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Tue
27
Nov

Bertram City Council seeks new police chief

Left: James Jay "JJ" Wilson

Right: Richard Zowie/Burnet Bulletin
Interim police chief Talbert Booth presents a wish list to the City Council for projects that he would like funded at the Nov. 13 meeting.

 

 

 

 

By Richard Zowie

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

JJ Wilson's days as a police chief at the Bertram Police Department are over, and while he and the city negotiate an agreement ending his contract, the Bertram City Council at its Nov. 13 meeting extended his unpaid suspension.

Both the police and utility departments also submitted “wish lists” of items they'd like to acquire, should the city be able to secure a $300,000 loan.

 

Chief's suspension continued

Bertram City Council members at their meeting authorized the beginning of the process to hire a new police chief.

City Secretary Georgina Hernandez said she did not know how long it would take to hire a new chief, as it requires background checks and interviews.

The new chief will replace James Jay (“JJ”) Wilson. The council also authorized to extend Wilson's suspension without pay up through Dec. 27.

Tue
27
Nov

Burnet County approves LCRA flood grant plan

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 27, on a plan to share with affected municipalities portions of a $100,000 donation from the Lower Colorado River Authority for cleanup from the October flood.

The plan approved by commissioners honors LCRA's request that at least 70 percent of the money be used for waterway cleanup. The remaining 30 percent will be used to pay for household hazardous waste removal ($20,000), refrigerant removal ($3,000) and monitoring ($7,000) at the county's Phillips Ranch road debris site, the latter a requirement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Tue
20
Nov

Friends remember Ward's love of aviation

Frank Shubert/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet Pilot Cowden Ward Jr. brings his P-51 Mustang “Pecos Bill” to the 2018 Bluebonnet Airsho on Saturday, Sept. 8. Ward and World War II Veteran Vincent Losada of San Antonio were killed Saturday, Nov. 17 after "Pecos Bill" crashed into a Fredericksburg apartment complex parking lot during a re-enactment. Ward's community, colleagues, and family mourn his death, and remember him for the impact he made on the lives of many Veterans through Freedom Flyers, a foundation he created which provided free aircraft rides for our nation's World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Iraqi, and Afghani war veterans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

The Highlander

Pilots, aviation fans, and Veterans are mourning the loss of well-known and beloved Burnet pilot Cowden Ward Jr. after his P-51D Mustang, “Pecos Bill,” crashed into a Fredericksburg apartment complex parking lot on Saturday, Nov. 17, killing him and his passenger, a World War II Veteran.

Ward, known for his love for aviation and his non-profit organization “Freedom Flyers,” dedicated his time to the nation's World War II Veterans by offering them free flights in Pecos Bill, his way of giving thanks to those who protected our freedoms so long ago.

Ward had recently begun offering flights to Korean and Vietnam War Veterans, as well as Veterans suffering from PTSD after the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars, expanding his motivational reach to many people and making a difference in close to 140 Veterans' lives.

Tue
20
Nov

Burnet pilot Ward Jr. killed in accident; P-51 'Pecos Bill' crashes during Nov. 17 Fredericksburg re-enactment

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet pilot Cowden Ward Jr. gives the high sign from his P-51 Mustang "Pecos Bill" at the 2018 Bluebonnet Airsho on Saturday, Sept. 8. Ward was a fan favorite at the Airsho and founder of Freedom Flyers, which honors veterans by giving them rides in vintage aircraft. He and passenger Vincent Losada were killed Saturday, Nov. 17, when Pecos Bill crashed at a Fredericksburg apartment complex.

 

 

 

 

 

By Richard Zowie

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

A Burnet resident and founder of Pecos Bill P-51 Freedom Flyers died Nov. 17 in Fredericksburg when his P-51 airplane crashed near an apartment complex on the tourist town's east side.

According to AV Web, Cowden Ward Jr. was flying the vintage World War II plane in a reenactment flight and was believed to have had a passenger who was a World War II pilot. Both he and passenger Vincent Losada, 93, of San Antonio, were killed.

The crash occurred around 3:16 p.m. on Saturday at Friendship Place Apartments, at 707 South Creek Street in Fredericksburg. Fredericksburg Fire EMS, Fredericksburg Police Department, Gillespie County Sheriff’s Department, and Texas Department of Public Safety were dispatched.

Tue
20
Nov

Burnet County sheriff's deputy pursuit locks down school, launches fugitive search

Contributed
Authorities captured two pursuit suspects Nov. 17 who fled the scene after a cash in a pasture adjacent to Burnet High School.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Two Fort Worth area suspects remained in custody Nov. 19 in connection with a Burnet County Sheriff's Office pursuit, which locked down an elementary school, stalled a community event and ended with the suspects vehicle crash, a fugitive search and attempted escape.

The incident unfolded just after 8 a.m. Nov. 17 on U.S. 281, north of Burnet in the area of County Road 112.

Burnet County Sheriff's deputies engaged a dark-colored BMW Mini Cooper in a high-speed pursuit with speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The pursuit eventually entered The Green Mile, the main roadway, with limited outlet, onto the grounds of Burnet High School.

Fri
16
Nov

Community Thanksgiving dinner being organized

Contributed/Nancy Heuss
Nancy Allen (left) and Jeanie Worrell prepare mashed potatoes at a past Thanksgiving Dinner at the Church of Christ. This year's free community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served Thursday, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 102 South Vandeveer Street, Burnet.

 

 

 

 

Burnet County church members are in the process of organizing their annual free community Thanksgiving dinner which will take place at the Burnet Church of Christ on Thursday, Nov. 22.

Volunteers from the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, First Lutheran Church, Burnet Presbyterian Church, St. Charles Catholic Church of Kingsland and First State Bank of Burnet will work to prepare the free Thanksgiving Dinner to offer to those in need during the holidays.

Volunteers are still needed for this event. Individuals seeking additional information about volunteering to serve food to the community, or seeking additional information about the event, are asked to call Nancy Heuss at 512-755-4341.

The Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Church of Christ, located at 102 South Vandeveer Street, Burnet. Everyone in the community is welcome to partake in the dinner.

Fri
16
Nov

Early deadlines announced for Nov. 28 Burnet Bulletin

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Burnet Bulletin will have an early deadline for news, classifieds and obituaries for the Wednesday, Nov. 28, edition.

All news articles, obituaries and classifieds must be submitted by Wednesday, Nov. 21, at noon to be considered for publication in the Nov. 28 edition.

The Burnet Bulletin offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26.

Fri
16
Nov

Sales tax revenue down for Burnet, Bertram

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Sales tax collections in Burnet and Bertram experienced a downward trend this month, though the county's other four cities all reported sales tax growth, and five of six cities in the county have total sales tax distributions above last year's pace.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he is sending cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $817 million in local sales tax allocations for November, 5.4 percent more than in November 2017.

These allocations are based on sales made in September by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in July, August and September by quarterly filers.

Fri
16
Nov

Work begins on new 2900 bridge

James Oakley/Special to the Bulletin
Texas Department of Transportation employees, Llano County and state representatives and Capital Excavation executives celebrate the beginning of construction of a new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland with a groundbreaking Friday, Nov. 9.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Capital Excavation Company crews continued Sunday afternoon working on the south side of Ranch to Market Road 2900 to undertake what will be a monumental task — building a new 2900 bridge within 150 days.

On Friday, Texas Department of Transportation officials, along with state and local representatives from Llano County, held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate construction of the replacement bridge just three weeks after floodwaters washed away the former bridge.

Fri
16
Nov

Turnout bolsters red wave in Burnet County

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County voters came to the polls early — and when they did, they overwhelmingly voted Republican in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.

Republican candidates carried statewide races by big margins in both counties, bolstered by straight party GOP voters, who made up more than 50 percent of voter turnout.

County voters also officially elected a new Precinct 2 Commissioner, Damon Beierle; a new Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, Jane Marie Hurst; and a new Precinct 3 Constable, John “Chip” Leake, who will serve out the unexpired term of the late Jimmy Ballard.

Burnet County saw 18,597 of its 30,534 registered voters, or about 60.91 percent, cast ballots either through early and absentee voting or on Election Day. In 2014, the last midterm election, just 12,040 of 27,260 registered voters cast ballots, or 44.17 percent. In the 2010 midterm election, turnout was 47.07 percent.

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