Burnet County

Wed
07
Aug

Briggs fire station subject of town hall

Contributed/Oakalla VFD Chief Aaron Weeks
Burnet County Emergency Services 8, Oakalla Volunteer Fire Department, and the Briggs Fire Department planning committee will hold a Town Hall meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 to discuss the construction of a new fire station in Briggs, located on a four-acre plot of land on US 183 recently purchased by the Oakalla VFD.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The community is invited to join Emergency Services District 8 Board members, the Oakalla Volunteer Fire Department, and the Briggs Fire Department planning committee at a Town Hall meeting at the Oakalla Volunteer Fire Department at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

The Town Hall meeting was called to discuss plans for a new fire station, which will be designed to better serve the Briggs/Oakalla area after the Briggs Volunteer Fire Department was dissolved by the ESD 8 earlier this year.

Briggs and Oakalla residents are invited to come together and hear the planning committee's plans for the new fire station, and are urged to offer suggestions and ideas about their communities' ideal fire station.

Wed
10
Apr

Honoring one who paved the way

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

John W. Hoover, his family, and City of Burnet employees, Burnet County officials, and citizens celebrated the ribbon cutting of the newly-reconstructed John W. Hoover Parkway, the former County Road 340A, on Wednesday, April 3. The road was named after Hoover in honor of his dedication to the City of Burnet and its development for many years.

Thu
21
Mar

Burnet sales tax receipts up 17.42 percent

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

With the exception of Cottonwood Shores, sales tax distributions for Burnet County municipalities were up for the month of March and four jurisdictions saw double digit growth from the same time last year, including Burnet, which saw sales tax receipts jump by more than 17 percent.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $711.7 million in local sales tax allocations for March, 6.1 percent more than in March 2018. These allocations are based on sales made in January by businesses that report tax monthly.

Burnet saw an increase of 17.42 percent in the month of March 2019 as the county seat received $182,651.14 in distributions from the Texas Comptroller's office — up from the $155,549.11 received in March 2018. For the year, tax collections are up 6.37 percent from $539,690.20 to $574,111.86.

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.

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