Burnet County

Wed
11
Sep

Commission okays Texas 29 fixes

From staff reports

An accident-prone stretch of Texas 29 outside Bertram in Burnet County will undergo safety improvements and upgrades, after the Texas Transportation Commission approved a 10-year state transportation plan last week.

The 2020 Unified Transportation Plan includes more than $77 billion in funding meant to improve public roadway safety and address congestion and connectivity issues throughout the state during the next decade.

Project BUC12RD will involve construction funds for Texas 29 to reconstruct to four 11-foot lane, a 12-foot continuous turn lane and 10-foot shoulders from Ranch-to-market Road 243 in Bertram to the Williamson County line. Burnet County/TxDOT are sponsoring entities, at a cost of $5,184,000.

Three other local projects included in the Texas Department of Transportation 2020 UTP are:

Wed
11
Sep

Campfire ignites 60-acre fire

Jill R. McAfee/Special to The Highlander
The Texas A&M Forest Service assisted in the battle of a 60-acre blaze on Sept. 8 in the Spring Creek Hills Subdivision, about five miles west of Burnet.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Rough terrain and rocky hill sides challenged fire crews to douse a nearly 60-acre blaze Sept. 8 in the Spring Creek Hills subdivision, about five miles west of Burnet, officials said.

The fire erupted from a ground fire spark around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and spread quickly, threatening at least two homes and destroying an 8-by-8 outbuilding on one property, just off Yucca Drive.

“It was accidental from a ground fire,” Burnet Fire Marshal John Erskine said. “It looks like it was a cooking fire from a squatter's camp.

“By the time it was contained, it was approximately 60 acres,” he added.

Erskine added by about 7 p.m., there was no “active fire.” As of 10:30 a.m. the following day, the blaze was considered “100 percent under control.”

Wed
04
Sep

Commissioners want LCRA to lower Lake LBJ

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners have authorized County Judge James Oakley to draft a letter to LCRA, requesting the lowering of Lake LBJ next January.

Commissioners cited homeowners' concerns about being able to shore up their boat docks and moorings, as well as drastic changes to the lake from the historic October 2018 flood, which have created unnavigable hazards for boaters.

They also noted that two Llano County commissioners, Peter Jones (Pct. 1) and Mike Sandoval (Pct. 3), also supported lowering the lake to let homeowners perform repairs to their property. (See related story, page 14).

Wed
28
Aug

County, BCISD believe partnership can decrease truancy

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Officials hope a partnership between Burnet County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Lisa Whitehead and the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District can help cut down truancy in the northern end of the county.

Whitehead and County Attorney Eddie Arredondo appeared before the Burnet County commissioners court at an Aug. 20 special called meeting to ask for permission to hire a full-time juvenile case manager, who would manage truancy cases from Burnet CISD, who has agreed to pay the county $15,000 to help offset the case manager's salary.

The rest of the cost would come an unfilled floating justice court clerk position as well as from a juvenile case manager fund, which would be established by assessing a juvenile case manager fee of $5 to every fine-only misdemeanor offense which comes through justice court, county court or the county court at law beginning Aug. 21, 2019.

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).

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