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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.

Fri
16
Nov

Teague recognized as 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

Burnet High School senior Sheaffer Teague is presented to the Burnet CISD Board of Trustees in recognition of his being named a 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student at the Nov. 12 Board meeting. Teague, pictured with BHS Principal Casey Burkhart and his parents, Jana and Jason, was given this honor in recognition of his academic achievements, including his score of a 5 in the calculus-based AP Physics exam last year, placing him among the top five students in the nation. Burkhart described Teague's commendation as a rare circumstance and a huge feat, as only 34,000 – roughly two-percent – of the 1.6 million individuals in the program are recognized as commended students.

Fri
16
Nov

BCISD approves alternative path for graduation

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett presents RJ Richey Elementary School students Hannah Brooks, Rylan Dowd, and Aaron Butter with certificates for their leading the room in the Pledges of Allegiance at the beginning of the Nov. 12 Board meeting. RJ Richey Elementary Principal BJ Gates (right) introduced the students to the Board, who were chosen to lead the room in the Pledges because of their accomplishments in the American Reading Company program.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Students who graduated from Burnet High School but did not meet academic standards in order to receive a diploma may get a second chance to acquire their diploma as Burnet CISD trustees approved a resolution for alternative graduation requirements at the Nov. 12 Board meeting.

Students who entered the ninth grade before the 2011-12 school year and met all requirements for the year they were in that grade but fell short in the assessments required to receive a diploma may be eligible to graduate if they meet these alternative requirements.

Eligible students must show competence in subject areas related to assessments with which they originally struggled through one or more of the following factors, according to the resolution:

Fri
16
Nov

Commissioners accept LCRA donation, award debris bids

James Oakley/Special to the Bulletin
Burnet County Judge James Oakley, left, receives a check for $100,000 from Steve Dyer of the Lower Colorado River Authority as a donation from LCRA to help Burnet County with flood debris cleanup and removal.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday, Nov. 5, during a special called meeting to accept a $100,000 contribution from the Lower Colorado River Authority to help defray flood debris cleanup costs of public waterways.

Commissioners also awarded bids to companies for flood debris removal as well as household hazardous waste removal, subject to approval from County Attorney Eddie Arredondo as well as the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency (FEMA), from which Burnet County hopes to receive funds to help offset debris removal and cleanup costs from the Oct. 16 flood.

Fri
16
Nov

Lennox tournament raises funds for HCCF

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
The family members of the late Bennie Lennox present a check donation to members of the Hill Country Community Foundation comprised of funds from a recent golf tournament hosted by the Delaware Springs golf course. From left are Cary Johnson, Kyle Stripling, Gayle Loyd, Stephen Loyd, Sallye Long, David Bennett and Doug Fipps.

 

 

 

 

 

Family members of the late Bennie Lenox honored his memory with a memorial golf tournament last month at Delaware Springs Golf Course. Recently, they presented the proceeds of the tournament to members of the Hill Country Community Foundation.

Gayle and Steve Loyd and Doug Fipps, who organized the tournament in memory of Lenox, a longtime Burnet County resident, presented a check as the first part of funds raised to HCCF members Cary Johnson, David Bennett and Kyle Stripling.

Bennie Lenox was a Texas A&M All-American, a basketball coach at The University of Texas, and a successful businessman and rancher in retirement. He dedicated his lifetime to mentoring, coaching and encouraging his children and grandchildren, along with countless others through volunteering in the community.

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