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Tue
05
Mar

TxDOT hosts open house on improvements

From staff reports

The Texas Department of Transportation will host an open house on improvements to Ranch to Market Road 1431 from Ranch to Market Road 1174 to Bar K Ranch Road this Tuesday, March 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lago Vista Middle School Cafeteria, 8039 Bar K Ranch Road, Lago Vista.

The purpose of the open house is to gather public input on the proposed improvements in Burnet and Travis counties. The public is invited to come and go at their convenience and staff will be available to answer questions.

Improvements include widening the roadway where needed; adding eight slow-moving vehicle turnout lanes and repaving the roadway.

TxDOT makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of the public. The open house will be in English.

For more information, visit the TxDOT website at txdot.gov and enter “RM 1431 from RM 1174” in the search area or call 512-832-7114.

Tue
05
Mar

State of the Community Address scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 6

All City of Burnet and Burnet CISD citizens are invited to the annual State of the Community Address tomorrow, Wednesday, March 6, at the Burnet Community Center.
Guests will enjoy a free barbecue lunch and a delicious dessert prepared by the BHS Culinary Arts students and hear from Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley and Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett as they address successes of the past year and goals for the future.

Doors open 11:30 a.m.
Meal served at 11:45 a.m.
Program begins at 12:00 p.m.

 

Wed
27
Feb

LCRA, TxDOT work to expedite bridge construction

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
The Ranch-to-market 2900 Bridge is "on track" for completion in April, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Capital Excavation recently set beams for spans 3 and 4 and poured so-called "caps" for columns 6 and 7. Officials estimated progress on up to 10 shafts this week.

 

 

 

 

The Lower Colorado River Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation are coordinating efforts to clean up debris from the RM 2900 bridge that washed away along the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ during historic flooding in October.

As previously announced, LCRA began refilling Lake LBJ on Sunday, Feb. 24, and will continue to do so through Wednesday, Feb. 27, after lowering the lake in December to provide property owners an opportunity to remove debris and make repairs.

Wed
27
Feb

Burnet man arrested on child pornography charge

From staff reports

Granite Shoals authorities captured a suspect wanted on warrants for child pornography, after a resident reported a suspicious person walking in a neighborhood, officials confirmed.

The incident was reported Feb. 21 when “a concerned resident noticed an individual walking down a residential street and appeared to be intoxicated,” according to a Granite Shoals Police Department press release.

“The officer discovered that not only was the person intoxicated but also had a felony warrant,” the release stated.

GSPD PIO Capt. Chris Decker confirmed the suspect's was James Logan Diez, 62, of Burnet.

“The bigger problem was the warrant,” he said. “We were able to identify him, and went in for his warrant.” The warrants were issued out of Burnet County on two charges of possession of child pornography.

Wed
27
Feb

Commissioners suspend Briggs VFD contract

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, Feb. 26, to suspend indefinitely any further mutual aid payments to the Briggs Volunteer Fire Department.

Tuesday's action comes after the Burnet County Emergency Service District No. 8 previously decided not to renew a contract with Briggs VFD due to issues with operational control and training at the rural department. The contract between the two entities expires Friday, March 1.

“The county has a mutual aid contract with Briggs VFD that pays the department $23,000 per year to provide fire protection services in Burnet County,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Damon Beierle said.

“Since they are no longer providing these services, this payment is no longer necessary and the contract should be suspended.”

Wed
27
Feb

BMS greenhouse sale scheduled for March 8

The public is invited to the annual Burnet Middle School Greenhouse Spring Plant Sale Friday, Mar. 8 at the BMS campus.

Customers will be able to choose new greenery from a variety of flowering plants, hanging baskets, herbs, and lot vegetable plants to include in their gardens.

The community is invited to come to the greenhouse and show their support for the students and educators working hard to propagate plants and planting seeds in their community.

Wed
27
Feb

ESD 7 hears concerns from BVFD, citizens

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Ample discussion between Emergency Services District No. 7 Board members, Burnet Volunteer Fire Department personnel, and citizens brought many concerns to the table during the ESD’s Monday, Feb. 25 meeting held at the Burnet County Courthouse. The discussion was eventually tabled for a future meeting, but not before concerns were voiced by many BVFD members and supporters. Suggestions were also offered by several in attendance on how ways to forward on the issue.

ESD 7 President John Smallwood reiterated to the room that because of growth in the county, and the city of Burnet’s decision to discontinue their non-compete contract with the BVFD, he and his exploratory committee began looking for a way to ensure calls in Burnet and surrounding areas were adequately covered in a timely manner.

Thu
21
Feb

Bertram City Council hires Kyle as PD chief

By Nathan Hendrix

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The City of Bertram is looking to heal the wounds of the past and prepare for the future with the hiring of a new police chief.

The Bertram City Council approved the appointment of Leslie Dewayne Kyle to the position of Chief of Police on Tuesday at the monthly council meeting at city hall. The council voted to begin the hiring process back in November after the previous chief was fired.

Kyle is a lieutenant with the Austin Police Department, where he has worked for the past 20 years. Prior to his assignment in Austin, he worked in the small-town atmospheres of Spearman and Canyon. In total, Kyle has 32 years of law enforcement experience.

Kyle is a lieutenant in East Austin, one of the busiest areas of the city for law enforcement officials. He said he wanted a change-of-pace as he's aged.

“I'm old,” he said with a laugh. “I'm ready for a slower lifestyle than I deal with now.”

Thu
21
Feb

'Shutter of stall' experienced before Bluebonnet Belle crash

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Firefighters put out a fire that erupted after the Bluebonnet Belle crashed in July 2018. A preliminary NTSB report states the captain told investigators he felt the "shutter of a stall" shortly before the plane crashed.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The captain of the Bluebonnet Belle told investigators he felt “the shutter of a stall” before the airplane turned left and impacted the ground, according to a preliminary report filed by the National Transportation Safety Board about the July 21, 2018, crash of the historic plane.

The Douglas DC-3 twin-engine plane, which was operated by the Commemorative Air Force, was destroyed beyond salvage after it crashed shortly after takeoff at about 9:15 a.m. from the Burnet Municipal Airport en route to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to attend an air show with 13 people on board. The flight was going to make an intermediate fuel stop at the Sedalia Regional Airport in Sedalia, Missouri.

Thu
21
Feb

Highland Lakes Squadron founder Harold Smith dies

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force founder Col. Harold Smith passed away early in the morning Sunday, Feb. 17.

Smith dedicated the expertise he gained through experience with the Warbirds of World War II to sharing that knowledge with everyone he encountered.

Smith founded the Squadron in 1991 and served as its first leader among his colleagues until 1993. For almost 30 years after his term ended, Smith continued to make an impact on the Squadron and the Museum located at the Burnet Airport by helping out with daily hangar routines and offering his help at the many airshows hosted by the Squadron.

One meaningful memory of Smith held by his colleagues and community was his procuring the Warbirds on display outside the Burnet Airport Museum, which will forever pay tribute to the airmen who served their countries in World War II.

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