Burnet County

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.”

Wed
29
Aug

Caring Hearts opens doors to helping children

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Case managers Jessica Rogers (left) and Harley Cooper do their part in helping area foster children find caregivers who are best able to meet their needs, working from the newly established Caring Hearts for Children office in Burnet. Caring Hearts for Children will celebrate its grand opening at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 13 at noon at the office, located at 215 S. Pierce St., Burnet.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet and surrounding counties are facing a serious need for foster homes as children are being removed from their home environment for various reasons.

To help make a dent in this ever-growing issue, caseworkers at Caring Hearts for Children in Burnet are assisting in the search for caregivers for the area's displaced children.

“The main reason we have an office in this area is that there is a big need for foster homes here,” said case manager Harley Cooper. “A very small percentage of children who are taken from their homes are able to stay in the area, so our main goal is to keep the kids in the schools and communities they grew up in so they can stay in an area they are used to.”

Wed
15
Aug

Commissioners honor CERT members

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin

 

Burnet County Commissioners honored the Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, during Tuesday's regular court meeting for their response to the County Road 108 and County Road 116 fires. County Judge James Oakley called the volunteer group "the modern-day equivalent of a Minutemen militia, without the muskets."

Wed
08
Aug

Railroad blocks US 281 days after meeting

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Apologetic Austin Western Railroad officials promised Burnet County commissioners on July 24 they would put in place measures to prevent trains from blocking busy intersections for longer than 15 minutes after several incidents which took place last month.

However, just two days after receiving assurances the problem would be resolved, it happened again as a train blocked US 281 Thursday afternoon, July 26, for nearly half an hour, a situation Burnet County Judge James Oakley and Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr. have called “unacceptable.”

“At about 4 p.m., we look up and our phones start ringing with claims from residents that US 281 was closed for 25 to 30 minutes,” Oakley said. “I know that on the north side of the track, it was backed up all the way to the intersection of US 281 and Park Road 4, which I would guess to be about three miles or so.

Mon
30
Jul

Judge declares disaster, bans all outdoor burning

On Monday, July 30, Burnet County Judge James Oakley signed an emergency disaster declaration and order banning all outdoor burning in the county.

Previous exemptions for welding, cutting, grinding, outdoor cooking using wood or charcoal, and burning of prickly pear for livestock consumption have now been removed.

The ban will remain in place for seven days unless extended by the Burnet County Commissioners Court.

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