Burnet County

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.

Sun
29
Jul

Residents evacuate as fire burns near Inks Lake

Contributed/Daniel Adams Art Gallery
This photo by local artist Daniel Adams captures the fantastic image of a water drop occurring in an effort to cease progress of the Hoover Valley fire on Sunday, July 29. First Responders from Burnet, Llano, Blanco, Williamson, and Travis Counties teamed together Sunday afternoon and continue to fight the fire off of County Road 116 as residents and campers from the area fled towards safer ground.

 

 

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Mon
02
Jul

Burnet County mourns loss of Constable Jimmy Ballard

Precinct 3 Constable Jimmy Ballard

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County Precinct 3 Constable Jimmy Ballard died early Monday, July 2, after losing a two-year fight with cancer and being removed from life support late Sunday. He was 57.

Funeral arrangements were pending Monday morning with Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls.

Fri
01
Jun

Beierle, Hurst win Burnet County runoffs

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Damon Beierle and Jane Marie Hurst will take office in January after winning the Republican primary runoff for their respective races Tuesday night in final but unofficial results.

Beierle defeated Tom Stephens in the race for Precinct 2 Commissioner, 759-705, in a very close race to see who would succeed incumbent Precinct 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter, who chose not to seek re-election. Beierle was endorsed by Graeter while Stephens was endorsed by former Commissioner Carroll McCoy.

With no Democratic opponent on the ballot for the November general election, Beierle, a member of the Burnet Chamber of Commerce board of directors and owner of Double Eagle entertainment, will be sworn into office on Jan. 1 at the Burnet County Courthouse.

Fri
25
May

Llano County meth ring busted through law enforcement cooperation

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

On Monday, May 14, Kingsland resident Shaun Daughtry — fed up with the presence of methamphetamine dealers and users in his neighborhood off Lover's Laner — put up a sign on his property declaring the area to be a “meth-free zone.”

Daughtry told The Highlander he was worried about children who lived in the area coming in contact with drug use as well as a lack of sanitary conditions at a trailer home in the area that was a reputed manufacturing lab for methamphetamine.

Daughtry said he witnessed trash and human feces being burned outside one home and was horrified to think children might be exposed to disease due to the filfth. He was hopeful local law enforcement could do something to get rid of the drug dealers and users in Llano County.

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