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24
Sep

County foots bill for inmate’s surgery

By James Walker
 
Burnet County Commissioners’ Court members took two contentious votes Tuesday, Sept. 23, and, as is often the case, the county’s jail was at the center of the discussions. Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the payment of $285,000 for a jail inmate’s recent cancer surgery and also split 3-1 with one abstention on the hiring of Sheriff W. T. Smith’s choice to be the jail’s new head of security.
 
Sun
21
Sep

Woman dies from injuries in Marble Falls collision

 

A Granite Shoals woman died erly Sunday from injuries she received in a two-car collision  in Marble Falls.

Burnet County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Lisa Whitehead said the woman was transported to Seton Highland Lakes Hospital where she was pronounced dead at about 4:30 a.m.

The woman’s car was struck by a vehicle driven by a Burnet man that veered into her lane according to witnesses, Whitehead said.

For the complete story, see Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.

Wed
17
Sep

Interests ignite over rocket firm buy

By James Walker
 
The push is on to make the technology companies need to launch modern communications and other equipment into space more affordable and now it appears the Burnet County community of Briggs is destined to play a significant role in that effort. Firefly Space Systems, formerly a California- based satellite launch company working on more efficient rockets, plans to relocate its headquarters to Cedar Park and has bought 200 acres in Briggs, Texas, where it plans to build and operate a rocket engine test facility.
 
Wed
17
Sep

Hazardous Waste Collection

Granite Shoals City Secretary Elaine Simpson (foreground) and Burnet County Grant Coordinator Debbie Cartter were two of the 80 volunteers who helped put on the countysponsored Household Hazardous Waste collection event Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Burnet County Fairgrounds.
 
Wed
17
Sep

‘Plein air’ artists due in Burnet

by Christi Bertelson
 
Burnet Association of Merchants (BAM) will host its first-ever “Map Your Way to Burnet Plein Air Art Festival” on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20~21. Juried artists are expected to come from as far away as Kansas to participate in this event.
 
Wed
17
Sep

‘Plein air’ artists due in Burnet

by Christi Bertelson
 
Burnet Association of Merchants (BAM) will host its first-ever “Map Your Way to Burnet Plein Air Art Festival” on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20~21. Juried artists are expected to come from as far away as Kansas to participate in this event.
 
Wed
17
Sep

County commission adopts $30 million budget, tax rate

By James Walker
 
The Burnet County Commissioners Court Tuesday adopted a Fiscal Year 2015 budget of slightly more than $30 million. 
The FY 2015 budget is a significant increase over the FY 2014 of approximately $24 million. Commissioners and County Judge Donna Klaeger had previously adopted a tax rate of $0.412 per $100 valuation to fund the budgeted expenditures. That tax rate represents a $.0189 increase over the current rateof $0.3924.
 
Wed
10
Sep

Hometown Heroes

Brailey Hall, left, Vanessa Escamilla and Hannah Smith visited with five-year-old Jordan Johnson Sunday, Sept. 7, at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin after they came to her aid when she stopped breathing and had no pulse Saturday evening in Burnet.

By James Walker.

Thanks to the quick and cool-headed actions of three undaunted Burnet teenage girls, five-year-old Jordan Johnson is alive and happily able to laugh and play with her two younger siblings. Hannah Smith, Vanessa Escamilla and Brailey Hall were able to revive Jordan after she stopped breathing while in the family vehicle Saturday, Sept. 6, with her mother, brother and sister.

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Wed
10
Sep

Llano eagles will be rebuilding fallen nest

The eagle pair get comfortable in their Llano nest in January, 2014. The photographer, Jess Thompson, has been observing the eagle pair for more than 10 years.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula.

The well-known eagle pair who had a nest along Texas 29 near the Llano River will be building a new home this fall after their nest collapsed about a month ago because of a combination of a rotted tree trunk, a heavy nest and a windy day, a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department official said Friday, Sept. 5. People have traveled from all over the country to see the eagle’s nest.

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Wed
10
Sep

Brother, sister die in crash near Oakalla late Friday

By James Walker.

A brother and sister on their way home from college to Round Rock, Texas, for a family birthday celebration both died in a crash on US 183 Friday evening, Sept. 5, near Oakalla, Texas. It was the second fatal incident on that stretch of road in a week’s time. Kylie Murphy, 20, and her brother, Ryan Murphy -- who was observing his 20th birthday that day – perished at the scene of the crash after their car careened into the path of an oncoming pickup and was struck broadside.

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