News

Thu
21
Feb

ESD may suggest operations change for BVFD

File photo
Burnet Volunteer Fire Department personnel work to douse any hot spots remaining on the scene of a structure fire that completely consumed a 70-year-old home on County Road 201 in 2016. By the time firefighters arrived, the structure had already collapsed. The future of the BVFD is uncertain as ESD 7 explores how best to provide coverage in outlying areas of Burnet County.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Questions about the future of the Burnet Volunteer Fire Department have arisen as volunteers wonder what will happen should the city of Burnet go through with plans not to renew a non-compete contract with the BVFD.

Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 7 President John Smallwood stated Monday, Feb. 18, his organization is not trying to get rid of the BVFD, but there may be a change in the way things are operated.

“The city of Burnet decided not to continue their non-compete contract with the VFD, so we, as an exploratory committee, are looking at possible actions to make sure there is adequate coverage, in a timely fashion, in the parts of the county the ESD serves,” Smallwood said.

Wed
13
Feb

Master Gardeners to provide scholarships for graduates

The Highland Lakes Master Gardeners Association (HLMGA) provides volunteer services to the local community which focus on educating the public in advanced horticultural ideas and practices. In addition to the various educational projects in which the Membership participates, the Association offers scholarships to undergraduate students currently enrolled in a horticultural or agricultural degree program who have graduated from area high schools, or the graduating seniors from area high schools who plan to pursue an undergraduate degree/technical certification in the horticultural or agricultural sciences.

Each scholarship is awarded at $2,500. The number of scholarships awarded is dependent upon the availability of qualified applicants.

Wed
13
Feb

HLDW plan fundraiser, membership drive at Bear King Brewery

The Highland Lakes Democratic Women will be among the first to hold an event at the new Bear King Brewery in Marble Falls. The group will host a Membership Drive and Fundraiser Happy Hour on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 5 – 7 p.m. 

The event is open to anyone interested in joining HLDW. Dana Rushing, the organization’s Membership Chair, encourages all current members to attend and to bring a friend.  

Wed
13
Feb

ESD 8 clarifies Briggs VFD contract choice; Elmore: lack of training, call response among reasons

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet County Precinct 2 Commissioner Damon Beierle, second from right, addresses a crowd at a town hall meeting at the Briggs Community Center on Monday, Feb. 11, as he is joined at the front by Sheriff Calvin Boyd, Precinct 2 JP Lisa Whitehead, and ESD 8 President Roberta Elmore. The meeting was called to let residents know why the ESD chose to let a contract with Briggs Volunteer Fire Department expire without renewal.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Members of the Briggs and Oakalla communities were given reasons for Emergency Service District No. 8’s recent decision to allow the expiration of their Briggs Volunteer Fire Department contract at a town hall meeting held Monday, Feb. 11, at the Briggs Community Center.

Burnet County Precinct 2 Commissioner Damon Beierle, Justice of the Peace Lisa Whitehead, Sheriff Calvin Boyd, and ESD 8 President Roberta Elmore were present at the meeting, listening to questions and offering solutions to the issues residents faced.

Elmore spent the majority of the meeting fielding questions of all calibers, ranging from the operations of the county’s ESDs to specific questions about the ESD’s decision.

Wed
13
Feb

Commissioners oppose Texas 29 downgrade

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Crews with Austin Traffic Signal put up a new traffic light at the intersection of Texas 29 and Hoover Valley Road on Wednesday, Feb. 6, on a section of highway the Texas Department of Transportation has said should be reclassified from "principal arterial" to "minor arteria," much to the chagrin of the Burnet County Commissioners Court, which has voiced their opposition to the move.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners expressed their concern Wednesday that reclassification of Texas 29 from US 281 in Burnet west to Ranch Road 2341 would make it harder to fund any future improvements to the highway.

Commissioners approved sending a resolution to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to voice their opposition to the highway being reclassified from a principal arterial to a minor arterial.

“I have already called TxDOT and let them know we would not be in agreement with anything that could result in any less advantageous funding for improvements,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley, who is a member of the CAMPO Transportation Policy Board.

Tue
12
Feb

Burnet County hires crews to remove flood debris, discusses environmental crimes unit

As illegal dumping cases have surged in the Highland Lakes, Burnet County Commissioners on Feb. 12 approved applying for additional grants to potentially expand funding, which may include an additional position, for the Burnet County Environmental Crimes Unit, which operates under the Burnet County precinct 4 constable's office.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Burnet County Commissioners Feb. 12 approved bids for companies to remove, dispose and monitor the process of disposing of large piles of debris, trash and flood-damaged structures collected in the wake of the October 2018 Highland Lakes flood event.

The court chose Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) to remove the piles, stored in a section of Quarry Park, adjacent to Granite Shoals.

“We would like to thank the city of Granite Shoals for being the host of this debris that was collected all along the Highland Lakes,” Burnet County Judge James Oakley said.

On Oct. 16, historic flooding from the Llano River swept down the Colorado River into the Highland Lakes causing massive shoreline flooding in communities including Kingsland, Horseshoe Bay, Granite Shoals and Marble Falls.

Wed
06
Feb

LCRA extends drawdown by three weeks

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Visitors to Lake Marble Falls will see the exposed “falls” on the waterway through at least March 18, when the LCRA is scheduled to end extended drawdown.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
The Highlander

Requests from local city leaders, citing continued flood-damage repair, prompted the Lower Colorado River Authority to extend a drawdown of Lakes Marble Falls and LBJ for three more weeks, officials said.

The initial eight-week drawdown will go through March 18 with both waterways expected to be back to normal operating range by March 22.

Starting Dec. 30, crews began lowering Lake Marble Falls to reach its 7-ft. level today and Lake LBJ to about 4 ft.

“We jointly reached the conclusion that the drawdown should be extended three weeks to allow property owners more time to complete repairs and cleanup,” Marble Falls Mayor John Packer said in an LCRA statement.
Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan added: “The close working relationship we have with LCRA allowed us to be a participant in reaching the decision to continue the lake drawdown period.”

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.

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