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Wed
15
Oct

Burnet Commissioners delay on CTWC funding request after concerns aired

By James Walker
 
Even though the Central Texas Water Coalition (CTWC) is widely acknowledged to have been instrumental in convincing the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to take significant steps toward better management and protection of the water in the Highland Lakes, Burnet County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Oct. 14, were urged by some local Republicans and Tea Party activists to discontinue funding the organization.

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Wed
15
Oct

National Night Out

Six-year-old Jeffery Good, (top photo) with the help of Burnet fireman and paramedic Robert Resa turned plenty of heads as he experienced the feeling of being loaded onto a gurney and placed into a Burnet Fire Department EMS unit during the 2014 Burnet National Night Out event held Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Wallace Riddell Park.

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Wed
15
Oct

Jailbreaker recaptured

By James Walker
 
When a Burnet County Jail inmate escaped after overpowering a corrections officer and taking his gun on Sunday, Oct. 12, it was a planned getaway, county commissioners and jail officials confirmed yesterday. Burnet County Sheriff W. T. Smith first acknowledged to an Austin television station Monday afternoon, Oct. 13, that the inmate, 40-year-old Murl Lamb, intentionally injured himself early Sunday morning in order to be taken out of the jail as part of his plan to escape.

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Wed
15
Oct

Fort Croghan Day

Phillip Reeves shows toddler son, James Weston Reeves, a little bit of wood working during the Fort Croghan Day held this past weekend in Burnet.

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Sat
11
Oct

Burnet jail inmate recaptured after escaping while getting medical treatment

A Burnet County Jail inmate was recaptured Saturday after he scuffled with a jail corrections officer and took the officer's gun while being treated at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center.

The inmate, Murl Lamb, was being treated for a medical condition related to a fall at the jail.

The man escaped shortly before 7 a.m. and was recaptured a few hours later when he was found hiding in a dumpster behind a Cinemark movie theater across the street from the hospital, Cedar Park police said.

The Burnet County Jail corrections officer, whose name was not released, had accompanied the inmate to the Cedar Park hospital in a Burnet Fire Department EMS vehicle, which was called to the jail at about 12:30 a.m., the statement from the sheriff's office said.

Fri
10
Oct

Woman taken into custody after waving gun at Burnet HEB

No decision has been made on whether charges will be filed against a woman who brandished a gun Wednesday, Oct. 8 in the parking lot of the Burnet HEB, Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson said.

The woman, whose name was not released, was waving a gun and putting the firearm in her mouth shortly before 5 p.m., according to a statement released by the City of Burnet.

About 20 minutes after police officers responded to the scene, the woman was taken into custody without incident, Nelson said.

“She had been going through some bad times in her life and she had been drinking and she wasn’t in her right mind,” the police chief said.

Police are considering some charges against the woman, Nelson said.

“If the charges don’t pan out it will be considered just a mental thing,” he said.

Two small semi-automatic pistols were located, one in the woman’s waistband, when she was taken into custody, Nelson said.

Fri
10
Oct

Bat found on Burnet square tests positive for rabies

A bat found on the ground on the Burnet square has tested positive for the rabies virus, prompting city officials to issue a reminder about how citizens should react when they see or encounter such a situation.
First, citizens should not try to touch or pick up a bat, Burnet Police Capt. Jason Davis said.
“If you see a bat. just leave it alone,” Davis said. “If they’re there for an extended period of time, feel free to call us, and we’ll look and see if we think that we need to collect it.”
Burnet Police animal control officer Mike Martin responded to the northeast corner of the Burnet Square at about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 after the department received a call about a bat on the ground there.
Although no human contact was reported, Martin sent the bat off for rabies testing as a precautionary measure and the bat was tested for rabies a precautionary measure.

Wed
08
Oct

Woman challenges FEMA . . . and wins

By James Walker
 
It is a rare development when an individual citizen convinces an agency of the federal government that it made a mistake. But, it does happen. Donna Edgar is a living, breathing, willing-to-fight example that it does.
 
Wed
08
Oct

Fire Prevention Week

This week marks the 92nd Annual Fire Prevention Week and local firefighters with the Burnet Fire Department have made it a point this week to bring fun, entertaining and educational activities to local schools to teach youths about fire prevention and safety.
 
Wed
08
Oct

‘Fall Fest’ debuts

The First Annual Fall Fest was held this past weekend at Cecil Atkission Motors, drawing over 200 attendees who were happy to pull up a lawn chair and listen to an evening of music.
 

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