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Wed
06
Feb

February fine forgiveness month at county libraries

Guilt over those overdue fines keeping you out of the library? Come into any branch of the Burnet County Library System between February 1 and February 28 and your overdue fines will be forgiven.

Don’t miss this opportunity! (This does not include charges for lost or damaged items, but librarians are willing to work with you to get your account cleared up.)

It’s also a perfect time to see what’s new at your local branch!

The libraries are constantly adding new titles to their print collection. Learn about our eServices -- ebooks, eaudio books, emagazines, online language learning, entertainment and educational video streaming.

Don’t forget about their computers, printers, and WiFi. No matter which services you are interested in, friendly staff members are ready to help and answer any questions you might have.

For more information, call one of our branches:

Marble Falls Public Library, Marble Falls

830-693-3023

Wed
06
Feb

Deceased local priests on 'accused' list

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Two deceased former Hill Country priests are among 22 individuals whose names appeared on a list released Thursday, Jan. 31, by the Diocese of Austin of clergy who have been “credibly accused of committing sexual abuse against a minor.”

Paul M. Clogan, who died in 2012 at age 81, and Daniel Joseph Delaney, who died in 2008 at age 62, were named on the list by the Most Rev. Joe S. Vasquez, bishop of the Diocese of Austin.

Vasquez cautioned the list did not establish that an allegation had been substantiated or proven against each person listed — or that any abuse had occurred within the Diocese of Austin — but that after all information had been reviewed by an independent team, there remained reason to believe the allegation was true.

Wed
06
Feb

Pawnee springs forward

Marcie Masterson/Burnet Bulletin

 

Everyone is smiling as Pawnee headed straight for the bowl of oats and gobbled them down signifying an early spring for the Bertram area. Pawnee is pictured with Ella Schooler, his trainer, who has been showing him since an early age and had a great showing at the National Miniature Donkey show in 2011. Ella is the granddaughter of Skip and Patsy Oertli, the owners of award winning Frontier Legends stable in Oatmeal. The other girls pictured are Paislee Masterson and Addy Grace Allen, Donkey Day ambassadors. They’ve both been at Donkey Day ceremonies since they could walk. The newest ambassador in training, Camille Fitzsimmons, is shyly peeking out between the older girls.

Wed
06
Feb

SWAT team captures homicide suspect

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County Sheriff's authorities assisted a Williamson County SWAT team, the Department of Public Safety and several other agencies in capturing a 32-year-old suspect wanted in a Williamson County homicide investigation, officials said.

The incident unfolded around 10:20 p.m. Feb. 1, when Williamson County officials requested BCSO assistance with a suspect in the 7400 block of east CR 243.

“Williamson County had tracked the vehicle to that location and requested our assistance,” Burnet County Sheriff's Capt. Chris Jett said.

“It was in the middle of the night. We did shutdown 243 for a little while,” he said. “We were told he was a suspect in a homicide involving a firearm.

“We don't know why he was in Burnet County,” Jett added.

Wed
06
Feb

Buckingham files property tax bills

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway, filed a series of bills Monday, Feb. 4, aimed at property tax reform, especially when it comes to property owners' dealings with appraisal districts, as well as providing for an automatic ratification election if a municipality or county raises taxes above a certain threshhold.

“Since my first day in the Texas Senate I have fought for fiscally responsible limited government,” Buckingham said Monday in a statement to The Highlander. “Providing property tax relief to my constituents will always be one of my top priorities. Our current property tax system too often places an undue burden on property owners, and that is why I have filed several bills to reform property taxes in Texas.”

Senate Bill 597 and Senate Joint Resolution 36 would prohibit fees being charged to property owners for protesting an appraisal of their property.

Wed
06
Feb

Comptroller releases January sales tax reports

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Sales tax distributions for Burnet for the month of January dropped more than three percent below last year's total from the same time period.

Results were mixed for Burnet County's municipalities as four cities saw sales tax revenues increase, but two saw them decrease, including Burnet.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $734.7 million in local sales tax allocations for January, 3.6 percent more than in January 2018. These allocations are based on sales made in November by businesses that report tax monthly.

Burnet saw a decrease of 3.42 percent in the month of January 2019 as the county seat received $165,054.66 in distributions from the Texas Comptroller's office — down from the $170,912.01 received in January 2018.

Mon
04
Feb

ESD 8 terminates Briggs VFD contract

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Many unanswered questions are circulating through the Briggs community in light of a recent decision by the Board of Emergency Services Commissioners for Burnet County ESD No. 8 to terminate its contract with the Briggs Volunteer Fire Department effective March 1.

In a statement issued by the ESD No. 8, “all operations by Briggs VFD within the District will cease effective March 1, 2019, and all Briggs VFD assets that have been paid for by the District...will be returned to the District at that time.”

ESD No. 8 plans to assign the District's emergency services to Oakalla VFD following the dismantling of Briggs VFD.

“The Board believes this change in service will benefit the entire District by enhancing the level of service across the community,” the release stated.

Thu
31
Jan

FBC Burnet to host Care Nights

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

When faced with the death of a loved one, divorce, or single parenting, everyone pushes through the grief and struggles in a different way. Many people need support and guidance when faced with difficulties in their lives, and Care Nights at First Baptist Church Burnet are designed to help these individuals cope in their own ways, with the support and guidance of caring individuals.

FBC Burnet will host the spring sessions of GriefShare, DivorceCare, DivorceCare4Kids (DC4K), and Single & Parenting programs Tuesdays, starting Feb. 5 and continuing through April 30.

The four seminars are designed to guide participants in coping with the effects of divorce, single parenting, and grief through informational videos, group discussions, and personal workbook exercises which cover the week's topics.

Wed
30
Jan

Commissioners choose jail security vendor

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
After the opening of Burnet County commissioners court Wednesday, Jan. 23, Burnet County Historical Commission chair JoAnn Myers introduced new commission members, including Burnet Bulletin staff writer Savanna Gregg.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A Waco company will be making upgrades to the Burnet County Jail security system that will have the jail using manual controls for about a week during the installation.

After hearing a quick presentation from Sydaptic Inc., the Burnet County commissioners on Wednesday, Jan. 23, approved contracting with the company for $695,137 to install new hardware and software controls at the jail on Polk Avenue (Texas 29).

Sypdatic did not submit the lowest overall bid, but did submit what officials believed to be the best bid overall. Jail Capt. Matt Kimbler told commissioners a committee which studied bids submitted for the work recommended going with Sydaptic because of the amount of time the system would be down.

Wed
30
Jan

District judges appoint new auditor

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County has a new county auditor and purchasing agent after 33rd District Judge Allan Garrett and 424th District Judge Evan Stubbs appointed Karin A. Smith to the position, effective Feb. 4.

The appointment is for a two-year term. Smith will receive an annual salary of $78,167 as auditor plus a $5,000 yearly stipend as the county purchasing agent.

“We found Ms. Smith as a result of a very extensive search after we had advertised the position and received several applicants and conducted a number of interviews,” Garrett said. “She was our first choice and we made and she accepted our offer to come to Burnet County. We are pleased to welcome her to Burnet County.”

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