Burnet County

Wed
09
Jan

Community historian Carole Goble dies

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County is mourning the loss of historian and preservationist Carole Goble, who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Goble was born in 1932 and raised in the Prairie Point and Bertram communities, serving with her family as a member of the First Christian Church of Bertram. Goble grew up and developed a love for her county's history, and went on to make a significant impact on Burnet County throughout the years.

Goble's passion for the preservation of Burnet County history stemmed from her own upbringing; her ancestors arrived in the area in 1872, and she came from a family rooted deep in the County's heritage.

Carole graduated from Bertram High School and married Billie Joe Goble, and the two raised their eight children — including Burnet Mayor Christa Goble Bromley — in many places across the country throughout Bill's time in the Marine Corps and returned to Burnet County after 30 years.

Wed
09
Jan

Belle crash, fire, BCISD ratings top Burnet 2018 stories

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
One of the top Burnet stories of 2018 involved the crash of an historic plane at the Burnet Municipal Airport. Pictured here is a firefighter who sprayed foam onto the wreckage of the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain Saturday, July 21, after the aircraft crashed while attempting to take off for an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Thirteen people aboard the plane all escaped before the plane exploded, but one was taken to a San Antonio hospital for burn injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The loss of the beloved Bluebonnet Belle aircraft, a summer of wildfires and the BCISD's first academic accountability rating topped headlines in Burnet for 2018.

Crash of the Belle

The famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and was an integral part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, crashed July 21, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Thirteen people were aboard the Belle, tail number N47HL, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 13 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.

Tue
27
Nov

Burnet County approves LCRA flood grant plan

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 27, on a plan to share with affected municipalities portions of a $100,000 donation from the Lower Colorado River Authority for cleanup from the October flood.

The plan approved by commissioners honors LCRA's request that at least 70 percent of the money be used for waterway cleanup. The remaining 30 percent will be used to pay for household hazardous waste removal ($20,000), refrigerant removal ($3,000) and monitoring ($7,000) at the county's Phillips Ranch road debris site, the latter a requirement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Tue
23
Oct

Brisk turnout as early voting gets underway in Burnet and Llano counties

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
There are two early voting locations for Burnet County residents through Nov. 2; the Burnet County Courthouse (seen here) on the square in Burnet and the Marble Falls south annex, just off U.S. 281 south for county, state and judicial elections.

 

 

 

 

Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Early voting in Burnet and Llano counties has begun for the Thursday, Nov. 6, general election and will continue through Friday, Nov. 2.

Early voting in Burnet County will be held at the Burnet County Courthouse, 220 S. Pierce, Burnet; the Marble Falls Courthouse South Annex, 810 Steve Hawkins Pkwy., Marble Falls; and Marble Falls Middle School, 1511 Pony Drive, Marble Falls. The polling locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except for Thursday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Nov. 1, when polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sat
20
Oct

Body found on Lake LBJ identified as missing Junction flood victim

 

 

 

A body found near Circle Drive near Kingsland on Lake LBJ during Tuesday's flooding has been identified as a woman who went missing in Llano River flooding in Junction nearly three weeks ago.

The Travis County Medical Examiner has identifed the body as being that of Charlotte Moye, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Department, which issued a press release Saturday, Oct. 20.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a call to the Lake LBJ waterfront in the 700 block of Circle Drive at 11:58 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The complainant believed he had located a body that had washed ashore during flooding on Lake LBJ.

Patrol deputies arrived and called investigators to the scene. The victim was pronounced deceased by Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Roxanne Nelson and an autopsy was ordered. The body was sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and an autopsy.

Wed
03
Oct

Utopiafest moves to Reveille Peak Ranch

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Utopiafest organizers announced on their website Wednesday, Oct. 3, they are moving the festival to Reveille Peak Ranch on County Road 114.

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd confirmed the move Wednesday and said he believes “this is a much better location for this type of event” than a private ranch on Shady Grove Road (County Road 200).

“I think this was something they had planned on doing after the public hearing and it was actually the first site they originally picked,” Boyd said. “I think they have a much better chance of getting a (mass gathering) permit with this new location. Reveille Peak is set up for events like this and getting out there is much safer, so I feel better about it.”

Wed
03
Oct

Bertram police chief faces felony perjury and misdemeanor oppression charges

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Chief James Jay (“JJ”) Wilson faces several indictment charges of official oppression, aggravated perjury and misuse of official information, according to court documents.

 

 

 

Editor's Note: For our publications, Bertram Police Chief JJ Wilson refuted the indictment charges in an article in the Friday, Oct. 5 issue of The Highlander. The 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney's Office also offered a statement on their investigation. The updated story will also be published in the Wednesday, Oct. 10 issue of The Burnet Bulletin.

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer •

The 424th Judicial District Grand Jury indicted Bertram Police Chief James Jay (“JJ”) Wilson Oct. 2 on charges of felony aggravated perjury, felony misuse of official information and misdemeanor official oppression, court documents stated.

The charges stemmed from three incident allegations in Burnet County in connection with a dispute over hay ownership, the release of criminal background information and a sworn statement in a drug-related arrest, according to the grand jury indictments.

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.

Thu
06
Sep

Burnet County burn ban lifted

 

 

 

From staff reports

The Burnet County burn ban has been lifted as of Thursday, Sept. 6, Burnet County Judge James Oakley said.

Soaking rains fell throughout Burnet County this week, with some areas reporting up to three inches of precipitation within a 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Thursday. The rain caused the county's Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) average to drop 32 points from 523 to 491, with a high of 703 (just north of Burnet) and a low of 320 (near Marble Falls).

The KBDI is used to determine forest fire potential. The drought index is based on daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture (assumed to have a maximum storage capacity of eight inches) and is expressed in hundredths of an inch of soil moisture depletion.

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.”

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