Burnet County

Wed
29
Jun

Local fire chiefs weigh in on national volunteer decline

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

“We need your help. Become a volunteer firefighter,” the roadside letter board read as I zoomed by a volunteer fire hall on a country road in Bandera County.

The plea isn't necessarily uncommon.

Across the country, volunteer fire departments are suffering a gradual decline of membership and volunteer efforts.

According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, the number of volunteer firefighters in U.S. has declined by about 12 percent since 1984, dropping from 897,750 to 788,250 in the nation.

“Back when I joined in 1979 and even further back than that, the volunteer situation wasn't much of a problem,” said Randy Meeks, Burnet Volunteer Fire Chief. “At that time we had 52 members. When I joined we had 36 members… We had gotten down to about 14 at some point. Right now we're up to 21 which isn't bad compared to other departments.”

Wed
29
Jun

Historical Dining back on Track at Airy Mount

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Moving to Burnet in 2012 the last thing on AB Walters mind was starting up another business.

After successfully developing and running his business Senox since 1979 in Georgetown, Walters and his wife Elizabeth were looking to unwind on a ranch somewhere in Texas.

“Dan Brady from Jim Berry Real Estate called me and said, “I think your really going to like this place I have to show you”, and I did, I fell in love with it,” said Walters.

Brady had showed a ranch off County Road 335 in Burnet to Walters and his wife thinking it would be the perfect fit for everything Walters was looking for.

Moving and establishing their homestead in Burnet AB and Elizabeth “Lizzy” noticed, there was not much of a variety of restaurants to choose from in Burnet.

Wed
22
Jun

Police: woman strikes man with vehicle

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

One Burnet County man is in the hospital and one Burnet woman is in jail after police said her vehicle struck the man while he was walking down TX 29.

Michele Lee Weems, 34, was arrested on charge of intoxicated assault with a vehicle on Monday, June 13, after police said she hit Robby Stockwell, 38, while he was walking down the highway.

The collision occurred at 7:30 p.m. that evening, when it was still daylight. Weems was driving a white 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck.

“She was driving eastbound in the 2200 block of TX 29 east of the railroad tracks,” said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson. “Stockwell was walking westbound on the south side of the road towards Burnet.”

Nelson said Weems “admitted at the scene she was texting and driving,” and that she thought she had struck a mailbox.

“She came back and found him in a bar ditch,” Nelson said. “He had serious injuries to his entire body.”

Wed
22
Jun

County approves addition to jail workforce, issues debt for maintenance projects

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Commissioners voted to unfreeze eight Burnet County Jail staff positions and to issue debt for county road maintenance projects during commissioners' court on Tuesday, June 14.

“We're seeing an increase in call volume lately,” said Burnet County Chief Deputy Joe Canady. “Part of that is because it's summer and we get an influx of people who don't live here full time… We've also seen increases of local arrests.”

Canady also added the jail is seeing an increase in demand for inmate housing from other counties.

“We now take all of Hamilton County's inmates. They have not temporary holding facility,” he said.

Canady told commissioners that the jail houses between 220 and 240 inmates on a regular basis, and the jail is only allowed to house 240 inmates based on staff size. These limits were set by Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

Wed
15
Jun

Ruby Lura Phenix Mohan

Ruby Lura Phenix Mohan

Oct. 7, 1926~June 9, 2016

 

Ruby Lura Phenix Mohan died peacefully on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the age of 89 surrounded by family and friends.

Ruby was born on Oct. 7, 1926 in Fort Worth to Herbert Phenix and Margaret Kane.

She married Bernard “Bernie” John Mohan on Aug. 4, 1945 after meeting each other at a USO dance during World War II.  

The couple lived all over the United States and Europe while Bernie served in the US Air Force. Over the years, Ruby and Bernie welcomed four children into their lives.

Wed
15
Jun

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.

Wed
15
Jun

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.

Wed
08
Jun

A year later; Allen murder case warm

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

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.

Thu
26
May

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.

Mon
23
May

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

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