Burnet County


Lauren Concrete officials share plant plans


While concrete plant officials share their plans for pending facilities, Burnet County residents have begun to question whether the county is prepared for increased industrialization.

After a concrete company applied for an air quality permit with the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality on June 15, Burnet County residents have turned to local officials to voice concerns about increased industrialization.

Dave Holmes, resident of Stone Mountain in the Tobyville area, said the issue is bigger than this plant.

“What's happening is the Texas legislature is favoring the aggregate industry big time,” he said. “The legislature does not consider the county when they approve gravel digs.”

In August, Burnet County Judge James Oakley said the county had no say over the permit besides acknowledging receipt of it.


Fun run benefits Camp Agape Aug. 27


A 5K memorial run is scheduled for Aug. 27, beginning at 8 a.m. at Johnson Park in Marble Falls to raise awareness about next year’s sessions at Camp Agape, a program for children grieving the loss of a loved one.

The 2017 camp is scheduled for July 17-20 at Camp Buckner Retreat Center, 3835 Farm to Market Road 2342 between Burnet and Kingsland.

The memorial run fundraiser will allow children ages of 7-12 to attend Camp Agape at no cost to their families.

“Everyone who joins the 5K memorial run can be assured of their profound impact on a child’s life,” said Christen McVaney, the camp’s executive director. “Participation in the race will make it possible for precious children to attend Camp Agape where they no longer feel alone in their grief, giving them true hope for their future.”


Texas Exes hold chapter welcome back event

The Highland Lakes Texas Exes Chapter has been re-activated and is re-establishing their University of Texas Longhorn family with an event from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18.

The event, with appetizers and beverages, will be held at Mama's Home Cooking, 200 South West Street in Burnet.

The chapter will be working to bring together UT graduates in the Highland Lakes through social, cultural, fundraiser and community help events to provide benefits to area students through scholarships.

At the Aug. 18 meeting, $6 per person includes the first beverage ticket and appetizers. Additional beverage tickets will be $5 each. Payment at the first gathering will be by cash only.  Separate dining at the restaurant will be available for those who want to stay longer.

Drawing tickets sold at the meeting for $2 each or five for $10 will be the first small fundraiser.


New season dates make upcoming Texas dove season longest in 80 years



Due to new season dates adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Texas hunters may enjoy the longest dove season in 80 years.

While the traditional opening dates established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service remain fixed, a new 90-day season this fall means hunters will have 20 more days of opportunity compared to previous years.

“The additional days are being integrated early in the season to take advantage of birds migrating into the state, as well as at the end of the season in the Special White-winged Dove Area to offer more wingshooting opportunities,” TPWD officials said in a release.

Dove season in central Texas will begin on Thursday, Sept. 1 and will continue through Nov. 6. The late season for dove is Dec. 17 through Jan. 8.


Drowning victim's body recovered from Lake LBJ

The body of a man who drowned in Lake LBJ near Sunrise Beach Village was recovered Wednesday, Aug. 10, after a two-day search.

Authorities identified the victim as William Thorton Jr., 74, of Harlingen.

According to a statement released by Sunrise Beach Village Police Chief Laurie Brock, the Llano County Sheriff's Department received an emergency call at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 about a missing swimmer.

The caller reporter the male victim had gone swimming from a boat on Lake LBJ and encountered trouble in the water. The victim went under the water and did not resurface.

Sunrise Beach Village police and fire personnel responded to the scene at end of Beach Drive, where a search began for the victim. Joining SRB were personnel from the LCSO, Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife game wardens, Lake Colorado River Authority rangers and firefighters from Kingsland and Buchanan volunteer departments.


Boater Injured in LakeFest wreck



One man is in serious condition at University Medical Center Brackenridge Hospital in Austin following a boat accident Sunday during the LakeFest in Marble Falls.

Scott “Scotty” Lumbert, driver of the Top Fuel Hydro drag boat “Spirit of Texas,” was racing in the final rounds against “Nitrochondiac” during Sunday’s event when his boat crossed the finish line and began to flip, according to video footage The Highland Lakes Newspapers acquired from sources.

The boat, said to be traveling at speeds of 240 mph, looked as though something malfunctioned as it crossed the finish line and began to roll down Lake Marble Falls

(Colorado River) for several hundred feet before coming to a stop.


Burnet Bulldog Football Schedule


District 13-4A, Division I

Burnet Bulldogs

8-26 – Austin Reagan             7:30 p.m.

9-2 – Marble Falls                   7:30 p.m.

9-9 – at Fredericksburg           7:30 p.m.

9-16 --   Austin Crockett          7:30 p.m.

9-23 – at Llano                        7:30 p.m.

10-7 – at China Spring            7:30 p.m.

10-14 – Gatesville                   7:30 p.m.

10-21 – at Liberty Hill            7:30 p.m.

10-28 – Lampasas                   7:30 p.m.

11-4 – at LaVega                    7:30 p.m.


Lampasas Badgers

8-26 – Fredericksburg             7:30 p.m.

9-2 – Waco Robinson             7:30 p.m.

9-9 – Wimberley                     7:30 p.m.

9-16 -- Lorena                         7:30 p.m.

9-23 – at Canyon Lake           7:30 p.m.

10-7 – at Gatesville                 7:30 p.m.

10-14 – Liberty Hill                7:30 p.m.


County sees slight increase in sales tax allocations



Burnet County has seen a 6.2 percent increase in sales tax allocation between July 2016 and July 2015.

In total, the county received $940,386.27 this month, a $54,761.09 increase compared to the $885,625.18 allocated in July 2015, according to the Texas Comptroller's Office. To date, the county has received $6,163,656.40 in allocations from the Texas Comptroller based on sales tax revenue in the county.

The community with the largest sales tax allocation increase was Granite Shoals, with $21,565.84 allocated – a 67 percent increase from the $12,992.34 allocated last year.

Marble Falls was next highest with an increase from $607,278.82 to $645,831.61, a 6.3 percent increase from July of last year. Cottonwood Shores saw a 5.4 percent, from $13,596.74 to $14,332.31. Horseshoe Bay saw a 4.3 percent increase. The city received $80,079.41 this year, while having received $76,751.90 last year.


Family's precious mementos destroyed in fire



As he watched his home gutted in the aftermath of a fire, Alan Ziemetz said he and his family were glad at least that no one was hurt.

“We'll figure something out,” he said regarding his family's living situation. “We've got family in Burnet.  We have insurance – a lot of people out here don't.”

The house in the 1300 block of Indian Wells Drive outside of Bertram caught on fire due to unknown causes at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, July 13.

Bertram Volunteer Fire Chief Bobby Huffstuttler said the home was a “total loss.”

“When we arrived it had vented up through the roof. There were heavy flames and a lot of fire in the attic,” he said.


Widower speaks on loss of wife to US 281 collision



The widower of a woman who died in a two vehicle wreck on US 281 on Friday morning described his beloved wife as a “good-hearted person.”

Texas DPS is still investigating the cause of the wreck that claimed the life of Carole Dee Lay, a 68-year-old woman of Marble Falls known to friends as “bright, interesting, funny and caring.”

Lay was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision at the intersection of US 281 and FM 1855 on Friday, July 8 at about 11:40 a.m.

Stephen Lay, her husband of 46 years, said Carole “usually had a smile on her face… She adored her grandchildren.”

Lay said his wife was on her way from their home on Farm to Market Road 1855 to the Burnet YMCA to exercise when the wreck occurred.

“I was caught in the traffic jam. I saw her car and I thought, maybe…. But then I pulled up to the house and saw the troopers and I knew,” he said.


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