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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

Salley

 

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.

Tue
11
Sep

Johnson fundraiser returns for finale

The live auction, always a fun part of the Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraisers, gets underway at the September 2015 celebration. This year's Grand Finale fundraiser will take place this Saturday, Sept 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Hidden River Ranch, 10715 S. Hwy 281, Lampasas.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

For the past six years, one of the most anticipated events in the community has been making a difference for the town's graduating seniors by providing nights of entertainment, fellowship, and fun for all of its guests.

The Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser is returning for one final hoorah on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Hidden River Ranch in Lampasas. The event has captured the hearts of the entire community since 2012 after it was developed to honor the memory of Suzanne Johnson, late wife of First State Bank of Burnet President Cary Johnson.

Thu
06
Sep

Rotary club to hold annual 9/11 remembrance

The Marble Falls Rotary Club will hold its 17th annual 9/11 Day of Remembrance Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Marble Falls Lakeside Pavilion.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks carried out against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, which saw the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, damage to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the crash of Flight 93 in rural Pennsylvania.

Each year the Marble Falls Rotary Club, with support of the Marble Falls mayor and city council, holds a ceremony on the anniversary of the attacks for personal reflection, prayer and thought in remembrance of the victims’ families and rescue workers involved in the 9/11 tragedies, and to honor, remember and reunite with area first responders.

Wed
05
Sep

Applications sought for new auditor

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County Auditor Karen Hardin's tenure with the county apparently will end Sept. 30 after 33rd District Judge Allan Garrett and 424th District Judge Evan Stubbs voted Friday morning not to appoint an auditor at this time, but to “open the position up for applications” during a public hearing in the district courtroom.

“The appointment for auditor is a two-year appointment and the appointment ends on Sept. 30. Our intent at this time is not to make an appointment,” Stubbs said Friday. “This does not mean Mrs. Hardin will not be considered for the position.

“We will open the position up for applications to whoever wishes to apply, and once we get a suitable pool of qualified applicants, we will do interviews, and then we will call another hearing and make the appointment. No one is excluded from the process.”

Fri
31
Aug

Burnet repairing airport runway before Airsho

Firefighters extinguish a blaze which consumed the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain after the historic craft crashed at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field Saturday, July 21. Repairs to the taxiway will take place the week before the Bluebonnet Airsho, which is scheduled for September 8.

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, July 21, the Highland Lakes Squadron's Douglas C-47 known to everyone as the Bluebonnet Belle crashed at the Burnet Municipal Airport, causing damage to the taxiway and the closure of the area until repairs are made.

At the regular Burnet City Council meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 28, it was presented to the Council that the Commemorative Air Force insurance, which covers claims at the airport, would not be able to complete the insurance process and repair the taxiway in time for the Bluebonnet Airsho scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8. Council was faced with the choice of repairing the taxiway and later being reimbursed by CAF, or leaving the area closed until the completion of the insurance process, which would be well past the date of the event.

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