Wed
03
Dec

Burnet to herald in holiday season with two main weekend events

By Christi Bertelson
 
Two of Burnet’s most-loved holiday events will return this weekend, drawing crowds to the area, for three productions of “Main Street Bethlehem” and two “The Story of the Nutcracker” performances on the schedule.
 

 

Wed
26
Nov

Santa’s Helpers Program gearing up

The Santa’s Helpers Program is currently ramping up, preparing to solicit donations from Burnet County's businesses and residents, to insure that young people here enjoy a Christmas they wouldn't otherwise receive.

The program exemplifies the compassion and caring of citizens for the community's needy children and young adults.

Applications will be accepted from Dec. 1-12 and can be picked up and dropped off at the Burnet Sheriff’s Office, 1601 East Polk Street in Burnet.

Adults can sign children up between the ages of infancy and 18 years of age, so long as the child is not enrolled in any other holiday assistance program such as “Christmas for Kids” or “Christmas Outreach.”

See the rest of the details on this event in Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.

Wed
26
Nov

AREA CHAMPS!

Wed
26
Nov

State will not seek death penalty against double murder suspect

By James Walker
 
By Alexandria Randolph Highland Lakes Newspapers The District Attorney’s Office confirmed they will not seek the death penalty for a suspect of a double homicide indicted earlier this month.Garrett James Ballard, 21, was indicted Thursday, Nov. 6 by a Burnet County Grand Jury on a charge of capital murder of multiple persons in relation to the deaths of Elijah Adam Benson, a 17-year-old Burnet High School student, and Travis Leslie Fox, a 26-year-old Burnet High School graduate, who were shot multiple times at Ballard’s residence in the 5800 block of CR 340 on the morning of Aug. 19. The indictment was filed in the 424th Judicial District Court, and was served on Thursday, Nov. 20.
 
Wed
26
Nov

Burnet firefighters get time on the line

By James Walker
 
More than 30 Burnet firefighters received training on how to combat a live structure fire last week, thanks to a deal reached by the city’s fire department and a private landowner. On Thursday, Nov. 20, the city’s firefighters first did simulated exercises that helped them understand and experiencethe 500 degree-plus temperatures inside a burning structure and the various ways to approach and combat such a situation.
 
Wed
26
Nov

LCRA actions before state leaving water users uneasy

By James Walker
 
The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) will seek permission from the state to curtail releases of interruptible stored water from the Highland Lakes for downstream rice farmers, but is doing so in a way that leaves those with lake interests with an uneasy feeling.
 
Tue
25
Nov

Bertram officials look forward to new city hall

The R Bank at the corner of Vaughan and Grange Streets will be the site of Bertram’s new city hall next year.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Bertram city officials purchased the R Bank building and parking lot earlier this month to be the site of its city hall next year. R Bank is building another bank near the town; once that building is finished, renovations can start on the new city hall, said Mayor Dickie Allen Tuesday, Nov. 25.

“We’ve purchased the building but we haven’t taken possession of it yet,” he explained.

The building is at the corner of Vaughan and Grange Streets in downtown Bertram.

“Only a few” renovations will be needed, he said, and he hopes work can begin by January or February next year.

In addition to more space and parking because of the parking lot included in the $285,000 purchase, the police department will have its own home in the present city hall building.

The city will no longer pay rent to the volunteer fire department there to rent part of their building to the police department.

Fri
21
Nov

Double murder suspect indicted

Garrett Ballard

by Alexandria Randolph

The suspect of a double homicide on the morning of Aug. 19 was indicted Thursday, Nov. 6 on charge of capital murder of multiple persons.

Garrett James Ballard, 21, was indicted in the 424th Judicial District Court on charge of capital murder of multiple persons in relation to the deaths of Elijah Adam Benson, a 17-year-old Burnet High School student, and Travis Leslie Fox, a 26-year-old Burnet High School graduate, who were shot multiple times at Ballard’s residence in the 5800 block of CR 340 on the morning of Aug. 19. The indictment was filed by District Judge Dan Mills, and was served on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Ballard remains in Burnet County Jail on bond of $50,000, and is defended by a court appointed attorney.

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