Burnet County Texas news


Harvey hightailing it from Highland Lakes

The 5 a.m. radar image shows the worst of the storm moving away. More information can be found at www.weather.gov and more images from the Monday report, on the Burnet Bulletin Facebook page.

The Monday morning storm report from the National Weather Service (NWS) shows Burnet and Llano counties high and dry and a reprieve from more heavy rainfall for neighbors just to the south.

The local forecast includes a 50 percent chance of showers and gusty winds remains, improving throughout the week . Dangers for travel to the hardest hit areas remains, however.

The NWS 5 a.m. Monday, Aug.28 storm report says: Tropical Storm Harvey continues a slow drift back to the southeast and will continue southeast and emerge just offshore of the middle Texas coast Monday afternoon.


Burnet deputy takes gold against odds


Following his first powerlifting competition, just 16 months after suffering a fractured back, Jeremy Stewart shows off two first place medals he earned at the Annual Texas Police Games.

By Wayne Craig

Bulletin Sports

Burnet investigator Jeremy Stewart always knew he wanted to turn his everyday workouts into something bigger. He searched around and found that he had a love for the sport of powerlifting and it didn’t take long for his desire to compete to grow.

“Working out and staying in shape just comes with the job,” said Stewart. “Using that to compete makes going to the gym a little easier.”

So Stewart set his sights on competing in an annual powerlifting event featuring Texas police officers, but in February of 2016 lifting became the farthest thing from his mind.

During a police chase in Burnet County Stewart was involved in a terrible accident that left him with fractured vertebrae in his back. His plans of competing quickly changed to just recovering so he could return to his job.

It took the deputy six months to get his release and get back to his plan of action.


Comal County officer was July 4 pedestrian victim in Marble Falls

Contributed/Comal County Sheriff's Office

The Comal County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of Cynthia Young, pictured here in her official photo as a corrections officer. She was the victim in the pedestrian fatality following the Marble Falls Community Fireworks event in Lakeside Park July 4.


By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

The exhilaration of the Marble Falls Community Fire Works show was shattered at about 10:20 p.m. last night, Tuesday, July 4, when a pedestrian, Cynthia Lee Young, 60, of Spring Branch, was struck and killed as she was leaving the event.

It has since been learned that young was a corrections officer with the Comal County Sheriff's Office (CCSO).

As Young and her family left Lakeside Park through Falls Creek Park area, she was struck by an eastbound pickup on Yett Street at the intersection with Main Street. Her family crossed the street safely.


Commissioners institute burn ban

Glynis Crawford Smith/Highland Lakes Newspapers

The retirement of Vickie Kay Kanewske as County Court at Law court reporter is recognized at at the Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday, June 27. Pictured, following a proclamation recognizing her work here since 2007, are, from left, Kanewske's husband Jim; her daughter, Jolene Bock, with grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Ivy Bock; Kanewske; County Judge James Oakley and Court-at-Law Judge Linda Bayless.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

A ban on outdoor burning was instituted by the Burnet County Commissioners Court Tuesday morning, June 27.

Members seriously debated whether to take the action before making their decision to institute the ban.

Most of the county has just seen a quarter to a half inch of rain,” said said Herb Darling, director of Burnet County Environmental Services. “I am aware of two projects that may need to burn. Once we put a ban in effect, I'd expect it to be in until the fall.”

“I think it is time,” said Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, whose Precinct 4, has has had some of the lightest rainfall. “The next two weeks are predicted to be hotter than normal and drier than normal. It is not the time of year to be burning anyway.”


Burnet council accomodates continued EPA Superfund study

Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

Studies of a Superfund environmental contamination site in Burnet are apparently back on the table.

The Burnet City Council on May 9 approved a request from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to access city property for additional environmental testing.

“The EPA requested authorization to install testing equipment within the city’s right-of-way and on city owned property to test for the presence of a chemical known as PERC.,” said City Manager David Vaughn. “They originally requested authorization to install monitoring equipment on Jackson Street (between Main and US 281 S) and at the sewer plant.

“Recently, they approached the council with an amendment to the original agreement to include locations along Industrial Boulevard and Sure Cast Drive, which was ultimately approved.”


Boyd announces new chief deputy

Glynis Crawford Smith/Highland Lakes Newspapers
In front of the Burnet County Law Enforcement Center Monday, Dec. 19, Burnet County Sheirff-elect Calvin Boyd is joined by his command officers for the announcement of new Chief Deputy Mike Cummings. Pictured, from left, are Capt. Ricky Bindseil, incoming Administrative Capt. Chris Jett, incoming Sheriff Boyd, incoming Chief Deputy Cummings and CID/SOU Capt. Dwight Hardin. Not pictured is Burnet County Jail Capt. Matt Kimbler.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

Burnet County Sheriff-elect Calvin Boyd introduced his choice for a new chief deputy Monday, Dec. 19, introducing Mike Cummings of Houston at a morning press conference.

“Mike Cummings has a great resume and he is going to be really good for the Sheriff's Office,” said Boyd. “There is a lot of excitement in the Sheriff's Office.”

Boyd, who won his post handily in the Republican Primary, will quietly take the oath of office at midnight on New Year's Eve to step into the shoes of retiring Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith.

He went on to enumerate the chain of command reporting to Cummings: Chris Jett, as the new administrative captain; Capt. Ricky Bindseil, continuing as patrol captain; Capt. Dwight Hardin, in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Special Operations Unit (SOU), and Capt. Matt Kimbler, in charge of the Burnet County Jail.

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