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Tue
25
Sep

Utopiafest, Burnet County residents quarrel over pending permit

Lew Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd spoke Sept. 25 during a public hearing on the Utopiafest. The lawman is scheduled in October to decide the fate of the festival's mass gathering permit.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Burnet Bulletin •

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said Tuesday, Sept. 25, if he had to make a decision that day, he would not approve a mass gathering permit for Utopiafest Down in the Oaks at this time due to concerns about public safety.

Boyd's comments came during a morning public hearing on the festival's permit request at the Burnet County Courthouse and remain consistent with earlier statements he made to festival organizers and concerned residents last week.

“Not much has changed at this time, but I am still concerned about the road leading into the event and the fact there is no other way in or out of the festival site,” Boyd said. “I am concerned that if something were to happen in the event and everyone was rushing to get out, I and my people wouldn't be able to get in.

Wed
19
Sep

Burnet, Bertram sales tax revenues jump

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Sales tax distributions for Burnet for the month of September are up more than two percent above last year's total as the city sees continued economic growth from its retail sector.

All cities in Burnet County experienced sales tax growth this month, with four cities (Bertram, Granite Shoals, Horseshoe Bay and Cottonwood Shores) all seeing double-digit percentage hikes.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he is sending cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $738.8 million in local sales tax allocations for September, 10.5 percent more than in September 2017. These allocations are based on sales made in July by businesses that report tax monthly.

Wed
19
Sep

New SRO welcomed

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

The Burnet CISD Board of Trustees welcomes new School Resource Officers to the district at the Sept. 17 board meeting. As safety is a priority at Burnet CISD, the addition of these SRO's further ensures that possible incidents on Burnet CISD property may be efficiently stopped or prevented and students, educators, and administrators may remain safe on each campus. Front row from left are BCISD trustee Mark Kincaid, president Andy Feild, trustee Robby Robertson, trustee Suzanne Brown and secretary Earl Foster. Back row, are Bertram Police Chief JJ Wilson, Officers Walton Cotton, Christine Cummings, Brandon Bertelson, Courtney Raney, Jeff Morris, and BCISD superintendent Keith McBurnett.

Wed
19
Sep

Fighting hunger in Burnet

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

Wed
19
Sep

Transportation commission approves Burnet County highway improvements

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The Texas Transportation Commission has approved spending more than $13.5 million to make improvements to two major Burnet County thoroughfares after letting contracts at their most recent meeting.

The commission also unanimously approved the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which requires the state to develop a four-year program of surface transportation projects based on anticipated federal, state, local and private funds available for use. Burnet County is expected to see about $21.95 million in construction and engineering funding through federal, state and local sources during the next four year.

Transportation projects awarded

Wed
19
Sep

Grand jury indicts Salley for fatal wreck

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By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Following two roadway deaths on Texas 29, a Leander man will face criminal negligent homicide and manslaughter charges, according to court documents.

Mark David Salley, 56, is scheduled to be arraigned in connection with the charges at 9 a.m. on Sept. 14 in a Burnet County district courtroom in Burnet, according to court records.

He was booked into Burnet County Jail Sept. 10, on warrants connected to a 33rd Judicial District Grand Jury indictment.

Two people – Dena Kolb, 52, of Burnet and Pamela Stewart, 56 of Bertram – died in a three-car collision during an early morning commute Oct. 2, 2017 about five miles east of Bertram.

According to the DPS report, Salley, the driver of a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup, was westbound in the inside lane when he collided with the back of a 2015 Ford Focus driven by Stewart, who was stopped to turn onto Burnet County Road 304.

Wed
19
Sep

Residents upset county may issue Utopiafest permit

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Residents who live along County Road 200 (Shady Grove Road) near a proposed festival site are voicing their concern that Utopiafest Down in the Oaks will bring unwanted traffic and safety problems to their neighborhood.

Festival founder Travis Sutherland, as well as his partners Down in the Oaks Entertainment's Patrick and Brandon Harrison and Jeff Dena, are expected to host a 6 p.m. informational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Burnet County AgriLife Extension building, 607 North Vandeveer St., Burnet, to answer questions and perhaps assuage residents' fears about the nearly weeklong festival.

The festival must obtain a mass gathering permit before it can be held and the decision about whether to grant such a permit will be up to Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd, County Judge James Oakley said.

Wed
12
Sep

District extends McBurnett contract

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

At a special meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 4, the Burnet CISD Board of Trustees voted to extend Superintendent Keith McBurnett's contract through June 30, 2021.

Since becoming the Superintendent on March 27, 2012, McBurnett has guided BCISD down a path towards readying its students for the future, focusing on their safety and first-class education as top priorities.

For the past six years, McBurnett has brought many values to BCISD, and the campuses have begun “Crafting the Future” of its students, seeing the implementation of multiple innovative courses such as Mandarin Chinese, Geometry in Construction, Culinary Arts, and Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering, which ready students for college or the workforce before they graduate high school.

School resource officers have also been placed at every BCISD campus, as well as additional safety measures to ensure the safety of students and educators.

Wed
12
Sep

Start With Hello honored again

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

Wed
12
Sep

BPD cruiser, BCISD trailer crash on US 281; Authorities blame rain-slicked roadways, runoff flooding

Frank Shubert and contributed
Crews worked back-to-back crashes Sept. 7 after a Burnet CISD band equipment trailer collided with a passenger vehicle (pictured above) on U.S. 281 near the Park Road 4 intersection. A second accident occurred shortly after when a Burnet Police Department patrol unit responding to the scene of the first crash, hydroplaned off U.S. 281 and struck a tree.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

As weekend thunderstorms swept through the Highland Lakes, a rain-slicked roadway contributed to several crashes Sept. 7 including a Burnet police officer patrol unit responding to another collision involving a Burnet Consolidated Independent School District band equipment trailer.

The accident involving the BCISD band trailer and a second vehicle occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 on U.S. 281 just north of the PR 4 intersection.

The BCISD vehicle towing an equipment trailer en route to a football game in Marble Falls (See story, P. 6), collided with a passenger car in the 6500 block of South U.S. 281, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Office report.

A Burnet Police Department vehicle, responding to assist crews at that wreck, then crashed on U.S. 281 about a half-mile north of PR 4 in the vicinity of the first crash.

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