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Wed
23
Jan

Suzanne Johnson Endowment makes final HCCF donation

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
The family of Suzanne Johnson present a check in the amount of $217,588.41 to Hill Country Community Foundation Board members, a donation consisting of the proceeds from the Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Grand Finale fundraiser, which was held last September. The donation exceeded the endowment's goal of $1 million donated to the HCCF to be perpetually distributed to graduating Burnet students.
Back row, left to right: Philip Thurman, HCCF Treasurer; Kyle Stripling, HCCF Lifetime Director; Danny Floyd, HCCF Director; Keith McBurnett, HCCF President; Dale Hill, HCCF Director. Front row, left to right: Dennis Hoover, HCCF Lifetime Director; Cari Anne Johnson Whitehead; Earline Zimmerman, HCCF Administrative Assistant; Jessica Johnson Lindsey; Sallye Long, HCCF Vice President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The family and staff of First State Bank of Burnet President Cary Johnson is closing the door on a chapter in their lives which brought much assistance and inspiration to the Burnet community, especially Burnet High School and Quest High School graduates.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Johnson and his two daughters, Jessica and Cari Anne, presented a check in the amount of $217,588.41 to Hill Country Community Foundation board members, the donation consisting of proceeds from the final Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment fundraiser, held last September in Lampasas.

Wed
16
Jan

Kingsland fuel pump skimmer suspect goes on shopping spree

Contributed
A Kingsland fuel station skimmer was caught on tape in a shopping spree (pictured here at a Home Depot in Georgetown) in a number of Austin area retail stores. Llano County Sheriff's Office is looking for tips to track down the suspect. Call 325-247-5050 to offer tips

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Authorities have captured surveillance images and tracked bank records to try to close in on a Kingsland fuel pump skimmer, who went on a shopping spree in several Austin area stores, according to the Llano County Sheriff's Office report.

Investigators reported that a victim on Nov. 16 used an ATM card at the HEB fueling station, 215 Ranch Road 2900.

“The skimmer pulled the information at the gas station,” Llano County Sheriff's Sgt. Investigator Bucky Boswell said. Authorities acted fast as the victim received bank report the same day of unauthorized purchases at a number of retail outlets.

Fri
11
Jan

Briggs robbery suspect caught with stolen guns

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
Burnet Bulletin

Authorities arrested a Killeen man in a traffic stop Jan. 7, allegedly connected to a stolen vehicle case, burglary and convenience store robbery in Burnet County, officials said.

Emmanuel Harris, 32, of Killeen was stopped around 10 a.m. that morning by the Killeen Police Department in that city and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was taken to the Bell County Jail.

Investigators reported the suspect's arrest in Killeen was connected to a vehicle reported stolen about an hour earlier the same day in the 6000 block of Farm-to-market Road 2657 in Burnet County.

“The owner reported that his vehicle had been stolen from his residence while he was out and about on his property,” a press release stated. “He further reported that his residence had been burglarized with a number of firearms stolen.”

Wed
09
Jan

Community historian Carole Goble dies

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County is mourning the loss of historian and preservationist Carole Goble, who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Goble was born in 1932 and raised in the Prairie Point and Bertram communities, serving with her family as a member of the First Christian Church of Bertram. Goble grew up and developed a love for her county's history, and went on to make a significant impact on Burnet County throughout the years.

Goble's passion for the preservation of Burnet County history stemmed from her own upbringing; her ancestors arrived in the area in 1872, and she came from a family rooted deep in the County's heritage.

Carole graduated from Bertram High School and married Billie Joe Goble, and the two raised their eight children — including Burnet Mayor Christa Goble Bromley — in many places across the country throughout Bill's time in the Marine Corps and returned to Burnet County after 30 years.

Wed
09
Jan

Belle crash, fire, BCISD ratings top Burnet 2018 stories

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
One of the top Burnet stories of 2018 involved the crash of an historic plane at the Burnet Municipal Airport. Pictured here is a firefighter who sprayed foam onto the wreckage of the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain Saturday, July 21, after the aircraft crashed while attempting to take off for an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Thirteen people aboard the plane all escaped before the plane exploded, but one was taken to a San Antonio hospital for burn injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The loss of the beloved Bluebonnet Belle aircraft, a summer of wildfires and the BCISD's first academic accountability rating topped headlines in Burnet for 2018.

Crash of the Belle

The famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and was an integral part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, crashed July 21, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Thirteen people were aboard the Belle, tail number N47HL, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 13 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.

Fri
04
Jan

Burnet County shooting victim fighting for life

Ferrell

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

The Highlander

A Burnet County man is fighting for his life after being shot by a suspect in a personal property dispute at his residence in a remote area of the county, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Office.

The 911 call came into dispatch about 2:20 p.m. Dec. 22 regarding a shooting at a dwelling in the 5000 block of West 29 outside Burnet (toward Buchanan), the report stated.

Investigators reported that Charles Lawrence Farrell, 62, of Burnet County shot a nearby resident, a 45-year-old man, who confronted him at his property.

“Mr. Ferrell was on his porch, and our victim showed up. An argument ensued,” BCSO Capt. Tom Dillard said. “The suspect stated that the victim was advancing on him, and he was in fear for his life.

“He fired his pistol a number of times.”

Fri
14
Dec

City of Bertram, Wilson reach separation agreement, former chief to reimburse city $1,000 deductible for wrecked cruiser

By Richard Zowie
Staff Writer

Embattled former City of Bertram police chief J.J. Wilson has agreed to reimburse the city for a $1,000 deductible to acquire a new police cruiser that he's been charged with crashing in October.

Wilson and the city also reached a separation agreement, officially ending his employment with the northeastern Burnet County town's police department and stating other conditions by which he's expected to abide.

As per the separation agreement, Wilson has agreed to accept a separation designation of general discharge. This is one step below an honorable discharge.

Wilson had been on unpaid leave, following Oct. 2 grand jury indictments for felony perjury and misdemeanor official oppression charges (for which he was released from the Burnet County Jail on a $1,500 surety bond).

Wed
12
Dec

Burnet County will issue $2.5 million in tax notes

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, Dec. 11, to begin the process of obtaining $2.5 million in 2019 tax anticipation notes to fund a number of projects, including $1.6 million for upgrades to the Burnet County Jail and 9-1-1 dispatching.

Also included is $425,000 that would help the county begin making upfront payments on planning, surveying and engineering for a new Wirtz Dam Road bridge crossing as part of an advanced funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), which commissioners also approved at their regular meeting.

Wed
12
Dec

Bertram, PD chief agree to part ways

By Richard Zowie

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Embattled former City of Bertram police chief J.J. Wilson has agreed to reimburse the city for a $1,000 deductible to acquire a new police cruiser that he's been charged with crashing in October.

Wilson and the city also reached a separation agreement, officially ending his employment with the northeastern Burnet County town's police department and stating other conditions by which he's expected to abide.

As per the separation agreement, Wilson has agreed to accept a separation designation of general discharge. This is one step below an honorable discharge.

Wilson had been on unpaid leave, following Oct. 2 grand jury indictments for felony perjury and misemeanor official oppression charges (for which he was released from the Burnet County Jail on a $1,500 surety bond).

Tue
11
Dec

BHS freshman basketball dominates at tournament

Contributed/Roy Kiser, BHS Boys Basketball

 

The Burnet High School freshman basketball team brought home the gold after a tournament in Jarrell on Saturday, Dec. 8. The team placed first in front of Jarrell, Hyde Park, and Lago Vista High Schools.

Go Dawgs!

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