Burnet County


Clyde Chester Castleberry

Clyde Chester Castleberry

Oct. 1, 1934~June 12, 2016


Clyde Chester Castleberry, 81, of Watson died Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Seton Williamson in Round Rock.

Visitation will be June 14, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 306 East Polk, Burnet.

A private family graveside service will be held June 15, 2016 beginning at 10 a.m. at Watson Cemetery in Watson.

Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Mr. Castleberry was born Oct. 1, 1934 on a ranch in Burnet County.

His parents were Corb and Ruby Castleberry, and he was an only child.

He attended school in Briggs, Texas, where he graduated in 1954.

He attended Texas A&M University in College Station an obtained a Bachelor in Animal Science in 1958.

He then attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock and obtained Masters Degree in Soil Conservation in 1959.


Anselmo “Blue” Robles Sr.

Anselmo “Blue” Robles Sr.

April 21, 1921~June 8, 2016


Anselmo “Blue” Robles Sr., 95, entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

He was born to Amada Escamilla and Evaristo Robles on April 21, 1921 in Stonewall, Texas.

He is survived by his sons Charlie, Gilbert and wife Eloise, Erven and wife Alice, David, Sonny and wife Sonya, Ruben and wife Brittany; his daughters Sylvia and husband Clemente Morin, Yolanda and husband Rusty Felan, Janie and husband Greg Graf, Patti and husband Bob Wills.

He is preceded in death by beloved wife Juanita Robles; grandsons Jason Rojas and Ruben Gonzales, great-granddaughter Alida Robles; daughter-in-laws Estella Robles and Marie Robles; brothers Lorenzo Castillo, Domingo Castillo; and sisters Tomasita Castillo, Timoteo Robles and Concepcion Rodgers.


A year later; Allen murder case warm



On the anniversary of the murder conviction of Karra Trichelle Allen on June 2, District Attorneys said an appeal may be in the works.

Allen, now 44, was sentenced to life imprisonment on June 2, 2015 after a jury found her guilty of murdering her husband, Brian Dean Allen, 39, in their home on County Road 320 in July 2013.

“I'm sure she'll appeal,” said District Attorney Sonny McAfee, adding that he didn't believe the documents had been filed yet. “When she files her appeal, we'll be involved.”

Trichelle Allen's attorney, Gary Prust, a criminal defense and family law attorney out of Austin, could not be reached for comment as of press time.


Red Nose Day

Burnet Bulletin Managing Editor Lew K. Cohn sports a red nose in support of Comic Relief's Red Nose Day, which is today, May 26. The mission of Red Nose Day is to lift kids out of poverty through laughter and entertainment. The charity has raised more than $1 billion globally in the past 25 years. Money is spent to partner with food banks to fight hunger, to help with reading education, to help provide medication to fight disease and vaccines for children, to provide access to health care for low income families, to provide clean water and sanitation. For more information, see http://rednoseday.org.


Election Day is Tomorrow

Texas and Highland Lakes voters have their last chance to vote for the Democratic and Republican nominations during the election on May 24.

The election will finalize the nominations for the Nov. 8 general election.

The only Burnet County Democratic runoff is for the Texas Railroad Commissioner between Grady Yarbrough and Cody Garret.

While Republicans have various local and state races which they are able to cast their ballots for.

GOP side, the runoff races are:

• Railroad commissioner — Gary Gates and Wayne Christian

• Place 2 Court of Criminal Appeals judge — Ray Wheless and Mary Lou Keel

• Place 5 Court of Criminal Appeals judge — Scott Walker and Brent Webster

• District 24 state senator — Dawn Buckingham and Susan King

• Burnet County Precinct 1 commissioner — Sam Cox and Jim Luther Jr.

• Burnet County Precinct 1 justice of the peace — Michael Horton and Roxanne Nelson


Library expands children’s services

Herman Brown Free Library has expanded its children’s services to include new technology aimed at literacy for its youngest patrons.

The library now offers in-house check out of tablets with the award-winning online software ABCmouse. The high-quality software is aimed at children, ages 1-7.  It is a comprehensive and fun early learning website covering reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, art and music. The site is child-safe, with no advertising or links to other websites. Best of all, children love it.

“The ABCmouse software ties nicely into another successful early literacy program we began last year, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten,” said Rebecca Noah, youth services librarian. “1000 Books Before Kindergarten promotes reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers and encourages parent and child bonding through the reading goal of 1,000 books before a child enrolls in school.”


Bertram appoints new Fire Marshal


Brian Klosterhoff has been appointed the new City of Bertram Fire Marshal after a unanimous vote at Tuesday, March 12 city council meeting.

“We had three people that we looked at for this position and Pat, Cynthia and I interviewed them and decided that Brian was the best suited to present as a recommendation to the council,” said Bertram Mayor Dickie Allen.

With 29 years of experience in fire fighting, Klosterhoff resides in Oatmeal and is the Battalion Chief for the Fort Hood Fire Department.

“ I feel privileged that the City Council has entrusted me with this position,” said Klosterhoff.

 With four days on duty with the Fire Department, Klosterhoff will spend his three days off to maintain the Fire Marshal position at the City of Bertram.

“He has a lot of experience and will hopefully be an asset to the community bringing in the experience he has,” said Allen.


Get to know your Bertram Mayor candidates



With election day on May 7, Bertram Mayor Candidates John Mandigo and Cynthia Anderson answer questions from The Burnet Bulletin to help voters decide who they want to be the next Mayor of Bertram.

Dickie Allen, current Bertram City Mayor, will not seek re-election after 3 and a half years in the position.

Early voting starts on April 25 and runs to April 29.


Cynthia Anderson

  Q: What prompted you to file for the Mayor position?

I am Mayor pro-tem at this time and when I asked the Mayor if he was going to run again he indicated he was not, so that is when I turned in my application. I want to see this community continue to succeed and I think I am the person that can get the job done.



Elderly man found dead in house fire

A Sunday night house fire is responsible for the death of an elderly man outside Burnet.

Burnet County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a residential structure fire on Texas Highway 29, east of Burnet, at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday, April 17.

The initial call was received from a passing motorist.

When deputies responded along with fire department personnel and emergency medical responders, they found a single-story wood and masonry structure in the 6000 block of West Highway 29 on fire, with flames visible from the roof of the home.

After getting the fire under control, Burnet Fire Department officials discovered the body of an 80-year-old man inside the home. Justice of the Peace Peggy Simon pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The deceased was transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The name of the deceased was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.


BCSO prescription drug round up coming April 30


Burnet County Sherriff’s Office (BCSO) will host National Prescription Take-Back Day, April 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Burnet County Courthouse Square.

Burnet County residents are asked to empty medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers of unwanted medicine, unused, and expired prescription drugs. The intent is to round up and dispose safely unused and unwanted over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

Anything, from a deceased loved ones old medication to needles to just some to unused cough syrup, may be dropped off, no questions asked, according to the BCSO.

A trailer in front of the courthouse on Jackson Street will have sharps containers and waste containers to take any medication dropped off.


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