Burnet County


Read the TCEQ Response to Comments on Asphalt Inc. in their entirety

As a service to our readers, we have loaded the TCEQ Response to Comments regarding Asphalt Inc.'s air quality permit 148112 on our website in its entirety. This is available for free as an e-edition to our readers. This is the official 58-page TCEQ response to public comments made about the air quality permit for the proposed rock crushing plant to be located south of Marble Falls off US 281.

To read the document, go to http://bit.ly/2k0PGaV and click on "TCEQ RESPONSE TO COMMENTS ON ASPHALT INC."


Residents ask TxDOT for TX 29 center lane

Local resident Tara Luke speaks to TxDOT Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy about the possibility of reducing the speed limit on Texas 29 during a Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday.


By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A full courtroom of Burnet County residents appeared before the Commissioners Court Tuesday morning, asking what can be done to add a continuous left-turn lane and other safety improvements to Texas 29 between Burnet and Bertram after a number of fatal accidents on the highway.

They had their questions answered by Texas Department of Transportation Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy, a Burnet County native whose district oversees state highways in 11 counties, including Burnet County.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley, who sits on the board of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) — which oversees how federal highway funds are prioritized in a six-county region, including Burnet County — said the safety issues being identified by Burnet County and CAMPO are not just limited to Texas 29.


Western Counties radio gets $1.82 million upgrade

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously to accept $1.82 million from the Capital Area Council of Governments to upgrade the CAPCOG Western Counties Radio Interoperable Communications System used by Burnet, Blanco and Llano counties.

Commissioners also unanimously approved a contract with Motorola for upgrades to the 11 towers in the Western Counties system.

Burnet County Emergency Management Director Jim Barho told commissioners he, Marble Falls Police Chief Mark Whitacre, County Judge James Oakley and others have been working on trying to get this project complete for four years.

Upgrades to software used by the Greater Austin-Travis County Regional Radio System (GATRRS), which covers Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell and Lee counties, will go into effect at 2018 and the Western Counties would not be able to communicate with GATRRS without upgrading their towers.


Burnet County to host hazmat training exercise

The Burnet County Office of Emergency Managment will be conducting a large scale exercise involving a hazardous materials release. The tabletop drill will occur Friday, Oct. 6, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Burnet Community Center. The drill will be attended by first responders from the greater Burnet County area, as well as numerous state agencies. This exercise is being funded in part by a grant from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Advance notice is being issued to the community to ensure our citizens are aware of the event and to demonstrate the county's continued efforts promote training and emergency preparedness. 

For questions regarding this event, please contact Burnet County emergency management coordinator Jim Barho at 512-750-0507. 


Hunger Awareness Month in Burnet County

The Burnet County Commissioners Court, joined by the Burnet County Hunger Alliance (BCHA), proclaimed September as Hunger Awareness Month during the Tuesday, Sept. 12 court meeting.

The BCHA is a volunteer group of food pantries, churches, school administrators, elected officials, area leaders and active citizens committed to ending hunger in Burnet County. The Alliance provides a forum to build relationships and communication for working together to comprehensively feed the hungry in Burnet County.

“We’ve had a busy first year creating our website with a calendar listing dates and times of operation for food pantries and community meals,” said group facilitator Chad Nelson. The calendars have been used by social service agencies, churches and were placed in the backpacks of children attending the Back to School Bash. The BCHA also provided volunteers to visit with parents during the Back to School Bash about food pantries and community meals in their area.


Burnet County adopts tax rate

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the same tax rate the county had last year — 0.3969, or 39.69 cents per $100 valuation — at Tuesday's regular court meeting at the Burnet County Courthouse.

Commissioners also voted unanimously to adopt a $37,634,576 budget for fiscal year 2018. The budget includes a last-minute increase of $1,400 for Veterans Service Officer Bill Worley after commissioners voted unanimously to increase his contractual pay from $13,000 to $14,400.

The 2018 tax rate includes a tax rate of .3149 or 31.49 cents for general fund expenditures; a tax rate of .0402 or 4.02 cents per $100 valuation for debt service and a tax rate of .0418 or 4.18 cents per $100 valuation for road and bridge expenditures.


Williams touts Jump Start America plan

From left, state Rep. Terry Wilson, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, Congressman Roger Williams, state Sen. Dawn Buckingham, Burnet County Republican Party chairman Donna Wilcox and Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd attended the Monthly Leadership meeting, hosted by Oakley.





By Jenn Robison

Burnet Bulletin

Congressman Roger Williams told Burnet County elected officials Thursday, Aug. 17, he wants to see Congress enact tax reform that would help their constituents where they need it most — by putting money back in their pockets.

Williams met with Burnet County elected officials at the Highlander restaurant in Burnet to discuss several important issues.

“We've got the highest tax rate in the world and we wonder why jobs leave here, people leave here and they don't come back and so forth,” Williams said. “It's because were not competitive at all.

“The greatest asset we have is not America, it's Americans. It's Main Street America; it's moms and dads, it's grandpas and grandmas. People that go to work like us everyday, trying to get their kids to school, trying to make that car payment, trying to make that house payment and it is tough, so we've got to get competitive.”



Former Texas Ranger Ramiro "Ray" Martinez




Former Texas Ranger Ramiro “Ray” Martinez will be the featured speaker for the local chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) at their first meeting of the year at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, September 9, at the Burnet High School cafeteria.The public is invited to attend and give a warm Burnet County welcome to Ranger Martinez.

Peace officer Ray Martinez became well known in 1966 when he was instrumental in bringing down the University of Texas tower sniper.

A peace officer for over 30 years, Ranger Martinez will speak on “The Evolution of the Texas Rangers”. Joy Shirley, president of the local DRT Jane Wells Wood Chapter, said “We are excited and honored to host such a well known lawman for our first meeting after our summer break.We want to invite the public, especially our local peace officers, to hear about Ranger Martinez’s distinguished career”.


7 Creeks development could have multimillion dollar impact




Richard Zowie/Highland Lakes Newspapers

David Carpenter said the new 7 Creeks subdivision, located northeast of Burnet and northwest of Bertram, is designed to meet the area’s growing needs. They’re hoping the settlement, off of Shady Grove Road, will attract some more wineries and even those looking to raise horses or livestock.







By Richard Zowie

Highland Lakes Newspapers

For a person looking to buy a new home in one of the Burnet County’s latest developments, if it’s seclusion they want, they’ll get it after a long drive.

Almost eight miles along Shady Grove Road and around halfway between Burnet and Bertram is a gated community development that’ll be known as 7 Creeks Ranch.

David Carpenter of Burnet and Jim Boushka of Bee Cave are equal managing partners for Burnet Bros, LLC, which is the developer. They are in a contracted partnership with Alan J. Vincik, who is doing all the infrastructure (including building roads).

Carpenter said the original development was for 2,244 acres.


Herbert injured in Marble Falls Rodeo

Contributed/Pauline Reese-Herbert

Bill Herbert of Marble Falls lands on his head and neck in a fall from a bucking bronc Saturday, July 15, at the 2017 Marble Falls Pro Rodeo. Family and friends are rallying to help with the expense of surgery to take place Tuesday, July 25, and recovery.



During the Saddle Bronc Riding  Saturday, July 15, at the Marble Falls Rodeo, contestant Bill Herbert suffered severe injuries when he flipped off the bucking horse, landing on his head.

Upon landing, Herbert’s neck twisted and was shoved forward causing his neck to break at the C3 and C4 vertebras, said a go fund me account set up in Herbert’s name by Rachel Biagini.

Herbert also sustained a torn and occluded artery going to the right side of his brain from the fall, said his wife Pauline Reese-Herbert.

“He actually got up and walked away from the fall,” said Reese.

Reese, reaching out to all family and friends took to Facebook on Sunday, July 16, informed them Herbert was transported by ambulance to the Temple Trauma Center, where doctors stated that he would more than likely have to go through surgeries in order to fuse the two vertebras together.


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