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Wed
10
Sep

LCRA expected to vote on amended water plan

By James Walker.

Once again, the Lower olorado River Authority (LCRA) board of directors is expected to vote on an amended Water Management Plan at its monthly meeting next week. And, once again, Highland Lakes water activists are cautiously optimistic about the vote’s outcome. “Everybody seems to be in agreement on the need to move forward,” said Jo Karr Tedder, president of the Central Texas Water Coalition, after the last of three recent LCRA-led stakeholders meetings was held to educate the public on the complexities and possibilities inherent in the proposed new Water Management Plan (WMP.)

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Thu
04
Sep

Benefit for Burnet woman injured in ATV accident

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Charlie Campbell, center, poses for a picture with family and friends at the Charlie Campbell Bulls and Barrels Rodeo fundraiser in March.

by Alexandria Randolph

The Second Annual Charlie Dawn Campbell Fundraiser Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Delaware Springs Golf Course in Burnet.

Campbell, mother of two and a resident of Burnet, was seriously injured on the opening day of dove season, Sept. 1, 2013, in an ATV accident on a private Burnet County ranch. She suffers paralysis and now requires continued medical and rehabilitation care.

“She’s doing good. She’s got a lot of her upper body back,” said Gary Campbell, her brother. “She’s strong. Her ultimate goal is to be able to take care of her children on her own.”

Campbell said his sister goes to Austin for rehabilitation treatment two to three times every week, which costs roughly $7,000 per month. In-house rehabilitation, which she completed a few months at a time, costs $6,000 a month. Campbell will soon undergo shoulder surgery in addition to her rehabilitation.

Wed
03
Sep

Friends with ‘Oatie’

Whitney Wood of Johnson City finds new friend in “Oatie”— the official mascot of the Oatmeal Festival held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29-30. Drawing a crowd of fans, the event featured a fun run, pageant, parade and more.

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Wed
03
Sep

Dove Season

Mike Winter of Red Top Bait Shop could not have looked more proud teaching his grandson, Gabe Martin, how to shoot on the first day of dove season, Monday, Sept. 1. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department experts are saying this year’s dove season is looking good, since populations of both mourning and white-winged doves have improved by five percent over last year.

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Wed
03
Sep

Where’s the water going?

By James Walker.

The diminishing water storage levels in Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis are expected fall below 700,000 acre feet this week and could continue to drop by an average of close to 2,000 acre feet a day for at least the next 10 days.

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Wed
03
Sep

Burnet Schools affected by ‘unconstitutional’ financing

By James Walker.

Texas legislators should commit to fixing the inequities in funding the state’s public schools when it meets next year and not wait until they are compelled to do so by a judge, Burnet schools superintendent Keith McBurnett believes.

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Wed
27
Aug

Back in Class

The first day of school at Burnet schools Monday, Aug. 25, saw second-grader Kenzie Barrow

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Wed
27
Aug

Campaigning for commissioner: Cook makes tour stop in Burnet

John Cook, the Democratic nominee for Texas Land Commissioner, was in Burnet on a campaign tour last week.

By James Walker.
 
Texans have been “Bush-whacked” twice and are smart enough not to let it happen again, the Democratic Party’s nominee for Texas Land Commissioner said last week during a campaign swing through Burnet County. John Cook, a former mayor of El Paso, and his wife have put 20,000 miles on their pickup visiting 127 of the state’s 243 counties in the past four months in an attempt convince voters to consider an alternative to more red state conservatism.

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Wed
27
Aug

After vote delay, LCRA explaining Water Management Plan

By James Walker.
 
Water stakeholders in the Colorado River basin have began re-examining the details of a revised plan for allocating water in the Highland Lakes after the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) delayed a vote on the matter last week. Monday’s meeting conducted by LCRA staff and attended by stakeholders from throughout the river basin was the first of four such meetings before the utility’s board of directors is expected to vote on the revised Water Management Plan (WMP) at its Wednesday, Sept. 17, meeting.

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Wed
27
Aug

‘Silver Plus’

By James Walker.
 
Patients who come to Seton Highland Lakes Hospital showing signs of myocardial infarction _ on the verge of a possible heart attack _ can do so with the knowledge that they will be in good hands. Award-winning hands, actually. The Burnet hospital and its emergency room staff were a significant part of the reason that Seton Medical Center Williamson was honored recently by the American Heart Association.

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