Burnet County

Sun
29
Mar

Third COVID-19 case confirmed in Burnet County

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By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

As of Sunday, March 29, Burnet County now has three confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the county and officials are continuing to expect more positive tests in the next few days, County Judge James Oakley said.

“As I instructed yesterday, this virus is very much in our area. Please take every possible action to protect yourself. While we have encouraged citizens to get outside, witnessing large groups of people on individual boats is clearly unacceptable,” Oakley said. “If the rules that have been put in place are not respected, then I will be forced to enhance them and start clamping down on enforcement with fines & possible incarceration. With that, I am strongly advising adherence to the common sense principles that are included within the current order.”

Tue
03
Mar

Wall victorious in Burnet County; Blackburn re-elected in Llano County

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Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall speaks to a campaign worker while awaiting election results Tuesday, March 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall rode a large early voting margin to victory Tuesday night, March 3, in complete but unofficial election returns.

Meanwhile, Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn also used early voting to cruise to a re-election win over challenger Jim Caruso, while Dwain Rogers will be elected the next Llano County Attorney, succeeding Rebecca Lange, who did not seek re-election.

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Wall, who was seeking re-election to his second term on the court, defeated challenger William “Dee” Haddock, a Marble Falls City Councilmember, by a vote total of 950-594, or 61.53 percent to 38.47 percent.

Thu
09
Jan

Burnet County Livestock Show schedule

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Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Jordan Erickson will join her fellow students in the 2020 Burnet County Livestock Show, taking place today, Jan. 9 through Saturday, Jan. 10 at the Burnet County Fairgrounds.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

 

10 a.m. – Barn Opens

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Ag Mechanics Check-in

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Check in, sift & classify Dairy, Angora, Boer Goats, and Breeding Sheep 

11 a.m. – Poultry sift, followed by Poultry show and showmanship

12–6 p.m. – Swine arrive in barn

1–2:30 p.m. – turn in weight cards; sift & classify Market Goats & Market Lambs 

2 p.m. – Ag Mechanics Show

3 p.m. – Weigh and sift Rabbits, followed by Rabbit showmanship, followed by Rabbit show.

3 p.m. – Dairy Goat show, followed by Angora Goat show, Boer Goat show, & Breeding Sheep show Respectively (Ring A)

5–5:30 p.m. – weigh, sift & classify Market Steers; Check-in Heifers

6–8 p.m. – weigh, sift & classify Market Swine; check-in, sift & classify Gilts 

 

Friday, January 10, 2020

 

Fri
27
Dec

County sells land next to north annex

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By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County stands to make about $40,154 from selling just under an acre of land next to the Burnet County north annex to a neighboring landowner, Vinton Stanfield of Premium Landscape Supply Company.

Wed
04
Dec

Master plan reveals opportunities to restore Courthouse

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Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Work on a new Burnet County Courthouse Master Plan has pointed out the need to rework the elevator so it goes to the basement, where the Precinct 1 JP office is located. Customers currently can call the JP office to have a clerk assist them on the first floor instead.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A preservation architect has completed nearly 60 percent of a master plan for the Burnet County Courthouse and already has identified a number of areas where the county could improve the building by taking advantage of available grant funding, County Judge James Oakley said.

Burnet County contracted with Architexas earlier this year to draw up a new Courthouse Master Plan. The county received a $44,900 grant from the Texas Historic Commission's Historic Courthouse Preservation Program and has contributed matching funds of $5,000 for a grand total of $49,900.

The Master Plan includes an evaluation and assessment of existing conditions and proposed recommendations for restoration, including current and proposed site and floor plans.

Wed
27
Nov

Group ranks Burnet, Llano voter websites

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Members of the League of Women Voters registered citizens to vote Nov. 22 at Marble Falls St. Frederick Baptist Church. Pictured, from left, are: Nancy Hill, Jimmie Rushing and Evelyn Acosta-Cone, who assisted Lorna Ambrus of Burnet in the process.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A grassroots non-profit organization has labeled the elections websites for Burnet and Llano counties “not secure” in its latest survey of Texas county websites.

Overall, the League of Women Voters of Texas gave the Llano County website a score of 80 points, which earns a ranking of “Very Good,” while the Burnet County site only received 65 points, which earns a ranking of “Good.”

“The 2020 election year is almost upon us. Texas voters will be inundated with campaign messaging,” said Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.

“Voters will look to their counties to find accurate, accessible, and useful voter information on safe and secure county election websites. Many counties need to take steps now to become a trusted resource for voters.”

Wed
30
Oct

BOPATE collection day posts record intake

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Contributed/Burnet County Judge James Oakley
Members of ISF along with several volunteers assisted in Burnet County BOPATE Collection event.

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

The Highlander

Burnet County officials deemed successful a reuse and recycling collection event at a new location due to a wealth of volunteer help and a record intake of old tires and latex paint.

The BOPATE event was held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Burnet County Reuse and Recycle Center, 2411 FM 963, just outside Burnet. BOPATE stands for batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze, tires and electronics.

“It went very well; it was pretty much seamless,” Burnet County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery said. “We filled up two 18-wheelers with tires and one gooseneck trailer full.”

Collections included 15 55-gallon drums of latex paint and 300 gallons of used motor oil.

County officials calculated as many as 258 vehicles (possibly 300 households) dropping off items during the morning-long event.

Wed
23
Oct

Water woes have county jail seeking fix

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By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County jail administrators want to install a new control system at the facility that would prevent inmates from wasting water, which results in thousands of dollars in extra costs every year.

Before they can do that, though, they will have to deal with another, more pressing water-related issue — repairs to the jail's 88 showers, where resin failure has caused the shower pan to separate from the wall, allowing water to get into the wall and create damage.

The issue was brought up by jail administrator Capt. Matt Kimbler and County Judge James Oakley at the Tuesday, Oct. 22, Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting. Kimbler said the showers appear to have been installed with a design flaw when the 587-bed jail was built in 2008 through a bond issue.

Wed
23
Oct

$33.1 million BCISD bond package on ballot; Early voting continues through Nov. 1

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Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Members of the community joined Burnet CISD administration and Trustees at Coffee With the Superintendent Thursday, Oct. 17 at the BCISD Parent Resource Center to discuss the district's accomplishments and the upcoming bond election with Superintendent Keith McBurnett, pictured at right. McBurnett is pictured enjoying a cup of MOJO coffee before the presentation with Dr. Rachel Jones, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, and Clay Goehring, Director of Business and Finance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Early voting for the proposed Nov. 5 $33.1 million Burnet Consolidated Independent School District bond issue has begun this week and continues through Friday, Nov. 1.

School administration are encouraging the community to become educated about the proposed bond package which, if approved by voters, will allow the district to perform many projects and purchase advanced equipment to enhance its students' education and development, increase safety and security, and improve efficiency throughout the district.

In May, trustees spoke with 25 members of the community to determine the most-prioritized projects needed to complete in order to meet the demands of the growing student population and the need for upgrades throughout the district.

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:

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